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Pi Executive Recruits Marketing Head for BIC

[Talent advisory firm Pi Executive has recruited Ross Ullman as head of marketing North America for BIC. The search was conducted by partner and board member Pierre Trippitelli and assisted by director Katherine MacLane. Mr. Ullman brings with him over 18 years of experience growing billion dollar brands and smaller brand portfolios across a variety of over-the-counter, consumer packed goods,

Ross & Company Places Chief Revenue Officer at Apixio

[Executive search firm Ross & Company has placed Tom McNamara as chief revenue officer of Apixio. Managing partner Jim O’Sullivan led the assignment. This expansion of Apixio’s leadership team comes after the close of $19.3 million in Series D funding led by SSM Partners. Mr. McNamara brings 25 years of experience building successful sales organizations for healthcare technology and analytics companies. Prior to

Ducatus Partners Expands In Houston

[Executive search firm Ducatus Partners has expanded its Houston team with two senior hires. The appointments support its diversification into the infrastructure, power and renewables sectors while further strengthening its position in the oil & gas industry. Jack Coker and Allister Graham will join the team as principals to focus on senior client relations. Driven by the ever-increasing role

AIMS International Names Energy Sector Recruiting Specialist

[AIMS International has appointed South Africa partner Leonie Pentz to lead its energy practice. As an executive search professional with 20-plus years’ experience in the recruitment industry and extensive exposure to the utilities, downstream and renewable energy segments in the SADC region, Ms. Pentz brings expertise to the firm’s current energy team and AIMS clients. Working for a high

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Cejka Expands Healthcare Search Staff

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Harrier Human Capital Acquires Australian Executive Search Firm

[Talent management company Harrier Human Capital (Harrier) has extended its service offerings through the acquisition of Oceans Group, an executive search firm based in Sydney and Singapore. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Established in 2010, Oceans Group provides executive search solutions across Australia, Asia and Europe. The firm has a breadth of industry and

Per Ardua Names HR / Diversity & Inclusion Practices Leader

[London-based financial services search firm Per Ardua Associates has named Sally Talbot as leader of its HR and diversity & inclusion search practices. In her new role, Ms. Talbot will be responsible for developing Per Ardua’s HR search capability, which delivers executive search services across the entire HR function. She also will be responsible for driving

Korn Ferry Posts 43 Percent Revenue Gain

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Employee Engagement Must Run Deep to Thrive

Vineet Gambhir, vice president and head of talent for Yahoo! in Asia Pacific, is a true believer in employee engagement. For the concept to succeed, however, it must be deeply woven into the fabric of a company and in turn, the mindset of its workers. Engagement, Vineet explained when we spoke recently, is not something organizations can simply turn on when

DHR International Taps Head Football Coach for Purdue

[Executive search firm DHR International has recruited Jeff Brohm as head football coach for Purdue University. He becomes the 36th head coach in program history. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. Purdue is coming off a terrible run the last four seasons under Darrell Hazell in which it won just nine

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