Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MRI Corporate Announces New Leadership

As of today, Michael Jalbert will no longer be leading MRI Corporate. As he "steps down" to pursue outside ventures, an announcement has been made that Tony McKinnon, CEO of, will be assuming this challenging role. A few other organizational changes have transpired and can be reviewed in the announcement below.

I personally liked Michael Jalbert and the direction he was taking MRI Corporate, so I wish him all the best in his new endeavors. Tony has some BIG shoes to fill, so stay tuned....

"Tony" McKinnon, a former Chairman & CEO of and President & CEO of Amadeus North America, will succeed Michael Jalbert as President of Management Recruiters International on October 15, 2008. Tony is an executive with deep marketing/sales experience and a solid background in leading organizations comprised of independently-owned businesses and I am excited to welcome him to MRINetwork.

Michael and I have been discussing opportunities that would allow him to return to his entrepreneurial roots and he will be pursuing opportunities outside of MRINetwork. I want to thank Michael for his contributions.

As Michael’s successor, Tony’s focus will be on continued development in a number of areas including: Training, to ensure every office has the tools to effectively find, hire and train talented producers; the Field Service Management Team, to ensure that offices have access to solid operational support as owners and managers strive to grow through every phase of their business lifecycle; and, the Contract Staffing model to improve the overall enterprise value of participating MRINetwork offices. He will work closely with your Representative Council so that the needs of MRINetwork owners and managers are understood and that the Home Office team is aligned with those needs and organized to effectively deliver solutions. He is also committed to harnessing technology in support of profitable MRINetwork revenue growth.

Additionally, I would like to announce the following organizational changes that will allow us to better focus on delivering the guidance and services that MRINetwork offices need to drive through the current economic turmoil:

Richard Kusmer is leaving his role as Chief Operating Officer in order to pursue other outside interests. I want to thank him for his efforts and contributions to the Network.

Evan Davis has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. While performing his financial role as Chief Financial Officer, Evan has gained a solid understanding of office operating dynamics, the placement process, and the performance metrics that create a successful office business model. He will continue to work out of the Philadelphia office and will report directly to Tony.

Jeremy Jordan will assume leadership responsibility for the MRINetwork Finance organization. In his eight years with CDI, he held a number of corporate financial positions before being promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer for the IT Solutions division in 2006.

As MRINetwork CFO, Jeremy will manage the overall MRINetwork corporate financial organization while helping individual Network office owners understand the metrics that are essential to driving profitable office performance. He will continue to be responsible for the ITS Finance organization, will work out of the Philadelphia offices and will report directly to Mark Kerschner (CDI CFO), with dotted line responsibilities to both Tony and Andy Cvitanov (President, ITS).

While these transactions mark a change in leadership, they do not mark a change in direction. Tony shares the same core values and commitment to strengthening the training and operations environment on a worldwide basis that Michael has established. With the new members of the leadership team, as well as with the support of all of the Home Office professionals, Tony will make the transition without skipping a beat.

With your support, Tony and his team will lead an even stronger MRINetwork as we not only react to the current economic climate but as we proactively build the Network into the world’s most powerful talent organization. So please join me in wishing Michael and Rich well in their new endeavors, in congratulating Evan and Jeremy on their new roles, and in welcoming Tony to the MRINetwork family.

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