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Spencer Stuart Recruits Board Members for Yelp

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed three board members for Yelp Inc. The firm had been enlisted to evaluate the board’s composition and identify additional director candidates to help drive the online-review website’s strategy. George Hu, Sharon Rothstein and Brian Sharples were appointed to the board, effective March 1. They will replace Geoff Donaker, Jeremy Levine and Peter Fenton, who notified the

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Deerfield Associates Seeks Senior Major Gifts Officer for Babson College

Major gifts officers are among the most vital roles for educational institutions. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profits everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of finding

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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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ManpowerGroup Posts Nine Percent Revenue Decline

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted third quarter revenues of $5 billion, a decrease of nine percent from the same period a year ago. The results beat Wall Street expectations. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $4.92 billion in revenues. Financial results in the quarter were also impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared to the prior year period. U.S. revenue fell 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Revenue also decreased 9.1

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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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Kennedy Executive Search Adds Unterberger & Partner as Member Firm

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Unterberger & Partner, which has offices in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as its newest member firm. This provides the organization with further access to the German-speaking markets in Europe. Established in 2007, Unterberger & Partner is led by industry veteran Markus Unterberger and operates

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Recruiters Find New Ways to Add Value for Clients

Technology has changed the game in executive search, making it imperative for recruiters to find new ways of creating value for clients. “With platforms such as LinkedIn providing readily available information on candidates, we’ve seen a disintermediation in the industry,” said John Ellis, CEO of U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group, in a new report by Invenias,

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Odgers Berndtson Strengthens Sports Recruiting Practice

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Jamie Crittenberger as a partner in its U.S. sports practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C. “We’re very excited to welcome Jamie to the Odgers team,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “He’s a gold standard recruiter and has more than 20

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Slone Partners Finds CEO for Epic Sciences

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Lloyd Sanders as the new CEO of Epic Sciences in San Diego, CA. He replaces Murali Prahalad, who stepped down after six years at the helm to pursue new opportunities. Dr. Prahalad has been appointed to Epic’s board of directors. Leslie Loveless, partner and CEO, led the search along with Kim

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Hanold Associates Seeking CHRO for Myers Industries

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Myers Industries retained Hanold Associates to find its next CHRO. Partners Keri Gavin, Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra are leading the assignment. “Reporting to Myers Industries’ CEO, David Banyard, the CHRO is a close strategic partner

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Search Solution Group Promotes Three to Key Roles

Staffing and recruitment firm Search Solution Group has promoted three members of its team to key roles within the organization. Eric Fehr becomes vice president of operations. Josh Mangum was named senior director of corporate strategy. And Ashley Goldberg was chosen to lead the contract staffing group and was appointed president of the staffing division.

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Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for the San Francisco 49ers

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 Alex Chang as chief marketing officer of the San Francisco 49ers. Managing director Diana Busino led the search along with recruiter Allie Crone. The 49ers wanted a proven marketing leader with a

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Korn Ferry Lands CEO for Recording Academy

Following an extensive search, Korn Ferry has recruited Deborah Dugan, CEO of the non-profit AIDS organization RED, to succeed Neil Portnow as the Recording Academy’s president and CEO. The board now must approve her compensation package before the appointment becomes official. Reportedly, Ms. Dugan is expected to commence her new role in July. Ms. Dugan has been New York City-based RED’s CEO

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Spencer Stuart Finds Board Members for MEDNAX Inc.

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Carlos A. Migoya and Michael A. Rucker to stand for election to the board of directors at MEDNAX Inc., a publicly traded health solutions partner specializing in neonatology, anesthesiology, radiology, maternal-fetal medicine, other pediatric services and management services. While conducting the searches, Spencer Stuart evaluated the board’s composition and identified additional director

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Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Former BP HR Leader to Staff

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives and other top corporate executives looking for a career change. Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates recently named veteran HR executive Helena Fyda as a consultant in the firm’s corporate officers’ practice. Based in Houston, Ms. Fyda will work closely with C-suite-level executives to help drive

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EMA Partners Opens New Office in Colombia

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. Recently, EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, strengthened its presence

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Why Your Board Needs a CHRO

Few would argue against the vital importance of a strong business strategy in establishing direction and planning growth for a company. Strategy, however, represents only half the formula for corporate success. Without a forward-looking human resources plan – a subset of the business strategy designed to maintain and engage the people required to execute the

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Academic Search Seeks President for Athens State University

In a search spearheaded by education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search, Athens State University in Alabama has narrowed the choices for its next president to four finalists. Senior consultants John W. Garland and Eric Richtmyer are leading the assignment for the Washington, D.C.-based search firm. The school’s previous president, Robert Glenn, resigned last year to accept the

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Morris & Berger Recruits CEO for World of Children

The non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing areas within executive search today. Recently, Morris & Berger, a recruitment firm that specializes in searches for non-profit organizations, placed Stefaan Poortman as executive director of World of Children in Irvine, CA. “After conducting a nationwide executive search, it is an honor and a privilege to welcome Stefaan

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20/20 Foresight Names Leader of New York Offices

Chicago-based 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing have announced the appointment of Rebecca Wilson as managing director, leading the sister companies’ New York offices. Ms. Wilson has more than 25 years experience working for top financial services companies specializing in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. She previously held senior roles with Citibank, First USA Bank (acquired

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Recruiting Consortium TalentLaunch Appoints President

TalentLaunch, a network of independently-operated recruitment firms, has named Doug Dandurand as its president. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall strategy and growth of its network of recruiting firms. “We are excited to have Doug as president of the TalentLaunch network,” said Aaron Grossman, founder and CEO of TalentLaunch and co-founder

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Reskilling: A Game-Changing Opportunity for Search Firms

Skills shortages are a well-documented hurdle for executive search firms. Those firms surveyed by Bullhorn cited the challenge as their top challenge in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but the problem appears to be getting worse. Unemployment is at historic lows — for the first time in the history of labor statistics, there are 6.7 million openings for

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Taps Lindauer to Find Development Chief

Boston-based recruitment firm Lindauer has been selected by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to find a new chief development officer. Vice president Libby Roberts is leading the assignment. Now in its 138th season, the organization wants someone with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience and demonstrated success setting and exceeding ambitious philanthropic goals, said the search

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Scion Executive Search Seeks CEO for the Historic Trust in Washington State

Scion Executive Search, which specializes in the non-profit sector, has been selected to find a new president and chief executive officer for the Historic Trust, a Vancouver, WA preservation group. Gregory Goode, who served in the role less than four months, abruptly stepped down last month. Board member Mike Williams is currently serving as interim

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Boyden Names Leader of Cross-Sector Global CEO and Board Services Practice

Boyden has named Roger T. Duguay, managing partner of the Montréal office, as leader of its cross-sector global CEO and board services practice. He succeeds Tom Flannery, who will continue as managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office and as the North American leader of the CEO and board services practice. Mr. Duguay will continue as a managing

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PRAXI Alliance Adds New Office in Oslo

Global executive search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search recently added a new office in Oslo, Norway. The PRAXI Alliance global network now spans four continents, with more than 30 countries and 70 offices worldwide. Lasse Berner and Rune Repstad, partners of PRAXI member firm Academic Search International, will manage the location. The consortium said that it will be

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What Are the Traits of an Ideal Executive?

From biotech and machine learning to cryptocurrencies and ride-sharing, our economy is in a state of flux. As such, it’s critical to recruit executives that possess the right qualities to steer businesses through uncharted waters. The best leaders have a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills that enable them to keep responding to fluctuating market demands. Perhaps

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Phillips Oppenheim Tapped to Find New Leader for Museum for California Art

Museums are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. As these positions grow more sophisticated and complex, the hunt for top-flight talent to fill these roles becomes all the more important. With that, search fees across the space are rising substantially, according to recruiters. Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim was recently selected

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Summit Search Solutions in Hunt for Diversity & Inclusion Chief for Southern Oregon University

Executive recruitment firm Summit Search Solutions has been enlisted to find a chief diversity and inclusivity officer for Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Senior consultants Stephanie Fowler and Sona Andrews are leading the assignment for the firm. The CDIO is charged with leading the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives

StevenDouglas Opens Office in San Diego

Executive search firm StevenDouglas is continuing its recent expansion with opening an office in San Diego, CA.  It will be the eighth office opened in less than two years. The firm has named Bradley Swisher to join the new office as managing director of technology search. A big part of the firm’s recent growth is attributed

Heidrick & Struggles Expands Culture Shaping Staff

Heidrick & Struggles‘ culture shaping firm Senn Delaney has added five new principals to expand its capability and meet increasing demand for its organizational culture transformation services. The newly appointed leaders will serve clients globally from home bases in Chicago, Huntington Beach, Boston, Los Angeles and Dallas.  Senn Delaney’s new culture consultants bring backgrounds in strategy consulting, human capital management, business transformation

Marlin Hawk Expands West Coast Operation

Executive search firm Marlin Hawk has named Chris Crowe as senior consultant in its San Francisco office. Mr. Crowe will provide talent management and executive search services to West Coast tech clients and, as a strategic partner to the firm’s New York operation, will use his cross-industry and cross-functional experience to support clients in other sectors.

Chartwell Partners to Lead Chief Compliance Officer Search for Amedisys

Executive search firm Chartwell Partners has been retained by Amedisys to lead its search for a senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Amedisys is a leading healthcare company focused on bringing home the continuum of care. Its delivers personalized healthcare services to patients and their families, in the comfort of patients’ homes, with approximately 10

Odgers Berndtson Taps Ideal Leader for Pharma Giant Valeant

Odgers Berndtson has recruited Joseph C. Papa as chairman and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. The placement of Mr. Papa comes just weeks after Valeant revealed that its embattled CEO, J. Michael Pearson, was leaving after eight years with the company. The search was led by Odgers U.S. vice chairman and director John Hawkins, who

Diversified Search Posts Record Revenues for 2015

Diversified Search has posted revenues of $37.5 million, a 12 percent increase, for 2015. Over the course of last year, the firm’s average fees also rose, by 10 percent, to $90,000 per assignment. Its 44 consultants completed over 400 search mandates in 2015, working from nine offices. Diversified now ranks as the ninth largest search firm

Norman Broadbent Appoints Group CEO

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Norman Broadbent has appointed Mike Brennan (pictured) as group chief executive officer. Current executive chairman, Scanes Bentley, will revert to the non-executive chairman role with immediate effect. Mr. Brennan brings a wealth of experience built up over 20 years within the global executive recruitment market and more recently the broader recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) market. He

Waverly Partners Leading CEO Search for Center for Health Affairs

Executive search firm Waverly Partners has been retained by The Center for Health Affairs / CHAMPS Healthcare to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. After 14 years of service to the organization, current president and CEO, Bill Ryan, said he is stepping down at the end of the year. “I’ve always felt

Robert Half Posts Eight Percent Revenue Increase

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted first quarter revenues of $1.3 billion, up eight percent from a year ago, meeting Wall Street’s forecasts. Strong revenue growth boosted by broad-based and increasing demand for the company’s professional recruiting services, particularly in the U.S., have proved to be Robert Half’s strength for the past four years. The Menlo Park, California-based

Heidrick Posts 13 Percent Revenue Rise; Culture Business Flat

Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles International/(NASDAQ:HSII) has posted first quarter revenues of $130.2 million, a 13.1 percent increase from revenues of $115.2 million during the same period a year ago. This topped Wall Street forecasts, which had expected $125.3 million. Excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations which negatively impacted results by $3.3 million, or 2.9 percent, consolidated net revenue increased $18.3 million

SPMB Taps Chief Product Officer for SendGrid

San Francisco-based search firm SPMB has placed Steve Sloan as chief product officer of email delivery platform SendGrid. Jon Landau, Rocky Mountains practice leader at SPMB, led the assignment. As SendGrid’s chief product officer, Mr. Sloan is responsible for leading product strategy, UI/UX, and the development of SendGrid’s product roadmap. He previously led Marketo’s global product organization, including its

Boyden Recruits CEO for YMCA Canada

Executive search firm Boyden has recruited Peter Dinsdale as president and chief executive officer of YMCA Canada. He succeeds Scott Haldane who earlier this year ended his 39 year career with the YMCA to become the first fulltime CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. Mr. Dinsdale is a strategic leader who has demonstrated his ability to

CareerSMITH Names Government Practice Sector Leader

Executive search firm CareerSMITH has appointed Matthew Carroll (pictured) as vice president and partner. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Carroll will lead the firm’s government practice focused on federal contractor clients across the defense, intelligence, management & operations, design-build, and remediation services sectors. He joins CareerSMITH from Fluor Corporation, a multibillion dollar, global engineering

Burns Tempest Launches In U.K.

Executive search veteran David Winterburn (pictured) has launched Burns Tempest, a senior level executive search and selection business that will specialize in a range of assignments throughout the U.K. The firm has opened in London and Leeds. Mr. Winterburn brings more than 26 years of executive recruitment experience to his new venture. He has experience in a number

Spencer Stuart Closing In On Next President for Boston Library

After engaging more than 100 candidates for the top leadership post at Boston Public Library, recruiting firm Spencer Stuart is narrowing the field down to two to four candidates. A search committee formed to oversee the selection will bring those finalists in front of the library’s board of trustees later this spring, with an eye on installing a new

Harvard Group In Hunt for Six Directors for Reeve Foundation

Executive search firm Harvard Group International (HGI) has been selected by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to recruit six new board members. Chuck Cain, a senior partner active in the firm’s non-profit practice, is heading the search. “Our board of directors acts as a compass to provide the overarching direction for the Reeve Foundation and ensure

Marketing Firm Launches Bassett & Bassett Executive Search

Bassett & Bassett Executive Search LLC has been launched by Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers and Counselors, a global strategic communication management and marketing firm. Victor A. Koppang has been appointed its president and chief executive officer. The new search firm focuses on finding primarily C-level leadership for organizations. Its clients range from individual entrepreneurs to FORTUNE 100

Morgan Hunt Names CEO

U.K.-based executive search firm Morgan Hunt has named Sue Cooper (pictured) as chief executive officer. The firm also announced several other key leadership changes. The appointment comes at a time when women are making huge strides at similar boutique recruiting providers, from being named to run them, to forming their own search businesses, or heading up important practices within. They

Invenias Secures $2.8 Million In Funding

Invenias, a U.K.-headquartered global cloud-based platform for executive and strategic hiring, has secured $2.8 million in funding. The financing package includes $1.1 million in new funding from existing investor MMC Ventures, supported by $1.7 million in debt funding from Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks. The funding will be used to help the firm execute on its international

ManpowerGroup Posts Flat Revenues

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted first quarter revenues of $4.6 billion, a one percent increase from revenues of $4.5 billion a year ago. The company’s performance missed Wall Street forecasts which had expected $4.62 billion. The staffing company reported first-quarter net income of $71.7 million, or 98 cents per share, up from $65.7 million, or 83 cents per share, in the

The Buffkin Group Recruits CTO for Ashford.com

Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has placed Vijay Murali as chief technology officer of Ashford.com. The search was led by managing partner Craig Buffkin. With more than 15 years of experience in senior technology leadership roles, Mr. Murali joins the Ashford team from Fabric.com, an Amazon subsidiary and a worldwide leader in the online retail of custom-cut-to-length quilt, apparel,

Korn Ferry Lands Timberwolves Head Coach In One Week

Korn Ferry has placed Tom Thibodeau as the new coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The appointment comes just after a week of the team relieved interim coach Sam Mitchell of his duties following the season finale. Minnesota ended the season with the fifth worst record in the NBA at 29-53. The team missed

Pedersen & Partners Appoints Board Services Head

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has added Paola Gutierrez Velandia to its Madrid team as head of board services for Iberia and Latin America. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia has over 16 years of market leading expertise in working with a wide range of clients and key stakeholders in the areas of corporate governance, board services, shareholder engagement, and

Speaking the Language of a Client

Launching a new business is no easy task. It requires ideas, talented people, a synergistic culture and a full understanding of the product or service at hand. When Clark Beecher and Tim Reagan departed search firm Magellan International, where they first met and worked side-by-side for a number of years, they had all of this

Social Media Making New Inroads In Hiring Process

Job seekers are putting social media to work, as approximately 3.3 million job applications were submitted using social media profiles to pre-populate online submission forms, according to latest iCIMS ‘Job Seekers Get Social’ report, which analyzes the role of social networks such as LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook in the job application process. The report presents data on the

CarterBaldwin Recruits First Female Provost for Wheaton College

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed Dr. Margaret Diddams as provost of Wheaton College. She succeeds Dr. Stanton Jones, who announced last year that he will step down as provost and return to teaching at the end of the 2015 / 2016 academic year. The search was led by CarterBaldwin consultant Debby White and founding partner Price Harding. Dr. Diddams, an alumni

JDG Associates Heading CEO Search for Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has been retained by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The assignment is being led by principal Paul Belford, who has completed more than 250 client searches, most at the CEO level. The incoming AIHM CEO will be responsible for staff leadership and development

JBK Associates Opens In Geneva

New Jersey-based executive search firm JBK Associates International has opened an office in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of its international expansion plans. The new location, led by managing director Elaine L. Arozarena (pictured), provides the firm with access to Switzerland’s sizable life sciences community. Ms. Arozarena is a founding partner of Global Strategic Advise Services and its

Korn Ferry Adds Seven Partners From Professional Services Firms

Korn Ferry has added seven senior client partners to the firm as global account leaders, bolstering its ranks from professional service consulting leaders and bringing a diverse range of experience across multiple industries. Korn Ferry’s new partners bring backgrounds in performance improvement, human resource strategy, business process improvement, M&A, enterprise technology, global risk management, and transformational

Employees More Than Ready to Jump Ship for Higher Pay

More than half of employees globally (56 percent) believe they must switch companies in order to make a meaningful change in their compensation, according to the ‘Global Salary Transparency Survey‘ released by Glassdoor. The report also found that the majority of employees globally (69 percent) wish they had a better understanding about what is actually fair market

Acertitude Lands CEO for Costa Del Mar

Executive search firm Acertitude has placed Holly Rush as chief executive officer of Costa Del Mar, a global provider of polarized performance sunglasses. The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner, supported by partner Geoffrey Votta. In her new role, Ms. Rush will draw upon her extensive experience in building portfolios of highly successful

Why Insiders Sometimes Trump Outside Candidates for Key Posts

Egon Zehnder has assisted in the placement of internal candidate Brad Banducci as the new chief executive officer of Woolworths. The Australian supermarket giant had been without a CEO since last June when Grant O’Brien retired. Woolworths’ chairman, Gordon Cairns, sacrificed three non-executive director roles to devote more time to finding a new chief executive, as the retailer faced its biggest challenges since listing

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