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As Retail Sector Pivots, Investment in Talent is New Priority

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

Spotlight: Evolution & Acceleration of Trends in the Consumer Goods/Retail Sector

Doug Ehrenkranz is the North America regional practice co-leader – consumer goods and retail practice at Boyden. His focus is on the consumer goods, CPG, retail, and industrial sectors, including oilfield and industrial services, chemical, and food ingredients, mainstream food and beverage, durables and health and beauty products, as well as natural and organic. Mr.

Spotlight: Challenges Finding Senior Leaders in the Retail Sector

Pamela Ruebusch is the founder and owner of TSI Group. When she started the business over two decades ago, her goal was to create a firm that delivered the best available talent and executive search services primarily to the supply chain industry throughout North America. Her entrepreneurial drive and strategic vision has enabled her to

Five Top Characteristics of Top Cannabis Executives

The cannabis industry has seen extraordinary growth of late due to increasing decriminalization and legalization across many states. In 2020, cannabis sales hit a record $17.5 billion, which was a 46 percent increase from 2019. Market analysts project that the cannabis industry could skyrocket to $100 billion in the U.S. by 2030. Cannabis is legal

Hanold Associates Launches Retail and Luxury Goods Practice

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched a retail and luxury goods practice and named Lisa Butkus as the practice leader. Hanold Associates has led numerous high-profile searches for members of this industry, including finding HR, diversity and other leaders for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Beautycounter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney,

Is the Chief Commercial Officer the New Star of Retail Financial Services?

The world of retail financial services is changing constantly, according to recruiters focused on the sector. Thanks to the ever-evolving regulatory environment, digital banking becoming native, and the rise of challenger banks and disruptors in the credit and payment space, the range of skills needed in the C-suite are broader than ever. Not to mention

Disruption in Financial Services Presents Big Opportunities for Recruiters

The profile of modern financial services leaders continues to change amid the sector’s renewed focus on customers for revenue growth, service digitalization, a renewed focus on risk management, and increasing investor and regulatory scrutiny, according to executive recruiters. The COVID-19 crisis has only heightened the need for top talent that has the ability to pivot and

Spotlight: Recruiting Investment Executives and Adjusting to New Business Climate

Michael Goodman began his career in executive search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the alternative investment industry ever since. In April of 2004 , he launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Mr. Goodman has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including portfolio management, trading, research, risk management, marketing,

Spotlight: Adaptation is Now Key When Recruiting Top Finance Executives

Jeanne Branthover is managing partner of the global financial services practice and North American executive committee member at DHR International. She closely partners with her global clients on senior level searches personally managing each assignment. Known for her hands-on approach she consults with her clients on succession planning, organizational change, precision hiring and talent management. Ms.

Pandemic Fallout: Sudden Surge In CFO Exits

The pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily. Bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants. Answering constant calls from investors and board directors. And, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. A new Korn Ferry report, authored

A Better Path to Boosting Diversity in Financial Services

In many ways, the racial awakenings of 2020 opened the eyes of banking executives and their boards to a reality that diverse employees have known and experienced for decades: Getting to the C-suite is tougher for women and underrepresented minorities throughout financial services than for their white and male counterparts, according to a report by

JM Search Expands CFO/Financial Officers Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently added Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the firm’s CFO / financial officers practice. “We are thrilled to add Stephen and Ryan to our team,” said Drew Pressmen, who leads the practice. “I’m proud of the exceptional talent we are

Non-Profit Sector Heats Up for Executive Recruiters

Nowhere are leaders and talent more deeply passionate about what they do than in the mission-driven sector. Non-profit, philanthropy, and social enterprises are evolving at a rapid pace. According to Korn Ferry, leaders are challenged with doing more with less as they navigate increasing demand. The opportunity to create more meaningful and wider impact is

Spotlight: Recruiting the Next Generation of Non-Profit Leaders

Vetted Solutions specializes in helping purpose-driven organizations in all aspects of leadership – from defining their leadership needs and requirements, to developing entire teams of loyal, dedicated high-performers, and everything in between. Jim Zaniello is president and founder of the Washington, D.C-based firm which focuses on serving the leadership needs of associations, non-profit organizations, hospitality

Spotlight: Matching Leaders With Mission

DRi is an executive search and strategic consulting firm committed to helping non-profits select the best talent. For over 15 years, the firm has served more than 350 of the most innovative and respected non-profit institutions operating at the local, national and international levels. DRi has placed hundreds of executive leaders and worked side by

DHR International to Lead New Initiative to Support Non-Profit Organizations

DHR International has named James Abruzzo, the long-time global head of the search firm’s non-profit recruiting practice, to lead an initiative to support non-profit organizations with their succession planning needs. The need for succession planning in non-profit organizations is underscored by Mr. Abruzzo’s research of the activities of non-profit board members and CEOs. In 2020,

Critical Mandates in CEO Recruiting

The non-profit sector has seen its resources — especially those derived from traditional fundraising sources — grow increasingly scarce, according to a report by Spencer Stuart. “We are also seeing a shift to partnerships between international donors, partner governments, the private sector and beyond that move money in new and different ways,” the firm said.

Universities Facing Growing Demand, and Big Challenges, Recruiting New Leaders

Executive search for higher education and academia is undergoing a tremendous transformation. Technology is having a big impact. Diversity is also making its effects felt. Even certain roles are not the same as they were just a short time ago. Talk about a sector in transition. One result: Academic institutions continue to pump big fees

Adaptable Leaders Needed to Drive Fundraising, DE&I and Technology Initiatives

For over four decades, Academic Search has been a leader in designing and implementing search processes for leaders of colleges and universities across the country. The firm has completed hundreds of executive searches for higher education institutions and related organizations, for roles ranging from presidents to provosts to deans. Dr. L. Jay Lemons became president

DHR Forms Alliance with Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association

Chicago-based executive search firm DHR International has partnered with the Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association (HBSLAA) to create “21 in ’21” – a program aimed at placing 21 Latinx executives in board roles before the end of this year. DHR will engage its Latino Diversity Network of board-ready executives and its clients to bring

Korn Ferry Names Academic Sector Global Practice Leader; Called in by University of Alabama at Birmingham to Find CHRO

Korn Ferry recently appointed Charles Falcone as a senior client partner and global leader of its academic sector recruiting practice, including academic medicine and higher education. He is based in Chicago. “Charlie has an exceptional reputation in the market and brings extensive advisory and search experience working on the successful recruitment of CEOs, chancellors, deans,

The Emergence of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Chief diversity officers have become increasingly common across leading institutions of higher education, driven by the push to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments for the benefit of all members of the community. While much has been written on the evolution of the mandate and remit of this role, relatively little data exists to

Sustainability and Clean Tech Meet the ‘Perfect Storm’ as Sector Surges

No one was saying it in so many words, but the report that the United Nations Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates released last year was aimed at nothing less than helping to save the world. Six years ago, leaders from 193 nations at an historic UN summit adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that

Spotlight: Leading the Way in Sustainability / Clean Tech Recruiting

Andy Towne is CEO and co-founder with Bob Hobbs of Hobbs & Towne. They pioneered ESG and sustainability-focused executive search, building the firm into the undisputed leader in the clean tech and climate tech category. HTI is a boutique advisory services firm, which includes talent, deal sourcing, leadership assessment, interim management, and M&A advisory, with

Spotlight: ESG Sector Fundamentals are Stronger Than Ever

Established in 2009 by Bernard van der Lande, Tula Executive Search specializes in recruiting for the advanced manufacturing, energy, and emerging technologies sectors. Tula’s consultants focus on manufacturing (automotive, aeronautics, packaging, machinery), energy (wind, solar), and life sciences. Tula Executive Search has experience in assessment for selection and development, leadership succession planning, executive coaching, job

New Challenges Ahead for Renewable Energy, Clean-Tech and Sustainability Sector Leaders

Over the last decade, clean technology, solar and electric energy, and sustainability have moved from the periphery to the center of the global economy. Established and emerging companies, along with private equity and venture capital firms, are making massive investments across the field as they stake out expanding areas of the market. This has driven

The Dahill Group Expands into Clean Energy and Minerals Extraction Industry Recruiting

Denver, CO-based The Dahill Group has expanded its recruiting services and expertise into the clean energy and minerals extraction industries, complementing its core oil and gas business. “As the energy industry transitions to a lower carbon future, we are expanding to meet the broader needs of our clients and the natural resources industry as a

2021 Forecast: Up, Up and Away as Executive Recruiters Get Back to Business

Executive recruiters spent the better part of last year resetting expectations – the result of an unprecedented, and completely unexpected, interruption to their business due to COVID-19. But according to search professionals across the spectrum, that disruption has now receded, and business is returning to levels not seen since the waning days of 2019 and

An Executive Recruiter’s Journey to the Top

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the founder and chair of Diversified Search Group, headquartered in Philadelphia. A pioneer in the search industry, she has been identifying and placing senior-level executive talent around the country for more than four decades. Ms. von Seldeneck recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss her career and how

Digital Transformation and Its Impact on Executive Search

Jack Saxton is a director with Tempting Talent, the talent arm of Tempting Ventures, a recruitment-focused venture capital firm. Tempting Talent, founded in 2017, was created to support Tempting Ventures’ mission to help establish specialist recruitment entrepreneurs in new and exciting markets. Since then, Tempting Talent has grown to become a leading recruitment-to-recruitment business, working

Executive Search Firms Adapting to the New Normal

2020 was an unprecedented year in most respects, and a challenging year for many in the executive search industry. Senior executives across the sector, however, are generally optimistic in their outlook for the year we’re in now. According to two leading reports, one from Bullhorn and the other from Hunt Scanlon Media, optimism reigns supreme.

ZRG Names Chief Revenue Officer

ZRG has named Justin Pinchback as chief revenue officer and head of practices. He will report directly to the CEO Larry Hartmann. “We laid out a spec: The dream player came with a great education, a consulting pedigree, and deep exposure to data-driven solutions in the human capital market,” said Mr. Hartmann. “We wanted someone

The Christopher Group Launches HR Advisory Solutions Platform

The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division.

Private Equity Firms Invest in Raising Their Talent Game

Getting talent decisions right – especially at speed, across dozens of portfolio companies – is one of the stiffest challenges private equity firms face today. According to a new report by Bain & Company there are many reasons why talent decisions can go awry but those with the highest success rates have something in common:

Isaacson, Miller Appoints New President and CEO

The board of directors of Isaacson, Miller has appointed Ericka Miller as the firm’s next president and CEO. She will officially start her term on July 1, upon the retirement of current president Vivian Brocard. “As one of the first women of color to lead a major national executive search firm, Ericka brings a deep

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As Retail Sector Pivots, Investment in Talent is New Priority

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

Spotlight: Evolution & Acceleration of Trends in the Consumer Goods/Retail Sector

Doug Ehrenkranz is the North America regional practice co-leader – consumer goods and retail practice at Boyden. His focus is on the consumer goods, CPG, retail, and industrial sectors, including oilfield and industrial services, chemical, and food ingredients, mainstream food and beverage, durables and health and beauty products, as well as natural and organic. Mr.

Spotlight: Challenges Finding Senior Leaders in the Retail Sector

Pamela Ruebusch is the founder and owner of TSI Group. When she started the business over two decades ago, her goal was to create a firm that delivered the best available talent and executive search services primarily to the supply chain industry throughout North America. Her entrepreneurial drive and strategic vision has enabled her to

Five Top Characteristics of Top Cannabis Executives

The cannabis industry has seen extraordinary growth of late due to increasing decriminalization and legalization across many states. In 2020, cannabis sales hit a record $17.5 billion, which was a 46 percent increase from 2019. Market analysts project that the cannabis industry could skyrocket to $100 billion in the U.S. by 2030. Cannabis is legal

Hanold Associates Launches Retail and Luxury Goods Practice

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched a retail and luxury goods practice and named Lisa Butkus as the practice leader. Hanold Associates has led numerous high-profile searches for members of this industry, including finding HR, diversity and other leaders for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Beautycounter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney,

Is the Chief Commercial Officer the New Star of Retail Financial Services?

The world of retail financial services is changing constantly, according to recruiters focused on the sector. Thanks to the ever-evolving regulatory environment, digital banking becoming native, and the rise of challenger banks and disruptors in the credit and payment space, the range of skills needed in the C-suite are broader than ever. Not to mention

Disruption in Financial Services Presents Big Opportunities for Recruiters

The profile of modern financial services leaders continues to change amid the sector’s renewed focus on customers for revenue growth, service digitalization, a renewed focus on risk management, and increasing investor and regulatory scrutiny, according to executive recruiters. The COVID-19 crisis has only heightened the need for top talent that has the ability to pivot and

Spotlight: Recruiting Investment Executives and Adjusting to New Business Climate

Michael Goodman began his career in executive search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the alternative investment industry ever since. In April of 2004 , he launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Mr. Goodman has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including portfolio management, trading, research, risk management, marketing,

Spotlight: Adaptation is Now Key When Recruiting Top Finance Executives

Jeanne Branthover is managing partner of the global financial services practice and North American executive committee member at DHR International. She closely partners with her global clients on senior level searches personally managing each assignment. Known for her hands-on approach she consults with her clients on succession planning, organizational change, precision hiring and talent management. Ms.

Pandemic Fallout: Sudden Surge In CFO Exits

The pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily. Bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants. Answering constant calls from investors and board directors. And, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. A new Korn Ferry report, authored

A Better Path to Boosting Diversity in Financial Services

In many ways, the racial awakenings of 2020 opened the eyes of banking executives and their boards to a reality that diverse employees have known and experienced for decades: Getting to the C-suite is tougher for women and underrepresented minorities throughout financial services than for their white and male counterparts, according to a report by

JM Search Expands CFO/Financial Officers Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently added Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the firm’s CFO / financial officers practice. “We are thrilled to add Stephen and Ryan to our team,” said Drew Pressmen, who leads the practice. “I’m proud of the exceptional talent we are

Non-Profit Sector Heats Up for Executive Recruiters

Nowhere are leaders and talent more deeply passionate about what they do than in the mission-driven sector. Non-profit, philanthropy, and social enterprises are evolving at a rapid pace. According to Korn Ferry, leaders are challenged with doing more with less as they navigate increasing demand. The opportunity to create more meaningful and wider impact is

Spotlight: Recruiting the Next Generation of Non-Profit Leaders

Vetted Solutions specializes in helping purpose-driven organizations in all aspects of leadership – from defining their leadership needs and requirements, to developing entire teams of loyal, dedicated high-performers, and everything in between. Jim Zaniello is president and founder of the Washington, D.C-based firm which focuses on serving the leadership needs of associations, non-profit organizations, hospitality

Spotlight: Matching Leaders With Mission

DRi is an executive search and strategic consulting firm committed to helping non-profits select the best talent. For over 15 years, the firm has served more than 350 of the most innovative and respected non-profit institutions operating at the local, national and international levels. DRi has placed hundreds of executive leaders and worked side by

DHR International to Lead New Initiative to Support Non-Profit Organizations

DHR International has named James Abruzzo, the long-time global head of the search firm’s non-profit recruiting practice, to lead an initiative to support non-profit organizations with their succession planning needs. The need for succession planning in non-profit organizations is underscored by Mr. Abruzzo’s research of the activities of non-profit board members and CEOs. In 2020,

Critical Mandates in CEO Recruiting

The non-profit sector has seen its resources — especially those derived from traditional fundraising sources — grow increasingly scarce, according to a report by Spencer Stuart. “We are also seeing a shift to partnerships between international donors, partner governments, the private sector and beyond that move money in new and different ways,” the firm said.

Universities Facing Growing Demand, and Big Challenges, Recruiting New Leaders

Executive search for higher education and academia is undergoing a tremendous transformation. Technology is having a big impact. Diversity is also making its effects felt. Even certain roles are not the same as they were just a short time ago. Talk about a sector in transition. One result: Academic institutions continue to pump big fees

Adaptable Leaders Needed to Drive Fundraising, DE&I and Technology Initiatives

For over four decades, Academic Search has been a leader in designing and implementing search processes for leaders of colleges and universities across the country. The firm has completed hundreds of executive searches for higher education institutions and related organizations, for roles ranging from presidents to provosts to deans. Dr. L. Jay Lemons became president

DHR Forms Alliance with Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association

Chicago-based executive search firm DHR International has partnered with the Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association (HBSLAA) to create “21 in ’21” – a program aimed at placing 21 Latinx executives in board roles before the end of this year. DHR will engage its Latino Diversity Network of board-ready executives and its clients to bring

Korn Ferry Names Academic Sector Global Practice Leader; Called in by University of Alabama at Birmingham to Find CHRO

Korn Ferry recently appointed Charles Falcone as a senior client partner and global leader of its academic sector recruiting practice, including academic medicine and higher education. He is based in Chicago. “Charlie has an exceptional reputation in the market and brings extensive advisory and search experience working on the successful recruitment of CEOs, chancellors, deans,

The Emergence of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Chief diversity officers have become increasingly common across leading institutions of higher education, driven by the push to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments for the benefit of all members of the community. While much has been written on the evolution of the mandate and remit of this role, relatively little data exists to

Sustainability and Clean Tech Meet the ‘Perfect Storm’ as Sector Surges

No one was saying it in so many words, but the report that the United Nations Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates released last year was aimed at nothing less than helping to save the world. Six years ago, leaders from 193 nations at an historic UN summit adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that

Spotlight: Leading the Way in Sustainability / Clean Tech Recruiting

Andy Towne is CEO and co-founder with Bob Hobbs of Hobbs & Towne. They pioneered ESG and sustainability-focused executive search, building the firm into the undisputed leader in the clean tech and climate tech category. HTI is a boutique advisory services firm, which includes talent, deal sourcing, leadership assessment, interim management, and M&A advisory, with

Spotlight: ESG Sector Fundamentals are Stronger Than Ever

Established in 2009 by Bernard van der Lande, Tula Executive Search specializes in recruiting for the advanced manufacturing, energy, and emerging technologies sectors. Tula’s consultants focus on manufacturing (automotive, aeronautics, packaging, machinery), energy (wind, solar), and life sciences. Tula Executive Search has experience in assessment for selection and development, leadership succession planning, executive coaching, job

New Challenges Ahead for Renewable Energy, Clean-Tech and Sustainability Sector Leaders

Over the last decade, clean technology, solar and electric energy, and sustainability have moved from the periphery to the center of the global economy. Established and emerging companies, along with private equity and venture capital firms, are making massive investments across the field as they stake out expanding areas of the market. This has driven

The Dahill Group Expands into Clean Energy and Minerals Extraction Industry Recruiting

Denver, CO-based The Dahill Group has expanded its recruiting services and expertise into the clean energy and minerals extraction industries, complementing its core oil and gas business. “As the energy industry transitions to a lower carbon future, we are expanding to meet the broader needs of our clients and the natural resources industry as a

2021 Forecast: Up, Up and Away as Executive Recruiters Get Back to Business

Executive recruiters spent the better part of last year resetting expectations – the result of an unprecedented, and completely unexpected, interruption to their business due to COVID-19. But according to search professionals across the spectrum, that disruption has now receded, and business is returning to levels not seen since the waning days of 2019 and

An Executive Recruiter’s Journey to the Top

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the founder and chair of Diversified Search Group, headquartered in Philadelphia. A pioneer in the search industry, she has been identifying and placing senior-level executive talent around the country for more than four decades. Ms. von Seldeneck recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss her career and how

Digital Transformation and Its Impact on Executive Search

Jack Saxton is a director with Tempting Talent, the talent arm of Tempting Ventures, a recruitment-focused venture capital firm. Tempting Talent, founded in 2017, was created to support Tempting Ventures’ mission to help establish specialist recruitment entrepreneurs in new and exciting markets. Since then, Tempting Talent has grown to become a leading recruitment-to-recruitment business, working

Executive Search Firms Adapting to the New Normal

2020 was an unprecedented year in most respects, and a challenging year for many in the executive search industry. Senior executives across the sector, however, are generally optimistic in their outlook for the year we’re in now. According to two leading reports, one from Bullhorn and the other from Hunt Scanlon Media, optimism reigns supreme.

ZRG Names Chief Revenue Officer

ZRG has named Justin Pinchback as chief revenue officer and head of practices. He will report directly to the CEO Larry Hartmann. “We laid out a spec: The dream player came with a great education, a consulting pedigree, and deep exposure to data-driven solutions in the human capital market,” said Mr. Hartmann. “We wanted someone

The Christopher Group Launches HR Advisory Solutions Platform

The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division.

Private Equity Firms Invest in Raising Their Talent Game

Getting talent decisions right – especially at speed, across dozens of portfolio companies – is one of the stiffest challenges private equity firms face today. According to a new report by Bain & Company there are many reasons why talent decisions can go awry but those with the highest success rates have something in common:

Isaacson, Miller Appoints New President and CEO

The board of directors of Isaacson, Miller has appointed Ericka Miller as the firm’s next president and CEO. She will officially start her term on July 1, upon the retirement of current president Vivian Brocard. “As one of the first women of color to lead a major national executive search firm, Ericka brings a deep