AESC Announces its 2021 Council of the Americas with Representatives from Leading Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Firms

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global standards-setting body for the executive search and leadership consulting profession, today announces 2021 officers and representatives to the AESC Council of the Americas. The Council consists of elected officers and representatives from AESC Member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across the Americas region.

Julian Ha, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and based in Washington, DC will serve as Council Chair; David Turner, Managing Partner and President at Kincannon & Reed and based in Phoenix, will serve as Council Vice Chair; Tony Bolliger, Managing Partner and COO at CareerSMITH and based in Orange County, California, will serve as Council Secretary/Treasurer; and Cathy Logue, Managing Director in the CFO & Financial Executives Practice at Stanton Chase and based in Toronto, will serve as Council Chair Emeritus.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome new AESC Americas Council representatives Paul Groce, Partner at Leathwaite and based in New York; Molly Hull, Senior Vice President and Principal at Slayton Search Partners and based in Chicago; Michele James, Founder and President at Avery James Inc. and based in Los Angeles; Nicolás Mora Schrader, Managing Director at Equation Partners/ AltoPartners and based in Santiago; and Thayanie Ujino, Managing Partner at FESA Group/ IIC Partners and based in São Paulo.

Julian Ha, AESC Americas Council Chair, commented: “The AESC Council of the Americas plays a critical role in ensuring quality standards and innovation in the executive search and leadership consulting profession across the region. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members to ensure we are paving the way for the future of the profession on behalf of the clients we serve.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “AESC Councils play a critical role in combining regional expertise with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and results when working with an AESC Member.”

The complete 2021 AESC Council of the Americas includes:

  • Julian Ha, Heidrick & Struggles, Chair – Washington, DC
  • David Turner, Kincannon & Reed, Vice Chair – Phoenix
  • Tony Bolliger, CareerSMITH, Secretary/Treasurer – Orange County, CA
  • Cathy Logue, Stanton Chase, Chair Emeritus – Toronto
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • Glenn Anderson, Signium USA – Cleveland
  • Alejandra Aranda, Humanitas Executive Search/ Cornerstone International Group – Santiago
  • Anthony Batchelor, Odgers Berndtson – Toronto
  • Judy Boreham, The Diversified Search Group/ AltoPartners – Philadelphia
  • Suzanne Burns, Spencer Stuart – Chicago
  • Shaun Carpenter, PFM Executive Search/ Panorama Search - Vancouver
  • Sam Dinte, Dinte Executive Search/ IIC Partners – Washington, DC
  • Matrice Ellis-Kirk, RSR Partners – Dallas
  • Eileen Finn, Eileen Finn & Associates – New York
  • Rodrigo Foz Forte, EXEC – Executive Performance/ Panorama – São Paulo
  • Paul Groce, Leathwaite – New York
  • Alicia Hasell, Boyden – Houston
  • Molly Hull, Slayton Search Partners – Chicago
  • Michele James, Avery James Inc. – Los Angeles
  • Marianne McNamara, Coulter Partners – Boston
  • Nicolás Mora Schrader, Equation Partners/ AltoPartners – Santiago
  • Steve Newton, Russell Reynolds Associates – Houston
  • Morten Nielsen, WittKieffer – Cleveland
  • Chris Pantelidis, EMA Partners – New York
  • Shana Plott, Coleman Lew Canny Bowen – Charlotte
  • Adriana Prates, Dasein Executive Search – Belo Horizonte
  • Pauly Rodney, Raines International - New York
  • José Ruiz, Alder Koten – Houston and Monterrey, Mexico
  • John Ryan, TRANSEARCH - Chicago
  • Thayanie Ujino, FESA Group/ IIC Partners – São Paulo


About AESC 

Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org. For AESC’s career service for executive-level candidates, visit bluesteps.com.