The American Alpine Club (AAC) on Monday announced that its CEO search committee selected Koya Leadership Partners to lead its executive search process.

In 2019, Koya Leadership Partners became part of the Diversified Search Group. Both firms have been founded and led by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements. Koya managing director, Kara Teising, will lead the search process and candidate recruitment effort on behalf of the AAC and the board.

After AAC CEO Phil Powers announced in the fall of 2019 that he would be stepping down in Summer 2020, the AAC board of directors created a CEO search committee dedicated to finding the Golden, CO-based club’s next leader.

Search committee members Jen Bruursema, Deanne Buck, Mark Butler, Kevin Duncan, David Landman, Peter Metcalf, Len Necefer, Steve Swenson, and Graham Zimmerman selected Koya Partners after a competitive process that drew proposals from leading national firms.

“Given the growth and broad reach of all forms of climbing and love for the mountains, we feel it is important for the Search Committee to consider a pool of candidates that reflects the community,” said committee chair Deanne Buck. “Koya’s commitment to helping their clients achieve their missions by providing customized, strategic, and innovative services and support for acquiring and retaining exceptional talent, aligns squarely with AAC’s focus in hiring our next CEO.”

AAC hopes to comlete the search and announcement of its next CEO in summer 2020.

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