Novo and Xcellero, together, making sure the best talent works for you!


Brookfield, Wis. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Novo Group, Inc.,
a national recruiting and management consulting firm and Milwaukee Business Journal 2017 Best Places to Work award winner, is excited to announce its merger with Xcellero Leadership, a Naperville, Ill,-based leadership and organizational development firm, to combine their collective expertise and tools, and expand talent consulting offerings.

Novo Group’s combined practice offerings with Xcellero Leadership’s programs encompass the full Talent Lifecycle, from finding and recruiting talent, to ensuring that investment made in people guides organizations to achieve sustainable growth.

“Our clients know talent is THE game changer in organizational performance,” said Kelly Renz, Novo Group CEO and Milwaukee Business Journal 2017 Women of Influence award winner. “In this hyper-competitive talent landscape, organizations need to ensure their people are equipped to grow as individuals and teams, and are effectively prepared to meet the demands of business challenges.”

The combined capabilities and experience of the Novo Group and Xcellero Leadership more than doubles the size of their national Talent Effectiveness Solutions practice, and adds depth to an already robust set of programs.  Xcellero’s co-founders and Managing Directors, Andy Kindler and Doug McKinley, PsyD, will lead the Talent Effectiveness Solutions practice and team of consultants at the Novo Group.

“This merger expands the capabilities of the Novo Group’s Talent Effectiveness Solution practice by adding new assessments, coaching, and leadership development programs designed to improve individual and organizational performance,” said Doug McKinley, PsyD, and Managing Director of Xcellero Leadership. “We are so pleased to join this organization formally, as we mutually embrace the same standards of service and quality for our clients.”

“Xcellero’s programs work with individuals, teams and organizations as a whole during times of change and growth by igniting and developing sustaining initiatives that drive the client’s strategic plans forward,” said Andy Kindler, Xcellero Leadership Managing Director. “The power of combining Xcellero with the talent selection and human capital consulting solutions of Novo, provides clients even more options under one advisor relationship roof.”

Xcellero Leadership will be rebranded as Xcellero, Novo’s Talent Effectiveness Solution, in the newly-merged company. No staff reductions or changes will be made. The firm’s main office will be in Brookfield.

 About Novo Group:
Novo helps you dread recruiting less!  As a full Talent Lifecycle Partner, they leverage deep industry knowledge, cutting-edge research and the use of best practices to augment internal Human Resources departments to deliver exceptional resources across industries and position levels. They are experts at architecting the right solution for your unique needs.

 As Human Capital specialists, Novo provides practical consulting solutions for all phases of your talent’s lifecycle, from building your talent pipeline through the recruiting process and all phases of people development and initiatives.

 Novo has offices in Milwaukee, Wis., and Chicago, Ill, serving clients across North America. More information is available at or by calling (844) 439-6686.

 About Xcellero Leadership:
Whether Xcellero is working with one individual, a team or an entire company, they believe an organization’s best investment is developing the talent of its leaders. Their programs are built on the premise that attracting and retaining top talent begins with clarity and an accurate understanding of the behavioral and cognitive requirements of a role. When the position clarity is matched with the set of behavioral preferences, motivators and emotional intelligence of the right candidate, is when a great team is formed!

 Xcellero Leadership is based in Naperville, Ill., and services clients nationally. More information is available at or by calling (630) 983-2861.

Novo helps you dread recruiting less!