North Highland Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

New leadership to drive North Highland's global growth and expansion goals

Nov 20, 2012, 09:30 ET from North Highland

ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, global consulting company North Highland announces that board member Michael W. Trapp  has been elected non-executive chairman of the board, succeeding company co-founder and current chairman, Dave Peterson.  As chairman, Trapp's experience as a longtime member of North Highland's board, coupled with his extensive experience advising global companies will further support North Highland's international growth and expansion.  

"We thank Dave for 21 years of service, seeing North Highland grow from an Atlanta startup to a worldwide consultancy of more than 2,500 employees," said Dan Reardon, CEO of North Highland and Highland Worldwide. "His vision for North Highland was to create a different kind of consultancy, where employees felt ownership not only over their career, but their personal life as well. This culture, so rare in our industry, is what has allowed North Highland to flourish in today's marketplace. Peterson will continue to serve as a company board member and support North Highland's unique consultancy model.  With Mike as board chair, he and our other internationally experienced board members are positioned to help company management think through the issues that come with global expansion," said Reardon. "We would like to thank Mike for assuming the expanded responsibilities of chairman; he is familiar with our company's culture and also brings a vast amount of large company board experience that we have been leveraging."

In 1992, Peterson co-founded North Highland believing that the company would serve clients locally with broad and deep consulting expertise and provide employee ownership unmatched in traditional professional partnerships. This innovative business model enabled North Highland to become a significant player in the consulting industry, first in the southeast, then nationally, now globally.  The unique service commitment to clients embraced by the employee-owners of North Highland empowers high quality service delivery and builds long-lasting client relationships.  

"It's amazing to see how far North Highland has come in the last 20 years and I am excited to see where the next 20 will lead. Having Mike Trapp become board chair is just another stage for us in a planned succession cycle from me to Dan and on to the next generation of both management and board leaders," says Peterson.  "Mike has been a business and civic role model for me since I was a young consulting executive at Ernst and Young in the 1980's and 90's.  His integrity, style and professionalism are legendary," says Peterson.

Trapp has served on North Highland's board for more than 11 years, a longer tenure than all but a few dozen company employees. He is also a member of the board of the ANN INC. and Global Payments, Inc. He has been active in numerous civic organizations.

Prior to joining North Highland's board in 2001, Mike had a successful 38-year career at Ernst & Young where he served as managing partner of the southeast region.  He acted as senior advisor to many of the firm's Fortune 1000 clients and was recognized as one of the firm's key leaders and innovators.

"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to extend my role with North Highland. The company is well positioned for growth and I'm honored to use my experience to add even more value to the global team here," said Trapp.

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