Senior Leadership Architect

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Gary Preston founded the executive search division of PeopleSuite in 2004. Prior to entering the executive search industry, Gary held the positions of Chief Human Resource Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for one of the country’s largest retailers, Ahold USA.

In his 30-year career as a senior executive, he led IT, HR, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Acquisition Integrations, Business Improvement and had direct P&L responsibility. In his former role as Chief Human Resource Officer, Gary contracted with search firms across the nation and felt that the executive search industry was not as client-focused and effective as it could be.

A maverick in orchestrating business strategy and organizing talent around it, he and his partner built a high-touch, client-centered search practice that has quickly developed a solid reputation as one of the leading, privately held search firms in the country. Gary speaks often on the topic of leadership and executive talent. He has served as an executive coach for emerging leaders and has been a board member of both public and privately held companies. He is often quoted in industry magazines.

Gary holds a Master of Science in Human Resources from Ohio State University. He lives on Lake Norman in the Charlotte, NC, area with his wife and family.


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