Scott W. Simmons is Managing Director of Crist|Kolder Associates, where he leads and executes senior financial officer, operating officer, and Board of Director searches for clients across a diverse set of industries. He began his search career in 1998 with Crist Partners, and he has been teamed with Peter Crist ever since.
While he has a particular strength in financial services, Scott has served a variety of clients, both public and private. His client list includes exceptional companies such as Allstate, Morningstar, CNA Financial, ManpowerGroup, Guardian, William Blair, ICE, Tempur Sealey, Options Clearing Corporation, DIRECTV, H&R Block, Ingredion, Lake City Bank, MSA Safety, R.J. O'Brien, and First Business Financial, among others.
Prior to the launch of Crist|Kolder Associates in January 2003, Scott was with Korn/Ferry International for three years, assisting with the execution of senior level searches for clients in a wide range of industries. During his time with Korn/Ferry, he also served as Knowledge Manager for the Global Board Services Practice. In this capacity, he managed research, oversaw competitive intelligence, and assisted with marketing partnerships for the Practice.
Scott joined Korn/Ferry by way of its acquisition of Crist Partners, a high end boutique focused on conducting a limited number of C-Level and Board of Director searches for companies across industries. He began his career with Rand McNally & Company, where he most recently served as Managing Editor of Rand McNally Online.
Scott serves on the Boards of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago and the St. Mary Parish Men’s Club in Riverside. He is also a member of The Executives' Club of Chicago. Scott graduated with Honors from Northern Illinois University, having received a B.A. degree in English.