March 21, 2018 – An array of new recruiting firms has been launching around the world in recent months. The latest: Flashlight Partners, an executive recruitment firm based in Carmel, IN, has opened for business.
“I believe that one should live intentionally and not vicariously,” said founder and CEO Laura Latham, in a recent interview with Current in Carmel, a weekly newspaper. “For me, being intentional meant starting a company where values and relationships mattered more than business transactions. Our mission is to disrupt the traditional search space by becoming your partner in the pursuit of success.”
As a further incentive, Flashlight Partners, which is located near Indianapolis, is contributing one percent of its placement fee to its clients’ choice of not-for-profit or community groups.
A Seasoned Recruiter
“What better way to personally connect with our clients than letting them select a charity or community organization to support with money already being spent to benefit their business?” Ms. Latham told Current in Carmel. “Through these connections and donations, Flashlight has been able to make a difference in lives throughout the country and our communities, meet outstanding people and provide mentorship opportunities for those who someday hope to join the business world and find their own calling.”
Ms. Latham brings two decades of experience in business and recruitment to her clients. Among her previous positions, Ms. Latham was founder and CEO of the Latham Martinez Group; partner, talent acquisition and strategy, for Medallion Partners; vice president, people and talent, with FitzMark Inc.; director of HR for Tepa, a Native-American tribal construction and professional services company; HR recruiting manager for Life Care Services; and director of human resources and recruiting for Tug Hill Construction. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
A Range of Services
“Anyone who fills a job can call themselves a recruiter,” she told Current in Carmel. “That is the reality in talent acquisition and why so many candidates and companies have become frustrated, cynical or have settled for mediocrity. Talent acquisition can be boiled down into a sea of statistics and metrics. By doing so, search firms, and even many internal recruitment teams, have removed the human element.”
Flashlight Partners’ services include candidate research and executive search; behavioral-based interviewing; compensation analysis and market research; augmented services in screening, assessment, pipelining and recruitment; and outsourced recruitment process consulting and continuous integration.
Open for Business
In recent months, new recruiting firms have opened around the world in not only the media and entertainment sector but a wide range of industries. Here’s a look at a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Former Credit Suisse banker and personnel consultant Christian Haas has opened Haas Associates in Zurich to focus on the asset management industry. Mr. Haas has more than 10 years of practical experience in the field of asset management. Previously he was active as, amongst other things, the head of business development institutional clients at Credit Suisse.
Simon Pollock has launched Simon Pollock & Co in London, specializing in senior level executive search in global media and entertainment. Mr. Pollack most recently served as head of the media & entertainment practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Before that, he was a partner at the SevenArts, a boutique search firm.
Veteran executive recruiter Jennifer Muller has launched Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES), a higher education search firm focused on high precision, flexible executive search services, career planning and candidate coaching. Ms. Muller has 20 years of experience in research and development for higher education and Fortune 500 companies.
A new executive recruitment firm, Hanning Recruitment, has been launched in the U.K. It is headed by Toby Speke and backed by Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee of the London agency VanHan. Mr. Speke previously worked for VanHan as well as global real estate firm Knight Frank.
Anuj Dhawan, former director and partner at Positive Moves Consulting, an angel investor in a Seattle-based healthcare IoT business, has founded executive search firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP. Based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the firm provides executive search services to private equity funds, banks, consumer lending clients and global technology corporations.
Veteran Edward Batchelor has launched executive search firm Hardman Batchelor International, LLC. Based in Austin, TX, the firm specializes in recruiting and assessing leading board directors, CEOs and C-level executives with a particular focus on cultivating the Austin market.
The U.K. office of global search firm Boyden has launched a new executive search and interim management business called Savannah Group. Savannah’s team of 50 includes 20 partners that are specialists in their fields, including board and corporate functions, financial services, hospitality travel & leisure, industrial, digital and media, sport & entertainment industries.
Search industry veterans Ian Macleod and Paul Atkinson have joined forces to form Atkinson Macleod Executive Search. The firm focuses on board and senior executive level searches for the private and public sectors. Mr. Macleod spent 16 years running the Scottish arm of Odgers Berndtson after serving for 10 years with the Norman Broadbent.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media