Alexander K. "Sandy" Salmela possesses over thirty years of senior level recruiting experience. Prior to founding A.K.S. Associates, he was a partner with Canny, Bowen, a New York based executive search firm with offices in London and Boston. For the period 1980 to 1990, Mr. Salmela managed KPMG's New England search practice, and was a partner with the firm for the period 1985 to 1990. His previous experience includes establishing and managing the New England offices of Source Finance, a national recruiting firm, as well as positions with The Gillette Company, Price Waterhouse, and State Street Bank & Trust Company.

Mr. Salmela has conducted senior level searches in a broad cross-section of functions over the last thirty years, including finance, advancement, information technology, general management, and operations. His industry focus is higher education and other nonprofit institutions, professional services, and financial services.

Mr. Salmela is a graduate of Bowdoin College and also holds an M.B.A. from Boston University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs as well as the American Institute of CPAs.