In response to rapid growth, ZOLL created the position of president to manage the company’s core business. ZOLL needed an outstanding executive who understood the challenges of selling capital equipment to life sciences customers. In addition, the company needed someone who fit its strong culture, and had the ability to manage the challenges inherent in taking a newly created position.
Travis & Company had previously worked with ZOLL and knew the company well. To prepare for this project, we met with the hiring manager and executives who would serve on the president’s staff, and spoke to members of the board who would be involved in the hire. As a result, we developed a deep understanding of the new position that enabled us to present the job to potential candidates in a compelling way, and evaluate them in relation to the company’s needs.
Travis & Company conducted a national search that resulted in a strong field of finalists. The search was completed on time, and ZOLL hired an outstanding candidate who was strongly supported by the hiring manager, the board of directors and the new president’s staff.
The president rapidly established himself in the new position and led the business through a sustained period of rapid growth. As a result of that success he was promoted to CEO with oversight of multiple divisions.