Staffing Firm Launches Collabera Search Partners

April 20, 2017 – Collabera, a global provider in IT and professional staffing services, has launched an executive search practice division, Collabera Search Partners.

The new division will partner with private equity start-ups, small & midsize businesses and mid-market organizations on their C-suite and VP level retained searches.

David Hughes, with over 12 years of expertise in the executive search industry, will head the new search division. His team consists of niched industry experts with experience in placing thousands of top talent candidates nationally. Previously, Mr. Hughes served as managing partner for executive search at Lucas Group.

“I am thrilled with the team we have put together and look forward to expanding Collabera Search Partners nationwide as we find ways to maximize our partnership with Collabera’s staffing division,” said Mr. Hughes. “The new division will allow us to better service our clients needs’ while ensuring the most suitable leaders for our client organization’s overall success.” Collabera Search Partners has practice groups which focus on a short list of targeted verticals in technology, sales & marketing, and finance.


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Collabera, the division’s parent company, has deep pockets to make  its launch successful and long-lasting. With more than $600 million in revenue and over 14,000 professionals operating in 10 countries globally, it has been a provider of IT and professional staffing services for over 25 years. The company provides staff augmentation, application development and management, infrastructure services and managed services to global 1000 corporations.

Maximizing Partnerships

A number of other organizations have recently launched and / or expanded into executive search as the top end talent sector heats up globally. Here’s a sampling:

U.K. recruitment solutions provider Acorn strengthened its executive search division with the additions of Laura Nicholas, Gareth Edwards and Jan Hughes. Since its launch in 2015, Acorn’s executive search division has worked on over 40 vacancies for CEOs, finance leaders, sales & marketing directors, and executive & non-exec board members, placing senior professionals into a number of top positions across the U.K.

The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), a network of HR and business professionals focused on making high-performance organizations unique, added Kate Jackson as vice president of talent acquisition within its new executive search division. Ms. Jackson is a seasoned assessment and recruiting professional who has a deep understanding of the nuances of organizational culture. Prior to i4cp, she was a partner at Hanold Associates where she led strategic human resources searches. Previously, she spent more than 15 years in talent acquisition leadership at GE and Nielsen.

Morris Bixby Group, an agribusiness focused recruitment firm, appointed Allen Smith as managing partner of its new executive division, Morris Bixby Executive. Mr. Smith has an extensive background in the field of agriculture, having managed business units in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Now based in St. Louis, he will lead Morris Bixby’s executive search business involved with all aspects of agriculture, including seed, biotechnology, chemistry, fertilizer and digital agriculture.

CPL Resources, an Ireland-headquartered recruitment agency, launched Ardlinn, an executive search firm dedicated to supporting the growing demand for corporate leaders within the Irish business sector. As one of 19 recruitment brands to come under the CPL global umbrella, Ardlinn will serve as a division of the company focused solely on executive recruiting for top salaried positions in Ireland.

Workforce solutions provider Airswift formed a new executive search firm: Ducatus Partners. It operates independently of Airswift, delivering executive search, market intelligence and related consulting services to clients across the energy, process and infrastructure sectors. Ducatus is led by a team consisting of Kevin Davidson, Sean Buchan and Jamie Ferguson. All are former Maxwell Drummond International recruiters.

Bassett & Bassett Executive Search LLC was launched by Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers and Counselors, a global strategic communication management and marketing firm. Victor A. Koppang has been appointed its president and chief executive officer.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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