Wheless Partners, an industry leader in executive search and leadership consulting with globally recognized subject matter experts in strategy, assessment, executive selection, leadership development and executive coaching, is pleased to announce that former corporate leader Dr. Juan "Kiko" Suarez is joining the firm to lead the Indianapolis office as a Senior Partner in the Higher Education and the Industrial search practices.
A global citizen born in Europe (Spain), Suarez brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic philanthropy, and serves as a trusted advisor to senior leadership teams in the innovation and talent sectors globally."
We think it makes sense to our clients that executive search consultants should be former executives themselves. In that light, we are honored that Dr. Suarez (Kiko) selected our firm. His extensive experience as a corporate leader in two Fortune 500's, his specialized expertise in delicate international transactions and before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank, and most recently, his leadership role within the largest private foundation with the national goal of raising the percentage of Americans with quality post-secondary credentials, will be of great service to the needs of our clients in higher education and in the industrial sectors," said Rich Grehalva, CEO of Wheless Partners.
Suarez shared, "In my journey, I have advised many corporate and nonprofit executives on how to lead and communicate effectively. It makes sense to embark in this next adventure as a partner with a renowned firm that has proven results in positioning organizations and individuals for success. My goal is to help both thrive, and this is a perfect company to achieve this. I am looking forward to serving our clients and delivering value in the years to come."
Due to his passion for education and creating shared value, Dr. Suarez most recently served as Vice President of Communications and Innovation for Lumina Foundation, the largest private foundation with the national goal of raising the percentage of Americans with quality post-secondary credentials. Kiko also served in corporate leadership positions in two global Fortune 500 companies - CEMEX and DuPont. Dr. Suarez has a depth of entrepreneurial experiences, including being owner and CEO of two of his own startup companies as well as taking leadership roles in other firms in different capacities.
Suarez has earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change with a dissertation on the topic of the role of wisdom in organizations and innovation processes. He serves on several company and nonprofit boards.