New White Paper – Closing the Gender Gap: How Companies Can Retain Women Engineers

women_in_engineering_white_paper_coverThere’s been a surge in recent press about the lack of women in Engineering/Technology. While many media outlets are exploring this problem, few seem to be going to the source—women in engineering and technology—and asking them for their insight. Understanding this issue at the ground level is the key to improving the representation of women in engineering overall.

We went out into the marketplace and did just that: surveyed women to better understand why women engineers stay with (or leave) their employers. We developed the results of this anonymous survey  into a white paper to help Fortune 1000 companies understand the needs and drivers of women engineers to better attract and retain them.

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Closing the Gender Gap: How Companies Can Retain Women Engineers

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Frank Davidson Joins Peerless Industrial Group as Director of Operations

We are pleased to announce that Frank Davidson has joined Peerless Industrial Group as of January 4, 2016 as Director of Operations. The successful candidate was identified in 9 days and the search was completed in 73 days. The search was conducted by Terry Gallagher, President of Battalia Winston.

Peerless Industrial Group is a $115 million subsidiary of Kito Corporation, which is the largest producer of chain and wire rope hoists in the world with $600 million in global revenues. As Director of Operations, Mr. Davidson reports directly to the President and oversees a staff of 352 employees.

Mr. Davidson has 23 years of progressively responsible global operational leadership success within Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Industrial Capital Equipment manufacturing environments. He has had responsibility for business administration, financial planning, customer service, global supply chain, and logistics management. Most recently, Mr. Davidson was Senior Operations Director at Despatch Industries, a $42 million global leader in high performance industrial ovens and other thermal products, responsible for integrating post-acquisition cultural changes to achieve increased profitability through LEAN production initiatives, sourcing initiatives and 3rd party integration.

Prior to that, Mr. Davidson was VP North America Operations for a $110 million capital equipment manufacturing division of Illinois Tool Works where he established two Regional Centers of Excellence and improved operating income by 12% in 18 months.

Mr. Davidson earned a Masters degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Operations Management at Troy State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude for both degrees.

Mark Livingston, CPA Joins Harrington Hoists

Battalia Winston is pleased to announce that Mark Livingstong, CPA has joined Harrington Hoists as of January 4, 2016. Terry Gallagher completed the search.

Harrington Hoists, Inc., a $250 million subsidiary of Kito Group Company, which is the largest producer of chain and wire rope hoists in the world with $600 million in revenues is located in Manheim, PA and Corona, CA.

 Mr. Livingston has over 15 years of financial management experience including Big 4 public accounting background. For the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Livingston worked for E&Y and Harsco, a $3 billion global industry company.

Prior to accepting this Corporate Controller role, Mr. Livingston was the VP of Finance / Controller at Cooper-Booth Wholesale, a $500 million wholesale distributor, where he led a team of 7, engaged in collections, A/R, A/P, payroll, G/GL, accounting and reporting services. He also served as Finance Manager at Rentokil North America, a $500 million + pest control service company, for seven years, managing the annual budgets and the monthly forecasts for 200 branches and cost centers.

Mr. Livingston earned an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Economics at Shippensburg University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has an active C.P.A. license, is a Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Christopher Smith Named Director, Talent Acquisition at Schindler Elevator Corporation

We are pleased to announce that 
Christopher Smith joined SCHINDLER ELEVATOR CORPORATION on November 2, 2015 as Director, Talent Acquisition.

The search was conducted by Terry Gallagher, President at Battalia Winston.  Terry identified the successful candidate in 21 days and the search was completed in 70 days.

Schindler is the largest supplier of escalators and the second largest manufacturer of elevators worldwide. Schindler manufactures, installs, maintains and modernizes mobility solutions for almost every type of building requirement worldwide with $10 billion revenues and more than 48,000 employees.

Christopher Smith has 18 years of progressive talent acquisition and recruiting experience working at Teva Pharmaceuticals, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Johnson & Johnson and most recently at Sun Pharmaceuticals. At Sun Pharmaceuticals, a $4 billion global company that develops, makes, and markets generic pharmaceuticals, Mr. Smith managed a team of Recruiters and Sourcers to support all functions within the US sites.

At Teva Pharmaceuticals, a $14 billion company, Mr. Smith built and developed a team of talent acquisition professionals (US, Canada and LATAM) and supported strategic change by driving the volume recruiting project, technology implementation, pipelining for succession management programs, workforce planning, developing TA process and policy and building the Executive Recruiting and University Relations models. Previously, at Catalent Pharma a $1.8 billion company, Mr. Smith was responsible for managing and developing a team of seven Recruiters and Sourcers located in North and South America. Earlier in his career, Mr. Smith also held various Talent Acquisition management positions at Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Smith earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Rowan University. He also has certifications as an AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter, a Certified Diversity Recruiter and a SHRM Professional in Human Resources.



– Survey suggests that the “War for Talent” has returned with renewed focus on retention –

New York, NY – November 17, 2015 …everH According to an annual survey conducted by Battalia WinstoneverH, one of the nation’s leading executive search firms, 92%  of businesses will be conducting some type of holiday celebration this year, up from 75%  in 2014 and within reach of the near all-time high of 96% in 2013.   This may be due to the fact that 89% of the respondents expect business to remain the same or grow in the upcoming year.

“The Battalia Winston survey has served as a bellwether for the economy over the past 27 years, so the fact that the percentage of companies having parties is up is a sign that the economy has stabilized and is poised to grow,” said Battalia Winston CEO, Dale Winston.  “Despite the cheery outlook there is clearly an eye towards managing or containing costs.  96% of the companies that are having parties said that they will remain the same or be more modest.”

Another significant trend is that 70% of the firms polled indicated that they have initiatives planned to boost morale and employee engagement in 2016.  This finding indicates that retention has become important again.  The trend is noteworthy in that it suggests that the “war for talent” is back on.  Team building and training was cited by 54% of the respondents while 40% planned on pay raises and 35% intend on offering flexible work schedules.

These are just a few of the findings of Battalia Winston’s Annual Survey on Corporate Holiday Celebrations, a nationwide survey conducted among a cross section of 118 companies. 

Other interesting findings of this year’s survey: 

2015 Planning:  50% of respondents said their company was on track to grow and hire with 40%  remaining the same.  Only a meager 7% of companies expect to consolidate.

What’s the reason this season?  Over half, 52%, are having holiday parties to boost employee morale while 40%, are holding a party to celebrate 2015 as a good year and 8% to show employees and clients that they are optimistic about next year.  

Corporate Gifting.  48% of respondents say they will provide a holiday gift to employees this year.  44% of those will be under $25 with the remainder 52% being over $50.

Where and When.  Of those conducting holiday celebrations 50% will be at lunch and half in the evening with 23% at the office and 77% at a restaurant or hotel.

Do unto Others.  70% of companies will participate in charity efforts this year with most of those donating funds or goods and 10% donating time.

Steady on the Alcohol.  70% of the businesses surveyed indicated they will be serving alcohol at their holiday parties, a figure that has remained steady in recent years.

No Scrooge this Year.  60% of companies surveyed plan on pay raises or non-paid performance incentives.

Terry Gallagher spoke at New York Chapter of Financial Executives International on October 1st.

Terry Gallagher, President of Battalia Winston was asked to speak to the NYC Financial Executives International organization on October 1st about recent trends in recruiting CFO’s and financial executives.

Gallagher also discussed critical skills and competencies that are in demand for financial executives as well as shared career development advice for CFO’s who desired to become CEO’s.

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Dale Winston Featured in Smart CEO magazine

Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO of executive search consulting firm Battalia Winston, has spent her entire career matching people with new jobs, while she herself has been with the same company for 32 years.

But, like a candidate she might have successfully placed, Winston loves her job enthusiastically, is passionate about doing it well, and is focused on making the company bigger — without outgrowing its position as a premier mid-size search firm.

“When you’re working with Dale on something, you don’t get the feeling she’s working,” says Sheila McLean, former president of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), who has known Winston since the early 1990s. “She’s very, very happy with the profession she chose and she wants it to be a great profession.”

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Companies Nationwide are implementing Diversity and Inclusion Strategies

Susan Medina, partner and Peter Gomez partner were recently interviewed by Hispanic Executive Magazine to discuss diversity recruiting strategies that major companies are implementing.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Recruiters, take note: companies nationwide are implementing diversity and inclusion strategies, offering Latino job candidates more options than ever before. Battalia Winston’s Peter Gomez and Susan Medina are leading the charge by leveraging their collective relationships and experience to connect top candidates with corporate employers. The two sit down with Hispanic Executive to talk about their passion for recruiting and explain how they are shifting the conversation about diversity within companies across the United States.

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