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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

M&A

LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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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.

Performance

HR Technology Company Enboarder Secures $8 Million in Funding

Enboarder, the cloud-based HR technology company that helps employers create employee onboarding experiences, has closed $8 million in Series A financing. Greycroft, who participated in Enboarder’s previous funding round of $4 million, is the lead investor in the new Series A investment, which brings Enboarder’s total funding to $12 million. New investors, Next Coast Ventures and Stage 2 Capital

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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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Grace Blue APAC Partners with Cavalry Freelancing

Grace Blue APAC has formed a partnership with Cavalry Freelancing in an effort to help organizations hire effective contingent workforce and skilled contractors who would be ready to take up mid- and senior-level marketing roles. About one in four CXOs in the APAC region have said that a contingent workers make up about 30 percent

Report

Creating a Great Recruiter-Candidate Relationship

Creating a good candidate-recruiter relationship should be a top priority for the best candidate recruitment possible. Having an open, honest and trustworthy relationship with one’s recruiter is important, especially as they help make big decisions in career moves. Being a committed recruiter ensures the candidate will end up happy and content at their next job,

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Arts Consulting Group Recruits Artistic Director for New York City Gay Men’s Chorus

Boston-based executive search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has placed Gavin Thrasher as the new artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC). He succeeds Charles Beale who will step down later this summer after 12 seasons to pursue other artistic endeavors. President Bruce D. Thibodeau led the assignment. “We are thrilled to welcome Gavin to Big Apple

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Bridge Partners Seeks New Leader for the Denver Foundation

Executive recruitment firm Bridge Partners has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest community foundation. Partners Janet Albert and Larry Griffin are leading the assignment. The Denver Foundation hopes to have a new leader in place this summer. The group’s previous leader, Christine Marquez-Hudson, abruptly

People

Pearson Partners International Names President

Women gaining top roles at executive search firms seems to be an increasingly refreshing phenomenon. Dallas-headquartered Pearson Partners International recently appointed Renee Baker Arrington to the position of president and the newly created post of chief operating officer. She has been with the firm for 13 years, is a member of the board of directors and

People

Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice. Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial

Trends

A Look at the Age-Agnostic Workplace

Multinational corporations are already aware of the importance of attracting and retaining a gender- and ethnically-diverse workforce to improve innovation and financial performance. Many have implemented policies to encourage this. What is less well-established as a competitive advantage is the idea of an age-diverse workforce, says Jackie Bernard of U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven. “This low

Performance

Korn Ferry Records Nine Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2019 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, a nine percent increase from $1.767 billion a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, an increase of three percent. All three of its business lines were up. The results

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Spencer Stuart Places CEO at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Following an extensive national search, Spencer Stuart has recruited veteran retail and omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new CEO of home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are thrilled to have Allison coming aboard,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman. “She has a proven track record in building an omnichannel business with excellence. I know she will be

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

M&A

IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the

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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15

People

Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all

People

Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his

Report

The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

M&A

LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living

People

Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,

People

Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish

Launches

Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the

Growing Influence of Private Equity Pushing Recruiters to Deliver Value, Not Just People

To thrive in today’s executive search market, recruiting firms must take “extreme ownership” of client needs, said Rick DeRose and Kevin O’Neill, managing partners of the executive search firm Acertitude, in a new report by Invenias, a global provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. As internal talent teams have grown more sophisticated and capable,

Diversified Search Recruits CEO for Martha’s Table

Following a national talent hunt, Diversified Search placed former Obama administration official Kim Ford as the new president and CEO of Martha’s Table, a food access and education not-for-profit. The Washington, D.C.-based charity’s current leader, Patty Stonesifer, recently announced that she plans to retire this summer after six years in the role. Leading the national search were Dale E.

McCormack+Kristel Seeks Executive Director for East Bay Community Law Center

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been selected by the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, CA to find its next executive director. “This is an opportunity for an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader to join a growing mission-driven non-profit organization dedicated to education and social justice,” said McCormack+Kristel. “The successful candidate will become a part of a distinguished

Ward Howell Opens Office in Houston

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has opened a new office in Houston and the addition of Thomas W. Dowdy, as partner, to lead it. He becomes a member of the firm’s energy practice. Mr. Dowdy worked for the predecessor firm of the current Ward Howell, in Russia, in the 1990s. “We are excited to welcome Tom back to

Wilton & Bain Joins Inclusive Culture Pledge

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is becoming increasingly important for both employers and employees. Research has shown that diverse businesses are 35 percent more likely to financially outperform their industry’s national average. For potential job hunters, 67 percent now consider a diverse workforce to be an important factor when considering job offers. Recently, London-based

A Bright and Busy Future for Executive Recruiters

A tight labor market with low unemployment means companies are struggling to find qualified talent, costs associated with talent acquisition are rising and a lengthy hiring process is now the rule, not the exception. Recent surveys of hiring managers and individuals just completed from CareerBuilder, Inavero and the American Staffing Association (ASA) identified these major

Boyden Places CEO for CHEO Research Institute

Global executive search firm Boyden has placed Jason Berman as the new chief executive officer and scientific director of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and vice president for research of CHEO in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Berman, who starts his new role August 1, currently works for the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital

Blair Search Partners Recruits CEO for the San Diego Foundation

San Diego-based Blair Search Partners has recruited Mark Stuart as the new president and chief executive officer for the San Diego Foundation. Principal Trevor Blair led the assignment. The national search, which drew more than 1,000 candidates, began last year when Blair Search was appointed to assist the foundation board search committee. “The foundation board and I

Jobplex Appoints Partner

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR International, has expanded with the addition of Claire Sylvestre as partner. Prior to joining Jobplex, Ms. Sylvestre served as director and executive international recruiter for YER USA in Chicago. In this role, she spearheaded business development functions and ran all aspects of recruitment functions to source new clients and candidates.

Ccentric Group Forms Alliance with Wavelength

Sydney-headquartered executive search firm Ccentric Group has established a partnership with Wavelength, one of Australia’s largest medical recruitment agencies. “The companies share the same values of being dedicated to client needs, a strong focus on quality and service, and attracting and retaining the best employees,” said Wayne Bruce, founder and director of Ccentric Group. “It

Why Cannabis Companies Need Purpose Driven Leaders

Investors poured $10 billion into cannabis in North America in 2018, twice what was invested in the last three years combined. The North American market is expected to reach more than $16 billion in 2019. While talent deficits are a problem in every industry, the marijuana field is exceptionally short on senior-level leaders who can

Fogler Consulting Seeking Head Basketball Coach for UNLV

With NCAA college basketball’s “March Madness” in full swing, some schools that have been left on the sidelines are looking to find new coaches to help their teams climb back into the competition. The University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV), for one, recently enlisted executive search firm Fogler Consulting to lead the search for its next

Young Mayden Finds New Leader for the Houston Bar Association

Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be

IRC Global Adds 20/20 Foresight Executive Search

Global search consortiums continue to add new members across the global. The latest: IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) just added Chicago-based 20/20 Foresight Executive Search as its fifth member firm in the U.S. 20/20 Foresight primarily serves companies involved in the real estate, financial services and service industries. It was established by Bob Cavoto in

Heidrick & Struggles Announces Promotions

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the executive ladder within their respective firms. Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has promoted 14 partners and 25 principals in its search and consulting businesses globally. “Our consultants are working with our clients to build the best leadership teams around the world,” said Krishnan

Greenwood / Asher & Associates Finds President for University of South Florida

A number of top colleges around the country are looking for high-profile leaders to take them into the future. In most cases, executive recruiting firms have had a hand in some aspect of the search and selection process. Greenwood / Asher & Associates has recruited Steven Currall as the president of the University of South Florida (USF). If approved by

B.E. Smith Leads Chief Nursing Officer Searches for Baylor University Medical Center and University of New Mexico Hospitals

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. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, in fact, it is the chief nursing

Riviera Partners Adds Four New Partners in New York

Riviera Partners, a search firm specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has announced an expansion in New York with the promotion of four recruiters as partners. In order to meet increasing market demands, the San Francisco-based recruiter promoted directors Isa Guardalabene, Jason Hann, Sandy Ma and Sophie Thomas. The move will support

WilsonHCG Opens Office in Romania

Global talent solutions provider Wilson Human Capital Group (WilsonHCG) has expanded with the addition of a new office in Bucharest, Romania. “Although we continue to expand our offices in Krakow, Poland, and London and Manchester in the U.K., since our inception in 2002 we have strived to have the best talent on our team,” said John Wilson,

A New Breed of Future-Ready Leaders

The best leaders have a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills that enable them to keep responding to fluctuating market demands, according to a new Korn Ferry study. The search firm’s new analysis of 15,000 profiles of leaders and managers from around the world found that most leaders today are unable to harness the collective energy

Domino’s Pizza Taps Hanold Associates to Find CHRO

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Domino’s Pizza retained Hanold Associates to find its next CHRO. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, is leading the assignment. He is joined by partners Keri Gavin, Ashley Schiele and

The Onstott Group Recruits CEO for BioDirection

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has placed Sharad H. Joshi as the new president and CEO of BioDirection Inc., a privately held medical device company developing cutting-edge and rapid point-of-care products for the diagnosis and management of concussions and other acquired traumatic brain injuries. “On behalf of our board, I would like to

Cielo Launches Executive Search Practice

Cielo, a strategic recruitment process outsourcing firm, is bringing its executive search experts into a global practice under the Cielo brand. Craig Pointon, who has led executive recruiting for the Middle East and Africa region since 2007, will now become Cielo’s executive vice president and global head of executive search. “It has become increasingly apparent in

Talentor International Adds Two Managing Directors for Austrian Partner

Executive search consortium Talentor International has added two new managing directors, Barbara Ulman and Thomas Zembacher, to expand Talentor Austria. “In Barbara Ulman, we found someone with excellent know-how in executive search,” said Michael Sarsteiner, CEO of Talentor International. “Thomas Zembacher’s healthcare and business expertise complement that perfectly.” Ms. Ulman was most recently managing director

Why Big Brand Job Candidates Aren’t Always the Best Fit

Professionals who have a big personal cache in an industry, or who have been working at a big branded company, do not always make the best candidates. Instead, professionals who have had relevant accomplishments, even at brands that are lesser known, can oftentimes be the better fit. “Early in a search, organizations will often target

Ventura Partners Selected by Penn State to Find Next Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Universities continue to turn to search firms to fill their top coaching vacancies. Executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has been chosen to lead the search for the next women’s head basketball coach at Penn State University. After 12 seasons, the program elected to move on from coach Coquese Washington. Partner Chad Chatlos will spearhead the nationwide search for Ventura

D. Hilton Associates Seeks Chief People Officer for Apple Federal Credit

The chief people officer position is still a relatively new title within the HR function. It first appeared about a decade ago. But now, as companies look to build internal brand awareness and set their sights more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue. Recently, to help fill a

Rob Tillman Launches TillmanPartners; Kelly Carlson Joins PE Firm as Talent Head

Rob Tillman, a veteran executive recruiter and coach, has launched a new firm, TillmanPartners. The Scottsdale, AZ-based firm will provide executive search, integrated coaching and one-on-one coaching specializing in CFOs and CIOs. “I’ve been blessed to serve hundreds of leaders over the last three decades, and my focus on recruiting and coaching CFOs and CIOs

IMSA Search Global Adds New Member in Denmark

Global recruiting consortiums continue to take advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Among them, executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Danish search firm Brinch & Partners as its newest member. Brinch & Partners has maintained steady growth since its founding a decade ago. Its team includes founding partners Martin Bo Sørensen and Jens

What Can HR Leaders Do Today to Prepare for Tomorrow?

Although it’s tempting – and exciting – to dig into predictions for the global workforce of 2030, it often isn’t practical to look that far into the future to determine our actions today. A recent publication from PwC, for example, reports five “megatrends” they believe will shape this future: technological breakthroughs, demographic shifts, rapid urbanization, shifts in

Odgers Berndtson Selected by the AAPA to Find New CEO

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has turned to global search firm Odgers Berndtson to find its next chief executive officer, following the retirement of long-time leader Kurt Nagle. Vice chairman and partner Tim McNamara is leading the assignment along with partner and practice leader Conrad Woody. William Friedman, chairman of the AAPA and CEO of Port

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