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MLA Launches Board Services Practice

Hanover, MD – September 12, 2023 – Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal and board advisory search firm, has announced the launch of its Board Services practice, led by Keith Meyer as Global Practice Leader. The addition of the Board Services practice will deepen MLA’s capabilities in the corporate board space and allow the company to provide even more comprehensive offerings and service to clients. In addition to recruiting top talent for leading public and private company boards, the Board Practice, under the MLA brand, will work collaboratively with and advise board leadership, governance and nominating committees, CEOs, general counsel, and senior leadership teams on building successful, enduring enterprises.

Meyer has more than 20 years of global experience developing high-performing boards and senior leadership teams for Fortune 500, mid-cap and not-for-profit organizations. Before joining MLA, Keith was the global practice leader of Allegis Partners’ CEO and Board Practice, focusing on building diverse boards and leadership teams. Allegis Partners’ was formerly a member of the Allegis Group family of companies.

“I’m excited for this next chapter and eager to contribute to MLA’s mission of connecting exceptional candidates with exceptional companies,” Meyer said. “Boards today are facing a plethora of new challenges and governance issues, from technology disruption to emerging geopolitical risks and a constantly evolving set of ESG priorities, and they need a broader range of capabilities and expertise to help tackle them. With MLA’s strong industry connections and geographical reach across the U.S. and the globe, we will be able to provide our board clients with even more sophisticated counsel and more seamlessly connect them with outstanding candidates who best fit their needs.”

MLA and the Board Services practice are also committed to accelerating diversity in executive leadership teams and in the boardroom. During the past seven years, more than 70% of the Board Service practices’ placements have been diverse candidates. Additionally, Meyer is the Co-Founder and Leader of the Directors Academy, a national not-for-profit focused on accelerating the development of the next generation of diverse directors.  Under Meyer’s leadership, the Directors Academy has developed an extensive pipeline of board-ready diverse senior executives who have served on over 110 corporate boards following their participation in the Academy’s NextGen Directors program.

“With our legal and board search expertise now all under one roof, the addition of the Board Services practice will allow MLA to provide more valuable and comprehensive service to clients,” said John Cashman, President of Major, Lindsey & Africa. “More than that, Keith’s commitment to and long track record of diversity in the board recruiting space aligns perfectly with our values at MLA. The addition of this practice is a seamless fit with our brand, and we look forward to continuing to grow our services in the corporate board space under Keith’s leadership.”

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