Diversified Search Group Expands Corporate Practice

Diversified Search Group (DSG), a leading search firm backed by private equity firm ShoreView Industries, has strengthened its corporate practice with the additions of Nora Sutherland and John Burnes as managing directors.

Ms. Sutherland, who will serve as managing director in the corporate practice’s technology team, will provide talent consulting to private equity clients and other high-growth software companies. “Nora’s appointment marks an exciting chapter for our firm as we grow our technology practice capabilities,” said Aileen K. Alexander, CEO. “Her proven track record and deep industry knowledge will undoubtedly enrich our corporate practice and drive impactful results for our clients. We warmly welcome Nora to our tech team and look forward to achieving new heights together.”

Ms. Sutherland specializes in CEO, board, and C-level recruitment across B2B technology companies backed by private equity. With a portfolio across fintech, CCaaS, infrastructure, cloud networking, ERP, and beyond, she is a trusted, consultative partner with deep domain expertise. Previously, Ms. Sutherland was an executive search consultant in Acertitude’s global technology and healthcare practice, based in Philadelphia. She also served as a firm-wide DEI leader. In addition to executive search, Ms. Sutherland advises on leadership development and succession planning.

“Nora’s reputation precedes her as a dynamic force in executive recruitment, and we are thrilled to have her on board,” said Megan Shattuck, vice chair and global managing partner corporate practice leader at Diversified Search Group. “Her trusted ability to provide strategic and client-focused solutions aligns perfectly with our vision and will further strengthen our commitment to delivering unparalleled results for our clients.”

“I am honored to join Diversified Search Group and look forward to contributing to its continued success,” said Ms. Sutherland. “Together, we will continue to work with best-in-class PE-backed tech companies to drive true impact and value-creation through talent acquisition in a fast-paced and exciting industry.”

With over two decades of successful experience in sales and operations management across industries, including mergers and acquisitions, digital media, and insurance, Mr. Burnes brings a wealth of expertise to clients. His career path led him to notable positions, including head of local digital media sales at CBS Digital and VP of marketing and sales at Philadelphia Insurance Companies. At Philadelphia Insurance Companies, he led his team in brokerage sales revenue, contributing to the company’s eventual sale to Tokio Marine for $5 billion.

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