Witt/Kieffer Selected to Lead Search For New President & CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

Apr 23, 2013, 12:44 ET from Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

HOUSTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) announced today that it has selected executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to lead the search for the Show's new president and CEO. The 9-member selection committee reviewed the credentials of several highly qualified recruiting organizations before selecting Witt/Kieffer.

Former HLSR president and CEO Skip Wagner accepted the president and CEO position of the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University in March. Current HLSR chief operating officer Leroy Shafer has been named interim president and CEO until a permanent successor has been identified.

"We selected Witt/Kieffer based upon the firm's vast experience helping nonprofit and other leading organizations find truly dedicated and exceptional leaders," says HLSR Chair R.H. (Steve) Stevens. "We are seeking a president and CEO who appreciates the history and importance of the Show and Rodeo to the community, but also want to look far and wide for just the right person to guide our future." 

No official timeline has been established for completing the search, though HLSR and Witt/Kieffer are already working aggressively to identify a talented and diverse pool of candidates for the position.

Please forward inquiries and nominations for the position to HoustonLSR@wittkieffer.com.

Information about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest livestock show and rodeo dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $330 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants, and other educational youth programs. The 2014 Show will run from March 4th to March 23rd. www.rodeohouston.com

Information about Witt/Kieffer:

Witt/Kieffer is the preeminent executive search firm that identifies outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. We are the only top seven executive search firm specializing in healthcare, higher education, life sciences, board services and not-for-profit industries. We have 40 years of experience in executive recruiting for C-suite leaders in the nation's most prestigious not-for-profit organizations, universities, hospitals and health systems. Personalized service and connecting with each client's vision, structure and leadership needs throughout the executive recruiting process are our hallmarks. www.wittkieffer.com

SOURCE Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo