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A Guide to Executive Search: Forging
Relationships with Executive Search
A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 18th April 2012
Brian Glade
Moderator – Managing Director, AESC
As Managing Director,
Global Strategy and the
Americas, Brian is
responsible for AESC
membership in North,
Central, and South
America, as well as serving
as Secretary to the AESC
Board of Directors.
Jo Bennet
Partner – Amrop Battalia Winston
Jo Joined Battalia Winston in
1990, she previously worked in
HR for United Brands Company
and Tetley Inc. Jo’s executive
search expertise is in
conducting senior level
executive search assignments
for a broad cross-section of
areas in professional services,
financial services and not-forprofit organizations. Jo is a
graduate of Duke University.
Sara Bieger
Managing Partner – Leaders Trust International-AltoPartners
Sara joined Leaders Trust International in
2001. She leads the Industry , Energy,
Automotive and Engineering Practice for
AltoPartners worldwide.
Prior to this she was C.E.O of the
Technological park of Castilla and Leon,
as well as Executive Vice-president of the
Agency of Economic Development of
Junta de Castilla and Leon, one of the
autonomous communities of Spain,
where she contributed significantly in
developing strategic and technological
business sectors in the region. She is
Vice-president and Member of the Board
of the French Chamber of Commerce in
Madrid, and an active member of the
Italian and American Chambers of
Commerce in Spain.
Derek Braddock
Managing Partner – Higdon Braddock Matthews LLC
Derek joined the Higdon Partners
in 2005 and previously had over
nine years of experience in
financial services, predominantly
in sales and product management
At HigdonBraddockMatthews, his
search experience has been
focused on investment and
sales/marketing professionals,
notably in the alternative
investments arena. Derek began
his career at Lord, Abbett & Co. in
mutual fund sales and marketing.
Craig Buffkin
Managing Partner – The Buffkin Group
Craig serves as the managing
partner and is actively involved in
client and business development.
He also leads the Direct
Marketing and Technology
practices for the Buffkin Group.
Prior to founding Buffkin &
Associates, Mr. Buffkin was VicePresident of Professional
Recruiting Solutions-Nashville, a
national technology search firm.
Mr. Buffkin has completed over
100 searches while involved in
both firms.
Questions for the Panel
Jo Bennet
Sara Bieger
Derek Braddock
Craig Buffkin
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