The contribution by a "search specialist" dramatically highlights the problem in my opinion. This is the reason that so many large programmes and projects go wrong! These elements of failure are built in right from the start, initially by so called "search specialists" who do not even understand in reality what they are supposed to be searching for. They then therefore end up selecting the wrong person, who does not have the requisite skills or knowledge to ensure that a complex programme or project, with all of its demands, is managed in an optimal fashion.
The truth is that these sorts of scenarios are the most demanding of real mangement abilities, far more in fact than senior line management or director-level roles. The salient difficulty is that these so-called "search specialists" do not even really understand what the word "best" means! There the mega-problem begins, and so the macro-failures continue. About the only thing these people are any good at at all is "searching" blindly, and since they do not know what they are looking for, and would not even be able to see it if they found it, they end up believing that their search has been accomplished when they find someone who bamboozles them into believing that they have found what they would have been looking for if only they had understood what it was.
Hans Christian Anderson wrote a children's tale many years ago entitled "The Emperor's New Clothes"; this explained then exactly the problem, that those who are pompous and do not understand can be easily fooled!