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M&A

Walter James Acquires Euromedica

What started as a wave in M&A activity among executive search firms throughout Europe before Brexit has turned into a bit of a tsunami lately. The most recent deal: U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Walter James has acquired Euromedica Executive Search Limited. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Walter James operates in the life sciences sector with

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Assessing Soft Skills to Land Your Next Top Hire

When you’re hiring a new employee, it can be easy to miss some marks during an interview and focus simply on whether the candidate has the technical skills to do the job on day one. While technical skills are important, it isn’t enough to find someone who can do the job without also assessing a

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ZRG Partners Continues Global Growth

ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has opened an office in Hong Kong, adding David Greenfield as head of the global insurance practice. The firm, which is continuing its recent expansion, also named Kevin Jones as leader of its global commercial real estate search platform as well as the Pittsburgh regional office. Mr.

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Kingfisher Talent Adds Life Sciences Veteran

Kingfisher Talent, the Boston-based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development, has expanded with the addition of Merle Kummer, a leading figure in life science research and development leadership. “Merle brings a unique value proposition, specifically in biotech innovation, that will bring immense value to our clients as we continue to push the boundaries of traditional

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Workforce Summer Fling Could Set Up Race for Workers This Fall

While employee retention is hardly a new concern for employers, the race to keep top workers in-house has escalated significantly in the past year. In fact, new findings from the 2017 Emerging Workforce Study (EWS) commissioned by Spherion Staffing indicate that employees are more willing than ever to test their options, to the point that

Launches

HVS Executive Search Launches Onboarding Service

Search firms continue to break out new solutions platforms, be it through acquisition, alliance or start up. The latest example: HVS Executive Search has launched an executive onboarding service, a holistic approach of ensuring that new executives have the tools and information needed to quickly become an integrated, effective and contributing member of their new

Search Assignment

ThinkingAhead Seeking New Leader for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has chosen ThinkingAhead Executive Search to lead its hunt for a president. Recruiters Chris Spagnola and Jessica Martinez are leading the assignment. Reporting to a 15-member board of directors, the president of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is charged with providing strategic leadership and vision to 60 professional staff, ensuring that

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TRANSEARCH Finds CFO for Greenberry Industrial

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand and hunting them down is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In one example of this growing appetite for finance leaders, TRANSEARCH International recently recruited Jarrett Pugh as the chief financial officer of Greenberry Industrial LLC. The search was led by consultants Mike

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Boyden Names Industrial Practice Leader

Executive search firm Boyden has named Robert Travis, managing partner of Boyden United States and Canada, as its new global industrial practice leader. He assumes the practice leadership from Armin Meier, managing partner of Boyden Switzerland, who led Boyden’s global industrial practice for six years. Mr. Travis, who previously served three terms as a Boyden global board

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Uber Chooses Heidrick & Struggles to Replace Departed CEO

In the wake of the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick, rideshare company Uber has turned to Heidrick & Struggles to help find his replacement. Mr. Kalanick stepped down last week amid a series of controversies, the move ultimately forced by investors who want big changes in the company’s corporate environment. Heidrick has led some major

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Onstott Group Finds New Leader for Plasan Carbon Composites

The Onstott Group has placed Bob Willig as president and CEO of Plasan Carbon Composites, a Walker, MI supplier of carbon parts to the automotive industry. Joe Onstott, founder and managing director of the Wellesley, MA-based executive recruitment firm, led the search. Also contributing were Scott Tucker, managing director, and Cullen Onstott, vice president. The

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Coulter Partners Expands As Life Sciences Sector Booms

Global life sciences recruiter Coulter Partners has made seven new appointments in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany and at its London headquarters. Joining the firm are Nona Footz, client partner; Samantha Simonnet, director on the U.S. West Coast; Jean Kim, associate director in New York; and Marie-Garance Leroy, senior consultant in Zurich. Also, Samantha Ng was appointed senior

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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

Trends

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

Launches

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

M&A

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

Trends

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

Search Assignment

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

NES Global Talent Makes Acquisition in Norway

NES Global Talent has acquired Energy People, a provider of consultancy, advisory and manpower solutions to the energy industry in Norway. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is the firm’s second acquisition in Norway, following the purchase RC Consultants (RCC) earlier this year. Both Energy People and RCC will rebrand as NES

Martin Partners Places CEO at Climax Portable Machining

Executive search firm Martin Partners has placed Thomas Cunningham as the new chief executive officer at Climax Portable Machining. Mr. Cunningham was previously group managing director at The Manlif Group. Climax is a global engineered products manufacturing company backed by the private equity firm Industrial Growth Partners. Chicago-headquartered Martin Partners provides executive search services to

Pinton Forrest and Madden Handling Search for Doctors of BC

Executive search firm Pinton Forrest and Madden is currently leading in the search for a new executive director of member & internal services for the Doctors of BC. Doctors of BC’s mission is to make a meaningful difference in improving healthcare for British Columbians by working alongside members to achieve quality patient care through engagement,

CEOs Spending Half Their Time on HR Issues

CEOs say they spend an average of up to 46 percent of their time on HR issues, according to the CEO HR Pain Points Survey released by TriNet. Thirty-three percent of CEOs cited HR documentation and workplace compliance as their greatest concern, followed by litigation and hiring practices, at 25 and 18 percent, respectively. “Government

Korn Ferry to Lead Search for Michigan Head Football Coach

Korn Ferry has been selected by the University of Michigan to lead in its search for a new head football coach. Jed Hughes, a former Michigan football coach, is the head of Korn Ferry's global sports practice serving as the firm’s vice chairman, global sector leader, sports. The school recently parted ways with past coach

MSA Executive Search Heading Assignment for Bronson Healthcare Group

MSA Executive Search is currently leading the search for a new chief medical information officer for Bronson Healthcare Group. Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed healthcare system headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. As an integrated healthcare strategies firm, MSA offers clients a range of

Career Partners International Adds Locations in Greece, Norway, Switzerland and California

Career Partners International (CPI) has named eight new global office locations throughout Greece, Norway, Switzerland and Southern California: Intersystems Consulting, based in Greece; Medvind Personal AS, based in Norway; Organisation & Training Partners AG, based in Switzerland; and Jo-Anne Smith & Associates, based in California join the 72 partner firms in 47 countries that make

Warren Partners Names Financial Services Director

Executive search firm Warren Partners has named financial services expert Julia Fearn as director. Ms. Fearn specializes in the financial services sector, with expertise in board level search, working with challenger brands in the retail banking, building society and insurance sectors. Over her career of more than 20 years, she has established a particular strength

Odgers Berndtson Enters Agreement to Acquire RenaudFoster

Odgers Berndtson has entered into an agreement to acquire Canadian-based recruiter RenaudFoster. Established in 1986, RenaudFoster is based in Ottawa with industry expertise in Canadian not-for-profit, associations, governance, and public and crown corporations. As part of Odgers, RenaudFoster’s clients will have access to new specialized industry and functional practices, including financial services, technology, education, healthcare,

Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Global Life Sciences Specialist

Global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has added Lynn LaPierre as a member of its global life sciences and health services practices. Based in New York, Ms. LaPierre specializes in assessing and recruiting senior executive leaders and board members for pharmaceutical, healthcare services and diagnostics companies. She previously worked with Axiom Global, a provider

Taylor Strategy Partners Opens Boston Office

Executive search firm Taylor Strategy Partners (TSP) has expanded its operations to Boston. Drew Rothschild, vice president and managing director, has been selected to lead the Boston team. Promoted to vice president in 2012, Mr. Rothschild has been instrumental in TSP’s growth and expanded offerings in the biopharmaceutical industry. Mickey Shimp, president of TSP, said:

Caldwell Partners Places Board Member at AbVitro

The Caldwell Partners International Inc. has placed Samuel Broder M.D. as a board director and member of the scientific advisory board at AbVitro, Inc. Partner Jodie Emery led the assignment. Dr. Broder is the former director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), appointed by President Ronald Reagan. AbVitro is a therapeutic target discovery company, with

Pearson Partners International Selected by IIT to Lead Search for Provost and SVP Academics Affairs

Pearson Partners International has been retained by Illinois Institute of Technology to lead its search for provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The search will be led by Pearson Partners’ vice president, Deborah Sawyer, who heads the firm’s technology practice. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate

Bench International Expands Team in Major Life Science Hubs

Global executive search firm Bench International has appointed Nicole Webber as executive director, and Stefanie Zechner, Ph.D., as senior director of recruitment. Ms. Webber is based out of the firm’s San Francisco office, contributing 17 years of recruitment experience and a vast network in one the world’s largest life science clusters. She formerly served as

NGS Global Adds Offices in Vienna and Helsinki

NGS Global Americas has added offices in Vienna, Austria and Helsinki, Finland. The search firm now has 20 offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Vienna office will be led by managing partner Georg Unger. With over 20 years of international executive search experience, Dr. Unger executes search assignments on behalf of clients across

Heidrick & Struggles Names First Chief Human Resources Officer

Heidrick & Struggles has named Richard Greene as executive VP and chief human resources officer, a new position within the firm. Mr. Greene will lead Heidrick & Struggles’ global HR organization and become a member of the firm’s management committee. He rejoined Heidrick & Struggles in November as a partner in its CEO and board

Spencer Stuart Heading CEO Search for Pep Boys

Spencer Stuart has been retained by The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Mike Odell, who had served as the company's chief executive since 2008, resigned in September. Pep Boys is the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain. Spencer Stuart is

James & Co. Retained by U.S. Tennis Association

Executive search firm James & Co. has been chosen by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) to find a new head of its player development program. The position will replace the Association outgoing player development program head Patrick McEnroe. USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. James & Co.

Morgan McKinley Names London Office Director

Global recruiter Morgan McKinley has appointed David Leithead as managing director for the firm’s London office. Mr. Leithead brings with him 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge of the recruitment industry. After graduating with a degree in law he joined Michael Page’s graduate business and went on to head its operations as managing director

GRMsearch Adds Financial Services Recruiter to Staff

Executive search firm GRMSearch has appointed financial services recruiter Laikee Tang as director, head of front office. Ms. Tang will spearhead the launch and development of a front office desk serving both buy and sell side clients and candidates across the Asia-Pacific region. She will be based in Hong Kong with a specific focus on

Nesbit Partners Completes Search for Publicis

Executive search firm Nesbit Partners, Inc. has placed Thomas C. Lee as senior vice president, director global client finance, at Publicis Worldwide. The search was conducted by Bob Nesbit, managing partner of Nesbit Partners. Mr. Lee was formerly global commercial director at WPP Group/Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Publicis Groupe is a leading French multinational advertising

Harris Search Associates Heading Two Searches for Howard University

Dublin, Ohio-based Harris Search Associates has been retained by Howard University to complete two searches for new college deans. The firm will assist in the recruitment of a dean of the College of Dentistry and dean of the College of Medicine. Established in 1867, chartered and incorporated by an Act of the United States Congress,

Korn Ferry Posts 7.4 Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry/(NYSE:KFY) posted fiscal Q2 revenues of $255.7 million, an increase of 7.4 percent from revenues of $238 million a year ago. Revenues were driven by an $8.9 million, $8.5 million, and a $0.3 million increase in fee revenue in executive recruitment, Futurestep, and leadership & talent consulting respectively. The firm experienced growth in all

CTPartners Subject To Discrimination Complaint; Stock Plummets As Shares Dumped

Executives at CTPartners, including its chairman and CEO, Brian M. Sullivan, are subject to a damning sexual discrimination complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The filing alleges the global executive search firm to be a “den of discrimination where women are stripped of profitable accounts, held to a higher standard by their

MitchelLake Group Adds Singapore Office Partner

Executive search firm MitchelLake Group has added SooJung Bhang to its staff as a principal consultant in Singapore. Ms. Bhang has worked in TMT industry in an APAC business development role and worked closely across digital projects for telcos, ICTs and media / broadcasting companies. She was previously a client director at EMA Partners International.

Salveson Stetson Group Strengthens Life Sciences Practice Group

Recruiting firm Salveson Stetson Group has grown its life sciences practice group with the addition of Mark Gold, former CEO of Gold Partners, who joins the firm as a strategic partner. Mr. Gold and his firm have placed senior-level physician leaders in global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. “Mark’s extensive industry knowledge, network and reputation –

Zygos Partnership Heading CEO Search for Ofcom

Global search firm Zygos Partnership has been retained by Ofcom to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Ed Richards said he would step down from his post at the end of 2014. Ofcom is the communications regulator in the U.K. The Zygos Partnership is an international search firm working in

R. William Funk & Associates Retained by University of North Carolina at Greensboro

R. William Funk & Associates has been retained by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to lead in its search for a new chancellor. Located in Greensboro, NC, UNCG offers more than 100 undergraduate, 61 masters and 26 doctoral programs. For the past two decades, R. William Funk & Associates has provided searches

Diversified Search Names Higher Education Practice Managing Director

Diversified Search has named Eugene Evans Head Jr. as a managing director specializing in higher education. He will also be a member of the healthcare practice. Previously, Mr. Head was a senior partner and managing director, higher education practice, at executive search firm Wheless Partners. “Gene’s experience in the higher education area of executive search

Harvey Nash Opens Office in Boston

Global executive search firm Harvey Nash has opened a new office in Boston. John Durkey, vice president, executive search, will lead the office and grow the firm's technology, life sciences and manufacturing practices. Mr. Durkey has 20 years of experience in executive search and previously served as executive vice president at Jobplex / DHR International,

Euromedica Executive Search Adds Partner in London

Euromedica Executive Search has added Stuart Penney as a client partner in its London office. Mr. Penney brings broad experience in international search and the placement of executives and professionals across discovery and research, clinical development, commercial, marketing, engineering, general management and operations functions in the life sciences, medical devices and biotech industries. At Euromedica

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