March 11, 2020 – Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments over the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Mercuri Urval, a global Swedish executive search, professional recruitment and talent advisory organization founded in 1967, has appointed Richard Moore as its new chief executive officer.
Mr. Moore joined Mercuri Urval in 2001 and has had a long career within the firm. During this time, he has undertaken many important roles in the company working with clients and colleagues across EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific region. Since 2014, Mr. Moore has been part of the group management, and since 2017 he has also served as a director on the group board.
“I have worked closely together with Richard for many years and know that with his track record and his deep knowledge about the company and our clients’ needs, together with his personal qualities, he will be a very successful CEO for Mercuri Urval,” said Roger Hagafors, chairman of the board. “Over that last years we have transitioned Mercuri Urval business into the premium segment, appointed our first equity partners and significantly enhanced our intellectual capital and infrastructure. This appointment will strengthen our development still further and ensure we meet and exceed the needs of our clients in the decades to come.”
“I am very honored to take on this challenge with our great team in Mercuri Urval,” said Mr. Moore. “In the coming years we have tremendous opportunities to build on our successes and create even more value for our clients. I look forward to continue to work with all of our colleagues and clients in my new role as we pursue our mission – to be the most trusted and highest performing company in executive search and talent advisory, worldwide.”
Leadership Appointments Rising at Search Firms
Top leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Here’s a look at several examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Execu|Search Group announced that Lawrence Dolinko, current president of the professional services temporary division, will succeed Edward Fleischman as CEO. Mr. Fleischman, who founded the firm in 1985, announced his retirement as CEO and will remain with the firm in an advisory capacity as executive chairman. With over 20 years at Execu|Search, Mr. Dolinko has extensive experience in client management, relationship building, negotiation and sales.
CyberSN, a boutique search firm serving talent needs in cybersecurity, appointed Mark Aiello as its new president. “Choosing a president for a firm that has a very special family culture which focuses on productivity and love was easy when I met Mark,” said Deidre Diamond, CEO and founder of CyberSN. “Mark shares the same passion that drives us at CyberSN — the care of the cybersecurity community. Care of the community means building technology to speak their language, using technology to make great matches and providing career support along the way,” she said. “We care about the cyber professional and Mark does too.”
Dubai-headquartered Pedersen & Partners named Gary Williams as its new CEO replacing founder Poul Pedersen who will assume the role of executive chairman. As CEO, Mr. Williams will have full P&L responsibility and lead the firm. As executive chairman, Mr. Pedersen will continue working full-time for Pedersen & Partners.
Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaced José I. Leyún as CEO. As an executive board member of the Amrop Partnership, and a partner and director of Amrop Peru, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador since 2005, Mr. Cuneo brings organizational experience, entrepreneurial energy and a global perspective to the role.
The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has appointed executive chairman Nick Stephens as its CEO. Alex Bennett recently stepped down from the top post. Mr. Stephens has been with RSA since 1986 and leads the firm’s board services practice, handling about five or six C-level assignments each year.
U.K.-headquartered executive search firm VMAGROUP has appointed Andrew Harvey as CEO. He succeeds Julia Meighan, who moves into the role of chair. Mr. Harvey came to the firm in 2013, and for the last two years has been U.K. executive director, responsible for the growth and development of all aspects of the U.K. business.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media