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Global Pandemic and Social Upheaval Ignite Executive Recruiting for Non-Profit Sector

What makes a not-for-profit organization great? Its mission, of course, as well as dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and various stakeholders. But according to executive recruiters, what may be most important is exceptional leadership – especially in such a politically-supercharged climate supported by a challenging economic environment. According to a new report just released by

Recruiting Non-Profit Senior Executives

Nowhere are leaders and talent more deeply passionate about what they do than in the mission driven sector. According to Korn Ferry, non-profit, philanthropy, and social enterprises are evolving at a rapid pace. Leaders are challenged with doing more with less as they navigate increasing demand. Jodi Weiss serves as practice leader for Korn Ferry’s

Non-Profit Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis

Not-for-profit CEOs, who are already used to working with limited resources, are under enormous pressure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. “Most chief executives are facing new financial constraints, shifting priorities among donors, and uncertain regulatory aid – all while tackling the operational challenges of running an enterprise with staff and volunteers trying gamely

Searching for Non-Profit Jobs as a Person of Color

Melissa Madzel has been a managing director with Koya Partners, part of the Diversified Search Group, since 2015. She leads and contributes to executive searches, mainly in the social justice community, as well as developing and deepening Koya’s relationships in the progressive movement. As the managing director, equity initiatives for Koya Partners, Ms. Madze is

Cyber Technology Recruiting Heats Up as Risks, and Opportunities, Multiply

With technology has come the insatiable – and merciless – need for talent. Having the right leaders and teams in place is now more critical than ever. Cyber technology leaders appear in various forms: chief information security officer (CISO), chief information risk officer, chief security officer (CSO), VP information security, chief trust officer, chief information

The State of Cyber Recruiting in Private Equity

Matt Comyns is managing partner of the cybersecurity practice at Caldwell. His focus is on recruiting chief information security officers and next-level-down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast-growing private companies, as well as cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms and top executives for cybersecurity technology companies. Mr. Comyns also

The Counter-Cyclical Hiring Impact of COVID-19

Having spent over a decade delivering executive search mandates in the professional and technology services domain, Gene Allmark-Kent is a partner and part of the global leadership team for the risk and data advisory practice at Wilton & Bain. He supports clients and their boards addressing the complex and ever-changing regulatory agenda, appointing key executives

COVID-19 Impact on Cybersecurity

While the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered offices and meetings passé, we as a society have moved much of our communication, purchasing, and general interaction directly to the internet. Zoom, Slack, Teams and WeChat dominate – and people suddenly seem busier than ever, according to a new report by Martin Mendelsohn at Kingsley Gate Partners. “We

JM Search Forms Dedicated Cybersecurity Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently formed a dedicated cybersecurity practice to assist public and private equity-backed companies in identifying and recruiting high-performance leaders. Partners Kevin Kernan and Tom Figueroa are co-leaders of the firm’s center of excellence for cybersecurity leadership. The search firm brings

Dateline London: Optimism Persists as Growth Sectors Emerge in the Hunt for Talent

For all the challenges that 2020 has brought to the executive search industry in London – from COVID-19, a global economy under pressure, and continuing worries over Brexit – recruiters are looking ahead to the new year with a certain degree of optimism and even confidence. Playing off their strengths and opportunities, and never forgetting

Serving Clients During Critical Times

Alex Cormack, group managing director at Sheffield Haworth, is responsible for global practices within the London-based search firm. Additionally, he oversees the organization’s alternative investments business. Mr. Cormack focuses on senior executive search in financial services, working in partnership with a range of clients including institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, alternative investors, and

How One U.K.-Based Recruiter is Working During COVID-19

Ralph Grayson is a partner with U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Sainty, Hird & Partners. He has 30 years of recruitment experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Grayson specializes in global capital markets across all functions, products, and geographies. He has been instrumental in the establishment of many of the leading equities and investment banking

Armstrong Craven Moves to Employee-Owned Business Platform

Armstrong Craven, headquartered in Manchester, U.K., has become a majority employee-owned business. The firm will continue to be led by joint managing directors Rachel Davis and Peter Howarth. “We have long believed that the well-known benefits of employee ownership, when combined with our extremely dedicated team, will be a recipe for success, and we expect

Acertitude Opens London Office; Appoints Guy Barnes to Lead New Office

Executive search firm Acertitude has opened a new office in London and appointed Guy Barnes as managing partner to fuel global growth and lead the new location. Working closely together with co-founders Kevin O’Neill and Rick DeRose, Mr. Barnes will help drive the continuing evolution and international growth of the firm. Based out of Acertitude’s

Executive Recruiters See Shrinking New York Market as Opportunity for Talent Growth

No matter how much business activity is taking place in London, Hong Kong or Dubai, New York City rules as the world center of commerce and deal making. From Wall Street and its stock exchanges to the bustling world of retail, fashion and high tech, millions of people and billions of dollars come in and

Start Spreading the News: New York Will Be Back

Steven B. Potter, managing partner of Odgers Berndtson in New York, has spent over two decades as a founder, CEO and senior executive of several financial services executive search firms, all based in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Potter recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss how the business climate has changed in New York

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Launches Search for Chief Diversity Officer

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has retained Chicago-based Hanold Associates to lead its search for the organization’s first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. Keri Gavin, Sandra Peña, Jason Hanold and Katrina Prospero are leading the assignment. “We are honored to serve an organization that is playing such a vital role in our

The Key to Coping: Focus on the Silver Linings

Scott Page is a founding partner, and a managing director of Solomon Page, a Manhattan-based provider of staffing solutions (temporary, contract, temp to perm, project staffing, direct hire and executive search) and heads the financial services division since the firm’s inception in 1990. He has nearly three decades of experience in the executive search industry

Crisis Management: CFOs Confront New Layers of Risk in Pandemic Era

If one thing is certain that has come out of the current pandemic crisis it is the importance of continuity planning in the C-suite, and beyond. In the crosshairs: chief financial officers who are suddenly dealing with a vast array of new challenges, from cash flow, declining revenues, and employee health, to advising the CEO

A Rapid and Dramatic Change Comes to the CFO

Pietro Sartori is a senior associate with Wilton & Bain. He joined the firm in 2017 after graduating with distinction in global business management at Coventry University. He works in the CFO & board practice at WB Interim as well as focusing on private equity markets. Mr. Sartori specializes in placing board level and senior

Using People Analytics to Acquire Top Talent, Predict Performance & Reduce Turnover

The value of combining Big Data with statistical predictive modeling has been highly touted in recent years. The idea is to apply advanced computing capabilities to talent-related data to better predict employee behavior. “This people analytics approach has been adopted with the aim of simultaneously doing a better job of improving performance, acquiring top talent

Korn Ferry Called in by Gaming and Leisure Properties to Lead CFO Search

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has announced that Steven T. Snyder will be stepping down as CFO effective August 31, 2020. The company has retained Korn Ferry to lead a search for Mr. Snyder’s successor and will evaluate internal and external candidates for the position. Korn Ferry notes that finding outside candidates requires in-depth sector

Banks Turning to Search Firms

Like all financial institutions, banks continue to turn to executive recruitment firms to find new leaders. McDermott + Bull recently placed Sean Foley as the chief banking officer of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, the holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank, a wholly owned banking subsidiary with more than $1.3 billion in assets. The assignment was led

Global Pandemic Endows Universities With Big Challenges in the Hunt for New Leaders

Leadership roles in today’s colleges and universities have become increasingly demanding and complex. Senior academic leaders must balance the needs of numerous constituents—needs that require a cross section of skills far beyond the traditional set of scholarly and research accomplishments. Those who lead today’s universities are CEOs of publicly scrutinized institutions with requirements to fundraise,

Recruiting College Presidents During the Pandemic

Many industries have experienced delays and pauses in current searches, but Jay Lemons, president of Academic Search, claims that he has noticed only a slight delay in higher education searches. Mr. Lemons says, in fact, that demand for college and university presidents is at an all-time high. Here are his expectations for the overall sector

The Rise of Diversity Officers at Universities

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities. It has become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, according to executive recruiters, with a broad range of responsibilities beyond

Sage Search Partners Fills Posts for Tulane and UCLA

Sage Search Partners, which specializes in higher education and non-profit institutions, has made two key placements that will help the firm’s clients address equity issues as well as the financial constraints of students, which is of particular concern during the current economic crisis as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Marvin Smith will join

Fundamental Shift Underway in Private Equity Talent Acquisition Strategies

The past decade has been widely viewed as a golden era for private equity. As global markets recovered from the shock of the last financial crisis, private equity firms did not simply sit back and reap the rewards of improving market conditions, according to a report by Spencer Stuart. In fact, quite the opposite. The

The Importance of CEO Performance at Portfolio Companies

Robert Hogan is the founder and president of Hogan Assessment Systems. He is an international authority on personality assessment, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. His theory-based work in personality measurement has contributed to the development of Socioanalytic Theory, which maintains that the core of personality is based on evolutionary adaptations. Rob Kaiser is president of Kaiser

Impact on Talent: Private Equity’s Upcoming Shift

How quickly things have changed. Just four months ago, Rob Tillman, president of TillmanPartners and managing partner at DHR International, noted that private equity investors were poised to win during the next downturn, but no one predicted the sudden shock to the economy related to the coronavirus crisis. “At the end of 2019, it was

3 Qualities Private Equity Companies Seek When Picking Portfolio CEOs

Private equity firms conduct rigorous due diligence in assessing acquisition targets. Those with the best track records place high trust in their ability to size up a prospect’s financials, operations and market position. But many mid-sized PE firms are less successful in choosing the CEOs who run their portfolio companies. One study of PE firms,

Recruiting CFOs for PE Companies

Executive search firm Caldwell recently conducted a survey on the CFO role to fine-tune its understanding of the skills and experiences that define success today for a CFO of a PE-backed portfolio company and, equally importantly, which attributes may sound appealing but are not essential. More than 300 private equity CFOs shared candid responses on

Private Equity Growth & Evolution

In order to adapt to the nuances of modern private equity recruiting, it is necessary to first understand how the industry has changed, according to recent insights report by Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners. The private equity environment has seen explosive growth in the 2000’s. “Twenty years ago, there were perhaps only 20

Executive Recruiters See Growth and Expansion Turn to Fear and Anxiety

For an industry that is all too familiar with the reality of economic downturns, confronting the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is unlike any other. Executive recruiting leaders say they have no idea this time around how extensive or long lasting the damage will be, never mind when business will return to normal. Following is a look

The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era

Richard Stein is partner, chief growth officer and head of OGiQ at Options Group. He supports the C-suite of many of the world’s top financial services organizations in all aspects of talent acquisition, development and retention. Organizations have all but slammed the brakes on recruiting at a time when they should be looking for those

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Global Pandemic and Social Upheaval Ignite Executive Recruiting for Non-Profit Sector

What makes a not-for-profit organization great? Its mission, of course, as well as dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and various stakeholders. But according to executive recruiters, what may be most important is exceptional leadership – especially in such a politically-supercharged climate supported by a challenging economic environment. According to a new report just released by

Recruiting Non-Profit Senior Executives

Nowhere are leaders and talent more deeply passionate about what they do than in the mission driven sector. According to Korn Ferry, non-profit, philanthropy, and social enterprises are evolving at a rapid pace. Leaders are challenged with doing more with less as they navigate increasing demand. Jodi Weiss serves as practice leader for Korn Ferry’s

Non-Profit Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis

Not-for-profit CEOs, who are already used to working with limited resources, are under enormous pressure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. “Most chief executives are facing new financial constraints, shifting priorities among donors, and uncertain regulatory aid – all while tackling the operational challenges of running an enterprise with staff and volunteers trying gamely

Searching for Non-Profit Jobs as a Person of Color

Melissa Madzel has been a managing director with Koya Partners, part of the Diversified Search Group, since 2015. She leads and contributes to executive searches, mainly in the social justice community, as well as developing and deepening Koya’s relationships in the progressive movement. As the managing director, equity initiatives for Koya Partners, Ms. Madze is

Cyber Technology Recruiting Heats Up as Risks, and Opportunities, Multiply

With technology has come the insatiable – and merciless – need for talent. Having the right leaders and teams in place is now more critical than ever. Cyber technology leaders appear in various forms: chief information security officer (CISO), chief information risk officer, chief security officer (CSO), VP information security, chief trust officer, chief information

The State of Cyber Recruiting in Private Equity

Matt Comyns is managing partner of the cybersecurity practice at Caldwell. His focus is on recruiting chief information security officers and next-level-down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast-growing private companies, as well as cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms and top executives for cybersecurity technology companies. Mr. Comyns also

The Counter-Cyclical Hiring Impact of COVID-19

Having spent over a decade delivering executive search mandates in the professional and technology services domain, Gene Allmark-Kent is a partner and part of the global leadership team for the risk and data advisory practice at Wilton & Bain. He supports clients and their boards addressing the complex and ever-changing regulatory agenda, appointing key executives

COVID-19 Impact on Cybersecurity

While the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered offices and meetings passé, we as a society have moved much of our communication, purchasing, and general interaction directly to the internet. Zoom, Slack, Teams and WeChat dominate – and people suddenly seem busier than ever, according to a new report by Martin Mendelsohn at Kingsley Gate Partners. “We

JM Search Forms Dedicated Cybersecurity Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently formed a dedicated cybersecurity practice to assist public and private equity-backed companies in identifying and recruiting high-performance leaders. Partners Kevin Kernan and Tom Figueroa are co-leaders of the firm’s center of excellence for cybersecurity leadership. The search firm brings

Dateline London: Optimism Persists as Growth Sectors Emerge in the Hunt for Talent

For all the challenges that 2020 has brought to the executive search industry in London – from COVID-19, a global economy under pressure, and continuing worries over Brexit – recruiters are looking ahead to the new year with a certain degree of optimism and even confidence. Playing off their strengths and opportunities, and never forgetting

Serving Clients During Critical Times

Alex Cormack, group managing director at Sheffield Haworth, is responsible for global practices within the London-based search firm. Additionally, he oversees the organization’s alternative investments business. Mr. Cormack focuses on senior executive search in financial services, working in partnership with a range of clients including institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, alternative investors, and

How One U.K.-Based Recruiter is Working During COVID-19

Ralph Grayson is a partner with U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Sainty, Hird & Partners. He has 30 years of recruitment experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Grayson specializes in global capital markets across all functions, products, and geographies. He has been instrumental in the establishment of many of the leading equities and investment banking

Armstrong Craven Moves to Employee-Owned Business Platform

Armstrong Craven, headquartered in Manchester, U.K., has become a majority employee-owned business. The firm will continue to be led by joint managing directors Rachel Davis and Peter Howarth. “We have long believed that the well-known benefits of employee ownership, when combined with our extremely dedicated team, will be a recipe for success, and we expect

Acertitude Opens London Office; Appoints Guy Barnes to Lead New Office

Executive search firm Acertitude has opened a new office in London and appointed Guy Barnes as managing partner to fuel global growth and lead the new location. Working closely together with co-founders Kevin O’Neill and Rick DeRose, Mr. Barnes will help drive the continuing evolution and international growth of the firm. Based out of Acertitude’s

Executive Recruiters See Shrinking New York Market as Opportunity for Talent Growth

No matter how much business activity is taking place in London, Hong Kong or Dubai, New York City rules as the world center of commerce and deal making. From Wall Street and its stock exchanges to the bustling world of retail, fashion and high tech, millions of people and billions of dollars come in and

Start Spreading the News: New York Will Be Back

Steven B. Potter, managing partner of Odgers Berndtson in New York, has spent over two decades as a founder, CEO and senior executive of several financial services executive search firms, all based in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Potter recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss how the business climate has changed in New York

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Launches Search for Chief Diversity Officer

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has retained Chicago-based Hanold Associates to lead its search for the organization’s first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. Keri Gavin, Sandra Peña, Jason Hanold and Katrina Prospero are leading the assignment. “We are honored to serve an organization that is playing such a vital role in our

The Key to Coping: Focus on the Silver Linings

Scott Page is a founding partner, and a managing director of Solomon Page, a Manhattan-based provider of staffing solutions (temporary, contract, temp to perm, project staffing, direct hire and executive search) and heads the financial services division since the firm’s inception in 1990. He has nearly three decades of experience in the executive search industry

Crisis Management: CFOs Confront New Layers of Risk in Pandemic Era

If one thing is certain that has come out of the current pandemic crisis it is the importance of continuity planning in the C-suite, and beyond. In the crosshairs: chief financial officers who are suddenly dealing with a vast array of new challenges, from cash flow, declining revenues, and employee health, to advising the CEO

A Rapid and Dramatic Change Comes to the CFO

Pietro Sartori is a senior associate with Wilton & Bain. He joined the firm in 2017 after graduating with distinction in global business management at Coventry University. He works in the CFO & board practice at WB Interim as well as focusing on private equity markets. Mr. Sartori specializes in placing board level and senior

Using People Analytics to Acquire Top Talent, Predict Performance & Reduce Turnover

The value of combining Big Data with statistical predictive modeling has been highly touted in recent years. The idea is to apply advanced computing capabilities to talent-related data to better predict employee behavior. “This people analytics approach has been adopted with the aim of simultaneously doing a better job of improving performance, acquiring top talent

Korn Ferry Called in by Gaming and Leisure Properties to Lead CFO Search

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has announced that Steven T. Snyder will be stepping down as CFO effective August 31, 2020. The company has retained Korn Ferry to lead a search for Mr. Snyder’s successor and will evaluate internal and external candidates for the position. Korn Ferry notes that finding outside candidates requires in-depth sector

Banks Turning to Search Firms

Like all financial institutions, banks continue to turn to executive recruitment firms to find new leaders. McDermott + Bull recently placed Sean Foley as the chief banking officer of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, the holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank, a wholly owned banking subsidiary with more than $1.3 billion in assets. The assignment was led

Global Pandemic Endows Universities With Big Challenges in the Hunt for New Leaders

Leadership roles in today’s colleges and universities have become increasingly demanding and complex. Senior academic leaders must balance the needs of numerous constituents—needs that require a cross section of skills far beyond the traditional set of scholarly and research accomplishments. Those who lead today’s universities are CEOs of publicly scrutinized institutions with requirements to fundraise,

Recruiting College Presidents During the Pandemic

Many industries have experienced delays and pauses in current searches, but Jay Lemons, president of Academic Search, claims that he has noticed only a slight delay in higher education searches. Mr. Lemons says, in fact, that demand for college and university presidents is at an all-time high. Here are his expectations for the overall sector

The Rise of Diversity Officers at Universities

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities. It has become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, according to executive recruiters, with a broad range of responsibilities beyond

Sage Search Partners Fills Posts for Tulane and UCLA

Sage Search Partners, which specializes in higher education and non-profit institutions, has made two key placements that will help the firm’s clients address equity issues as well as the financial constraints of students, which is of particular concern during the current economic crisis as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Marvin Smith will join

Fundamental Shift Underway in Private Equity Talent Acquisition Strategies

The past decade has been widely viewed as a golden era for private equity. As global markets recovered from the shock of the last financial crisis, private equity firms did not simply sit back and reap the rewards of improving market conditions, according to a report by Spencer Stuart. In fact, quite the opposite. The

The Importance of CEO Performance at Portfolio Companies

Robert Hogan is the founder and president of Hogan Assessment Systems. He is an international authority on personality assessment, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. His theory-based work in personality measurement has contributed to the development of Socioanalytic Theory, which maintains that the core of personality is based on evolutionary adaptations. Rob Kaiser is president of Kaiser

Impact on Talent: Private Equity’s Upcoming Shift

How quickly things have changed. Just four months ago, Rob Tillman, president of TillmanPartners and managing partner at DHR International, noted that private equity investors were poised to win during the next downturn, but no one predicted the sudden shock to the economy related to the coronavirus crisis. “At the end of 2019, it was

3 Qualities Private Equity Companies Seek When Picking Portfolio CEOs

Private equity firms conduct rigorous due diligence in assessing acquisition targets. Those with the best track records place high trust in their ability to size up a prospect’s financials, operations and market position. But many mid-sized PE firms are less successful in choosing the CEOs who run their portfolio companies. One study of PE firms,

Recruiting CFOs for PE Companies

Executive search firm Caldwell recently conducted a survey on the CFO role to fine-tune its understanding of the skills and experiences that define success today for a CFO of a PE-backed portfolio company and, equally importantly, which attributes may sound appealing but are not essential. More than 300 private equity CFOs shared candid responses on

Private Equity Growth & Evolution

In order to adapt to the nuances of modern private equity recruiting, it is necessary to first understand how the industry has changed, according to recent insights report by Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners. The private equity environment has seen explosive growth in the 2000’s. “Twenty years ago, there were perhaps only 20

Executive Recruiters See Growth and Expansion Turn to Fear and Anxiety

For an industry that is all too familiar with the reality of economic downturns, confronting the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is unlike any other. Executive recruiting leaders say they have no idea this time around how extensive or long lasting the damage will be, never mind when business will return to normal. Following is a look

The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era

Richard Stein is partner, chief growth officer and head of OGiQ at Options Group. He supports the C-suite of many of the world’s top financial services organizations in all aspects of talent acquisition, development and retention. Organizations have all but slammed the brakes on recruiting at a time when they should be looking for those