Chairman, CEO, Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay
Company Info: Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay
Web site: Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay.com
Address: 655 Montgomery St., Suite 1900, San Francisco, Calif. 94111
Advice: Surround yourself with the best possible talent you can find. Make sure you’re including a diverse range of opinions, cultures, and backgrounds. Be confident enough to encourage constructive differences of opinion. Don’t be afraid of hiring someone you might work for someday! Share the credit and be an outstanding mentor. Value the successes of your team and give them the accolades. Lead by example. Take a personal inventory. Do you need additional experience or exposures to achieve your goals? Seek out the kind of challenges that will round out your background. Balance your life and priorities, recognizing that certain challenges will make that difficult from time to time. Stay healthy for a long run.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: A long-term pattern of successes. Great references regarding performance and accomplishments achieved in a manner conducive to the long-term health of the organization. Great fiscal achievement that damages people or the brand or demonstrates poor stewardship isn’t really that terrific. Pride in the achievements of former subordinates and mentees. It is amazing how many people don’t have an answer for me when I ask them to talk about successful former direct reports. A balance of humility, confidence, courage, passion, and humor along with the ability to inspire others to great achievement.
Sector specialization: Health care, financial, professional services, energy, technology
Job function specialization: CEOs, CHROs, board directors, CFOs
Geographical Focus: North America
Companies I often recruit for: Confidential
Favorite historical figure: Dwight D. Eisenhower. As "CEO" of the European theater in World War II, he led nearly 3 million men to victory where the stakes were much higher than the typical CEO’s earnings-per-share goals. He surrounded himself with very difficult, brilliant generals like Montgomery and Patton. Furthermore, can you imagine a "board of directors" that includes personalities such as Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and de Gaulle? Jack Welch had it easy!
Education: Indiana Univ., BSBA, 1972
Employment history: Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay, CEO, 2003 to present; Heidrick & Struggles, Managing Partner--America/West, 1995-2003; Spencer Stuart, Managing Partner, U.S./West Coast, 1985-95; KPMG, Senior Manager, 1982-85, 1978-80; Paul Stafford Associates, Partner, 1980-82; Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche), Audit Staff, 1972-78
Other interests: Five children, tennis, bicycle trips, travel, history
Professional/Membership Affiliations: Director, Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation; Director, National Association of Corporate Directors
Experience in executive search consulting: 30+ years
High Profile Placement: Two come to mind: Recruiting the late Phil Defeo to be CEO of the Pacific Stock Exchange in 1999. Phil was the embodiment of all of the great attributes of a true leader and his achievement in driving the PCX to the new world of electronic exchange through the gauntlet of a member-owned environment to a public one was simply incredible. He had terrific passion and made everyone around him better. I’ll miss him. Second, recruiting Cari Dominguez, the recent chair of the EEOC to be my partner at both Spencer Stuart and Heidrick & Struggles. She is now on the advisory board of my current firm. The ability to recruit diverse superstars will spell the difference between success and failure for future corporations and search firms.
Other paths I might have pursued: Blues singer
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The demographic mismatch between the global need for outstanding talent and the limited pool of great leaders and future leaders.