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The Generational Shift: Millennials Entering the C-Suite

By 2025, according to some estimates, Millennials will represent 75 percent of the U.S. workforce, as the Baby Boomer generation retires and younger Millennials continue to enter work. The oldest Millennials are now 37, and some are in management positions; the youngest, at 21, are in their first jobs or still in education or training.

What Do Millennials Value Most?

Sam Mesquita joined Scottsdale, AZ-based executive search firm Govig & Associates last May as marketing communications coordinator. He’s 23. In his role, he manages marketing and branding. He describes himself as a ‘passionate creative’ who loves communications strategy. Anything that falls under the umbrella of marketing, he manages. As a Millennial working in a fast-paced

How to Prepare Millennials For Executive Leadership

Millennials seem to have their very DNA attuned with the hyper connectivity that our world has adopted, John Nimesheim of Slayton Search Partners noted in a recent report. As this generation begins the slow but steady ascent up the corporate ladder, spreading their influence and sharing their purchasing power, how do we prepare them for

Millennials Look to the Non-Profit Sector

Deemed the ‘giving generation,’ Millennials can be one of the non-profit world’s most valuable assets. Sixty percent of Millennials want a sense of purpose in their work and 77 percent chose their job based on that desire, according to the ‘Deloitte Millennial Survey.’ These factors create the perfect environment for non-profits to attract, hire, and

Generations X and Z Can’t Be Forgotten

With so much attention directed at upstart Millennials, employers may be overlooking their employees from the 40-something generation and first generation to know only a digital world, Generations X and Z, respectively. New research out of the U.K. shows that employees from Generation X mirror many of the workplace trends of their younger counterparts in

Sports and Entertainment Expansion Elevating Search Business

Over the last 25 years, sports has grown into a formidable global industry. Historically, professional sports teams operated on a relatively modest level, with league officials, team owners, managers, and coaches surrounding themselves with people they knew and trusted from their own small worlds. College sports teams relied on in-house search committees and word-of-mouth recommendations.

eSports Recruiting Expanding Fast

eSports is a relatively new form of entertainment best known for its use of organized video game competitions between professional players. Taking the executive search industry by storm, eSports has recruiters scrambling to identify senior-level talent to meet the rising demand. A number of non-traditional sports sponsors and executives have entered the eSports industry, which

Why Jed Hughes is Arguably the Best Sports Recruiter in the Business

Simply put, Jed Hughes is the best known recruiter in the sports executive search industry. Not only did he gain practical experience coaching under several Hall of Fame football coaches, his academic credentials are top-flight with a masters degree from Stanford and a Ph.D from Michigan. Mr. Hughes has elevated Korn Ferry’s sports practice to

Help Wanted: Senior Executives Who Can Stimulate Innovation

The sports industry is changing, and the need for talented senior-level executives who can stimulate innovation is in heavy demand. It is a fairly new recruiting concept for some search firms. For others, the transition has been seamless. One of these go-to search consultants is Sucherman Group CEO Erik Sorenson. He is well-versed in media

Sports Recruiting Enters Prime Time

An industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the sports business, Scott Carmichael founded Prodigy Sports in 2007. Now entering his 10th year leading the search firm, Mr. Carmichael has established Prodigy Sports into one of the nation’s premier boutique executive search firms, working with a roster of clients that reads like a

Why Data Analytics Is the New Game Changer for Search Firms

As workforce management paradigms shift to meet 21st century talent needs, HR leaders and executive recruiters are leveraging new tools and capitalizing on analytics to adapt their strategies and address changing trends. As we all know, anyone who’s been put in charge of selecting a new leader has a daunting task in front of them.

Recruiters Shifting to Advisory Roles and Service Customization

Search firms are launching expansive initiatives to move their businesses upstream into leadership consulting. Following similar moves taken by rivals, Russell Reynolds Associates recently launched such a drive. The new approach will allow the nation’s No. 5 recruiter to extend its reach further into the C-suite, where its consultants can achieve maximum productivity, and margins.

The Stakes for Talent are Higher Than Ever

With more than 400 consultants in 47 offices around the world, Russell Reynolds Associates works closely with public, private and non-profit organizations across all industries and regions. Constantine Alexandrakis, leads the firm’s U.S. business as well as the global leadership & succession practice. In the following interview, he discusses the current landscape of the executive

Expanding the Traditional Recruitment Model

TalentRISE, a Chicago-based executive search firm, has developed a new approach to talent acquisition that seems to be catching on with clients. The firm’s CEO, Rick Gray, acknowledged several years ago that an ever-increasing percentage of the workforce is choosing or has made the choice to work as independent contractors. Mimicking that trend, TalentRISE itself

Why Interim Hiring Will Soon Be Big Business in the U.S.

Overseas, hiring interim talent for short term leadership needs has been a compelling option for companies for years. According to recruiters who specialize in the space, interim recruiting is big business – and getting bigger. It generates around $2 billion annually in just the U.K. alone. British search out fit Norman Broadbent, which recently raised

The Big Upside In Leadership Training

Leadership training has turned into more than just an evolving interest among executive search firms. It is now seen as a potentially lucrative, bottom line business driver and every search firm is either offering the service in one form or another or about to jump in. Transitioning new hires, especially in their early stages of

Expanding Platforms Set New Direction, Rich Milestones, for Executive Recruiters

The top 50 executive search firms doing business across the Americas reached a new milestone in 2016, collectively generating $3.1 billion in revenue. For the group, top line growth jumped 9.7 percent – a slight slowdown from previous years, but a clear continuation of an incredible run for an industry that just a decade ago was

A Year On From Brexit: ‘Business As Usual’ for Recruiters

A year ago, anyone uttering the word Brexit in the U.K. was looked at with quite a bit of trepidation. At the time, a host of executive recruiters were predicting that any move resulting in a break from the E.U. would be the death knell for their business and the talent industry, especially for those

Executive Search Industry Leaders Offer Up Bold Predictions

Predicting the future could practically be its own business sector. Whether the prognostications are coming from the Magic 8-Ball, Punxsutawney Phil or CNBC’s Jim Cramer, people want to know what lies ahead. So it was that Hunt Scanlon Media rounded up a collection of soothsayers from the search industry to provide their insights about the changes that

Life Sciences and Healthcare Search Firms Tap Outside Talent

As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reshape itself, organizations at the vanguard in the field are looking to renew and refresh their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives who can effect change on many levels. Stepping up to the task are search consultants, recruiting well-rounded individuals who understand science as well as

Meeting Clients at Their Point of Changing Need

Preston Smith emerged recently as a new leader in executive search. He has a unique leadership background of more than 20 years serving both the private and public sectors at the intersection of healthcare, law and business. He’s now president of Tyler & Company, a recruitment firm specializing in finding healthcare, academic and life sciences

Executive Searches Remain a Priority Under Affordable Care Act

Uncertainty over how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take shape could result in life sciences and healthcare companies assuming a ‘wait and see’ mode before investing capital dollars for executive hiring. But the large number of people insured through the ACA has created additional demand for health service – in fact, the industry

Competing for Talent On the Global Stage

The life sciences sector is rapidly expanding – and as it does, the need for senior level executives who can transition and transform businesses within it is accelerating. Specialist recruiters are stepping up by targeting versatile leaders with strong backgrounds in global marketing and finance. One thing is clear: The number of quality candidates isn’t

Why Physician Leaders are Now Trending

Due to the uncertainty and volatility in the U.S. healthcare sector, health systems are now looking more proactively at physician leaders who may be better positioned to relate, communicate and navigate changes on the horizon. To executive recruiters specializing in the sector, they are the new standard-bearers ready to champion the greatest overhaul ever seen

PE Firms Seek ‘Holy Grail’ Leadership

Based on the explosive growth and future expansion possibilities within the life sciences and healthcare fields, venture capital and private equity firms are putting investment capital to work. What’s caught their eye, say recruiters, are two things: disruption and innovation. Both shifts require people and senior leaders to oversee them. As new companies are formed

Advancement Trailblazers: Recruiting Mission and Purpose Driven Leaders

An extension of development and fundraising in academic and non-profit organizations, ‘advancement’ leadership represents not only a change in the wording, but also in the skill set that is now required at the highest levels of these leading institutions. In recent years, both sectors have shifted toward more integrated models of collaboration between communications, marketing,

Seeking Passionate, Consensus-Building Talent

Jim Zaniello is president and founder of Vetted Solutions, a Washington, D.C.- based executive search firm specializing in serving the leadership needs of associations, non-profit organizations, hospitality and destination marketing industries. The firm focuses on recruiting board directors, CEOs and senior staff positions, providing personalized solutions tailored to each client’s needs and employer brand. In

Why Recruiters Fixate On Fundraising Skills

Nearly two million non-profit organizations employ approximately 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion. That figure elevates non-profits as the third-largest employer. “One in 10 jobs in America is a non-profit job. It’s a really significant economic contributor as a sector,” said BoardWalk Consulting managing director Kathy Bremer, whose clients include

Purpose-Driven Focus Fuels Calibre One

Purpose-driven search firms specializing in placing senior-level executives offer up candidates who can foster innovation with meaningful impact. It is a relatively new recruiting specialty that is now in hot demand. Venesa Klein, one of 11 partners at Calibre One, an international search firm with offices in San Francisco, Menlo Park, London, Singapore, Sydney and

Why Charitable Organizations Often Turn to Hybrid Leaders

According to recruiters, chief development officers are in demand as fundraising acumen and having an ability to drive growth are essential skills required to run non-profit and charitable enterprises. When executive search firm Lochlin Partners placed Anthony Sciacca as chief development officer for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) recently, the incoming leader was charged with designing

Recruitment of Academia Presidents On Rise

Reduced state funding, rising tuition costs, soaring student debt and decreased federal research funding have all contributed to a dramatic rise in the role search firms are playing in the recruitment of university presidents and chancellors. Recruiters are adept at managing a process that can be fraught with political and financial intrigue as well as

Gary Burnison

Why Korn Ferry’s CEO Thinks We All Need to Adapt to Change

In a Harvard Business Review article, Korn Ferry’s chief executive Gary D. Burnison once compared a search firm to a hospital emergency room, writing that people only go to the ER – and an executive recruitment firm – in an emergency. “In medicine, big businesses are built around wellness and prevention,” he wrote. “I wanted

The Financial 50: Shifting Focus to Strategic Hiring and Specialization

Recruiting in the financial services sector is once again at a crossroads. As financial institutions emerged from the great meltdown eight years ago, heady times existed for search firms focused on any number of specialized areas within the field. But in the last year to 18 months signs have been emerging of slowing activity, and

Scrambling for Cybersecurity Leaders is Big Business for Recruiters

In the mid-1990s, when Joyce Brocaglia took on her first assignment to help build an information security operation for Citibank, it was a very different world. No one knew how much the Internet would grow and ultimately transform society. Technology was more primitive. Data was less accessible. And the massive connectivity we now taken for

Cybersecurity Recruiting Pioneer Looks Back, and Ahead

Alta Associates has risen over the past 30 years to become the most prominent boutique search firm specializing in the cybersecurity function. Founding CEO Joyce Brocaglia is a highly sought-after strategic advisor to her clients in the areas of information security, risk management and privacy. In the following interview, she discusses the evolution of the

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The Generational Shift: Millennials Entering the C-Suite

By 2025, according to some estimates, Millennials will represent 75 percent of the U.S. workforce, as the Baby Boomer generation retires and younger Millennials continue to enter work. The oldest Millennials are now 37, and some are in management positions; the youngest, at 21, are in their first jobs or still in education or training.

What Do Millennials Value Most?

Sam Mesquita joined Scottsdale, AZ-based executive search firm Govig & Associates last May as marketing communications coordinator. He’s 23. In his role, he manages marketing and branding. He describes himself as a ‘passionate creative’ who loves communications strategy. Anything that falls under the umbrella of marketing, he manages. As a Millennial working in a fast-paced

How to Prepare Millennials For Executive Leadership

Millennials seem to have their very DNA attuned with the hyper connectivity that our world has adopted, John Nimesheim of Slayton Search Partners noted in a recent report. As this generation begins the slow but steady ascent up the corporate ladder, spreading their influence and sharing their purchasing power, how do we prepare them for

Millennials Look to the Non-Profit Sector

Deemed the ‘giving generation,’ Millennials can be one of the non-profit world’s most valuable assets. Sixty percent of Millennials want a sense of purpose in their work and 77 percent chose their job based on that desire, according to the ‘Deloitte Millennial Survey.’ These factors create the perfect environment for non-profits to attract, hire, and

Generations X and Z Can’t Be Forgotten

With so much attention directed at upstart Millennials, employers may be overlooking their employees from the 40-something generation and first generation to know only a digital world, Generations X and Z, respectively. New research out of the U.K. shows that employees from Generation X mirror many of the workplace trends of their younger counterparts in

Sports and Entertainment Expansion Elevating Search Business

Over the last 25 years, sports has grown into a formidable global industry. Historically, professional sports teams operated on a relatively modest level, with league officials, team owners, managers, and coaches surrounding themselves with people they knew and trusted from their own small worlds. College sports teams relied on in-house search committees and word-of-mouth recommendations.

eSports Recruiting Expanding Fast

eSports is a relatively new form of entertainment best known for its use of organized video game competitions between professional players. Taking the executive search industry by storm, eSports has recruiters scrambling to identify senior-level talent to meet the rising demand. A number of non-traditional sports sponsors and executives have entered the eSports industry, which

Why Jed Hughes is Arguably the Best Sports Recruiter in the Business

Simply put, Jed Hughes is the best known recruiter in the sports executive search industry. Not only did he gain practical experience coaching under several Hall of Fame football coaches, his academic credentials are top-flight with a masters degree from Stanford and a Ph.D from Michigan. Mr. Hughes has elevated Korn Ferry’s sports practice to

Help Wanted: Senior Executives Who Can Stimulate Innovation

The sports industry is changing, and the need for talented senior-level executives who can stimulate innovation is in heavy demand. It is a fairly new recruiting concept for some search firms. For others, the transition has been seamless. One of these go-to search consultants is Sucherman Group CEO Erik Sorenson. He is well-versed in media

Sports Recruiting Enters Prime Time

An industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the sports business, Scott Carmichael founded Prodigy Sports in 2007. Now entering his 10th year leading the search firm, Mr. Carmichael has established Prodigy Sports into one of the nation’s premier boutique executive search firms, working with a roster of clients that reads like a

Why Data Analytics Is the New Game Changer for Search Firms

As workforce management paradigms shift to meet 21st century talent needs, HR leaders and executive recruiters are leveraging new tools and capitalizing on analytics to adapt their strategies and address changing trends. As we all know, anyone who’s been put in charge of selecting a new leader has a daunting task in front of them.

Recruiters Shifting to Advisory Roles and Service Customization

Search firms are launching expansive initiatives to move their businesses upstream into leadership consulting. Following similar moves taken by rivals, Russell Reynolds Associates recently launched such a drive. The new approach will allow the nation’s No. 5 recruiter to extend its reach further into the C-suite, where its consultants can achieve maximum productivity, and margins.

The Stakes for Talent are Higher Than Ever

With more than 400 consultants in 47 offices around the world, Russell Reynolds Associates works closely with public, private and non-profit organizations across all industries and regions. Constantine Alexandrakis, leads the firm’s U.S. business as well as the global leadership & succession practice. In the following interview, he discusses the current landscape of the executive

Expanding the Traditional Recruitment Model

TalentRISE, a Chicago-based executive search firm, has developed a new approach to talent acquisition that seems to be catching on with clients. The firm’s CEO, Rick Gray, acknowledged several years ago that an ever-increasing percentage of the workforce is choosing or has made the choice to work as independent contractors. Mimicking that trend, TalentRISE itself

Why Interim Hiring Will Soon Be Big Business in the U.S.

Overseas, hiring interim talent for short term leadership needs has been a compelling option for companies for years. According to recruiters who specialize in the space, interim recruiting is big business – and getting bigger. It generates around $2 billion annually in just the U.K. alone. British search out fit Norman Broadbent, which recently raised

The Big Upside In Leadership Training

Leadership training has turned into more than just an evolving interest among executive search firms. It is now seen as a potentially lucrative, bottom line business driver and every search firm is either offering the service in one form or another or about to jump in. Transitioning new hires, especially in their early stages of

Expanding Platforms Set New Direction, Rich Milestones, for Executive Recruiters

The top 50 executive search firms doing business across the Americas reached a new milestone in 2016, collectively generating $3.1 billion in revenue. For the group, top line growth jumped 9.7 percent – a slight slowdown from previous years, but a clear continuation of an incredible run for an industry that just a decade ago was

A Year On From Brexit: ‘Business As Usual’ for Recruiters

A year ago, anyone uttering the word Brexit in the U.K. was looked at with quite a bit of trepidation. At the time, a host of executive recruiters were predicting that any move resulting in a break from the E.U. would be the death knell for their business and the talent industry, especially for those

Executive Search Industry Leaders Offer Up Bold Predictions

Predicting the future could practically be its own business sector. Whether the prognostications are coming from the Magic 8-Ball, Punxsutawney Phil or CNBC’s Jim Cramer, people want to know what lies ahead. So it was that Hunt Scanlon Media rounded up a collection of soothsayers from the search industry to provide their insights about the changes that

Life Sciences and Healthcare Search Firms Tap Outside Talent

As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reshape itself, organizations at the vanguard in the field are looking to renew and refresh their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives who can effect change on many levels. Stepping up to the task are search consultants, recruiting well-rounded individuals who understand science as well as

Meeting Clients at Their Point of Changing Need

Preston Smith emerged recently as a new leader in executive search. He has a unique leadership background of more than 20 years serving both the private and public sectors at the intersection of healthcare, law and business. He’s now president of Tyler & Company, a recruitment firm specializing in finding healthcare, academic and life sciences

Executive Searches Remain a Priority Under Affordable Care Act

Uncertainty over how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take shape could result in life sciences and healthcare companies assuming a ‘wait and see’ mode before investing capital dollars for executive hiring. But the large number of people insured through the ACA has created additional demand for health service – in fact, the industry

Competing for Talent On the Global Stage

The life sciences sector is rapidly expanding – and as it does, the need for senior level executives who can transition and transform businesses within it is accelerating. Specialist recruiters are stepping up by targeting versatile leaders with strong backgrounds in global marketing and finance. One thing is clear: The number of quality candidates isn’t

Why Physician Leaders are Now Trending

Due to the uncertainty and volatility in the U.S. healthcare sector, health systems are now looking more proactively at physician leaders who may be better positioned to relate, communicate and navigate changes on the horizon. To executive recruiters specializing in the sector, they are the new standard-bearers ready to champion the greatest overhaul ever seen

PE Firms Seek ‘Holy Grail’ Leadership

Based on the explosive growth and future expansion possibilities within the life sciences and healthcare fields, venture capital and private equity firms are putting investment capital to work. What’s caught their eye, say recruiters, are two things: disruption and innovation. Both shifts require people and senior leaders to oversee them. As new companies are formed

Advancement Trailblazers: Recruiting Mission and Purpose Driven Leaders

An extension of development and fundraising in academic and non-profit organizations, ‘advancement’ leadership represents not only a change in the wording, but also in the skill set that is now required at the highest levels of these leading institutions. In recent years, both sectors have shifted toward more integrated models of collaboration between communications, marketing,

Seeking Passionate, Consensus-Building Talent

Jim Zaniello is president and founder of Vetted Solutions, a Washington, D.C.- based executive search firm specializing in serving the leadership needs of associations, non-profit organizations, hospitality and destination marketing industries. The firm focuses on recruiting board directors, CEOs and senior staff positions, providing personalized solutions tailored to each client’s needs and employer brand. In

Why Recruiters Fixate On Fundraising Skills

Nearly two million non-profit organizations employ approximately 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion. That figure elevates non-profits as the third-largest employer. “One in 10 jobs in America is a non-profit job. It’s a really significant economic contributor as a sector,” said BoardWalk Consulting managing director Kathy Bremer, whose clients include

Purpose-Driven Focus Fuels Calibre One

Purpose-driven search firms specializing in placing senior-level executives offer up candidates who can foster innovation with meaningful impact. It is a relatively new recruiting specialty that is now in hot demand. Venesa Klein, one of 11 partners at Calibre One, an international search firm with offices in San Francisco, Menlo Park, London, Singapore, Sydney and

Why Charitable Organizations Often Turn to Hybrid Leaders

According to recruiters, chief development officers are in demand as fundraising acumen and having an ability to drive growth are essential skills required to run non-profit and charitable enterprises. When executive search firm Lochlin Partners placed Anthony Sciacca as chief development officer for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) recently, the incoming leader was charged with designing

Recruitment of Academia Presidents On Rise

Reduced state funding, rising tuition costs, soaring student debt and decreased federal research funding have all contributed to a dramatic rise in the role search firms are playing in the recruitment of university presidents and chancellors. Recruiters are adept at managing a process that can be fraught with political and financial intrigue as well as

Gary Burnison

Why Korn Ferry’s CEO Thinks We All Need to Adapt to Change

In a Harvard Business Review article, Korn Ferry’s chief executive Gary D. Burnison once compared a search firm to a hospital emergency room, writing that people only go to the ER – and an executive recruitment firm – in an emergency. “In medicine, big businesses are built around wellness and prevention,” he wrote. “I wanted

The Financial 50: Shifting Focus to Strategic Hiring and Specialization

Recruiting in the financial services sector is once again at a crossroads. As financial institutions emerged from the great meltdown eight years ago, heady times existed for search firms focused on any number of specialized areas within the field. But in the last year to 18 months signs have been emerging of slowing activity, and

Scrambling for Cybersecurity Leaders is Big Business for Recruiters

In the mid-1990s, when Joyce Brocaglia took on her first assignment to help build an information security operation for Citibank, it was a very different world. No one knew how much the Internet would grow and ultimately transform society. Technology was more primitive. Data was less accessible. And the massive connectivity we now taken for

Cybersecurity Recruiting Pioneer Looks Back, and Ahead

Alta Associates has risen over the past 30 years to become the most prominent boutique search firm specializing in the cybersecurity function. Founding CEO Joyce Brocaglia is a highly sought-after strategic advisor to her clients in the areas of information security, risk management and privacy. In the following interview, she discusses the evolution of the

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