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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.

Super Trends Shifting the Market for Healthcare Leaders

The healthcare industry is being buffeted by change, and by forces that go well beyond the global pandemic. There are a few key “Super Trends” that are shaping the way that organizations hire, and retain, top leadership. As a principal in WittKieffer’s interim leadership practice, Adam Burns sees interim executives as one key solution to

Top HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs Cutting New Path Forward

More and more, CEOs have recognized the strategic role the human resources function plays in the core strategic issues their companies face, including growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, increased board oversight, and evolving governance and reporting. HR can also ensure that clear changes are made to recruitment and capability-building processes by determining the characteristics

Spotlight: Shaping the Future: The Meaning and Importance of DE&I

Val Lopez, Ashley Schiele, Lisa Butkus and Mayank Parikh are partners with Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive, a boutique executive search firm focused on HR and diversity and inclusion officers. Its client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything the firm does. Its clients

Spotlight: HR’s Evolving Role in the C-Suite

Kenneth Roldan is the founder and chief executive officer of WB&B Executive Search, a Hispanic-owned minority business enterprise with a focus on diversity and inclusion. The firm concentrates on finding talent for academia, not-for-profit organizations, corporate America and government agencies. Among its long client roster: Unum, Microban, Akron Children’s Hospital, Thrivent, The Wendy’s Co., Bell

Odgers Berndtson Appoints Head of Diversity

Odgers Berndtson has named Ryna Young as partner and head of diversity. “We are proud to be a leader in our industry as we appoint Ryna Young as head of diversity,” said Carl Lovas, chair and chief executive officer of Odgers Berndtson Canada. “We are deeply committed to creating an equitable client and colleague experience.

Are Today’s HR Leaders Ready for Tomorrow’s Challenges?

The future of work will be different from the past. But the extent to which the future of work relies on HR leaders has also never been clearer, according to a new report by Russell Reynolds Associates’ Anna Penfold, Harsonal Sachar and Alix Stuart. The pandemic has accelerated a move to a distributed workforce, redefining

August Leadership Adds Diversity Search And Leadership Consulting Practice

August Leadership recently expanded its scope by adding a diversity, equity & inclusion search and leadership consulting practice to its portfolio. “Our diversity, equity and inclusion search and consulting practice provides clients with a holistic approach to this space in addition to our direct support to boards, CEOs and CHROs with the overall understanding of

Emerging From the Pandemic, Private Equity Recruiting Takes Off

Private equity firms have been pulling strongly in a direction all their own, not only bucking the challenges impacting other businesses but clearly passing key inflection points for growth. According to Dominic Lévesque, president of Tatum: “We’re seeing huge reserves of dry powder on tap, and along with it, sky-high valuations,” he said. “Small wonder,

Spotlight: The Current Need for Private Equity Leaders

Lynda Robey, Jeff Hocking and Ballie Parker are partners with ON Partners. With a primary focus on technology, consumer, industrial and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-level and board talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. ON Partners was also named of the one fastest

Spotlight: Using AI to Find the Right Executive Talent

Matt Chambers is the co-founder and CEO of Loxo, a global provider of artificial intelligence recruitment automation software. The company helps 125,000-plus recruiters identify, engage and hire the very best possible candidates for every job while eliminating 80 percent of the work over traditional recruitment methods. Mr. Chambers recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon to

The Rise of the Private Equity Chief Talent Officer

While drawing down on committed funds and having capital “at work” is most people’s core understanding of what the modern private equity firm does, having the right human capital in place to maximize return-on-assets and marshal the firm’s capital adequately is of equal critical importance. Against this backdrop, it is perhaps a logical development to

Recruiting Entrepreneur Makes Seven-Figure Investment in ZRG

ZRG, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has elected Hamilton Bradshaw CEO James Caan to its board of directors. Mr. Caan has made a personal seven-figure investment in the company. “We are thrilled to add James Caan to our board of directors,” said CEO Larry Hartmann. “He brings a

How PE Firms Can Attract the Best Portfolio Leadership

The global private equity sector is more than three times bigger than it was just 10 years ago. How can PE firms ensure that they are attracting the best talent to lead their portfolio companies? Despite a COVID-induced 22 percent downturn in private equity fundraising and deal volume in 2020, the broader multi-year trend is

As Retail Sector Pivots, Investment in Talent is New Priority

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

Spotlight: Evolution & Acceleration of Trends in the Consumer Goods/Retail Sector

Doug Ehrenkranz is the North America regional practice co-leader – consumer goods and retail practice at Boyden. His focus is on the consumer goods, CPG, retail, and industrial sectors, including oilfield and industrial services, chemical, and food ingredients, mainstream food and beverage, durables and health and beauty products, as well as natural and organic. Mr.

Spotlight: Challenges Finding Senior Leaders in the Retail Sector

Pamela Ruebusch is the founder and owner of TSI Group. When she started the business over two decades ago, her goal was to create a firm that delivered the best available talent and executive search services primarily to the supply chain industry throughout North America. Her entrepreneurial drive and strategic vision has enabled her to

Five Top Characteristics of Top Cannabis Executives

The cannabis industry has seen extraordinary growth of late due to increasing decriminalization and legalization across many states. In 2020, cannabis sales hit a record $17.5 billion, which was a 46 percent increase from 2019. Market analysts project that the cannabis industry could skyrocket to $100 billion in the U.S. by 2030. Cannabis is legal

Hanold Associates Launches Retail and Luxury Goods Practice

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched a retail and luxury goods practice and named Lisa Butkus as the practice leader. Hanold Associates has led numerous high-profile searches for members of this industry, including finding HR, diversity and other leaders for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Beautycounter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney,

Is the Chief Commercial Officer the New Star of Retail Financial Services?

The world of retail financial services is changing constantly, according to recruiters focused on the sector. Thanks to the ever-evolving regulatory environment, digital banking becoming native, and the rise of challenger banks and disruptors in the credit and payment space, the range of skills needed in the C-suite are broader than ever. Not to mention

Disruption in Financial Services Presents Big Opportunities for Recruiters

The profile of modern financial services leaders continues to change amid the sector’s renewed focus on customers for revenue growth, service digitalization, a renewed focus on risk management, and increasing investor and regulatory scrutiny, according to executive recruiters. The COVID-19 crisis has only heightened the need for top talent that has the ability to pivot and

Spotlight: Recruiting Investment Executives and Adjusting to New Business Climate

Michael Goodman began his career in executive search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the alternative investment industry ever since. In April of 2004 , he launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Mr. Goodman has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including portfolio management, trading, research, risk management, marketing,

Spotlight: Adaptation is Now Key When Recruiting Top Finance Executives

Jeanne Branthover is managing partner of the global financial services practice and North American executive committee member at DHR International. She closely partners with her global clients on senior level searches personally managing each assignment. Known for her hands-on approach she consults with her clients on succession planning, organizational change, precision hiring and talent management. Ms.

Pandemic Fallout: Sudden Surge In CFO Exits

The pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily. Bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants. Answering constant calls from investors and board directors. And, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. A new Korn Ferry report, authored

A Better Path to Boosting Diversity in Financial Services

In many ways, the racial awakenings of 2020 opened the eyes of banking executives and their boards to a reality that diverse employees have known and experienced for decades: Getting to the C-suite is tougher for women and underrepresented minorities throughout financial services than for their white and male counterparts, according to a report by

JM Search Expands CFO/Financial Officers Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently added Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the firm’s CFO / financial officers practice. “We are thrilled to add Stephen and Ryan to our team,” said Drew Pressmen, who leads the practice. “I’m proud of the exceptional talent we are

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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.

Super Trends Shifting the Market for Healthcare Leaders

The healthcare industry is being buffeted by change, and by forces that go well beyond the global pandemic. There are a few key “Super Trends” that are shaping the way that organizations hire, and retain, top leadership. As a principal in WittKieffer’s interim leadership practice, Adam Burns sees interim executives as one key solution to

Top HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs Cutting New Path Forward

More and more, CEOs have recognized the strategic role the human resources function plays in the core strategic issues their companies face, including growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, increased board oversight, and evolving governance and reporting. HR can also ensure that clear changes are made to recruitment and capability-building processes by determining the characteristics

Spotlight: Shaping the Future: The Meaning and Importance of DE&I

Val Lopez, Ashley Schiele, Lisa Butkus and Mayank Parikh are partners with Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive, a boutique executive search firm focused on HR and diversity and inclusion officers. Its client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything the firm does. Its clients

Spotlight: HR’s Evolving Role in the C-Suite

Kenneth Roldan is the founder and chief executive officer of WB&B Executive Search, a Hispanic-owned minority business enterprise with a focus on diversity and inclusion. The firm concentrates on finding talent for academia, not-for-profit organizations, corporate America and government agencies. Among its long client roster: Unum, Microban, Akron Children’s Hospital, Thrivent, The Wendy’s Co., Bell

Odgers Berndtson Appoints Head of Diversity

Odgers Berndtson has named Ryna Young as partner and head of diversity. “We are proud to be a leader in our industry as we appoint Ryna Young as head of diversity,” said Carl Lovas, chair and chief executive officer of Odgers Berndtson Canada. “We are deeply committed to creating an equitable client and colleague experience.

Are Today’s HR Leaders Ready for Tomorrow’s Challenges?

The future of work will be different from the past. But the extent to which the future of work relies on HR leaders has also never been clearer, according to a new report by Russell Reynolds Associates’ Anna Penfold, Harsonal Sachar and Alix Stuart. The pandemic has accelerated a move to a distributed workforce, redefining

August Leadership Adds Diversity Search And Leadership Consulting Practice

August Leadership recently expanded its scope by adding a diversity, equity & inclusion search and leadership consulting practice to its portfolio. “Our diversity, equity and inclusion search and consulting practice provides clients with a holistic approach to this space in addition to our direct support to boards, CEOs and CHROs with the overall understanding of

Emerging From the Pandemic, Private Equity Recruiting Takes Off

Private equity firms have been pulling strongly in a direction all their own, not only bucking the challenges impacting other businesses but clearly passing key inflection points for growth. According to Dominic Lévesque, president of Tatum: “We’re seeing huge reserves of dry powder on tap, and along with it, sky-high valuations,” he said. “Small wonder,

Spotlight: The Current Need for Private Equity Leaders

Lynda Robey, Jeff Hocking and Ballie Parker are partners with ON Partners. With a primary focus on technology, consumer, industrial and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-level and board talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. ON Partners was also named of the one fastest

Spotlight: Using AI to Find the Right Executive Talent

Matt Chambers is the co-founder and CEO of Loxo, a global provider of artificial intelligence recruitment automation software. The company helps 125,000-plus recruiters identify, engage and hire the very best possible candidates for every job while eliminating 80 percent of the work over traditional recruitment methods. Mr. Chambers recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon to

The Rise of the Private Equity Chief Talent Officer

While drawing down on committed funds and having capital “at work” is most people’s core understanding of what the modern private equity firm does, having the right human capital in place to maximize return-on-assets and marshal the firm’s capital adequately is of equal critical importance. Against this backdrop, it is perhaps a logical development to

Recruiting Entrepreneur Makes Seven-Figure Investment in ZRG

ZRG, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has elected Hamilton Bradshaw CEO James Caan to its board of directors. Mr. Caan has made a personal seven-figure investment in the company. “We are thrilled to add James Caan to our board of directors,” said CEO Larry Hartmann. “He brings a

How PE Firms Can Attract the Best Portfolio Leadership

The global private equity sector is more than three times bigger than it was just 10 years ago. How can PE firms ensure that they are attracting the best talent to lead their portfolio companies? Despite a COVID-induced 22 percent downturn in private equity fundraising and deal volume in 2020, the broader multi-year trend is

As Retail Sector Pivots, Investment in Talent is New Priority

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

Spotlight: Evolution & Acceleration of Trends in the Consumer Goods/Retail Sector

Doug Ehrenkranz is the North America regional practice co-leader – consumer goods and retail practice at Boyden. His focus is on the consumer goods, CPG, retail, and industrial sectors, including oilfield and industrial services, chemical, and food ingredients, mainstream food and beverage, durables and health and beauty products, as well as natural and organic. Mr.

Spotlight: Challenges Finding Senior Leaders in the Retail Sector

Pamela Ruebusch is the founder and owner of TSI Group. When she started the business over two decades ago, her goal was to create a firm that delivered the best available talent and executive search services primarily to the supply chain industry throughout North America. Her entrepreneurial drive and strategic vision has enabled her to

Five Top Characteristics of Top Cannabis Executives

The cannabis industry has seen extraordinary growth of late due to increasing decriminalization and legalization across many states. In 2020, cannabis sales hit a record $17.5 billion, which was a 46 percent increase from 2019. Market analysts project that the cannabis industry could skyrocket to $100 billion in the U.S. by 2030. Cannabis is legal

Hanold Associates Launches Retail and Luxury Goods Practice

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched a retail and luxury goods practice and named Lisa Butkus as the practice leader. Hanold Associates has led numerous high-profile searches for members of this industry, including finding HR, diversity and other leaders for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Beautycounter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney,

Is the Chief Commercial Officer the New Star of Retail Financial Services?

The world of retail financial services is changing constantly, according to recruiters focused on the sector. Thanks to the ever-evolving regulatory environment, digital banking becoming native, and the rise of challenger banks and disruptors in the credit and payment space, the range of skills needed in the C-suite are broader than ever. Not to mention

Disruption in Financial Services Presents Big Opportunities for Recruiters

The profile of modern financial services leaders continues to change amid the sector’s renewed focus on customers for revenue growth, service digitalization, a renewed focus on risk management, and increasing investor and regulatory scrutiny, according to executive recruiters. The COVID-19 crisis has only heightened the need for top talent that has the ability to pivot and

Spotlight: Recruiting Investment Executives and Adjusting to New Business Climate

Michael Goodman began his career in executive search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the alternative investment industry ever since. In April of 2004 , he launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Mr. Goodman has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including portfolio management, trading, research, risk management, marketing,

Spotlight: Adaptation is Now Key When Recruiting Top Finance Executives

Jeanne Branthover is managing partner of the global financial services practice and North American executive committee member at DHR International. She closely partners with her global clients on senior level searches personally managing each assignment. Known for her hands-on approach she consults with her clients on succession planning, organizational change, precision hiring and talent management. Ms.

Pandemic Fallout: Sudden Surge In CFO Exits

The pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily. Bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants. Answering constant calls from investors and board directors. And, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. A new Korn Ferry report, authored

A Better Path to Boosting Diversity in Financial Services

In many ways, the racial awakenings of 2020 opened the eyes of banking executives and their boards to a reality that diverse employees have known and experienced for decades: Getting to the C-suite is tougher for women and underrepresented minorities throughout financial services than for their white and male counterparts, according to a report by

JM Search Expands CFO/Financial Officers Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently added Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the firm’s CFO / financial officers practice. “We are thrilled to add Stephen and Ryan to our team,” said Drew Pressmen, who leads the practice. “I’m proud of the exceptional talent we are