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Human Resource Solutions Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Josephine Bernson as the first chief revenue officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a grain management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “Josephine’s experience and proven track record in leading teams and driving increased revenue and

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Novak Consulting Group Seeking Police Chief for Oro Valley 

Cincinnati-based Novak Consulting Group has been chosen to conduct a nationwide search to find the next chief of police for the Town of Oro Valley in Arizona. Current chief Danny Sharp plans to retire on Feb. 21. The chief of police reports directly to the town council, which will make the final selection. The council’s

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Pandemic Crisis Forces 10 Million Americans into Unemployment

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed unemployment claims in historic numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 6.6 million. Nearly 10 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in two weeks. Economists now expect the U.S. economy to fall into a recession in the second quarter, before staging a comeback

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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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Is Hiring on Hold? Not According to Some Recruiters

Market uncertainty and disruption is going to create uncertainty and disruption in your workforce. This is especially true if you are in an industry that is being heavily impacted by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), like the airline industry, energy sector and hospitality market, where the impact is most volatile. Conversely, in healthcare, life sciences, private equity,

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Hudson Global Posts 40 Percent Revenue Gain; Pandemic Creating Uncertainty Ahead

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted 2019 full-year revenues of $93.8 million, a 40.2 percent from a year earlier. The firm’s Americas revenue of $13.6 million decreased two percent, Asia Pacific revenue of $61.4 million increased 77 percent, and Europe revenue of $18.8 million increased 22 percent. The Old Greenwich, Conn-based recruiting firm posted a net loss of $1 million,

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Executive Search Firms Adapt Services to COVID-19 Pandemic

A search assignment that was reported on last December has taken an unusual turn due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the U.S. The search for a new president of Wisconsin’s public university system, led by Storbeck Search & Associates, is making progress, even amid the current health crisis. Spearheading the assignment

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McDermott + Bull Places CHRO for Williston Financial Group

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Heather Krablin as senior  vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Williston Financial Group (WFG), a leading provider of homeowner title insurance and related lender services for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led

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AltoPartners Canada Offering No Cost Services to Help Organizations During Pandemic Crisis

Due to the current international COVID-19 crisis, AltoPartners Canada – which includes managing partner Keith Labbett along with his Canadian partners Kevin Hall, Shauna Louie, Oliver Baezner – has started an initiative of offering network and resource services at no cost to assist any organization developing products or services to help the fight against the virus.

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Pandemic Crisis Leads Saenger Associates to Cut Recruiting Cycle Time to 30 Days

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, executive search experts at Saenger Associates have created a special program for clients who have an immediate need to fill executive or senior management positions. The firm’s new “Virtual Fast-Tracked 30-Day Retained Executive Search” offer, which is focused on the aerospace & defense and industrial products industries, essentially

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James & Co. Recruits Worldwide ERC Chief Executive

New York City-based executive search firm James & Co. has assisted in the placement of Lynn Shotwell as the new president and chief executive officer of Worldwide ERC, a trade association for talent management and global mobility knowledge and innovation. “The leadership team, board of directors and I are thrilled to work with an executive

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Momenta Partners Appoints Start-Up Advisory Practice Leader

Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has expanded with the addition of Blaine Mathieu as partner in advising and leader of its start-up advisory practice. Momenta Partners was founded as digital industry growth partners, investing in, advising and placing executive-level talent for leading and emerging companies focused on the digitization and transformation of industry. With the addition

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Managing Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing worldwide public health concerns and widespread disruptions across the global economy, including for businesses and schools. It has caused society to put a pause on public gatherings, sporting events, the arts, restaurants and nightlife, which otherwise would have provided relief during difficult times. As the crisis unfolded last week, the

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N2Growth Adjusts Search Fees to Help Clients During Pandemic Crisis

N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, will be deferring 50 percent of all search fees for new engagements until after the COVID-19 pandemic has been contained. “This is a rather unprecedented time, and it’s during times like this that we need to come together and find opportunities to serve each other,” said

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Koblentz Group Tapped to Find CEO for St. Vincent de Paul of Georgia

The Koblentz Group has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for St. Vincent de Paul of Georgia (SVdP Georgia), an Atlanta area social service group. The organization’s current CEO, John Berry, will retire in September after 13 years in the role. Partner Jeffrey Neppl is leading the assignment for the executive recruitment

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Furst Group Recruits Chief People Officer for BJC HealthCare 

With the coronavirus crisis upon us, chief people officers are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. As a recent article in The Economist put it, “They must keep employees healthy; maintain their morale;

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Development Guild DDI Recruits Chief Development Officer for Greenpeace

Executive recruitment firm Development Guild DDI, which focuses on the non-profit sector, has placed Tricia Hart as chief development officer for the environmental group Greenpeace. Managing director Sherry Ettleson led the assignment. Ms. Hart most recently served as national director of marketing and engagement at Amnesty International USA, where she expanded direct mail and digital giving programs

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ZRG Partners Appoints Retail Practice Global Leader

ZRG Partners has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Brian Meany as managing partner and global head of its retail practice. He will be based in the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Meany has spent the past 25 years as managing director for Herbert Mines Associates, where he executed C-suite searches across the retail, fashion, wholesale

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Unemployment Claims Surge as COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Deepens

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in historic numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 3.28 million, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s revised level. Consensus expectations were for 1.64 million claims. The previous record was 695,000 claims filed the week ended October 2, 1982. Initial jobless claims

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Parker Executive Search Finds Next President for the University of Wyoming

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has assisted the University of Wyoming in the recruitment Edward Seidel as the school’s 28th president. The board of trustees announced last year that it would not be renewing the contract of Laurie Nichols, who was hired in 2016. Laura Wilder, the search firm’s president, is leading the assignment along with vice president of

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Heidrick & Struggles Announces 45 Promotions

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the executive ladder within their respective firms. Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has promoted 23 partners and 22 principals in its search and consulting businesses globally. “Our newly promoted consultants have proven their ability to deliver exceptional client service, drive strong business growth

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Isaacson, Miller Assists University of Maryland and Xavier University to Find New Leaders

Isaacson, Miller recently assisted in the placement of Darryll J. Pines as the 34th president of the University of Maryland. Meanwhile the search firm was also called in by Xavier University to find its next president. John Muckle, Gale Merseth and Vijay Saraswat led the search for Maryland while Jackie Mildner, Leslie McCarthy, and Jenna Sattar

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New Heritage Capital Invests in DeWinter Group

Today, the private equity sector is the chief growth driver for executive search firms. PE firms are rapidly expanding their portfolio companies and along that pathway they need top talent more than ever before. In short, private equity firms are hungry for top level C-suite talent as their portfolio companies go through an explosive gritty

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Lansdowne Executive Search Seeking Leader for Housing Alliance

Dublin, Ireland-based Lansdowne Executive Search has been enlisted to find the executive director for the Housing Alliance, a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies (AHBs). Partner Sean McDonagh is leading the assignment. Reporting to the Housing Alliance chair, the executive director will be expected to take a hands-on role in establishing the

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Mastering the Online Interview has Just Taken on New Importance

Online interviews could be the new normal — not just because of the coronavirus crisis but because companies are realizing meaningful cost savings. That is leading to more broad acceptance of the practice. Carol Hartman of Hartman Group Consulting offers ways to master your next online interview. “Conducting interviews as a hiring manager or candidate from your

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Diversified Search Recruits President and CEO for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Following an extensive nationwide search, Diversified Search has placed Jim Gerlach as the new president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in Reading, PA. He replaces Randy Peers who resigned last July to pursue other interests. “Jim’s history of public service, high integrity and ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies

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MitchelLake Expands in the U.S.

Sydney-headquartered executive search firm MitchelLake Group has expanded in the U.S. with the addition of Quang Pham as a senior associate. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Pham will be responsible for helping the U.S. team to drive search execution and business growth over the next 12 months and beyond. “The U.S. executive search division has been

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11 Key Strategies for Seeking a New Job During a Pandemic

In these unprecedented times, people are stressed, confused, worried, perplexed and in various stages of emotional overload while the daily influx of troubling news continues. If you are unemployed and looking for full-time employment, you are having the challenge of your business life right now. A new report by Russ Riendeau, senior partner and chief

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UCLA Taps WittKieffer for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics 

Jeff Compher, Zach Smith and Kim Brettschneider of executive search firm WittKieffer are currently assisting the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in a national search for a new director of intercollegiate athletics. “UCLA seeks an experienced, creative, inspiring and entrepreneurial leader with unwavering integrity, a strong work ethic and a commitment to transparency and collaboration with the broadest range of campus stakeholders

Sports, Media & Entertainment Convergence Puts Premium on Talent Acquisition

Hunt Scanlon Media is convening 500+ business leaders and HR professionals from across the sports, media, entertainment & digital sectors to discuss a wide range of issues impacting hiring, recruiting, developing and retaining talent. CEOs, chief talent officers, HR execs, heads of brand & digital, sponsorship directors, chief revenue & marketing officers, chief business & advancement

Ventura Partners Lands New CEO for Boa Technology

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has recruited Shawn Neville as chief executive officer of Boa Technology Inc. Bob Damon, a partner at Ventura, led the assignment. Mr. Neville joins Boa following his tenure as CEO and chairman of the footwear company Aerosoles Group. He began his career at Procter & Gamble and Visa USA. His career

Cook Silverman Seeking Advancement Leader for California State Parks Foundation

Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been selected by the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to lead its search for a director of advancement. Victoria L. Silverman, co-founder of Cook Silverman, is heading the assignment. The advancement leader reports directly to the executive director. The individual is expected to work with the board, staff and

RISE Talent and Sports Trade Group Join Forces

In an effort to tap into more sports-and-fitness related clients, executive search firm RISE Talent Acquisition announced that it has formed a partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Silver Springs, MD-based trade group. “The partnership is a long-term working relationship where RISE Talent Acquisition is born from the industry, and works

Signium Names Practice Group Leaders

Executive search firm Signium U.K. has named Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting and Dominique Graham global head of legal and professional services. Mr. Surridge takes over the position from Kin Chong U, who remains with the firm as managing partner of Signium Management Consulting. Mr. Surridge is an experienced management consultant, specializing in talent and

Baby Boomers, Millennials and the Value of Mentorship

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in the U.S. as the largest living generation, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Defined as those born roughly between 1983 and 2000, Millennials are poised to make up a majority of the global workforce by 2020. One result has been increased mentoring between Millennials and Baby

DHR International Places Chief Procurement Officer at Tata Motors

On the heels of finding Tata Motors’ new CEO, DHR International has recruited former Ford executive Tom Flack as chief procurement officer for the company. He will report directly to CEO Guenter Butschek. Frank Smeekes, DHR’s European managing director, led the assignment. “I am more than happy with the performance of Frank Smeekes and the DHR

Russell Reynolds Associates Places First Non-Jesuit President at Fairfield University

A number of top schools around the country are looking for high-profile leaders to take them into the future. In most cases, executive recruiting firms have had a hand in some aspect of the search and selection process. Fairfield University recently named Mark R. Nemec, Ph.D., as its ninth president, the first non-Jesuit to lead the school. Assisting with the

DF Brown & Associates Keeps It a Family Affair With New Hire

Lawrenceville, GA-based DF Brown & Associates has expanded with the addition of Garrett Brown as vice president and principal. It’s a move that the 19-year-old executive search firm is touting as the arrival of a “second generation” of leadership since Mr. Brown’s father, David, is its founder. In addition to more than 10 years of

PRAXI Alliance Adds Member Firm in Madrid

Global search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search has added Madrid-based executive search firm Development Systems SA as a member firm. The PRAXI Alliance global network now spans four continents, with more than 30 countries and 70 offices worldwide. Development Systems serves clients in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. The firm is led by CEO

Papa John’s Pizza Enlists Pollard Search Group to Find CMO

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, a chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, according to recruiters. But executive search firms are having no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. The latest instance: Papa John’s Pizza

Nolan Partners Drafts CEO for British Swimming

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games on the horizon, executive search firm Nolan Partners has assisted British Swimming in the placement of Jack Buckner as chief executive officer. He succeeds David Sparkes, who retired after 23 years with the organizations. Partner Andy Taylor led the search. Mr. Buckner, who is currently CEO of

Savannah Group Launched by Former Boyden U.K. Team

The U.K. office of global search firm Boyden has launched a new executive search and interim management business called Savannah Group. The firm said that companies increasingly want to support and enhance their in-house capabilities by aligning them with specific parts of the search process. “In the last 12 months, we have spent a lot of

Witt/Kieffer Names Co-Leaders of Healthcare Practice

Recruiter Witt/Kieffer has named Paul Bohne and Donna Padilla as co-leads of the firm’s healthcare practice, effective July 1. They succeed Andrew P. Chastain, who was promoted to CEO in March. “Our work helps strengthen and improve communities by helping build successful, thriving healthcare organizations,” said Mr. Bohne. “Alongside Donna and with our outstanding team, we plan to continue

Mlegal Group Expands in San Francisco Bay Area

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of government require legal services to meet the expansion of global economies. This has led to search firms in the sector being in full growth mode. Recently, executive search firm Mlegal Group expanded

Companies Are Ill Prepared for Digital Transformation

Driven by the ongoing digital revolution as well as demographic, political and social forces, almost 90 percent of HR and business leaders rate building the organization of the future as their top priority. In its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, ‘Rewriting the Rules for the Digital Age,’ Deloitte issues a call-to-action for companies to

Quick Leonard Kieffer Lands President for North Carolina Hospital Association

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, executive recruiters Quick Leonard Kieffer placed Stephen J. Lawler as president

Spencer Stuart Places CEO at SHRM

After an extensive search, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has named Johnny C. Taylor as president and CEO. The organization enlisted Spencer Stuart to find its new leader. Since 2010, SHRM has been led by Henry G. Jackson, who announced his retirement this past January. Mr. Taylor is the second attorney to lead the organization and the

Search Inc. Establishes Education Practice

New York-based Search Inc. has launched an education practice that will be led by two individuals whom the firm said will bring “fresh perspectives in the fast changing educational market.” The team of Elisa Calabrese and Wendy Weiler will be supported by researchers and recruiting professionals with more than 20 years of search experience. Dr. Calabrese,

InterSearch Announces New Board Members

InterSearch Worldwide, a global network of executive search firms, has expanded its board with the additions of Frank Schelstraete, Micheál Coughlan, Andrea Magnabosco and Samantha Robinson as directors. Peter Waite will continue to serve as chairman of the board until May 2018. “I’m delighted that some of the next generation with excellent executive search experience

Financial Advisory Firms Struggle to Attract and Keep Young Talent

Even with strong demand, the wealth management industry is having trouble attracting and retaining top performers, especially younger talent. For every eight advisors that retire, in fact, only three are trained to replace them, according to one study. “It has never been more important to build a pipeline of next generation advisors, but Millennials generally

Senn Delaney Names Chief Customer Officer

Customers matter. It sounds simple, and obvious. But these days, companies are coming to better accept and understand that concept and weave it into their strategic vision. So it is that businesses of all kinds are increasingly bringing aboard chief customer officers (CCO), the most effective of whom wield influence across an organization and into

Hanold Associates Places CHRO at Vulcan

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers (CHRO) and other senior level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why such pent up demand for top flight

Caldwell Partners Places Chief Data Officer at eHealth

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has assisted in the placement of Ian Kalin as chief data officer of eHealth. John Blank, co-leader of the recruiter’s life sciences and healthcare practice, led the search along with consultant Mark Dillard. “I’m very pleased to announce Ian’s appointment as chief data officer, a role well served by his extraordinary

Foster & Associates Extends Executive Coaching Services

Mike Mimnaugh has joined Westport, CT-based executive search firm Foster & Associates as a managing director, where he will conduct senior executive coaching assignments including on-boarding, executive assessments, outplacement services, as well as executive search assignments. Mr. Mimnaugh is an experienced consultant who is recognized for leading and guiding senior executive and cross-cultural teams during

Unemployment Rate Falls to 16-Year Low

Employers added 138,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, the lowest since 2001, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed dropped to 6.9 million. May marked the 78th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists polled by Reuters had

McDermott & Bull taps CCO for Technology Credit Union

McDermott & Bull has placed Mike Floyd as executive vice president, chief credit officer with Technology Credit Union (Tech CU), which serves upwards of 80,000 members in the San Francisco area. Conducting the search was Brandon Biegenzahn, president of the Irvine, CA-based search firm and co-chair of the financial institutions practice; Michelle Davis, an associate

RPA Inc. Recruits Two University Presidents

As the academic year winds down, a number of colleges and universities across the country are already preparing for September. For many of them, that means opening searches that will deliver high profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, more often the case, globalization. Among the latest, executive search

Wilton & Bain Secures Funding

London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain has secured investment from Beechbrook Capital to fund a management buyout as the firm targets further domestic and international growth. The amount of funding was not disclosed. As the firm expects demand for its services to grow in the coming months, Wilton & Bain plans to further expand its global

NGS Global Opens New Office in Norway

Executive search firm NGS Global has expanded its reach into the Scandinavian region by opening an office in Norway. The location will be overseen by managing partners Stig-Rune Reese and Hard Olav Bastiansen. Previously, Mr. Reese and Mr. Bastiansen were founding partners of A`HEAD Search & Selection. They have both worked with executive positions in the private

Job Seekers Divided On Future Job Prospects

Finding a new job can be tough, and it’s been even tougher this year, according to almost half (46 percent) of the employees surveyed for the “2017 Job Seeker Nation Study,” recently released by recruiting software firm Jobvite. But that’s hardly the entire story. In many ways, how well people fare in their job search

SRi Tapped to Find New Leader for Sydney FC

The Sydney Football Club has retained executive search firm SRi to lead the hunt for its next chief executive officer. Managing partner Jonathan Harris is spearheading the assignment. With CEO Tony Pignata leaving at the end of the season, the Sydney FC board is looking for a leader to help the organization move forward. “Our aim

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