Fähren Adds Vice President of Growth to Build Recruiting Practice

April 29, 2019 – Digital talent and boutique consultancy Fähren has added Susan Rylance as vice president of growth. She will build a new executive search and recruiting practice for the organization.

“Susan has been a leader in the digital talent space in Minneapolis for years,” said Jim Cuene, co-founder and CEO of Fähren. “I was lucky enough to get to be her client when I was on the corporate side, and I watched how she grew digital people and other talent driven businesses.”

Fähren offers clients senior-level digital talent on a contract, project and fractional basis. It also provides guidance and advice on digital strategy, portfolio, talent and delivery.

“When we started Fahren, we set out to create a leadership company,” said Mr. Cuene. “Our goal was to help companies compete and win during a time of rapid digital change. Our next step is to add another service offering, retained executive search to help our clients fill their digital leadership roles permanently. We think it’s a logical extension to our current offerings.”

“Beyond helping our clients, we also see this offering as another way to be valuable to the consultants and leaders in our network,” Mr. Cuene said. “We want to be able to help them find the work they love, in the right kind of organizations, on their own terms. By building an executive search practice at Fahren, we’re creating more ways to be helpful to the talent folks we meet every day who seeking new ways to advance their careers.”

Ms. Rylance is founder of SynThesis, which helps clients generate top-line revenue by creating client-value through sales and marketing alignment and strategies. Before that, she was SVP, professional services and marketing for Atterro Human Capital Group.

Offering Search Solutions

Over the past year, a number of other organizations have expanded their retained executive search services or added them to their respective offerings as the top-end talent sector heats up globally. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

H. Leiner & Co. Corporate & Non-Profit Solutions launched of a new division that will focus on executive search and professional placement for the non-profit sector. “There is a significant need for this service and the decision to expand into this niche market is in response to the sheer demand,” said the company. 

Cielo, a strategic recruitment process outsourcing firm, is bringing its executive search experts into a global practice under the Cielo brand. Craig Pointon becomes Cielo’s EVP and global head of executive search. “It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that the executive search industry hasn’t evolved at the pace of the rest of the recruitment industry.” 

London-based Publicis Media has launched an executive search practice which will be led by veteran executive recruiter Julie Jeantet. Ms. Jeantet will work closely with existing senior recruiters Mary Hurlock-Murphy and Marcus Wainer and will oversee Publicis Media’s internal talent mobility program for leaders.

Tigard, OR-based Motus Recruiting and Staffing has formed a new executive search division within the company focused on identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs. “Motus has built a strong reputation of providing exceptional talent and we will now complement those successes with the addition of our executive and retained search services.”

Molloy Associates, a recruiting firm exclusively serving the equipment finance industry, recently launched an executive search division. The newly formed unit will be led by Bill Purcell who joins the company as senior vice president and client partner. Mr. Purcell has more than 30 years of executive management experience in the equipment finance industry. 

LifeSci Partners, a life sciences-focused consultancy, has launched LifeSci Search, a global executive recruitment service. It was founded “to address the broad deficiencies in the life sciences recruitment market largely centered around the specialization required for life sciences clients,” the firm said.

MediaLink, an Ascentia-owned advisory company, has appointed Trish Shortell as managing director, executive search, based in its New York office. In her role, she will lead the firm’s executive search practice and will report to Michael Kassan, MediaLink’s chairman and CEO.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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