Prior to forming this firm, Jim Carpenter had over 20 years of search experience exclusively with Russell Reynolds Associates in their New York office. Over his career, he has conducted more than 1,000 searches building senior executive teams at clients which have included Unilever, Diageo, Digitas, Sara Lee Corporation, Black & Decker and other leading consumer, technology, health care, and industrial companies. With his understanding of marketing and business strategy, Jim quickly built a reputation as a consultant and advisor to CEOs and Boards, and became one of the most productive partners in the history of the firm. During his career at Russell Reynolds Associates he led the Global Consumer sector, the Consumer Products and Services practice, was active in the CEO and Board practice, and founded the Chief Marketing Officer practice. Jim’s clients credit him with a differentiating focus on results, in part deriving from a unique ability to develop deep strategic insights on both clients and candidates and the fit between them. Jim was listed as one of the top 200 executive recruiters in the world in The Global 200 Executive Recruiters, has been quoted in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Business Week and has appeared on CNBC. Prior to his career in search Jim was on the Corporate Strategy staff of PepsiCo and started his career in strategy consulting. Jim received his BA in Government from St. Lawrence University and graduated with honors from the MBA program at Columbia University.
Carol McCullough has more than 20 years of experience in retained executive search. She began her career in recruiting with Russell Reynolds Associates where she headed research in the firm’s corporate headquarters in New York. Additionally, she was a member of the firm's Consumer Practice focused on the execution of senior level executive and board searches in this sector. After leaving Russell Reynolds, Ms. McCullough joined Kenny, Kindler, Hunt and Howe, a boutique retained search firm in New York City. She continues, to this day, her association with Hunt Howe Partners as a strategic partner on many of their senior level searches. In 1994, Ms. McCullough established her own retained executive search firm, The Mac Search Group, LLC. Her approach is to establish close working relationships with a limited number of clients in the consumer, information, health care and technology sectors. She recruits senior level executives across all functional areas. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College with a BA in English, Ms. McCullough received her Master’s in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA..
Tina has four years of experience in the executive search industry having worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant at Russell Reynolds Associates for several years before joining J. Carpenter & Co. soon after its inception. At J. Carpenter & Co. she has been critical to our relationship with clients and candidates and also manages all the administrative components of our newly established firm. Prior to entering into the executive search industry, Tina had a variety of office management and administrative roles with consumer companies and B2B operations. Earlier in her career she worked with DDB Needham in Chicago, a direct marketing operation in Colorado called Eagle Marketing and functioned as a supervisor of the administrative support group for the City of Coppell in TX. Immediately prior to the executive search industry, Tina was the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Unilever’s Home and Personal Care operation in Greenwich, CT.
Cat Bramhall has 18 years experience in the executive search business, in both research and technology roles. Prior to joining J. Carpenter and Co., Cat was the Information Technology Director at Russell Reynolds Associates. Her career began as a researcher, specializing in recruitment for Not-for-Profit, Legal and Board Director positions. On the technology team, Cat led the design of the firm's contact management and recruiting database, and oversaw training, knowledge management, data quality and related functions. She administered the client satisfaction survey program, and was a long-time member of the firm's Best Practices Committee. Cat is a graduate of Princeton University and the co-founder of the Feeding the Soul Foundation.
I.T. (In The) Black, our black moor goldfish has been with us since we moved into our permanent offices in June 2010 and has been a constant cheerleader for the success of the business. With a degree from PetSmart, his name derives from the fact that our good clients have kept us profitable from inception. We have positioned him to handle all of our aquatic searches. The practice has grown to such a degree that he hired Goldie to help him with his searches.