LeadChange is a highly focused retained search firm that is driving innovation for companies seeking better value and results in their retained search process. For the last decade LeadChange has successfully completed CFO, CEO, COO and direct report to C-level searches for public, private, and PE backed organizations. Our experience combined with our tech-enabled retained search platform Search Accelerator is unrivaled and has built long-term, trusted, and repeat clients.
We’re Good at Search
Years of Experience
Days of Average Search Assignment
The Principals of LeadChange have experience working on over 500 executive search assignments over the last decade in the areas of financial officers, general management, operations, and private equity for growth-oriented companies.
Extensive experience recruiting CFO’s, Controllers, Treasurers, and Heads of Tax, Corporate Development, IR, and FP&A for leading public and private companies across multiple industries ranging in size from large-cap and mid-cap to high-growth, small-cap organizations.
Recruitment of Executives and CFO’s for financial sponsor backed companies across industry sectors. Strong understanding and alignment with the culture, technical skills, and business acumen required to create value in a leveraged environment.
CEO & COO
Recruitment of CEO’s, COO’s
and general management for
growth oriented middle
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LeadChange is a highly focused retained executive recruiting firm placing senior leadership across general management, finance and operations in leading public and private companies. The current market for executive search lacks transparency and efficiency in the research, talent mapping, and candidate development phase of the process. LeadChange brings increased due diligence, rigor, and statistical analysis to this phase, creating efficiencies in pricing, structure, and delivery.
LeadChange’s sister company Lead5 is an innovative career management site for executive candidates and provides tech-enabled retained search through Lead5 Search Accelerator.
Founder & Managing Partner
Josh Wimberley serves as Founder and Managing Partner of LeadChange and has 15 years of executive search experience having successfully completed over 300 senior-level searches working for Fortune 1000 companies and financial sponsor backed organizations. In Mr. Wimberley’s previous role as Head of the Financial Officer Practice in North America for Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), he focused on recruiting CFO’s, treasurers, controllers, and division finance officers across multiple industries. In addition, he worked in Global Financial Markets for over a decade recruiting senior executives to financial institutions including banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and insurance firms.
Mr. Wimberley had a distinguished career in executive search with his previous firm as he was the youngest partner at the time of his promotion and one of the youngest practice leaders in the firm’s history. In addition, he has been quoted on various leadership and succession topics in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and CFO Magazine. He received his bachelor’s degree in management, magna cum laude, from Baylor University.
Mike Russ serves as Partner for LeadChange responsible for operations, information technology, search process, marketing, and development of the Lead5 platform. Mr. Russ is a proven marketing and operations executive and a leader in quality assurance, quality control, project management, people management, process improvement/ implementation, and customer relations. He has achieved designation as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt professional.
Prior to LeadChange, Mr. Russ served as Senior Vice President, Operations for Ivie & Associates, a marketing communications firm. He led new initiatives while living in Shanghai, China and successfully developed and implemented solutions both domestic and abroad. He focused on delivering profitable growth through improved business processes, stronger analytics, and team development. In past roles, Mr. Russ has served as the Vice President of International Services, Director of Client Services and Director of Procurement.
Mike holds a BA degree in Communications from Texas A&M University and an MBA in Finance and Operations from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
We seek excellence in all endeavors of LeadChange no matter how trivial the task or grand the strategy. Excellence in client service, innovation, operations, and the way we serve customers, employees, investors, and partners.
We approach business focused on the long term; building a company that creates lasting value through honesty, respect, and under-promising to over-deliver. We seek people with intellect, drive, creativity, and business acumen, but most important, resilient character that endures through adversity - people who will never sacrifice what is best for the company, clients, and shareholders for short-term gain.
We do not “own” anything and we are merely stewards of our time, energy, possessions, and talents. LeadChange exists as an organization to reflect these talents through hard work, solutions, ideas & creativity on behalf of our clients.