Skip to content

The Bowdoin Group Welcomes Kara Barr, New Head of Recruiting

Posted by Lauren Kendall on January 29, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass., January 29, 2019 – The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm with deep expertise in leadership search and strategic build-outs for innovative companies, announced the expansion of their team with the strategic hiring of a new Head of Recruiting and two new Senior Consultants.

Kara Barr joins Bowdoin as Head of Recruiting. Kara has extensive experience in executive search, bringing over a decade of search and research experience to her role and an excellent reputation in the market.Kara Barr She will be responsible for overseeing all recruiting functions and team members, including developing and optimizing the firm’s execution and executive search process. Previously, she served as the Delivery Team Manager for WinterWyman Executive Search where she was responsible for managing the firm’s research and recruiting team. Prior to that, she served as a Research Associate at Egon Zehnder where she specialized in Board of Director and executive-level placements for roles specific to Data and Analytics expertise. Kara also developed and managed executive relationships as well as conducted market research as a Senior Research Manager in the Consumer Goods & Services practice area at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). She received a B.A. in Economics from Bates College.

Joining as Senior Consultant, Brian Gatti brings his expertise in executive and human resources recruiting. Prior to joining The Bowdoin Group, Brian served as Director of Research for GattiHR, a national executive search firm focused on the search and placement of Human Resources professionals, where Brian conducted searches for HR executives. Prior to GattiHR, Brian spent nearly 13 years at State Street managing teams within the Trade Processing and Wealth Management divisions. He received his B.S. in Business Management from Providence College, and currently sits on the nominating and selection committee for the HRLF Bob Gatti Leadership Award.

Also joining as a Senior Consultant, Jill Morrissey Phoenix brings 15 years’ experience in search and recruiting to The Bowdoin Group. Before joining the firm, Jill worked as a corporate recruiter with Pegasystems, a leader in software for digital transformation, focusing on tech, legal, finance, marketing, and sales professionals. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Robert Half Executive Search. Jill holds a J.D. from Suffolk Law and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

“We are pleased to continue to strengthen the Bowdoin team with individuals like Kara, Brian, and Jill. They are very well respected in the executive search industry and reflect our commitment to continue to raise the bar for our clients with exceptional talent,” said Dave Melville, Founder and CEO of The Bowdoin Group.

In addition to these three strategic hires, The Bowdoin Group welcomes Kinjal Vyas as an Associate, Research & Operations, and Renee Gramolini as a Recruiting Coordinator, working directly with clients under our Recruitment Process Outsourcing services. Kinjal previously served as a Global Recruitment Coordinator and Operations Specialist at TraceLink and as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Seven Step RPO, while Renee previously worked as a Practice Coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

About The Bowdoin Group

Founded in 1994, The Bowdoin Group is an award-winning executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep expertise in BioPharma, Digital Health, FinTech and Financial Services, and Software, The Bowdoin Group is a leader in the Greater Boston area with depth of experience in sourcing talent and servicing companies globally. The company’s service reputation earned it a ranking in the top 2% of the recruiting industry for client satisfaction. Bowdoin is active in supporting Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as several non-profit causes.

Visit us at and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


Emily Leinbach
Head of Marketing
(781) 263-5239