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Polachi Places General Counsel for Veracode

Executive search firms have been called in to find new general counsels for various organizations this year. Recently, Boston-headquartered executive search firm Polachi Inc. placed former Monotype legal executive Dawn Rogers as the new general counsel of Veracode in Burlington, MA. Partner Charley Polachi spearheaded the assignment. “Rogers’ impressive and versatile background makes her a powerhouse addition to Veracode’s

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Odgers Berndtson Expands in France

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has inked a new partnership in France with the addition of Singer & Hamilton, a 30 year-old search firm that specializes in executive search and executive assessment with strong expertise in financial services, life sciences, technology, industry, fashion, luxury and private equity. “Odgers Berndtson is

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How to Run Better Executive Searches with Real-Time Collaboration

Learn how real-time collaboration helps top executive search firms improve time-to-hire, retention, team cohesiveness, and more.

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Harris Rand Lusk Recruits CEO for Stupid Cancer

New York City-based executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk has placed Alison Silberman as the new CEO of Stupid Cancer, a non-profit that serves young adults with cancer. Matthew Zachary, the cancer group’s founder and CEO for 12 years, recently transitioned out of the role. Managing partner and CEO Jack Lusk led the assignment, along with Elly

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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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Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Former IlliniCare Health Plan 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 recently expanded with the addition of longtime

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Move Over Millennials, There’s a New Workforce in Town

Generation Z. It is the first generation to know only a digital world. Its members grew up playing on their parents’ mobile devices, and many had their own smartphone as early as elementary school. Now that they’re on the brink of entering the job market, older workers are wondering how these “digital natives” will impact the

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Odgers Berndtson Recruits CEO for the Positive Coaching Alliance

Greg Santore and Jennifer Biehn of Odgers Berndtson have placed Chris Moore as the new CEO of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Jim Thompson, the group’s founder and CEO, is stepping down after 20 years. “I’m proud of all we’ve achieved in the past 20 years, but we have only scratched the surface of youth

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Tyler & Company Seeks CIO for Penn State Health

Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company has been enlisted to find a senior vice president and chief information officer for Penn State Health, a multi-hospital health system based in Hershey, PA. Search firm president Preston W. Smith, assistant vice president Charlotte Tinsley and consultant René Dodd are spearheading the assignment. “This is an exciting opportunity

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CyberSN Names President

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

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Carlyle Group Takes Majority Stake in HireVue

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an AI component. The latest: South Jordan, UT-based HireVue, which develops and provides AI-driven assessment and video interviewing solutions, has announced that global investment firm Carlyle Group has signed an agreement to invest in HireVue as its majority investor. Existing shareholders, including TCV, Granite Ventures and

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Performance Drivers That Create Value and Deliver Growth

As most investment theses for PE investors rely on a significant growth equation, talent and organization capabilities are often the greatest constraint to delivering on a value creation plan. While most PE firms aspire for an in-depth organization due diligence before an investment is made, it is rare that they actually succeed, according to Summit Leadership

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TriVista Launches IT & Operations Technology Practice

TriVista, a global operations consulting firm focused on private equity firms and middle-market manufacturing, distribution and consumer goods companies, has launched an IT and operations technology practice. The new service combines TriVista’s broad technology expertise and deep operational experience to provide clients with a business-specific view of opportunities and risks, while optimizing investments related to

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Slone Partners Enters Partnership with Wolf Hill Group

Demand for top cybersecurity professionals is accelerating in the face of increasingly volatile global data security conditions. But the talent pool remains limited and difficult to access. With cybercrime draining more than $445 billion from the global economy, International Data Corp. has forecast that this market will present a $101 billion opportunity by 2020. To

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Diversified Search Tapped by Oglethorpe University to Find President

With the new academic year underway, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. This has made searching for academic leadership comparable to searching for

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Scion Executive Search Recruits CEO for the Historic Trust

Scion Executive Search, which specializes in the non-profit sector, has placed David Pearson as president and CEO of the Historic Trust, a Vancouver, WA preservation group. Gregory Goode, who served in the role less than four months, abruptly stepped down and board member Mike Williams had been serving as interim president and CEO. The Historic Trust

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Making the Conscious Hire

We’ll never really know how many millions and millions are spent every year on data and intelligence by companies in positioning their talent ahead of their competitors. What we know for sure is that, even after they’ve spent all that money, many once-great companies fade and die all the same and many promising start-ups never

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McDermott & Bull Recruits CEO for Bonchon

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has placed Flynn Dekker as the new CEO of Bonchon Franchise LLC, a holding company of VIG Partners, Korea’s leading buyout fund. He will take over day-to-day leadership of Bonchon from Jinduk Seo, who will continue to serve on the restaurant chain’s board. The assignment was led by managing partner Chris Bull, executive

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PFM Executive Search Places Provost for Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Canadian search firm PFM Executive Search has recruited Trish Kelly as vice president academic and provost of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Partner Shelina Esmail and associate partner Jennifer Madden led the assignment for the recruitment firm. “Trish impressed the search committee with her dedication to student empowerment and excellence,

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NGS Global Appoints Head of Financial Services Practice

Executive search firm NGS Global has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Larry Fraser as managing partner for its New York office and head of the firm’s financial services practice. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Fraser has conducted hundreds of leadership and senior-level search assignments within the financial services industry, as well as advising

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Kingsley Gate Partners Expands in Brazil

In an effort to expand its global presence, Kingsley Gate Partners has added Maria Eugenia Bias Fortes as senior partner, Priscilla Batistao as vice president and Betina Ferlic Dussel as principal in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Eugenia Bias Forte brings over 12 years of experience in the executive search industry specializing in top-level roles in the consumer,

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Employers to Continue Hiring Plans into Final Quarter of 2019

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain positive in the fourth quarter with hiring intentions improving one percentage point compared to a year ago, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors said they were expecting headcount to grow. This is the seventh consecutive year

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N2Growth Appoints Leader for Private Equity Business Unit

N2Growth, a Philadelphia, PA-based management consulting and executive search firm, has named Brian Kibby as CEO of N2Ventures, the firm’s business unit serving the leadership and talent needs of private equity companies, venture capital firms, family offices and hedge funds. In addition, he will serve as senior partner with N2Growth, focusing on the firm’s global education, technology and

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TillmanPartners Leads CFO Search for Coker Tire

CFOs continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. Recently, Scottsdale, AZ-based search firm TillmanPartners was selected by Coker Tire Co. and Irving Place Capital (IPC) to recruit a new CFO for Coker. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Coker is the largest worldwide manufacturer and supplier of tires

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Saxton Bampfylde Finds CEO for U.K.’s Film Distributors’ Association

U.K.-based executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has placed the new chief executive officer for the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), a London-based trade organization. Andy Leyshon, former managing director for the U.K. and Ireland of STX International, succeeds Mark Batey who held the post for two decades. The appointment comes less than two months before the deadline date

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Gerard Daniels Names Leader for Sydney Office

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Geoff Curran as lead of its Sydney office. He will be spearhead a local team that brings together a broad range of sector specialties and experience. Mr. Curran will report directly to the firm’s CEO, Alison Gaines. Mr. Curran brings over 30 years of experience

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CHRO Scorecard: Three Metrics Your Board Should Know

A CHRO brings a unique skill-set to any board. With deep knowledge of executive succession and the ability to maintain and engage individuals who execute business strategy, they are an invaluable asset to corporate boards. Yet only 28 active CHROs currently serve on boards of Fortune 1000 companies. Much like a chief financial officer might have

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Options Group Sees Seismic Shifts in Compensation Protocols

The new state-wide compensation history law, codified as Section 194-a of the New York Labor Law, bans employers from relying upon or inquiring about the compensation history of a job applicant or current employee in deciding whether to hire or promote, or in determining compensation levels, among other things. The ban also expressly applies to

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WittKieffer Seeks President for Saint Mary’s College in Indiana

Executive search firm WittKieffer has been selected to find the next president for Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. Leading the assignment are managing partner Robin Mamlet, consultant Sheila Murphy and senior associate Christine Pendleton. The school’s previous president, Janice Cervelli, who resigned in October, alleged in a recent lawsuit that she was forced

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D. Hilton Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for Apple Federal Credit Union

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find new chief people officers. The latest: Fairfax, VA-based executive search firm D. Hilton Associates recently placed Sharon Camper as chief people officer of Apple Federal Credit Union. Vice president Jessica Jarman led the assignment. “Sharon’s experience and leadership skills

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

Tolan Group Launches Digital Health Search Practice

The Tolan Group, a member of the Sanford Rose Associates network, has launched a new telehealth / digital health practice. Associate partner Kaye Johnson has been named practice leader. “The digital health market is projected to reach $233 billion by 2020 and we needed a dedicated search professional to lead our efforts in this fast growing niche,” said Tim

Harvey Nash Forms Partnership With Hong Kong Business School

Global search firm Harvey Nash and The University of Hong Kong Business School (HKU), have joined forces to launch the ‘Women’s Directorship Program 2017,’ designed to help women break the glass ceiling and support the development of female talent. An increasing number of women are moving into high-ranking positions of leadership. Theresa May now leads Great

Taylor Hopkinson Associates Opens New Office in Mexico City

Executive search firm Taylor Hopkinson Associates has opened a new office in Mexico City as it continues international expansion in high-growth markets. The new beachhead will lead the firm’s expansion into Argentina, Chile, Columbia and other emerging markets in Latin America. Mexico is becoming a renewable energy hub as energy liberalization continually attracts international business to the country.

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Overseeing a company is no small task. Disruptive technologies are changing corporate business models, geopolitical turmoil is impacting supply chains and investment opportunities, and increased regulatory complexity is affecting innovation. Institutional investors and shareholder activists are also playing a more powerful role shaping corporate governance. But no one more than board directors have to keep

Spencer Stuart Recruits Rhode Island Airport CEO

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Iftikhar Ahmad to lead T.F. Green Airport and serve as president and chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). He becomes the third person to take on the position in less than a decade, replacing Kelly J. Fredericks who resigned in January to work at the Ontario

SearchWide Leading Top Search for Visit Sun Valley

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide has been tapped by Visit Sun Valley to lead its search for an executive director. Vice president Nicole Newman is leading the assignment. SearchWide said that Visit Sun Valley is looking for someone with leadership experience in brand strategy, strategic planning, budgeting, research and analysis. The Position The executive director role is responsible for the

Steven Douglas Associates Launches Latin America Search Practice

Executive search firm Steven Douglas Associates has launched a dedicated Latin America search practice and added Juan Moreno as vice president for the region. Mr. Moreno brings extensive executive search experience with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting and impacting Latin America. His background includes building management teams for a wide variety of companies in the

Watermark Search Launches New Interim Practice

Sydney-based executive recruiters Watermark Search International has launched a new interim search practice in Melbourne and appointed Jacinta Whelan as its leader. The practice focuses on interim appointments in both public and private sectors with a particular emphasis on CEOs and COOs, senior executives in IT, human resources specialists, project and program management experts and business

Hiring to Hold Steady In Fourth Quarter, Paychecks to Increase

Seasonal and permanent workers are expected to take home bigger paychecks in the fourth quarter as the push for better wages and the increased competition for skilled labor remain hot issues for employers. According to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 ‘U.S. Job Forecast,’ 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay for seasonal workers in Q4. Of those hiring

Character is One Key In Cross-Border Leadership Hires

Character, chemistry and cultural sensitivity are key criteria that C-suite leaders look for when identifying and onboarding leaders at their global operations. This is the conclusion of CEOs and international search executives who met recently in Cleveland at the annual meeting of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF), hosted recently by ASLON Group. Formed in 2002, the

Witt/Kieffer In Search for Law Dean At University of Oregon

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by the University of Oregon to lead its search for a new dean of the School of Law. Principal Werner Boel and consultant Suzanne Teer are leading the assignment. The dean post reports to the provost and senior vice president and is the academic leader, fundraiser, and chief executive of

BSG Team Ventures Recruits Marketing Chief for Human Capital Institute

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

Signium Opens New Office In Argentina

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

Odgers Berndtson Adds Sector Specialists, Doubles In Size

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

Futurestep Launches Dedicated Credit Union and Community Banking Recruiting Practice

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

Heidrick & Struggles Opens In Calgary

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

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

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

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

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

Caldwell Partners Latest Recruiter to Offer Assessment Services

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

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for Acceleron Pharma

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

Gilman Partners Launches Real Estate & Economic Development Practice

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

Egon Zehnder and Korn Ferry Tap Insider as Pharma Giant CEO

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

Cornerstone International Group Continues Asia Pacific Expansion

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

Job Market In Full Swing As Economy Improves at Modest Pace

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

JDG Taps CEO for Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

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

Spencer Stuart Seeking New Board Members for New York REIT

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

Amrop Continues Global Growth

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

Private Equity Recruiting: Finding Leaders Who Make Impact

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

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