melissa a. henderson

CEO and president of Summit Executive Resources

Turning executive search on its head

As an expert business strategist for executive recruitment and placement and founder and CEO of Summit Executive Resources, Melissa Henderson and her team offer a radical departure from traditional business approaches to executive search. They serve as personal agents to executives, preparing them for the right business opportunities. Summit's world-class assessments methodology offers keen insights into leadership characteristics and skills, effectively preparing candidates for executive roles. Melissa also connects companies, boards of directors and private equity firms with top-notch candidates, swiftly and at no cost.

A touchstone of Melissa's work is an unbundled services model that's specifically tailored to a client's individual needs. Global corporate and technology companies, such as Northrop Grumman, IBM, Xerox and Hilton Worldwide, as well as numerous private and public middle market companies and private equity firms have all benefitted from Melissa's approach.

Topics

Drawing on her rich experience on both sides of the executive search process, Melissa routinely writes and speaks on the day's most pressing industry topics. These include:

Revolutionary New Models in Executive Search. As the CEO and president of Summit Executive Resources, Melissa set out to create a new model in executive search. Her radically different approach centers on representing the executive as their personal agent.

Preparing and Positioning Executives for Leadership Opportunities. Increased competition for fewer positions is the new normal in a post-recession economy. Melissa's unique assessments methodology effectively matches a candidate's strengths with an organization's needs.

Winning the Battle for Executive Talent. Long, drawn-out and expensive executive searches offer no guarantee of successful retention. Companies, private equity firms and boards of directors are now finding the right talent through new pathways to executive and board placement and retention.

Executive Compensation. With tightening SEC regulations, companies and private equity firms now face increased scrutiny over compensation packages. Melissa shares what this shift means for operating partners and firms as a whole.

Private Equity Operating Models. Private Equity firms and funding sources are grappling with how to structure operating models and compensate partners. Not all operating partners and models are created equal, a lot depends on competitive intelligence. Identifying operating partners and models best suited to business objectives adds value to a portfolio.

Building Highly Effective Boards. Finding board members who embody an organization's larger values of accountability, inclusion and fiduciary responsibility, is an ongoing challenge. Learn how to find — and retain — the right candidate to help create an innovative and socially responsible corporate board.

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Upcoming Engagements

  • Board Room Ready

    October 26 - 28, 2016 | George Washington University, Washington, DC

Past Engagements

  • PEI Operating Partners Forum

    October 19 - 20, 2016 | Convene Conference Center, New York, NY
  • 4th Annual Kayo Women's Private Equity Conference

    October 4 - 5, 2016 | The Peninsula, Chicago, IL
  • EXcelerating HR

    September 19 - 20, 2016 | Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe, Arizona

What People are Saying about Melissa

  • Doors that had been closed to me were opened immediately. I can say, without hesitation, that if it were not for Summit, I would not be with IBM today.
    — Ed Nadworny, Partner and Vice President, IBM Global Business Services
  • Doors that had been closed to me were opened immediately. I can say, without hesitation, that if it were not for Summit, I would not be with IBM today.
    — Ed Nadworny, Partner and Vice President, IBM Global Business Services