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ZRG Partners Fastest Growing Search Firm In the Americas

ZRG Partners posted revenues in its Americas region of $18.6 million last year, a 67 percent rise and a large enough increase to make it the fastest growing search firm in the region, according to the latest statistics report soon to be released from Hunt Scanlon Media. ZRG currently has 42 consultants across 14 offices global offices, with global

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Russell Reynolds Associates Tapped to Find Center for Human Drug Research CEO

The Center for Human Drug Research (CHDR) has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to lead its chief executive officer search. Jacques Bouwens, leader of the search firm’s global healthcare practice, is currently on the hunt for candidates with proven scientific track records. Reporting to the organization’s board of trustees, the chosen CEO will be the key member of

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People

Lucas Group Names Leaders In Chicago, New York

Executive search firm Lucas Group has promoted two key players to bolster its ranks. Justin Martinez was named managing partner and leader of the firm’s Chicago-based information technology practice and Aaron Silbert was tapped as branch practice manager to spearhead its HR business in New York City. In his new role, Mr. Martinez leads an IT recruitment team with extensive

People

Saxton Bampfylde Expands In Scotland

U.K.-based executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has expanded in Scotland with the addition of Mary Few as a partner. She joins the firm’s Edinburgh team. Most recently, Ms. Few set up and ran operations for West Indochina, an executive search firm serving the Myanmar market. Prior to that, she worked for the Eliot Partnership, a London search firm that specializes

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Skills Gap Continues to Grow Among U.S. Companies

It’s been nearly a decade since the great recession, and with unemployment rates less than half of what they were in 2009 and 2010, everyone can breathe a little easier. But this doesn’t mean that the future of the American workforce is in the clear. As one challenge subsides, another is surfacing. Companies of all

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Acertitude Lands Chief Revenue Officer for Indigo Energy

The role of chief revenue officer (CRO) has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. The latest: Acertitude placed

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Diversified Search Finds CFO for Catholic Charities USA

Diversified Search has placed Sean P. Roddy as chief financial officer for Catholic Charities USA, one of the biggest charities in the country. Nalini Perkins, managing director of the recruiter’s non-profit practice, and Mark Mulvanerty, managing director of its financial officers practice, co-led the assignment. Mr. Roddy was “strong technically,” said Ms. Perkins, but it was

People

Heidrick & Struggles Names Financial Services Regional Head

Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Elizabeth Simpson as head of financial services in New York. Expanding on her duties as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice, Ms. Simpson will be responsible for driving Heidrick’s regional business development, collaborating across the organization’s complementary lines of business and mentoring and developing talent internally. This is a new role for

People

SpenglerFox Names Practice Leaders

Executive search firm SpenglerFox has expanded with the addition of two leaders in Europe. Sylvain Gauffre takes over as practice group leader for finance services in Frankfurt and Krzysztof Chobot becomes practice group leader for industrial in Warsaw. “Having worked in the executive search and talent management sector for the past decade, in both established and emerging

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7 Critical Competencies to Help HR Leaders Manage Change

For every international business, the stakes are high. Today, many global companies are embarking on their own journey forward, leaving behind the effects of the recession and setting sail for growth again. Management and HR leaders, however, know the game has changed and, if anything, uncertainty looms larger than ever. More and more, according to

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PFLAG National and Bailey House Tap McCormack + Kristel to Find New Leaders

Executive search firm McCormack + Kristel has been chosen by PFLAG National and Bailey House to lead their searches for new leaders. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are spearheading the assignments. Washington, D.C.-headquartered PFLAG is looking for a new executive director after Jody Huckaby stepped down this past December. Elizabeth Kohm, currently COO,

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Egon Zehnder Lands New CEO for AIG

Egon Zehnder has recruited Brian Duperreault as the new CEO for American International Group (AIG). He replaces Peter D. Hancock, who recently informed the board of directors of his intention to resign, and becomes the company’s sixth CEO since 2005. AIG shares were up 1.7 percent at $62.01 upon release of the news. AIG is nearly three quarters of the way

Launches

Major, Lindsey & Africa Latest Search Firm to Launch Consulting Services

Search firms continue to break into new areas, be it through acquisition, alliance or providing new services. It’s a trend being seen at large recruiters and small boutiques alike as recruiters look to provide clients with services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior-level talent. The latest: Major, Lindsey & Africa has launched a

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True Search Adds Partners In New York, San Francisco

Executive recruiter True Search, which was recently recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, has added Thor Bucy, Jennifer DeCastro, Ryan Hall and Barry Wahlberg to its roster of partners. “Thor, Jennifer, Ryan, and Barry are among the most talented consultants in the industry and with the brightest futures,” said Brad Stadler, founder and managing

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CHROs Reveal Serious Gap In HR Talent

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers (CHRO) and other senior level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones most in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR

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Goldsmith & Co. Leading Investment Officer Search for NY Public Library

Demand for executive level, “high impact” investing talent has been on the rise, and in the years ahead it is expected to soar. Recruiters say the need for chief investment officers (CIO) across the asset allocator spectrum, including endowments and foundations‎, and corporate, public and state plans, have significantly increased in number over the last five years

In-Depth

DRI Offers Money Back Guarantee On Candidates

Executive search firm Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), which focuses on the talent needs of small to mid-sized companies, is backing up its executive searches with a retention guarantee of its placements for one to two years. Direct Retention, as the firm calls its new product offering, revolves around a thorough evaluation of candidates by DRI as

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Janssen & Associates Seeks New Leaders for Non-Profits

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 more than $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

People

SearchWide Names Hotel and Resort Practice Leader

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide has brought aboard John Brich, former director of sales for the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, as a vice president. Mr. Brich takes the lead in managing the recruiter’s hotel and resort practice. He is charged with opening a new regional office in the Cincinnati area, the sixth location for the firm. Mr.

Survey

What Can Companies Do to Create An Inclusive Culture

Diverse organizations outperform their peers, and in the process embed inclusion strategies into almost all their management decisions, according to new research by advisory firm Bersin by Deloitte. That may be a key reason why 78 percent of those responding to the firm’s latest survey believe diversity and inclusion is a competitive advantage. Even so, only 12

Launches

DHR International Forms Partnership to Ease Clients’ Digital Struggles

DHR International, Ogilvy & Mather and International Data Corporation (IDC) have launched a partnership to help their customers in the Asia-Pacific market overcome the challenges of digital disruption. Typically, businesses view digital transformation as an IT issue. But for a company to successfully make the change, multiple functions within the organization must be brought into the fold. That’s where

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AlbertHall&Associates Lands Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company

The Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board of directors has named David Ivers as its new artistic director. Executive recruitment firm AlbertHall&Associates conducted the nationwide search. ATC’s current artistic director, David Ira Goldstein, will remain with the company the end of June, when his 25-year tenure officially ends. Mr. Ivers served as artistic director at the Utah Shakespeare

M&A

Acquisitions Continue to Make Headlines In Recruiting Industry

The wave of M&A activity among executive search firms continues. The latest deal: Solon, OH-headquartered Torch Group has acquired Selker Leadership, a search firm that places candidates in the technology and software fields. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Selker Leadership’s president, Gregory L. Selker, will join Torch Group as senior vice president and search operations leader,

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Morgan Hunt Appoints London Office Leader

London-based executive search firm Morgan Hunt Executive Search has named Maria Yankovskaya as head of its London office. Ms. Yankovskaya has over 18 years of experience in executive search, including 10 years as a consultant in the banking practice of Ward Howell International in Moscow and six years as a lead consultant and partner with a major international

Trends

Recruiting Industry Game Changer On the Horizon

One year from now, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The law will have a tremendous impact on how companies, government agencies and, yes, executive search firms across the E.U. — including the U.K. — handle personal data. Ignore the law and you can expect tough penalties for failing to comply.

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Credit Union Resources Leads CEO Search for Carolinas Credit Union League

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

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Buffkin / Baker Merges WTW Associates Into Its Expanding Search Platform

Search firm Buffkin / Baker has merged New York-based WTW Associates into its expanding executive recruiting platform. WTW, a talent provider focused on the media, entertainment, technology and law industries, will integrate its operations into the Buffkin / Baker New York office. Terms were not disclosed. “We have greatly enhanced our entertainment/media practice this year, and are excited to have

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Carmichael Fisher Lands CEO for CEPI

Executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has recruited Dr. Richard Hatchett as chief executive officer of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Principle consultant Tarquin Bennett-Coles led the assignment along with managing director Justin Hobday. Dr. Hatchett joins the organization from the Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),

Launches

Penrhyn Forms Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice Group

Penrhyn International, a global network of executive search firms, has launched a new global technology, media & telecoms practice group, led by Yanouk Poirier, managing partner of Montreal-based search firm Leaders International. It brings together search consultants who specialize in the technology, media & telecoms space throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, the Philippines,

CTPartners’ Veteran Joins Russell Reynolds Associates

New York-based Russell Reynolds Associates has named Ernest ‘Ernie’ W. Brittingham as a managing director in the firm’s healthcare practice. Mr. Brittingham joins from CTPartners where he spent the last 16 years of his career, serving most recently as a vice chairman. While at CTPartners, Mr. Brittingham managed a diverse portfolio of the firm’s largest

IIC Partners Expands into Sout Africa

IIC Partners has added Executive Headlines as its newest member firm. The partnership expands IIC Partners’ global reach to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. Executive Headlines specializes in the financial services, consumer & retail, human resources and technology sectors. Each managing partner has over 20 years of executive search experience. “IIC Partners’ rigorous

Hyperion Executive Search Names Associate Partner

Liverpool-headquartered Hyperion Executive Search has appointed Ross Hoare as associate partner. Mr. Hoare has more than five years’ experience working within renewable energy project management and procurement with leading installer Eco Environments. “While Ross does not come from a recruitment background, he does have extensive knowledge of the renewables sector. He understands our clients’ market

Egon Zehnder Heading HR Search For Infosys

Egon Zehnder is currently leading the search for a new human resources head for Infosys. The company recently announced a restructuring that saw its current head of HR move into a different role. Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions. Founded in 1964, Egon Zehnder specializes in the recruitment and leadership

Parker Executive Search Retained by University of Iowa to Find President

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been selected by the University of Iowa to lead its search for a new president. Outgoing president Sally Mason announced plans to retire. Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a flagship public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Parker Executive Search conducts executive searches for corporations, colleges and

CTPartners’ CEO Resigns; Rival DHR Acquires Growing Stake in Company

Brian M. Sullivan tendered his resignation from embattled CTPartners after the markets closed yesterday afternoon on a day which saw the company’s stock price swing up by nearly 20 percent on anticipation of the news. The company’s board of directors announced the appointment of CTPartners’ vice chairman, Sylvain Dhenin, as CTP’s new chief. Mr. Sullivan

Stanton Chase Names International Chairman

Stanton Chase International has appointed Mickey Matthews as its international chairman. Mr. Matthews currently serves as vice chairman/practice groups and managing director of the firm’s Baltimore office. In his new role, he will oversee worldwide activity among offices in Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Separately, Stanton Chase has added

Chandler Group Adds Partner to Open Northeast Ohio Office

Chandler Group has named Marty Hauser as a partner; he will open the firm’s first office in Northeast Ohio. Mr. Hauser has served in various leadership roles during his 35-year with Summa Health System, including CEO. “Given the rapid changes occurring in healthcare as organizations try to transform the way they deliver care – shifting

Polachi Fills Board Position for Wave Systems Corp.

Search firm Polachi Inc. has placed R. Stephen Cheheyl as a member of the board of directors at Wave Systems Corp. Mr. Cheheyl, a seasoned operating executive with experience in the computer, software and data communications industries, was formerly executive vice president of business operations of Bay Networks. Wave Systems Corp. reduces the complexity, cost

RPA Inc. Heading VP Search for Washtenaw Community College

Executive recruiting firm RPA Inc. is currently leading the search for a new vice president of instruction for Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1965, WCC welcomes more than 13,000 people from over 100 countries for study each year and grants certificates and degrees to over 1,400 students annually. RPA Inc.

Korn Ferry Breaks the $1 Billion Revenue Mark

It has been a banner year for the executive search industry – as well as for its leader, Korn Ferry. Statistics to be released by HSZ Media next month will show that the nation’s largest global solutions provider reported total revenues for 2014 of $1,008,000,000. It is the first time a search firm has broken

Korn Ferry Posts Three Percent Fiscal Q3 Revenue Increase

Korn Ferry/(NYSE:KFY) posted revenues of $249.5 million for third quarter fiscal 2015, an increase of three percent compared to $242.2 million a year ago. The increase in fee revenue was driven primarily due to increases of 16.2 percent and 3.4 percent for Futurestep and Leadership & Talent Consulting, respectively, partially offset by a decrease of

Search Solution Group Opens Office In Baltimore

Search firm Search Solution Group has opened its third office offering recruiting services for the life sciences and analytical instruments industries. The new office, based in Baltimore, will be overseen by managing partner, Emil Gerardi, who has more than 12 years of experience recruiting in the life sciences and analytical industries. He previously served as

Direct Recruiters, Inc. Adds Supply Chain Practice Director

Executive search firm Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) has added Thomas M. Clark as director of its military transition, military leadership excellence, and supply chain/logistics practice. Mr. Clark is a former U.S Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who led troops in combat in the global war on terrorism and served as a subject matter expert on

Russell Reynolds Associates to Lead CEO Search for the American Bankers Association

Global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by the American Bankers Association (ABA) to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Frank Keating, its current CEO, is stepping down at the end of the year. ABA chairman John Ikard wrote in a memo to member CEOs: "At the committee's direction,

Academic Search Leading President Search For Edison Community College

Washington, D.C.-headquartered Academic Search is currently leading the search for a new president for Edison Community College. The selected candidate will replace interim president Dr. Karen Rafinski, who has led the college following Dr. Cristobal Valdez’s announced departure in the previous academic year. Edison Community College was chartered in 1973 under provisions of the Ohio

Heidrick Names Co-Leader to Global CHRO Practice

Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles International has named Daniel Kaplan as a co-managing partner of the firm’s chief human resources officer (CHRO) practice. Mr. Kaplan joins from CTPartners, where he was managing partner in charge of the firm’s global HR practice. While at CTPartners, Mr. Kaplan managed a diverse portfolio of the firm’s largest client relationships.

Harvey Nash Expands In The U.K.

Global executive search firm Harvey Nash has grown its U.K. office with the additions of Philip Davies to lead the U.K.'s leadership consulting team and Richard Simmonds as director within the industry practice. Mr. Davies will work closely with the Harvey Nash Alumni Leadership practice across the Nordics. He has over 20 years consulting experience

IRC Global Executive Search Partners Adds Synergy Consultants India As Newest Member Firm

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Synergy Consultants India to its global network of recruiting and leadership advisory firms. Established in 1989, Synergy Consultants is among the pioneers of executive search in India. “India is one of the key emerging markets. We are really pleased that we identified such a strong and experienced

Spencer Stuart Fills Executive Director Position for ISBM

Spencer Stuart has placed Suzanne Lavin as the new executive director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM). Ms. Lavin most recently served as the vice president of corporate marketing at UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories). The ISBM, headquartered at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has worked over the past 32

Harris Rand Lusk Heading Ceo Search For Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk is currently leading the search for a new chief executive officer for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. The Authority operates accessible fixed route bus, commuter bus, ADA/disability, vanpool and airport service in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, and serves the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw

Assigned Executives Forms Association With EIM

Assigned Executives Ltd (AEL) has joined forces with EIM in the U.K. As two of the leading providers of ‘on-demand’ senior management capability, they will operate as one under the EIM brand to provide interim management, independent consulting and executive search services to their clients in the U.K. and overseas. “The addition to our U.K.

The People At Work Philippines Names COO

The People At Work Philippines has promoted Cesar Ginete to chief operating officer. Mr. Ginete previously served as vice president, a position he has held since 2014. He was in the same role for more than five years with StratSearchAsia prior to it becoming part of The People At Work in 2014. In his new

Eames Consulting Group Adds Associate To Change Management And Technology Practice Group

Recruiting firm Eames Consulting Group has named Tristan Amin as associate director of the firm's change management and technology practice group. Mr. Amin joins Eames with a recruitment career built over 14 years in both the U.K. and Singapore where he most recently served as director at Henderson Scott and FiveTenGroup. In his new role,

Isaacson, Miller Heading Search for Marquette University

Isaacson, Miller is currently leading in the search for a new provost for Marquette University. Julie Filizetti is leading the search with Lindsay Gold and Jennifer Tsang. Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee. Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller focuses on executive search assignments for a wide variety of

Renaissance Fills CTO Post For Securedata

Executive search firm Renaissance has placed Tim Cox as the new chief technology officer of SecureData. The search was conducted by Sebastian Kayll and Vania Pickles. Mr. Cox joins SecureData from ControlCircle, where he held the title of CTO function and was responsible product development, architecture and customer solution design. SecureData is a managed security

CTPartners Adopts Shareholder Rights Agreement

CTPartners has adopted a stockholder rights agreement to help safeguard against the risk of coercive and unfair acquisition techniques, to encourage potential bidders to negotiate with the company’s board of directors, and to provide the special committee of independent directors sufficient time to fully explore potential strategic alternatives, including the recent unsolicited, non-binding proposal from

Egon Zehnder Adds Consultant In Toronto

Egon Zehnder has added Jennifer Dewar Thomas as a consultant in its Toronto office. She will be a part of the firm’s leadership strategy services and HR practices teams. Ms. Thomas serves clients across the industrial, financial services, and professional services sectors. She was previously head of talent management at Oliver Wyman, where she led

Korn Ferry Places President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Korn Ferry has placed Patrick T. Harker as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mr. Harker, who takes over his new role in July, is currently president of the University of Delaware. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank and

Spelman & Johnson Group Heading Search For Oakland University

Executive search firm Spelman & Johnson Group has been retained by Oakland University to lead its search for a new vice president of student affairs. The VP of student affairs manages a $40 million budget to oversee student activities, the tutoring center, the health center, the counseling center, career services and housing. Oakland University is

Help Wanted: Talent Acquisition Executives

American sports clothing company Under Armour last week launched its biggest-ever global brand campaign. Yesterday, as part of its remake, the $2 billion-plus originator of performance apparel and gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light put out a search that the company says is one of its most important in years: head of

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