Mary Matthews is the Founder and President of Covenant Executive Search Partners (CovenantES).
An accomplished executive search professional, Mary is a semi-generalist who has spent 25+ years assisting clients in manufacturing (industrial and pharma), new media and financial service sectors. Mary has recruited world-class leadership teams and board members for multi-national, Fortune 1000 and high growth entrepreneurial companies, as well as private equity firms.
Functionally, Mary has tremendous depth in the recruitment of C-Level officers and their direct reports (SVPs and VPs) to strategically grow, revitalize and/or turnaround public or privately-held companies. This includes top talent in general management, finance, HR, R&D, manufacturing leadership, operations and corporate communications. Her placements have transformed companies, brought exponential success to their employers and shareholders. Mary has contributed to the profitability and liquidity of several private equity firms by recruiting outstanding CEOs and CFOs who drove top line growth and managed the bottom line within their portfolio companies to fulfill investor objectives.
Prior to founding CovenantES, Mary contributed to the growth and leadership of international and New York-based search firms including KornFerry International as Senior Client Partner and Managing Director at Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson. She also founded and was President of her own executive search firm, Matthews Partners, which was located in Boston prior to selling it to Ward Howell International, located in New York. Her corporate career includes positions in marketing and operations with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation and Florida National Bank.
Mary received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Florida State University and studied for her master's in organizational psychology at Columbia University. She is a Member of the Board and is on the Trustees Committee for the Lyme College of Fine Arts. She is an active volunteer in her church and a parent representative for Deerfield Academy.
Mary has successfully completed more than 400 searches and her reputation is founded on passionate, hands-on commitment to the highest quality client service, interactive client relationships, and closing excellent candidates who transform their companies.