AESC Honors Two Research Professionals

Two search professionals are winners of the 2013 Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Research.

The award recognizes the importance of the researcher and associate role within search firms worldwide and is given by the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

Joan Schlachter
Joan Schlachter

Joan Schlachter, senior associate at executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting since 2006, was cited by her colleagues “as a valuable resource and exemplary researcher.” She is the first award recipient to represent executive recruitment in the nonprofit industry.

In announcing the award, Peter M. Felix, CBE, and AESC president, said, “Ms. Schlachter’s superior knowledge of executive search, combined with her natural talent assessment instincts, rigorous targeting skills and tenacious commitment to excellence make Joan a superb researcher.”

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Annette Wimsatt
Annette Wimsatt

Annette Wimsatt, knowledge manager at Heidrick & Struggles, has 20 years experience, including the last seven with her current firm. She was recognized as key to ongoing business development and search initiatives, going above and beyond to prepare her various colleagues for client meetings, according to the announcement of the awards.

Since the award’s inception in 2004, ten researchers have been honored – five from the Americas and five from Europe. It is given at the annual Researchers and Associates Summit, which was held in New York last week.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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