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Bill Holland
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Telephone: 416.922.5600  Ext: 234
Email: bill@mandrake.ca
Location: Toronto
 
 
About Bill
Described by his clients as “relentless in the search for great talent” and by his partners as a “brilliant strategist who can construct unique ways to search for executive talent”, Bill is widely regarded as one of the preeminent search consultants in the country.
 
Bill’s professional career spans more than 30 years in consulting preceded by leadership roles in the consumer products and retail sectors. From management assessment to the development of leadership succession plans, Bill advises CEOs and their Boards across a wide range of industries, functions and geographies.
 
Bill’s corporate search experience includes hiring executive talent for private and public sector organizations. He also consults with private equity and family owned businesses to connect them with the best entrepreneurial talent in the marketplace. In addition, Bill serves the public and social sector working with Boards to hire leadership teams for their executive office. 
 
Bill’s work in human capital goes well beyond executive search. His experience includes launching Mandrake’s first human capital management organization that provides a broad range of organizational strategy, leadership and staffing solutions. He also led the development and launch of Mandrake’s career transition and management selection businesses.
 
Bill has hired more than 750 professionals with notable engagements including:
 
PRIVATE SECTOR

• Chief Communications Officer for a F500 Healthcare Enterprise
Sourced CCOs with communications planning and development experience who had previously built out a corporate communications department in a Fortune 500 company.
 
• Chief Marketing Officer, SVP for a Global Financial Institution
Sourced CMOs from major NA companies who had experience managing brand, advertising, digital, CRM and customer analytics in large complex consumer facing organizations.
 
• EVP & Chief Commercial Officer for a Global Seafood Producer
Sourced the global marketplace for C-level marketing and sales executives with broad Asian, European and North American consumer, foodservice and institutional experience.
 
• Chief Financial Officer for a Multi-brand Restaurant Chain
Sourced CFOs with strong executive leadership experience working in the hospitality and retail sector with expert knowledge in franchising, real estate and retail operations.
 
 
PRIVATE EQUITY & FAMILY OWNED

• President for a Premium Private Label Food Producer
Sourced heads of private food and beverage companies who had North American sales and marketing experience and previously worked for a private equity owned business.
 
• Chief of Research & Development, GM for a Custom Manufacturer
Sourced General Managers and operations executives in the commercial refrigeration industry with experience designing custom solutions for global F1000 companies.
 
• Chief Financial Officer for a North American Pet Treat Company  
Sourced seasoned CFOs from private equity owned consumer product businesses with previous experience managing business turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions.
 
• President for an International Engineered Products Manufacturer
Sourced Presidents and General Managers working in custom manufacturing with a strong sales and marketing orientation and knowledge of the North American market.
 

PUBLIC & SOCIAL SECTOR

• President & CEO for a National Healthcare Charity
Sourced Executive Directors who had experience working in the NFP healthcare sector in advocacy, education, fundraising and program development reporting to a Board.
 
• Executive Director for a Toronto Mission for the Homeless
Sourced Executive Directors who had experience working in a mission environment managing fundraising, program development and operations reporting to a Board.
 
• Vice President Marketing & Communication for a National Charity
Sourced VP-level marketing and communications professionals with experience working in a federated charity supporting fund development and managing public relations.
 
• Chief Financial Officer for a Major Hospital Foundation
Sourced CFOs with NFP experience in healthcare and education who led all aspects finance & accounting with emphasis reporting on fund development and donor relations.
 

OTHER

• Vice President Marketing for a Leading Food & Beverage Company
Sourced VPs and Senior Directors who possessed superior strategic, innovation and brand management skills working in the fast moving consumer products marketplace.
 
• Vice President Marketing & Sales for a Global Wellness Company
Sourced senior brand leaders who had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and excellent innovation and new product launch experience in the consumer wellness sector.
 
• Vice President Supply Chain for a Leading CPG Company
Sourced VP level supply chain experts who had previously led successful business transformations in the North American consumer packaged goods industry.
 
• Vice President & Corporate Controller for a Canadian Brewery
Sourced finance executives with experience in large complex businesses and worked as a Corporate Controller in a publicly traded consumer packaged goods company.
 
While the above list represents just a sample from C-suite and Senior Executive engagements Bill has managed, he has also hired hundreds of functional experts at the Director and Manager level for his clients over the past 30 years.

 

 
 
Case Studies
 
Canadian Brewery Hires Vice President, Supply Chain
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Canadian Seafood Producer Hires Vice President of Marketing
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CleanTech Lighting Solutions Company Hires CEO
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Confections Company Hires Director of Human Resources
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Confections Company Hires Vice President of Sales & Customer Marketing
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Construction Equipment Rental Company Hires Sales & Marketing Executive
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Consumer Electronics Company Hires Chief Operating Officer
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Consumer Products Company Hires General Manager
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Entertainment Company Hires Vice President Finance
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Executive Team Hires in Pet Food Company
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Food Company Hires GM for Pet Division
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Global Producer of Premium Seafood Hires EVP & Chief Commercial Officer
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International Food & Beverage Company Hires Vice President of Marketing
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Pet Food Company Hires Chief Financial
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Pet Food Company Hires Vice President of Sales
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Pet Food Company Hires Vice President of Supply Chain
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Tourist Attraction Hires Director of Facility Management and Engineering
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Testimonials
"Stefan is not only an Executive Consultant with a track record of few hundred completed C-level searches, but the CEO of one of Canadian's best Executive Search and HR Consultancy firm. He is a strategic advisor to numerous senior level executives (Supervisory Boards and Board of Directors) as well as a coach and mentor to many professionals. His entrepreneurship experiences, abilities and achievements are both well recognized and appreciated by world's known YPO. He is a person one can trust, rely on, expect that he would deliver, enjoy his companion and sense a of humor, admire his wisdom and values, and respect him for what he stands for both as his family is concerned and the business he runs. What is quite unique about him is that being extremely blessed to be successful, he constantly remembers about those less fortunate and in need. He is an initiator of many undertakings to raise money, support and help others financially. One of the few ones that I would dream to work with if I had a chance to. Without any hesitation I would encourage any of my Clients to work with Stefan in Canada."
Daniel Lewczuk
CEO at Executive Network/IMD International Search
 
 
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