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Job Market Trends to Watch In 2018

2017 was a landmark year for hiring. Despite two major hurricanes and political turmoil in Washington, D.C., the U.S. economy forged ahead, adding more than 1.9 million new jobs and pushing stock markets to an all-time record high. After eight years of steady jobs growth, the nation’s unemployment rate hit a 17-year low this year.

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Parker Executive Search Seeks President for University of Central Florida

Parker Executive Search is looking to place the new president of the University of Central Florida (UCF) by mid-year. The Atlanta-based recruitment firm was enlisted last year to find the replacement for the school’s longtime president John Hitt, who announced his retirement in October. Perhaps Parker’s biggest challenge is finding someone who can fill the

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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.


NPAworldwide Adds Six New Member Firms

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added six new member locations in the U.S. as it

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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?

Frank Recruitment Group Names President Americas

Frank Recruitment Group Names President for the Americas

London-headquartered executive search firm Frank Recruitment Group has appointed Sunny Ackerman as president for the Americas. “We are delighted to bring Sunny in to propel our already successful activity in American marketplaces, including accelerating the growth of our current and future offices,” the firm said. Frank Recruitment Group specializes in the technology sector. Ms. Ackerman


In Canada, Women Making Slow Progress Reaching the C-Suite

In many respects this past year represented a tipping point for women – and the men who support them. The abrupt fall of high-profile individuals in the realms of business, entertainment, politics and media, coupled with the rise of broad-based movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, seems to signal a profound shift in societal attitudes towards

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Bridge Partners Seeking Chief Program Officer for WIN

The housing group Win, formerly Women In Need, has been transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless families for more than 30 years. The organization recently enlisted executive recruitment firm Bridge Partners to find a chief program officer. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert. The search is

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Coleman Lew Leads Provost Search for Lenoir-Rhyne University

The hunt for university leadership has been heating up, especially with searches for provosts. Just recently, Coleman Lew + Associates was selected by Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC to lead its search for a new provost. Two years ago, the Charlotte, NC-based executive recruitment firm helped place the school’s current president, Frederick K. Whitt. The previous

Cameron Smith & Associates Launches International Division

Cameron Smith & Associates Launches International Division

Executive search firm Cameron Smith & Associates (CSA) has formed an international division with the addition of former Walmart executives Tom Colella and Eduardo Mariscotti. “My philosophy in business is never stop growing, and what we are doing is expanding on what we are really good at and taking it to a higher level,” said

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AIMS Names Managing Partner for Thailand

AIMS International has expanded with the addition of Takehiko Ono as managing partner of AIMS Thailand. Mr. Ono has over 20 years of experience in executive search and the HR industry. Before joining AIMS, he served several industry sectors, including automotive, IT and telecommunications. As managing director of a recruiting company, he staffed foreign engineers for manufacturing companies in Japan from


Worker Confidence Climbs, but Job Security Falters

Showing growth for two consecutive quarters, the national Worker Confidence Index climbed 0.7 percentage points for the final quarter of last year, but dropped 1.3 points from a year earlier, according to the newly released study by HRO Today magazine and Yoh Recruitment Process Outsourcing. The index now stands at 103.2. Of the four components

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McDermott & Bull Selected by Armand Agra to Recruit Chief Commercial Officer

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has been retained by Armand Agra to lead its search for a chief commercial officer. The search is being conducted by what is known as the fit practice at the recruitment firm, which includes partner Jeff Black, associate principal consultant Jason Pinegar, associate consultant Trey Mullen, executive search consultant Kelly Nguyen,

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KRW Associates Leads Double Police Chief Searches in Colorado

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

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Nonprofit Talent Expands with New Offerings and Executive Advisor

Pittsburgh-based search firm Nonprofit Talent has recently added James McDonald as executive advisor. It also announced a series of new service offerings. Mr. McDonald is the retired managing director for global philanthropy and employee programs at BNY Mellon. He also served as a director of BNY Mellon Foundation and president of the BNY Mellon Foundation

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Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Names New Leader

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. Hong Kong-based recruiting firm Meraki Executive Search & Consulting has recently named Nick Marsh as managing director. He is charged with leading the team and driving the continued growth of the company across the


Strong Hiring Intentions to Continue Into Second Quarter

U.S. employers are expecting hiring to pick up in the second quarter, with one in five planning to add staff, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors are looking for headcount to grow. The upbeat forecast indicates that the uncertain political climate continues to have


Seasoned Recruiters Step Out to Focus on Coaching, Strategy and Analytics

Executive search firms and their consultants continue to enter new areas to assist clients that go well beyond recruiting – and sometimes well beyond the firms where they’re working. Two well-respected top executives in the recruitment industry – Mike Marino and Russ Riendeau – have recently stepped away from businesses they led for years to

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Major, Lindsey & Africa Places General Counsel for Modine Manufacturing Company

Legal recruiting has largely been booming this year. Recently, recruiters Heather Fine and Michael Sachs from Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) helped place Sylvia A. Stein as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Modine Manufacturing Company in Racine, WI. Ms. Stein joins Modine with 25 years of experience in the legal field. Most recently, she was the associate

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Arlington Partners Lands CEO for Institutional Limited Partners Association

A variety of trade associations have turned to search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Arlington Partners International recently recruited Steven Nelson as CEO of the Institutional Limited Partners Association in Washington, D.C. Lisa Heidman, the firm’s founder and CEO, and Deborah Magidson, senior client partner, led the assignment. ILPA was seeking an


Ward Howell Names Kimberly Bishop Chairman of U.S. Advisory Board

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has named Kimberly Bishop as chairman of its U.S. advisory board. Based in New York, she will also collaborate across practices on key talent projects and executive searches. “We are delighted to welcome Kim to Ward Howell,” said Asad Haider, president – Americas, COO and member of the board. “The depth of experience that Kim brings

Gig Jobs Continue to Gain Traction

Gig Jobs Continue to Gain Traction

Today, a growing number of workers are opting for alternative employment models over traditional, full-time, permanent roles. Part-time, contingent, contract, temporary, freelance, independent contractor, on-demand online and platform working – call it what you will, they are all on the rise. Businesses and those who work for them want choice, flexibility and alternative ways of working

TalentRISE Releases Search Tool Flexible Fee Options

TalentRISE Releases Search Tool with Flexible Fee Options

As the executive search sector continues its shift beyond pure-play talent identification, recruiting firms have taken a more innovative approach to working with clients. For many, this has included everything from creating expanded service offerings to offering value-based pricing models. Flexibility, above all else, reigns supreme. While large search firms have offered a myriad of

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Korn Ferry Tapped by Louisville to Find Athletic Director

Korn Ferry was recently selected by the University of Louisville to find its next athletic director. The previous AD, Tom Jurich, was fired in the wake of an FBI investigation into recruits being secretly paid to commit to playing for the school’s basketball team. The search firm is looking to fill the role by the end

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Jorgenson Places CEO at One Acadiana

One Acadiana, a regional economic development group in Louisiana, named Troy Wayman as its new CEO following a national search conducted by Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting. Jason El Koubi, who led the organization since it started two years ago, resigned last year. Todd Jorgenson, the search firm’s managing director and principal, headed the assignment. “Finding a

Boyden Adds Former CHRO Milan

Boyden Adds Former CHRO in Milan

Executive search continues to be landing spot for HR executives looking for a career change. Just recently, Boyden added veteran human resources executive Michele Marchesan as a principal in the firm’s Milan office. In his 30-year career, Mr. Marchesan has overseen numerous searches for C-suite and senior level management throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Unemployment Rate Remains at 18 Year Low

Unemployment Rate Remains at 18 Year Low

Employers added 313,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate remained at an 18 year low of 4.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The January gain is the 89th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people was essentially unchanged at 6.7 million. Analysts had predicted job additions of

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Turnkey Sports and Entertainment Finds Director of Athletics for UNC Charlotte

Specialist recruiters Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has placed Mike Hill as the next director of athletics at UNC Charlotte. Senior executive director Gene DeFilippo led the assignment. Mr. Hill previously served as executive associate athletics director for external affairs at the University of Florida. In addition to his marketing and fundraising roles during his 25 years

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Herd Freed Hartz Finds New Leader for the Port of Seattle Commission

Herd Freed Hartz Executive Search Partners has recruited retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as the new executive director of the Port of Seattle Commission. The search involved outreach to community leaders and stakeholders, five employee forums and an innovative online survey. Candidates from around the region and across the country were reviewed in

CyberSN Launches New JobBuilder Service

CyberSN Launches New JobBuilder Service

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions could be. This

Brentwood Search Partners With Color Stampede

El Segundo, California-based executive search firm Brentwood Search has entered into a consulting arrangement with Color Stampede to advance its recruiting efforts for startup and established media and technology companies moving into downtown Los Angeles. Brentwood Search will serve as executive recruiter of record for Color Stampede; in turn, Color Stampede will help identify emerging players in digital

Healthcare Recruiter Joins HealthTech as VP

Veteran healthcare recruiter Peter Goodspeed has joined HealthTech Management Services as vice president in an effort to bring a fresh perspective to the firm’s recruitment services. Competition for highly qualified healthcare executives has never been greater as healthcare reform continues to evolve, and the need for talent in the sector is expanding. With more than 25

Ferguson Partners Heading CEO Search for Mack-Cali Realty

Ferguson Partners Ltd. has been retained by Mack-Cali Realty Corp. to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Mitch Rudin, former chief executive of Brookfield Office Properties’ U.S. division, was the leading candidate to replace outgoing CEO Mitchell Hersh. “Since initiating this process, the board search committee, in conjunction

U.K. Search Pioneer Dies at 80

Anthony Saxton, a pioneer in the field of headhunting for the educational and charitable sectors, after a first career in advertising, has died at the age of 80. Mr. Saxton and his business partner, Stephen Bampfylde, founded Saxton Bampfylde International in 1986 and built a practice that applied “executive search” skills honed in the business

Abercrombie & Fitch Taps Spencer Stuart for CEO Search

They have not had a CEO in over five months. So retail giant, Abercrombie & Fitch, has gone to the outside to help find itself a new leader by enlisting Hunt Scanlon ‘Big Five’ recruiter Spencer Stuart. In December, A&F’s longtime CEO, Mike Jefferies, who had helped build a brand that attracted millions of teens in

Futurestep Adds Managing Director of Global Operations

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has named Viquar Khan as managing director of global operations to address the growing demand for its talent acquisition solutions. Working with Futurestep’s leadership and delivery teams, Mr. Khan will focus on extending and advancing the use of Korn Ferry’s intellectual property within Futurestep’s service offerings and further

People Gallery Opens Doors

Former owner and managing director of Publicis Life Brands Resolute, Paul Blackburn, has launched a new executive search firm: People Gallery. The talent solutions provider was created to focus on filling senior-level positions for the marketing services industry across PR, advertising, medical education and digital with a particular focus on health. “I have started People Gallery because industry

TRANSEARCH Adds Senior Client Partner In Stuttgart

TRANSEARCH International has added Ursula Glock to its Stuttgart office as a senior client partner. Ms. Glock has nearly 20 years’ experience in executive search with experience in the engineering, automotive and IT sectors. She has completed numerous assignments at all levels of senior management for both medium-sized multinationals, as well as large-sized enterprises, having built long term partnerships

Lonergan Partners Recruits Board Director

Executive search firm Lonergan Partners has recruited Joe Hoffman to the board of directors at Hercules Technology Growth Capital. The search was led by partner Dotty Schaffer. Mr. Hoffman has more than 36 years of business experience in all aspects of financial and SEC reporting. He served as audit partner at KPMG from July 1983 to September 2009, serving a

Work&Partners Recruits CMO for Merrill Communications

New York-based Work&Partners LLC has placed Alan C. Scott as chief marketing officer for Merrill Communications, LLC. Alan J. Work of Work&Partners led the search. Mr. Scott was formerly chief marketing officer at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief marketing officer, enterprise media group, at Dow Jones

Goodwin Executive Search Places SVP Worldwide Sales at Zaloni

Raleigh, NC-headquartered Goodwin Executive Search has placed Scott Hart as senior vice president of worldwide sales at Zaloni, Inc. based in Durham, NC. Mr. Hart was recruited to Zaloni from OPower where he served as vice president of sales. Prior to his role at OPower he served as a director of sales at Oracle, and has

Key Corporate Services Promotes Partner

Fishers, Indiana-based executive search firm Key Corporate Services, LLC, has promoted Todd Downing to partner. Mr. Downing will continue his involvement in all aspects of the firm's executive recruiting and client advisory business. He is also responsible for project management, and involved in training and mentoring the firm’s professional staff. "We congratulate Todd on his promotion

Fox Rodney Partners With ALS International

Fox Rodney Search (FRS) has formed a new partnership with Hong Kong-based search firm ALS International. The new alliance represents a continued effort by the firm to serve its global client base. ALS International was established in 2002 and is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. Its staff is comprised of

Ballinger|Leafblad Heading CEO Search for Ronald McDonald House

St. Paul-based executive recruiters Ballinger|Leafblad has been selected by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC) to lead in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Current CEO John Stanoch has said he will retire this fall from his post. Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is a Minneapolis-based non-profit that gives seriously

NGS Global Recruits SVP Human Resources for Public Storage

NGS Global has placed Michael Rosenow as senior vice president of human resources at Public Storage. The position is based in Glendale, California. Mr. Rosenow was previously SVP of HR and chief compliance officer at The Service Companies in Las Vegas. The search was conducted by Bob Bellano, senior partner, and Don Parker, senior partner,

Dice Records Five Percent Revenue Increase

Dice Holdings, Inc./(NYSE:DHX) has recorded first quarter revenues of $63.8 million, an increase of five percent from $60.7 million in the comparable quarter of 2014. The rise was primarily due to higher year-over-year sales and marketing expense and additional headcount in part resulting from the acquisition of OilCareers in March 2014, partially offset by lower depreciation

Goldsmith & Co Adds Partner in San Francisco Office

Goldsmith & Co, an executive search firm focused on asset management, has appointed Paul Charles as a partner in its San Francisco office. Mr. Charles was previously a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ financial services practice, focusing on search and advisory work for asset management, private equity, hedge fund and wealth management clients across North America.

CTPartners Loses Seven More Top Recruiters to Rivals

Top 10-ranked executive search firm CTPartners remains in the crosshairs of its global rivals – several of whom seem to be picking the company clean of its top-level business producers. Robert Voth, a CTPartners vice chairman and 17-year company veteran, has joined Russell Reynolds Associates as a managing director where he will work from the firm’s Chicago

CTPartners’ Client Satisfaction Rate Up in Q1

CTPartners' quarterly Client Satisfaction Survey (CSS) results showed an overall client satisfaction rate of 91.4 percent, up 5.25 percent from 86.2 percent for the same quarter in 2014. Ninety-six percent of respondents said they would use CTPartners again for another critical search. “CTPartners is committed to providing a transparent search experience for our clients and

B.E. Smith Adds Healthcare Leader for Interim Business

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has added Byron Atkinson as vice president / leadership advisor for its interim leadership and advisory services division. A healthcare executive with more than 35 years of national and international senior leadership experience, Mr. Atkinson brings a track record in leading for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, as well as academic medical centers

E.A. Hughes Places Global Marketing SVP for USPA Properties

Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co has placed Matthew McCartin as senior vice president of global marketing of USPA Properties, Inc. Mr. McCartin was previously the chief marketing officer of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. Prior to that, he served as vice president of advertising, KFC, at Yum Brands Inc. USPA Properties oversees licensees in North and

Christenson Advisory Services Names Principal in L.A.

Christenson Advisory Services (CA), a full service consultancy providing executive search, compensation, financial advisory and management consulting services to the global real estate industry, has named Kara Sugimoto as a principal in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Sugimoto and her team will lead CA's West Coast executive search practice. She brings more than two decades of

Diversified Search Recruits Provost for Samford University

Diversified Search has placed Dr. Mike Hardin as the new provost of Samford University. Dr. Hardin, who currently serves as the dean of business at the University of Alabama, will be joining Samford University in Birmingham beginning July 1st. The search was led by managing director Gene Head. Samford’s President Andrew Westmoreland stated: "In accepting

Ralph Andersen and Associates Chosen to Lead President Search

Executive recruiters Ralph Andersen and Associates has been selected by Santa Monica College (SMC) to lead its search for a new college superintendent/president. The decision came after hearing presentations by and interviewing representatives of Ralph Andersen & Associates and three other finalists: Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., Association of Community College Trustees, and Korn Ferry. "Ralph Andersen &

Direct Recruiters Expands Military Transition Practice

Executive search firm Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) has added Thomas M. Clark as director of military transition, military leadership excellence, and the firm's supply chain/logistics practice. Mr. Clark’s experience managing high growth, multi-division, multi-billion dollar businesses is a compliment to his military leadership experience. He is a former U.S Army Captain and Airborne Ranger that led

CDI Corp. Posts Q1 Revenue Dip

CDI Corp./(NYSE:CDI)a Philadelphia-based provider of IT-focused recruitment solutions, posted first quarter revenues of $257.5 million, a decrease of 6.8 percent from revenues of $276.3 million a year ago. The company reported a net gain of $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, last year.

Miller Mckenzie Creates Manufactured Joinery Division

Specialist executive search company Miller Mckenzie has created a manufactured joinery division in response to strength in the manufactured joinery industry. As part of its growth strategy in the timber & forest products sector, the firm will launch a dedicated manufactured joinery division which will allow senior consultant Denise Griffin to focus on providing a unique,

Egon Zehnder Heading Search for BBC Studios

Egon Zehnder is currently leading the search for a new executive to lead BBC Studios. Consultant Dom Loehnis is heading the assignment. The firm was used in 2012 to identify Mark Thompson’s replacement as BBC director general. BBC Studios and Post Production is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, providing television studios, post production and

Spencer Stuart Recruits General Counsel for Point72 Asset Management

Spencer Stuart has placed Kevin J. O’Connor as general counsel of Point72 Asset Management, L.P. Mr. O’Connor, most recently vice president for global ethics and compliance at United Technologies, served as the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut from 2002 to 2008. He then served as associate attorney general until 2009. In addition to his public service,

Hanold Associates Launches CHRO Search

Executive Search firm Hanold Associates has been selected by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) to lead its search to find a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Reporting to the CEO, the CHRO will serve as a key member of RIC’s executive leadership team and will be accountable for all human resources activities and building

Monster Worldwide Posts Seven Percent Revenue Dip

Moster Worldwide, Inc./(NYSE:MWW) has posted revenues of $184 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, a decline of seven percent from revenues of $194 million in the comparable quarter of 2014. Revenue from the company's Careers – North America operations decreased four percent year-over-year and revenue from Careers – International decreased 13 percent year-over-year

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