ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Handler & Associates, Atlanta's longest-standing executive search firm, today announced that global IT executive Lee Panosian has joined the firm as a partner to launch and lead its technology practice.
For the past 40 years, Handler has specialized geographically, finding great leaders for great companies located in Atlanta and the Southeast, across all industries and functions. For the first time, the firm will specialize in a functional area: top technology leaders. "This is a strategic decision to increase the value we provide to our clients," said Managing Partner Eric Handler. "IT is the driver of innovation, and companies must innovate to thrive in today's fiercely competitive environment. Expanding our relationships with top IT talent gives our clients the opportunity to gain a greater competitive advantage." Panosian's career encompasses 33 years of executive leadership at multinational technology companies, including expertise in global sales management, IT strategy, go-to-market initiatives, change management and enterprise information management. "Lee is the right person to lead our IT practice because he's been the global technology leader and he's hired and developed top talent across all major disciplines," Handler said. "Reporting managers can trust him to instantly understand where the organization needs to go, and to find the right leader for the task and the team." Most recently, Panosian was a vice president at Hewlett-Packard Co., overseeing its $2.6 billion global business process outsourcing services and team of 18,000 associates spanning 63 countries. He also held global executive roles at Avaya Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., NCR Corporation and Dell Inc. "I've had the privilege to work with some remarkable leaders and organizations all around the world," Panosian said. "Handler & Associates is an opportunity for me to help others advance personally and professionally, and to support leaders at the best organizations by getting the right people into the right roles to deliver on our clients' growth expectations."