Battalia Winston adds Industry Leading Diversity & Inclusion Practice

New York, NY – Battalia Winston (BW) today announced the addition of an industry leading diversity & inclusion practice to support the firm’s commitment to offering the most qualified and balanced slate of candidates in every search it conducts. The new group, which is based in Chicago, will be headed by Susan Medina and Peter Gomez. Each of these professionals were formerly with a leading executive search firm. Their appointments are effective immediately.

“Battalia Winston has always been committed to diversity in the executive search process and our clients are increasingly requesting a diverse slate of candidates as they build the workforce of the future. In bringing these highly regarded professionals on board, we have made a significant investment in taking an industry leading position in helping businesses embrace diversity at the most senior management levels,” said Dale Winston, Chairwoman and CEO of Battalia Winston. “Susan and Peter have a deep understanding of the challenges that companies face when building a multicultural, talented workforce. It goes beyond ensuring a balanced slate of candidates. It reflects a commitment to assisting client companies in assimilating these highly sought executives successfully into their corporate cultures and ensuring retention is part of the strategy.”

Prior to joining Battalia Winston, Susan was Executive Vice President at a leading executive search firm based in Chicago. She was also the Global Diversity Practice Group Leader and a member of the Board & CEO Practice. Prior to executive search, Susan co-founded LatinoExecs, Inc., an organization focused on connecting clients with Latino executives within the Fortune 1000. Before LatinoExecs, Inc., Susan co-led the Life Sciences and Consumer Practice Groups at a Chicago-based executive search firm. Earlier in her career, she served in various HR/Talent Acquisition roles with a F500 organization focused on technology.

Peter M. Gomez was previously Executive Vice President at a leading executive search firm; he was also the N.A. Diversity Practice Group Leader. His work spans across all industries and functional groups and is focused on creating inclusive recruiting and retention solutions for clients. Peter’s unique approach to search stems from his strong roots in the industry. His background has established him as a trusted leader and partner to his client. Peter co-founded LatinoExecs, Inc. in 2009. In addition to LatinoExecs, Peter has co-authored the following two thought leadership pieces: “Latinos in America” and “Retention Strategies At The Top”.

About Battalia Winston

Battalia Winston (BW) is an established national brand with 48 years in the executive search business. We are consistently ranked among the Top-10, global, retained search firms by Kennedy Publishing Company. Headquartered in New York City, ABW has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Silicon Valley.


Amrop Battalia Winston to Head Search for The Music Paradigm

Amrop Battalia Winston has been selected by The Music Paradigm to begin a search for its new Vice President, Business Development & Partnerships.  The Music Paradigm, based in New York City, is a unique experience that combines the dynamics of an orchestra performance with those of a leadership seminar, to create a meeting like no other. To learn more about the Music Paradigm, visit www.themusicparadigm.com.

Amrop Battalia Winston, the U.S. member firm of The Amrop Group, has successfully met client needs in executive recruitment for 48 years and ranks as one of the 12 largest US executive search firms.  Headquartered in New York, ABW has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago and Silicon Valley.  ABW provides global presence through its membership in Amrop, the largest network of independent search firms in the world with 300+ senior consultants based in 90 offices over five continents and 55 countries. For more information, please visit www.AmropBW.com.


Amrop Battalia Winston to Begin Search for Vice President of Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence

Amrop Battalia Winston has partnered with Davenport University to begin a search for a new Vice President of Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence.  Davenport University is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Institute for Professional Excellence was developed to specialize in providing individual and corporate training, professional development and certification programs that emphasize the practical skills facing tomorrow’s economic challenges.

Amrop Battalia Winston, the U.S. member firm of The Amrop Group, has successfully met client needs in executive recruitment for 48 years and ranks as one of the 12 largest US executive search firms.  Headquartered in New York, ABW has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago and Silicon Valley.  ABW provides global presence through its membership in Amrop, the largest network of independent search firms in the world with 300+ senior consultants based in 90 offices over five continents and 55 countries. For more information, please visit www.AmropBW.com.


Amrop Battalia Winston Completes Search for PBS

Amrop Battalia Winston (ABW) would like to announce the placement of Craig Sperling as VP & Deputy General Counsel at PBS.  The search was led by Partner, Kathryn Griffin.  Mr. Sperling brings 15 years Media & Entertainment experience across premiere organizations; Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP, Discovery Communications, Inc. and Morrison & Foerster LLP.  His expertise includes; transactions, legal affairs, regulatory, IP and management.

PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. With nearly 360 member stations PBS reaches 120+M people through television and 21M people online each month to the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs and a front row seat to world-class drama and performances.

Amrop Battalia Winston, the U.S. member firm of The Amrop Group, has successfully met client needs in executive recruitment for 48 years and ranks as one of the 12 largest US executive search firms.  Headquartered in New York, ABW has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago and Silicon Valley.  ABW provides global presence through its membership in Amrop, the largest network of independent search firms in the world with 300+ senior consultants based in 90 offices over five continents and 55 countries. For more information, please visit www.AmropBW.com.


Fox Business News Interviews Dale Winston to Discuss Results of Amrop Battalia Winston’s 22nd Annual Holiday Party Survey

New York, NY – December 8, 2010 – Dale Winston, Chairwoman and CEO of Amrop Battalia Winston, a leading executive search firm, was interviewed by Fox Business News on December 6, 2010 to explain the details of the Firm’s 22nd annual Holiday Party Survey.  This year’s survey recorded the worst holiday slump in 22 years.

Click here to view the full interview.

About Amrop Battalia Winston
Amrop Battalia Winston , the U.S. member firm of the Amrop group, has been successfully meeting client needs in executive recruitment for over 45 years and is currently ranked as one of the 12 largest executive search firms in the USA.  Headquartered in New York, Amrop Battalia Winston also has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Silicon Valley.  The firm offers a global presence through its membership in Amrop, the largest network of independent search firms in the world with a search force of over 307 senior consultants based in 90 offices over five continents and 55 countries. www.AmropBW.com


Largest Decline Recorded in Corporate Holiday Parties, According to Amrop Battalia Winston’s 22nd Annual Survey

The Theme of the Party This Year? Modesty and Employees Only

New York, NY – November 15, 2010 – The worst holiday party slump in the past 22 years has been recorded in 2010, with only 79 percent of businesses conducting some type of holiday celebration, according to the annual survey conducted by Amrop Battalia WinstoneverH, a leading global executive search firm.  This is down from 81 percent in both 2009 and 2008, when the U.S. was in the midst of a recession – and previously represented the lowest number of companies holding holiday parties over the survey’s tenure.  For those companies holding celebrations just over a quarter (28 percent) say their parties will be more modest; this is on the heels of the nearly half (49 percent) who downsized in 2009.  When it comes to more expensive celebrations, 11 percent of respondents intend to hold more lavish parties, which is up from just one percent in 2009 and two percent in 2008. Leaving 61 percent who said their parties will be at the same level as past years.

Celebrations this year will not be for client or prospect schmoozing. Only five percent of those holding parties intend to invite clients and friends.  Over two-thirds (69 percent) will be “employee only,” and a quarter (26 percent) of organizations intend to invite employees and their families to gatherings. This is up from 2006, when only 52 percent of respondents held parties only for employees.

The primary reason cited by respondents not holding a holiday party is not related to budget concerns, but instead to their economic outlook.  Over half (55 percent) of respondents not having a party do not think it is appropriate in these economic times, compared to 27 percent who cite that a holiday party just is not within their budget.  Conversely, the majority (37 percent) of those having a holiday party cite “to celebrate we had a good 2010” as the primary reason, followed closely by “to boost employee morale” (33 percent) and “to show clients/employees that our company is optimistic about 2011” (29 percent).  This is in contrary to previous years; in 2005, 96 percent of companies had the party as a morale builder to staff.

“The Amrop Battalia Winston survey has served as a bellwether for the economy over the past 22 years, and this year is no exception. Between last year and this year; if parties become any more modest there will not be any parties; you can only downsize so far,” said Amrop Battalia Winston CEO, Dale Winston. “There remains a deep divide in organizations’ economic outlook and how they perceive their 2010 performance accordingly.  Fundamentally, those having holiday parties this year are much more optimistic about the year-ahead, while those not having parties are more pessimistic.  While we have seen the lowest number of holiday parties in the survey’s history this year, we anticipate that this is merely a ‘blip on the radar’ and there will be a stronger showing this time next year as the U.S. economy gets a stronger foothold in the recovery.”

These findings are from Amrop Battalia Winston’s Annual Survey on Corporate Holiday Celebrations, a cross-section of 103 of America’s leading businesses.  The telephone survey has served as an economic barometer for American businesses since 1989.  Other interesting findings from this year’s survey:

Charities lose out big this season: Company involvement in charity events (donating money, food, clothing, gifts and/or volunteering) will be down significantly this holiday season.  Less than half (47 percent) of companies will be donating to charities this year (down from 66 percent in 2009, and 74 percent in 2008).  Of those participating, the vast majority (79 percent) will be donating funds or items, while only 13 percent will be doing other charitable acts or volunteering time (8 percent).

Companies not skimping on cocktails: While the number of companies serving alcohol increased this year (79 percent), which is up from 73 percent in 2009 and 71 percent in 2008 – it is significantly below the survey high of 90 percent in 2000.

After hours parties increase in popularity: Of those conducting holiday celebrations, 57 percent will be evening affairs, compared to 43 percent taking place at a luncheon (compared to 53 percent and 47 percent respectively in 2009).

Getting out of the office: Over three-quarters (77 percent) of companies will be hosting their parties off-site (up from 67 percent last year) and the remaining 23 percent will be hosting their parties in-office.  Three-quarters (76 percent) of those companies holding a party “off-site” will be at a restaurant.

Increased focus on employee morale: The good news is that well over half (58 percent) of all respondents intend to take action to boost employee morale in 2011 – nearly double the number from 2009 (30 percent).   Of those that are planning to boost employee morale – the majority of companies polled (31 percent) intend to offer “pay raises,” followed by team building/training (19 percent) and flexible work schedules (18 percent).  Only 12 percent have nothing “specific” planned.

2011 planning: As companies make plans for 2011, over half (55 percent) of respondents say they are on track to “grow and hire” next year, and nearly one-third (32 percent) expect their company’s performance will stay the same as 2010. Only 13 percent ‘plan to consolidate’ or don’t anticipate that they will perform as well as this year.

About Amrop Battalia Winston

Amrop Battalia Winston , the U.S. member firm of the Amrop group, has been successfully meeting client needs in executive recruitment for over 45 years and is currently ranked as one of the 12 largest executive search firms in the USA.  Headquartered in New York, Amrop Battalia Winston also has offices in New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Silicon Valley.  The firm offers a global presence through its membership in Amrop, the largest network of independent search firms in the world with a search force of over 307 senior consultants based in 90 offices over five continents and 55 countries.


Provident Financial Services, Inc. and The Provident Bank Name Terence Gallagher to the Boards of Directors

JERSEY CITY, NJ, September 24, 2010/PRNewswire-FirstCall/– Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFS) (the “Company”) today announced that Terence Gallagher has been named to the Boards of Directors of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Provident Bank.

Terence Gallagher is the president of Amrop Battalia Winston, a national executive search firm, and has served in that capacity since 1997.  Mr. Gallagher was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the World’s Most Influential Executive Search Professionals. In the course of his executive search career of more than 25 years, Mr. Gallagher has also served as Northeast Region Search Partner and National High Technology Industry Search Partner at KPMG LLP.

Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He has served on the Americas Board for the Association of Executive Search Consulting Firms and on the Advisory Committee for the National Association of Corporate Directors New Jersey Chapter.

“We are very pleased to have Terry Gallagher join our boards,” said Christopher Martin, the Company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Terry is an experienced business leader who will be a valuable addition.”

Provident Financial Services, Inc., which reported assets of $6.82 billion as of June 30, 2010, is the holding company for The Provident Bank.  Founded in 1839, the bank has more than 80 full service branches throughout northern and central New Jersey.

This news release may contain a number of forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, factors discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made. You may access the filings and other financial and business information regarding the Company at www.ProvidentNJ.com.

SOURCE Provident Financial Services, Inc.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/provident-financial-services-inc-and-the-provident-bank-name-terence-gallagher-to-the-boards-of-directors-103703009.html
http://www.providentnj.com

About Amrop Battalia Winston
Amrop Battalia Winston (ABW) is widely recognized as one of the top twelve retained executive search firms, both nationally and globally. Currently in its 47th year of business, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Silicon Valley, ABW is noted for servicing the needs of public and privately held companies, from start-up organizations to members of the Fortune 10, including not-for-profit organizations.


ABW Financial Services Partner Serves as Master of Ceremonies for Rocktoberfest

New York, October 5, 2010 – Frank Carr, a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Services Practice, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the seventh annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest, a benefit concert featuring bands with musicians from the Hedge Fund industry.  The event benefits A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), a non-profit organization which provides free corrective surgery, prosthetic devices, and rehabilitative care to children with limb disabilities in the developing world.  The organization, which was founded by C. Mead Welles, President and CEO of Octagon Asset Management, LLC, and Dinesh Patel, M.D., Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, has given the gift of mobility to more than 5000 children since its founding in 2002.

The annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest concert brings out Wall Street’s finest and allows them to rock out for a great cause.  Last year’s concert drew an audience of over 1,200 people and raised more than $200,000 for the charity. Frank, who is an avid bass guitarist, has served as Master of Ceremonies for five consecutive years and is looking forward to taking the stage again on October 21st.

“The charity rock concert approach has been a big success and I am honored to once again serve as Master of Ceremonies,” said Frank. “Mead Welles and the staff at A Leg to Stand On have done a phenomenal job on their mission to improve the lives of children with limb disabilities.  It gives me great pleasure to join the group once again for such a worthy cause.”

Frank Carr has placed senior executives in the areas of Portfolio Management; Asset Gathering and Retention; and Investment Operations and Administration. His clients range from hedge fund managers and fund of funds organizations to institutional money managers and insurance companies. Frank has authored several articles for investment industry publications such as the MFA Reporter, FINalternatives.com and Reuters HedgeWorld, and has been a speaker at numerous investment industry conferences and events.

About Amrop Battalia Winston

Amrop Battalia Winston (ABW) is widely recognized as one of the top twelve retained executive search firms, both nationally and globally. Currently in its 47th year of business, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Silicon Valley, ABW is noted for servicing the needs of public and privately held companies, from start-up organizations to members of the Fortune 10, including not-for-profit organizations.


Wisdom of Wizards: Insights From Leading Consultants

Terry Gallagher, President of Amrop Battalia Winston and The America’s Practice Leader for the Professional Services Industry Practice was interviewed and quoted several times in the newly released book on Management Consulting, Wisdom of Wizards: Insights From Leading Consultants. He was amongst the 33 senior executives in the Management Consulting Profession who were interviewed by the authors, Richard and Jon Metzler. Senior Executives were asked about how they started their career in Management Consulting, what it takes to succeed in consulting, best practices in managing client relationships, major client meetings and milestones in their careers, ethics and global consulting projects.

Testimonials regarding the context of this book from luminaries in the consulting profession include:

“An unbeatable collection of insights and lessons from the Wizards of the profession.” – David Maister, Consultant and Prolific Author of the Management Consulting Industry.

“If you are an aspiring consultant, a consulting practitioner or a purchaser of consulting services, you will want to read this always informative, mostly unvarnished and occasionally amusing insiders’ view of the multi- billion dollar consulting profession. – Carl Sloane, Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School

“The anecdotes and stories from some of the great luminaries of the consulting industry contained in this book are not only insightful but entertaining as well. Whether you are a consultant, or work closely with consultants, you’ll find something on every page that informs and deepens your understanding of why this is such a fulfilling profession.” – John F. Furth, President and CEO of Association of Management Consulting Firms

All proceeds from the purchase of this book help fund the Richard Metzler Scholarships awarded annually by the Foundation for Excellence in Management Consulting, in affiliation with the Association of Management Consulting Firms. Additional information about Wisdom of Wizards is available online at www.thewisdomofwizards.com