MU Welcomes Belinda Burson to its US Team

By Sofia Hjort Lönegård Darcie Murray

We are pleased to announce that Belinda Burson has joined our U.S. team, based in Houston, as Vice President of the Professional Services practice for the Americas. With 25 years of executive search experience, Belinda will help build a high-quality, profitable business for MU USA, focusing on sales, account management, and delivery work. Through collaboration with European colleagues, Belinda will operate as a member of the Americas team, concentrating on the Global Professional Services practice.

​​“​​I am thrilled to be a part of MU.  I have met with many of the global leaders and truly feel MU is a special place with a culture and values unlike any firm I’ve interacted with. Their capabilities in leadership selection are unparalleled.  Under Darcie’s leadership, the US will grow quickly, yet strategically.  I am looking forward to working with Geir Lislerud, Global Head for MU, to expand the Professional Services practice in the Americas”, shares Mrs Burson.

Mrs Burson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Architecture. Her executive search career started when she became a Director in 1998 at Magellan International, where she led the development and management of retained executive searches in the strategy consulting industry. With a specialization in Principal and Partner positions, Belinda worked closely with client teams to yield effective screening and selection.

From these early days, Belinda was able to grow into an accomplished executive search professional who has built search companies from the ground up, supported clientele across a myriad of industries, and designed innovative sourcing solutions to find global talent.

In 2006, Belinda founded the retained search firm, BraxtonCooper Inc, and played an integral role in overseeing all company operations in both the United States and Europe across multiple practices. She provided excellent client service by developing client-specific reporting that incorporates potential candidate data to address marketplace perceptions and novel tools such as Talent Landscape Maps to help clients be aware of their competitors' leadership and capabilities.

Belinda has distinguished herself as a capable leader with numerous accreditations such as being in the 2019 top 10% of LinkedIn Recruiter users globally and a licensed SHRM Senior Certified Professional. She possesses numerous endorsements of her leadership skills as an honest communicator, charismatic motivator, and considerate person that truly understands people.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Belinda into our MU team.  After some time cultivating our relationship, it became clear that Belinda possessed the values and attributes we believe in at MU:  trust, strong relationships, accountability, expertise and a deep commitment to providing quality, excellent work for our clients. She has built an impressive and expansive career in the search industry and has worked with marquis clients all over the world, including Europe and APAC, and we look forward to being able to provide that experience she has garnered over her career to our current and future clients. As we continue to build MU in the US, I look forward to Belinda being a valuable contributor to that growth and development,” said Darcie Murray, SVP and Head of the Americas for MU. 

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