CHICAGO — Dec. 6, 2021 — Felix Global, the premier leadership development, career transition and executive search firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Shields Meneley Partners, the industry leader for C-Suite career transition services, executive assessment, coaching and “portfolio life,” a groundbreaking program for executives’ post-corporate life. The transaction closed on Dec. 1, 2021. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Bringing Felix Global and Shields Meneley Partners together is important because it deepens our product offerings to better serve our clients,” says Jim Graham, president & chief executive officer of Felix Global. “Together, we are stronger, and we are able to scale, while retaining our roots of customization and providing clients with our renowned high-touch approach.”
Shields Meneley Partners is the global trailblazer helping board members, the C-Suite, and EVP-level executives advance their companies and careers with customized transition services. In addition, the firm offers executive assessment and development coaching to contribute to improved business results. Shields Meneley Partners was founded in 2003 and has been disrupting the transition services market ever since. The firm has helped more than 500 companies and 2000 leaders with highly customized transition, executive team effectiveness and coaching programs that reflect the unique needs of each client.
Felix Global is a human capital consulting firm that helps clients conquer the new world of work. The firm primes leaders to tackle the critical challenges of today and tomorrow with powerful talent, leadership and career transition programs that drive winning results and build resilient teams.
“The team from Shields Meneley Partners, including myself and Bob Ryan, also an equity partner in the firm, are now fully integrated with Felix Global and we are focused on deepening customer relationships, enhancing client experience and growing the business overall in the years to come,” says Hugh Shields, a founder of Shields Meneley Partners. “Combining our career transition and coaching expertise with Felix Global’s leadership development and executive search proficiencies, creates a powerful and exciting new set of resources for our clients.”
Achieving a critical mass in the highly fragmented leadership development space is key to success in today’s changing human capital space. Shields Meneley Partners’ expertise are complementary with those of Felix Global.
“We are excited to pivot to this next chapter of the growth of Shields Meneley, along with our new colleagues at Felix Global,” says Bob Ryan.
Culturally, the teams from both companies are aligned, thus making the transition seamless internally for employees and externally for clients. Twelve team members from Shields Meneley Partners have joined the Felix Global team. Shields Meneley Partners will continue to be based out of Chicago while working with customers worldwide.
The acquisition of Shields Meneley Partners is the latest news in a busy year of growth for Felix Global. The firm recently located its global headquarters in Chicago. In February, the firm hired industry veterans J. James O’Malley and Marc Detampel to lead its new Executive Search Practice. In June, Felix Global announced Rob Miller joined this new division as a director. Acquiring Shields Meneley Partners and Jim’s, Marc’s and Rob’s proficiency and network ensures Felix Global’s leadership product offerings align with the changing business needs of clients across all industries.
About Felix Global
Founded in 1991, Felix Global offers 30+ years of full-service recruitment, leadership development, career transition and executive search expertise to top employers worldwide. Based in Chicago (U.S. headquarters) and Toronto (Canada headquarters), Felix Global comprises experts in developing effective behavioral change and skill growth among executives and leaders across multiple industries and functions. Felix Global has partnered with top organizations to deliver customized solutions across all service offerings with a 98 percent customer retention rate.
Shields Meneley Partners
Shields Meneley Partners specializes in helping senior leaders and board members advance their companies and careers. We provide individuals, executive teams and boards with insightful assessments, performance coaching and guidance for leadership and career transition. Founded in 2003, the firm has served more than 500 companies and 2000 leaders with programs that are personalized to each client’s experience and circumstance.