Partners

Susan McLaughlin

Susan is a managing partner and co-founder of Meraki Search Group. With 10 years in executive search, she has earned her search credentials through engagements on both sides of the equation. As chief operating officer of AGL Resources, president of Bellsouth’s Consumer Services business, and in executive positions at Citibank and Eastman Kodak, she consistently built motivated, focused, successful teams. 

Sue brings to executive search a pure delight in partnering with clients to place executives in key roles, often referring to her work as a treasure hunt. She also brings the same diligence and dedication that allowed her to climb the corporate ladder to the C-Suite in Fortune 1000 companies. Her clients—CEOs and board directors in fintech, private equity, and publicly traded companies—recognize her commitment to their success and repeatedly retain her to deliver the best possible executive talent for their companies.

Sue’s board roles have included Target Corporation, Delphi Automotive, nTelos Wireless, Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Spelman College, and Mary Baldwin University. She has also served on the board of Atlanta-based Prime Revenue, where she received an Atlanta Business Chronicle/NACD Director of the Year award. She is active in C200 (formerly Committee of 200), a global association of top female executives and entrepreneurs who promote and foster the advancement of women in business leadership, and recently served as the organization’s chair.

Sue earned a B.S. in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and participated in the University of Michigan’s Global Leadership Program. She lives with her husband in Atlanta. Together, they enjoy cycling, travel and time with family, including their nine grand-nieces and -nephews.

Richard Meuris

Richard is a managing partner and co-founder of Meraki Search Group.  He has been in executive search for almost two decades, with his core focus working across a diverse array of sectors within the industrial and manufacturing industries. Richard has built his career supporting clients ranging from private equity and their portfolio companies to Fortune 100 companies, collaborating to build differentiated leadership teams that drive value creation for shareholders.

Through his passion, diligence and commitment to personally executing searches, Richard has built a core group of clients who trust him time and again to deliver the best possible executive talent for their companies.

Prior to co-founding Meraki Search Group, Richard was a partner and industrial practice leader at an executive search firm where he built and helped grow the industrial practice. He started his executive search career at Heidrick & Struggles in the industrial practice and supply chain practice in Chicago and Atlanta.

Before beginning his executive search career, Richard was a consultant with Accenture in management and process consulting.  He earned a earned a B.S. degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a minor in international affairs. He also speaks fluent French.

Richard lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta. When not recruiting, he enjoys spending his time outdoors, playing soccer, and spending time with his children. He and his family are avid fans of the Atlanta United.