Odgers Berndtson has appointed Conrad Woody, partner and leader of the firm’s association and corporate affairs practice, as head of its Washington, D.C., office. “Today, organizations are held to a very high standard of transparency, constant communication and managing public reputation,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “We are well positioned in D.C. to pinpoint and place leaders with the global experience and political savvy to be successful in high-pressure corporate affairs roles, and I look forward to Conrad’s leadership to elevate our presence in Washington and the broader Mid-Atlantic market.”
“When I recruited Conrad to Odgers Berndtson, I told him the firm was committed to expanding our footprint in Washington, D.C.,” said Derek Wilkinson, partner and head of the non-profit practice at Odgers. “Over the past three years, his energy, drive, positive reputation in the market, and the care with which he leads and comports himself has been inspirational and outstanding. We will all benefit from his leadership in this role.”
As head of Odgers Berndtson’s D.C.-based association & corporate affairs practice, Mr. Woody advises boards and C-suite leaders on acquiring talent in the global corporate affairs vertical. His portfolio of talent advisory work includes counseling clients on senior level government affairs, corporate communications/public affairs, public policy, trade association CEO and leadership roles. He also co-leads the firmwide diversity equity and inclusion council and leads the firm’s corporate board diversity initiative.
Mr. Woody has a degree in political science from Howard University and serves as an advisory board member for public policy insights firm Poligage. Additionally, he is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, chairman of the board of directors for Step Afrika!, a board member for Starting with Today Inc., and on the Young Patrons Board of Arena Stage.
Odgers Berndtson delivers executive search, leadership assessment and development strategies to organizations globally. The firm’s 250-plus partners cover more than 50 sectors and operate out of 59 offices in 29 countries. The U.S. wing of the firm launched in 2011 and has been one of the fastest growing search firms in the Americas. It now ranks No. 12 on the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters ranking.
Odgers Berndtson has U.S. offices Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.