Clifford R. Hollander, Ph.D.
Sharon M. Flynn Hollander, RN, MSN, MBA
Adele Mehzer, BA
Maeve Clifford, BA

Dr. Clifford R. Hollander


Clifford R. Hollander, PhD, is President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Hollander Group which he founded in 1985. Over the course of 20 years, Hollander worked with more than 150 organizations helping them specify, design and operationalize medium- to very large-scale, mission-critical information systems projects in a wide variety of corporate, government and public environments.

Typical engagements, which invariably entail(ed) substantive amounts recruitment responsibilities (as noted above) invariably involved various combinations of advanced communications networking, information brokering and web-based intermediation. This provided a natural segway to Clifford's focus upon executive recruitment.

Clifford’s role in those engagements, in addition their technical aspects, always included understanding and formalizing client and project requirements pertaining to skill needs and team building on behalf of stakeholder organizations and their most demanding projects.

This deep-seated experience continues to engender rich knowledge bases pertaining to technical and business content, as well as extensive contact networks that he regularly exploits for executive recruitment purposes.


Since 2005, Clifford has devoted the vast majority of his energy and attention to co-leading The Hollander Group’s Executive Search Consultancy Practice with Sharon. More recently, he has also focused upon exploring the application of machine learning to a number of projects.

Hollander holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree also from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sharon M. Flynn Hollander


Sharon M. Flynn Hollander, RN, MSN, MBA, is Executive Vice President (EVP), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Lead for the Executive Search Consultancy Practice for The Hollander Group.  She has developed a national executive search practice in a wide variety of not-for-profit sectors. Today, areas of special expertise include mission driven organizations with primary emphasis on academic nursing. The Hollander Group has completed nearly 300 searches in academic nursing.

Prior to entering the executive search field, Ms. Flynn Hollander spent more than 25 years in healthcare in executive, clinical, managerial and consulting roles. She began her career in nursing, where she gained an in-depth understanding of the healthcare delivery system and the delicate balance between high quality care, service and financial goals.

Later, she held a number of positions in nursing and healthcare at the University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics in Chicago and at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois.  Upon moving to California, Sharon embarked upon a nine-year career as an executive at Stanford University Hospital, where she served as a director of nursing and as an associate hospital director.

In 1997, Sharon was recruited to be the chief executive officer of Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she remained until 2000 when she embarked upon executive search. Her entire career was based in academic settings.  Her search portfolio in higher education has encompassed a large number of Chair, Dean, Vice Provost, Vice Chancellor and Provost searches.


Sharon’s expertise, which she transitioned from executive leadership to search, emphasizes helping empower institutions across a wide range of sectors and fiscal conditions to maximize outcomes via tailored combinations of innovative leadership and management restructuring, cost containment, revenue generation and operational infrastructure renovation. As a clinician and administrator, Sharon led with a passion for quality and service, consistently selecting executives and teams who share that passion. Having served in major academic institutions, Sharon adds a deep understanding of universities and medical centers to her broad background in all areas of management and in institutions of varying sizes, public and private.  These experiences afforded her technical, managerial and finance expertise, which she has brought to bear upon executive search.

Sharon’s academic credentials include a Master in Management degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a Master of Nursing Management degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Adele Mezher


Adele Mezher, BA, is a Managing Director for the Executive Search Consultancy Practice for The Hollander Group. Adele's career in executive search spans more than twenty-five years and begins with high-profile Fortune 500, venture capital, and private equity clients in the technology and manufacturing industries. She conducted over fifty searches for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and heads of Sales and Marketing across for-profit market segments. Her service orientation and mission drive led her to the nonprofit sector where she has spent the last decade leading engagements on behalf of universities and colleges, as well as mission-driven clients.

A certified diversity & inclusion recruiter, Adele specializes in board of trustees, advancement and development searches with a track record of successfully partnering with search committees. She has worked on special initiatives within Northeastern University's Office of the President and Office of Enrollment Management & Student Life. She volunteers with youth development organizations across the Boston area, and is a member of the #HIREBLACK Initiative, Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy, and American Lebanese Awareness Association.


Maeve Clifford


Maeve Clifford, BA, is a Managing Director for the Executive Search Consultancy Practice for The Hollander Group. With nearly fifteen years of experience in executive search, Maeve has served nonprofit clients across a wide range of issue areas, as well as those in the industrial, technology, and healthcare industries. Maeve's exposure to a variety of markets, positions, and functions has deepened her thinking on how to best approach executive search. Her experience has also given her a keen understanding of the complicated interplay between networks and an appreciation for the universal qualities that make for transformational leadership.

Maeve leads a nonprofit Executive Director search practice, and has guided clients within higher education, academic medicine, and national and family foundations. Her early career includes finance, operations, and development positions at Harvard University, Denver School of Science & Technology, and several historic preservation entities. Maeve holds a bachelor’s in American History from Wellesley College and is a board member with Girls Inc. of San Diego County.


Esmina Perdiew


Esmina Perdiew, BA, is Vice President (VP) and Co-Lead for the Executive Search Consultancy Practice for The Hollander Group. Esmina brings unparalleled project management and relationship building skills to every client engagement. She has executed tailored recruiting processes to identify Deans and Chairs on behalf of academic nursing clients, as well as for select nonprofit clients in education and foreign relations. Given her entrepreneurial nature, Esmina has been instrumental in the successful launch of several boutique firms during her twenty year career in executive search. Her accomplishments include building and leading a team of account managers and researchers for corporate clients across consumer products, chemical, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and professional services; and creating and deploying diversity hiring initiatives for Fortune 500 clients. Esmina received her bachelor's in English from Loyola University. Originally from Montenegro, she is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and lives with her family in a Chicago suburb.


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