Jeff Hodge is a Senior Client Partner at Morgan Samuels and is responsible for managing client relationships including assessment, placement, and development of senior leaders and their teams. Jeff leads our Board Services practice.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the executive search industry, and specializes in senior executive and board level searches. He was previously Vice Chairman at Diversifed Search, where his executive search practice focused on assignments to place Chief Executive Officers, Corporate Directors, Chief Human Resource Officers and Professional Services Partners. In addition to his general management and Director search work, he has conducted assignments for senior managers in charge of most functional areas. His clients have included AT&T, Bank of America, Baker & McKenzie, KPMG, McKinsey, Deloitte & Touche, Clorox, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Gas & Electric, Genentech, Apple Computer, Delta Dental, Fireman’s Fund, and Charles Schwab, among others.
Jeff is a pioneer in providing diversity solutions for his clients’ recruiting needs and has also developed some of the strongest, most diverse search firm organizations in the executive recruiting industry. He is committed to a culture of inclusion and diversity throughout Morgan Samuels, in terms of both internal hiring practices and the best-in-class candidates we present to our clients.
Throughout his career, Jeff has often been called upon to do senior level, high impact recruitment in industries challenged by major changes brought on by industry consolidation, deregulation, sudden innovation or financial crisis. Accordingly, he has done significant work in financial services during crisis periods involving S&Ls, and more recently, the mortgage sector; technology during the breakthroughs in Silicon Valley in hardware, software and the Internet; the deregulation periods of the airlines and energy sectors; and recently in healthcare given the major challenges facing all providers.
Prior to Diversified Search, Jeff was a co-founder and Chairman of his own firm, Hodge Partners, a highly successful firm focusing on senior level searches for healthcare and technology clients as well as Boards of Directors.
Prior to founding the firm, Jeff was the Area Managing Partner for Heidrick & Struggles North America—West. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Spencer Stuart’s West Coast offices. His earlier search affiliation was with KPMG Peat Marwick in Chicago and San Francisco. Prior to beginning his executive search career, Jeff was on the audit staff of Deloitte & Touche (then Touche Ross) in Chicago.
Jeff is also a Founding Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Northern California Chapter and a Board Member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Indiana University.