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Hiring Pace Accelerates Heading Into Summer

U.S. employers expect hiring to pick up in the third quarter, with 24 percent planning to add staff between July and September. According to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup, employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors expect headcount to grow. The upbeat forecast indicates that the uncertain political climate continues to

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Korn Ferry Recruits CEO for J. Crew

Korn Ferry has assisted apparel retailer J. Crew in placing James Brett as its chief executive officer. A leader with more than 25 years of retail experience, Mr. Brett most recently served as president of specialty home furnishing company West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio. He will assume the CEO position in July, succeeding Millard

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Disrupting Recruiting: How Technology is Transforming the Talent Sector

In this latest episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ host Andrew Mitchell is joined by Nick Cromydas, CEO of The Hunt Club, a referral recruiting service that leverages technology and a front-end automation process to help land passive candidates.

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For Executive Search Firms, Analytics Can be a Game Changer

Big data is rewriting the script for how companies around the world do business. The market for big data and business analytics is expected to grow to $203 billion in the next three years, according to the International Data Corporation, a marketplace intelligence provider. It only makes sense that analytics should become an increasingly vital

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GDPR is Coming – What Does it All Mean?

A few months ago nobody seemed to have heard of GDPR. Suddenly, people in the search world are waking up to the realization that this new regulation will come into effect on 25th of May 2018, less than 9 months from now. Quite rightly, we want to know what it’s all about, why it matters, and what it will mean for us.

crawfordconnect places Elizabeth Heald CEO Canadian Community Foundation
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Recruiter crawfordconnect Finds CEO for Canadian Community Foundation

Executive search firm crawfordconnect has placed Elizabeth Heald as president and chief executive officer of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) in Ontario. Past CEO Rosemary Smith stepped down this spring. Senior search consultant Liz Latimer led the assignment. The foundation sought an individual with a history of success in a senior executive role with an innovative, outcomes-oriented

Kingfisher Talent Forms Partnership with Virdis Group
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Kingfisher Talent Forms Partnership with Virdis Group

Kingfisher Talent, a Boston-based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development, and Virdis Group, global executive search specialists in the life science and healthcare sectors, have created an alliance that enables clients to leverage the expertise and reach of both organizations. Lucy Watson-Baker, president of Kingfisher Talent, said the partnership offers clients greater opportunities for top

Heidrick & Struggles Dirk Van de Put CEO Mondelez International
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Heidrick & Struggles Lands Outsider to Lead Mondelez International

Mondelez International, known for brands like Oreo cookies, Trident gum and Ritz crackers, has appointed Dirk Van de Put as its new president and CEO. The company enlisted Heidrick & Struggles to fill its top post. With the snack-food producer’s revenues declining in recent years, activist investors have been vocal in their dissatisfaction with longtime CEO and chairman

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Southerland Partners Leading CEO Search for Baptist Health

As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts, and whatever changes Republicans in Washington, D.C. may deliver. This has

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Stanton Chase Names Aviation & Aerospace Leader

Stanton Chase International has appointed Hans Nilsson as aviation & aerospace global sector leader. He will work out of the firm’s offices in Zurich and Miami. “Miami has emerged as one of the world’s leading aviation centers,” said Juan D. Morales, global practice leader for the executive search firm’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice

Personio Raises $12 Million In Funding
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Personio Raises $12 Million In Funding

Investment dollars continue to pour into new technology designed to change the talent management game. Personio, the German HR management and recruiting platform, has raised $12 million (€10.5 million) in a series A round from investor Northzone. With the influx of new money, Personio is looking to push its software-as-a-service (SaaS) product in an effort

Elinvar places Scott Levitan CEO of Research Triangle Foundation
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Elinvar Lands CEO for Research Triangle Foundation

Executive search firm Elinvar has placed Scott Levitan as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which manages an eminent North Carolina research park known as Research Triangle Park (RTP). He succeeds Bob Geolas, who left the organization last September. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, led the search along with strategic search partner Jim Ahlerand researcher Pattie Steigerwald. In outlining

CDI Corp. Posts 25 Percent Q2 Revenue Decline
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CDI Corp. Posts 25 Percent Q2 Revenue Decline; Acquisition Pending

CDI Corp. / (NYSE:CDI) posted second quarter revenues of $169.5 million, a decrease of 25.2 percent from revenues of $246.8 million a year ago. The revenue decline was impacted by the sale of CDI AndersElite Ltd., which was sold in 2016. For the quarter, MRINetwork, the company’s executive search subsidiary, reported revenues of $11.1 million, an 8.6 percent decline, compared to prior-year

Indeed acquires Interviewed
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Indeed Acquires HR Technology Company

Job-site leader Indeed has acquired Interviewed, an HR technology company that streamlines how employers identify and evaluate candidates. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. As part of the acquisition, all of Interviewed’s employees, including CEO Darren Nix and co-founders Daniel O’Shea and Chris Bakke, will become Indeed employees. “Indeed’s mission is to help people

DHR International places Doug Moffitt head wealth management Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust
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DHR Taps Wealth Management Head for Gibraltar Private Bank

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has placed the new head of wealth management for Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, a private banking and wealth advisory firm in Coral Gables, FL. Leading the search was Carol Hartman, the search firm’s managing partner of financial services North America. Doug Moffitt comes to Gibraltar Private from U.S. Trust,

Charles Falcone new Russell Reynolds Associates’ U.S. education practice leader
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Russell Reynolds Associates Taps Rival Spencer Stuart for Education Practice Leader

Former Spencer Stuart recruiter Charles Falcone is taking over as the new leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ U.S. education practice, which includes higher learning, academic medicine and digital education. He also becomes a member of the firm’s healthcare services team. Based in Chicago, Mr. Falcone specializes in executive search and succession planning for senior leadership across

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Companies Losing Candidates From Poor Background Checks

Background checks are designed to validate candidate resumes and protect employers from negligent hiring risks, but employers should make sure they are not losing candidates because of a poor background-check experience. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than a third of employers (38 percent) have seen candidates turn down a job because they had

ON Partners places Shelly Cerio SVP of Nvidia Corp
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ON Partners Finds SVP Human Resources for Nvidia

Executive search firm ON Partners has placed Shelly Cerio as senior vice president of human resources for Nvidia Corp., a Santa Clara, CA-based visual computing technology firm. Partner Bryan Buck led the international search. Nvidia, considered among the hottest firms in the technology sector, was recently rated first in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s rankings

Norman Broadbent Group adds Dr. Paul Aldrich
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Norman Broadbent Continues Expansion

U.K.-headquartered Norman Broadbent Group has further expanded its executive search practice with the addition of Dr. Paul Aldrich as managing director, financial services. Tim Hammett, managing partner of Norman Broadbent Executive Search, said Dr. Aldrich brings a combination of talents that will serve the firm and its clients well. “Paul has a huge amount of experience working

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DHR International Looks at the Rise of Robotics and Its Effect On the Workplace

Will your company survive the workforce disruption triggered by the rise of the robot, powered by a new wave of artificial intelligence? The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, “4IR” as it is known, is upon us, and it’s the advent of robotics that promises to reshape global manufacturing as we know it. Steve Stine, DHR International’s

Berkhemer Clayton Places Ned Ford Head of Finance Harry & David
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Berkhemer Clayton Places Head of Finance at Harry & David

Los Angeles-headquartered executive search firm Berkhemer Clayton has recruited former Lowe’s executive Ned Ford as senior vice president and head of finance at Harry & David in Medford, OR. Shai Phillips, vice president and head of the recruiter’s corporate practice, led the search. “The search was nationwide,” said Mr. Phillips. “And despite the scenic environs of South

Focus Search Partners Acquires Taylor Winfield
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Focus Search Partners Acquires Taylor Winfield

Focus Search Partners (FSP), the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, has acquired the Dallas, TX-based recruiters Taylor Winfield. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. With the acquisition, FSP gains a team of professionals who all have enterprise operating experience across multiple industries, including Internet/ digital media, technology/ SaaS software, consumer/ retail/ food service and business

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How Job Seekers Can Cultivate a Social Media Presence and Win Big Opportunities

A growing number of employers are using social media and Internet searches to screen candidates before hiring, according to a recent poll. But that doesn’t mean job seekers should abandon their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Many of those doing the hiring, in fact, consider it a deal breaker if a prospect has no online presence,

Odgers Berndtson places Stephen Cornish CEO of David Suzuki Foundation
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Odgers Berndtson Lands CEO for David Suzuki Foundation

Odgers Berndtson has placed Stephen Cornish as chief executive officer of the David Suzuki Foundation. A highly respected non-governmental organization, the foundation seeks to conserve the environment and find solutions to create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Cornish will join the organization in November. He succeeds

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IIC Partners Continues Global Expansion

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from all over the world. To meet the demand, they are continually developing new practices, hiring new recruiters and opening new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. For instance, IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has made five new consultant

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ENGAGE Research Identifies Top 2017 Employee Tenure Trends and a Tightening Labor Market

An already tight labor market has likely only continued to tighten over the past 18 months, an analysis of ENGAGE Talent tenure data shows. The study by ENGAGE data scientists, which covered 50 million US workers and professionals, concluded that the current median job tenure is 3.67 years. That’s six months less than the Bureau of

CDI Corp. to be Acquired by AE Industrial
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CDI Corp. to be Acquired by Private Equity Group

Recruitment firm CDI Corp. has agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners, a private equity investor specializing in aerospace, power generation and specialty industrial companies. AEI will acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company’s stock for $8.25 per share in an all-cash offer and follow-on merger. The agreement was unanimously approved by

Wheless Partners President Search Cleveland State U.
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Wheless Partners Leading President Search for Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (CSU) president Ronald Berkman, who since his arrival in 2009 has transformed what was predominantly a commuter school into a campus with strong partnerships, has announced his retirement. The college has enlisted Wheless Partners to find its next leader. The search will be managed by Mike JR Wheless, managing partner and division

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U.S. Job Growth Continues Through Summer

Employers added 209,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell slightly, to 4.3 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed remained at seven million. July marked the 80th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists had forecast payrolls increasing by 180,000 jobs

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Caldwell Partners Lands Chief Development Officer for JDA Software

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has placed Desikan Madhavanur as executive vice president and chief development officer of JDA Software in Scottsdale, AZ. Jim Bethmann, managing partner and co-leader of Caldwell’s TMT & IT services and information security practices, led the search. Mr. Madhavanur will be responsible for the company’s product solution strategy, development and delivery.

Cook Associates Closes Shop

After 54 years in business, executive search firm Cook Associates is closing its doors in Chicago. Since its inception in 1961, the firm has served clients ranging from early-stage, venture-funded and private equity backed companies to the Fortune 100. Industry specialties included consumer/retail, industrial, technology, business services, education, CFO and board services. Cook Associates' owner

CTPartners Vice Chairman Barry Bregman Joins Korn Ferry

CTPartners vice chairman Barry Bregman has quit the company to join rival Korn Ferry in its New York office. Mr. Bregman follows a string of high level recruiting executives to depart the nation’s seventh largest search firm recently, including its CEO Brian Sullivan; he is the fourth vice chairman to leave. (Former CTPartners vice chairmen

CTPartners Global Technology Head Departs For Heidrick & Struggles

CTPartners managing partner Paul J. Groce has left the company to join Heidrick & Struggles in New York. At CTPartners Mr. Groce served as head of the company’s global CIO/technology & operations practice, where he was widely recognized as a CIO/CTO industry expert. He joined CTPartners as a partner and founding member of the firms’

Krauthamer & Associates Heading CEO Search For Cats

Executive recruiters Krauthamer & Associates (K&A) is currently leading the search for a new chief executive officer for the Charlotte Area Transit System. In January, former CEO Carolyn Flowers left the Transit System for a position at the Federal Transit Administration in Washington. The Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, is the

Baker And Associates Winding Down Chancellor Search For UNC Wilmington

Baker and Associates, LLC has been chosen to identify potential candidates to fill the chancellor position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “The search committee has worked really hard and invested a lot of time into the whole process. We have been very pleased with our search consultant, Jerry Baker, who has provided a

Odgers Berndtson Launches U.S. Aerospace & Defense Practice and Names Practice Head

Odgers Berndtson has launched its new U.S. aerospace & defense practice and appointed Samantha Foster as partner to oversee its operations. Ms. Foster, a seasoned executive recruiter with more than two decades spent in the aerospace and defense sector, will be based in the firm's New York office. She brings significant sector expertise and experience

JobPlex Adds EVP in St. Louis

JobPlex, a DHR International Company, has added John Johnson as executive vice president in its St. Louis office. Mr. Johnson brings more than 30 years of executive experience to the firm, along with previous experience in building an HR recruiting company to national recognition. He most recently served as president of Continuum Medical Staffing, a

McDermott & Bull Recruits CFO For H&S Ventures

Irvine, CA-based McDermott & Bull has placed Bill Foltz as chief financial officer of H&S Ventures. The search was led by partner by Jeff Black. “Bill brings H&S Ventures a wealth of applicable experience in both professional sports (with the Los Angeles Dodgers) and serving as CFO for family offices, so he will be an

Vetted Solutions Heading President Search For The RAA

Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC is currently leading the search for a new president for the Regional Airline Association (RAA). This position will work closely with RAA’s board of directors and executive committee to implement and manage all policies, programs, services and operation of this $2 million budget association with 28 members.

CTPartners Postpones Report To Wall Street; Sullivan Delays Departure as CEO

CTPartners announced yesterday after the markets closed that the company filed a Form 12b-25, Notification of Late Filing, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that allows the company to extend the deadline to file its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. The delay is due, in part, to the fact that

John Davitt Joins Korn Ferry Global Supply Chain Sector

John Davitt has joined Korn Ferry as a member of the firm’s global supply chain center of expertise. Mr. Davitt will be based out of Korn Ferry’s New York office. Mr. Davitt brings to Korn Ferry more than 20 years of executive search experience and he is a recognized expert and leading consultant in procurement,

Heidrick & Struggles Appoints Leader of Global Healthcare and Life Sciences

Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles International has added John Mitchell to lead its global healthcare and life sciences practice. As global practice managing partner Mr. Mitchell will lead a team of more than 80 partners, principals and associates in the Americas, Europe and Asia serving clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and healthcare services sectors. He

Cordant People Opens In Scotland

Cordant People has opened a new office in Scotland to meet the growing jobs demand across the country. The company has just opened offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Livingston and Stirling with sites in Aberdeen and Inverness to follow in the coming months. James Orr, operations director, Cordant People Scotland, has been appointed to establish

Spencer Stuart Heading CEO Search for Monotype Imaging Holdings

Spencer Stuart has been selected by Monotype Imaging Holdings to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Doug Shaw, current president and CEO, intends to retire at the end of 2015. Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Monotype is a global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure

Russell Reynolds Associates Retained by Northwestern University

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by Northwestern University to lead in its search for a new leader of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. The Buffett Institute works to solve critical global problems through collaborative scholarship and education, and prepares students to become global leaders. With 44 offices and more than 350 executive search

ZRG Partners Adds Former Cook Associates CEO To Staff

West Orange, NJ-based ZRG Partners has named former Cook Associates CEO Mary Kier as managing director. Joining Ms. Kier will be a small team to support her longstanding client relationships. She will be based in the firm’s new Chicago office and will become a member of ZRG’s private equity, consumer and industrial practices. “Mary is

Furst Group Joins IIC Partners

IIC Partners has added executive search firm Furst Group as its newest member firm. Headquartered in Chicago, Furst Group exclusively focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sector. The firm is led by co-founders Bob Clarke, chief executive officer, and Sherrie Barch, president. “We are really looking forward to affiliating with IIC Partners. We believe

CBSBUTLER Names U.K. Managing Director

U.K.-based technical recruiter CBSbutler has appointed Bernard Ward as U.K. managing director, succeeding long-standing incumbent David Leyshon, who takes up the position of chairman. Mr. Ward was previously with Reed Global, where he held the post of regional managing director for EMEA. “I am both delighted and incredibly excited about the opportunity. CBSbutler has forged

Leadership Recruiters Finds Executive Director For The Schuylkill River Heritage Area

Leadership Recruiters has placed Silas A. Chamberlin as executive director of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. Mr. Chamberlin has served as a regional advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since March 2014. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, an organization focused on the

3P Consultants Places COO At Weener Empire Plastics

Executive search firm 3P Consultants Pvt. Ltd has recruited Himanshu Sharma as chief operating officer and board member at Weener Empire Plastics Pvt Ltd. Mr. Sharma was previously vice president of operations at Tata Autocomp Systems Limited. Weener Empire Plastics is a subsidiary of the Weener Plastics Packaging Group, a full service global supplier of

Egon Zehnder Makes Leadership Changes in NY; Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

Egon Zehnder has made several key leadership transitions for its New York office. Patrick O'Brien will assume leadership of the New York office, taking over from Alan Hilliker, while Francisco Paret takes over for Mr. O'Brien to lead the firm's financial services practice in the Americas. Mr. O'Brien joined Egon Zehnder as a member of

BCL Legal Strengthens Search Staff

U.K.-based BCL Legal, a legal recruitment consultancy, has made three new appointments to its team of consultants. Georgina Inson has been appointed as a senior associate and will be handling non-contentious commercial roles in Bristol to include real estate, commercial and corporate opportunities. She has worked in legal recruitment for five years including positions at

Battalia Winston Completes Search For First Service Networks

Search firm Battalia Winston has recruited Katya Borisova as vice president, integration management office, at First Service Networks. The search was led by Terry Gallagher, president, and Rob Miller, principal. Ms. Borisova recently served as leader, global market development and business operations, senior manager, corporate strategy and M&A and manager, business transformation at Brocade Communications

Reffett Associates Retained By BECU To Head SVP Of HR Search

Reffett Associates, Ltd. has been selected by BECU to lead in its search for a new senior vice president of human resources. Based in Tukwila, Washington, BECU has over $12 billion in assets and over 850,000 members, making it the largest credit union in Washington and fourth largest in the U.S. With offices in Seattle,

CTPartners’ Stock Plummets; Korn Ferry Rumored As White Knight

Shares of CTPartners plummeted on Thursday afternoon, dropping 30 percent at the end of a busy day on Wall Street which saw volume in the stock soar to 543,000 shares traded. It was the single largest, one-day decline in CTPartners’ share price since late January when the company’s stock was in a freefall on news

TRANSEARCH Opens New Office In Edinburgh

TRANSEARCH International has opened an office in Edinburgh and has added new consultants. David Bond, who will head up the Edinburgh office, is an experienced executive search director and actively recruits for clients across a range of disciplines at a senior level within sectors such as financial services, professional services, retail, property, education, energy and

Talent Source Recruitment Opens Doors

Talent Source Recruitment, a new executive search and professional services recruitment firm, has opened its doors to serve the talent requirements of companies across the northwest U.K. Headed up by Martin Willemsen, who has over 15 years’ experience working in global executive recruitment, the new firm is supported by a team of advisors, all of

SpenglerFox Names Life Sciences Practice Group Leader

Executive search firm SpenglerFox has named Hanne Dannulat as practice group leader – life sciences. Ms. Dannulat brings experience from executive positions in big and mid-sized pharma, biotech and within medical devices and food supplements. She is responsible for client services/satisfaction, delivery of projects, quality control and business development and works out of SpenglerFox’s offices

Hobbs & Towne Recruits Chairman and CEO for Powermat

The New York City technology practice of Hobbs & Towne has placed former Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins as chairman and chief executive officer of Powermat. The search was led by Hobbs & Towne co-founder and CEO, Andy Towne. Powermat is an industry leader in wireless charging technology, with customers such as Starbucks and General Motors.

Longergan Partners Recruits Board Director For Hercules

Executive search firm Lonergan Partners has recruited Susanne D. Lyons, former chief marketing officer of Visa USA, to the board of directors at Hercules Technology Growth Capital. The search was led by partner Dotty Schaffer. “Susanne is using the knowledge and experience she earned during her impressive career in financial services to become a strong

RSR Partners Adds to Board of Directors Practice

RSR Partners, a corporate governance and executive search firm, has added E. Thames Fulton as managing director to its board of directors practice. With more than 14 years of experience in board recruiting and governance consulting, Mr. Fulton will serve as a senior advisor to boards, chairmen, and chief executives of Fortune 500, small-cap, and

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