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Mr. Tedesco is supported by a diverse team of researchers and recruiters who bring best-practice capabilities and deep experience in the sectors that our firm serves. The J. Tedesco & Associates team brings over 60 years of combined experience in the retained executive search industry.



The firm's founder and managing director, has more than 25 years of experience in retained executive search and talent advisory services. Mr. Tedesco has served clients across multiple industry sectors, with significant experience in utilities, life sciences, technology, with additional experience serving public agencies and broader industrial clients. He recently served as the sector leader for utilities, cleantech, and infrastructure at Korn Ferry International, the largest retained executive search firm in the world. In this partner-level role, Mr. Tedesco led teams and executive searches for energy and industrial clients. His responsibilities were later expanded to serve as an area leader across all industries. As a senior leader, he marketed all of Korn Ferry's talent offerings, such as RPO, D&I, employee engagement, employer branding, assessments, leadership, and talent consulting.


Prior to this assignment, Mr. Tedesco ran J. Tedesco & Associates, which he founded in 1998 and continues today under the vision that exceptional hires and a great client experience across multiple industries can be achieved through a more attentive, time-efficient, and cost-effective search process. That vision of "a better way" laid the foundation for the firm's best-in-class search model and continues to guide the business.

In addition to running his firm, Mr. Tedesco has been active in industry associations and as a volunteer, serving on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. Most recently, he served in an elected position with the City of San Diego's Planning Board, where he advised on city-wide issues, from urban planning to commercial and residential development, parks and recreation, local events, and water. Mr. Tedesco holds a B.A. degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and is based in San Diego.



Marla's relationship with J. Tedesco & Associates began in 2013 when she was an in-house executive recruiter at PG&E, one of our firm's clients. In more recent years, Marla has supported J. Tedesco & Associates as a senior executive recruiter. She brings 15+ years of experience working at multiple executive search firms in addition to her in-house experience in the life sciences, tech and utilities sectors. She has a BA from UCSD and MA degree from the American University. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Jean is a talented career researcher and trusted advisor with 20+ years of diverse research, candidate development and knowledge management experience. Her experience includes serving clients across multiple industries, with significant experience in broader industrial markets, and the scope of her work includes all functional areas from the middle level leadership to the executive and board levels. Prior to opening up her own firm, JAF Research and working with J. Tedesco & Associates, Jean spent 7 years with Spencer Stuart, a leading international executive search firm as Director of Central Research. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Jean held various management positions at a major retailer. She is a graduate of DePaul University and resides in the greater Chicago area. 


Hayden Spring is an accomplished career executive search researcher with 20 years of experience working with clients ranging from emerging private equity funded start ups to global Fortune 500 corporations. She has provided research for over 1000 projects for clients than span many industry sectors including: life sciences, technology, consumer products, utilities, and broader industrial/manufacturing. From a functional standpoint, Hayden's experience has touched every part of an organization from the emerging leader level up to the c-suite and board level. Prior to partnering with J. Tedesco & Associates and running her own firm, Eolas Research, Hayden ran North American research at Odgers Berndtson US in NY.  Her career also includes serving as a Senior Research Associate at Korn Ferry and was the lead researcher at Conley & Company. Hayden has an MA degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University and a BA in History from Colby College.  She lives in Norwalk, CT.

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