Our team
Our team

Steve Kendrick


Steve Kendrick is President of KER Partners, LLC.  His background includes over 25 years of successful retained executive search industry and corporate recruitment professional experience. This experience includes leading successful search engagements and client relationships across commercial industry segments including financial services, payment systems, consumer retail, online-eCommerce, logistics-transportation, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare.  He has served industry leading clients including global Fortune 500 multinationals, mid-cap-mid-market public/private firms, as well as private equity backed portfolio companies.

Prior to KER Partners, Steve was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles’ Dallas office and a key member of the firm’s global Information Technology Officers Practice.  He was also a Principal at Spencer Stuart and an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates previously. He also served as president of a Dallas-based retained executive search boutique specializing in recruiting IT executive leaders and CIOs.

Prior to entering executive search, Steve spent six years with EDS Corporation, performing both technical and professional recruiting, as well as providing recruitment training and counsel on employment-related issues.  He began his career as a district manager with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, where he was responsible for sales management and operations.

Steve is an active speaker and panelist at key industry forums on topics including executive IT leadership development, career management and succession planning.  He is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and the Society for Information Management (SIM).

Steve earned his undergraduate degree in business from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, along with graduate studies at the University of Texas in Dallas.


Barbara Z. Settles


Barbara has over 30 years of experience in retained executive search consulting, including  24 years as a Partner.  She has served as President and CEO of Settles Executive Search for 12 years; and Barbara was a Managing Director at Korn/Ferry International where she was an active member of the Advanced Technology and Professional Services Practices.

She recruits chief information officers and senior-level information services related positions across industries.   Barbara has represented large global, mid-market and private equity firms, and some of the most prestigious professional services firms, recruiting technology leaders, practice leaders, partners and senior managers across a wide array of industry specialties — including IT, financial services, communications, healthcare, process, consumer products, energy and utilities.  She also has developed a specialization in legal search recruitment for corporate general counsels and senior counsels; and firm administration for law firms.

Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Barbara was a Partner with Lamalie (now Heidrick), another leading search firm, where she headed the Professional Services Practice. Before entering executive search, she spent five years for Burroughs Corporation in its Large Accounts Financial Institutions Practice.

Barbara holds an M.B.A., with a dual major in management and marketing and highest honors, from Jacksonville University and a B.S., with a double major in management and marketing with honors, from Jacksonville University.