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SearchWide Global Seeks New Leader for Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center 

The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in West Virginia has retained executive recruitment firm SearchWide Global to find its next executive director. Mark Gnatovic, senior vice president at SearchWide, is leading the assignment. The executive director will be responsible for overall management, promotion and operation of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium, including strategy, service,


The Bowdoin Group Appoints Senior Finance Leader

The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of Terri Ryan as vice president of finance. She brings a strong finance background to The Bowdoin Group and experience in building and managing companies in high growth environments with increasing levels of complexity. Ms. Ryan has over 25 years of experience

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JM Search Expands Retail and Consumer Goods Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has expanded with the addition of Michael Neff as a partner in its retail and consumer goods practice supporting clients’ strategic growth on a national scale. Mr. Neff brings over 25 years of experience in driving business value and operational excellence

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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?


Calibrate Legal Forms Alliance With The Tilt Institute

Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move in recent months, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of


Jobless Claims Fall Below One Million for the First Time Since March

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 963,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. While not exactly good news, this is the first week since March where claims were reported below the one million mark for the week. Economists were expecting initial


JDG Associates Seeks General Counsel for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal corporation that insures private-sector defined benefit pension plans, has enlisted Rockville, MD-based JDG Associates to find its next general counsel. Leading the assignment is Darren DeGioia, the search firm’s president. The general counsel, who reports to the director of Washington, D.C.-based PBGC, serves as secretary to the


Principal Connections Seeks CIO for Maxol Group

Ireland-based executive search firm Principal Connections has been selected by Maxol Group to lead its search for a new chief information officer. Practice leader Darren McCabe is leading the assignment. Reporting to the group CEO, the CIO will lead the company’s IT infrastructure across its retail network, manufacturing facilities, fuel card operations, head offices and other


Stanton Chase Appoints New Private Equity Global Practice Leader 

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase named Mikael Stelander, managing partner of the firm’s Finnish office, as global practice leader for all private equity activities. “Mikael will bring a fully updated and in-depth experience from servicing clients and the PE environment over the past 10 years,” said Flemming Riber, vice chair of practice groups. “He has been an active


AIMS International Appoints Global Head of Talent Management

Executive search consortium AIMS International has named Maria Shishkova as its new global head of talent management. “AIMS International’s board of directors welcomes Maria in this challenging position and looks forward to working with her and taking the talent management practice to the next level,” said Bernardo Entschev, president of AIMS. “Growing sustainable leaders has become a key focus area


Ezekia and BoardEx Form Strategic Alliance

Innovative executive search software platform Ezekia and BoardEx, an advanced enterprise solution connecting users with an exclusive network of global business leaders and decision makers, have partnered to offer recruiting firms a solution that will enable them to access their BoardEx account via Ezekia. The integration will be operationally ready in the last quarter of this year. Established in 1999, BoardExis a


Russell Reynolds Associates Acquires Cultural Analytics Business

Historically, recruiting has been largely dependent upon the instincts of the employer. Whether he or she felt a particular candidate was fit for a given position was based primarily on the resume, indicating the candidate’s previous experience, qualifications and job history. Today, it is widely accepted that organizations that base decisions on data consistently outperform


How Boosting Your Visibility on LinkedIn Pays Dividends

Too many business leaders make the mistake of dismissing the very idea of having a LinkedIn profile. After all, they say, they are not looking for a job. What’s the point? Here’s the point: Contrary to popular belief, looking for a job is not the top use for LinkedIn, according to a new report by


Acertitude Recruits CFO for OnSolve

Executive search firm Acertitude recently recruited Bruce Duner as the new chief financial officer of Veritas Capital-backed OnSolve, a global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based mass notification and critical communication solutions for enterprise, mass market and government organizations. During the pandemic, OnSolve has played a critical role in helping businesses and government agencies with communication and crisis planning challenges,


Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette Assists St. John’s Board of Trade in CEO Search

Nova Scotia-headquartered executive search firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) has assisted the St. John’s Board of Trade in the recruitment of AnnMarie Boudreau as its new CEO. “AnnMarie’s experience providing counsel and strategic advice to diverse companies throughout the region will be an outstanding asset to our membership and our team,” said Andrew Wadden, board chair of


How One Executive Search Firm is Weathering the Global Pandemic Storm

Since being declared a pandemic in March, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the executive search sector. Industry leaders were forced to make swift changes. Budgets were scaled back. And plans were put on hold. Adopting a wartime mindset, search firms have quickly shifted the prime directive of their business to strengthening relationships with


Lindauer Expands Higher Education Leadership Practice

Boston-based Lindauer has expanded with the addition of higher education leader and former college president Carolyn J. Stefanco as senior vice president to significantly expand its higher education leadership practice. Ms. Stefanco, who stepped down as president of the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York on June 30, will focus on partnering with colleges


Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Diversity Officer for University of San Diego

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been called in by the University of San Diego (USD) in California to assist in its search for a chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Leading the assignment are managing partner Martin M. Baker and principal Chelsie Whitelock. “The chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and


Greenwich Harbor Partners Places Four Board Members for Teach for America

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners recently partnered with Teach for America to expand its board of advisors


Four Corners Group Adds Former Marketing Executive to Staff

Toronto-headquartered executive recruiting firm Four Corners Group has expanded with the addition of Karen Hsiung as its newest partner. She brings over 25 years of fast-moving consumer goods experience and knowledge to the business. “Karen is uniquely positioned to build competitive advantage for companies in the retail and consumer goods sector through people,” Four Corners Group said.


Adapting to a New Normal

Boards and senior management must be more open to radical ideas while ensuring business sustainability as well as the health of their employees, according to a new report by InterSearch’s Clementina Mustapha. The world is facing challenging times and this will have a significant impact on how we go about our daily activities. InterSearch collected advice and guidance


Noetic Search Tapped by After School Matters for CFO Search

After School Matters (ASM), a non-profit that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to Chicago high school teens, has retained Noetic Search to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. The CFO reports to the CEO and is responsible for promoting integrity and transparency in all matters relating to fiscal operations, human resources, information technology,


DRG Seeks Leaders for NYC-Based Non-Profits

DRG Search, which serves the non-profit sector, is conducting searches for executive directors for two New York City non-profits, an unnamed, new, family foundation and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Leading the foundation search is Dara Z. Klarfeld, CEO, and Amichaim Abramson, chief strategy officer. The alliance assignment is being spearheaded by


Charles Aris Appoints VP Human Capital and Organizational Development

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR and talent executives looking for a career change. Greensboro, NC-based executive search firm Charles Aris recently expanded with the addition of talent management veteran Danielle Bowman as vice president of human capital and organizational development. “I know I speak for the entire Charles Aris family


Kaye/Bassman Names Managing Partner

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. Just recently, Plano, TX-based executive search firm Kaye/Bassman International Corp. promoted Nasrin Akter to managing partner in its insurance and risk practice. The firm said she will be “leading the team with mentoring and developing the search consultants and project consultants under her.” Prior


Latest Jobs Data Shows Braking Recovery in Labor Market

Employment rose by 1.8 million in July as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. That’s down from a peak of 14.7 percent in April, but still far above the 3.5 percent rate in February before the coronavirus pandemic led to


The Clark Partnership Assists OakNorth in Talent Acquisition Director Search

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of talent acquisition leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top-flight experts? Corporate leaders want talent acquisition leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to executive recruiters. CEOs, in particular, want their


Diversified Search Seeks Executive Director for ACLU of Colorado

Diversified Search has been enlisted by the ACLU of Colorado (ACLU-CO) to find its new executive director. The assignment is being spearheaded by J. Veronica Biggins, managing partner; Denielle Pemberton-Heard, managing director and general counsel; and Corina Benitz, vice president and senior associate. “The ACLU-CO seeks an experienced, strategic and visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment


De Forest Search Finds Top Sales Executives for Ja-Ru Toys and Rehrig Pacific Company

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search has placed Steve Sandler as executive vice president of sales at Ja-Ru Toys and Marc Scott as vice president of environmental sales at Rehrig Pacific Co. “Marc has been a joy to work with,” the search firm said. “His larger than life and engaging personality makes you want to be his friend.

Is the Person You Know the Best Person for the Job?

We’ve all heard someone say, “I’ve got the perfect person for this job.” You’re probably thinking, “Great. That makes my life easier.” But what if the recommender is biased? What if there’s a much better candidate out there? What if the person being referred is the best candidate? A new report by Paul Manning of The Bowdoin Group

Egon Zehnder CEO Search for Mumbai Axis Bank

Egon Zehnder Leading CEO Search for Mumbai-Based Axis Bank

Axis Bank Ltd., India’s third-largest private bank, has selected Egon Zehnder to conduct its search for a chief executive officer to succeed Shikha Sharma, who is set to step down next year. Axis hopes to choose its new leader by December, according to sources. The search is emblematic of a recent wave of search firms

Claflin University Taps Myers McRae to Find Major Gifts Officer

Executive search firm Myers McRae has been retained by Claflin University to conduct its search for a major gifts officer. Kenny Daugherty, president for the recruiters, is leading the assignment. Founded in 1869, Claflin University is the oldest historically black college in South Carolina. Located in Orangeburg, the independent, four-year institution is affiliated with the United Methodist

TrueSearch Singapore Expansion

True Search Expands to Singapore

Executive recruiter True Search, which was recently recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, has opened an office in Singapore, making its first foray into the APAC market. Alex Gold, founder of Quantum Search, has joined True to lead the expansion. “Alex joins True in a key phase in our

Simione Healthcare Acquires Healthcare Concepts

Simione Healthcare Consultants Acquires Healthcare Concepts

Simione Healthcare Consultants has acquired Healthcare Concepts Inc., a Memphis-based executive recruitment firm that specializes in the home care and hospice industry. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The transaction combines the Healthcare Concepts team with Exact Recruiting, which was acquired by Simione in April and is dedicated to home care, hospice, palliative care and other community-based

Resumes Are Less Vital Today, But Don’t Neglect Them

Resumes matter, but not as much as just five years ago, according to a new survey by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry. What’s more, the study said, resumes are the least important of the key factors that go into a job search. Yet it could be a big mistake to neglect that particular document.

Human Capital Group Taps CIO for Dean Foods

The Human Capital Group has recruited David Bernard as senior vice president and chief information officer for Dean Foods. Steve Hayes, founder and senior partner, led the assignment. Mr. Bernard joins Dean Foods from PepsiCo, where he most recently served as a member of their global executive IT leadership team and led the global research and

Phillips, DiPisa & Associates Partners With O.E. Strategies

Executive search firms are challenged with identifying the most qualified candidates for their clients’ organizations. Within the healthcare sector, recent and rapid transformations have made it imperative that leaders assuming a role within an organization in this field have the proper social, cultural and professional “fit.” It is also critical that healthcare groups provide a

Sterling Martin Associates Seeks New Leaders for Denver-Based Non-Profits

The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have

GPG Advisers Names Leader of Executive Search Division

Irvine, CA-based professional services firm GPG Advisers has appointed Bernie Ocampo as a managing director and leader of its newly-established executive search platform. Mr. Ocampo has nearly 30 years’ experience in the real estate and alternative investment industries. He previously served as principal of ELEOS Group, a boutique executive search and consulting firm focused on commercial

Creating Succession Plans for Millennials

The word “Millennial” has come to elicit many negative associations. Edward Fleischman, CEO and founder of The Execu|Search Group, said that among the many characteristics associated with a Millennial, they are often considered to be entitled, selfish, and self-absorbed. While it’s easy to be dubious of the younger generation, this stereotype existed long before Y2K. Like any

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading Searches for Africa50

Russell Reynolds Associates has been tapped by Africa50 to lead its search for a general counsel as well as a chief financial officer. Sara Vermeir, a consultant in the firm’s Belgium office, is leading both assignments. Ms. Vermeir is a member of Russell Reynolds’ global development and consumer practices. She conducts international executive search assignments for

Krauthamer & Associates Selected by Port Authority of Allegheny County

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has enlisted executive search firm Krauthamer & Associates to find its next CEO. The Hillman Family Foundation agreed to provide $100,000 to cover most of the cost for the Pittsburgh-based port authority to hire a search firm to help find a new CEO, said Adam Brandolph, authority spokesman. The agency,

Acquisitions Continue Among Search Firms

The wave of M&A activity among executive search firms continues. The latest deal: Jordan Search Consultants, a recruiting firm focused on the healthcare, executive and higher education sectors, has acquired Health Search New England (HSNE), a search firm specializing in the recruitment of healthcare providers throughout the Northeast. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. HSNE

Sheffield Haworth Strengthens Global Real Estate Practice

Despite setbacks in certain locales, the real estate industry has bounced back from many of its problems in recent years. But a dire need still remains for executive talent in the field. In particular demand, recruiters say, are executives who have been through the last downturn but who now have a vision for better times

Stressed and Burned Out, Workers Forego Vacations

American workers are stressed out and burned out but they refuse to take time out, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. In fact, three of five workers (61 percent) polled in their recent study claimed they are burned out in their job. A third (33 percent) said their work has them under high or extremely

Odgers Berndston office opens in Minneapolis

Odgers Berndtson Opens Office in Minneapolis

Odgers Berndtson has opened a new office in Minneapolis and added three search professionals:  Ron Woessner, Chris Fryer and Shawn Woessner. “Chris, Shawn and I look forward to helping Odgers Berndtson continue to grow and demonstrate its dedication to preeminence in executive search excellence globally,” said Mr. Woessner. “Our more than 80 years of combined expertise

Witt/Kieffer Nursing Officer Search

Witt/Kieffer Leading Nursing Officer Searches for Pennsylvania Healthcare Organizations

As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. And of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer (CNO) has

Diversified Search and Alto Partners

Diversified Search and AltoPartners Form Alliance With Special Olympics

Diversified Search and its international affiliate, AltoPartners, are partnering with the Special Olympics to recruit and build a pipeline of talent and provide long-term leadership stability for the charitable group. “The Special Olympics movement offers exciting career opportunities where you can make positive and life-changing impact throughout the world,” said Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special

Talent Source Group Opens Doors

Talent Source Group (TSG), an executive search firm and recruitment agency focused on placing finance and accounting professionals, has recently opened for business in Connecticut and the New York metropolitan area. TSG partners with Fortune 500 and middle-market companies to attract, deploy and develop their talent base. The firm also works with accounting and finance

Job Growth Picks Up Pace In June

Employers added 222,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed dropped to seven million. June marked the 79th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls increasing

Universities Look to Search Firms to Fill CIO Positions

West Virginia University (WVU) has appointed Barbara Dawson as associate provost for information technology and chief information officer. The firm enlisted Next Generation Executive Search to fill this top IT role. The university’s previous CIO, Dr. John Campbell, was named vice provost of WVU in January. Mary Beth Baker and Phil Goldstein, managing partners at Next Generation,

Caldwell Partners Posts Five Percent Revenue Increase

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has posted third quarter revenues of $14.5 million (Canadian), a five percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $13.8 million. U.S. professional fees rose 6.6 percent as increases in the number of assignments per partner and average fee per assignment were partially offset by a lower

Alexander Whitehead Seeking New Artistic Director for Arts Club Theatre Company

Theatrical, film and music organizations have been turning to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. The latest: Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company has enlisted Alexander Whitehead Executive Search to lead its search for a new artistic managing director. The goal is to have the role filled by September. Bill Millerd, who

Carrington & Carrington Names Business Development Leader

Sydney L. Parks has joined executive search firm Carrington & Carrington as its new senior director, strategic search operations and business development. Reporting directly to Willie and Marian Carrington, principals of the Chicago-based firm, Mr. Parks is charged with managing executive search engagements, business development and executing strategic operational projects. Mr. Parks is expected to play a

Security Threats Create Talent Challenges, Opportunities

Cybersecurity might well might the greatest challenge facing corporate America today. The threat to reputation, private information and dollars — both from immediate theft and the cost of repairing the damage of a cyber-attack — can be staggering. Yet too few companies have taken adequate measures to protect themselves. No one can deny that it is

Heidrick & Struggles Names President and CEO

Heidrick & Struggles has named Krishnan Rajagopalan as its new president and CEO. Mr. Rajagopalan, who has served as acting CEO since Tracy Wolstencroft took a medical leave of absence in April, will also become board member. Mr. Wolstencroft, who is on the mend from what is described as a benign lung condition, has been

Search Solution Group Lands Chief Technology Officer for Sonavex

Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum. CTO hiring, in fact, is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It’s a trend that has kept executive search firms well occupied. To that end, Search Solution Group has placed Dr. Harish Hiriyannaiah as chief technology officer of

Parker Executive Search to Find New AD for University of New Mexico

Athletic directors are playing an increasingly vital role at colleges and universities across the country. With the expansion of athletic departments and, for the larger schools, the infusion of big dollars for sports, more schools have turned to search firms when such positions become open. Too much is at stake, they feel, to go it

The Barton Partnership Expands Into the U.S.

As the fallout deepens from Brexit, more London-based search firms are turning to the U.S. to expand their global search platforms. The latest: The Barton Partnership has launched a new office in New York, which will be led by veteran recruiter Victoria Montagu. “This year the Barton Partnership is marking its 10-year anniversary and I can’t

Associations Progress on Diversity, But Work Remains

Across America, many organizations say they are looking to change the makeup of their workforce in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and age, but in the end many fall far short. Eighty-one percent of respondents to a recent survey of trade associations and professional societies, in fact, said they view the concept as part

Spencer Stuart, Nasdaq and Boardroom Resources Launch Next Gen Board Leaders

Major investors are demanding that more younger people be named to boards of directors in an effort to take advantage of their digital knowhow and the perspective they can bring to emerging areas of board oversight, including e-commerce, digital marketing and cybersecurity. To help equip these younger, often first-time directors to be effective in the

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