Longship Group Acquires Lawton Group

September 23, 2022 – Longship Group, a workforce consulting and solutions firm, has acquired Lawton Group, a healthcare and office/professional recruiting firm based in San Diego, CA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The new leader of the Lawton Group’s operations will be Katherine Sullivan of Longship Group’s healthcare division. “With Lawton Group’s prior 35-plus years of outstanding service in Southern California, I can’t wait to see the positive impact this acquisition will have for the nearly 30,000 people and 1,000 clients Lawton Group has supported with rewarding employment over the years,” Ms. Sullivan said.

The acquisition introduces a new service into Longship Group’s suite of product offerings in the healthcare sector by providing nonclinical healthcare solutions. “With Katherine’s leadership and the support of a seasoned management team, this expansion to Longship Healthcare is well-equipped to grow and achieve its ambitions in the short and long term,” said Zack Collier, CEO.

Longship Group is a workforce solutions firm with an acquisition focused growth model. The company provides workforce solutions for customers in a variety of operating divisions, such as providing contingent staffing, HR consulting, executive search, and other various workforce solutions.

Recent Acquisition

Longship Group recently finalized its acquisition of healthcare recruiting firm CareStaf. This most recent acquisition further expands Longship Group’s suite of product offerings in the healthcare staffing sector, including introduction into the home health market.

In accordance with Longship Group’s expanded offerings and strategic growth, Stacy White has been promoted to president of the CareStaf division. After supporting CareStaf since the company’s conception in 1991 and contributing to its development of a $15 million annual revenue, Ms. White will lead all revenue operations within the division. “With over 25 years of experience in the field, I couldn’t be happier to join the bold, innovative team of thought leaders at Longship Group,” Ms. White said.

“Stacy White brings a great deal of industry-specific knowledge and invaluable expertise to the table,” said Mr. Collier. “I have no doubt her extensive experience growing CareStaf within the states of Kansas and Missouri, as well as her vision for its continued success, will drive the firm to keep meeting and exceeding its strategic goals. With Stacy’s leadership and the support of a seasoned management team, CareStaf is well-equipped to grow and achieve its ambitions in the short and long term.”

Recent Acquisitions

Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the world’s largest consulting and risk management companies, has acquired global HR search firm Frederickson Partners. Frederickson Partners has locations in a dozen cities across the U.S., including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Nashville, and also serves global tech hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, Mexico City, Bogota, Seoul and São Paulo. Founder Valerie Frederickson and her team will continue to operate under the direction of Scott Hamilton, global managing director, human resources and compensation consulting for Gallagher’s employee benefits consulting and brokerage operations. “Frederickson Partners will expand Gallagher’s executive search capabilities across all industries and offers us significant opportunities for collaboration and growth,” said J. Patrick Gallagher Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “I am very excited to welcome Valerie and her team to our growing, global company.”

Diversified Search Group (DSG), a leading search firm backed by private equity firm ShoreView Industries, has acquired Alta Associates, a Flemington, NJ-based search firm founded by Joyce Brocaglia specializing in cybersecurity, IT risk management, and data privacy. Hunt Scanlon Ventures, based in Greenwich, Conn., facilitated the introduction and transaction between both organizations. “This is a strategic acquisition that will add significantly to our business offering in a key field that touches every client we serve,” said Aileen Alexander, CEO of Diversified Search Group. “Cybersecurity, data privacy, and resiliency are top priorities for boards and senior leadership across every sector of our economy.

Excel Sports Management, an industry-leading sports agency, has agreed to acquire sports and entertainment executive search firm Nolan Partners. London-based Nolan Partners will continue to be led by chief executive officer Paul Nolan and president Chad Biagini while operating as a new vertical within Excel’s properties division. Primarily focused on senior executive and board level roles, Nolan Partners works on a global basis with clients that range from sports teams, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, broadcasters, and other corporate organizations in sports. The firm also has a performance practice that focuses on placing general managers/sporting directors, sports medicine, sports science, and recruitment specialists.

Haddonfield, NJ-based True, a global executive talent management platform, has acquired climate technology and sustainability executive search firm Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (HTI). Led by Andy Towne and Bob Hobbs, HTI will continue to serve its clients and provide a greater range of capabilities under True. True, one of the fastest growing search firms of the past decade, reported global revenues of $116.5 million last year. The firm placed No. 7 in the Hunt Scanlon Top 25 rankings. Hobbs & Towne ranked No. 24 and was crowned the fastest growing search firm of the year, reporting a 59 percent growth rate.

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has acquired boutique strategy consulting firm Brimstone Consulting Group LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The complementary nature of our businesses made Brimstone an obvious partner for ZRG, as we continue to expand our portfolio of talent advisory solutions,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Further ensuring a new CEO is successful with the proven process of Brimstone will create a new paradigm for CEO transitions.”

Korn Ferry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lucas Group. “This combination is the right move at the right time,” said Korn Ferry CEO Gary D. Burnison. “Today’s workscape is being transformed before our eyes – people working anywhere, everywhere and at any time. Professionals are on the move. Boomers are retiring, and career nomads are looking for change – early and often. We are seizing this opportunity to help clients find the right talent who are highly agile with specialized skills and expertise to help them drive superior performance.”

Related: Hunt Scanlon Media Launches M&A Advisory Service for Recruiters

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

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