Stephen Mader Teams With ON Partners Board Services Practice

Executive search veteran brings decades of board experience to growing practice led by Shawn Oglesbee; practice continues to build on CEO search foundation


Steve-MaderCLEVELAND, OH – June 4, 2019ON Partners, a retained executive search firm serving the C-suite, senior executives and boards, today announced a partnership with Stephen Mader, who will serve the firm as strategic partner, board services development. Mader, whose notable career includes a decade as North America board services practice leader at Korn Ferry, will facilitate ON’s growing board services practice alongside firm co-founder and practice leader Shawn Oglesbee, who has helmed the practice since the firm’s founding.

Mader brings nearly 30 years of experience and has led over 400 board projects for clients ranging from entrepreneurial development companies to the Fortune 100. He will work closely with Oglesbee, who has led hundreds of successful searches, including more than 30 CEO and board director projects. Together, they will lead the growth and development of the board services practice, including building on the firm’s CEO search work to expand the practice.

“Clients have increasingly looked to us as board experts because of our CEO search experience, with much of our board services work coming as a natural progression of the CEO searches we’ve done over the past several years,” noted Oglesbee. “Tapping into Steve’s experience and counsel is an invaluable asset to the firm, clients and candidates as we continue to build the board services practice.”

The collective experience and strengths of ON’s board team span a range of services including board director and CEO searches, CEO succession projects and board assessment work. They have worked with nearly 100 organizations, from early stage companies to global brands across industries such as financial services, technology, industrial and life sciences.

“I’ve been impressed with the quality of work the ON team has been doing on the board and CEO search fronts, and in particular how the CEO search work has helped the board practice to evolve,” noted Mader. ”I’ve always been interested in pushing working principles and service standards to achieve a constantly better product, and I’m looking forward to working with Shawn and the team to bring that to bear at ON.”

Mader served for ten years as vice chairman of Korn Ferry’s board and CEO practice and was previously CEO of executive search firm CTPartners. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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About ON Partners

ON Partners recruits game-changing executives for world-changing companies. The firm was founded in 2006 by like-minded executive search professionals desiring to establish a more client-centric alternative to the large multi-service global firms they were leaving behind. Growing quickly ever since, ON Partners has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 List and as one of the Top 20 Retained Executive Search Firms in the U.S. Specializing in recruiting C-suite, board and vice president/senior management talent, our partners have a long successful track record of building world class management teams across broad industries. For more information, visit


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