Kendall A. Elsom, Jr.
Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice Leader

A seasoned senior Executive Search & Talent Acquisition professional, Ken possesses breadth and depth of experience in senior executive search consulting, general management consulting, and corporate line and staff management. With over 25 years experience as Board Member, CEO/President, Executive Vice President, Managing Partner, and senior Executive Search Consultant, Ken has consulted and partnered with many industry leading client companies.

Ken began his consulting career with Cresap, McCormick and Paget, Inc. one of the original “big three” General Management consulting firms in New York.  He was then recruited to Pepsi Cola Company as Director of Field Marketing and Distribution. Approached by the Chairman of Spencer Stuart, Ken joined the firm and became the youngest Vice-President & Principal in the history of the NY office. After 12 successful years with Spencer Stuart, Ken was recruited to Diversified Search Inc. in Philadelphia, PA where he spent the next three years as Executive Vice, President reporting to the Chairman & CEO. Ken then returned to New York as a Managing Director of the CEO recruiting firm of Haley Associates. In 1991, Ken founded Genesis Consulting Partners, a sole proprietorship which he ran as President & CEO until becoming Practice Leader – Executive Search & Talent Acquisition for J. F. Smith & Associates in 2010.

Ken’s client work at Genesis mirrors the breadth and depth of his consulting and corporate experience. Assignments have included C Level Executive Search & Talent Acquisition, Organizational Audits, Succession Planning, and Management Appraisals. Ken’s clients have also asked for his assistance in solving broader business problems including New Business Strategy Formulation, Industry Intelligence, Competitive Analysis, Merger & Acquisition Planning, Due Diligence, and Fund Raising for new ventures.

Some of Ken’s accomplishments include:

  • For Lavipharm Laboratories, Inc. he built the top management team, established the compensation structure, introduced the CEO to prospective funding sources, and performed M&A due diligence.  Success resulted in the company executing a “reverse” merger into a public shell
  • Was selected by the Chairman of Melanoma Cancer Research at NYU and owner of NeoVac, a platform cancer vaccine technology company, to establish the venture as an independent manufacturing, marketing and distribution company. Ken was successful at fundraising, and recruited the Chairman of the Board, outside Directors, CEO, and management team.
  • Partnered with the Chairman of Rorer Group. in formulating the company’s organization structure and succession plan. He then recruited the CEO, President, COO and other members of a top flight management team that transformed a $200mm single product HBA company into Rhone Poulenc Rorer Inc., that became the 12th largest, “pure play” in the Big Pharma industry
  • Ken demonstrates total allegiance to the most demanding standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity along with a dedication to obtaining the highest quality, most timely results possible.

    Ken is a graduate of Harvard College with a BA in Social Relations and the Wharton School where he earned his MBA in Organization Development with Distinction.

    Our Associates

  • Joel F. Smith, President & CEO
  • Neil J. Abitabilo, Operations and Finance Practice Leader
  • Karl Bortnick, Ph.D., Information Practice Leader
  • Annette Cremo, Ph.D., Training Practice Leader
  • Kendall A Elsom, Jr, Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice Leader
  • Thomas W Aiken, Finance Practice Leader
  • Ben Goldberg, Finance Practice Leader, Small cap
  • Patricia Weeks, Life Science Business Practice Leader
  • Matt Hugg, Nonprofit Practice Leader
  • Maria Semple, Prospect Research & Social Media
  • Gail Cooperman, MLD,, Marketing Practice Leader
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    Kendall Elsom

    Kendall A. Elsom, Jr.

    Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice Leader