Michael Getchell is a Client Partner US and Co-Head Latin America with a 22-year track record in executive search, focused on top-level projects across the Americas, including Canada, the US, Argentina and Brazil. Before joining Pedersen & Partners, Mr. Getchell was the Managing Partner for an international Executive Search firm in Brazil and served as the Head of the Latin American Consumer, Retail and Hospitality Practice. Prior to this, he was the managing director of a U.S. based search firm for Latin America where he was responsible for rolling out business and operations in key markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico & CAC and Venezuela. As a partner in the San Francisco office for that firm, Mr. Getchell conducted senior-level assignments on behalf of clients across a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on consumer, industrial, advanced technology and pharmaceutical companies. An Americas region specialist, Mr. Getchell has worked and lived extensively in the United States, Mexico and Brazil during his 30-year career. He has also served as general manager for the São Paulo office of a private equity backed human capital full services company and prior to that, was a partner in the São Paulo office of an international Executive Search firm, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in executive search and operations during his 10-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Getchell held a variety of positions in business development, licensing and marketing for the consumer goods company Umbro International in Brazil as well as in the United States.
Michael Getchell holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA through the joint degree program from BSP Business School São Paulo and the University of Toronto. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.