Gravitas LLC Appoints Edward A. Evans to Head Hospitality and Managed Services Practice
Gravitas LLC, a boutique retained executive search firm, has announced that Ed Evans has rejoined the firm as a Managing Partner and Head of the new Hospitality and Managed Services Practice.
Mr Evans’ career spans multiple service companies in environments ranging from food and hospitality to chemical distribution, where he most recently served as CHRO for Univar, a global distributor of chemicals and related innovative products and services. Prior to Univar, Mr Evans worked for Allied Waste as CHRO, steering the organization through its merger with Republic Services in 2009. Prior to his time with Republic, he spent a year at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration as the founding director for what is now the Leland and Mary Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Mr Evans previously held line and senior HR roles with companies including Saga Foodservice, Marriott and Aramark.
“Ed was one of the founding partners of Gravitas back in 2007, though at that time he could not commit full time to our vision for a significantly better search experience for our clients” said Ken Schwenke, Gravitas Managing Partner. “Ed now brings – full time – to Gravitas not only a keen ability to assess talent and competence but also a well-developed understanding of and appreciation for the importance of organizational fit. Ed is not only one of the best HR leaders around, but he really understands business and how the right people can drive needed results, especially within hospitality and managed services environments. I couldn’t be happier to have Ed on the team full time”.
Mr Evans holds a B.S. (Hotel) and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a multiple term member of the Cornell Council and is involved with the Hotel School both on and off campus.
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