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Founder's BIO


Chuck McClellan

Managing Partner

Chuck McClellan Managing Partner and founder of CM SEARCH has over 20 years of executive search experience in a variety of practices, with a primary focus in integrated marketing, sales, business development and diversity.


Chuck was recently a partner with Jobplex/DHR International the 5th largest executive search firm in the world.  While there he made placements at John Deere, Xerox, Feeding America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Senior Lifestyle Corporation, First Student and Chick-fil-A.


Prior to joining Jobplex, Chuck served as president/managing partner of McClellan Tesar Reynes, LLC, where his firm focused on the recruitment and placement of professionals in diversity and integrated marketing communications. Chuck joined Tesar Reynes in 1999 after a two-year stint with another executive search firm. At Tesar Reynes, he successfully placed advertising and marketing professionals at Leo Burnett, Publicis, 141 Communicator, Lincoln Financial, DDB Chicago, H&R Block, General Motors, Cramer-Krasselt, Whirlpool Corporation, Citicorp Mortgage, The National Restaurant Association and Beltone Electronics; to name a few.


In addition to his general advertising and marketing responsibilities, Chuck directed the Diversity and Direct Marketing practices at Tesar Reynes. He placed diversity candidates at such companies as DDB Chicago, Noble/BBDS, The Marketing Store, A. Eicoff, General Motors, and Carol H. Williams advertising.


Previously, Chuck served as vice president/client service director for Burrell Communications Group. Chuck directed advertising, public relations and direct response assignments for the agency. He gained his direct response experience while working on the NYNEX business, producing direct mail, radio and television spots. One of the most successful direct response commercials in the history of the company was produced under his direction.


Prior to joining Burrell, Chuck was vice president/national sales manager for Comark Merchandising. He gained early experience while working as a client brand manager and in various sales/marketing positions at The Quaker Oats Company, Abbott Laboratories and Soft Sheen Products Company.


Chuck is an active member of the Direct Marketing Association and the National Black MBA Association. He earned a MBA from Northwestern University‚Äôs Graduate School of Management and a BS degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He lives in Chicago, 

Illinois with his wife.