Additions to the firm will bolster its Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, and Boston offices.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 10, 2022 – Howard Fischer Associates (“HFA”), one of the leading executive and board search firms in the nation for 40 years, is pleased to announce the hiring of two new members to its team, impacting our three offices.

Christie Casey Shaffer is a Senior Principal with the Philadelphia and Boston offices of Howard Fischer Associates and has over 20 years of proven experience in retained executive search, consulting and global corporate executive recruitment for Fortune Global 500 companies, early-stage startups, private equity and venture backed companies.

Prior to joining HFA, Christie was a Global Executive Talent Leader and Senior Executive Recruiter at Cognizant, where she helped to build their global in-house executive search team and recruit diverse, world-class executives for Cognizant’s C-Suite and Executive Leadership across all lines of business, global markets, and functional areas.  She was hand selected to build and scale nascent bleeding edge businesses from the ground up, including Cognizant’s Digital Business & Technology practice (AI, Analytics, Customer Experience, Data, Digital Engineering, IOT, Interactive), and Management Consulting practice, which account for more than 50% of the firm’s revenue today.

Previously at Korn Ferry International, Christie was a member in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology & Professional Services Practice, Financial Officer’s Practice, and Information Technology Center of Expertise, where she led C Suite, Board of Directors and Senior Executive retained search engagements across industry sectors and functional areas, with a focus on Technology, Software and Professional Services firms.  She began her career with a New England based boutique executive search firm executing projects for Fortune 1000 and early-stage venture backed .com startups in Technology, Consumer Products, Retail, Healthcare and Financial Services.

Christie earned her B.S in Business Administration, with dual concentration in Marketing & Human Resource Management, from the University of Vermont and is Certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management.  In her spare time, Christie is an accomplished musician, avid skier, golfer, yogi, oenophile & foodie, who loves to travel, golf and enjoys spending her downtime with family/friends.

Christopher Crowe is a Senior Principal with the Silicon Valley office of Howard Fischer Associates, and has over 15 years of experience in the consulting and executive search business.

Previously Chris was a Consultant with Caldwell Partners, where he led C-suite and senior executive searches for clients in FinTech, focusing on roles in Lending Strategy, P&L Heads, Credit & Risk Management, Performance/Growth Marketing, Analytics, Operations, Decision/Data Science, AI/ML and more.  Prior to that, he was an Associate Partner with Bialla Partners, where he had a broad mandate across the Technology and Consumer sectors while working with both large corporate environments and small start-up organizations.

Earlier, Chris spent several years in Upstate NY executing Engineering and Finance/Accounting search projects for wide range of clients.  Prior to that, he was a member of the Global Financial Services Group at Korn Ferry International.  In this role, he was focused on executive search and competitive intelligence projects across Investment Banking, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Risk Management and Insurance.  Earlier in his career, Chris worked at a global boutique executive search firm executing projects in the Technology, Consumer Products and Financial Services sectors.

Chris earned a B.A. from Yale University in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming, mountain biking and downtime on the water with his family in the 1000 Islands region of NY State.

Rochelle Schumer of R&L Associates LTD assisted HFA in placing Christie Shaffer and Chris Crowe.