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Gene E. Head Jr.
Managing Director
Birmingham, AL
O: +1-205-718-7889
M: +1-205-902-9029


Gene Head is a Managing Director specializing in Non-Profit and Higher Education. Strategic leadership and economic development are major specialties of his work.  Through dogged determination and a relentless pursuit of strategic alignment, his search work has included leading 200+ searches (Chancellors, Presidents, VP’s, Deans) with a completion rate of 99%.

Throughout his career, he has purposely studied and prepared executive leaders in a variety of capacities, advising and consulting in numerous practice areas including high potential leadership development, succession planning, and large-scale organizational appraisal and evaluation. An expert in sustainable transformation, his client work focuses on enterprise-wide change initiatives, C-level development, and building high-performing, strategically aligned executive teams in Higher Education and global Non-Profit. The number of repeat clients in his portfolio attest to his work.  Through collaborative efforts within Higher Education, corporate, and healthcare organizations, as well as the U.S. Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce, He works to advance a jobs-driven economy throughout the country.

His clients include the Maricopa Community College District; the Alabama Community College System; Harford Community College; the University of California System; the University of Alabama System; Samford University; California Baptist University; the Cal State University System; the University of Texas System; the International Justice Mission; the United Nations and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Previous Experience

Before joining ZRG Partners, Gene was a Managing Director with Diversified Search where he focused upon strategic growth within the Higher Education & Non-Profit sectors.  Previous to this role, he was a senior partner with a boutique search firm, where he orchestrated senior leadership searches in the Higher Education, Non-Profit, and Healthcare sectors.

Before entering executive search, Head enjoyed a 27-year career in advertising and marketing for his family’s advertising business, where he led the company’s growth through the demonstration of exceptional customer service and innovation. During his time in this role, many of his clients were with him for 20-plus years.

He serves on several boards focused upon international missions and humanitarian relief. His work in these areas have taken him multiple times to Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Beijing and Brazil.


Gene graduated from the Brock School of Business at Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.