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Trish O. Shortell

Managing Director

Trish Shortell is a managing director in the firm’s New York office. Trish has a multi-disciplined focus functionally in marketing, finance, digital, and analytics. From an industry perspective, there is no industry in which Trish has not worked. Due to the diversity of her functional expertise, Trish has worked across professional services (marketing, accounting, and legal , retail (both brick and click), apparel, financial services, technology, telecommunications, and healthcare, to name a few.

Trish brings unique experiences, having sat on both the client and search firm side of executive hiring. Her depth of knowledge and partnering style make her a go-to person for agencies and corporations when considering how to build teams. Trish’s reputation as an advisor, advocate, and friend to the best and brightest people within the marketing services industry enables her to fully understand her clients’ business priorities and offer insightful evaluations of executive talent. Her commitment to executive search and competitive intelligence insights make her one of the most informed talent partners in this space.

Previously, Trish served as senior vice president, executive recruiting and talent management at WPP, a global marketing and communications company with some 170,000 employees across more than 350 companies in more than 100 countries. Trish brings executive recruiting experience from her tenure at Heidrick & Struggles, where she  executed searches for clients that ranged from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-national corporations. Additionally, she served as a faculty member for training and development programs, and she initiated a firm-wide process for enhancing diversity efforts across all practices.

Trish spent several years with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, where she worked with the Management Committee on strategic initiatives, including partner recruitment globally. She has served as the chairperson of the British American Business Inc. Human Resources Roundtable. She also helped to establish New York City’s CAPITAL Program, which introduces creative industries to New York’s inner-city, high potential youths. Trish lives in New York with her husband Joe and three children.

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