Vaco Names Suzanne Baranski Managing Partner of its Charlotte Office to Fuel Growth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 15 – Vaco, a talent solutions firm that provides consulting, contract and direct hire solutions around the globe, has named Suzanne Baranski managing partner of its Charlotte, North Carolina, office.

Baranski joined Vaco as an executive recruiter in 2015 and previously served as a partner leading the accounting and finance practice in Charlotte. During her more than six-year tenure at the firm, Baranski has also served as the division director of accounting and finance talent solutions. The Charlotte office has doubled its revenue growth in the past year under Baranski’s leadership.

“Suzanne’s passion and hard work have made her an obvious choice to lead our Charlotte office into its next stage of growth,” said Sid Mitchener, regional managing partner of Vaco’s North Carolina offices (Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem). “She’s trusted by the team and local business leaders and has the change management skills to navigate a post-pandemic landscape. We’re excited to see her lead the team to better support our clients and to elevate their own organizations.”

Baranski moves into the role during a time of transition – growing the team and emerging from the pandemic – while embracing rapid growth in the marketplace. As managing partner, she will lead a team of 17 local employees and more than 100 consultants nationwide. During her tenure at Vaco, she also co-founded She of Charlotte, a network of influential women leaders pursuing and achieving excellence in business.

“I’m honored to be in a role that allows me to share my passion for people, culture and community all in one,” Baranski said. “Entrepreneurship and autonomy are core to Vaco, and these are the tools that will enable the Charlotte team to help our clients and candidates achieve their highest potential. We’re not vendors, we are advisors and true partners, and I’m excited to support our growing network along their entire journey.”

Prior to joining Vaco, Baranski served in assurance for PwC. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting, magna cum laude, from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in accounting and information systems from North Carolina State University.

“Suzanne is devoted to supporting her people and will drop everything to help her team at a moment’s notice,” said Katie Hyde, director of consulting services at Vaco in Charlotte. “She is incredibly passionate about Vaco and embodies the rich culture that is so pivotal to the success of our company. There is no one more deserving of this position and I am so excited to see the Charlotte office thrive under her leadership.”

Charlotte and North Carolina are key growth markets for Vaco, which has experienced rapid expansion through the years. The Charlotte office serves more than 432 clients and has placed more than 1,000 candidates since 2009. Collectively, the North Carolina offices serve more than 1,950 clients and have placed more than 4,390 candidates since 2008. Vaco’s North Carolina offices are part of a powerhouse that delivers talent solutions across diverse industries and to more than 12,000 clients globally.

Vaco’s finance and technology advisory subsidiary, MorganFranklin Consulting, based in Washington, D.C., recently opened an office in Raleigh, further cementing its expansion in North Carolina.

About Vaco

Vaco delivers critical talent solutions to companies in the areas of consulting, project resources, executive search, direct hire and strategic staffing with expertise in numerous areas including accounting and finance, technology and operations. Vaco’s family of brands includes Pivot Point Consulting, a best in KLAS health care IT solutions provider; Focus Search Partners, a retained executive search practice; and MorganFranklin Consulting, Vaco’s methodology-driven global consulting platform. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 12,000 clients across the globe with more 9,800 employees. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 14 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.


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