BridgeStreet Partners is hiring a Chief Information Officer for Austin Industries
April 6, 2022 – The Chief Information Officer is considered one of the most strategic roles in any organization. Yet recruitment within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the hardest to find and move around. BridgeStreet Partners recently recruited Janya Kieffer as the new Chief Information Officer of Austin Industries. Ms. Kieffer was most recently Vice President of Information Technology at Acme Brick, a Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Fort Worth, TX. Earlier in her career, she was CIO at PrimeSource Building Products, one of North America’s largest building materials distributors. She is a board member of the Dallas Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Austin Industries is one of America’s largest and most diverse construction companies. The company provides almost all types of civil, commercial and industrial construction services.
BridgeStreet Partners is a boutique recruitment firm founded in 2007 with offices in New York; Los Angeles; Palo Alto; Dallas; and Houston. Each Managing Director brings over 20 years of research experience, all with industry backgrounds. Its managing directors have been CFOs, CIOs, consulting partners, and sales and marketing executives.
Scott Williams, the company’s founder and CEO, has over 20 years of executive search experience recruiting C-level executives for clients across many industries and partners for global consultancies, experts -accountants and other professional services companies. He also has 15 years of experience consulting with clients to design and implement improved business processes and advanced information technology. He is a specialist in the professional services industry and the CIO research functional area.
“As a boutique of seasoned executive search professionals spread across the country, our operations haven’t changed dramatically,” said Dave Westberry, the company’s managing director. “We have always been very active and very collaborative. But, like most people, instead of conference calls and in-person interviews, we’ve moved to video conferencing. And, we recently upgraded to a new, much more dynamic database to ensure our customers continue to receive the best possible service.
Over the past year, a number of organizations have turned to executive search firms to help them find high-level CIOs. Here are some of the main missions followed by Hunt Scanlon Media:
Chapel Hill Solutions recently helped recruit Mark Lauteren as the new Chief Information Officer at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL. Previously, Mr. Lauteren served as IT Director at El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he led all aspects of information services and telecommunications to help the organization achieve its mission. Prior to that, he was CIO for Astria Health, where he was responsible for the direction and management of information services, clinical engineering, IT/cybersecurity, project management office and telecommunications.
McDermott + Bull, a research firm based in Irvine, Calif., recently appointed Drew Manning as Chief Information Officer of KeyPoint Credit Union. The mission was led by President Brandon Biegenzahn, Vice President Michelle Davis and executive recruiter Courtney Dorrel. “Drew is passionate about creating alignment between business units and the technology department,” said Brad Canfield, president and CEO of KeyPoint. “With our goal of creating a leading digital experience, his knowledge and experience will help KeyPoint grow and better serve its members.”
Acertitude participated in the placement of Julie Rafferty as Chief Information Officer of Turkey Hill, a private equity-backed company, the fourth best-selling premium ice cream brand. Co-founder and managing partner Rick DeRose and principal Jessica Tvelia led the mission. The search was completed in just 76 days. Ms. Rafferty brings a proven track record of working for various fast-paced global consumer goods organizations. Most recently, she served as Chief Information Officer at Pinnacle Foods.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media