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JEAN LENZNER

Managing Director

Ms. Lenzner is a veteran of the recruiting industry with more than 30 years of experience in recruiting, professional development, training, diversity and retention. Prior to returning to The Alexander Group—which she co-founded and where she served as Partner for 10 years—Ms. Lenzner was Director of Professional Resources for Bracewell LLP. There, she oversaw recruiting and retention for the 400-attorney global law firm.  Previously, she was Director of Experienced Recruiting for Arthur Andersen LLP.

She has conducted both national and international searches on behalf of clients ranging from professional services firms, financial institutions, investment banking, real estate, non-profit organizations, law firms, and other businesses. Her broad experience has given her an instinct for identifying candidates who not only possess the right skillsets, but also the right character to succeed at an organization. 

Ms. Lenzner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from The University of Texas, Austin.
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Where did you grow up?

My father was career military, and we moved every two years or so. We lived in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area more times than anywhere else so I have always considered it home. If you talk to a “military brat” you will often get a sense of how they felt about constantly being uprooted while growing up. Thanks to my parents who encouraged my independence and instilled in me a fascination with the world and the ability to adapt, I was firmly in the camp of people who viewed the moves as an adventure. I valued meeting new people and seeing new places, especially the opportunity to live internationally.

How did you get involved with executive search?

I was working in the consulting practice of what was then one of the "Big 8" public accounting firms. Executive search was a new practice area for the firm. I was immediately intrigued with the concept of matching up a client’s needs by finding the right person to fill those needs and knew I wanted to be part of the team. Thirty years later, I still enjoy the intellectual stimulation and challenge of executive recruiting, which requires one to constantly learn about our clients and their business as well as the industries and positions of those we consider in the process of conducting our search.

What jobs have you held?

During the summers while I was in college, I worked for what was then the leading department store in Washington, D.C. The first summer I was there, I went on a buying spree. This quickly ended once I realized I was quite literally spending every penny I made. However, my roommates were thrilled with the suitcase of clothes I brought back to campus that fall.

What do you do in your spare time?

Travel. While there are many cities and locations I know well and always enjoy visiting, I most enjoy going to new places. It's always a learning experience.