Heidrick & Struggles Names New CEO, Abandons Sale Plans

Jory Marino
Jory Marino

International search firm Heidrick & Struggles has given up plans to sell the company and will remain an independent public company. The firm also announced that CEO Kevin Kelly stepped down from the post he held for the last seven years, and has also resigned from the board of directors.

Kelly, an accomplished search professional, will return full-time to Heidrick’s executive search practice in a senior client service role.

Jory Marino, regional leader, Americas, will serve as interim CEO. Marino serves as vice chairman and a senior member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice. He joined the firm following its 1999 acquisition of Sullivan & Company, where he was a founding partner and senior managing director.

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The company said a search committee will consider both internal and external candidates for the CEO position.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. 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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