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Interim Leadership

What are you going to do when your executive calls to say that s/he is leaving for another job or retiring? Who will manage the organization when the executive leaves? Can you afford not to have the organization well run in the interim? What do you do if your organization is not ready to recruit and hire a new executive immediately? Whitmore consulting specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations when their executives, whether CEOs, COOs, CFOs, or other officers depart for any reason.

Executive departures are seldom easy, and the resulting transitions are critical events in the lifecycles of organizations. It is important not to underestimate the challenge that this change is likely to create for the staff, board, members, and clients. While an executive’s departure is a challenge, it is also an opportunity for the organization to get clear about:

  • Where the organization is at present,
  • Where it wants to go in the future, and
  • What skills and attributes the next executive needs the help the organization reach that desired future.

Depending on the organization and the search consultant, an executive search can take from six to 12 months to complete, which is a significant length of time for the organization to be without executive leadership. Engaging a professional interim executive gives the board of directors the time to conduct its search process in a reflective mode, and the peace of mind that the organization will be well managed during the transition period. The goal of our work is to get the organization ready so the next executive can hit the ground running.

Our professional interim executives provide both management excellence and skill in planning and implementing organizational change. As professional interim executives, we enter the organization with “fresh eyes.”

Whitmore consulting has the depth and experience needed to successfully meet your organization’s needs for CEO, COO, CFO  and other director & officer level services. Our professional interim executives are ready to serve in executive-level positions throughout the United States. On average, our executives have 25 years of experience and, thus, bring a wealth of executive experience to their engagements.