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Deborah Sawyer


During her 20+ years in the executive search field, Deborah Sawyer (International Affairs,’81) has compiled a CV that reflects a career she only dreamt of while pursuing her IA major. She has led several major global client relationships and worked throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including greater China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore, as well as assignments in London, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, and throughout the U.S. After six years in Singapore as a partner of Odgers Berndtson, Deborah repatriated to the U.S. in 2012, joining Pearson Partners International, a Texas-based global executive search firm, as vice president. Deborah is a strong advocate of FSU and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. She continually encourages all of her fellow alum to give back through whatever means available—time, talent, or financial resources. She has recently taken a keen interest in the Master’s in Applied Economics program and contributed a piece to the College’s 2012-2013 Annual Report urging her fellow alumni to make connections between their companies and the College to provide real-world data and projects for students in the various applied programs offered at the College. While meeting with a Tallahassee client of PPI, Deborah took some time to speak to them about how they could forge a mutually beneficial relationship with the applied economics program.