Jay Millen is the managing partner of the CEO & Board Practice, and a member of the Charleston office. Working with publicly-traded and privately-held companies, Jay assists clients in senior-level recruitment and in the development of board and CEO succession plans. He also has an extensive not-for-profit background at the board and senior executive levels.
Jay joined Caldwell from DHR, where he was a vice chairman and head of the Board and CEO Practice. Previously, he was a senior client partner at Korn/Ferry International. During his tenure there, he also served as the global sector leader of basic materials and as managing director of strategic client partnerships in the Americas.
Prior to joining the executive search industry, Jay led Accenture’s natural resource practice, based in London. In this role he focused on global mergers and acquisitions for some of the leading agribusiness, forest products, metals, mining, building materials, and infrastructure businesses across the globe. Additionally, his practice group conducted significant client support in the areas of leadership assessment and development, market segmentation, supply chain optimization, and innovation/new product development.
In his tenures with Tenneco, International Paper and a major private equity venture, Jay’s experience included engineering, operations and leadership roles in a diverse set of forest products and engineered materials companies, culminating in his role as the senior operations executive in an engineered materials and building/consumer products business.
Jay began his career as an infantry and special operations officer in the US Army.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and history from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also earned an MBA in corporate finance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Jay is active in the Charleston community, where he serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Aquarium and is an active member of the Diocese of South Carolina and the Coastal Conservation Association. Jay previously served as an advisor to the USEPA NACEPT Advisory Board, as a company board member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and on the board of directors of the Southeast Florida Diocesan Cathedral.