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Minnesota Chapter In-Person Event | A Recruiter's View of Board Director Search and Placement
Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom
5418 W Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55416
Tuesday, December 06, 2022, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
Category: Minnesota


Please note that this is an in-person-only event. Registration is required. 

$  0   Member Registration Fee
$25   Non-Member Registration Fee


  • 3:30 - 4:15 networking + reception
  • 4:15 - 5:30 program
  • 5:30 - 6:00 networking

Refreshments will be served between 3:30-5:30p.  The bar will remain open until 6:00p.  One drink ticket will be provided per person.  A cash bar will be available.



Archie Black, CEO of SPS Commerce and Board Director will lead the panel and give his perspective on Board Member search and placements. Libby Utter, Lyman Executive Search, and Pat Walsh, Korn Ferry, will provide their experiences, insights and tips for Board Director searches. Please join us for some great networking and awesome professional development information.

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Archie Black
CEO and Board Director
SPS Commerce

As CEO of SPS Commerce since 2001, Archie Black has led the company to become a recognized leader in retail cloud services with the industry’s largest retail network and more than 85 consecutive quarters of increased revenues.

Archie is a cloud computing pioneer and has helped SPS Commerce transform the retail industry by replacing traditional enterprise software with a more responsive, agile retail platform. Under his leadership, SPS Commerce has grown from a groundbreaking, disruptive idea into a global powerhouse with the largest retail network and the industry’s first integrated suite of products architected for today’s omnichannel retail market.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Titans of Technology, and is a frequent presenter at industry, investor and academic events.

He has a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University. 


Pat Walsh
Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry

Pat Walsh is a Vice Chairman in the Board & CEO Services practice, based in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Mr. Walsh brings a wealth of industry knowledge and global expertise in executive search and strategy, having led multiple, major CEO and Board search assignments throughout his career for many of the world's leading companies. 

In addition to his relationships at the top of the house and his track record of success as a search professional, Mr. Walsh has developed an impeccable reputation with global clients for his strong expertise as a leadership advisor – working closely with organizations to navigate their complex talent and leadership issues.
Mr. Walsh also founded The Abbay, a CEO education and networking event held the week of Super Bowl LII.

Focused on board director and general management assignments across the industrial sector, Mr. Walsh has helped to build strong CEO and board relationships. His experience includes CEO and/or Board work at Freeport McMoran, Vulcan Materials, Pentair, ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and others, He has also served as head of the industrial practice for the Americas, responsible for driving global cooperation across the firm in its largest practice.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Walsh worked at McKinsey & Company, where he developed and led engagement teams serving senior management on strategy and organizational issues. Prior to that, he was a CPA at Price Waterhouse. With over 35 years of commercial experience Mr Walsh is a trusted source for sophisticated talent issues.

Mr. Walsh earned a Bachelors of Science from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Libby Utter
Search & Business Development Consultant
Lyman Executive Search

The common thread running through Libby Utter’s career? Growing relationships, developing talent and helping organizations thrive.

In her current role as a retained executive recruiter, Ms. Utter connects mid-sized businesses with their next generation of leaders. She spearheads C-level searches for top leadership (CEOs, GMs, President, VPs and board members) and supports new business development activities at Lyman Executive Search.

Her background includes more than 16 years’ executive search experience, including past president of The Wood Group, and a proven track record of success in organizational leadership, revenue generation and client satisfaction. In every engagement she brings astute business acumen, high energy, professionalism and caring to her work. Her experiences as a search professional, company president, non-profit executive and board member give Ms. Utter a unique perspective on role of leadership in an organization.

Outside of the office, Ms. Utter shares her talents as a community volunteer and committed board member, currently serving on the executive committee of the Private Directors Association (Minnesota Chapter) and as a member of the Association for Corporate Growth. Ms. Utter’s past board service includes the board of directors for Theater Latte Da, board chair roles with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Minnesota Stroke Association and the Scleroderma Foundation (MN).

Ms. Utter holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Michigan.