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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),

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Launches

Major, Lindsey & Africa Latest 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

People

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

Moscow-based executive search firm Morgan Hunt 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 search firm in London.

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

M&A

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,

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What Matters Most to Today’s Well-Informed Workers

Historically, the balance of power between employers and candidates has favored employers. Candidates had few sources of information about open positions, corporate culture or company vision, let alone compensation and benefits. But the talent market is changing. Big time. Candidates today report a dramatic increase in the amount of information they have about a company

Interview

How One Recruiter’s Board Participation Is Paying Off

For executive search firm leaders, serving in a board capacity for outside companies can be rewarding on several levels. There’s service to a company, of course. But a lot of valuable learning also goes on in such work, be it about emerging trends, the latest ideas or the hottest businesses and their talent. It also

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Coulter Partners Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Kymab

Executive search firm Coulter Partners has placed Dr. Sonia Quaratino as chief medical officer of Kymab Group, a human monoclonal antibody biopharmaceutical company. She will manage the clinical development of the organization’s expanding therapeutic antibody portfolio. Dr. Quaratino is an immunologist and joins Kymab from Novartis, where she served as global clinical program leader – transitional clinical oncology, responsible for

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Atlanta Hawks Turns to Turnkey Search for New GM

The Atlanta Hawks has retained Turnkey Search to lead its hunt for a new general manager. The team fired past GM Wes Wilcox after the Hawks record dipped to 43-39 this past season and the team lost to the Washington Wizards in the opening round of the playoffs. “As we have said from the beginning, we are committed to

People

RSR Partners Appoints Head of Risk Practice

Executive search firm RSR Partners has named Talal Debs as a managing director and head of its risk practice. With a strong combination of risk management, finance, and academic experience, Mr. Debs will focus on recruiting senior executives and directors to navigate new risk, regulatory and compliance issues for clients. His areas of concentration will include insurance, investment banking, trading and

Survey

7 Ways to Evaluate Your Executive Search Firm

When businesses have high profile, top leadership roles to fill, executive search firms can provide indispensable service. The best recruiters walk alongside a client at every stage of the hiring process. They know the questions to ask that help define the requirements of the role. They take the time to thoroughly understand company culture. And

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Spelman Johnson Leading Hunt for University of Chicago Police Chief

The University of Chicago has enlisted search firm Spelman Johnson to find its next chief of police. Vice president Mark A. Hall is leading the assignment. The school is looking to have a new leader in place by July. The role calls for a range of skill sets, including planning, organizing, directing and administering the policing initiatives of

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SearchWide Recruits CEO for Visit Aurora

Visit Aurora has appointed Bruce Dalton as president and chief executive officer following a search led by recruiting firm SearchWide. He succeeds Gary Wheat, who established the organization in 2010. Senior vice president Mark Gnatovic led the assignment. Mr. Dalton is a second-generation leader in the hospitality industry. He comes to Visit Aurora with 29 years of industry experience,

People

Ratliff & Taylor Appoints President

Executive search firm Ratliff & Taylor has appointed Beth Sweeney as its new president. An accomplished leader with deep industry experience, she has been widely recognized for her work in sales and marketing throughout a 20-plus year career. As president, Ms. Sweeney will have full profit-and-loss responsibility for each of the company’s three practices: executive search, leadership

People

Focus Search Partners Continues Expansion

Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, has brought aboard Richard D’Antoni as managing partner of the firm’s healthcare and private equity practices. Mr. D’Antoni has more than 20 years of experience in matching high-performing executives with leading healthcare companies, ranging from venture capital and private equity-backed portfolio companies to publicly held organizations.

Coulter Partners Opens Office In Zurich

Executive search firm Coulter Partners has opened a new office in Zurich and tapped Phillipp Buis to serve as executive director. This strategic expansion at the firm enhances Coulter Partners’ presence in this key Swiss life sciences market, while also strengthening its German, Austrian, and international networks further. Mr. Buis joins the Swiss based team at Coulter Partners to

How Careers, Work and Hiring Will Shift This Year

By now, we’re about done glancing in the rearview mirror as 2016 fully recedes. Spring will soon arrive, and with that change will likely come good opportunities in business and in careers. Whether you are a team leader thrilled with your current position, in full-on job search mode, or curious about career opportunities down the

Clark Langdon Partners With SoftBank On C-Suite Searches

Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet company, SoftBank Corp., has turned to recruiting firm Clark Langdon Partners to help round out its senior level management team. The search firm is building out SoftBank’s new private equity investment firm, Vision Fund, in London. Co-founder and CEO Simon Clark is spearheading the relationship and search work for SoftBank. Clark Langdon recently placed Simon Gregory

Carmichael Fisher Opens First U.S. Office

Executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a new office in Los Angeles. The new location will be led by Justin Hobday, supported locally by two regional directors, new hire Kimberley Rice and Ciara Kelleher, who transfers from the fIrm’s EMEA headquarters in London. The Los Angeles outpost is the firm’s

McCormick Group Taps Technology Leader for Juniper Federal

Executive search firm The McCormick Group has recruited David Mihelcic as chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Federal. Principal Tim Ward led the assignment. In his new role, Mr. Mihelcic will drive technological innovation and new product development for the company’s federal customers and across the entire organization. He will also provide counsel on infrastructure modernization programs that

TRANSEARCH Opens New Offices In Brazil

TRANSEARCH International is continuing its expansion with the opening of two new offices in Brazil located in Sao Paulo and Curitiba. Ricardo Du Pain, who will head up the Sao Paulo office, has 15 years of experience in professional services and specializes in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and high tech industries. He has worked for several related organizations, including Monitor

Hiring Pace to Accelerate Heading Into Spring

U.S. employers expect the pace of hiring to pick up in the second quarter, with nearly 25 percent planning to add staff between April and June. 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  the continued uncertain

When Stepping Back In a Career Becomes a Step Forward

Making a lateral career shift to a new job, or even moving slightly down the totem pole, is more common than might be expected. Those who closely follow the food industry saw an example of that recently when Greg Schlafer moved from president of Lamb Weston, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods, to senior vice president

Lochlin Partners Lands Finance Leader for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon

Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Tracey Stevens as chief financial and administrative officer of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. Managing partner Patrick Friel led the assignment. Ms. Stevens will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team, responsible for overseeing all financial and administrative functions within the organization. With 20 years of experience in leading

Allegis Partners Strengthens San Francisco Office

Executive search firm Allegis Partners has expanded with the addition of John K. Anderson in San Francisco as a managing director in the firm’s human resources practice. In his new role, he will specialize in identifying human resource executives to lead HR teams and functions at a variety of organizations. Mr. Anderson has more than 25 years

IRC Names Asia Pacific Leader

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has appointed Gurdeep S. Hora as Asia Pacific regional leader. Mr. Hora founded IRC India (Synergy Consultants) in 1989 and is considered an executive search pioneer in India. He assists in the leadership needs of Fortune 500 & top Indian companies across India, Middle East & Africa. Mr. Hora has worked

Uber Picks Heidrick & Struggles to Recruit No. 2 Executive

Uber has retained Heidrick & Struggles to lead its search for a COO to work alongside embattled CEO Travis Kalanick. The high profile assignment kicks off Uber’s effort to rehabilitate its bruised image after a string of controversies. The rideshare leader is seeking a seasoned executive, preferably female according to multiple sources, to help turn around a

AETHOS Places CFO at Red Lion Hotels

Executive search firm AETHOS Consulting Group has placed Douglas L. Ludwig as executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. James Bell, its former CFO, decided to leave Red Lion to pursue another professional venture. Managing director Ken Greger led the assignment. Mr. Ludwig most recently served as CFO of Baha Mar Resorts Limited for the past

Kingsley Gate Launches Global Financial Services Practice; Opens New Offices

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners has launched a new practice serving the financial services industry. The effort will be led by two new senior partners, Mark Esposito and Paige Scott, who recently joined the firm. In addition, Kingsley Gate announced the opening of offices in New York and San Francisco to support the firm’s continued growth and

Boyden Names Global Consumer and Retail Practice Leader

Executive search firm Boyden has named Cornelia Tänzler as leader of its global consumer and retail practice. Ms. Tänzler, who is managing partner of Boyden Switzerland, brings extensive experience in the sector across Europe. She has built a prestigious client portfolio with many C-level and board searches having now been completed. Ms. Tänzler has specialized expertise in fast moving

Major, Lindsey & Africa Opens In Singapore

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has opened a new office in Singapore and added Ashish Raivadera to the partner practice group as head of private practice for South Asia. He will also lead operations in Singapore. In recent years, while working at ATR Associates Pte. Ltd., Mr. Raivadera focused on partner and counsel placements with international law

Unemployment Rate Dips Again As Job Growth Accelerates

Employers added 235,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed also dropped to 7.5 million. February marked the 75th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected the

Prosperity Found Among Recruiting Boutiques That Merge

One look at this year’s recruiting industry statistics reveals one clear trend line: double digit growth and expansion is taking place among the sector’s boutique specialists. As a group, they are far outpacing their Big Five rivals. Many have accomplished this by taking a page out of the big firms’ playbook, extending their brands into

Opportunity Resources Searching for Columbia Museum of Art Leader

Executive search firm Opportunity Resources has been selected by the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) to find it a new executive director. The position’s current occupant, Karen Brosius, informed board members and staff late last year that she was leaving to become president of Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. Lynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at

Strategic Government Resources Retained by Arlington Police Department

The Arlington, TX police department has retained executive search firm Strategic Government Resources to find its new chief administrative officer (CAO). Senior vice president Tommy Ingram is leading the assignment. Candidates for the position should be exceptional leaders, capable of planning and directing personnel activities for the department’s technology program, accreditation, budget, grants, and internal affairs. The incoming executive

CDI Corp. Posts Revenue Losses

CDI Corp. / (NYSE:CDI) posted 2016 revenues of $864.4 million, a decline of 8.7 percent from revenues of $985.5 million the previous year. The company reported a loss of $31.6 million, or $1.66 per share. At MRINetwork, the company’s executive search subsidiary, revenue fell one percent from $53.1 million to $50.2 million. During the fourth quarter, CDI recorded revenues

Five Ways to Navigate Your Career In the C-Suite

Not surprisingly, CEOs are some of the oldest and longest-tenured corporate executives compared with other prominent C-suite roles, this according to new analysis just released by Korn Ferry. By contrast, the study found chief marketing and information officers sit at the other end of the spectrum and are the youngest and shortest-tenured top professionals in the

ZRG Partners Launches Orca Talent

Executive search firm ZRG Partners has named Mark Cusick to head up a new division at the firm called Orca Talent. As president, he will lead this growing sales optimization business, which is addressing the global problem of sales force hiring and productivity. Mr. Cusick brings a unique skill set to the role, having worked with global

EFL Associates Recruits CIO for the Colorado Retirement Association

Executive search firm EFL Associates has placed Amy C. McGarrity as chief investment officer of the $44 billion Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association. Ms. McGarrity has held investment positions in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was a global equities product specialist with William Blair & Company in Chicago. Before that, she was with the Colorado

R. William Funk Lands New Leader for University of Arizona

Just as Elon University gets its president search off the ground with the help of a recruiting boutique, the University of Arizona has selected its 22nd president with assistance from R. William Funk & Associates. The firm recently presented two finalist candidates: Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of Texas Medical Center, and Sethuraman Panchanathan, Arizona State University’s VP

DHR International Appoints North America Healthcare Leader

DHR International has named Scott Sette as North American leader of the firm’s healthcare services & solutions practice. He joins Robin Singleton, who serves as the firm’s global healthcare group leader. Since joining DHR in 2014, Mr. Sette has been a leader in the practice, filling key executive level positions at prestigious healthcare organizations across the country, as

Why Tending Your Career Is a Lifelong Pursuit

It’s easy to get comfortable in your career, especially when all is going well. But James G. Ward, an executive coach, corporate consultant, and author of ‘New Directions,’ a newly published guide to career management, said that could be a big mistake. Gone are the days when someone might spend decades perhaps even an entire career, at a single company. And if any lessons were learned in

Vanderbloemen In Hunt for First United Methodist Church Youth Minister

Executive recruiting firm Vanderbloemen Search Group has been selected by First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, AR to lead its quest to find a new youth minister. The organization is seeking an individual who is “devotional” and has strong leadership skills. Vanderbloemen has carved out a unique recruiting niche helping churches and ministries find mission-driven leaders.

Spencer Stuart Helping Fred’s Inc. Round Out Board of Directors

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has assisted Fred’s Inc. (Fred’s Pharmacy) in adding Christopher W. Bodine, Peter J. Bocian, and Michael K. Bloom to its board of directors. The directorship placements are part of an ongoing reconstitution process at Fred’s in which the board has been actively engaged, with the assistance of Spencer Stuart. Mr. Bodine brings to the

Buffkin / Baker Acquires MusicRowSearch

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has acquired Nashville, TN-based MusicRowSearch, an executive recruiting operation specializing in the entertainment industry, to expand its service lines and leverage future growth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. MusicRowSearch will retain its name under the Buffkin / Baker brand. As part of the agreement, WHO KNEW —

Norman Broadbent Continues On With Expansion

U.K.-headquartered recruiter Norman Broadbent has announced a series of appointments across its executive search, senior interim management, solutions and research & insight teams. Neil Pilkington joins the firm’s TMT & digital practice to specialize in the CTO / CIO market. During his 20 year search career, Mr. Pilkington has handled assignments across insurance, construction, FMCG, retail,

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