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Sara Cikalo is a Managing Director in WAVERLY PARTNERS’ Cleveland, Ohio office and has over twenty years of talent acquisition and search consulting experience. She has performed senior level searches across a diversity of functional disciplines and industry segments. .

Sara’s industry experience ranges from Fortune 500 service and manufacturing firms to nonprofit organizations. She has served a variety of clients including:

  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Insight2Profit
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Watson Wyatt/Towers Watson
  • Positive Education Program
  • United Church of Christ Insurance Board.

Before joining WAVERLY PARTNERS, Sara spent twelve years operating her own talent acquisition support and search practice. She provided full life-cycle search consulting, research and process improvement to corporate clients and consulting firms as well as other executive search firms.

Sara began her career in recruiting at KeyCorp, a leading financial institution, providing support to the executive recruitment function and facilitating the executive orientation and on-boarding process. She then joined StratfordGroup as a Senior Executive Recruiter, executing search work for an assortment of functional areas including operations, marketing, business development and finance. Before launching her own business, Sara worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Andersen where she established an in-house search research function and managed recruiting efforts regionally for a variety of practice verticals.

Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She is an active volunteer in her community and local schools.