March 3 2016

Rick Linde is very pleased to report on the development of a strong relationship with ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). During the past year Rick has helped to recruit the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Technology Officer, the Managing Director of New Product Development, and is currently recruiting the Managing Director of Content and Engagement.

Chemistry was selected to work with ASME because of its deep understanding of the digital media world and its access to talent in the for-profit talent world. All of the people we have placed are from the for-profit world. Last week we completed a search for another nonprofit, Editorial Projects in Education. We recruited the Chief Revenue Officer, once again placing a candidate from the for-profit world.

Working with associations and nonprofits represents a potential new avenue for Chemistry. Many such organizations are eager to pursue candidates from the for-profit world. We have an access to talented executives who are eager to apply their skills in a new environment. These are people who bring new energy to the nonprofit world while still fitting in.

Having seen how much value we can bring two associations and nonprofits, we hope to expand our roster of clients in this world.



June 1 2016

Rick Linde is pleased to report that he has begun publishing on LinkedIn. His articles, cited below, have been viewed by thousands of people. He is enjoying sharing the lessons of his 25 years of executive search experience online and expects to continue to publish articles, as long as people find them useful.

Below is a list of Rick’s recent publications and links to find them:

(June 1 2016) Increasing Your Compensation:

(March 28 2016) Data Analysis as a Substitute for Judgment:

(December 2 2015) How to Find a Job: Your Value Proposition:

(November 6 2015) Data Analytics: The Real Hiring Problem:

Chemistry Announces Record Breaking Year

March 25, 2016

Rick Linde, President of Chemistry Executive Search, is delighted to report that 2015 was the best year in the company's six-year history. Two factors seem to be responsible:

1. A strong economy
2. Our relentless focus on digital media and technology, which continue to be wildly popular.

In terms of functional areas we have traditionally worked in virtually all of them, including general management, sales, marketing, technology, and operations. This year the most important functional areas were marketing and data analytics.

There is always a surge in marketing searches when the economy is expanding as companies seek to take advantage of opportunity. During times of contraction, finance becomes more important as companies try to conserve their resources. This year marketing was king. We did one senior-level marketing search after another.

The second area of strength for Chemistry was conducting searches in data analytics. This is terribly important for us. We were fortunate enough to do a few marquee searches in this area several years ago when it was just starting to explode. We learned the terrain, and those searches gave us credibility to go out and do others. Since then data analytics has been a huge area for us. The demand seems inexhaustible for talented executives who can draw valuable business conclusions from the data, and the supply remains meager. The fact that we know where the bodies are buried makes the recruiting process much easier.

Chemistry remains focused on senior-level recruitments, Vice President and up and often working in the C-Suite. Historically we worked primarily for huge media companies, helping them to make the transition to digital. In the last year or two our practice has shifted noticeably to smaller companies, many of them backed by private equity. We've enjoyed considerable success helping to recruit executives to run companies within the portfolio of private equity firms. They tend to want to work with smart, decisive vendors who work fast and can use words like "yes" and "no". We fit that profile.

We are proud of our work in 2015 and are pleased to say that 2016 is beginning in a very promising fashion.

Book Launch Party

March 15th 2016

On March 15th, 50 of the top luminaries in the New York business community gathered for a wine and cheese party to celebrate the launch of Rick Linde's new book, the Hiring Handbook. Held at Time Warner Media Lab located at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, the event was filled primarily with executives from the digital media world, which represents the focus of Chemistry's search practice. As promised, Rick Linde, President of Chemistry Executive Search, refrained from reading passages of the book, much to the relief of everyone present. 

COMCAST SPOTLIGHT Announces New Senior Leadership Positions

June 01, 2015 02:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, announced today that it has named Justin Evans as vice president, principal data and research strategist. 

“Justin’s proven capability to guide strategic innovation in data and research will further Comcast Spotlight’s position as a leader in the advertising space,” said Hank Oster, Comcast Spotlight’s chief operating officer and senior vice president. “With Justin’s expertise, we will continue to build transformative data-driven advertising offerings, and scale them across our ecosystem.”

In this newly created role, Evans will oversee long-term strategy for the positioning and market entry of Comcast Spotlight’s new products and advertising solutions. Using his extensive experience in monetizing data in the marketing and media domains, Evans’ chief focus will be enhancing Comcast Spotlight’s world-class analytics to provide the company’s partners, prospects and existing customers with a full array of sophisticated, accurate, reliable and data-driven advertising solutions across multiple distribution platforms. Evans will lead a team responsible for executing this strategy and strengthening Comcast Spotlight’s competitive advantage.

“Comcast Spotlight is in a unique and compelling position—with customers that are deeply engaged in a data-driven approach to advertising, and with a breadth of products that cut across TV, digital and the emerging consumer media experience,” said Evans. “I’m honored to join this team and advance the company’s strategic vision at such a dynamic, important time in the advertising and technology industries.”

Evans joins Comcast Spotlight from Collective, Inc., a digital advertising company specializing in multi-screen advertising for national brands and traditional media companies. During his tenure at Collective, he served as executive vice president of the enterprise business unit, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of emerging media. Evans’ track record of identifying market opportunities and creating innovative solutions will help Comcast Spotlight successfully bring new products to market.

Prior to joining Collective, Inc., Evans served as senior vice president, advertising solutions for Nielsen and senior vice president, marketing for Nielsen Claritas, and managed business development for The New York Times’ marketing and advertising group. Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University.

About Comcast Spotlight

Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps put the power of cable to use for local, regional and national advertisers. It is focused on providing multi-screen marketing solutions to reach audiences most effectively and efficiently. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Comcast Spotlight has a presence in nearly 80 markets with approximately 36 million owned and represented subscribers. Comcast Spotlight is a trademark of Comcast Cable. 


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING Appoints Denise Warren As President of Digital, CEO of East Coast Publishing and EVP

Accomplished Digital Executive and New York Times Alumnus to Accelerate Tribune Publishing's Digital Strategy; Oversee Six East Coast Media Groups

CHICAGO – May 13, 2015 – Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB) today announced that former New York Times executive Denise Warren will join the Company next month to direct Tribune Publishing's digital strategy and operations and oversee the Company's six East Coast media groups and its Corporate Development unit. Warren, who will be President of Digital, CEO of East Coast Publishing and an EVP, will be based in New York City and will report to Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin.

A results-oriented leader with an extensive track record for driving transformational change, Warren will work with executives at each Tribune Publishing business unit to optimize digital products and execute digital business plans and monetization initiatives.

As President of Digital, Warren will lead Tribune Publishing's digital initiatives, including corporate digital teams in product development, digital circulation, audience development, analytics, advertising operations, digital marketing services and business development. She will partner with Tribune Publishing executives at the local and national levels on digital monetization strategies as the Company continues to build its capabilities in Content Marketing, Programmatic and other digital revenue development initiatives. Warren also will have direct oversight for Tribune Publishing's Classified digital advertising verticals in automotive, recruitment and real estate. Collectively, Tribune Publishing's portfolio of digital products reach more than 41 million unique visitors across all screens every month.

As CEO of East Coast Publishing, Warren will have overall responsibility for the Sun-Sentinel Media Group in South Florida; Orlando Sentinel Media Group; The Baltimore Sun Media Group; Hartford Courant Media Group; Daily Press Media Group in Newport News, VA, and Morning Call Media Group in Allentown, PA.

Warren most recently served as Executive Vice President of Digital Products & Services for The New York Times, leading day-to-day operations for the newspaper's digital business. She is widely credited with overseeing the Times' paid digital subscription model – which ushered in the industry standard for monetizing premium digital content. During her tenure as EVP and General Manager of, Warren oversaw numerous digital product and feature launches including the industry-leading NYT iPad app, redesigned iPhone app, the introduction of Android Apps and the successful 2014 re-launch of on desktop and mobile platforms. Additionally, she oversaw initiatives to build a stronger more personalized digital experience, including the addition of such features as a recommendation engine, enhanced video content, social media share tools and more. She also launched partnership initiatives such as NYT Everywhere, a program to bring content to third-party platforms.

Prior to that assignment, Warren served as Chief Advertising Officer for The New York Times Media Group and was responsible for advertising across all platforms, including print, digital and mobile ad sales. In that position, she integrated once-disparate print and digital sales teams and developed innovative new print and digital advertising units. Under her leadership, digital advertising revenue grew more than 115 percent.

"Accelerating the transition to digital is at the heart of Tribune Publishing's transformation plan. We are very fortunate to have Denise, a visionary leader with an outstanding track record in digital innovation, join our team to help move our business forward," said Griffin. "Denise has a proven track record for uniting digital and print teams, for building and scaling digital businesses, and for creating engaging experiences that appeal to consumers and marketers. Additionally, she has championed growth through collaboration and innovation. Denise will be instrumental in helping our Company extend the reach and revenue of our premium digital brands."

"I care deeply about the mission of journalism and am proud to join Tribune Publishing to help further the transformational efforts underway with its iconic brands," said Warren. "Though a 167-year-old company, Tribune Publishing has the energy of a start-up necessary to win. With the right focus, we will ensure that these powerful brands continue to deliver the deeply engaging and rich experiences across all platforms for years to come."

In her 26 years with The New York Times Company, Warren served in numerous other capacities including Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Director of Marketing and Business Manager.

Warren currently serves on the Board of Directors for Electronic Arts, the Redwood, Calif.-based video game developer. She is a Certified Public Accountant (non–current) and holds a bachelors of science and management degree from Tulane, as well as an MBA from Fordham University. She began her career as a financial analyst with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

About Tribune Publishing 

Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB) is a diversified media and marketing-solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. The company's diverse portfolio of iconic news and information brands includes 11 award-winning major daily titles, more than 60 digital properties and more than 180 verticals in markets, including Los Angeles; San Diego; Chicago; South Florida; Orlando; Baltimore; Carroll County and Annapolis, Md.; Hartford, Conn.; Allentown, Pa., and Newport News, Va. Tribune Publishing also offers an array of customized marketing solutions, and operates a number of niche products, including Hoy, El Sentinel, making Tribune Publishing the country's largest Spanish-language publisher. Tribune Publishing Company is headquartered in Chicago.


KANDU, an Exciting Technology Start-Up for Kids, Hires Kyra Reppen as CEO

May 6, 2015 (New York, NY) - Sara Levinson, John Borthwick and I are proud to announce that Kyra Reppen has accepted our offer to become the CEO of Kandu.

Kyra brings a wealth of experience from technology, branded products, kids' products and entertainment. I did not have the pleasure of working with Kyra at Nickelodeon, she came the year I left, but I have talked to many of her colleagues. Universally she is respected as a creative business person who embraced new technologies quickly. She made a decision early on in her 17 year career there that the future for kids was going to be in digital play. She took an entrepreneurial approach to everything she did there: she built brands for kids and for parents, she integrated brands like Neopets and Addictive Games, and she launched 50 apps. Every 3-4 years she got promoted to take on a new task. Her last assignments were running Virtual Worlds and then Nickelodeon Games.

Most recently she has spent time in the the startup world advising a dozen kid oriented businesses. She is down to earth and direct in her communications. She understands the marketplace, kids, technology, marketing, COPPA. She knows how to build businesses and not be hampered by constraints. She has to wind down some projects on the west coast and will be starting June 1.

Kyra is driven to make Kandu into a relevant- to-kids, important brand and a great business and we are looking forward to partnering with her in the months and years ahead.

Please join us in welcoming Kyra.

Gerry Laybourne, Co-Founder, Kandu


The Hiring Handbook

December 2, 2014 (New York, NY) - Rick Linde is delighted to announce the publication of his first book, the Hiring Handbook. Intended for hiring managers, it provides all the information necessary to hire the best talent. The Hiring Handbook is a reference book to be consulted when conducting a recruitment. It is clearly organized to allow you to find the right bit of information easily and is filled with tips on how to navigate this exhausting process successfully. Rick has distilled the learnings from 25 years executive recruiting experience, focusing particularly on how to avoid traps that can prolong a search or, worse yet, lead to a bad hire.

The Hiring Handbook is available on Amazon and at bookstores.


Digital Wine & Cheese

Several times each year Chemistry sponsors a wine & cheese gathering for senior-level executives in digital media.  The most recent of these was held on November 3 at the offices of Blue Iceberg, an up and coming digital agency.  More than 50 people attended for what turned out to be a very pleasant evening, completely without any official agenda.  Even though many of the attendees knew each other, plenty of new acquaintances were made.


SCRIPPS NETWORKS adds senior digital advertising horsepower

May 21, 2013 (Knoxville, TN) - Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Food Network and HGTV and many other top lifestyle brands, has recently fortified it senior digital advertising team with three new hires. Chemistry is pleased to announce it has successfully recruited Beth Lawrence, formerly of The Weather Channel, to EVP Digital Advertising Sales. We have also recruited two new executives as Senior Vice Presidents of Digital Advertising Sales to report to Beth. They are Ann Lundberg, formerly of CafeMom, and Aaron Gallagher, formerly of Time Inc. These hires reflect the growing importance of the digital channel to Scripps Networks. 


GARTNER GROUP beefs up digital marketing research practice with 2 new hires

November 26, 2012 (Stamford, CT) - Gartner Group, the leader in technology research, is pleased to announce 2 new analysts to help build its growing practice in digital marketing. Julie Ritter Hopkins, formerly Senior Interactive Strategist at Enlighten, and Jake Sorofman, Founding Partner at Marketlever, will both join Gartner Group as Analysts for the digital marketing team.


Alix Baudin joins SCRIPPS NETWORKS as Senior Vice President of Digital Operations

September 25, 2012 (Knoxville, TN) - Scripps Networks Interactive is delighted to announce that Alix Baudin has been hired as Senior Vice President of Digital Operations, helping to build the digital presence for such SNI brands as The Food Network, HG TV and DIY TV. Alix formerly was Senior Vice President of Digital Operations for Dow Jones and will work in the company's New York offices.



July 17, 2012 (New York, NY) - We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the search to recruit the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Our successful candidate is Robin Korn, formerly of American Express. Robin’s expertise is loyalty marketing and consumer relationship marketing, and her recruitment points to the growing importance of these functions in building revenues and a brand presence.


LEXIS-NEXIS hires John Sateja and Joan Leavey 

June 6, 2012 (New Providence, NJ) - Through the efforts of Chemistry Executive Search, LEXIS-NEXIS has successfully hired John Sateja as Managing Director, Consumer Solutions, and Joan Leavey as Vice President, Web Based Marketing Solutions. Both John and Joan previously worked at Consumer Reports. They will continue to build LEXIS-NEXIS’ business in web based services for the legal profession. 


STARCOM selects Phil Geyskens to head Data Analytics 

April 27, 2012 (Chicago, IL) - Chemistry Executive Search is pleased to announce the placement of Phil Geyskens as Executive Vice President, Data Analytics for Starcom. Our client is a division of Publicis, a global marketing services company, and the largest media agency in the country. Mr. Geyskens’ placement reflects the increasing importance of data analysis in the marketing mix. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Analytics for Hill Holliday. 


Chris O'Hara to lead nPARIO's East Coast Sales 

December 12, 2011 (Palo Alto, CA) - nPario is pleased to announce that Chris O'Hara will lead its sales effort on the east coast, responsible for evangelizing to marketers about the value of nPario data management products. Formerly Chief Revenue Officer at Looksmart, Chris was placed at nPario by Chemistry Executive Search.


Pascal Racheneur selected as Vice President of Interactive Media for ACCUWEATHER 

February 24, 2011 (State College, PA) - AccuWeather announced the appointment of Pascal Racheneur as VP of Interactive Media, responsible for all aspects of interactive and mobile media. Racheneur will lead the company's efforts to continue to introduce state-of-the-art services to consumers. Racheneur is well acquainted with the industry, having previously served as General Manager of International for Weather Channel Interactive. He spent 10 years at the Weather Channel in a variety of roles primarily developing their digital businesses.


RODALE, INC. announces David Marchi as Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing Solutions 

February 15, 2011 (New York, NY) - Rodale, Inc., publisher of Men's Health, Prevention and a source of other trusted content focused on green and healthy living, announced the appointment David Marchi as Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions. Most recently, Marchi was the founding partner of Bulldog New York, a strategic and creative consulting firm. His earlier experience included stints as president of TLP (Tracy Locke Partners) and Ryan Partnership. Marchi will be based in Rodale offices in New York City and will be working with clients who will benefit from Rodale's resources in green and healthy living.


Rick Linde announces the launch of CHEMISTRY EXECUTIVE SEARCH 

November 1, 2010 (New York, NY) - Rick Linde, CEO, announced the opening of his own executive search firm, specializing in senior-level recruitments in media, entertainment and technology. Chemistry possesses particular expertise in digital media with a deep knowledge base of business and trusted relationships with the key players in this rapidly growing segment of the market.

When asked why he wanted to start his own firm, Rick responded, "by opening my own firm I can devote even more time and attention to the needs of my clients. I have arranged the resources just so I like them, to deliver the quickest, most effective results."