J.F. Smith & Associates Establishes Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice

FORT WASHINGTON, PA., November 12, 2010 - J. F. Smith & Associates (JFSA) is pleased to announce its new Executive Search and Talent Acquisition Practice. The new initiative was launched recently with the appointment of Kendall A. Elsom, Jr. as the firm’s Executive Search and Talent Acquisition Practice Leader.

“We’re delighted to have Ken on our team,” said JFSA President & CEO Joel F. Smith. “He is a well respected expert who has worked for several of the premier executive search firms in the country in support of many industry leading clients in our region. Ken will leverage the experience and networks of our 10 current practice leaders to identify and qualify the best talent for our clients.”

Mr. Elsom is a seasoned senior Executive Search & Talent Acquisition professional with 25+ years of experience in senior level executive search. In addition, his career also includes general management consulting, as well as corporate line and staff management.

“I was attracted to the unique combination of senior management experience and consulting excellence possessed by J. F. Smith & Associates’ Practice Leaders,” said Mr. Elsom. “Having this level of skill coupled with the in depth research and reporting tools available to support my executive search processes provides the firm with a powerful competitive advantage.”

Mr. Elsom 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. Mr. Elsom then joined Spencer Stuart, becoming the youngest Vice-President & Principal in the history of the NY office. After 12 successful years with Spencer Stuart, Mr. Elsom was recruited to Diversified Search Inc. in Philadelphia, PA where for three years he served as Executive Vice, President. He later returned to New York where he was elected a Managing Director with the CEO recruiting firm of Haley Associates before returning home to Philadelphia where he founded Genesis Consulting Partners.

Mr. Elsom is a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton School where he earned an MBA with Distinction.

A strategic advisory firm, J.F. Smith & Associates is dedicated to advancing the Greater Philadelphia Region’s Healthcare, Life Sciences, Nonprofit, and Technology business sectors. The company’s 11 associates empower clients to realize their full potential by providing targeted consulting assistance in strategic planning and in the five functional areas most affected by growth, transition, and uncertainty: Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology, and Training.& Development.