DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 8 November 2011óCindy Hilsheimer, principal and founder of an executive search firm based in Columbus, Ohio, has been elected to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees.
Ms. Hilsheimer is principal and founder of SC search consultants, llc (SC), an executive search firm established in 1999. SC performs retained executive search for publicly traded, privately held, nonprofit and government organizations headquartered across the United States.
She began her professional career at KPMG as an auditor, and continued her career serving in a variety of financial leadership roles at National Revenue Corporation, Discovery Group and Automated Financial Services.
Ms. Hilsheimer has also demonstrated a strong commitment to community service. She currently serves on the boards of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and its Foundation, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Foundation, the New Albany Foundation, Pelotonia, the Columbus Symphony, the NetJets Family Foundation, A Kid Again and Copper Run Capital. She serves on the advisory boards of The Women's Book and The Ohio State University Women & Philanthropy. In addition to her board commitments, she is involved with a variety of community initiatives including Innovation Fisher and United Way's Resource Development.
She has been the recipient of the John B. Gerlach Development Volunteer Award presented by The Ohio State University, the Fisher College of Business Alumni Community Service Award, the Robert S. Crane, Jr. Young Philanthropist Award presented by United Way of Central Ohio, The Childhood League Outstanding Service Award, the Carlyle Perry A Kid Again Award, the Eleanor Craig Bowsher Award, and the Hannah Neil Children's Center President's Award.
Ms. Hilsheimer is a graduate of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration majoring in accounting.
"Cindy Hilsheimer's demonstrated leadership, professional experience and commitment to community service will help guide the OCLC cooperative during a particularly exciting time for libraries," said Larry Alford, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees and Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries. "We're lucky to have Cindy working on behalf of OCLC, and we look forward to working with her."
The OCLC Board of Trustees elected Ms. Hilsheimer on November 7 to replace David Lauer, who is retiring from the board. Mr. Lauer, former President and COO of Bank One, NA, served on the OCLC Board since 1999.
"On behalf of the OCLC membership, I want to thank Dave Lauer for his contributions and dedicated service to the cooperative," said Mr. Alford. "Dave is among the most sought-after board members in the region for good reason. His experience, insight and sound judgment in financial matters have helped guide the cooperative for the past 12 years, and helped us to plan for our shared future. We're grateful for his many contributions to OCLC."
The OCLC Board of Trustees is made up of 16 members; according to the Board's bylaws, the number of trustees may range from 13 to 17. Six are elected by Global Council, one is the President and CEO, and the rest are elected by the Board itself. Ten of the 16 trustees currently serving on the OCLC Board of Trustees are librarians.
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