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Private Equity Market Booming and With it the Need for Top Talent is Expanding

Private markets bounced back in 2021. After a year of pandemic-driven turbulence that suppressed fundraising and deal activity, private markets rebounded. Fundraising was up by nearly 20 percent year over year to reach a record of almost $1.2 trillion. A new set of risks emerged at the beginning of 2022 with the potential to undermine

Spotlight: Redefining the Search Sector for PE Leaders

Smooch Repovich Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of Smooch Unplugged. She brings strategic investor relations officer search consulting focus to the PE arena as a means to helping firms realize their portfolio company valuations as these entities contemplate entering the public markets. Her 30-plus year collaborating with pre-IPO companies across industry sectors is one

Spotlight: Strong Resurgence in Search Activity in the Private Equity Sector

With a focus on helping PE & 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. Using market demographic data, Mr. Russell consults clients on candidate dynamics, compensation arrangement, and hiring probability. Using data driven analysis, Mr. Russell

Bespoke Partners Launches 3 Dedicated PE Executive Search Practices

Recruiting high-impact leaders for PE-backed software companies who can execute on portfolio company value creation plans with immediate impact is big business for one of the nation’s top search boutiques. San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has launched three new dedicated executive search practices to accelerate recruiting of high-impact leaders for private equity-backed

How On-Demand Talent is Unlocking Value for Private Equity Investments

One constant about private equity is that the landscape is always changing. For some, those changes can lead to obsolescence; but for those with vision, change is an opportunity to unlock new opportunities for alpha returns, according to a new report from Upwork. “One relatively slow-moving change? The differentiating levers that a PE firm can

Remote Working in Private Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed working life. In-person attendance from Monday to Friday, set working hours, and a fixed workplace in the office appear to be in large part a thing of the past. Flexible arrangements now rule most workplace environments. To understand the new work norms in a post COVID-era in private equity,

Executive Recruiters Scrambling to Find Cybersecurity Leaders

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions can be. A

Spotlight: The Ins and Outs of Finding Cybersecurity Leaders

Sophie De Ferranti joined ZRG Partners in 2021 as managing director, cyber, and member of the financial services practice. She has served as a keynote speaker on the topic of the war for cyber talent at events in Singapore, Zurich, London, Hong Kong, and Jakarta and participated in TV interviews with the London Stock Exchange

Spotlight: Finding Cyber Talent in a Hyper Competitive Market

A pioneer in the development of the cybersecurity recruiting industry, Matt Comyns co-founded Artico Search with Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor to lead the team helping companies protect against cyberwarfare. He built the original cybersecurity search practices at two global firms – Russell Reynolds Associates and Caldwell – filling more than 300 executive level searches in a hyper-competitive

The Challenge of Recruiting Cybersecurity Talent

“Recruiting cybersecurity executives can be extremely challenging,” said Frank Scarpelli, managing partner and chief executive officer of technology-focused search firm HireWerx. “The top performers are certain to be fully engaged, so posting a job advertisement on LinkedIn unfortunately isn’t likely going to yield the best results. That said, there are many factors that can motivate

Cybersecurity is the No. 1 Risk Leaders Can’t Ignore

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. A new report from IMSA Search outlines the threats and dangers cybersecurity attacks and how to prevent them. The risk of cybercrime to organizations of all sizes is escalating, with significant costs, and can no longer be ignored by business leaders.

Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records as Surge Into 2022 Intensifies

SHREK firms added $2 billion in global revenue in 2021, reporting $6.5 billion in professional fees, a 42 percent jump. In the U.S., boutique recruiters offering more bespoke industry and functional solutions, reported $2.2 billion in revenues, a 58 percent rise, shattering old records as the flight to search specialists intensifies. Executive recruiters posted their

ON Partners Takes a Look at Demand for Leadership and Competition for Talent

Tim Conti, managing partner and co-founder of ON Partners, has 15-plus years of experience working in executive search. He has completed over 150 C-level and board searches across a wide range of industries with a primary focus on public organizations as well as private equity institutions. Prior to founding ON Partners, Mr. Conti worked as

Top Talent Trends to Watch for In 2022

In professional services, “digitization,” “acceleration,” and “diversity, equity and inclusion” are already forming the new narrative. But as we look toward a more hopeful year ahead, what words will describe 2022? Pundits are making all sorts of predictions for the year based on our collective experience over the past two years. But as we all

7 Executive Search Trends to Impact Recruiting Firms in 2022

According to a new report from the International Executive Search Federation, among the trends for recruiters to pay attention to in the months ahead: a candidate driven market, remote recruitment, reaching passive candidates, longer notice periods, talent mapping, international hiring, and investing in existing talent. Among the many problems faced over the last 12 months,

Bullhorn Launches New Service To Support Recruiting Firms

A new dedicated venture capital resource will invest in high-potential, early-stage companies focused on helping staffing and recruiting firms improve operational efficiency and boost top-line growth. It debuts with $20 million allocated for investments. Bullhorn, a provider of software to recruiting firms, has launched Bullhorn Ventures, a dedicated corporate venture capital resource that will invest

5 Strategies for Winning High Impact Leaders in a Tight Talent Market

Companies of all types are dealing with talent shortfalls across the spectrum. But private equity firms, in particular, are navigating a perfect storm of landing high impact talent in arguably the tightest labor market seen in decades. Hiring key leaders has never been more critical for many high growth portfolio companies, yet a spike in

Insights On Portfolio Company Talent

PE firms are increasingly aware of the critical role that leadership teams play in the performance of their portfolio companies. Moreover, the connections that come with these roles mean these individuals can be of wider value to the PE firm itself, aiding recruitment, due diligence efforts and facilitating business development, according to BoardEx. PE firms

The Importance of Culture in Driving Growth, Performance & Value

Culture is hardly a new concept. Well before the rise of various models and frameworks to evaluate organizational culture, companies recognized the risk of hiring a cultural mismatch — such as the lone wolf in a company that values collaboration. New employees, especially leaders, who clash with the culture are often ineffective, and are likely

How Search Firms Can Help Implement a Great Company Culture

Prais+Barnette works proactively with diverse executives, leaders, and influencers who are passionate about increasing workplace diversity to help the firm build broad referral networks across functions and industries. Top diverse prospects can be introduced to key company leaders for networking 30 to 60 days in advance of an opportunity posting. David Barnette is managing partner

Keys to Creating a Great Company Culture

DHR Leadership Consulting advises clients on their most important leadership and talent management challenges. Maryanne Wanca-Thibault has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and advisor in the areas of leadership assessment, organizational development and executive coaching. As a partner of DHR Leadership Consulting, she helps clients assess fit for executive, C-suite and

Measuring Culture to Manage Culture

Washington, D.C.-based consultancy THRUUE commissioned a study of leading thinkers in strategy and culture from around the world. The firm was looking to understand the long-term implications of COVID-19 on company culture. “Early on, we observed that the social contract between employers and employees had shifted dramatically toward the side of employees and that a

Why Culture is Key to Success and Failure in Private Equity Deals

The importance of culture and its impact on private equity strategy and returns has been growing over the past few years. As PE investment returns have lagged behind those of the stock market in the U.S., firms are feeling pressure to improve and deliver stronger results. “This fact combined with some high-profile private company debacles,

3 Ways to Make Company Culture Resonate

In one word, what makes an excellent company culture? People. But what kind of people? How do you bring out the best in your existing people? Why is it important to make your company culture great? Based on several studies, an excellent workplace culture benefits employees and their well-being and employers and the company’s bottom

Canadian Executive Search Market Adapting to Change and Moving Forward

For executive recruiters, Canada has been a particularly good place to set up shop. The country hosts an expanding number of diversified industries and dynamic growth sectors that are well-positioned to beckon talent. The pandemic has changed the business landscape for everyone from recruiters to businesses to candidates. Innovation has been the key to meeting

Spotlight: How Executive Search is Thriving in Canada Despite Pandemic

Lisa Newey is senior managing partner at Newey & Co., a financial markets recruitment boutique located in Toronto. A seasoned financial services recruiting executive, her foundation of knowledge and extensive network is based on her 15-year career in capital markets in North America and abroad. Ms. Newey has a passion for problem-solving. Formerly both an

Viewpoint: Serving the Canadian Market for Over 25 Years

Winnipeg-headquartered executive search firm Waterford Global specializes in recruiting mid-to-senior professional and executive level talent domestically and internationally. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has found and placed candidates in business sectors including: healthcare, construction, financial and professional services, agribusiness, retail, communications, energy, manufacturing and real-estate. Waterford Global’s longtime presence in the global agriculture

DHR Global Expands with New Office in Montreal

Chicago-based executive search firm DHR Global has opened a new office in Montreal. Spearheading the expansion are Jonathan Plourde and John Gradek, who join the firm as DHR’s first Montreal-based partners. The new location helps to strengthen DHR’s global footprint and supports the firm’s expansion plans across Canada. With over 10 years’ experience in the

Majority of Canadian Workers Now Favor Hybrid Work Model

Fifty-three percent of workers globally want a hybrid working model where more than half of their work time is remote, according to a new study from Toronto-based LHH (formerly LHH Knightsbridge) and The Adecco Group. The firm’s newly released “Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work” study probed workers’ attitudes about remote vs. in-person

Royer Thompson Expands Talent and Culture Advisory Practice

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Royer Thompson has expanded with the addition of Sarah Crown, formerly of global talent management firm SHL, as director talent and cultural advisory and will lead the assessment practice across the firm. Ms. Crown brings global experience advising clients on leadership assessment and talent management solutions, said firm president Kim West. “Our

How COVID-19 Has Reset the Talent Game in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. The most pressing challenge has been finding high impact, innovative leaders. As we start 2022, the economic picture seems to be slowly improving. But what is going to light the match to get us over this

Spotlight: Rising Demand for Executive Search Within the Healthcare/Life Sciences Sectors

Nate Pearl is partner and head of digital health, wellness, and life sciences practice at SPMB Executive Search. He joined the firm in 2012, initially focused on recruiting CEOs, presidents, and functional VP-level leaders into enterprise software companies. He then co-founded and helped grow the firm’s dedicated consumer practice before also founding the firm’s health

Viewpoint: Meeting the Challenges of Recruiting for the Life Sciences Sector

Coulter Partners is a board- and senior-level global executive search specialist focused exclusively on life sciences. The firm works closely with those at the cutting edge of innovation in the industry to understand their challenges. With an extensive global network and expertise gained over 25 years in the sector, Coulter Partners have become trusted advisers

CEO Succession in Healthcare

The stakes of a chief executive officer transition are always high, but the risks of succession are increasing as healthcare systems grow in size and complexity and operate in increasingly dynamic conditions. Based on current trends, a new Spencer Stuart report says that it is expected that more than 80 percent of hospital CEOs will

AMN Healthcare CEO Named to Global Power 150 Women in Staffing Ranking

Susan Salka, president and CEO of AMN Healthcare, has been named to the 2021 Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing ranking by Staffing Industry Analysts for the seventh consecutive year. “On behalf of AMN Healthcare and all of the women throughout our organization, it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Ms. Salka.

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Executive Search Review

Private Equity Market Booming and With it the Need for Top Talent is Expanding

Private markets bounced back in 2021. After a year of pandemic-driven turbulence that suppressed fundraising and deal activity, private markets rebounded. Fundraising was up by nearly 20 percent year over year to reach a record of almost $1.2 trillion. A new set of risks emerged at the beginning of 2022 with the potential to undermine

Spotlight: Redefining the Search Sector for PE Leaders

Smooch Repovich Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of Smooch Unplugged. She brings strategic investor relations officer search consulting focus to the PE arena as a means to helping firms realize their portfolio company valuations as these entities contemplate entering the public markets. Her 30-plus year collaborating with pre-IPO companies across industry sectors is one

Spotlight: Strong Resurgence in Search Activity in the Private Equity Sector

With a focus on helping PE & 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. Using market demographic data, Mr. Russell consults clients on candidate dynamics, compensation arrangement, and hiring probability. Using data driven analysis, Mr. Russell

Bespoke Partners Launches 3 Dedicated PE Executive Search Practices

Recruiting high-impact leaders for PE-backed software companies who can execute on portfolio company value creation plans with immediate impact is big business for one of the nation’s top search boutiques. San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has launched three new dedicated executive search practices to accelerate recruiting of high-impact leaders for private equity-backed

How On-Demand Talent is Unlocking Value for Private Equity Investments

One constant about private equity is that the landscape is always changing. For some, those changes can lead to obsolescence; but for those with vision, change is an opportunity to unlock new opportunities for alpha returns, according to a new report from Upwork. “One relatively slow-moving change? The differentiating levers that a PE firm can

Remote Working in Private Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed working life. In-person attendance from Monday to Friday, set working hours, and a fixed workplace in the office appear to be in large part a thing of the past. Flexible arrangements now rule most workplace environments. To understand the new work norms in a post COVID-era in private equity,

Executive Recruiters Scrambling to Find Cybersecurity Leaders

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions can be. A

Spotlight: The Ins and Outs of Finding Cybersecurity Leaders

Sophie De Ferranti joined ZRG Partners in 2021 as managing director, cyber, and member of the financial services practice. She has served as a keynote speaker on the topic of the war for cyber talent at events in Singapore, Zurich, London, Hong Kong, and Jakarta and participated in TV interviews with the London Stock Exchange

Spotlight: Finding Cyber Talent in a Hyper Competitive Market

A pioneer in the development of the cybersecurity recruiting industry, Matt Comyns co-founded Artico Search with Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor to lead the team helping companies protect against cyberwarfare. He built the original cybersecurity search practices at two global firms – Russell Reynolds Associates and Caldwell – filling more than 300 executive level searches in a hyper-competitive

The Challenge of Recruiting Cybersecurity Talent

“Recruiting cybersecurity executives can be extremely challenging,” said Frank Scarpelli, managing partner and chief executive officer of technology-focused search firm HireWerx. “The top performers are certain to be fully engaged, so posting a job advertisement on LinkedIn unfortunately isn’t likely going to yield the best results. That said, there are many factors that can motivate

Cybersecurity is the No. 1 Risk Leaders Can’t Ignore

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. A new report from IMSA Search outlines the threats and dangers cybersecurity attacks and how to prevent them. The risk of cybercrime to organizations of all sizes is escalating, with significant costs, and can no longer be ignored by business leaders.

Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records as Surge Into 2022 Intensifies

SHREK firms added $2 billion in global revenue in 2021, reporting $6.5 billion in professional fees, a 42 percent jump. In the U.S., boutique recruiters offering more bespoke industry and functional solutions, reported $2.2 billion in revenues, a 58 percent rise, shattering old records as the flight to search specialists intensifies. Executive recruiters posted their

ON Partners Takes a Look at Demand for Leadership and Competition for Talent

Tim Conti, managing partner and co-founder of ON Partners, has 15-plus years of experience working in executive search. He has completed over 150 C-level and board searches across a wide range of industries with a primary focus on public organizations as well as private equity institutions. Prior to founding ON Partners, Mr. Conti worked as

Top Talent Trends to Watch for In 2022

In professional services, “digitization,” “acceleration,” and “diversity, equity and inclusion” are already forming the new narrative. But as we look toward a more hopeful year ahead, what words will describe 2022? Pundits are making all sorts of predictions for the year based on our collective experience over the past two years. But as we all

7 Executive Search Trends to Impact Recruiting Firms in 2022

According to a new report from the International Executive Search Federation, among the trends for recruiters to pay attention to in the months ahead: a candidate driven market, remote recruitment, reaching passive candidates, longer notice periods, talent mapping, international hiring, and investing in existing talent. Among the many problems faced over the last 12 months,

Bullhorn Launches New Service To Support Recruiting Firms

A new dedicated venture capital resource will invest in high-potential, early-stage companies focused on helping staffing and recruiting firms improve operational efficiency and boost top-line growth. It debuts with $20 million allocated for investments. Bullhorn, a provider of software to recruiting firms, has launched Bullhorn Ventures, a dedicated corporate venture capital resource that will invest

5 Strategies for Winning High Impact Leaders in a Tight Talent Market

Companies of all types are dealing with talent shortfalls across the spectrum. But private equity firms, in particular, are navigating a perfect storm of landing high impact talent in arguably the tightest labor market seen in decades. Hiring key leaders has never been more critical for many high growth portfolio companies, yet a spike in

Insights On Portfolio Company Talent

PE firms are increasingly aware of the critical role that leadership teams play in the performance of their portfolio companies. Moreover, the connections that come with these roles mean these individuals can be of wider value to the PE firm itself, aiding recruitment, due diligence efforts and facilitating business development, according to BoardEx. PE firms

The Importance of Culture in Driving Growth, Performance & Value

Culture is hardly a new concept. Well before the rise of various models and frameworks to evaluate organizational culture, companies recognized the risk of hiring a cultural mismatch — such as the lone wolf in a company that values collaboration. New employees, especially leaders, who clash with the culture are often ineffective, and are likely

How Search Firms Can Help Implement a Great Company Culture

Prais+Barnette works proactively with diverse executives, leaders, and influencers who are passionate about increasing workplace diversity to help the firm build broad referral networks across functions and industries. Top diverse prospects can be introduced to key company leaders for networking 30 to 60 days in advance of an opportunity posting. David Barnette is managing partner

Keys to Creating a Great Company Culture

DHR Leadership Consulting advises clients on their most important leadership and talent management challenges. Maryanne Wanca-Thibault has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and advisor in the areas of leadership assessment, organizational development and executive coaching. As a partner of DHR Leadership Consulting, she helps clients assess fit for executive, C-suite and

Measuring Culture to Manage Culture

Washington, D.C.-based consultancy THRUUE commissioned a study of leading thinkers in strategy and culture from around the world. The firm was looking to understand the long-term implications of COVID-19 on company culture. “Early on, we observed that the social contract between employers and employees had shifted dramatically toward the side of employees and that a

Why Culture is Key to Success and Failure in Private Equity Deals

The importance of culture and its impact on private equity strategy and returns has been growing over the past few years. As PE investment returns have lagged behind those of the stock market in the U.S., firms are feeling pressure to improve and deliver stronger results. “This fact combined with some high-profile private company debacles,

3 Ways to Make Company Culture Resonate

In one word, what makes an excellent company culture? People. But what kind of people? How do you bring out the best in your existing people? Why is it important to make your company culture great? Based on several studies, an excellent workplace culture benefits employees and their well-being and employers and the company’s bottom

Canadian Executive Search Market Adapting to Change and Moving Forward

For executive recruiters, Canada has been a particularly good place to set up shop. The country hosts an expanding number of diversified industries and dynamic growth sectors that are well-positioned to beckon talent. The pandemic has changed the business landscape for everyone from recruiters to businesses to candidates. Innovation has been the key to meeting

Spotlight: How Executive Search is Thriving in Canada Despite Pandemic

Lisa Newey is senior managing partner at Newey & Co., a financial markets recruitment boutique located in Toronto. A seasoned financial services recruiting executive, her foundation of knowledge and extensive network is based on her 15-year career in capital markets in North America and abroad. Ms. Newey has a passion for problem-solving. Formerly both an

Viewpoint: Serving the Canadian Market for Over 25 Years

Winnipeg-headquartered executive search firm Waterford Global specializes in recruiting mid-to-senior professional and executive level talent domestically and internationally. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has found and placed candidates in business sectors including: healthcare, construction, financial and professional services, agribusiness, retail, communications, energy, manufacturing and real-estate. Waterford Global’s longtime presence in the global agriculture

DHR Global Expands with New Office in Montreal

Chicago-based executive search firm DHR Global has opened a new office in Montreal. Spearheading the expansion are Jonathan Plourde and John Gradek, who join the firm as DHR’s first Montreal-based partners. The new location helps to strengthen DHR’s global footprint and supports the firm’s expansion plans across Canada. With over 10 years’ experience in the

Majority of Canadian Workers Now Favor Hybrid Work Model

Fifty-three percent of workers globally want a hybrid working model where more than half of their work time is remote, according to a new study from Toronto-based LHH (formerly LHH Knightsbridge) and The Adecco Group. The firm’s newly released “Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work” study probed workers’ attitudes about remote vs. in-person

Royer Thompson Expands Talent and Culture Advisory Practice

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Royer Thompson has expanded with the addition of Sarah Crown, formerly of global talent management firm SHL, as director talent and cultural advisory and will lead the assessment practice across the firm. Ms. Crown brings global experience advising clients on leadership assessment and talent management solutions, said firm president Kim West. “Our

How COVID-19 Has Reset the Talent Game in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. The most pressing challenge has been finding high impact, innovative leaders. As we start 2022, the economic picture seems to be slowly improving. But what is going to light the match to get us over this

Spotlight: Rising Demand for Executive Search Within the Healthcare/Life Sciences Sectors

Nate Pearl is partner and head of digital health, wellness, and life sciences practice at SPMB Executive Search. He joined the firm in 2012, initially focused on recruiting CEOs, presidents, and functional VP-level leaders into enterprise software companies. He then co-founded and helped grow the firm’s dedicated consumer practice before also founding the firm’s health

Viewpoint: Meeting the Challenges of Recruiting for the Life Sciences Sector

Coulter Partners is a board- and senior-level global executive search specialist focused exclusively on life sciences. The firm works closely with those at the cutting edge of innovation in the industry to understand their challenges. With an extensive global network and expertise gained over 25 years in the sector, Coulter Partners have become trusted advisers

CEO Succession in Healthcare

The stakes of a chief executive officer transition are always high, but the risks of succession are increasing as healthcare systems grow in size and complexity and operate in increasingly dynamic conditions. Based on current trends, a new Spencer Stuart report says that it is expected that more than 80 percent of hospital CEOs will

AMN Healthcare CEO Named to Global Power 150 Women in Staffing Ranking

Susan Salka, president and CEO of AMN Healthcare, has been named to the 2021 Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing ranking by Staffing Industry Analysts for the seventh consecutive year. “On behalf of AMN Healthcare and all of the women throughout our organization, it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Ms. Salka.