J.L. Baker

Managing Director

J.L. Baker is Managing Director at GattiHR and is responsible for leading the Chicago office.  J.L. combines over a decade of experience in both executive search and corporate human resource leadership.  Having conducted a broad range of over 225 mid- and senior-level assignments he has built a reputation of developing strong trusted relationships with his candidates and clients.  His attention to detail, high level of client and candidate care and extensive research focus allow him to uncover and recruit top talent.

Prior to joining GattiHR, J.L. was with a top five global retained executive search firm where his practice focused primarily in the medical technology and financial services fields.   Previously he served as Director, Executive Recruitment for both CNA Insurance and Discover Financial Services.  In these roles he was directly responsible for enterprise-wide management of officer level executive recruitment and built, developed and managed their executive recruitment strategies, processes and procedures.  J.L. began his career in executive search where he developed skills in the fundamentals of search in various roles including Vice President, Recruiting and Operations, Senior Associate and Research Associate.

J.L. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he received a degree in Economics.  He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Michaela and their two son’s.

J.L. is active within the community and supports numerous organizations including the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the American Cancer Society.  He is also a proud supporter of the University of Iowa Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Iowa Club.