Philly-based Diversified Search taps Atlanta’s Dale Jones as its president

By Maria Saporta

Long-time Atlanta search consultant Dale E. Jones is joining Philadelphia-based Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the United States, as its president and as a member of its executive committee.

Jones also will be rejoining  forces with his former business partner — Veronica Biggins, who became managing director of Diversified Search’s Board of Directors practice in 2012, had worked with Jones at the Heidrick & Struggles search firm’s Atlanta office.

Jones spent 14 years with Heidrick & Struggles and nearly 20 years in the industry. Diversified Search, a woman-owned executive search firm, is known for specializing in senior level searches and corporate board searches.

Dale Jones

Dale Jones

“Dale brings vast experience, strategic vision and incredible leadership to our business,” said Judith M. von Seldeneck, founder, chairman and CEO of Diversified Search.. “In addition to his success in the industry, he also has a wealth of expertise and a comprehensive network stemming from his board memberships, global humanitarian efforts and civic involvement.”

In his new role, Jones will serve as one of the key market facing leaders in advancing the CEO practice and Board of Directors practice of Diversified Search, and in helping to implement a three-year strategic plan in accordance with the firm’s executive committee. Jones will be charged with leading new strategic initiatives to enable Diversified to continue to be a market leader.

Jones remains active at the corporate and non-profit board levels, serving on the boards of Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Prior to joining Northwestern’s board, he was a corporate director for Hughes Supply, a NYSE-traded company, which was acquired by the Home Depot in 2006. Dale continues to serve on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and is a trustee for Morehouse College and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Jones has also served as CEO of a global water initiative that provides clean drinking water to villages in sub-Saharan Africa, and has participated in the World Economic Forum on Africa and the Corporate Council on Africa.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta and completed course work at the Atlanta University Graduate School of Business.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Diversified Search, one of the industry’s fastest growing firms. The firm’s stellar reputation for integrity, quality and capacity as well as international reach and unique approach to search, attracted me to the opportunity.” Jones said. “Diversified Search continues to grow aggressively, and I look forward to using my expertise to advance the firm even further in my role as president.”

Jones will begin his role as President of Diversified Search effective October 1. He will be working out of both the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Diversified Search offices. Gordon Hawthorne, who previously held the position of president, will assume the role of vice chairman and continue his role as Health Care Practice Leader.

“This combination of business acumen and unique experience make Dale an ideal fit as president of the company,” von Seldeneck said. “At Diversified Search we approach search differently than others, leveraging the diverse perspectives of our team to generate high-potential leaders and guide clients beyond the expected. In this regard, Dale will be an integral asset to Diversified Search.”

In addition to its headquarters in Philadelphia, Diversified Search has offices in Atlanta (run by Biggins), Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas. Diversified is the exclusive U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent search firms with offices in 29 countries.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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