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Buffkin/ Baker Lands Diversity Head for Dalton School

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin/ Baker has helped place the new director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the Dalton School in New York City. Domonic Rollins comes to the private, college preparatory school from Harvard University, where he worked in the president’s office as a strategist and advisor on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Tapped by CommunityHealth to Find New CEO

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. Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has recently been enlisted by CommunityHealth in

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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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Turnkey Search Recruits COO for the Minnesota Vikings

The NFL and its teams continue to look to specialist recruiters to fill top C-suite roles. Recently, Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, placed Andrew Miller as the new chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings. His first day in the role will be September 1. Len Perna and Evan Kashan led the assignment. Mr.

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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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Odgers Berndtson Appoints Leader of U.S. Health Systems Team

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has named Maureen Ryan as a partner in its healthcare practice. She will lead the firm’s U.S. health systems team. A former international health systems executive, Ms. Ryan works with boards and executive teams to custom-build comprehensive talent strategies. She will also be a member

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Healthcare Recruiting Pioneer, Mike Kieffer, Dies at 76

Mike Kieffer, chairman of Quick Leonard Kieffer, passed away on Aug. 3. He was 76. Mr. Kieffer was a well-known pioneer and a legend in healthcare executive search, executive coaching, succession planning and governance consulting. His life’s work and successes influenced boards of directors and CEOs as well as healthcare executives. He had a particular

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How to Successfully Integrate Senior Talent

Recruiting and integrating senior talent is vital to any company’s success. Top talent stands to provide leadership, added revenue and greater market penetration. Yet integrating senior hires is not necessarily a simple endeavor. When a top-level hire fails to work out, the cost can be daunting—in terms of dollars and time lost as well as

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Koya Leadership Partners Leading CHRO Search for the University of New England

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Just recently, Tom Phillips and Charlotte Harris of Koya Leadership Partners were retained by the University of New England (UNE) to assist in its search for a new CHRO. The university, located in Biddeford, ME, seeks a collaborative

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Heidrick & Struggles Adds 18 Consultants to Executive Search and Consulting Units

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has added 18 new partners and principals to its executive search and Heidrick Consulting businesses in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. “We continue to expand our executive search and Heidrick Consulting businesses globally with consultants who bring diverse industry expertise and strong client relationships to the

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5 Lies That Recruiters Hear Everyday and How to Avoid Them

A top recruiter should be a trusted advisor in your job search. But this only works well when you, as the candidate, are honest about the facts concerning your career. A new report by Elizabeth Webster Felix of WinterWyman gives five of the most popular lies recruiters commonly hear — and why it’s important to

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Bridge Partners Lands CEO for the Denver Foundation

Janet Albert and Larry Griffin of Bridge Partners have recruited Javier Soto as the sixth president and CEO for the Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest community foundation. The organization’s previous leader, Christine Marquez-Hudson, abruptly stepped down last summer. Former board chair and trustee Virginia Bayless had been serving as interim president. Mr. Soto is the president and CEO of the Miami

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Fisher Leadership Announces New Services

Australia-based executive search firm Fisher Leadership has announced that its founder and director Jo Fisher is joining forces with HR advisory and leadership specialist Michelle Loader of Advancity to expand the reach and services of the firm. Joining the well-established managing partners Liz Jones and Andrew Norton, are Gabriel Edwards of Engaging People to lead

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Spencer Stuart Recruits First Woman Leader for RBS

Financial services organizations, generally, are facing a new competitive landscape, regulatory challenges and a constant struggle to manage cost and efficiency. This requires strategic leaders – male and female – with a multidimensional skill-set. But there’s a big problem – in most countries, while women represent about half of the financial services industry – precious few

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AGB Search Seeking President for University of Nebraska

Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm AGB Search has been enlisted to find the next president for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Managing principal Roderick J. McDavis and consultants Sally Mason and Garry W. Owens are leading the assignment. President Hank Bounds, who has been president for four years, announced in March that he would be

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Standish Executive Search Opens Office to Serve Cannabis Sector Talent Needs

Legal marijuana is now a near $10 billion business in the U.S., which means it is only natural that recruiting firms will begin focusing on bringing talent to this booming sector. Providence, RI-headquartered Standish Executive Search recently opened a new office in Worcester, MA, and has started working with the growing cannabis industry to find senior leaders. Principals

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3 Ways AI Will Make Hiring Human Again

The future of talent acquisition has never been brighter. People are what makes every organization tick, and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are poised to make hiring the most people-centric it’s ever been. And truth be told, today the talent acquisition function in organizations is reactive. Talent professionals are not at fault. “Post and pray, go

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Cejka Executive Search Recruits CEO for KidsPeace

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. After an extensive nationwide hunt, Cejka Executive Search recently assisted in the search

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Talengo Launches Venture Capital Service; Elects President of Advisory Board

Madrid-headquartered executive search firm Talengo has launched a line of services specializing in venture capital funds whose objective is “to help this sector to face the challenges posed by the need to focus on the talent of the management teams of your companies,” the firm notes. Talengo’s offer includes services that cover the three fundamental phases of the

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Moving Up in the Boardroom — Lessons From Female Board Chairs

The share of women appointed to public-company boards of directors has risen markedly in recent years, but in the U.S. and Europe, female chairs are still rare. At the end of 2018, only 30 female chairs were listed among the Fortune 500 and the FTSE 100 combined, though the overall shares of board seats held

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Benchmark Executive Search Finds CEO for CynergisTek

Benchmark Executive Search, a boutique provider of cybersecurity talent, has placed Caleb Barlow as chief executive officer of Austin, TX-based CynergisTek Inc. He succeeds retiring founder Mac McMillan, who will support Mr. Barlow in the execution of CynergisTek’s strategy through the remainder of 2019 and will remain a member of the board of directors. “I

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Signal Partners Names Retail and Consumer Practice Leader

Signal Partners, a Santa Monica, CA-based search firm serving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, has appointed Patricia Muise as a partner and leader of its retail and consumer practice. “Pat’s superpower is helping PE sponsors and CEOs navigate the rapid innovation taking place in the consumer and retail sectors,” said Tim Smith, co-founder at Signal

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What You Need to Know About Hiring Millennials

There are roughly 73 million Millennials in the U.S. Born between 1980 and 1996, Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, yet many employers struggle to attract and retain them. The U.S. now has more open jobs than job seekers, and the quit rate recently reached a 17-year high. In today’s tight labor market,

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Buffkin / Baker Seeks Chancellor for University of Mississippi

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been enlisted to find the next chancellor for the University of Mississippi. Managing partner Martin Baker is leading the assignment. The chancellor, who serves at the university’s chief executive officer, reports through the commissioner of higher education to the Mississippi board of trustees of state institutions of higher learning, the

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Jobble Raises $11 Million in Funding

Jobble, an on-demand marketplace and management platform that connects companies to the 60 million U.S. gig economy workers, has raised $11 million in new Series A funding, led by Vestigo Ventures and AXA Venture Partners with participation from Guardian Strategic Ventures and Harlem Capital Partners. Founded by Zack Smith and Corey Bober, Jobble connects gig workers in the U.S. seeking

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Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Domino’s Pizza

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Hanold Associates placed Lisa V. Price as the executive vice president and CHRO of Domino’s Pizza. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment. He was joined by partners Keri Gavin,

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DRI Names Sports Practice Leader

The sports industry is thriving. With an estimated size of $539.7 billion in the U.S. alone, sports business jobs surrounding college athletic departments, professional sports leagues or other athletic franchises are in demand. Recently, Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) appointed Brett Wallace as director of its sports and entertainment practice. Mr. Wallace brings to Direct Recruiters 10

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Alexander Mann Solutions Acquires Karen HR, Adds Leaders for North America

Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based talent acquisition and management services firm, is continuing its expansion, acquiring an HR technology company, Karen HR Inc., and bringing new talent to its North American leadership team. The acquisition of Karen HR is a strategic move which will accelerate the launch of new digital products, said Alexander Mann Solutions.

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Wanted: An HR Executive on Company Boards

Boards of directors are, in theory, supposed to be able to offer advice and guidance to a CEO on any aspect of an organization. One can look at any board in the Fortune 1000 and find current or retired experts in finance, strategy and marketing. That’s why boards are typically filled with current or former

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Ventura Partners Places Leaders for Two Equity38 Portfolio Companies

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has recruited top executives for two portfolio companies owned by private equity firm Equity38. John Hutchison becomes president of TRX, a leader in functional training equipment, education and technology, and Clay Sanger steps into the chief executive officer role for Superfood Holdings, which is in the plant-based, clean food restaurant space.

CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed Shane Williamson as president and chief executive officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The search was led by CarterBaldwin founding partner Price Harding. After a far-reaching search, the board selected Mr. Williamson, currently the FCA executive director of field ministry who has been involved with FCA for 24 years. FCA’s current president

Herbert Mines Associates Lands CEO for Coach Brand

Executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has recruited Wendy Kahn as chief executive officer and brand president of Stuart Weitzman, a high-end shoe company owned by Coach Inc. She succeeds Wayne Kulkin, the brand’s current CEO, who will become a consultant to Coach. In the past, Herbert Mines has filled various roles for Coach Inc. including president

Futurestep Launches Healthcare Technology & Services Practice

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has launched a dedicated healthcare technology & services practice. It will bring broad capabilities and expertise across the entire health tech market, serving payors, providers and healthcare technology companies. The practice will be a direct extension of Korn Ferry’s healthcare technology executive search practice group,

IMD International Continues U.K. Expansion

IMD International Search Group has added London-headquartered Caton Search as a member firm. Founded by Bob Caton in 2008, the executive search firm focuses on industrial and services companies in the infrastructure, manufacturing, energy and environmental sectors. The firm consists of three partners who have an average of 16 to 17 years of experience in the executive search

Women Rise to Dominate CHRO Roles, But Falter On Path to CEO

Even though an analysis of the top 1,000 U.S. companies by Korn Ferry finds the percentage of women in most C-suite positions is dramatically lower than their male counterparts, the chief human resources officer (CHRO) position is the only C-suite role where there is gender parity. A full 55 percent of CHROs across industries are women, according to

Monster Posts Stunning Loss; Bidding War Underway for Struggling Job Site

Monster Worldwide on Friday reported a stunning third quarter loss of $180.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Weston, MA-based online job search company, seen at one time as a daring pioneer in the race to bring a new digital dynamic to the recruiting sector, posted revenue of $144.8

Emory University Taps Two Search Firms for Top Posts

Heidrick & Struggles and Neumann Executive Search Partners have been retained by Emory University to fill the college’s provost/chief academic officer and EVP business & administration positions, respectively. Emory’s search committee is looking for visionaries to make it the go-to place for policymakers, students and researchers. The provost search advisory committee — co-chaired by professors Carol

Suncoast Aquatic Taps Prodigy Sports for New President

Executive search firm Prodigy Sports has placed Robert J. Sullivan as president and chief executive officer of The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA). In his new role, Mr. Sullivan will be responsible for the planning, direction, management and overseeing of all activities and operations of the organization, the venue and associated activities. He will also coordinate assigned activities

StraussGroup Acquires Fiorella Search Group

Buffalo-based search firm StraussGroup has acquired Fiorella Search Group, a boutique recruiter dedicated to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology & medical sectors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Fiorella Search Group brand will not remain. The firm’s founder, Nicole Fiorella, has joined the StraussGroup team as managing director. In 1996, Ms. Fiorella began her career in recruitment

Why ‘Boomerang Employees’ Might Be In Your Future

The way companies and their employee’s part ways has completely changed. Although job-hopping is at an all-time high, employers today understand that loyalty doesn’t necessarily go away when employees walk out the door. According to just-released analytics from global outplacement and redeployment firm Mullin International, leveraging talent relationships is now seen as critical to the job

Allegis Partners Recruits Director for Girl Power 2 Cure

Executive search firm Allegis Partners has placed Monique J. Nolk as a new member of the board of directors at Girl Power 2 Cure. Managing director Hang Bower led the assignment. As a board member, Ms. Nolk will share responsibility for communicating and promoting Girl Power 2 Cure’s mission and programs to the community; fundraising and outreach; organizational leadership and

WinterWyman Taps New CFO for TG Gallagher

Executive search firm WinterWyman has placed Gary Eason as chief financial officer at TG Gallagher. Senior vice president and partner Ken Martin led the search. As TG Gallagher’s CFO, Mr. Eason will be responsible for managing and directing all financial activities of the company, as well as its projects, including both treasury and accounting functions. He will also enhance

Pedersen & Partners Names Automotive Practice Head

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has appointed Thorsten Otremba as a client partner and head of its automotive practice. Mr. Otremba has over 15 years of global in-depth expertise in executive search, with a particular focus on the automotive, manufacturing and engineering sectors. Over the course of his career he has held key management

Coming Full Circle When a Key Recruiting Sector Is Down

Over the last two years, the energy industry has suffered some of its most significant losses. The rapid price decline in crude oil has been staggering and, with it, jobs have been adversely affected. One search firm with a front row seat to both the energy sector and its impact on talent is Houston-based Alder Koten. Although

Investment Management Fund Puts Out Casting Call to Search Firms

The $37 billion University of Texas Investment Management Co. is looking to replace past chief executive officer Bruce Zimmerman, who recently stepped down. The third largest U.S. college endowment is currently reviewing executive search firms to lead this important assignment. Mark Warner, one of the organization’s senior directors, is currently serving as interim CEO. He

HVS Fills Chief Marketing Officer Post for Slim Chickens

HVS Executive Search has placed Mark Mears as chief marketing officer of Slim Chickens, a franchise restaurant operator with more than 40 locations in 10 states. The fast-casual restaurant plans to grow to 600 locations in the next 10  years and needed a marketing executive to further fuel this effort. CEO Court Williams led the search along with vice

Wheless Partners Expands Higher Education Recruiting Practice

Executive search firm Wheless Partners has appointed Dr. Robert Witt, University of Alabama System chancellor emeritus, as a senior advisor to the firm’s higher education search practice. “Given the numerous challenges higher education faces today, leadership for public colleges and universities has never been more imperative,” said CEO Mike Wheless. “Yet leadership development and succession planning in public

Heidrick & Struggles Recruits CEO for National Cybersecurity Center

Heidrick & Struggles has placed Ed Rios as chief executive officer of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) in Colorado Springs. A four-person search committee from the National Cybersecurity Center’s 12 directors conducted interviews and made the final candidate recommendation to the board. Board members unanimously selected Mr. Rios from 13 applicants, including two other finalists who were interviewed

EMA Partners Continues Expansion In South America

EMA Partners International, global partnership of executive search professionals, has added two new offices in South America with new locations in Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru, with the additions of TestaNova and Pera Consultores. Antonia Errázuriz is one of the founding partners of TestaNova, a firm that has served Santiago and the Chilean market for seven years, specializing

Global Vision Top Trait for Incoming CEOs

Overseas experience has become an increasingly common requirement in searches for new CEOs of international companies. Without it, prospective chief executives may be holding their career back. A new white paper report released by DHR International finds an increasing number of companies are seeking leaders with global vision. The study was authored by Frank Smeekes, who serves

Quick Leonard Kieffer Recruits Chief Medical Officer at Penn State Hershey

Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has recruited Thomas Tracy Jr. MD as chief medical officer at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Managing partner Dr. Robert Kuramoto led the search. In his new role, Dr. Tracy will be responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing the management of clinical resources in the delivery

Phillips Oppenheim Leading President Search for American Corporate Partners

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been retained by American Corporate Partners (ACP) to lead its search for a new president. Jane Phillips Donaldson and Susan Meade are leading the assignment. The chosen leader will collaborate with ACP’s chairman to achieve maximum growth in the organization’s mentoring programs and focus on strategic planning. The incoming leader will

Vetted Solutions Appoints VP in Washington, D.C.

Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has added Nancy Green as vice president in its Washington, D.C., office. In her new role, Ms. Green will expand the firm’s activities in the areas of succession planning, interim executive appointments, onboarding, and leadership development. Her arrival will allow the firm’s founder, Jim Zaniello, to focus on further expansion and growth

AltoPartners Adds Member Firms in Argentina and Peru

AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has added Backer Wurzel & Partners in Argentina and Equation Partners in Peru as its newest member firms. Based in Buenos Aires, Backer Wurzel & Partners was founded in 2012 by Ricardo Backer and Gustavo Wurzel, former managing partners of Korn Ferry and Heidrick & Struggles. The firm’s focus is on

Talent Poaching Rampant, Yet Often Uncontested at American Companies

A full quarter of U.S. businesses are experiencing a marked increase in talent raids at the C-suite level. Yet most are woefully unprepared to combat the problem head on. This is among the key findings of a talent retention survey of nearly 400 human resource professionals conducted recently by Marlin Hawk, a global leadership advisory firm focused on next-generation

Publicly Traded Search Firms See Flurry of Investor Activity

Hedge funds seems to be having a grand old time investing in, and divesting of, search firm stocks these days. Some well-known investment brands are acquiring new stakes, while others are reducing positions and moving on. Whether they’re on their way in or heading for the exits, one thing is certain: hedge funds currently own

Kentucky Lottery Corp. Taps Oliver Group to Head CEO Search

Executive search firm The Oliver Group has been retained by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Marty Gibbs, the Kentucky Lottery’s chief operating officer, is serving as the organization’s acting CEO. Long-time chief executive, Arch Gleason, who spent nearly 23 years at the helm of the Kentucky Lottery serving under five governors,

Aviation Search Recruits Security Officer for AirMed International

Executive recruiting firm Aviation Search Group has placed Steven McNeeley as safety and security executive officer at AirMed International, LLC. Executive recruiter and client manager Jaime Truxal led the search. The search firm said that AirMed was looking for someone with a background in on-demand aircraft operations along with extensive experience implementing processes, procedures and managing safety management

Harrington Starr Launches Executive Search Division; Taps New Leader

U.K. headquartered recruiting firm Harrington Starr has appointed Tony Marshall as its new managing partner and leader of the firm’s newly launched executive search division. Harrington Starr Executive Search will focus on searches for a number of inter-related sectors, including financial services; fintech; global markets; advisory; telecom & technology; and venture capital & private equity, among others. Mr. Marshall brings 25 years

Egon Zehnder In Hunt for Next Hershey Company CEO

Egon Zehnder has been retained by The Hershey Company to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. John Bilbrey said he is resigning next summer from the post he’s held for five years. As part of the company’s succession planning process, the board has appointed a special committee to direct the search for a

Slone Partners Taps CEO for Westox Labs

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Matthew Watson as the new chief executive officer of Westox Labs. In his new role, Mr. Watson will lead and oversee all aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, operations, finance, billing, and compliance. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Watson is a veteran healthcare executive and entrepreneur who has

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