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Avanos – Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

Another <50-day success – even more impressive as it was with a brand new client relationship to ZRG!

The power of the ZRG platform during the COVID-19 pandemic was demonstrated with another hire in less than 50 days. Chief Growth Officer & Managing Director Alex Bennett and Global Head of Legal & Compliance Shelly Scott placed a board-tested Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Avanos (AVNS:NYSE), a leading medical technology company.


The global pandemic continues to challenge businesses and increase uncertainty across nearly all industries, especially when recruiting executives remotely. Despite the circumstances, ZRG was able to place a mission-critical Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer with a NYSE-listed medical technology company in less than 50 days and it was their first executive search assignment together.


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the search for CECO of a global, publicly traded medical technology company was certain to be challenging. Our industry-leading client Avanos (AVNS:NYSE), boasts annual revenue over $700M and 4,700 employees globally including eight production facilities and sales in 90 countries. Time was of the essence as a key executive had assumed the additional responsibility of Interim Compliance Officer for many months. The client was looking for a quick turnaround but wanted an industry veteran with exemplary relationship building skills and a commercial focus. The client turned to ZRG's Alex Bennett, Managing Director & Chief Growth Officer and firm leader in Medical Technology and Shelly Scott, Managing Director and head of the Legal & Compliance Practice, for advice and a solution.


Alex and Shelly leveraged the full capabilities of the ZRG platform. Through determined teamwork across ZRG’s Research, Recruiting, and Client Services groups and utilization of ZRG’s data-driven assessment tools, a slate of highly qualified candidates was quickly identified, engaged, and presented to the client. In this work, ZRG was not constrained by prior “hands off” or off-limits agreements, so the client’s access to talent was virtually unlimited. Further, Shelly deployed the firm’s comprehensive suite of innovative search tools to evaluate and assess a wide range of candidates and then zero in quickly on those best suited for the role.


Less than 50 days after search commencement, ZRG Partners closed the search with a successful placement, resulting in both a very happy candidate and client. In fact, the client was not only thrilled with the culture-matched candidate but touted the search as “one of the fastest ever done at the executive level.”

Rhonda Gibby, CHRO, Avanos commented, “This was our first search with ZRG and I am extremely pleased with their thoroughness and speed. Shelly and Alex created a top-notch experience from developing the role profile to the presentation of a slate of diverse, well-qualified candidates and ultimately the hiring of our new CECO.” 

Alex commented, “With all humility, it was a pretty simple and straightforward process. The key to consistently executing great work, exceptionally quickly and efficiently is not a secret. ZRG Partners couples great clients who value partnership with an exceptional team across sector, function and geography, and our primary motivation and reward is execution for the client. The functional expert in this case, Shelly Scott, who leads our Legal & Compliance practice is an industry thought leader. Her specialty and knowledge of the compliance leadership market combined with ZRG’s industry leading technology, systems and tools was the difference maker.”

Shelly observed, “The right team, each bringing their own strengths, can solve most any challenging search assignment. Alex’s deep knowledge of the medical technology sector gave a unique perspective on the commercial acumen required for the role and the nuances of each candidates’ prior work experiences. Together we produced a best-in-class search experience for the client and a dream job for the candidate.”


Lead Managing Directors


Alex Bennett

Managing Director
Chief Growth Officer
Americas/EMEA/Asia Pacific
O: +44.20.3880.8014
M: +44.7775.81.81.71


Shelly Scott

Managing Director
Rochester, NY
O: +1.203.882.8217
M: +1.585.236.5149