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Bob Ryan, Shields Meneley Partners

Shields Meneley Partners, Chicago
Shields Meneley Partners, a nationally recognized executive coaching and career transition firm, is pleased to announce Bob Ryan has been named Partner after previously joining the firm as an Advisor. Bob brings over 30 years of senior corporate leadership experience across numerous industries in the human capital arena.




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Shields Meneley Partners Announces Change to Team

Shields Meneley Partners Announces Change to Team

Gail R. Meneley Joins Advisory Board

CHICAGO, IL – March 19,2020 – Shields Meneley Partners, the worldwide leader in career transition services designed exclusively for C-Suite executives, announced that Co-Founder, Gail Meneley, has stepped away from the day-to-day operations of the firm to join its esteemed advisory board.

“It has been an honor to develop deep, trusted relationships with our exceptional clients during times of professional transition, help them regain their confidence, and to find a new sense of purpose and fulfillment in their careers and personal lives,” says Gail. “Today, I am happy to share that I have embarked on my own career and life transition that includes joining the revered advisory board of Shields Meneley Partners.”

With Gail’s transition to the advisory board, Shields Meneley Partners is now wholly owned by Co-Founder Hugh Shields and Principal Robert (Bob) J. Ryan. Hugh and Bob will manage operations of Shields Meneley Partners and lead the organization into the future with innovative services that respond to demographic and economic trends.

“It is a natural progression for Gail to now join our advisory board to share her experience and wisdom as she enjoys greater flexibility in other parts of her life and we wish her much joy and happiness as this next chapter unfolds,” says Hugh. “The future remains bright for Shields Meneley Partners and we continue to deliver the same exceptional service to our clients.”

Gail and Hugh created Shields Meneley Partners nearly 20 years ago when they recognized no other firm provided the appropriate level of peer advice, counsel, and range of services to help top executives navigate highly visible and complex career transitions. Since then, Shields Meneley Partners has grown to guide more than 1,700 C-Suite executives in their career transitions and counts more than 200 companies as leadership development clients.

About Shields Meneley Partners
Shields Meneley Partners specializes in helping senior leaders and board members advance their companies and careers. We provide individuals, executive teams and boards with insightful assessments, performance coaching, and guidance for leadership and career transition. Founded in 2003, the firm has served more than 200 companies and more than 1,700 leaders with highly customized transition programs that customized to each client’s experience and circumstance. Please visit our website at https://shieldsmeneley.com/.


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Cardinal Communications Strategies, Inc.

Scott George Joins XMS Capital Partners as Managing Director!

XMS Capital Partners, LLC (“XMS”) has announced the hiring of Scott P. George as Managing Director in its Chicago office. Mr. George possesses a rare combination of investment banking and corporate development skills that will augment XMS’ core mission of delivering objective, value added advice and custom tailored solutions to help clients achieve their strategic goals.

“Scott brings to XMS a proven track record in investment banking, a long history of building and managing investment banking practices and recent experience as a senior corporate development executive at a NYSE-listed public company. We are thrilled to have Scott join our team,” said Ted Brombach and John “Yogi” Spence, Co-Founding Partners of XMS. “Joining an entrepreneurial, high quality firm like XMS will enable me to resume working with several people who I have known and respected since we worked together at Morgan Stanley. I am excited to help the firm as it continues to serve its clients well and successfully expand its footprint,” added Mr. George.

Prior to joining XMS, Mr. George was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Hillenbrand, Inc., a $1.8 billion in revenue NYSE-listed global company. Previous to helping transform Hillenbrand into a global diversified industrial company, Mr. George built the Chicago office of PMCF, LLC, the investment banking division of Plante Moran.

About XMS Capital Partners

XMS Capital Partners, established in 2006, is an independent, financial services firm providing M&A, corporate advisory and asset management services to clients globally. It has offices in Chicago, London and Dublin.

XMS provides Involvement BankingTM, which goes beyond transaction oriented investment banking and focuses on providing objective, value added advice and custom tailored solutions to help clients achieve their strategic goals. It consistently creates value for its clients by giving them access to comprehensive, independent M&A, strategic advisory, financial restructuring, capital structure advisory and private capital advisory expertise. For more information, please visit www.xmscapital.com.

John Lewis has joined Madison Dearborn Partners, LCC as Executive Partner!

Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, announced that it has engaged industry leader John Lewis as an Executive Partner in pursuit of attractive investment opportunities for MDP’s funds across the information services landscape. In particular, Mr. Lewis, who most recently served as Global President of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN), will assist MDP in identifying and developing businesses with differentiated capabilities in data and business analytics.

Mr. Lewis has a proven track record of achievement over a multi-year career spanning a variety of business situations, including globally scaled businesses, start-ups and turnarounds. Most recently, in his capacity as Global President of Nielsen, he oversaw Nielsen’s global “Buy” business and its ex-North America “Watch” business, which comprised approximately two-thirds of Nielsen’s more than $6 billion of annual revenue during his tenure. In addition, Mr. Lewis completed and successfully integrated more than 10 strategic acquisitions while at Nielsen.

Mr. Lewis has also joined MDP’s TMT Services Advisory Group, which comprises outside industry executives who assist MDP with identifying new investment opportunities and generating value for MDP’s funds within existing investments. MDP leverages the expertise of this and other industry-specific advisory groups to supplement and enhance its investment strategy across each of its industry areas of focus. These advisory groups have provided MDP with direct introductions to target companies and management teams, unique insights on sector trends, due diligence assistance and post-investment value enhancement support.

About Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised seven funds with aggregate capital of approximately $23 billion and has completed approximately 130 investments. MDP is currently investing out of its most recent fund, $4.4 billion MDCP Fund VII, in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including telecom, media and technology (TMT) services; basic industries; business and government services; consumer; financial and transaction services; and health care. For more information, please visit http://www.mdcp.com.

SMP client, Patty Mishic joins CoorsTek as Chief Commercial Officer!

Patty brings valuable experience building sustained, organic growth in materials-focused businesses. She most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer, at A. Schulman, leading all commercial efforts. Before that Patty worked at Dow Chemical for twelve years where she advanced through a variety of global marketing, commercial, and business development roles.

AboutCoorsTek: CoorsTek is the international partner of choice for companies requiring the unique, high-performance properties of products manufactured from engineered technical ceramics and advanced materials. CoorsTek delivers outstanding value through unsurpassed expertise in materials engineering; broad research, development, and manufacturing capabilities; collaborative relationships, and operational excellence. For more information about CoorsTek, including product information and company history since 1910, visit https://coorstek.com/

Congrats to SMP client, Mark Sefcik, on this new role as President of Sundyne!

Mark brings a broad diversified industrial operating background spanning 25 years and multiple markets/geographies. Mark’s most recent role was with Actuant where he was the Industrial Segment Leader. Prior to assuming the segment leader role, Mark was the Global President of Enerpac, the largest division within the Actuant group. Mark was responsible for transforming the culture and focus from a product led mentality to a services and solutions focus by rebuilding and energizing the channel partner network.

About Sundyne (parent organization Accudyne Industries, LLC): Sundyne engineers and manufactures centrifugal pumps and compressors for oil and gas processing companies, chemical and petro-chemical industries, power generation, general industry and engineered water.

Frederic Jung becomes Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Hardwoods

Congrats to SMP client, Frederic Jung, on his new role as Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Hardwoods!

A leading North American hardwood lumber brand, Northwest Hardwoods is recognized by the furniture, cabinet and millwork industries for its high quality and custom grades.

Frederic brings 29 years of finance expertise and global business experience in both public and privately-held companies. His latest role was Chief Financial Officer at Arizona Chemical, the world leading supplier of pine based specialty chemicals, for the last seven years, until the successful sale of the company. Before that, he was the Corporate Controller for Chicago-based Nalco Company, the world’s leading producer of specialty chemicals and services for water and waste treatment and industrial processes.

Eric O’Toole Becomes General Manager of Sports, Fitness and Outdoor at Jet.com

Congrats to SMP client, Eric O’Toole, on his new role a General Manager Sports, Fitness and Outdoor at Jet.com!

Jet is a privately held e-commerce company founded in 2014 and headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey. Jet’s mission is to become the smartest way to shop and save on pretty much anything. Combining a revolutionary pricing engine, a world-class technology and fulfillment platform, and incredible customer service, Jet has set out to create a new kind of e-commerce experience.

Mark Overdyk Becomes General Manager, Latin America at Beam Suntory

Congratulations to SMP client, Mark Overdyk, on his new role as General Manager, Latin America at Beam Suntory!

Mark Overdyk will be leading the Latin America business as the new GM, LATAM at Beam Suntory. As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Owned by Suntory Holdings Limited, Beam Suntory has a dynamic portfolio with unparalleled expertise in whisky, led by Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, and global strength across many key categories including tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials. Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. https://www.beamsuntory.com/


Mark is a global business leader who has 20-plus years of experience in the beverage industry and a proven track record of using sound strategy and uncommon imagination to drive top- and bottom-line growth in established and emerging markets. Mark’s most recent role was Managing Director, Latin America at Brown-Forman. In that role, Mark was responsible for transforming their Latin American business into the company’s fastest growing region — taking sales from $20M to $300M in eight years.