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Carl has a degree in business from McGill University and spent his early career with the Xerox Corporation. He held progressively more senior management responsibilities within the company in both Canada and the United States. Carl left Xerox to pursue a career in executive search.
In 1990, Carl, after building a leading search practice with another major search firm, founded Ray & Berndtson Canada now Odgers Berndtson – bringing together some of Canada's most successful and experienced executive search professionals. The organization is now Canada's leading and largest executive search firm. Carl is the Chairman of Odgers Berndtson Canada and sits on the Board of Odgers Berndtson International. He also continues to lead key Chief Executive Officer, C-level and Board search projects. His clients include organizations in the fields of technology and communications, financial services, manufacturing, transportation and other sectors.
Carl also maintains a range of business and professional involvements outside of Odgers Berndtson, including current and past directorships such as Toronto Board of Trade – Advisory Council, CIBC Trust Corporation, the Sunnybrook Foundation, and Tourism Toronto where he is past chair. Carl is also is the past Chair of AESC (The Association of Executive Search Consultants), the international representational and standard setting organization for the executive search industry. In 2012 Carl was presented the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the AESC. Carl served on the Americas Council from 2004-2011, and on the Board from 2006-2011, including terms as Chair of both governance bodies.
As world-class organizations grapple with the global challenges of the 21st century, it is their leaders that define success.
Today's energy and utility corporations face intense market and competitive pressures: Strong leadership is the driving force that shapes the successful company.
Globalization, mergers and acquisitions, vertical integrations and partnerships, all demand more of the people at the top.
The demand for new leaders is endless for both information & communications organizations selling into the enterprise, as well as convergent, web and wireless enabled technology businesses.
As the role of the finance function in corporate decision-making becomes ever-increasingly important, so the demands on finance leaders are rising.