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Corporate Culture & Talent: Navigating the New Norms

The keys to unlocking a successful corporate culture are predicated upon how leaders in organizations perceive culture as a top priority. Most senior leaders agree that a healthy company culture is a basic component of any successful organization. It lays the groundwork for strong employee engagement, retention, and performance. In today’s rapidly evolving professional landscape,

How to Implement a Positive Corporate Culture

Christine, much has been said about the benefits of good corporate culture, but how does a company know if their culture is not a good one? The first step is to evaluate your company culture. You can do this by conducting an audit of your organization’s current culture as well as monitoring and reporting on

A Look at What is Driving Winning Cultures Today

Can you provide the big picture right now for culture today? Organizations and leaders across the globe are facing ongoing and increasing pressure from external factors that directly impact their businesses. Economic and geopolitical instability, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and rampant misinformation are creating more risk and uncertainty than ever before. Heidrick & Struggles recently

A New Talent Strategy for Private Equity

The private equity landscape has never been more tumultuous. The narrative that once revolved solely around deal volume and value has fundamentally shifted to one where talent is emerging as the key lever for value creation. Last year, PE firms grappled with a contradictory environment. On one hand, deal volumes remained relatively high, indicating a

Value of Strong Portfolio Leadership During the Holding Period

Tim, one of the topics we frequently hear about at Hunt Scanlon is hiring remote executives to lead portfolio companies. What have you seen on the hiring front on how PE firms approach this new way of leading portcos with remote leadership? Tolan: A really good question and a topic that is constantly being discussed

The Imperative of Women in Private Equity

As with many sectors, the urgency of diversity and gender equality is taking center stage in the world of private equity (PE). But why is having diversity in leadership roles, particularly women, so vital in private equity and PE organizations’ portfolio companies? The answer lies not just in numbers – although the metrics do speak

Colleges and Universities Rely on Search Firms to Find Leaders in Polarizing Times

Academic institutions continue to pump big fees into executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business, in fact, has never been better despite some sectors of executive search slowing over the past year. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels, and if there’s any slowdown coming

Finding Senior Leaders for Higher Education Institutions

What are some challenges facing university presidents today? It’s clear that over the last decade, university presidents have had to address a slew of growing internal challenges—things like shrinking budgets, declining enrollment, and faculty and graduate student unionization drives—that are connected to the operations and the unique structures of higher education systems. Presidents today need

How to Engage Candidates in an Evolving Higher Education Landscape

Jennifer, what are some of the challenges facing executive search firms today within the higher education sector? There are a number of challenges occurring simultaneously. High turnover equates to more opportunities. Candidates have numerous options and can be discerning in their job search. Most often, they are also in multiple searches. The frequent turnover (retirement/job

Executive Recruiters Look to Diversification and Human Capital Tailwinds for Growth

Executive Recruiters Look to Diversification and Human Capital Tailwinds for Growth Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual productivity report of leading executive recruiters globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2023, but at a slower rate than in previous years. Executive recruiters pulled through a challenging year in 2023. Market

Adapting to Today’s Evolving Search Market

Celeste, give us a sense for how 2023 went for the firm and how it is doing today. In 2023, our firm navigated the challenges of the market with resilience, maintaining our revenue levels in comparison to 2022. Our commitment to adapt and innovate has been the cornerstone of our success, ensuring that we remain

Reimaging Executive Search in the Age of AI

Nada, since NU Advisory opened its doors, how has the firm approached the use of artificial intelligence? As we’ve been building NU Advisory Partners, it’s always seemed an apt omen that we were born the year that artificial intelligence (AI) hit the mainstream consciousness. After all, one reason we set out on this adventure is

Growing a Global Search Firm in a Turbulent Market

Umesh, how was 2023 for your firm and how are things looking now as we are well into 2024? Last year proved to be a transformational year for Kingsley Gate, with us unlocking significant growth vis-à-vis 2022 thanks, in part, to several key partner hires and two significant acquisitions: The Omerta Group in January and

Evolving Life Sciences/Healthcare Sector Busier Than Ever for Recruiters

Search consultants continue to say that there is an unprecedented opportunity for visionary healthcare/life sciences leaders to redefine the future of the industry. A shifting economic climate and the rapid pace of innovation have fueled many changes in the healthcare industry through acquisitions, divestitures, and new company formations. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of technologies

Challenges in Finding Senior Healthcare Talent

The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformations driven by advancements in technology and evolving consumer preferences. What major trends are reshaping the landscape? Beach: Artificial Intelligence: Historically, healthcare has been slow to embrace technological change, but industry leaders have rapidly recognized the need to adopt AI solutions. AI offers a number of benefits such as

Canadian Executive Search Market Shifts to Meet New Demands

Throughout 2023, executive search consultants have told Hunt Scanlon Media that the Canadian executive recruiting market experienced shifts in response to the evolving demands of a rapidly changing business environment across the country. Amidst the ongoing transformations in executive recruiting, the Canadian business landscape has become increasingly competitive, requiring a strategic approach to talent acquisition.

A Look into the Canadian Executive Search Landscape

Michael, explain Massey Henry’s approach to filling senior positions. As specialists in financial services executive search for organizations across North America, our approach is guided by our nuanced understanding of the industry, as well as the deep network and functional expertise we have established for key senior level mandates at the VP, C-suite, and board

HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs Continue to Push for Inclusion

HR leaders and executive recruiters alike say that promoting diversity and belonging in the workplace is not just a buzzword. It’s a crucial aspect of modern businesses. Companies that foster diversity and belonging have been proven to have better financial performance, increased innovation, and a more engaged workforce. However, a recent report from The Christopher

Achieving Diversity for Non-Profits

How important is top leadership at non-profits in driving diversity and inclusion? Top leaders are absolutely vital to driving diversity and inclusion at nonprofits. On an operational level, leaders establish policies and practices that frame and activate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and embed it into the fibers of the organization. On a

The Uncertain Future of Diversity and Hiring

Diversity has had it rough lately. First, there were cutbacks due to the economy and then came the Supreme Court’s ruling against affirmative action. That was followed by a cohort of Republican attorneys general issuing a letter to Fortune 100 CEOs questioning the legality of some DEI efforts. The main issue for the moment centers

Psychological Safety: A Foundation for an Inclusive Workplace

“When talking about diversity, something that often gets missed is being inclusive of it,” said Saul Gomez, director of IDEA at TI Verbatim Consulting. “If we’re not being inclusive of our diversity, then how are we leveraging it? How are we capitalizing on it? It’s worth asking, ‘Are we maximizing what our talent pool has

Will the Surging M&A Market for Executive Search Firms Continue?

Over the past decade, a wave of consolidation activity across the executive search sector has profoundly changed the recruiting sector as we know it. And in the last five years, the role of executive search firms has fundamentally changed the look and feel of the sector even more. The industry has moved from simply identifying

Spotlight: Managing Complex M&A: Strategies For Success In A Changing Landscape

Cody Crook, managing director and head of investment strategy of M&A advisory firm Hunt Scanlon Ventures, offers up good reasons to be optimistic. In his role at Hunt Scanlon, Mr. Crook is responsible for co-managing the investment portfolio, which includes executive search, talent acquisition, private equity, and investment firms. Leading the investment team, he spearheads

AI’s Impact on Growth Strategies in a Shifting M&A Landscape

As blockbuster M&A deals have slowed, firms are turning to AI to make up the difference. In a newly-released report, Korn Ferry explores the state of M&A markets, and how firms are adapting to pursue growth. The first half of this year saw M&A activity in the U.S. experience a significant decline in dollar value,

The Hot M&A Market for Executive Search Expected to Continue

Acquisitions made big news in the recruiting industry this past year, and for good reason. Outside investors caught on to the sector’s expansion potential and long growth runway ahead. Top search leaders also found ways to maximize profit (cutting back on office space helped every search firm achieve a better bottom line in 2023). That

Executive Recruiters Scramble to Find Financial Services Executives

The financial services industry is in a near-constant state of change. From embracing digital banking in the 2000s, to the rise of fintech, banking-as-a-service, and all of the new options available to consumers today, institutions have almost always been facing an ever growing need to evolve. Today is no different. Financial services firms must strategically

Spotlight: What is Impacting Recruiting for Senior Finance Executives Today

With a focus on helping PE and VC backed healthcare organizations, Tim Russell, managing partner of The Tolan Group, oversees the business development and recruitment activities for private equity and venture capital clients. Mr. Russell recently shared his views on the current state of recruiting within the financial services sector with Hunt Scanlon Media. Tim,

A Look at the High Demand for Top CFOs for Private Equity Firms

In times of volatility, financial stability becomes an understated hallmark of business success. Private equity firms have, appropriately, responded to the severe macroeconomic challenges of recent years with caution, making unprecedented pullbacks in investment and reaching record levels of dry powder, according to a new report from Slayton Search Partners’ Dan Dunn. “Today’s firms are

Filling New Roles With New Kinds of Leaders in Financial Services

Financial services, like most industries, has been in a period of significant innovation post-COVID-19 affecting business operations. Many firms are now seeing growth opportunities in markets that have been reshaped in large part by the increased pace of the shift to digital as well as changing consumer preferences, according to a report from Heidrick &

Demand Intensifies From Non-Profits Seeking Senior Talent

Non-profit organizations in 2023 are facing inflation, declining donations, increased demand for services, workforce shortages, and more. A recent non-profit trends report by Forbes says that the changing workforce is presenting challenges for both for-profit and non-profit leaders. Being ready to consider alternative staffing options would put many of them ahead of the shifting landscape,

Spotlight: Veteran Search Consultant Shares Views on Non-Profit Sector

Sam Pettway, a 30-year search veteran, launched BoardWalk Consulting in 2002. Over his career in executive search, he has worked with hundreds of board members and leadership teams with entities ranging from start-ups to mature multinationals in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Mr. Pettway has served clients as varied as international relief agencies, national

Spotlight: A Look Inside the Rewarding Work Serving a Non-Profit

Created through a recent merger between DRi and Waterstone Human Capital, DRiWaterstone Human Capital is a culture-centric executive search, leadership advisory, and human capital firm focused on helping mission and purpose-driven organizations across the U.S. build high performance teams and cultures. Jennifer Dunlap is co-founder, president, and CEO of DRiWaterstone. After spending decades as a

Spotlight: A Fresh Perspective on Recruiting for Non-profit Organizations and Associations

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

7 Key Trends Impacting Non-Profits

Having arrived at the halfway point of the year, the non-profit and social impact practice at Koya Partners | Diversified Search Group, recently pulled together some key trends they have been seeing. In a new report, managing directors Michelle Bonoan and Marissa Delgado and managing associate Tiara Muse identified seven key themes: 1.  Continued Focus

In Changing Times, Higher Education Sector Seeks New Types of Leaders

Recruiting senior leaders in the higher education sector has become a dynamic and evolving process. As universities face numerous challenges, including financial constraints, enrollment declines, and the need to prioritize diversity and inclusion, the demand for visionary and transformational leaders has never been higher. In recent years, the higher education sector has witnessed a significant

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Executive Search Review

Corporate Culture & Talent: Navigating the New Norms

The keys to unlocking a successful corporate culture are predicated upon how leaders in organizations perceive culture as a top priority. Most senior leaders agree that a healthy company culture is a basic component of any successful organization. It lays the groundwork for strong employee engagement, retention, and performance. In today’s rapidly evolving professional landscape,

How to Implement a Positive Corporate Culture

Christine, much has been said about the benefits of good corporate culture, but how does a company know if their culture is not a good one? The first step is to evaluate your company culture. You can do this by conducting an audit of your organization’s current culture as well as monitoring and reporting on

A Look at What is Driving Winning Cultures Today

Can you provide the big picture right now for culture today? Organizations and leaders across the globe are facing ongoing and increasing pressure from external factors that directly impact their businesses. Economic and geopolitical instability, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and rampant misinformation are creating more risk and uncertainty than ever before. Heidrick & Struggles recently

A New Talent Strategy for Private Equity

The private equity landscape has never been more tumultuous. The narrative that once revolved solely around deal volume and value has fundamentally shifted to one where talent is emerging as the key lever for value creation. Last year, PE firms grappled with a contradictory environment. On one hand, deal volumes remained relatively high, indicating a

Value of Strong Portfolio Leadership During the Holding Period

Tim, one of the topics we frequently hear about at Hunt Scanlon is hiring remote executives to lead portfolio companies. What have you seen on the hiring front on how PE firms approach this new way of leading portcos with remote leadership? Tolan: A really good question and a topic that is constantly being discussed

The Imperative of Women in Private Equity

As with many sectors, the urgency of diversity and gender equality is taking center stage in the world of private equity (PE). But why is having diversity in leadership roles, particularly women, so vital in private equity and PE organizations’ portfolio companies? The answer lies not just in numbers – although the metrics do speak

Colleges and Universities Rely on Search Firms to Find Leaders in Polarizing Times

Academic institutions continue to pump big fees into executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business, in fact, has never been better despite some sectors of executive search slowing over the past year. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels, and if there’s any slowdown coming

Finding Senior Leaders for Higher Education Institutions

What are some challenges facing university presidents today? It’s clear that over the last decade, university presidents have had to address a slew of growing internal challenges—things like shrinking budgets, declining enrollment, and faculty and graduate student unionization drives—that are connected to the operations and the unique structures of higher education systems. Presidents today need

How to Engage Candidates in an Evolving Higher Education Landscape

Jennifer, what are some of the challenges facing executive search firms today within the higher education sector? There are a number of challenges occurring simultaneously. High turnover equates to more opportunities. Candidates have numerous options and can be discerning in their job search. Most often, they are also in multiple searches. The frequent turnover (retirement/job

Executive Recruiters Look to Diversification and Human Capital Tailwinds for Growth

Executive Recruiters Look to Diversification and Human Capital Tailwinds for Growth Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual productivity report of leading executive recruiters globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2023, but at a slower rate than in previous years. Executive recruiters pulled through a challenging year in 2023. Market

Adapting to Today’s Evolving Search Market

Celeste, give us a sense for how 2023 went for the firm and how it is doing today. In 2023, our firm navigated the challenges of the market with resilience, maintaining our revenue levels in comparison to 2022. Our commitment to adapt and innovate has been the cornerstone of our success, ensuring that we remain

Reimaging Executive Search in the Age of AI

Nada, since NU Advisory opened its doors, how has the firm approached the use of artificial intelligence? As we’ve been building NU Advisory Partners, it’s always seemed an apt omen that we were born the year that artificial intelligence (AI) hit the mainstream consciousness. After all, one reason we set out on this adventure is

Growing a Global Search Firm in a Turbulent Market

Umesh, how was 2023 for your firm and how are things looking now as we are well into 2024? Last year proved to be a transformational year for Kingsley Gate, with us unlocking significant growth vis-à-vis 2022 thanks, in part, to several key partner hires and two significant acquisitions: The Omerta Group in January and

Evolving Life Sciences/Healthcare Sector Busier Than Ever for Recruiters

Search consultants continue to say that there is an unprecedented opportunity for visionary healthcare/life sciences leaders to redefine the future of the industry. A shifting economic climate and the rapid pace of innovation have fueled many changes in the healthcare industry through acquisitions, divestitures, and new company formations. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of technologies

Challenges in Finding Senior Healthcare Talent

The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformations driven by advancements in technology and evolving consumer preferences. What major trends are reshaping the landscape? Beach: Artificial Intelligence: Historically, healthcare has been slow to embrace technological change, but industry leaders have rapidly recognized the need to adopt AI solutions. AI offers a number of benefits such as

Canadian Executive Search Market Shifts to Meet New Demands

Throughout 2023, executive search consultants have told Hunt Scanlon Media that the Canadian executive recruiting market experienced shifts in response to the evolving demands of a rapidly changing business environment across the country. Amidst the ongoing transformations in executive recruiting, the Canadian business landscape has become increasingly competitive, requiring a strategic approach to talent acquisition.

A Look into the Canadian Executive Search Landscape

Michael, explain Massey Henry’s approach to filling senior positions. As specialists in financial services executive search for organizations across North America, our approach is guided by our nuanced understanding of the industry, as well as the deep network and functional expertise we have established for key senior level mandates at the VP, C-suite, and board

HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs Continue to Push for Inclusion

HR leaders and executive recruiters alike say that promoting diversity and belonging in the workplace is not just a buzzword. It’s a crucial aspect of modern businesses. Companies that foster diversity and belonging have been proven to have better financial performance, increased innovation, and a more engaged workforce. However, a recent report from The Christopher

Achieving Diversity for Non-Profits

How important is top leadership at non-profits in driving diversity and inclusion? Top leaders are absolutely vital to driving diversity and inclusion at nonprofits. On an operational level, leaders establish policies and practices that frame and activate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and embed it into the fibers of the organization. On a

The Uncertain Future of Diversity and Hiring

Diversity has had it rough lately. First, there were cutbacks due to the economy and then came the Supreme Court’s ruling against affirmative action. That was followed by a cohort of Republican attorneys general issuing a letter to Fortune 100 CEOs questioning the legality of some DEI efforts. The main issue for the moment centers

Psychological Safety: A Foundation for an Inclusive Workplace

“When talking about diversity, something that often gets missed is being inclusive of it,” said Saul Gomez, director of IDEA at TI Verbatim Consulting. “If we’re not being inclusive of our diversity, then how are we leveraging it? How are we capitalizing on it? It’s worth asking, ‘Are we maximizing what our talent pool has

Will the Surging M&A Market for Executive Search Firms Continue?

Over the past decade, a wave of consolidation activity across the executive search sector has profoundly changed the recruiting sector as we know it. And in the last five years, the role of executive search firms has fundamentally changed the look and feel of the sector even more. The industry has moved from simply identifying

Spotlight: Managing Complex M&A: Strategies For Success In A Changing Landscape

Cody Crook, managing director and head of investment strategy of M&A advisory firm Hunt Scanlon Ventures, offers up good reasons to be optimistic. In his role at Hunt Scanlon, Mr. Crook is responsible for co-managing the investment portfolio, which includes executive search, talent acquisition, private equity, and investment firms. Leading the investment team, he spearheads

AI’s Impact on Growth Strategies in a Shifting M&A Landscape

As blockbuster M&A deals have slowed, firms are turning to AI to make up the difference. In a newly-released report, Korn Ferry explores the state of M&A markets, and how firms are adapting to pursue growth. The first half of this year saw M&A activity in the U.S. experience a significant decline in dollar value,

The Hot M&A Market for Executive Search Expected to Continue

Acquisitions made big news in the recruiting industry this past year, and for good reason. Outside investors caught on to the sector’s expansion potential and long growth runway ahead. Top search leaders also found ways to maximize profit (cutting back on office space helped every search firm achieve a better bottom line in 2023). That

Executive Recruiters Scramble to Find Financial Services Executives

The financial services industry is in a near-constant state of change. From embracing digital banking in the 2000s, to the rise of fintech, banking-as-a-service, and all of the new options available to consumers today, institutions have almost always been facing an ever growing need to evolve. Today is no different. Financial services firms must strategically

Spotlight: What is Impacting Recruiting for Senior Finance Executives Today

With a focus on helping PE and VC backed healthcare organizations, Tim Russell, managing partner of The Tolan Group, oversees the business development and recruitment activities for private equity and venture capital clients. Mr. Russell recently shared his views on the current state of recruiting within the financial services sector with Hunt Scanlon Media. Tim,

A Look at the High Demand for Top CFOs for Private Equity Firms

In times of volatility, financial stability becomes an understated hallmark of business success. Private equity firms have, appropriately, responded to the severe macroeconomic challenges of recent years with caution, making unprecedented pullbacks in investment and reaching record levels of dry powder, according to a new report from Slayton Search Partners’ Dan Dunn. “Today’s firms are

Filling New Roles With New Kinds of Leaders in Financial Services

Financial services, like most industries, has been in a period of significant innovation post-COVID-19 affecting business operations. Many firms are now seeing growth opportunities in markets that have been reshaped in large part by the increased pace of the shift to digital as well as changing consumer preferences, according to a report from Heidrick &

Demand Intensifies From Non-Profits Seeking Senior Talent

Non-profit organizations in 2023 are facing inflation, declining donations, increased demand for services, workforce shortages, and more. A recent non-profit trends report by Forbes says that the changing workforce is presenting challenges for both for-profit and non-profit leaders. Being ready to consider alternative staffing options would put many of them ahead of the shifting landscape,

Spotlight: Veteran Search Consultant Shares Views on Non-Profit Sector

Sam Pettway, a 30-year search veteran, launched BoardWalk Consulting in 2002. Over his career in executive search, he has worked with hundreds of board members and leadership teams with entities ranging from start-ups to mature multinationals in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Mr. Pettway has served clients as varied as international relief agencies, national

Spotlight: A Look Inside the Rewarding Work Serving a Non-Profit

Created through a recent merger between DRi and Waterstone Human Capital, DRiWaterstone Human Capital is a culture-centric executive search, leadership advisory, and human capital firm focused on helping mission and purpose-driven organizations across the U.S. build high performance teams and cultures. Jennifer Dunlap is co-founder, president, and CEO of DRiWaterstone. After spending decades as a

Spotlight: A Fresh Perspective on Recruiting for Non-profit Organizations and Associations

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

7 Key Trends Impacting Non-Profits

Having arrived at the halfway point of the year, the non-profit and social impact practice at Koya Partners | Diversified Search Group, recently pulled together some key trends they have been seeing. In a new report, managing directors Michelle Bonoan and Marissa Delgado and managing associate Tiara Muse identified seven key themes: 1.  Continued Focus

In Changing Times, Higher Education Sector Seeks New Types of Leaders

Recruiting senior leaders in the higher education sector has become a dynamic and evolving process. As universities face numerous challenges, including financial constraints, enrollment declines, and the need to prioritize diversity and inclusion, the demand for visionary and transformational leaders has never been higher. In recent years, the higher education sector has witnessed a significant