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Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for Major League Baseball

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Michele Meyer-Shipp as chief people and culture officer for Major League Baseball. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment along with partner Keri Gavin. “Michele is an exceptional leader and an inspirational person,” said Mr. Hanold. “She will have an incredibly positive impact on

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AlbertHall&Associates Seeks Executive Director for Second Stage Theater

Not-for-profit-focused executive recruitment firm AlbertHall&Associates has been selected to find the next executive director for Second Stage Theater, one of New York’s leading non-profit theaters. Leading the assignment are managing partner Thomas Hall and principal Christine O’Connor. “Second Stage’s next executive director will be an individual who shares this deep commitment to celebrating the work of 21st

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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,

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Boyden Expands Presence on West Coast

Boyden has expanded with the addition of Liesl Forve, who will serve as a partner and attend to clients throughout California. Boyden has seen strong growth in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast. The firm has doubled the number of partners there in the last six months. “Liesl is a major asset for Boyden and our clients, bringing geographic

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Layoffs Remain Elevated as Pandemic Persists Across U.S.

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 1.2 million more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the 20th week in a row that the figure has risen to well over one million. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 1.42 million.

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Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for Major League Baseball

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Michele Meyer-Shipp as chief people and culture officer for Major League Baseball. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment along with partner Keri Gavin. “Michele is an exceptional leader and an inspirational person,” said Mr. Hanold. “She will have an incredibly positive impact on

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AlbertHall&Associates Seeks Executive Director for Second Stage Theater

Not-for-profit-focused executive recruitment firm AlbertHall&Associates has been selected to find the next executive director for Second Stage Theater, one of New York’s leading non-profit theaters. Leading the assignment are managing partner Thomas Hall and principal Christine O’Connor. “Second Stage’s next executive director will be an individual who shares this deep commitment to celebrating the work of 21st

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Hudson Global Posts Seven Percent Revenue Loss; Americas Down 44 Percent

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted first quarter of $24.6 million, down seven percent from a year ago. This surpassed the Zacks consensus estimate by 6.84 percent. By region, Hudson Asia Pacific was up 14 percent, while the Americas and Europe were down 44 percent and 27 percent, respectively. The Old Greenwich, Conn.-based recruiting firm posted a net loss of $0.8 million, or

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Agilium Worldwide Adds New Member Firm in Nigeria

Global executive search consortium Agilium Worldwide has added Michael Stevens Consulting in Lagos, Nigeria, as a member of the international network. Led by Francis Kudayah, Michael Stevens Consulting is an international multi-disciplinary company and has extensive activities in executive search and selection as well as other human capital consulting services. It provides expert advice in the fields of multi-disciplinary management,

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Why the True Cost of a Poor Hire Can be Steep

A bad hire can be the most expensive mistake a business could make. A bad hire at the senior level, in particular, can wreak havoc on a business’ reputation, among other hard-to-fix problems. “What can be costlier than a faulty product or poor budgeting is the price of repeatedly hiring underqualified, short-term employees,” says the

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B.E. Smith Seeks CFO for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. B.E. Smith, a healthcare-focused executive search firm, was recently called in by non-profit Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to lead its search a new CFO. Andrea Merideth is heading the assignment. The

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CohenTaylor Executive Search Assists Children’s Cancer Research Fund in CEO Search

Minneapolis-based CohenTaylor Executive Search has placed Daniel Gumnit as the new chief executive officer of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). He succeeds John Hallberg, who retired in July. “Daniel has exceptional experience as a leader and true passion for the vital role of science and medical research in our communities,” said Michelle Johnson, board chairperson. “He is the right person

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True Search Launches Edtech Practice 

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has launched an edtech practice to support the rapidly evolving world of technology-supported education. Having worked with numerous global companies, True has developed deep experience in the space and a talent network of executives who understand what’s needed to keep edtech moving forward. From VC-backed start-ups to established organizations, True has

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Human Capital

On the wisdom that it’s better to rip the Band-Aid off fast, let’s get the bad news out of the way quickly: The global consulting industry is in a tailspin. According to a report by Tatum’s Richard Wilcox, the mega-billion dollar sector is forecast to experience a 19 percent drop in fees in 2020, which

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Tailored Brands, Seeks HR Leaders for Moderna Therapeutics

Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Mayank Parikh, Lisa Butkus and Jason Hanold have placed former Coca-Cola Co. executive Shane Smith as the new chief human resources officer of Tailored Brands. Moderna Therapeutics, a company racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, is also partnering with the Chicago-based search firm for multiple HR leadership searches. Mr. Smith

Caldwell Sees COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Search Business

Toronto-based Caldwell posted Q2 revenues of $16.8 million (Canadian), a 15.8 percent jump from a year ago. But an impact from the pandemic is expected in coming quarters. “Our team had a fantastic quarter but given the rapidly changing state of the world and the markets, our attention is solidly on the here and now,” said John

Unemployment Rate Rises, Expected to Surge 16 Percent

Employment fell by 701,000 last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent low, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. The number of unemployed currently stands at 7.1 million. Over the last two weeks, 10 million Americans have filed for temporary unemployment benefits. That’s two percent of the

Keep Calm and Recruit: Why Now is the Best Time to Assess Your Talent Assets

With all the drama around the coronavirus crisis, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that it might – just might, and with luck – be short-lived. When that happens, the world can start to get back to normal. “Many companies took advantage of the recent easy, good times to build their businesses,”

The Jacobson Group Recruits CEO for American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company

Major global organizations in all sectors are seeking a record number of insurance leaders with the combination of both digital and industry or “domain” experience, report executive recruiters familiar with the space. Companies looking for these C-suite executives require both insurance expertise and high levels of “digital proficiency,” they say – a combination that is

Pandemic Crisis Forces 10 Million Americans into Unemployment

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed unemployment claims in historic numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 6.6 million. Nearly 10 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in two weeks. Economists now expect the U.S. economy to fall into a recession in the second quarter, before staging a comeback

Is Hiring on Hold? Not According to Some Recruiters

Market uncertainty and disruption is going to create uncertainty and disruption in your workforce. This is especially true if you are in an industry that is being heavily impacted by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), like the airline industry, energy sector and hospitality market, where the impact is most volatile. Conversely, in healthcare, life sciences, private equity,

Hudson Global Posts 40 Percent Revenue Gain; Pandemic Creating Uncertainty Ahead

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted 2019 full-year revenues of $93.8 million, a 40.2 percent from a year earlier. The firm’s Americas revenue of $13.6 million decreased two percent, Asia Pacific revenue of $61.4 million increased 77 percent, and Europe revenue of $18.8 million increased 22 percent. The Old Greenwich, Conn-based recruiting firm posted a net loss of $1 million,

Executive Search Firms Adapt Services to COVID-19 Pandemic

A search assignment that was reported on last December has taken an unusual turn due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the U.S. The search for a new president of Wisconsin’s public university system, led by Storbeck Search & Associates, is making progress, even amid the current health crisis. Spearheading the assignment

McDermott + Bull Places CHRO for Williston Financial Group

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Heather Krablin as senior  vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Williston Financial Group (WFG), a leading provider of homeowner title insurance and related lender services for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led

AltoPartners Canada Offering No Cost Services to Help Organizations During Pandemic Crisis

Due to the current international COVID-19 crisis, AltoPartners Canada – which includes managing partner Keith Labbett along with his Canadian partners Kevin Hall, Shauna Louie, Oliver Baezner – has started an initiative of offering network and resource services at no cost to assist any organization developing products or services to help the fight against the virus.

Pandemic Crisis Leads Saenger Associates to Cut Recruiting Cycle Time to 30 Days

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, executive search experts at Saenger Associates have created a special program for clients who have an immediate need to fill executive or senior management positions. The firm’s new “Virtual Fast-Tracked 30-Day Retained Executive Search” offer, which is focused on the aerospace & defense and industrial products industries, essentially

James & Co. Recruits Worldwide ERC Chief Executive

New York City-based executive search firm James & Co. has assisted in the placement of Lynn Shotwell as the new president and chief executive officer of Worldwide ERC, a trade association for talent management and global mobility knowledge and innovation. “The leadership team, board of directors and I are thrilled to work with an executive

Momenta Partners Appoints Start-Up Advisory Practice Leader

Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has expanded with the addition of Blaine Mathieu as partner in advising and leader of its start-up advisory practice. Momenta Partners was founded as digital industry growth partners, investing in, advising and placing executive-level talent for leading and emerging companies focused on the digitization and transformation of industry. With the addition

Managing Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing worldwide public health concerns and widespread disruptions across the global economy, including for businesses and schools. It has caused society to put a pause on public gatherings, sporting events, the arts, restaurants and nightlife, which otherwise would have provided relief during difficult times. As the crisis unfolded last week, the

N2Growth Adjusts Search Fees to Help Clients During Pandemic Crisis

N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, will be deferring 50 percent of all search fees for new engagements until after the COVID-19 pandemic has been contained. “This is a rather unprecedented time, and it’s during times like this that we need to come together and find opportunities to serve each other,” said

Koblentz Group Tapped to Find CEO for St. Vincent de Paul of Georgia

The Koblentz Group has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for St. Vincent de Paul of Georgia (SVdP Georgia), an Atlanta area social service group. The organization’s current CEO, John Berry, will retire in September after 13 years in the role. Partner Jeffrey Neppl is leading the assignment for the executive recruitment

Furst Group Recruits Chief People Officer for BJC HealthCare 

With the coronavirus crisis upon us, chief people officers are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. As a recent article in The Economist put it, “They must keep employees healthy; maintain their morale;

Development Guild DDI Recruits Chief Development Officer for Greenpeace

Executive recruitment firm Development Guild DDI, which focuses on the non-profit sector, has placed Tricia Hart as chief development officer for the environmental group Greenpeace. Managing director Sherry Ettleson led the assignment. Ms. Hart most recently served as national director of marketing and engagement at Amnesty International USA, where she expanded direct mail and digital giving programs

ZRG Partners Appoints Retail Practice Global Leader

ZRG Partners has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Brian Meany as managing partner and global head of its retail practice. He will be based in the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Meany has spent the past 25 years as managing director for Herbert Mines Associates, where he executed C-suite searches across the retail, fashion, wholesale

Unemployment Claims Surge as COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Deepens

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in historic numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 3.28 million, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s revised level. Consensus expectations were for 1.64 million claims. The previous record was 695,000 claims filed the week ended October 2, 1982. Initial jobless claims

Parker Executive Search Finds Next President for the University of Wyoming

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has assisted the University of Wyoming in the recruitment Edward Seidel as the school’s 28th president. The board of trustees announced last year that it would not be renewing the contract of Laurie Nichols, who was hired in 2016. Laura Wilder, the search firm’s president, led the assignment along with vice president

Heidrick & Struggles Announces 45 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 23 partners and 22 principals in its search and consulting businesses globally. “Our newly promoted consultants have proven their ability to deliver exceptional client service, drive strong business growth

Isaacson, Miller Assists University of Maryland and Xavier University to Find New Leaders

Isaacson, Miller recently assisted in the placement of Darryll J. Pines as the 34th president of the University of Maryland. Meanwhile the search firm was also called in by Xavier University to find its next president. John Muckle, Gale Merseth and Vijay Saraswat led the search for Maryland while Jackie Mildner, Leslie McCarthy, and Jenna Sattar

New Heritage Capital Invests in DeWinter Group

Today, the private equity sector is the chief growth driver for executive search firms. PE firms are rapidly expanding their portfolio companies and along that pathway they need top talent more than ever before. In short, private equity firms are hungry for top level C-suite talent as their portfolio companies go through an explosive gritty

Lansdowne Executive Search Seeking Leader for Housing Alliance

Dublin, Ireland-based Lansdowne Executive Search has been enlisted to find the executive director for the Housing Alliance, a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies (AHBs). Partner Sean McDonagh is leading the assignment. Reporting to the Housing Alliance chair, the executive director will be expected to take a hands-on role in establishing the

Mastering the Online Interview has Just Taken on New Importance

Online interviews could be the new normal — not just because of the coronavirus crisis but because companies are realizing meaningful cost savings. That is leading to more broad acceptance of the practice. Carol Hartman of Hartman Group Consulting offers ways to master your next online interview. “Conducting interviews as a hiring manager or candidate from your

Diversified Search Recruits President and CEO for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Following an extensive nationwide search, Diversified Search has placed Jim Gerlach as the new president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in Reading, PA. He replaces Randy Peers who resigned last July to pursue other interests. “Jim’s history of public service, high integrity and ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies

MitchelLake Expands in the U.S.

Sydney-headquartered executive search firm MitchelLake Group has expanded in the U.S. with the addition of Quang Pham as a senior associate. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Pham will be responsible for helping the U.S. team to drive search execution and business growth over the next 12 months and beyond. “The U.S. executive search division has been

11 Key Strategies for Seeking a New Job During a Pandemic

In these unprecedented times, people are stressed, confused, worried, perplexed and in various stages of emotional overload while the daily influx of troubling news continues. If you are unemployed and looking for full-time employment, you are having the challenge of your business life right now. A new report by Russ Riendeau, senior partner and chief

UCLA Taps WittKieffer for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics 

Jeff Compher, Zach Smith and Kim Brettschneider of executive search firm WittKieffer are currently assisting the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in a national search for a new director of intercollegiate athletics. “UCLA seeks an experienced, creative, inspiring and entrepreneurial leader with unwavering integrity, a strong work ethic and a commitment to transparency and collaboration with the broadest range of campus stakeholders

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