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Harvey Nash to be Acquired by Investor Group in $100 Million-Plus Deal

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The Power of Talent Ltd (Bidco), an entity owned and controlled by investment funds managed by DBAY Advisors, has made a £98.7 million bid to acquire London-based recruitment firm Harvey Nash. The deal must now be approved by 75 percent of the firm’s shareholders to be

Trends

Women Board Director Appointments Reach Record High

In a significant shift from a year earlier, women have made substantial progress in the boardroom, according to Heidrick & Struggles‘ 2018 Board Monitor Report. The report found that women accounted for 38 percent of incoming board directors at Fortune 500 companies, a substantial rise from the previous year’s 28 percent. The findings suggest that

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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.

People

Lucas Group Appoints Chief People Officer

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. The chief people officer, on the other hand, typically goes beyond overseeing an organization’s people policies. The focus, instead, is on building talent

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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?

People

TRANSEARCH Opens New Office in Indonesia

TRANSEARCH International has strengthened its presence in Asia Pacific by opening a new office in Indonesia, adding Davehunt International, a boutique human capital consultancy firm, to its fold. Davehunt specializes in quality senior-level executive search, training, consulting, assessment, coaching and outsourcing. The team in Jakarta is headed by chief executive officer David Wongso and senior consultant

Trends

How to Groom a Global Executive

If a company wants to be a serious competitor in the global marketplace, it is likely that its qualified employees will be trained and developed for an international assignment. There are protocols for leading multinational teams, forming strategic relationships, managing customers and suppliers and delivering service outside the U.S. Many organizations, however, have admittedly failed

Search Assignment

ChampionScott Partners Places CEO at Wireless Registry

ChampionScott Partners, which specializes in senior-level appointments for technology and technology-enabled companies, recently placed Cameron Meierhoefer as the new CEO of Wireless Registry, a provider of identity solutions and intelligence for the Internet of Things. Founding partner and CEO Geoff Champion led the assignment along with principal Stephanie McGurie. Mr. Cameron has over 20 years of technology

Search Assignment

Parker Executive Search Seeks Air Force Academy Athletic Director

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been selected by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to lead its search for a new athletic director. Jim Knowlton stepped down from his role this spring to take over as director of athletics at the University

M&A

JURISolutions Acquires Link Legal Search Group

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. JURISolutions Inc. (JSL), a legal services firm, has acquired Link Legal Search Group, a Dallas-based legal executive search firm, as a strategic piece of the new full-service executive search division of JSL. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Link Legal Search Group, which

Launches

Signium U.K. Adopts Not Actively Looking Recruitment Management Platform

Signium U.K., global search consortium Signium’s U.K. business unit, has adopted a new search system from Not Actively Looking, which will now act as the primary platform for managing all of the search firm’s business. Alastair Paton, managing partner of Signium U.K. and chair of the global board of Signium, said that the firm had carefully

Survey

Why Finding Diverse Talent Remains a Challenge

Companies recognize the advantages and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce, but struggle to tap adequate sources of talent. Sixty-three percent of senior executives say diversity and inclusion is either very important or extremely important, yet this same majority report that their workforces have average or below average diversity representation, according to a survey

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CohenTaylor Finds CEO for the Minnesota Multi Housing Association

Minneapolis-headquartered CohenTaylor Executive Search has placed Nichol Beckstrand as the new president and CEO of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MMHA). Mary Rippe, who led the organization for 25 years, has retired. Ms. Beckstrand beat out three other finalists for the position. “Nichol’s energy and track record of leadership, knowledge of the dynamically changing rental housing market provides Minnesota

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Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks CFO for London-Based Healthcare System NHS

Russell Reynolds Associates has been selected to find a new chief financial officer for the NHS, the national healthcare system in the U.K. Suzanne Bose-Mallick is the consultant charged with leading the search. A newly-created role, NHS’ CFO will be accountable for developing financial strategies and related resource allocations which ensure that NHS providers, commissioners and local

People

N2Growth Adds New Global Practice Chair for Board and CEO Services

N2Growth, a King of Prussia, PA-based management consulting and executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of Thomas Brattle Gannett as global practice chairman of board and CEO services. Mr. Gannett is a results-oriented executive and board candidate with more than 20 years experience in strategic, operational and fiscal leadership, said the firm. He has

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Direct Recruiters Adds Two Team Members

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has announced two additions to its team. Logan Payton is the new director of the firm’s HR solutions group and Shawna Rosner is director of the legal solutions group. Ms. Payton brings over 10 years of HR experience to her new role, and deep understanding of the function. Previously,

Trends

Help Wanted: Well-Rounded C-Suite Business Leaders

Leaders who bring both specific technical expertise and general strategic business acumen to the table are in short supply in our current economic environment, according to David Clapp, managing partner of search firm CarterBaldwin. In a recent report that he authored, Mr. Clapp found that smart organizations are looking for and hiring well-rounded business leaders

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Slone Partners Find New CMO for Sera Prognostics

Executive search firm Slone Partners has recruited Garrett K. Lam as the new chief medical officer for Sera Prognostics in Salt Lake City, UT. “Slone Partners worked closely with Sera as we conducted this important search,” said Greg Critchfield, chairman and chief executive officer of Sera. “They paved the way for great conversations between candidates and the entire Sera leadership team. Slone

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Wikimedia Foundation Retains Bridge Partners to Find Talent and Culture Chief

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, has tapped Bridge Partners to find a chief of talent and culture. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert. “This is one of the highlights of 2018 both for me and my

Launches

Apotheker Search & Advisory Opens Doors

An array of new recruiting firms have launched around the world this year. The latest: Apotheker Search & Advisory, an executive search and advisory firm specializing in the life sciences industry, recently opened for business in New York City. Suzana Farah Rahman serves as the firm’s managing director. Apotheker’s  primary fields of focus include but are

Alliance

Meridian Partners International Adds Member Firms in Argentina and Brazil

Meridian Partners International has added executive recruiters in Argentina and Brazil as its newest members. Buenos Aires-based South Star Human Capital Solutions will represent the network for Spanish speaking countries in South America. São Paulo-based Reciprhocal Management Consulting, and its sister company, Profile Executive Search and Assessment, will represent serve Meridian for the Brazilian market.

Report

Competition for Talent Causing Major Shifts in Corporate Strategy

As unemployment remains at record lows, a new study by global RPO provider Cielo finds that competition for talent is causing major shifts in corporate strategy. As a result, business function leaders are having significant disagreements about their companies’ approaches to finding, recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees. Nearly 70 percent of business leaders surveyed

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DHR Recruits Chief Development and Marketing Officer for U.S. Humane Society

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has recruited John Vranas as the new chief development and marketing officer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Partners Debbie Graf and Kara Teising led the search. “John brings the total package to a critical role like this one,” said Ms. Teising. “It’s very difficult to find a leader with a skill-set

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Heidrick & Struggles Seeks CEO for Jacksonville Public Utility

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected to find a new chief executive officer for JEA, the city of Jacksonville, FL’s public electric, sewer and water utility. The job opened up earlier this year when Paul McElroy, who had been CEO for six years, unexpectedly stepped down. Nine candidates are under consideration for the position, according

Funding

ZipRecruiter Lands $156 Million in Funding

Jobs website ZipRecruiter has just lined up $156 million in investment capital. The company said the series B financing will be used to accelerate its growth and further develop its artificial intelligence-powered matching technology and mobile apps. Wellington Management Co. and returning investor IVP co-led the investment, which included participation by other existing investors. ZipRecruiter’s

People

Vanderbloemen Names COO

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has appointed Sutton Turner as its chief operating officer. He brings a combined 23 years of business and ministry experience to his role. “We have been fortunate to have seen many years of repeated and robust growth, and our work is at an unprecedented size and scope,”

Trends

Employers Continue Adding Jobs, But Middle-Wage Opportunities Stagger

A new study from CareerBuilder points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin. Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8.3 million jobs (5.08 percent growth) from 2018

Search Assignment

Gold Hill Associates Seeks New Leader for Temple College

Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates has been selected to find the next president for Temple College in central Texas. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment. The Temple College board of trustees was unanimous in choosing the Jackson, MS-based firm. “Gold Hill has experience and an extensive network in Texas and

Search Assignment

Battalia Winston Finds Chief Sales Officer for Clean Harbors

Finding qualified C-suite sales executives continues to be an issue for companies. According to the ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Report, sales positions have been some of the most difficult to fill in recent years. And it has not been an attractive role to new generations of workers. New York City-headquartered executive search firm Battalia Winston recently recruited Robby Speights

People

Koya Strengthens Staff with Diversity Pioneer

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Maureen Alphonse-Charles as managing director. Based in Boston, Ms. Alphonse-Charles is expected to help strengthen the firm’s work across non-profits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between non-profits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. She sits on the boards of Boston University, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

Cleveland Browns Turn to Korn Ferry for Head Coach

The Cleveland Browns are the latest professional sports team using the services of an executive search firm, this time Korn Ferry, to find its next head coach. Jed Hughes, the firm’s vice chairman and global sports sector leader, is heading the assignment. The new hire will be the 16th full time head coach in the organization’s franchise history. Mike Pettine was

Russell Reynolds Taps CEO for Zensar Technologies

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Sandeep Kishore as chief executive officer of India-headquartered Zensar Technologies, a provider of technology services to global clients in the manufacturing, retail and financial services verticals. It offers end-to-end capabilities in Oracle implementation and maintenance. Known as a results-driven, innovative leader, Mr. Kishore served as corporate vice president of life sciences healthcare and

Heidrick & Struggles Names Chicago Office Leader

Lyndon A. Taylor has been appointed head of the Chicago office of Heidrick & Struggles. He will continue to be active in the firm’s financial services and CEO / board practices. Mr. Taylor rejoined Heidrick & Struggles in 2014. He had spent the previous decade at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he focused on C-level executive search and assessment assignments at

Catalyst Advisors Elects Partner; West Coast Office Expands With New Hires

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has named Sara Hagar as a partner. In addition, the firm has added Amy Bottoms as director and Steve Aeby as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Hagar joined Catalyst in 2008 as a director in charge of recruiting board directors, CEOs and other senior executives for a range of biopharma

Erevena Adds Former CTPartners Recruiter as Senior Partner

Former CTPartners recruiter Lilian Poilpot has joined London-based executive search firm Erevena as a senior partner to further strengthen its European, Middle Eastern & African divisions. He specializes in telecommunications, information technology, consulting and private-equity or venture-backed companies. Mr. Poilpot joins Erevena from CTPartners where he led the firm’s technology, media and telecom service sector practices across the Middle East and North

Employees Confident Heading Into 2016

Fifty-eight percent of global employees believe the economic situation in their country will improve in 2016, according to the latest findings of the Randstad Workmonitor survey. Employees in Australia are the most positive (90 percent) while those in Chile and Greece are the least hopeful (35 percent and 19 percent, respectively). Although expectations are high, only 51 percent

Spencer Stuart Heading President Search for Emory University

Spencer Stuart has been selected by Emory University to lead its search for a new president. Current Emory president James W. Wagner has announced that he will step down from the presidency post at the end of August. He has led the school for more than a decade. “Following consideration of several highly respected search firms, the committee has selected Spencer

Calibre One Adds New Partner

Executive search firm Calibre One has added Diane McIntyre as a partner in its New York and Connecticut offices. The search was managed by Rochelle Schumer of R&L Associates. Ms. McIntyre has over 20 years of experience; she was a managing director at Ramsey/Beirne Associates (Kindred) for nine years, one of the leading internet and technology recruiting firms. She

Four Corners Group Recruits Chief Nursing Officer for Bluewater Health

Executive search firm Four Corners Group has placed Shannon Landry as chief nursing officer of Bluewater Health. She takes over the top nursing post from Barb O’Neil in a search process that included 80 potential candidates. Ms. Landry most recently served as chief nursing officer at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. There she also held the roles of vice president of clinical and paramedical

Vered Consulting Launched by Former FiveTen Group CEO

Former FiveTen Group chief executive officer, John Rose, has launched U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Vered Consulting. Mr. Rose has spent the past 12 years in a variety of CEO positions, spanning a wide variety of business types from a private equity-backed group and U.K. AIM-listed company, through to the U.K. division of a NASDAQ-listed business. His

Summit Talent Group Hunts for Health System Chief Executives

Executive search firm Summit Talent Group has been retained by Bon Secours Health System to search for chief executive officers for Physician Networks and St. Francis Medical Center. Bon Secours Health System, based in Marriottsville, MD, is a $3 billion dollar not-for-profit Catholic health system that owns, manages or joint ventures with 18 acute care, five long term

Heidrick Lands CFO for RigNet

Heidrick & Struggles has placed Charles E. Schneider as senior vice president and chief financial officer of RigNet, Inc. He will be based in Houston and succeeds Marty Jimmerson, who is leaving the post later this month. Mr. Schneider most recently served as VP and CFO for the engineering & construction (Americas division) at KBR, Inc.

DHR International Adds Partner In New York

DHR International has named Girish Mirchandani as a partner in its New York office. He becomes a member of the firm’s advanced technology practice group and brings more than a decade of executive search experience to the firm. Mr. Mirchandani has extensive search experience in the technology arena partnering with companies in the SaaS, enterprise software, healthcare

TRANSEARCH Expands India Team

TRANSEARCH International has strengthened its team in India with the additions of Ketaki Gupte, Radhika Vivek, and Anuj Roy. Ms. Gupte, who joins the firm as a director, has over 35 years of experience in the service and recruiting industry with knowledge in consumer markets, media, advertising, marketing and HR. Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, she owned Reflexion Inc., offering services in

Penrhyn Expands Asia Pacific Network

Penrhyn International has expanded into Asia Pacific with the addition of The People at Work, a regional executive search firm with offices in Singapore, Shanghai and Manila. Joo-Lee Aw, founder and managing partner, is joined on The People at Work leadership team by Chong Lian Ong (partner, Singapore) and Cesar Ginete (partner, Philippines). Established in 2000,

Internet Top Source for Employment

With nearly 20 percent of workers changing jobs each year many of them are using the Internet to do so. No surprise there. But according to a new report jointly produced by The Boston Consulting Group and Recruit Works Institute, titled ‘Job Seeker Trends 2015: Channels, Search Time, and Income Change,’ a majority of job seekers (55 percent) now

Korn Ferry to Lead Athletic Director Search for University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has selected Korn Ferry to assist with its search for a new director of athletics. According to reports, the school will pay Korn Ferry $140,000 for its work on the search. Korn Ferry will help a campus-led search committee formed last month by interim chancellor Barbara Wilson to identify and hire a replacement for Mike Thomas,

BSG Team Ventures Taps CFO for Precise Packaging

Boston-headquartered executive search firm BSG Team Ventures has placed William Fletcher as chief financial officer (CFO) for Precise Packaging. Mr. Fletcher has over 20 years of financial and operational leadership and a track record of delivering improvements in revenues, profits, marketshare and internal efficiencies. His career includes high-profile roles at United Technologies, Raytheon and DRS. Prior to

Caldwell Partners Creates Professional Services Practice

Caldwell Partners has named partner Michael DeCosta to lead its newly formed professional services practice. With nearly 20 years of experience in executive search, Mr. DeCosta focuses on recruiting senior-level executives for consulting, accounting and law firms. Prior to joining Caldwell Partners, he was a senior client partner in both the legal specialty practice and

Incubate Advisory Names Executive Search Practice Head

Incubate Advisory has appointed Gregory Nazaryan as the new head of its executive search and interim management practice. Mr. Nazaryan has an extensive background in international placement in a variety of sectors including healthcare, financial services, IT, FMCG, retail, logistics, automotive, and education. He previously served as country manager for Armenia at international search firm Pedersen

Salaries Rising Globally; Biggest Pay Increase in Three Years

Workers around the world are expected see wage increases of 2.5 percent, the highest in three years, according to the just-released Korn Ferry Hay Group 2016 Salary Forecast. In Asia, salaries are forecast to increase by 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percent from last year. However, real wages are expected to rise by 4.2 percent –

Spencer Stuart Recruits President for Brandeis University

Spencer Stuart has recruited Ronald D. Liebowitz as the ninth president of Brandeis University. The former president of Middlebury College, Mr. Liebowitz will begin his leadership role at Brandeis in July. He will succeed Lisa M. Lynch, the Maurice B. Hexter professor of social and economic policy, who has served as Brandeis’ interim president since July 2015. “We are

Curran Partners Lands VP HR for Radius Health

Executive search firm Curran Partners has placed Deborah A. Kauffman as vice president of human resources at Radius Health. Reporting to the CEO, Ms. Kauffman will lead HR planning and execution as the company’s first VP of human resources. Prior to joining Radius, Ms. Kauffman advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in human resources with Astra-Zeneca. Earlier in her career,

RM Nephew Names Financial Officers Practice Leader

Executive search firm RM Nephew and Associates has added Denise C. Amari as partner and head of the firm’s financial officers practice. She draws on a strong background in executive recruiting as well as extensive business operations experience. Ms. Amari started her career at Deloitte serving in both its audit and tax practices. Following that, with Boston

Core-Asset Consulting Selected as Recruitment Partner by Kiltearn Partners

Boutique financial executive search firm Core-Asset Consulting has been appointed by Kiltearn Partners, a global equity asset manager, as its sole recruitment partner. Last year, the executive recruiter signed a similar agreement with Alliance Trust. The partnership gives Kiltearn Partners access to Core-Asset’s existing recruitment infrastructure, as well as additional specialist support including HR advisory services, candidate

Modern Day CHRO: Consigliere to the CEO

The role of the chief human resource officer (CHRO) has changed dramatically over the years. Once a mid-level staff position, the head of human resources today sits at the elbow of the CEO and maintains one of the most influential positions within senior management. But finding the right chief human resources officer (CHRO) can be

Apollo Theater Turns to Phillips Oppenheim for Executive Producer

Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, has been selected by the Apollo Theater to lead in its search for a new executive producer. Executive search consultant Sandi Haynes is leading the search. Reporting to the Apollo’s president and CEO, the executive producer will continue to be the primary steward of the Apollo’s artistic vision,

NorthWind Partners Recruits CTO for Emergency Communications Network

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has placed Michael Ely as chief technology officer of the Emergency Communications Network (ECN). Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, along with Patrick Gray — partner and aerospace, defense and industrial sector practice leader — and Hunter

Boyden Expands U.K. Industrial Practice

Executive search firm Boyden has added Andrew Mann and James Twiston-Davies in the U.K. as partners in its industrial practice. Previously, Mr. Mann led the EMEA and Americas regions for Gerard Daniels, a boutique search firm focused on the natural resources and primary industries sectors. In his eight years in this role, he worked for large and small clients

Valerie Frederickson & Co. Names Partners; Rebrands as Frederickson Pribula Li

Valerie Frederickson & Company, a global HR executive search and consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, has named Mathilde Pribula and Michele Li as partners and rebranded as Frederickson Pribula Li. The firm serves as an executive search partner to venture capitalists, private equity funds, and founders in key technology growth markets that include software,

Competition for Talent Expected to Tighten In 2016

Many companies in growth mode have been focusing on key strategic hires to support their expansion in 2015. But while an average of 230,000 new jobs were created monthly this year in the overall labor market, the hiring process has slowed in the executive, managerial and professional sector, according to new data from the latest ‘Recruiter Sentiment

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