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Wells Fargo Taps Spencer Stuart to Find CEO

Wells Fargo & Company’s board of directors has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart to recruit a new chief executive officer. The banking giant is looking to hire a leader, preferably a woman, to take on the challenges of the organization’s tainted public image and regulatory issues, according to sources in the executive search industry and

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Parker Executive Search Lands Basketball Coach for Northern Kentucky University

With the assistance of Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search, Northern Kentucky University has chosen Darrin Horn as its new men’s head basketball coach. For coach John Brannen left the school to take on the head basketball coach role at the University of Cincinnati. “Throughout the hiring process, it became clear that Darrin was the right fit to lead

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Disrupting Recruiting: How Technology is Transforming the Talent Sector

In this latest episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ host Andrew Mitchell is joined by Nick Cromydas, CEO of The Hunt Club, a referral recruiting service that leverages technology and a front-end automation process to help land passive candidates.

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Pearson Partners International Names President

Women gaining top roles at executive search firms seems to be an increasingly refreshing phenomenon. Dallas-headquartered Pearson Partners International recently appointed Renee Baker Arrington to the position of president and the newly created post of chief operating officer. She has been with the firm for 13 years, is a member of the board of directors and

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GDPR – The Perfect Time to Refresh Your Database

As executive search firms grapple with the complexities of GDPR, many are concerned that the new regulation will mean deleting thousands of records built up over many years. Surely there must be an alternative?

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Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice. Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial

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A Look at the Age-Agnostic Workplace

Multinational corporations are already aware of the importance of attracting and retaining a gender- and ethnically-diverse workforce to improve innovation and financial performance. Many have implemented policies to encourage this. What is less well-established as a competitive advantage is the idea of an age-diverse workforce, says Jackie Bernard of U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven. “This low

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Korn Ferry Records Nine Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2019 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, a nine percent increase from $1.767 billion a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, an increase of three percent. All three of its business lines were up. The results

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Spencer Stuart Places CEO at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Following an extensive national search, Spencer Stuart has recruited veteran retail and omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new CEO of home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are thrilled to have Allison coming aboard,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman. “She has a proven track record in building an omnichannel business with excellence. I know she will be

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

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IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the

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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15

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Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all

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Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his

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The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

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LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living

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Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,

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Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish

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Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the

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SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search Join Forces

M&A activity, in many cases with the support of private equity firms, continues to heat up in the executive search industry. The latest: New Zealand-headquartered search firms SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search have merged. Under the agreement, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. Rothley founder and managing director Sean Brunner will be based in

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The Current State of Diversity and Inclusion

Although most respondents to a new study by talent acquisition firm GQR Global said they feel they have a commitment from their company’s leadership to pursue the business case for diversity and inclusion, there was an overwhelming feeling among them that diversity within their companies is not reflected in executive teams. Increasingly, the human capital

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Lindauer Seeks Chief Philanthropy Officer for Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends

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Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits CEO for U.K. Ordnance Survey

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Steve Blair as the new chief executive officer of U.K. mapping authority Ordnance Survey (OS). Patrick Johnson, the search firm’s country manager for the U.K., led the assignment. “The board of OS is delighted that ministers have appointed Steve Blair as CEO of Ordnance Survey,” said Kieran Murphy, chairman at Ordnance Survey. “He

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Finlay James Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, U.K.-headquartered search firm Finlay James has appointed Andrew MacAskill as its chief commercial officer. Mr. MacAskill will also join the technology-focused firm’s board of directors alongside owners John and Sara Gaughan and managing director James May.

BSG Team Ventures Recruits Marketing Chief for Human Capital Institute

Executive search firm BSG Team Ventures has placed Robert Birdsong as chief marketing officer at Human Capital Institute (HCI). In this role, Mr. Birdsong will lead the strategy and execution of all marketing functions, positioning the HCI brand as a source of thought leadership for talent management leaders. His team will oversee all aspects of

Signium Opens New Office In Argentina

Executive search firm Signium has opened a new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lead by Rubén Heinemann, SIGNIUM Argentina will provide focused executive search services across a number of industries, including industrial, financial, business & professional services, as well as oil & gas throughout Argentina. Mr. Heinemann has over 30 years of cumulative C-suite and executive recruiting experience

Odgers Berndtson Adds Sector Specialists, Doubles In Size

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has launched a new higher education practice in the U.S. and strengthened its life sciences and healthcare practices. In the process, the firm has added four executive search industry specialists – Nick Brill, Allen Reed, Jennifer McDonough and Ora Smith. Mr. Brill joins Odgers as a partner and will head its U.S. higher

Futurestep Launches Dedicated Credit Union and Community Banking Recruiting Practice

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has established a dedicated credit union and community banking recruiting practice area and has named Mike Juratovac as sector leader. The practice falls within Futurestep’s North America financial services practice. Mr. Juratovac brings with him more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, with a specific focus

Heidrick & Struggles Opens In Calgary

Heidrick & Struggles has strengthened its presence in Canada, particularly among clients in the financial services, mining and metals, and oil & gas sectors. “Heidrick & Struggles is building new momentum in Canada to serve clients across many sectors with the leadership solutions they need in uncertain and often challenging operating environments,” said Andrea Waines, managing partner of the firm’s Toronto office.

Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits Save The Children U.K. Leader

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Kevin Watkins as the new chief executive officer of Save the Children UK. Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK since 2010, announced he was leaving the charity earlier this year. Tanya Steele, executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications, had been serving as interim CEO. Mr. Watkins assumed his new duties two weeks ago. The

Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Chief Legal Officer at Union Pacific

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recruited Rhonda S. Ferguson as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Union Pacific. The search was led by partners Paul Williams and Michael Sachs. Ms. Ferguson joins Union Pacific from FirstEnergy Corp., where she was vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer since 2007. In addition to leading FirstEnergy’s corporate,

Caldwell Partners Latest Recruiter to Offer Assessment Services

The list of executive search firms offering leadership assessment services is expanding — rapidly. Caldwell Partners International is now the latest to enter the fray, forming a partnership with Caliper, a research-based talent management consulting firm focused on assessment and leadership development. The agreement will integrate Caliper’s assessment and onboarding services into Caldwell Partners’ research-based executive search process

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for Acceleron Pharma

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Habib Dable as president and chief executive officer of Acceleron Pharma Inc. He succeeds John Knopf who has announced his retirement. Catalyst John Archer and Sara Hagar led the search. Mr. Dable joins Acceleron from Bayer AG, where he most recently served as president of pharmaceuticals for Bayer in the U.S. In this role, he was

Gilman Partners Launches Real Estate & Economic Development Practice

Executive search firm Gilman Partners has formed a new commercial real estate / economic development recruiting practice led by partner Karen Finan. Ms. Finan joined Gilman Partners after a career with Duke Realty Corporation and Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED).  After years of conducting local and regional searches in the sector, the firm decided to formalize the practice, and

Egon Zehnder and Korn Ferry Tap Insider as Pharma Giant CEO

In one of the biggest search assignments in British business this year, Egon Zehnder and Korn Ferry have engaged to support the CEO succession and recruitment process at GlaxoSmithKline by tapping company insider Emma Walmsley as its new chief executive officer. She becomes the first woman to lead the pharmaceutical giant and GSK will be the first top-tier

Cornerstone International Group Continues Asia Pacific Expansion

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has named Sonia Vaswani as a managing director in its Hong Kong office. She has more than 15 years in human resource management and is particularly adept at executive search & selection in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific. A seasoned business executive and

Job Market In Full Swing As Economy Improves at Modest Pace

Employers added a modest 156,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The number of workers unemployed was essentially unchanged at 7.9 million. This report follows the addition of 151,000 jobs added in August.  Job growth has averaged 178,000

JDG Taps CEO for Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Executive search firm JDG Associates has recruited Tracy Petrillo as chief executive officer of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). Principal Paul Belford led the assignment. Following a national executive search process, Dr. Petrillo was unanimously selected for the position by the Academy board of directors and search committee. Dr. Petrillo is a 15-year veteran of non-profit

Spencer Stuart Seeking New Board Members for New York REIT

New York REIT has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart as it seeks to identify potential new independent members for its board. In connection with this search, the committee has confirmed that it has engaged in discussions with Michael L. Ashner, Steven Witkoff, and their jointly owned entity, WW Investors LLC. The committee will consider candidates proposed by

Amrop Continues Global Growth

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 76 offices in 54 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, has expanded its staff with the addition of five new recruiters to its global team of search consultants. Lanre Fisher becomes the managing partner for Amrop West Africa. He also serves as head of the firm’s private equity

Private Equity Recruiting: Finding Leaders Who Make Impact

There is no other sector that demands such top end service from its search partners than private equity. Portfolio companies represent some of the most innovative, well-funded and high-growth concerns in all of business. As a result, much of the talent that private equity firms seek are highly-charged change agents — a professional breed getting more

Game Changing Assessment Tools Coming to a Recruiter Near You

Organizations everywhere are looking for better ways to recruit and retain good quality people to drive effectiveness, and performance, in their business. Executive search firms are stepping up with an array of leadership assessment services that are starting to make massive strides in the field of predictive analytics. But not all of them have candidate

Benchmark Executive Search Recruits Cybersecurity Leader for Accenture

Benchmark Executive Search has recruited Ira “Gus” Hunt to lead the cybersecurity practice at Accenture Federal Services (AFS). Benchmark president Jeremy King led the search. Mr. Hunt formerly served as chief technology officer for the CIA from which he retired in 2013 after a 28-year career. As CTO, he set the CIA’s information technology strategic direction, accelerated adoption of new technology and led

ZRG Partners Names Country Manager for Germany

Executive search firm ZRG Partners has added Philipp Sturm as a managing director and country head of Germany. He will work out of the firm’s office in Frankfurt and will also serve as a member of the firm’s global industrial practice. Mr. Sturm brings a decade plus of solid and relevant executive search experience to ZRG. Prior

Turnkey Search Recruits New AD for Georgia Tech

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has placed Todd Stansbury as the new athletic director for Georgia Tech. He replaces Mike Bobinski who left the position to take on the same role at Purdue University. DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader, Glenn Sugiyama, led that assignment. The search was led by senior executive director Gene

Horton International Expands Global Life Sciences Practice

Horton International – North America, a principal partner of Horton International, has appointed Molly A. Robb as a managing director for its global life sciences practice. She will be based in the U.S. and be responsible for expanding the firm’s life science practice sectors, including: biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostics/tools and web-enabled healthcare technology. Throughout her 20

Carrington & Carrington Recruits Chief Diversity Officer for McDonald’s

In arguably the most important global chief diversity officer search to come along in years, executive search firm Carrington & Carrington has snared Major League Baseball‘s diversity head, Wendy Lewis, to serve as vice president and global chief diversity officer for McDonald’s. She replaces Patricia Harris who is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years

Nobilis Health Taps Tyler & Company for Chief Nursing Officers

Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been retained by the Nobilis Health Corporation to lead its search for chief nursing officers (CNOs). Assistant vice president Kyle Wiederhold is leading the searches. The Positions Nobilis Health is seeking CNOs for the First Surgical and Hermann Drive Surgical Hospitals. The CNOs will report to the CEO for each hospital,

Diversified Search Names Healthcare Practice Leader

Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has appointed Martha Hauser as the new leader of its healthcare practice. She will based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Ms. Hauser is a well-known thought leader with more than two decades of experience recruiting leaders in healthcare and higher

RSR Partners Expands Financial Officers and Investment Banking Practices

Executive search firm RSR Partners has named Wyatt Uhlein as a senior member of the firm’s financial officers and investment banking practices. He will be based in RSR’s Greenwich, CT and New York offices. In his new role, Mr. Unlein will take a lead role in executing searches throughout the financial services spectrum, while advising the firm’s senior leadership

Per Ardua Associates Names Financial Services Real Estate Practice Leader

London-based executive search firm Per Ardua Associates has appointed Kate Hammar as leader of its financial services real estate practice. She will be responsible for developing the firm’s real estate search capability. Prior to joining Per Ardua, Ms. Hammar was managing director at Sousou Partners, the international real estate search firm, where she spent the last seven

Hiring Confidence Dips Among HR Executives

Confidence in the job market has fallen among HR professionals compared with a year ago, even though many human resource professionals reported that their organizations’ financial health was strong and few expected job cuts in the latter half of 2016, according to the newest ‘Jobs Outlook Survey’ (JOS) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Nolan Partners Places Operating Chief at International Tennis Federation

Executive search firm Nolan Partners has tapped Kelly Fairweather as chief operating officer of the International Tennis Federation. Longtime ITF COO Juan Margets announced in March that he would be leaving the organization at the end of 2016. The international search, led by managing director Paul Nolan and partner Andy Taylor, assessed an extensive range

Wheless Partners and Chandler Group Join Forces

Executive search firms Wheless Partners and Chandler Group have officially merged. The combined organization brings industry experience to the 25 different industry sectors that both recruiting outfits serve. With offices in New York, Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver and San Francisco, Wheless Partners has professionals in strategy, assessment, executive selection, leadership development, and executive coaching. Since its founding in

Korn Ferry Recruits Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins

As the 2016 baseball season draws to a close, Korn Ferry has placed Derek Falvey as executive vice president and chief baseball officer for the Minnesota Twins. In his new role, Mr. Falvey essentially acts as the Twins’ general manager. Past GM Terry Ryan was fired in July, ending a three-decade stretch with the organization. According to the

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