PORTLAND – Smith & Wilkinson, one of the country’s premier executive search and leadership consulting organizations, recently announced that 2018 was its most successful year ever. During the past year, Smith & Wilkinson successfully completed nearly 125 executive searches, including a number throughout Maine.
Carll Wilkinson, managing partner of Smith & Wilkinson, said, “We saw significant demand for talent across a wide-range of industries including our core specialty areas of banks, credit unions, insurance companies and engineering firms. We also continued to expand our practice into other areas and look forward to building upon that foundation as we start the new year.”
In 2018, banking and credit union clients led by Cameron Boyd, practice director, accounted for nearly 80 placements including the successful recruitment and placement of a number of CEOs, CFOs, chief retail officers, lending, technology, compliance and operations positions. Smith & Wilkinson also experienced strong growth in its insurance practice, under the leadership of Ken Jordan, with close to 35 placements in multiple leadership positions. It also continued to build its engineering practice, with the hiring of Ben Chadwick to head up the practice. Smith & Wilkinson is planning additional expansion across practice areas in 2019 to meet market demand.
“We were successful working with our clients to respond with thoughtful employment value propositions and market appropriate compensation design, and I think we all feel great about the results,” said Wilkinson.
Despite 2019 looking like another strong employment market, Wilkinson believes that Smith & Wilkinson is well-positioned to assist clients in finding outstanding talent.
“We are anticipating strong competition for skilled roles across our industry sectors, with special emphasis on digital transformation positions within the financial services industry, as banks, credit unions and insurance companies work to meet consumer expectations for service delivery. We also expect ongoing demand for a variety of mid-level engineering roles focused on infrastructure, water and environmental projects around the country,” he said.
About Smith & Wilkinson
Founded in 1998, Smith & Wilkinson is one of the premier executive search and leadership consulting organizations in the country. It specializes in search and talent acquisition for board members, C-suite executives, line of business leaders, and skilled individual contributors for companies in all stages of growth and development. Smith & Wilkinson also offers consulting services, including executive leadership coaching, employee assessment, and succession planning solutions. Industries served including banking, credit unions, insurance, fintech and insurtech, wealth management, nonprofits and associations, and engineering. For more information, visit www.smithandwilkinson.com.