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Proudly Celebrating 45 Years of Executive Search

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In 1977, Bill Gould and Millington (Millie) McCoy left their prominent positions with large executive search firms to create a new boutique search firm, Gould & McCoy. Their firm was different: They put clients and candidates first and they knew that how they treated others would form the bedrock of their reputation. They understood that being hands-on, highly responsive confidantes was a non-negotiable prerequisite upon which the future of the firm relied. Simply put, they wanted to be the very best.
Over time, the firm grew. Susan Chadick joined in 1986, and I followed in 2000, becoming Gould McCoy Chadick Ellig. As our founders retired, we continued as Chadick Ellig and then as Ellig Group in 2017, with “Reimagining Search” as our driving philosophy. For us, “Reimagining” supports our mission to change the landscape and enhance corporate cultures through offerings which find, develop and grow the very best and most diverse talent.
Today, our clients benefit from our robust executive search practice for the C-suite and boardroom, and very importantly, from our strategic partnerships in data analytics, crisis and reputational management, executive coaching, candidate onboarding, communications, and leadership/team development to name a few. Our strategic partners share our focus to offer integrated, holistic, innovative solutions through a DEI lens for our clients’ most pressing challenges.
We continue to honor the legacy of our visionary leaders by placing women and executives from underrepresented groups in the C-suite and boardroom. Over the past two decades, our diverse placement rate has exceeded 80%.
Our reach and impact are both global and local. We are the New York member firm of IIC Partners (International Independent Consultants), a leading consortium of independently owned and operated, retained search firms with nearly 400 professionals located in over 40 countries.
As we celebrate our 45-year anniversary, we are thankful for the loyalty and support of our valued clients. We honor our intrepid founders as Ellig Group continues “Reimagining Search” by helping our clients enhance their cultures with integrated, holistic, innovative solutions through a lens of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
We look forward to serving you and your needs.
Janice Ellig

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Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

“Listening to our clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how we present the best talent and provide  a competitive advantage. We place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, (intellectual) curiosity and courage to make a difference. Our goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!”

– Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist

T: (212) 688-8671 ext. 226
E: Janice@ElligGroup.com