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Karen Novak Swalwell

Francis & Associates

Karen is an executive search consultant. Responsible for the successful completion of assignments across many industries and functional areas.

Karen joined Francis & Associates full time in 1987 as a consultant. Through the years she has been responsible for the successful completion of numerous assignments across many industries and functional areas. She is well known for her ability to coach and guide corporate and non-profit boards through the successful hiring of CEOs in addition to other senior-level assignments. She took over as President of Francis & Associates in 2008.

A lifelong Des Moines, Iowa resident, Karen graduated from the University of Iowa, working part-time for Francis & Associates while in college. Upon graduation, Karen worked for an office supply company before returning to Francis & Associates.

A resident of West Des Moines, Karen is very active in the community having served on many local charitable boards, city and state commissions. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren when not sailing, traveling or cycling.



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