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Inside the Legendary Career of Gerry Roche

He is the ultimate Kingmaker. Gerry Roche, clearly one of the most recognizable names in the long history of executive search, has placed hundreds of top CEOs, board members and other senior executives over his long career. He has also changed business history. His 1983 recruitment of John Sculley from PepsiCo to the CEO post

Jack On Gerry: “It’s All About The Chemistry”

As CEO of GE from 1981 to 2001, Jack Welch set new standards on how CEOs lead and manage, and along the way he revolutionized the company. One of his greatest achievements was identifying and developing great talent, and many who worked for GE during his tenure blossomed professionally. One result was that GE became

As Life Sciences Expands – Bench International Sits at the Epicenter

According to the Coalition of Bioscience Institutes’ Life Sciences Workforce Trends Report 2014, national employment in the U.S. life sciences industry totaled 1.62 million last year spanning over 73,000 companies. Life sciences, which comprises the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms as well as related considerations like bioethics, is flourishing

Women In Search: The New Corporate Gatekeepers

The last 25 years have brought significant advancement for women in the talent management profession. The unprecedented numbers of those coming into the field, taking on leadership roles, starting their own firms, and winning prestigious assignments has transformed the recruiting business. It is at such a point, in fact, that many female recruiters feel confident

As Lester Korn Retires, Succession Plan Set In Motion

Twenty-three years ago when the article below first appeared in Executive Search Review (May 1991), the executive recruiting business was truly a cottage industry. Korn Ferry’s global revenues topped just $100 million back then; in 2014 the firm will likely exceed $1billion in generated fees. Then, like now, Korn Ferry was ranked No. 1 in the talent

The Importance Of Recruiting The Right CFO

The challenge of identifying the most qualified CFO has traditionally fallen to executive search consultants who scour global talent markets for the professional with the best fit. Sitting at the apex of this group is recruiting firm Crist|Kolder Associates. Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, Crist|Kolder has recruited some of the most influential CFOs for organizations including:

Recruiting Business Up Nine Percent

For the third year in a row the top recruiting firms in the U.S./Americas region posted a nine percent growth rate, accounting for the bulk of the worldwide talent acquisition market. So flush is business in the U.S., this year’s Hunt Scanlon Media ranking was expanded from 25 to 40 search firms. “We benefited heavily from

Jason Hanold

The Emergence of In-House Recruiting

With retained executive search fees still holding at a steady one-third of estimated first year compensation and with major companies trimming large sums from their recruitment budgets, there is a growing trend by scores of public and private companies in the U.S. to turn inward and hand the recruitment reins over to in-house search professionals

Korn Ferry Nears $1 Billion In Revenue; Zehnder Sees Part European ‘Crisis’

With a stunning year of growth under its belt, Korn Ferry is now poised to be the first executive search firm to break the billion dollar mark. It has been an impressive transformation-in-the-making at the world’s largest publicly-traded talent provider in recent years – whose core business now encompasses C-suite and middle management recruiting, leadership

Chicagoland Top 40: Recruiting Market Is Booming

Next to New York and London, Chicago and its surrounding environs – commonly referred to as “Chicagoland” – has thrived for decades as one of the most important global recruiting hubs in the talent acquisition field. But an unusual and fairly recent confluence of factors is making it a true standout in the ever-expanding race

Heidrick Signals Shift In Strategy With Outside Pick As CEO

Heidrick & Struggles’ unlikely choice of ex-Goldman Sachs veteran Tracy R. Wolstencroft as its next president and CEO could signal the firm’s intention to makeover – but not reverse – its strategy as a public company. Mr. Wolstencroft is a distinct outsider to the headhunting industry, having cut his teeth in the professional services environment

Sustainability Sector Sees Growing Need For Talent

As the world moves toward a cleaner and greener existence, sustainability companies that serve this business discipline are increasingly focused on bringing on new generations of senior talent to lead them through the next phase of their continued growth. Sustainability encompasses clean and green technology, renewable energy and other environmental-based initiatives. Today, this multi-billion dollar

Nuances not for profit

The Nuances Of Not-for-Profit Search

The not-for-profit industry is like no other: it is a special sector that promotes a wide range of institutions for the betterment of society. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million not-for-profit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of

The Importance Of Being A Recruiting Specialist

Being a true market master in executive search is critical to the success of any firm whose consultants must understand the complicated landscape in which they work. Top professionals must possess a full working knowledge of specific industries or functional disciplines which allow them to work as effectively as possible with their corporate counterparts to

African American Named To Run 10th Largest Recruiter

At Diversified Search, the tenth largest U.S. recruiter has tapped long time industry veteran, Dale E. Jones, to take the helm of the Philadelphia-based search outfit. As president, Mr. Jones becomes the first African American put into position to lead a major American search firm. Chairman and CEO Judith M. von Seldeneck, who founded Diversified

Nosal Sentencing Delayed

Six months ago, David Nosal, chairman & CEO of San Francisco-based Nosal Partners, was convicted of all charges in a six-count indictment by a federal jury that found that Mr. Nosal had conspired to gain unauthorized access to the computer system of his former employer, Korn/Ferry International, and to illegally obtaining its trade secrets in

The Search For A New Chief At Heidrick & Struggles Roll On

Heidrick & Struggles, the world’s fourth largest recruiter and No. 3 in the U.S./Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, continues its search for a new leader amid continued defections of some of the firm’s top recruiters. Heidrick’s most important in-house appointment in years is being led by Heidrick veterans Jeff Sanders and Bonnie Gwin, who

Executive Search Industry Grows In U.S.

Executive search trend data compiled by Hunt Scanlon Media shows an industry growing domestically, declining globally and struggling with changing dynamics within its core recruitment service offerings. The Executive Search Review 2013 rankings study released by HSZ Media reports that the top 25 U.S. and Americas search firms grew by nine percent last year; the top

Trends For women In Business

Recruiting Pioneer Discusses Trends For Women In business

Judith M. von Seldeneck is founder, chairman and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. Ms. von Seldeneck has been a pioneer in the search industry for 35 years and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. She has received numerous industry awards and has been active on a number of corporate boards

Global Search Firm Bets On China As Hiring In Europe Slows

Damien I. O’Brien is focused like a laser beam on China. As chief executive of Egon Zehnder, Mr. O’Brien is now guiding a firm that has dominated Europe for decades through the intricacies of recruiting talent in the world’s largest economy. “Our big focus is China,” he said. Zehnder today has just over five percent

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Inside the Legendary Career of Gerry Roche

He is the ultimate Kingmaker. Gerry Roche, clearly one of the most recognizable names in the long history of executive search, has placed hundreds of top CEOs, board members and other senior executives over his long career. He has also changed business history. His 1983 recruitment of John Sculley from PepsiCo to the CEO post

Jack On Gerry: “It’s All About The Chemistry”

As CEO of GE from 1981 to 2001, Jack Welch set new standards on how CEOs lead and manage, and along the way he revolutionized the company. One of his greatest achievements was identifying and developing great talent, and many who worked for GE during his tenure blossomed professionally. One result was that GE became

As Life Sciences Expands – Bench International Sits at the Epicenter

According to the Coalition of Bioscience Institutes’ Life Sciences Workforce Trends Report 2014, national employment in the U.S. life sciences industry totaled 1.62 million last year spanning over 73,000 companies. Life sciences, which comprises the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms as well as related considerations like bioethics, is flourishing

Women In Search: The New Corporate Gatekeepers

The last 25 years have brought significant advancement for women in the talent management profession. The unprecedented numbers of those coming into the field, taking on leadership roles, starting their own firms, and winning prestigious assignments has transformed the recruiting business. It is at such a point, in fact, that many female recruiters feel confident

As Lester Korn Retires, Succession Plan Set In Motion

Twenty-three years ago when the article below first appeared in Executive Search Review (May 1991), the executive recruiting business was truly a cottage industry. Korn Ferry’s global revenues topped just $100 million back then; in 2014 the firm will likely exceed $1billion in generated fees. Then, like now, Korn Ferry was ranked No. 1 in the talent

The Importance Of Recruiting The Right CFO

The challenge of identifying the most qualified CFO has traditionally fallen to executive search consultants who scour global talent markets for the professional with the best fit. Sitting at the apex of this group is recruiting firm Crist|Kolder Associates. Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, Crist|Kolder has recruited some of the most influential CFOs for organizations including:

Recruiting Business Up Nine Percent

For the third year in a row the top recruiting firms in the U.S./Americas region posted a nine percent growth rate, accounting for the bulk of the worldwide talent acquisition market. So flush is business in the U.S., this year’s Hunt Scanlon Media ranking was expanded from 25 to 40 search firms. “We benefited heavily from

Jason Hanold

The Emergence of In-House Recruiting

With retained executive search fees still holding at a steady one-third of estimated first year compensation and with major companies trimming large sums from their recruitment budgets, there is a growing trend by scores of public and private companies in the U.S. to turn inward and hand the recruitment reins over to in-house search professionals

Korn Ferry Nears $1 Billion In Revenue; Zehnder Sees Part European ‘Crisis’

With a stunning year of growth under its belt, Korn Ferry is now poised to be the first executive search firm to break the billion dollar mark. It has been an impressive transformation-in-the-making at the world’s largest publicly-traded talent provider in recent years – whose core business now encompasses C-suite and middle management recruiting, leadership

Chicagoland Top 40: Recruiting Market Is Booming

Next to New York and London, Chicago and its surrounding environs – commonly referred to as “Chicagoland” – has thrived for decades as one of the most important global recruiting hubs in the talent acquisition field. But an unusual and fairly recent confluence of factors is making it a true standout in the ever-expanding race

Heidrick Signals Shift In Strategy With Outside Pick As CEO

Heidrick & Struggles’ unlikely choice of ex-Goldman Sachs veteran Tracy R. Wolstencroft as its next president and CEO could signal the firm’s intention to makeover – but not reverse – its strategy as a public company. Mr. Wolstencroft is a distinct outsider to the headhunting industry, having cut his teeth in the professional services environment

Sustainability Sector Sees Growing Need For Talent

As the world moves toward a cleaner and greener existence, sustainability companies that serve this business discipline are increasingly focused on bringing on new generations of senior talent to lead them through the next phase of their continued growth. Sustainability encompasses clean and green technology, renewable energy and other environmental-based initiatives. Today, this multi-billion dollar

Nuances not for profit

The Nuances Of Not-for-Profit Search

The not-for-profit industry is like no other: it is a special sector that promotes a wide range of institutions for the betterment of society. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million not-for-profit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of

The Importance Of Being A Recruiting Specialist

Being a true market master in executive search is critical to the success of any firm whose consultants must understand the complicated landscape in which they work. Top professionals must possess a full working knowledge of specific industries or functional disciplines which allow them to work as effectively as possible with their corporate counterparts to

African American Named To Run 10th Largest Recruiter

At Diversified Search, the tenth largest U.S. recruiter has tapped long time industry veteran, Dale E. Jones, to take the helm of the Philadelphia-based search outfit. As president, Mr. Jones becomes the first African American put into position to lead a major American search firm. Chairman and CEO Judith M. von Seldeneck, who founded Diversified

Nosal Sentencing Delayed

Six months ago, David Nosal, chairman & CEO of San Francisco-based Nosal Partners, was convicted of all charges in a six-count indictment by a federal jury that found that Mr. Nosal had conspired to gain unauthorized access to the computer system of his former employer, Korn/Ferry International, and to illegally obtaining its trade secrets in

The Search For A New Chief At Heidrick & Struggles Roll On

Heidrick & Struggles, the world’s fourth largest recruiter and No. 3 in the U.S./Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, continues its search for a new leader amid continued defections of some of the firm’s top recruiters. Heidrick’s most important in-house appointment in years is being led by Heidrick veterans Jeff Sanders and Bonnie Gwin, who

Executive Search Industry Grows In U.S.

Executive search trend data compiled by Hunt Scanlon Media shows an industry growing domestically, declining globally and struggling with changing dynamics within its core recruitment service offerings. The Executive Search Review 2013 rankings study released by HSZ Media reports that the top 25 U.S. and Americas search firms grew by nine percent last year; the top

Trends For women In Business

Recruiting Pioneer Discusses Trends For Women In business

Judith M. von Seldeneck is founder, chairman and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. Ms. von Seldeneck has been a pioneer in the search industry for 35 years and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. She has received numerous industry awards and has been active on a number of corporate boards

Global Search Firm Bets On China As Hiring In Europe Slows

Damien I. O’Brien is focused like a laser beam on China. As chief executive of Egon Zehnder, Mr. O’Brien is now guiding a firm that has dominated Europe for decades through the intricacies of recruiting talent in the world’s largest economy. “Our big focus is China,” he said. Zehnder today has just over five percent