David H. Hoffmann
Company Info: DHR International
Web site: www.dhrinternational.com
Address: 8000 Maryland Ave., Suite 1010, St. Louis, Mo. 63105
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Great vision, a strategic thinker, all backed up by strong technical skills.
Sector specialization: All industries and sectors
Job function specialization: C-suite, board directors
Geographical Focus: U.S.
Companies I often recruit for: N/A
Favorite historical figure: Harry Truman, "The Buck Stops Here"
Education: Pennsylvania State Univ. Executive Program, 1978; Central Missouri State Univ., 1974
Employment history: DHR International (Founded in 1989), Chairman and CEO, 1989 to present; Boyden International, SVP and Managing Partner, Midwest Operations, 1985-89; Korn/Ferry International, VP and Partner, 1983-85
Other interests: Skiing, golf, and all sports
Professional/Membership Affiliations: Numerous philanthropic organizations including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Steppenwolf Board, and the Northwestern Hospital Foundation. Northwestern Univ. Associate and Governing Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Professional organizations include the Economic Club, Executives Club, and Chicago Club. Board of Directors of the Olin School of Business National Council at Washington Univ., the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Regional Council of Business (St. Louis), DHR International, JobPlex, Osprey Capital, and Edgewood Holdings.
Experience in executive search consulting: 25 years
High Profile Placement: N/A
Other paths I might have pursued: Corporate executive in operations or investment banking
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The globalization of the world's economies. Businesses and their leaders need to be ahead of opportunities in emerging markets to take advantage of new demand streams.