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July 27, 2015

DHR International: where everyone has a meaningless, impressive title

Update July 27, 2015: We continue to find new titles. For example, David Madden leading the Internet of Things practice on his LinkedIn profile and David P. Smith leading the "Economic Development Sector"

We've written before that part of the DHR International model is to attract consultants by giving them impressive-sounding titles. It is rule 5 in "The DHR International Way".

Offer incoming consultants impressive titles. Very many of the new recruits have had titles such as "Managing Director", "President" or "Chairman" of an office or region, "Global Head" of a Practice Group or even "Board Member". Other search firms promote people to senior roles based on many years of proven performance, but DHR International uses these titles as a carrot to "get 'em in".

The following list sets out those at VP or above listed on the DHR International web site. We've put next to their names their fancy sounding titles as listed in their bios or elsewhere on the DHR International website (eg under Practice Groups). You will see it's a large number of people with titles. Sometimes, there are multiple people with the same title. Some offices have both Managing Directors and Managing Partners!

This is another example of "Hoffmannitis". We just feel sorry for those that have not been given a title. If we were you, we'd demand one or perhaps check your cereal box again to see if there's one for you.

DHR International: VP and above as at July 27, 2015
* denotes litigation covered elsewhere on this web site

Abbed Anabtawi
Albert Sim
Amy Orlich
Andy Cornwell
Anna Marietta
Arjun Srivastava: Managing Director, India; Consumer Practice Leader, Asia Pacific
April Drury: Senior Vice President, Global Talent Management
Ayman Haddad: Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa
Bob Marchant
Bonnie Sharps: Managing Director, Philadelphia
Carlos Cata, Managing Partner, Chicago
Carol Hartman: North American Practice Group Leader, Financial Services*
Caroline Edwards: Managing Director, Hong Kong
Charlie Fang: Managing Director, Taiwan
Chris Guiney
Chris Prosper
Chris Sotomayor
Christine DeYoung: Leader, Consumer, Sports and Private Equity Practice Groups
Christine Greybe: President
Clare Cizek
Conrad Lee
Craig Randall
Craig Sigovich: Managing Director, Stamford
Cyd Kinney
Danny Cheung
David Madden: Head, Mobility Practice; Technology Leader of the Private Equity Practice; Head of the Internet of Things (IoT) Practice
David Nagy: Managing Director, China
David Smith: Economic Development Sector Leader
David Treussard: Leader, Global Financial Services Practice Group
Debbie Graf: Member, Executive Committee
Dipak Gupta (aka Deepak Gupta): Chairman India
Dennis Hood: Managing Director, Milwaukee
Diane Coletti: Managing Director, Boston
Dipanjan Sengupta
Donald Kilinski
Dona Roche-Tarry: Managing Partner; Head of European Advanced Technology Practice
Donna Pratt, MD, MSEH
Doug Black: Chief Financial Officer*
Dwain Celistan: Leader, Global Diversity Practice
Edward van den Boorn
Eric Dieny
Eunice Kim
Fernando Boldrini
Fernando Cesar
Frank Smeekes: Managing Director, Europe
Frank Spencer: Managing Director, New York; President, Retail/Consumer Practice
Geoffrey Hoffmann: Chief Executive Officer*
Glenn Sugiyama: Global Leader, Sports Practice
Gordon White, Jr.: Leader, DHR’s Automotive Industry Sector
Helen Getzkin
Hendrik Geissler
Ian Thomson [Contestant, The Bachelorette]
Jadie Li
Jae (Jae-Hang) Noh
James Abruzzo: Global Leader, Nonprofit Practice Group
James G. Abruzzo: VP, Talent Acquisitions, Northeast
James DiFilippo
James Norton
James Schroeder
Jan Westerink
Jason Lee
Jay Millen: Vice Chairman, North America; Global Leader, Board & CEO Practice Group; Managing Director, Carolinas
Jeffrey Golove: Head, Healthcare Payor Division
Jeffery Smith: Managing Director, Houston; Global Co-leader, Energy Sector
Jerry McGrath: Global Leader, Human Resources Practice Group
Jill Schofield: Managing Director, Calgary; Global Leader, Mining Practice Group; Leader, Global Energy and Construction/Infrastructure Practices; Global Leader, Industrial Practice
Johannes Suciu
John Baker: Global Leader, Life Science Practice Group
Joseph Huddle: Global Leader, Industrial Practice Group; Managing Director, Washington DC
Joseph Christman: Managing Director, Pittsburgh; Leader, Aerospace, Defense & Homeland Security Sector
Joyce Mak
Joylyn Largo-Afonso
Judi Kilachand
Julia Eakes
Justin Hirsch: President, JobPlex; HR Executive Search Lead
Karin Legein
Karin Warwick-Thompson: Managing Partner, Global Insurance Practice
Kazuhiko Mori
Kazushige Hata
Keith Giarman: President, Private Equity Practice
Kelvin Ling
Kenneth Xu
Kristi LeBlanc: Leader, North American Consumer Practice
Lance Winn: Managing Director, Austin
Lawrence R. Noble
Linda Madrid: Global Leader, Legal and Compliance Practice
Lorenz Pestinger: Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Asia Pacific
Louis Hipp III
Manish Pajan
Manuel Corsino: Managing Director, Miami; Managing Director, Mexico City
Margaret Dillon*
Marcey Rubin Stamas: Managing Director, Chicago; Managing Director, Retail/Consumer Practice
Marco Muñoz: Managing Director, Latin America
Marissa Martin: Global Head of Research
Martin Nass: Managing Partner, New York; Global Leader of Real Estate Practice
Martin Pocs: Vice Chairman; Managing Director, Denver
Mary Lee Montague: Nonprofit Practice Group Leader, North America
May Tung: Managing Director/Head of the Financial Services Practice
Merritt Norvell, Jr. Ph.D.: Managing Director, Lansing; Global Leader, Education Practice
Michael Getchell: Managing Director, Brazil
Michael Kotelec
Michaela Rosbrook
Michelle Smead
Mike Lim Sang Chong: Advanced Technology Practice Leader, Asia Pacific
Mike Nagata
Mona Bopanna
Naomi Tachibana: Managing Director, Tokyo
Nick Parry
Nick Slee
Nicole Phillips
Olivia Quatrone: Managing Director
Pascal Daoglio
Pat Richter
Patricia Watters Binkley
Paul Stefunek
Peter Billing
Philip DeFord
Philippe Tirault: Managing Director, Korea
Pravesh Mehra: Global Leader, Business & Professional Services
Rick Brown: Managing Director, Indianapolis
Rick Walker: Managing Director, Houston
Rives Dalley Hewitt
Robert Baker
Robert Fong
Robert Godfrey
Robin Singleton: Leader, National Healthcare Practice; Global Leader, Human Resources Practice
Roc Spence
Rod Malcolm: Consumer Practice Leader, Toronto; Global Leader, Consumer Practice
Ron Woessner: Global Leader, Financial Officer Practice
Ryoko Komatsuzaki: Asia Pacific Lead, Retail Practice
Sal DiFranco: Global Leader, Advanced Technology Practice Group; Leader, CIO Practice
Sayres Dudley
Scott Harris: Managing Director, St. Louis
Scott Sette
Sean Scanlon: Managing Director, Los Angeles; Global Leader, Media & Entertainment Practice
Serge Lamielle: Managing Director, Paris
Shannon Connors: Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives; Advisory Practice Group Leader
Shawn Woessner: Managing Director, Minneapolis
Simon Mansfield: Managing Director, London
Smooch Repovich Reynolds: Global Leader, Investor Relations & Communications Practice Group
Stacey Holland
Stéphane Rambosson: Managing Director, European Financial Services Practice Group
Stephen Hayes: Executive Chairman
Steve Godwin
Steve Stine: Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Sue Rossiter: Managing Director and European Practice Lead Global Life Sciences Practice
Supriya Dikshit: Life Sciences Practice Leader, Asia
Sussannah Kelly
Suzy Stewart
Thomas Drewry: Advisor European Financial Services Practice
Thorsten Otremba: Head of Global Automotive Excellence
Tim Kemp: Managing Partner; Head of European Human Resources Practice
Tina Winner
Tom Goodrich
Tushar Dhingra
Victor Kleinman: Managing Director, Palm Beach; Global Pharmaceutical Practice Leader
William Franquemont
Xavier Alix


  1. It is truly absurd that there can be so many chiefs. It's like my daughter's elementary school where every child gets an award to build up their self-esteem. The difference here is that clients probably think the individuals with these titles are highly accomplished or, as DHR say, 'renowned'.

  2. How about employing a VP, Internal Human Resources? Oh, that's right, DHR International don't care about their employees.

    The only metric they care about are billings. There's no 360° process or feedback process.