Opus Partners Integrates Executive Search Business of CBO Partners

March 5, 2019 – Search firm Opus Partners has integrated the executive search business of CBO Partners Recruiting, a Charlottesville, VA-based human-capital management firm, into its national higher education and healthcare practice. Jay Scott, CBO’s founder and president, will become an associate partner at Opus in the firm’s Charlottesville, VA office.

Established in 2007, CBO Partners conducts senior-level executive searches in academic medicine and healthcare. Mr. Scott has over 25 years of experience working with higher education and academic medical centers. Until 2007, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the University of Virginia, culminating in his role as senior associate dean for finance and administration at the School of Medicine.

“CBO and Opus share a commitment to applying the expertise of search consultants to a concentrated set of clients in core industry sectors in order to provide a consultative, transparent, and rigorous recruitment process,” said Craig Smith, co-founder of Opus. “The integration of CBO Partners’ search practice deepens and complements the expertise and experience we have here at Opus and significantly strengthens us in academic healthcare. We are enthusiastic in welcoming Jay and his clients to our firm.”

Founded by James Hess and Mr. Smith in Philadelphia in 2003, Opus focuses on the higher education and academic medicine sectors. Its clients – universities, colleges, academic medical centers, foundations, museums, and research institutes – advance missions in education, research, patient care, and philanthropy.

The firm’s client include Syracuse University, Michigan State University, Children’s National Health System, Harvard Business School, Wheaton College, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, among many others.

Partnerships and Mergers

Executive search firms have seen a rise in partnerships and mergers in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

London-based SpenglerFox and Cowley Brown Recruitment, located in Dublin, formed a strategic alliance aimed at growing and expanding both firms’ search business in Ireland. The alliance will target the retained executive search business in the Irish market with an initial focus on C-suite roles in life sciences and related sectors. 

Toronto-based Caldwellis partnering with Hattonneale, a Sydney-based executive search firm. Under the affiliation agreement, Hattonneale will represent Caldwell in Australia and drive further growth into key practice sectors and geographies across Australia/New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.

Search firms College Sports Solutions and Buffkin / Baker formed a new partnership. Under the strategic alliance, the two firms will combine their executive search services to better serve universities and colleges, intercollegiate conferences and collegiate athletic organizations. 

Riviera Partners merges with Alpha AdvisorsSan Francisco-headquartered Riviera Partners has merged with Alpha Advisors, a boutique search firm specializing in senior information technology and quantitative talent for financial services and technology clients. Its founder and executive search veteran Jeff Campbell has joined Riviera to drive continued expansion.

Faith-Based Search Firms MergeFaithSearch Partners, an executive search firm for faith-based organizations, has merged with Halftime Talent Solutions, a recruitment firm that serves mission-motivated non-profit and for-profit clients. The union creates a wider resource base through their combined networks. 

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has formed a partnership with Cronin Partners International Search, an executive search firm headquartered in Dublin. “Having a trusted partner based in Ireland will enable us to significantly improve our offerings to clients with needs in the European and international markets.”

HealthSearch Partners launchedConsultants from three executive search firms have joined forces to launch a new search platform, HealthSearch Partners, specializing in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems. HealthSearch Partners combines the leadership of CES Executive Search, FaithSearch Partners and Southerland Partners.

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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