Mark Surrette

January 16, 2015

Halifax, NS – Mark Surrette, President and co-founder of Atlantic Canada’s leading recruitment and HR consulting firm, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, is announcing upcoming changes to the firm’s leadership structure as part of a long term succession plan to better serve client needs as the business continues to grow.

Anna Stuart, Kevin Stoddart and Jeff Forbes, seasoned executives who co-own the firm with Surrette, have been named Managing Partners. Effective this month, they will take over leadership responsibility for Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and the continued growth of the firm’s main lines of business: executive search, Meridia (the firm’s contingency recruitment company), career transition and HR consulting.

All three Managing Partners will continue to work directly with clients and lead executive search assignments.

“The move marks a major milestone in a carefully considered and collaborative succession planning process,” says Surrette. “We’ve been planning this for years – working to grow and strengthen the business in preparation. We’ve more than doubled the size of our team since 2005 to support the growing demand for our services, sharing management responsibilities along the way. Our team now includes over 65 professionals. We will celebrate 40 years in the business this year and, with a strong leadership team in place, the timing was right to make this move.”

Surrette will be the Chair of the newly formed Board of Directors for the Robertson Surrette Group of Companies, which includes Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and other investments. The Board will include the three Managing Partners and Brian White, Vice President of Finance and Operations.  

While Surrette will remain active in the business, Forbes, a 15 year veteran of the firm, has been named President and will take over leadership of the executive team and day-to-day operations.

“Anna, Kevin and I are thankful for the leadership Mark has provided over the years, and to have had the opportunity to actively participate in the firm’s growth,” says Forbes. “We will continue to lead with the same spirit of collaboration and dedication to building strong internal and external partnerships.”

Surrette will continue to work directly on client assignments and provide guidance to the overall firm.
 
“We’ve worked with great clients over the years to develop their plan for leadership succession, and coached a lot of superb leaders in the process,” stated Surrette. “Now, we are going to put our own advice into practice and give our great leaders the opportunity to truly lead. Having worked directly with the Managing Partners for many years now, I have complete confidence that they will uphold the same values and commitment to service excellence on which our organization was built.”

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Media Contact:
Alison Chandler
Manager, Marketing & Communications
(902) 425-1163
achandler@kbrs.ca