Boyden Makes Major Foray into Canadian Market

December 9, 2013 – Executive search firm Boyden has significantly expanded its presence in the burgeoning Canadian marketplace with the addition of more than 80 professionals from the Vancouver and Ottawa offices of rival Odgers Berndtson. “Our new colleagues bring world class expertise and a commitment to client service that is a great strategic fit for our expansion in Canada,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden World Corporation. “Canada is a critical hub for our growth in the Americas, and we look forward to this expanded Canadian offering benefiting our clients around the world.” Boyden currently has more than 70 offices in over 40 countries and it expects to see tremendous lift to its U.S. operations coming from this deal by way of cross border searches with clients in the Americas as well as Asia Pacific and Europe. “We believe that Boyden’s client-focused strategy and collaborative global partnership align seamlessly with our growth objectives,” said Ken Werker, Boyden’s managing partner in Vancouver. Boyden expects to strengthen its practice and sector specializations in board and C-level assignments, business and professional services, consumer, energy, transportation, industrial, education, healthcare & lifesciences, the public sector and not for profit, technology, financial officers and HR with this business expansion. In addition to Toronto and Vancouver, Boyden plans further growth into Canada next month with the opening of a third office. Carl Lovas, Canadian chairman of Odgers Berndtson, said his firm will now move to a centrally-owned and fully-integrated format, albeit from a much reduced scale, and away from a regional ownership structure. Odgers plans to open a new Vancouver office this month, with more office openings planned in 2014. “We have been working towards a fully-integrated business in Canada for some time, and are looking forward to kicking off the new year with this stage of our development completed,” said Mr. Lovas. “We believe this will result in a better, more seamless service for all of our clients."

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