Allegis Partners Launches Board of Directors Search Practice

New York, NY - (October 26, 2015) – Allegis Partners (AP), the global executive search firm, announced today the launch of its Board Search Practice. Based in Chicago, Sara Hays joins the firm to co-lead the practice as a Managing Director along with Paul Williams, who is also a Partner with its sister company Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA).

Allegis Partners' Board Search Practice partners with Boards to efficiently recruit successful director candidates that align with the company's culture and strategic direction. Sara Hays and Paul Williams bring a combined 20+ years of experience as public company directors to the practice along with their executive leadership experience and established corporate governance expertise. As diverse directors, they understand the value of diversity in the boardroom and, through their extensive networks, can access qualified candidates with relevant leadership experience across a variety of industries and functional areas.

"As Allegis Partners continues to grow, we recognize the need for a comprehensive Board Search function across publicly traded organizations," said Greg Richter, Vice President and Global Head of Allegis Partners. "Organizations are evolving and their priorities are changing. Whether the Board needs more diversity, a specific industry knowledge base or assistance with succession plans, Allegis Partners provides a personalized approach that aligns corporate strategy with boardroom succession and combines the best of a boutique executive search practice with the relationships and resources of the world's largest human capital management organization."

Sara Hays has several decades of experience in business leadership roles, both as a General Counsel and a Chief Operating Officer, working with C-suite and senior-level executives in the commercial real estate, finance and hospitality industries as well as more than 15 years of board service spanning public, private and non-profit organizations in a variety of leadership, advisory and committee roles. Since 2005, she has served as a Director of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a $1 billion global manufacturer of value-added glass products, services and technologies used in the architectural and large-scale optical industries worldwide. Sara currently chairs Apogee's Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and led the company's search for its current CEO. She also serves as an independent director for ECI Group, a private, family-owned multi-family developer and operator of apartment buildings throughout the Southeast, and is a member of its Audit and Governance committees. Sara is a member of Executive Committee of the Law Board at Northwestern University School of Law and currently serves as President of the Chicago Finance Exchange, where she established its Board Access Initiative for the female financial leaders who are members. Sara can be reached at

Paul Williams, a former Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of a Fortune 20 company, is a member of the Board of Directors for three public companies, each having a market cap exceeding $1 billion: Essendant, Inc., a Fortune 500 distributor of business products; Bob Evans Farms, Inc., the owner and operator of nearly 700 restaurants in the U.S.; and Compass Minerals, Inc., a producer of salt and other inorganic mineral products. He currently is the Compensation Committee Chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals. He also has served as the Lead Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation, a property and casualty insurance company, and sat on numerous charitable and educational boards, including Physicians for Human Rights, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Arthritis Foundation, Buckeye Boys Ranch and Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Paul can be reached at

About Allegis Partners

Allegis Partners is the global executive search firm delivering a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. We focus on identifying diverse, top talent for board, C-suite and senior executive-level roles across a wide range of corporate functions and industries around the world. Allegis Partners is committed to understanding our client and, in turn, customizes each search to meet the needs of the client and specific position. We're backed by the extensive resources and knowledge of the Allegis Group, a $10+ billion privately held global human capital organization. To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit

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