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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

Life Sciences and Healthcare Search Activity Remained Robust During Pandemic Year

As we round the corner to close out Q1, the economic picture seems to be slowly improving. But what is going to light the match in the last three quarters of 2021? For executive recruiters, life sciences and healthcare organizations hold keys to the answer. Eager for investment, far more resilient than the S&P 500

Meeting the Challenges of a New Landscape for Healthcare

Bob Clarke serves as CEO of Furst Group, which provides recruitment services to the healthcare and insurance industries. He has been a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards for more than 30 years. His acumen in executive search and integrated talent management is valued by hospital systems, managed care organizations, medical groups, indemnity companies, end-of-life

Sci.bio Recruiting: Winning the War for Biopharma Talent

One of the hallmarks of companies that are thriving in these challenging days of not only a pandemic but rapidly shifting talent needs is the ability to meet change with speed and agility. That’s why on-demand services and interim staffing are emerging as forces to be reckoned with in the “new normal” that is taking

Despite a Pandemic, the Life Sciences Sector Presses On

Steve Hochberg is the CEO and founder of Caliber Associates, an executive search firm focused exclusively on the life sciences sector. The organization’s leaders are highly experienced search professionals and biopharmaceutical executives who bring years of industry experience. Caliber Associates has partnered with over 150 leading companies and has completed upwards of 700 searches, placing

LifeSci Partners Introduces LS Associates

LifeSci Partners, a life-sciences focused consultancy, recently launched LS Associates, a global consulting service designed to provide companies with on demand C-suite leadership to flexibly and economically meet the strategic business needs of companies. LS Associates leverages the expertise and network of the larger LifeSci Partners platform to deliver targeted and talented executives with relevant

How COVID-19 is Transforming Healthcare Recruitment

As health systems recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face an ever-worsening provider shortage. Last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicted the U.S. would see a shortfall of up to 122,000 physicians by 2032. Now, lost revenue due to the pandemic has caused many hospitals to furlough employees and slowed, or completely delayed,

The Search is On for Top HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs as Pandemic Risks Subside

As the pandemic raged last spring, chief human resource leaders stepped up around the nation. Their task: to play a starring role in helping organizations navigate and fight through a challenge that has turned out to be far greater than the one faced during the Great Recession. A recent article in The Economist noted that

Influencing the Composition of Tomorrow’s Leaders

With more than 22 years’ experience in the staffing industry, Jodi Chavez oversees the field organization and provides direction for Tatum. As president, Ms. Chavez is responsible for continuing to transform Tatum into a data-driven organizational search and consulting firm helping clients select the key financial talent they need to execute their business strategies. Throughout

Achieving Diversity in Private Equity

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in the private equity community, and many leaders think it is a long over-due, wakeup call to action. There simply are too few women and people of color serving in lead investment roles across the industry. A study by the data analysis firm Preqin, for example, found that

Hanold Associates Assists The New York Times Co. in CHRO Search

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as chief human resources officer (CHR0). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion department.

Pandemic Changes CHRO Role for Good

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed C-suites all over the world. But for the role of CHRO, the changes have been revolutionary. A new report from IMSA Search examines how the COVID-19 crisis has demanded new capabilities and duties for chief HR officers. Its conclusion: the role of CHROs shouldn’t be overestimated. “At a time when

New Ways to Move the Needle on Diversity Hiring

As executive search professionals, Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor and Gina Barge of Caldwell have taken note of a lack of diversity at large technology companies. A new report they have co-authored examines why there are limited opportunities on senior leadership teams for people of color and women, and what can be done to change the trajectory. “What’s

Canadian Executive Search Market Recovery Expected by Second Half of 2021

According to the latest Best Countries survey by U.S. News & World Report, Canada enjoys second best-ranked status among countries around the world. The Great White North is second only to Switzerland and jumped ahead of Japan in the latest roster, which is based on global perception metrics that include cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, power,

A Look at the Canadian Search Market

John Wallace is CEO of Toronto-based Caldwell. He also serves on the firm’s board of directors. A results and client-focused leader, Mr. Wallace draws on 20 years of executive search experience to drive results based on objective measures, market intelligence, strategic planning initiatives, and clear targets for growth. Since becoming CEO in 2008, Mr. Wallace

Executive Recruiting for Canadian Organizations

Pascal Bécotte leads the Canadian operations for Russell Reynolds Associates and co-leads the firm’s global corporate officers’ group, which includes practices covering finance, human resources, operations, and supply chain, legal, regulatory, and compliance and corporate affairs. He is also a member of the firm’s global executive committee, as well as a member of its healthcare

Madison MacArthur Merges with The ExeQfind Group & The Qualifind Group

The ExeQfind Group, based in Atlanta and San Diego-based The Qualifind Group have merged Toronto-based executive search firm Madison MacArthur Incorporated into its search and recruitment platform. The dual practices, according to Sylvia MacArthur, president of Madison MacArthur, are now better positioned to provide expanded sector expertise, consultant depth, cultural fluency, and geographic reach while

Planning for 2021: Five Key Steps for Success

Even as COVID-19 played a disruptive role in business and professional lives this year, one thing remains certain: Organizations will need every ounce of talent they can acquire to guide them through the current situation and to drive growth in 2021 and beyond, according to a new report by Ontario-based The Verriez Group. As such,

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

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Executive Search Review

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

Life Sciences and Healthcare Search Activity Remained Robust During Pandemic Year

As we round the corner to close out Q1, the economic picture seems to be slowly improving. But what is going to light the match in the last three quarters of 2021? For executive recruiters, life sciences and healthcare organizations hold keys to the answer. Eager for investment, far more resilient than the S&P 500

Meeting the Challenges of a New Landscape for Healthcare

Bob Clarke serves as CEO of Furst Group, which provides recruitment services to the healthcare and insurance industries. He has been a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards for more than 30 years. His acumen in executive search and integrated talent management is valued by hospital systems, managed care organizations, medical groups, indemnity companies, end-of-life

Sci.bio Recruiting: Winning the War for Biopharma Talent

One of the hallmarks of companies that are thriving in these challenging days of not only a pandemic but rapidly shifting talent needs is the ability to meet change with speed and agility. That’s why on-demand services and interim staffing are emerging as forces to be reckoned with in the “new normal” that is taking

Despite a Pandemic, the Life Sciences Sector Presses On

Steve Hochberg is the CEO and founder of Caliber Associates, an executive search firm focused exclusively on the life sciences sector. The organization’s leaders are highly experienced search professionals and biopharmaceutical executives who bring years of industry experience. Caliber Associates has partnered with over 150 leading companies and has completed upwards of 700 searches, placing

LifeSci Partners Introduces LS Associates

LifeSci Partners, a life-sciences focused consultancy, recently launched LS Associates, a global consulting service designed to provide companies with on demand C-suite leadership to flexibly and economically meet the strategic business needs of companies. LS Associates leverages the expertise and network of the larger LifeSci Partners platform to deliver targeted and talented executives with relevant

How COVID-19 is Transforming Healthcare Recruitment

As health systems recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face an ever-worsening provider shortage. Last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicted the U.S. would see a shortfall of up to 122,000 physicians by 2032. Now, lost revenue due to the pandemic has caused many hospitals to furlough employees and slowed, or completely delayed,

The Search is On for Top HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs as Pandemic Risks Subside

As the pandemic raged last spring, chief human resource leaders stepped up around the nation. Their task: to play a starring role in helping organizations navigate and fight through a challenge that has turned out to be far greater than the one faced during the Great Recession. A recent article in The Economist noted that

Influencing the Composition of Tomorrow’s Leaders

With more than 22 years’ experience in the staffing industry, Jodi Chavez oversees the field organization and provides direction for Tatum. As president, Ms. Chavez is responsible for continuing to transform Tatum into a data-driven organizational search and consulting firm helping clients select the key financial talent they need to execute their business strategies. Throughout

Achieving Diversity in Private Equity

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in the private equity community, and many leaders think it is a long over-due, wakeup call to action. There simply are too few women and people of color serving in lead investment roles across the industry. A study by the data analysis firm Preqin, for example, found that

Hanold Associates Assists The New York Times Co. in CHRO Search

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as chief human resources officer (CHR0). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion department.

Pandemic Changes CHRO Role for Good

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed C-suites all over the world. But for the role of CHRO, the changes have been revolutionary. A new report from IMSA Search examines how the COVID-19 crisis has demanded new capabilities and duties for chief HR officers. Its conclusion: the role of CHROs shouldn’t be overestimated. “At a time when

New Ways to Move the Needle on Diversity Hiring

As executive search professionals, Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor and Gina Barge of Caldwell have taken note of a lack of diversity at large technology companies. A new report they have co-authored examines why there are limited opportunities on senior leadership teams for people of color and women, and what can be done to change the trajectory. “What’s

Canadian Executive Search Market Recovery Expected by Second Half of 2021

According to the latest Best Countries survey by U.S. News & World Report, Canada enjoys second best-ranked status among countries around the world. The Great White North is second only to Switzerland and jumped ahead of Japan in the latest roster, which is based on global perception metrics that include cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, power,

A Look at the Canadian Search Market

John Wallace is CEO of Toronto-based Caldwell. He also serves on the firm’s board of directors. A results and client-focused leader, Mr. Wallace draws on 20 years of executive search experience to drive results based on objective measures, market intelligence, strategic planning initiatives, and clear targets for growth. Since becoming CEO in 2008, Mr. Wallace

Executive Recruiting for Canadian Organizations

Pascal Bécotte leads the Canadian operations for Russell Reynolds Associates and co-leads the firm’s global corporate officers’ group, which includes practices covering finance, human resources, operations, and supply chain, legal, regulatory, and compliance and corporate affairs. He is also a member of the firm’s global executive committee, as well as a member of its healthcare

Madison MacArthur Merges with The ExeQfind Group & The Qualifind Group

The ExeQfind Group, based in Atlanta and San Diego-based The Qualifind Group have merged Toronto-based executive search firm Madison MacArthur Incorporated into its search and recruitment platform. The dual practices, according to Sylvia MacArthur, president of Madison MacArthur, are now better positioned to provide expanded sector expertise, consultant depth, cultural fluency, and geographic reach while

Planning for 2021: Five Key Steps for Success

Even as COVID-19 played a disruptive role in business and professional lives this year, one thing remains certain: Organizations will need every ounce of talent they can acquire to guide them through the current situation and to drive growth in 2021 and beyond, according to a new report by Ontario-based The Verriez Group. As such,

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