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ZRG’s Consumer and Private Equity Practices Expand with Addition of Dan Searby

Rochelle Park, NJ, January 14, 2021ZRG, named the fastest-growing global executive search firm in 2020, welcomes Dan Searby as Managing Director. Working in the New York City office, he brings 15 years of executive search experience to the firm’s Consumer and Private Equity practice groups.

Before joining ZRG, Dan led senior-level search work for The Elliot Group and Herbert Mines Associates. Over this time, he amassed extensive restaurant industry expertise and built long-term relationships in the foodservice and restaurant sectors. Dan has conducted search engagements in the broader CPG, hospitality, retail, consumer services, and foodservice manufacturing spaces as well.

Across his executive recruiting career, Dan has conducted numerous CEO and President-level searches. In the last ten years, more than three-quarters of his searches have been at the C-suite level across all functions, and 71% have been conducted on behalf of private equity or private capital portfolio companies.

Dan’s career prior to search was spent in the consumer and retail/foodservice sectors as well. He started with the Coca-Cola Company, where his tenure of more than 15 years culminated in a role overseeing the Northeastern National Accounts (foodservice) team. Later, Dan was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Restaurant Associates/Patina Group, a $250 million New York-based restaurant operator and Compass Group subsidiary.

“Having recruited executive leaders for the restaurant industry and served as one himself, Dan truly knows this industry inside and out,” Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG, said. “His wealth of expertise across the consumer, hospitality, and foodservice sectors will be of great benefit to our clients and search consultants alike.”

“My best client ever strongly endorsed ZRG, speaking to the quality of the people, their deep and real collaborative approach, and their analytics-driven search platform that enables differentiated search work and faster, better results,” Dan added. “The transformation of the restaurant and hospitality industries has accelerated dramatically in the past year and with ZRG’s nimble and substantive approach, I’m confident in our ability to recruit the strategic, inclusive thought leaders these industries need in 2021 and beyond.”

About ZRG

Since 1999, ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about identifying top talent, and for over 20 years, clients have trusted us to recruit top talent around the world. Today, ZRG is one of the fastest-growing global firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained executive, middle-management, and customized search solutions globally through its offices in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Middle East/North Africa.

ZRG matches clients with the right leaders by leveraging technological innovation, years of experience, and an ability to identify quality candidates. Businesses often falter under sub-par leadership, but with each placement, ZRG promises to identify and hire executives fit to meet their clients’ unique needs. ZRG’s analytical process and collaborative culture give us the competitive edge to provide our clients with an industry-leading advantage.