Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Sean Tuley has joined Global Medical Response as their Chief Information Officer. Formed in early 2018, Global Medical Response (“GMR”) is the nation’s largest medical transportation company (emergency and non-emergency) as the result of the combination of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), the leading provider of emergency air medical transport, and American Medical Response (AMR), the largest ground ambulance company in the US, providing both emergency and non-emergency medical transportation. GMR’s pro forma annual revenues are approximately $4 billion.
Co-headquartered in Dallas and Denver, GMR is owned by investment funds controlled by KKR, the publicly-traded global private equity firm, with almost $150 billion in assets, including several prominent healthcare services holdings.
Chartwell Partners, a national leader in executive search services, announced today that Sara Hagar has joined the firm as a Partner, leading the Biopharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Practice. Sara’s appointment builds upon Chartwell’s established reputation as a premier provider of recruitment advisory services for healthcare, consumer, industrial and financial services clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to early stage enterprises, as well as private equity firms and their portfolio investments.
Chartwell’s Healthcare Sector is privileged to serve a client base that spans the complete continuum of the market from the discovery, development, commercialization and manufacturing of innovative therapeutics and medical technologies, to physician management, HCIT, insurance, healthcare delivery and patient care.
Sara began her recruiting career in 1990, focusing exclusively in the biopharmaceuticals and life sciences sector since 1991. Her search work includes Board, CEO and other C-level positions across all functional disciplines with an emphasis on highly innovative, emerging therapeutics companies approaching their key inflection points.
Prior to Chartwell Partners, Sara was a Partner with Catalyst Advisors LP, a firm she joined at its inception in 2008. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the Healthcare Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates in the San Francisco, Menlo Park and Washington, D.C. offices.
Sara is based in Philadelphia where she joins Partner, Mike DeSantis, whose practice focuses on serving clients in health insurance, healthcare technology and technology enabled service providers.
Chartwell Partners is uniquely positioned to identify and attract leaders across the ever-expanding healthcare landscape and take advantage of the convergence of industries and acumen needed to accelerate true healthcare related advancements and ROI.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Brian T. Coleman has recently joined KidKraft as Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to joining KidKraft, Mr. Coleman served as a Group IT Director for Dairy Farm Health & Beauty Companies in Hong Kong.
Located in Dallas, Texas, KidKraft is a global leader in award-winning products that are MADE FOR MAKE BELIEVE. KidKraft’s high-quality products, designed for traditional play that deliver 360-degree experiences, on-trend designs and EZ Kraft technology for faster assembly, are available at more than 2,800 retailers in more than 90 countries worldwide. In July 2015, KidKraft was acquired by MidOcean Partners, a premier, middle-market private equity firm focused on consumer and business services. KidKraft’s global headquarters are in Dallas, Texas with additional offices in Amsterdam and China.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Rick Wigginton has recently joined Brookdale Senior Living as Senior Vice President, Sales. Prior to joining Brookdale Senior Living, Mr. Wigginton served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Holiday Retirement.
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with approximately 961 communities in 46 states and the ability to serve approximately 93,000 residents as of September 30, 2018.
8th Avenue Food & Provisions has hired Doug Kooren in the position of Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the senior management team of this new private label enterprise, he will assume a strategic role in the overall financial management of the company. He will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. This will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, cash-flow, strategic planning, costing, deal/M&A analysis and negotiations, stakeholder relationships and partnership compliance and capital markets activities. He will report to Jim Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer.
Doug brings 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, sales, marketing, M&A and business integration. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Foster Poultry Farms, a $2.5 billion family owned branded & private label, vertically integrated poultry company. Prior, he served as Vice President Finance/Senior Financial Officer for Lamb Weston, one of the world’s leading suppliers of frozen potato products. Doug spent the bulk of his career, in a variety of finance roles, with Conagra Foods. He started his career in public accounting (Price Waterhouse) before moving into audit with General Mills.
8th Avenue is a leading, private brand-centric, consumer products holding company, manufacturing and selling private brand food products primarily to retail, foodservice and ingredient customers. These businesses produce nut butter, dried fruits and nuts, pasta and granola products for top retailers, distributors and manufacturers. 8th Avenue Food & Provisions was formed in October 2018 through a combination of Post Holdings’ private brands businesses. The company is owned by Post Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”), a private equity firm.
Partners Mike Magurany & Scott Cuellar conducted the search. Chartwell Partners is a boutique, senior-level, retained executive search firm, operating on a national platform. Founded in 2005, they have offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas, and Philadelphia. Chartwell is comprised of ten partners, as well as a support staff of executive assistants and researchers. The firm specializes in consumer products, food and retail as well as industrial and healthcare.