Gravitas LLC Announces Veteran Executive Human Resources Officer Edward A. Evans to Head Hospitality and Managed Services Practice

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Gravitas LLC, a retained senior executive and board search firm, announced today that Edward A. Evans has rejoined the firm as a Managing Partner. Ed leads the company’s Hospitality and Managed Services practice area, and also brings his experience to the board search and Human Resources practices.

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Edward A. Evans

Ed is known to be "the best of the best" in talent selection - and we are overjoyed to have him on the Gravitas team.

Gravitas LLC, a boutique retained executive search firm known for its results and its industry-leading "Gravitas Guarantee", today announced that Ed Evans has rejoined the firm as a Managing Partner and head of the firm's new Hospitality and Managed Services Practice. Ed’s career spans multiple service companies in environments ranging from food and hospitality to chemical distribution, where he most recently served as CHRO for Univar, a $10.5 billion global distributor of chemicals and related innovative products and services. Prior to Univar, Ed worked for Allied Waste as CHRO, steering the organization through its merger with Republic Services in 2009. Prior to his time with Republic, Ed spent a year at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration as the founding director for what is now the Leland and Mary Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Ed previously held line and senior HR roles with companies including Saga Foodservice, Marriott, and Aramark.

“Ed was one of the founding partners of Gravitas back in 2007, though at that time he could not commit full time to our vision for a significantly better search experience for our clients” said Ken Schwenke, Gravitas Managing Partner. “Ed now brings – full time – to Gravitas not only a keen ability to assess talent and competence, but also a well-developed understanding of and appreciation for the importance of organizational fit. Ed is not only one of the best HR leaders around, but he really understands business and how the right people can drive needed results, especially within hospitality and managed services environments. I couldn’t be happier to have Ed on the team full time”.

Ed holds both a B.S. (Hotel) and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a multiple term member of the Cornell Council, and is actively involved with the Hotel School both on and off campus.


Founded in 2007, Gravitas LLC provides executive staffing solutions, with a focus on results which has allowed “best in class” performance across multiple client-focused metrics. With cycle times to placement at less than half the industry average, successful placement rates nearly 40% better, and the industry leading “Gravitas Guarantee”, Gravitas works to ensure total client satisfaction. With headquarters in suburban Philadelphia and offices in Chicago and Spokane, Gravitas works for clients across North America.

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