Our Founders

SCOTT CADWALADER

Scott Cadwalader
Managing Partner

Scott is co-founder and Managing Partner of Diligent Partners, LLC. For 14 years, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at another retained executive search firm based in Southern California. Scott is responsible for our firm’s search operations, client management, and sales and marketing. He also serves as the firm’s Information Technology practice leader. He has managed searches for many leadership roles across such industries as Biotech and Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Healthcare, High Tech, Management Consulting, Medical Device, Manufacturing and Distribution, and Retail. Prior to entering executive search, Scott was a founding Principal at Transition Management Consulting, where he led client engagements in Organizational Assessments, Information Technology Strategy, Architecture and Platform Migration. Scott also was a Managing Consultant at SHL Systemhouse (now EDS). At Gartner Group, Scott was a Managing Director in Consulting Services. Scott began his Gartner career in sales as an Account Executive and then as a National Account Manager.

Over the years, Scott has developed and formalized a search methodology focused on quality outcomes, and has authored numerous articles on recruiting and retaining top talent, and on interviewing and assessing strategic hires for character, integrity and leadership.

Scott is a board member and membership chair for the Southern California chapter of Society for Information Management (SIM), the premier not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIOs, CTOs and emerging IT leaders. Since 2010, he also has been a frequent presenter/panelist at CIO summits across the West Coast for HMG Strategy for whom he serves on its Advisory Board.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles, and a certificate from the UCLA Andersen Graduate School’s Managing the Information Resource program.

Scott has consulted to such clients as AECOMAmgen, American GirlApplied MaterialsBaxter InternationalCapital Group CompaniesCardinal Health / CareFusionCity National BankCity of Hope Medical Center, the City of Los AngelesCounty of San BernardinoDeloitteDFS GroupDiscus DentalEast West BankEdwards LifesciencesForest LawnGelson's MarketsICANNKaiser PermanenteLA Care Health PlanMattelNissan USAO'Neil Digital SolutionsPacific LifePioneer ElectronicsSouthern California EdisonSutter HealthTHQTucson Electric PowerUnified Grocers and Zurich Insurance Group.

GEORGE SHETH

George Sheth
Managing Partner

George Sheth is Managing Partner of Diligent Partners, LLC, a retained executive search firm he co-founded in 2009.  Previously, he was Executive Director and Healthcare Practice Leader at another retained executive search firm based in Southern California.  Prior to that, George was a Strategy Consulting Principal focused on health plan IT strategy consulting within Kaiser Permanente's Information Technology division.  Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Sheth held executive management roles in the national healthcare consulting practices of Capgemini (now Accenture) and IBM / PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He started his career in operational management roles at Health Net and Maxicare Health Plans in the 1980s.  Besides retained executive search, his areas of expertise include executive coaching, board governance, strategic business planning, business process redesign, new venture and product development, program/project management, and the application of technology to grow businesses and solve strategic and operational issues.

As a volunteer leader many times over, Mr. Sheth currently serves as Member Relations Board Advisor for the Southern California Chapter of Society for Information Management (www.scsim.org), the premier not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIOs, CTOs and emerging IT leaders. Since 2010, he also has been a frequent presenter/panelist at CIO summits across the West Coast for HMG Strategy (www.hmgstrategy.com) for whom Mr. Sheth serves on its Advisory Board.  For several years, George served as Board Governance Committee Chair and as a member of the HR Committee on the Board of Directors of the Bob Hope USO (www.BobHopeUSO.org).  For over a decade, George served on the HIMSS Southern California Chapter Board, where he served his one-year term as President in 2008-2009.  A diehard Trojan, George has served on the University of Southern California (USC) Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board (served as President: 2006-2007), the USC Marshall Alumni Association National Board, the USC Marshall Partners Board, the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors Executive Committee, and the USC Trojan CEO Network Board.

George has a B.A. degree from Occidental College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with an executive M.B.A. in International Business.

George has supported numerous clients, including AccentureAECOMAmgen, Apria HealthcareAvasant, BodySyncBlue Shield of CaliforniaCaiman ConsultingCardinal Health / CareFusionCedars-SinaiCIGNACity of Hope Medical CenterCSCHealth NetICANNJohnson ControlsKaiser PermanenteL.A. Care Health PlanMartin Luther King, Jr. Community HospitalScrippsHealthSaban Community ClinicSouthern California EdisonSutter HealthTrianzUniHealth AmericaUnitedHealth GroupWellPoint/Anthem, and Zurich Insurance Group.

Testimonials

"We just completed a long and challenging search with Diligent Partners for a partner-level executive for our management consulting firm.  Completing a search like this for a small, culture-driven firm was no easy task, and we put both George and Scott through the ringer with our selectiveness, stubbornness, and hundreds of questions.  Both George and Scott did a great job working with us, walking us through all the details, and most importantly, finding several extremely well qualified candidates for us to meet with and ultimately hire.  Our search came with some self-inflicted bumps along the way, and I was impressed with the manner in which Diligent Partners stuck with their commitment to us from day one to the first day on the job of our new executive.  We liked their candidates so much, we ended up hiring two."

Greg Long
Director & Co-Founder, Caiman Consulting

"George and Scott have just completed a most professionally effective engagement for one of my critical IT Director positions.  Every step of the process was made clear and was executed with precision.  Their sourcing generated for my organization a viable cadre of leader-candidates whose credentials were aligned with our requirements and yet reflected variations in focus, personality, and style.  Their assessments were spot-on, just the right balance of reality and optimism.  Their leader-candidates were so well qualified that even those not selected proved to be strong candidates for other opportunities in my organization.  DP's work is the most satisfied I've ever been with an executive search firm's performance."

Tom Ream
Regional CIO, Sacramento-Sierra Region, Sutter Health
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