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Stanton Chase Names Diversity & Inclusion Practice Leader

Leaders at the best companies know that diversity matters. Not only are the firms that pay attention to such matters rewarded with better financial returns, but they gain perspectives and insights that would otherwise be lost to them. Well aware of this trend, Stanton Chase International has appointed Becky Heidesch as a director and North American diversity &

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Cobalt Recruitment Appoints CEO

There have been a number of top leadership appointments at search firms since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Executive search firm Cobalt Recruitment has named James Wakefield as its new chief executive officer. Mr. Wakefield joined Cobalt in 2007 coming from the management team at Michael Page

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Russell Reynolds Associates Names Asia Pacific Leader

Russell Reynolds Associates has named Peter L. O’Brien as the region head for Asia Pacific. He takes over from Peter Drummond-Hay, who returned to the firm’s New York office in March. Mr. O’Brien will be responsible for managing Russell Reynolds’ business across the region and driving growth in key markets, including China, India, Japan, South

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ManpowerGroup Names North America President

Becky Frankiewicz has joined ManpowerGroup as president of its North American operations. Reporting to chief operating officer Darryl Green, she will oversee all of the company’s brands and offerings in the region, including Manpower, Experis, Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions. Ms. Frankiewicz comes to the firm from PepsiCo, where she led one of its largest

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100 Companies That Excel In HR

How best to gauge the effectiveness of a human resources department? For the last four years, Workforce magazine has issued its rankings of the “world’s top companies for HR.” This year, like last, in its list of 100 companies, the publication rated Google at No. 1, followed, in order, by Facebook, Coca-Cola, Deloitte and AT&T.

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Spencer Stuart Taps New Leader for Healthcare Organization Swedish

After an extensive search, Dr. Guy Hudson has been named chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services. The organization enlisted Spencer Stuart to find its new leader. After an evaluation process led by the board and Spencer Stuart, the trustees voted unanimously to select Dr. Hudson, who has served as interim CEO since February and has practiced at

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Marquee Search Seeking Leader for Raiders Foundation

Professional football’s Oakland Raiders is seeking an executive director of its charitable arm, the Raiders Foundation. To conduct the search, the team has enlisted Marquee Search, a recruitment firm that specializes in sports and entertainment. Marquee president Jeff Yocom is spearheading the assignment. The Raiders Foundation, established two years ago, is committed to increasing community

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Heller Search Expands to Fill High Demand for IT Leaders

Technology-focused executive recruiting firm Heller Search Associates Inc., has expanded with the addition of Kelly Doyle as managing director. The search and subsequent selection of Ms. Doyle was managed by Rochelle Schumer of R&L Associates. With over 20 years of industry experience in executive search and talent acquisition for technology executives, Ms. Doyle joins Heller

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IRC Adds New Partner In Greece

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added MEIHUNT Corporate Talent Management in Greece as its 47th member firm. It will now be known as IRC Greece. MEIHUNT Corporate Talent Management specializes in the pharmaceutical, retail and FMCG sectors. The firm also offers coaching for leadership development and outplacement. Founder and managing director Katerina Meimaroglou is

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Korn Ferry Posts 20 Percent Revenue Gain Bolstered by Acquisition

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) today posted 2017 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.57 billion, an increase of 20.5 percent from $1.303 billion in 2016. The growth was primarily driven by the acquisition of the global management consulting firm Hay Group. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant — the largest in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media — recorded fourth quarter

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Hardman Batchelor Launches In Austin

Austin grew faster by percentage in the last five years than all but one other city in the U.S. — Charlotte, NC, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, yet finding the best executives to lead its burgeoning business community remains a challenge. In response, recruiting veteran Edward Batchelor has launched executive search firm Hardman Batchelor

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TillmanCarlson Lands CFO and Controller for Roadrunner

On the heels of completing its chief information officer search, executive search firm TillmanCarlson has recruited Paul Schwind as chief accounting officer and corporate controller and Terence R. Rogers as EVP and chief financial officer at Roadrunner Transportation Systems. Founder Rob Tillman led the searches. Mr. Schwind is a senior financial leader with 17 years of experience in both public

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Kevin Chase Executive Search Fills Top Post for UCHAPS

UCHAPS, the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services, has named Kevin T. Jones as its executive director. The appointment is the culmination of an exhaustive national search led by Kevin Chase Executive Search Group, members of UCHAPS’ board of directors and representatives from its community and government advisory committees. Managing partner Kevin Chase led the

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Hudson James Human Capital Acquires Vitae Selection

The wave of M&A activity among executive search firms continues. The latest deal: U.K.-based recruiter Hudson James Human Capital has acquired boutique search firm Vitae Selection. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Established in 2008, Vitae Selection specializes in consumer, packaging, ingredients and energy sector appointments across the U.K. and international markets. Over the

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Access to Information Raises Stakes, and Heat, On Leaders

These are exceptionally high-pressure days for corporate leadership. Choosing the right talent has always been serious business, but in today’s environment the consequences of a misfire loom larger than ever. Likewise, if a leader fails to deliver, the pain can be deeply felt throughout an organization and beyond. Constantine Alexandrakis, U.S. region head for Russell

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Allen Austin Continues Global Expansion

With assignments increasingly rolling in from around the globe, executive recruiters are developing new practices, hiring recruiters and opening new locations. The latest: Executive search firm Allen Austin has a new hub in Istanbul, and has added offices in Turkey, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Serkan Yagcioglu joins the firm as vice president of international operations

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R. William Funk Gets Nod to Find New President for SDSU

Executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates has been selected by the California State University system to conduct the search for the next president of San Diego State University (SDSU). The search will be led by R. William Funk, president of the recruitment firm. He will be assisted by R. William “Willie” Funk III

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Nonprofit Talent Seeking New Leaders for Pittsburgh-Based Organizations

The economic strength of the non-profit field has increased in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search

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SRiCheyenne Names Leader of Digital Media, Technology and Private Equity Practices

Executive search firm SRiCheyenne has expanded with the addition of Keith McAllister as a partner and leader of its digital media, technology and private equity practices. Focused on internet, digital media and SaaS companies, Mr. McAllister joins the firm from Accelent, where he executed C-level assignments for a range of clients, from early-stage growth companies to the

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Summer Hiring In Full Throttle

The summer job market is upon us and with good news: Companies are stepping up their seasonal hiring. Forty-one percent of employers plan to hire workers for the summer, a significant jump from 29 percent last year. Of those who are hiring summer workers, 34 percent are hiring a friend, 30 percent a family member and

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Phillips Oppenheim Leading Director Search for Yale’s Schwarzman Center

Yale University’s Schwarzman Center has retained the services of Phillips Oppenheim to find an executive director. Principal Sarah James and partner Becky Klein are leading the search. Schwarzman Center, which is expected to be completed in 2020, will be the new student center and is much anticipated as the hub of campus life for the

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Jorgenson Consulting Selected to Find New Leader for the Wayne Economic Development Council

Greensboro, NC-based executive search firm Jorgenson Consulting has been selected by the Wayne Economic Development Council to lead in its search for its next president. Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal, is heading the assignment. The organization has formed a search committee to identify, interview and recommend candidates to replace president Rodney Crider. Jorgenson Consulting will

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Buffkin / Baker Strengthens Healthcare Technology Practice

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded with the addition of Mark Farrington, a well-known health information technology industry executive and entrepreneur, as partner in its healthcare technology practice. “Mark has more than 35 years of experience in successful high growth private equity backed companies in healthcare, technology and e-commerce, and he will be a great asset

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Rinalytics Advisors Names New Leader

Bangalore-headquartered executive search firm Rinalytics Advisors has appointed search veteran John Irudayaraj as managing partner. In his new role, Mr. Irudayaraj will both head the firm and steer it towards the next level of growth in analytics leadership hiring across global markets. Mr. Irudayaraj, an executive search veteran, has over two decades of market experience

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Heidrick & Struggles Leads CEO Search for Avon

With retail undergoing major shifts, businesses increasingly want CEOs who can lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer and are unfazed by ambiguity. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to Omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in consumer behavior all have an influence on the changing face of

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Vetted Solutions Finds New Leader for NAPHSIS

Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has assisted in placing Shawna Webster as the executive director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). The recruitment firm’s vice presidents Nancy Green and Evelyn Savage led the assignment. In her new role, Ms. Webster oversees governance and business operations for a $2.2 million organization representing

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ZRG Expands Recently Launched London Office

ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has expanded its recently launched London office with the additions of Tim Kemp and Christophe Mille. Mr. Kemp joins ZRG Partners with solid search experience from several global firms. Most recently, he was with Korn Ferry, where he led the professional services search practice in the

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O’Rourke and Associates Names President

Search firms have seen a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: San-Francisco-headquartered executive search firm O’Rourke & Associates has appointed Rebecca Bower as president. Ms. Bower is widely regarded as a top leadership advisor with a career that spans nearly 25

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Odgers Interim Announces Expansion

The pressure has never been greater for organizations to deliver strong business results in less time and with fewer resources while mitigating the risk of hiring the wrong leaders. To that end, a number of companies have been turning to temporary leaders to fill their C-suite needs and executive search firms are stepping up. Odgers

Isaacson, Miller Leading President Search for UNC

Isaacson, Miller has been selected by the University of North Carolina to lead the search for its next president. Current president Tom Ross, who led the university for the past four years, has been asked by the system’s Board of Governors to step down next January. The firm will help the board’s presidential search committee identify potential successors by

ZRG Partners Opens Phoenix Office, Adds Managing Director

West Orange, NJ-based ZRG Partners has opened a new office in Phoenix with the addition of David Bruno as managing director. Mr. Bruno has a long history of conducting board of director, C-level and critical VP and director level searches in the Phoenix market. “We are thrilled to add David to our team and bring his wisdom and experience to

hrQ Adds Consultant in Houston Office

hrQ, an executive search and professional services firm focused exclusively on the human resources sector, has named Dale Wunder as a principal consultant in its Houston office. Mr. Wunder joins hrQ with more than 30 years of global human resources experience at Royal Dutch Shell where he was a senior executive overseeing teams in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and had expatriate

AltoPartners Adds Member Firm in Japan

AltoPartners has added Japanese executive search firm KIZASHI Corporation to its global alliance. This extends AltoPartners’ global reach to 51 offices in 31 countries. Founded in 2011, KIZASHI is an executive search firm with offices in Tokyo and Osaka. Its consultants have a wide range of experience in recruiting senior leadership across the industrial, consumer/retail, life science/healthcare, game/entertainment and technology sectors. Clients ranging from

Barton Executive Search Recruits Director for Welch’s

Atlanta-headquartered boutique search firm Barton Executive Search has recruited Michael Keown as a member of Welch’s board of directors. Mr. Keown is president and CEO of Farmer Brothers, a manufacturer and distributor of coffee and tea products. “Mike’s vast consumer products leadership experience shows that he knows how to use a variety of organizational capabilities to deliver substantial results for shareholders and

Top Search Firms Partner on Boardroom Diversity Initiative

The trend by executive search firms to join forces to advance global diversity initiatives in boardrooms around the world has come to Asia. The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) formed just nine months ago with the objective of building up the representation of women directors on boards of companies in Singapore, has signed up six new search

CTPartners Loses Top Producer to Heidrick & Struggles

Sylvain Dhenin, a vice chairman and member of the executive committee of CTPartners, has left the company after more than nine years to join Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Dhenin joins a chorus of high ranking executives to depart the embattled search firm, whose fortunes have been depleted since its chairman, Brian Sullivan, resigned in disgrace earlier

Buffkin Group Names Head of Digital Recruiting Practice

Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has added Raj Das as partner and head of the firm’s digital recruiting practice in New York. Mr. Das brings more than 22 years of experience advising organizations on digital strategies. For the last 10 years he has focused exclusively on the creation and activation of digital assets and marketing channels for organizations

Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits Director for PJM Interconnection

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Terry Blackwell to serve on the board of directors of PJM Interconnection. He will finish the unexpired term of William R. Mayben, which will expire in 2016. Mr. Blackwell has 36 years of experience in power system planning and operation. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Power Delivery at Santee

Taylor Winfield Recruits SVP Sales for PayScale

Executive search firm Taylor Winfield has placed Melody Brown as senior vice president of sales at PayScale, Inc., based in Seattle. Ms. Brown has 16 years of sales experience with a focus in the technology industry. She joins PayScale from DataCore Software, an enterprise storage company, where she was VP of sales and channel. Previously, Ms. Brown was VP of

IRC Global Expands Footprint in Africa

Lagos, Nigeria-based Leading Edge Consulting has joined IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) as its newest partner firm. “We’re pleased that we can offer our clients first class executive search services in one of the most important economies on the African continent,” said Patrick Westerburger, president of the board of IRC Global. “Besides giving us a stronger footprint in

Hanold Associates Launches CHRO Search for Outward Bound

Executive Search firm Hanold Associates has been selected by Outward Bound NY Schools to lead its search for a new chief human resources and administrative officer. The successful CHRO candidate, to be based in Queens, NY, will report to Outward Bound’s president, Richard Stopol, and serve as a member of the senior management team and support all senior

Korn Ferry Adds Global Logistics Recruiting Specialist

Korn Ferry has added Dustin Ogden in the firm’s global logistics, transportation and distribution practice. He will be based in Atlanta. Mr. Ogden brings an extensive executive search portfolio, with a strong emphasis on developing and managing talent searches in logistics, transportation, distribution and industrial services. He previously worked at Spencer Stuart for three years in the firm’s greater Atlanta office

Egon Zehnder Expands Life Sciences Practice Group

Egon Zehnder has appointed Jessica Watson as a consultant in its life sciences and healthcare services practice group. Ms. Watson joins Egon Zehnder’s newly opened Washington, D.C. office, where she will also focus on serving clients in D.C.’s public and social sector. Ms. Watson brings a unique policy and government perspective to Zehnder, having previously launched the

Harris Search Associates Recruits Dean at Howard University

Dublin, Ohio-based Harris Search Associates has placed Dr. Hugh Mighty as the 18th dean and vice president of clinical affairs of Howard University College of Medicine. He will also serve as professor on the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In his new role, Dr. Mighty will oversee the College of Medicine’s academic programs and provide oversight for the

Search Firms Claiming Smaller Piece of Recruiting Budgets

According to a highly-anticipated Bersin by Deloitte research report just released, U.S. companies increased their average talent acquisition spend by seven percent in 2014, with healthcare organizations reporting the largest increase among industries. But a closer look at the study’s findings shows that executive recruiters are taking a significant hit along the way, claiming just 18 percent of typical

Boyden Elects Jörg Kasten as Chairman; Adds New Board Members

Boyden has elected Jörg Kasten, managing partner of Boyden Germany, to a two-year term as chairman. He succeeds Dr. Gerhard Raisig, who is a managing partner in Frankfurt. In addition, Finn Rants, managing partner of Boyden Denmark, was assigned to a first term as director. Kristen Smit, managing partner of Boyden France, and Brent Shervey, managing partner of Boyden Canada,

Heidrick & Struggles Adds Life Sciences Search Specialist

Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles has strengthened its healthcare and life sciences practice with the addition of Tim Dietlin to its Chicago office. Mr. Dietlin has extensive life sciences and professional services experience and has worked globally and across the R&D, medical and commercial functions. “Tim is an excellent addition to our practice and firm. His deep knowledge of the healthcare and life sciences

Preston & Partners Recruits CEO for Adorama

The New York office of Preston & Partners has placed Barry Litwin as chief executive officer of Adorama, Inc. Gary Preston and Elaine Erickson led the assignment. Adorama is a leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics. Mr. Litwin joins the company from Sears Holdings, Inc., where he was vice president and general manager of e-commerce.

Herbert Mines Completes Search for Performance Sports Group

New York-based executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has recruited Todd Harman as executive vice president of baseball/softball at Performance Sports Group Ltd. Mr. Harman brings more than 20 years of experience in the sporting goods industry and will lead all aspects of the company’s Easton Baseball/Softball business. He was most recently president of Cleveland Golf, USA and had held various

Spencer Stuart’s India Chief Resigns

Anjali Bansal, a partner and co-leader of Spencer Stuart’s CEO and corporate board practice in Asia Pacific, has resigned her post after spending more than a decade with the firm. Ms. Bansal founded and led Spencer Stuart’s India practice, which now operates from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Ms. Bansal is a noted expert in strategy and leadership consulting.

ZRG Launches Cyber Security Search Practice

West Orange, NJ-based ZRG Partners has launched a new cyber security and government / defense recruitment practice with the additions of search consultants Stephen Spagnuolo and Phoebe Henderson. Finding cyber security leadership is one of the fastest growing segments of the talent acquisition business, according to Hunt Scanlon Media in its coming ‘State of the Industry’ forecast report. “The

ON Search Partners Adds Partner In Boston

ON Search Partners has added Leonard Vairo to its recently established Boston office as a partner. With 20 years of executive recruiting experience, Mr. Vairo’s practice focuses on the technology and business services industry across CEO, board of director and senior-level executive search assignments. He joins the firm from Russell Reynolds Associates where he was a partner for 10

Human Capital Group Recruits President for FRANKE

Brentwood, TN-based The Human Capital Group, Inc. has placed Gary Langbo as president at Franke, overseeing the Kitchen Systems in North America. Mr. Langbo previously spent five years as vice president of retail, global commercial and consumer products at Underwriters Laboratories, in Northbrook, IL. Before that, he spent 15 years at Whirlpool Corporation where he served in various leadership

Brooke Chase Associates Places CEO at Wellborn Forest Products

Sarasota-based executive recruiter Brooke Chase Associates has recruited Dave Gordon as president and chief executive officer of Wellborn Forest Products. Rick Mohrman led the assignment. Mr. Gordon will oversee all functions of the business, developing and implementing strategic plans for growth and operational improvement, leading and developing the senior management team and driving sales growth and profitability. With a background

Caldwell Partners Recruits Doerr Center Director at Rice University

Caldwell Partners has recruited Tom Kolditz as executive director of Doerr Center for Student Leadership at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The search was conducted by a team led by John Strackhouse, a partner who advises investors and executives at venture capital firms, private equity concerns, and growth-oriented public companies on succession planning, talent acquisition, leadership, and company building. Mr. Kolditz

RSR Partners Adds Managing Director in New York

RSR Partners, a corporate governance and executive search firm, has added Trish Shortell as managing director in its New York office. Her search experience spans the marketing services spectrum — from agencies to corporations — bringing a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s chief marketing officer (CMO) and chief financial officer (CFO)  practices. “We are delighted to welcome Trish to our firm. Her

Egon Zehnder Retained by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Egon Zehnder has been selected by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to find its new director. The firm was responsible for conducting the ABC’s last search for a managing director in 2006, when Mark Scott was appointed to role. According to reports, the new director will ultimately replace Mr. Scott whose second five year term expires in July 2016. The

O’Neill Consulting Group Acquires DMR Advisory

Search firm O’Neill Consulting Group has acquired DMR Advisory, LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. DMR Advisory provides executive search and organizational advisory services for the hotel, real estate, and hospitality technology industries. “We are delighted to welcome DMR to the O’Neill family as we continue our efforts to serve clients in new, innovative ways,” said Kevin O’Neill, founder

Andersen Partnership Opens New Office in Dublin

Executive recruiters Andersen Partnership has opened new digs in Dublin, making it the firm’s 11th office. Led by director Darragh Everard, the office intends to hire more than 30 consultants over the coming months, specializing in recruiting mid to senior management level roles. Commenting on the opening, Andersen Partnership’s CEO, Brian Schroder, commended the achievements of Mr. Everard

DHR and CTPartners Begin Takeover Talks As Lifelines Dry Up

CTPartners, No. 7 on Hunt Scanlon’s top Americas search firm rankings, has announced that pursuant to its previously announced strategic alternatives process, the company has received a non-binding indication of interest from it’s top 10 rival, DHR International, to be acquired. The special committee of the company’s board of directors, which was formed to evaluate CTPartners

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