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The Digital Future of Recruiting: 5 Solutions to Improve Hiring and Retention

In today’s competitive recruiting market, search firms must be nimble and efficient. One way to get there: Invest in digital tools to hire and onboard best-in-class professionals. Many organizations still use manual or paper-based processes, which are slow, expensive, and error-prone, resulting in inefficient operations and compliance risks. A new report by DocuSign found that

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SearchWide Finds New Leader for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry continues to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling in general are

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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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Vaco Enters Three New U.S. Markets

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has recently expanded into Denver, Pittsburgh, and Winston-Salem/Greensboro, NC. As executive partners, Vaco’s Renee Fisher and Kevin Witt help chart the strategic course in the firm’s many local markets. “Vaco is thrilled to extend our national footprint and bring our consultative approach to talent and solutions to Denver, Pittsburgh and Winston-Salem/Greensboro,” said Ms. Fisher. “Vaco was built to be a

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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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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added People & Performance A/S in Denmark as its newest member firm. “Denmark is an important market with many international knowledge-intensive companies with cross-border recruitment needs, and with IRC Denmark our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,” said IRC. People

Egon Zehnder Partners with Leadership Development Firm Mobius

Now more than ever, the world needs great leaders. But for leaders to best transform their organizations, they must first embrace their own transformation and continually work on self-improvement. In response, global search firm Egon Zehnder has formed a partnership with leadership development firm Mobius Executive Leadership. The alliance combines the firms’ proprietary methods for

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Russell Reynolds Associates Finds New CEO for State Employees Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

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Michelle Whiting & Associates Tapped to Find CEO for Pacific Chorale

Michelle Whiting & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for non-profit organizations, has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Costa Mesa, CA-based Pacific Chorale, a professional choir. “The successful CEO will have an unprecedented opportunity to have a significant impact on the financial stability of a flourishing and increasingly high profile arts

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Gray Scalable Names Head of Executive Search

New York-headquartered executive search firm Gray Scalable has named Eric Tenety as head of executive search. For over 17 years, Mr. Tenety has served venture capital and private equity portfolio companies as well as publicly-listed businesses undergoing transformation through the acquisition of innovative talent. He has worked with a number of founders, operators and investors

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Gerard Daniels Names Alison Gaines as CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels has appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting

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Leathwaite Appoints Head of Americas to Focus on Growth and Branding

Veteran executive search consultant Paul Groce has joined Leathwaite as head of the firm’s Americas region in an effort to increase its reach and further expand its brand outside the U.K. “The continued expansion of our U.S. business is central to Leathwaite’s future international growth strategy, and we are absolutely delighted to have hired Paul Groce to

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SearchWide Global Seeks New Leader for Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry continues to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling in

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Korn Ferry Finds CEO for American College of Cardiology

Following a six-month nationwide search, Korn Ferry placed Timothy W. Attebery as the new CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Shalom Jacobovitz, who led the organization for five years, left the college in January to head a new biopharmaceutical company. Thomas Giella, chairman of Korn Ferry’s healthcare services practice, and Lorraine Lavet, sector leader for associations,

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Sports Group International Appoints New Leadership

Sports Group International, an executive search firm serving the sports industry, has named Julie Yochim as its new president following the retirement of Joe White. Ms. Yochim joined the firm five years ago as an executive search consultant. She focuses on providing leadership and a technical expertise that will serve SGI’s clients in an ever-changing

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SpenglerFox Names New Regional Practice Group Leader, Other Appointments

London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named a new regional practice group leader for Middle East Africa, family businesses and technology. Based in Dubai, Eva Wuellner will support the firm’s clients in both executive search assignments and human capital services projects, such as leadership development, assessment centers and HR organization, among others. In her work for multinational

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Diversified Search Places CEO at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Executive search firm Diversified Search has placed Mary C. Daly as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dale E. Jones, the recruitment firm’s president and CEO, led the assignment along with board practice head Veronica Biggins. Effective Oct. 1, Ms. Daly will replace outgoing CEO John C. Williams who recently left the

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ArtCenter College of Design Taps Witt/Kieffer for Chief Diversity Officer

Chief diversity officers are now considered part of every competitive organization’s senior management team, and institutions of all types are lining up to bring these highly sought-after leaders on board. Search firms are well equipped for their role with extensive networks throughout the space. Witt/Kieffer was recently retained by the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena,

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McDermott & Bull Opens Office in Vancouver

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded in Canada with the addition of a new office in Vancouver. Paul Gibbons, a 20-year search and talent acquisition executive, joins the firm as managing partner and will lead the firm’s expansion throughout Canada. “The No. 1 complaint I hear from businesses who deal with search firms is the time

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Boyden Names Global Industrial Practice Leader

Global executive search firm Boyden has named Francesca d’Arcangeli, a managing partner of Boyden United Kingdom, as its new global industrial practice leader. She succeeds Robert Travis, a managing partner in the U.S. and Canada who was re-elected to Boyden’s global board in May. “Francesca is the right leader at the right time for Boyden’s Global Industrial Practice,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO

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La Fosse Associates Continues Expansion with Opening of New York Office

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates continues its expansion in the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York. The opening builds upon the success of the firm’s first U.S. practice, in Los Angeles, which opened in 2016. With an already established executive network and strong track record in the New York

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Meeting the Challenges of Employee Churn

Like it or not, workforce transformations are often a way of life in business. For company leaders, it is critical to look beyond the moment and keep the long view in mind. When layoffs are a necessity, leaders must pay heed to the employees who remain as well as doing right by those who have

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Academic Search Adds Three Former HBCU Presidents to Roster

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has expanded its ability to attract top leadership talent to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with the addition of the founders of TM2 Education Search to the firm. TM2 was established in 2016 to identify and place candidates in top administrative posts at HBCUs. John Garland, Dorothy Yancy and Sidney Ribeau,

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Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Medical Officer for CalvertHealth

CalvertHealth, a Prince Frederick, MD-based healthcare system, has enlisted executive search firm Buffkin / Baker to find its next chief medical officer. Brenda Doherty, partner and head of the healthcare provider practice, is leading the assignment. The ideal candidate will be a progressive physician leader that can drive clinical excellence, best practices and quality initiatives in order

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Next Leader for Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. The individual will also serve as vice president for diversity, inclusion and health equity for the institute’s parent organization, the American Hospital Association (AHA). The assignment will be conducted

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Friisberg & Partners International Adds New Member Firm in South America

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 organizations, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Friisberg & Partners International recently added Argento Consultores in Chile as its newest member

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Recruiters Now Balancing Technology and Human Touch

While they won’t sport bionic arms and legs, recruiters will be empowered like never before by technology that makes them smarter, more efficient and connected. The recruiter of the near future will be able to find the right talent with the push of a button and possess the people skills to engage and convert top

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The Verriez Group Places CFO at Farm Mutual Re

CFOs continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies. Ontario-headquartered executive search firm the Verriez Group recently recruited Amy Butler as senior vice-president and chief financial officer for Farm

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Reffett Associates Seeks New President for the Naval Postgraduate School

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been selected by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to assist in selecting its next president. The search is being led by Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, with assistance from Thomas Young, director of operations. “We are pleased to have been selected by the board of

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RETS Associates Opens New Office in Denver

RETS Associates has opened a new office in downtown Denver. Having dedicated office space in Colorado’s capital city will enable the firm to best serve new and existing clients’ growing demand for real estate talent in the region, said the firm. Joining the new office is Jessica MacNaughton, who recently started at the firm as

Charlson Partners Names Head of Southern California Operations

Charlson Partners, an executive search firm focused on enterprise technology solutions, has appointed Lisa Grinde Hovagimyan as partner and head of its Southern California operations. With over 15 years of experience in executive search, Ms. Hovagimyan has global executive recruitment and search experience within the hi-tech, software, telecommunications, consumer technology, life-sciences & healthcare IT, manufacturing & electrical, environmental engineering

Demand for Chief HR Officers Is Rising At American Companies

The American Diabetes Association has retained Diversified Search to lead its search for a chief human resources officer (CHRO). Demand for C-level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function, as upbeat U.S. hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for potential talent shortages. “Chief human

Executive Recruiters Continue Their Expansion Into the Sports Industry

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has launched a sports practice focusing on mid-level and emerging talent. Bret M. Fishkind will lead the new group as a managing consultant. Mr. Fishkind has been a senior associate at Korn Ferry, where he has served as a member of the firm’s global sports practice, led

Famous Dave’s of America Taps Heidrick for CEO Search

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Ed Rensi has stepped down from his role as CEO. Mr. Rensi joined Famous Dave’s board in January 2014, and agreed to assume the role of CEO the next month following the unexpected resignation of his predecessor. The company’s board has appointed Adam

FaithSearch Partners Grows With the Healthcare Industry

FaithSearch Partners has appointed Scott Kuhlman as senior vice president, specializing in finding talent in the post-acute/long-term care sector (PA/LTC). Based in Asheville, North Carolina, he will work directly with the firm’s PA/LTC clients. Mr. Kuhlman brings an array of experience in healthcare practice management and organization growth, spanning over 25 years. He most recently served as

Agilium Worldwide Adds Four New Member Firms

Agilium Worldwide, LLC has added four new member firms to its global network of retained executive search firms. Joining the organization are Greensearch in Budapest, Hungary; Plongê Consultoria Capital Humano in São Paulo, Brazil; Schnopp & Partner(MLS Dr. Max Schnopp AG) in Zurich, Switzerland; and PLATINIUM Executive Search in Belgium. Founded by Andrea Deák, Greensearch is an executive search and consulting firm that specializes

Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More Than Seven Years

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in seven and a half years but job growth fell short of expectations, offering mixed signals about the economy, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Total employment increased by 173,000 in August, which is less than most economists had predicted. Currently eight million

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for The Learning Clinic

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has recruited Kal Vaikla as chief executive officer of U.K.-based The Learning Clinic. Partner Simon Bartholomew led the search. Mr. Vaikla was previously managing director of healthcare information technology company Oasis Medical Solutions, which he successfully positioned for acquisition by Allscripts. Before that, he was vice president, sales and marketing for the

Slone Partners Recruits President for Cancer Testing Specialist Abcodia

Executive recruiters Slone Partners has placed Nadia Altomare as president of North America at Abcodia, a specialist company engaged in the development of tests for early detection of cancer. As president, Ms. Altomare will develop and implement the strategic business plan for U.S. operations, launch the company’s first early cancer detection product in the U.S. — the ROCA test —

Ridgeway Partners Adds Former Norman Broadbent CEO as Partner

Executive search firm Ridgeway Partners LLC has appointed Sue O’Brien as a partner. Ms. O’Brien most recently served as chief executive officer of Norman Broadbent PLC. Having begun her career in retail at Sainsbury’s, she became managing director of a leisure business and later moved into executive search. In 2003, she was appointed managing director of Garner International

SpenglerFox Names Practice Leaders in Frankfurt and London

Executive search firm SpenglerFox has named Stephanie Schimang as principle consultant and practice group leader for its human capital solutions service group and Ben Elson as practice group leader for the firm’s technology group within business services. Ms. Schimang will be responsible for client services/satisfaction, delivery of projects, quality control and business development. She will work out

Hiring Prospects Forecast to Be Strongest in Eight Years

Starting next month, U.S. employers are predicting the strongest fourth quarter hiring blitz since the final quarter of 2007, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Globally, evidence is mounting that workforce gains remain patchy at best, amid signs that the pace of economic recovery continues to be slow and uneven outside North America. Hiring plans

Spencer Stuart to Hunt for Housing.com Chief

Housing.com has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The company has recently sacked its former CEO and co-founder Rahul Yadav for misconduct. Until Spencer Stuart finds Mr. Yadav’s replacement, COO Rishabh Gupta will serve as interim CEO of the global real estate portal. Prior to joining Housing.com about two years ago, Mr. Gupta was a manager at

Career Partners International Names President and CEO

Career Partners International (CPI) has appointed Karen D. O’Boyle as president and chief executive officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and executing CPI’s strategic plan. The firm has a global footprint with more than 270 offices in 47 countries. An accomplished business leader, Ms. O’Boyle has held senior leadership positions at

Herbert Mines Associates Recruits CEO for Aerosoles

New York-based executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed R. Shawn Neville as chief executive officer of footwear company Aerosoles. He takes over from interim CEO Caryn Lerner, operating partner of Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, LLC, which acquired privately owned Aerosoles in June 2014. Mr. Neville’s initial key initiatives will include strengthening Aerosoles’ go-to-market strategy, branding, store design, merchandising, product development, e/m-commerce

Harvey Nash Adds Former CTPartners Recruiter

Global executive search firm Harvey Nash has added Tanya Lau as leader of its consumer and retail practice in Asia Pacific. In her new role, she will support the continued development of the executive search business within the consumer and retail segments across the Asia Pacific region. She will be based in Hong Kong at Harvey Nash’s Asia Pacific

David Barrett Looks Inside Recruiting Talent for the Investment and Wealth Management Sector

David Barrett is managing partner of David Barrett Partners, a boutique specialist search firm which recruits senior and C-level professionals for the investment and wealth management sector. Mr. Barrett co-founded his firm in 2005. He spent 17 years of his career at two of the industry’s largest global recruiting firms: Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles. Recently, Mr.

Parker Executive Search Recruits Director of Athletics for Villanova

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has recruited Mark Jackson as director of athletics at Villanova University. He succeeds Vince Nicastro, who held the position for 15 years. A search committee, composed of board members, alumni, faculty and staff, oversaw the search process. In his new role, Mr. Jackson provides executive leadership, strategic direction and oversight for all of Villanova’s

DHR International Recruits CEO for CultureSource

DHR International has placed Pamela M. Iacobelli as president and chief executive officer of CultureSource. Cyd Kinney, a partner in DHR’s Detroit office, led the search. For more than 13 years, Ms. Kinney has been a search consultant focused on the non-profit and C-suite sector. Ms. Iacobelli brings extensive business leadership experience to CultureSource. Most recently,

Diversified Search Adds Former CTPartners Recruiters

Former CTPartners recruiters John J. Keller and Michel Deschapelles have joined Diversified Search as managing directors in the firm’s technology and telecommunications practices. Mr. Keller, who becomes technology and telecommunications practice leader at Diversified, will divide his time between offices in New York and San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective to his work as a seasoned

NGS Global Opens New Office in Dusseldorf

NGS Global Europe has opened a new office in Dusseldorf, Germany and appointed Richard Crux as managing partner and head of the new location. Mr. Crux will conduct senior-level assignments on behalf of domestic and global companies in the industrial, consumer goods, retail and logistics sectors. His areas of functional expertise include marketing, sales, supply chain management

Small Business Leaders Forecast Upbeat Job Market and Expand Hiring Plans for 2016

Economic and job growth optimism is continuing to rise throughout the C-suites of small to medium-sized American businesses (SMB), according to a new report published by executive recruitment firm Lucas Group. The Q2 2015 SMB Job Generation Outlook found that 66 percent of leaders at small to medium-sized companies across the U.S. feel optimistic about the country’s near-term

Egon Zehnder Heading CEO Search for Woolworths

Woolworths has retained Egon Zehnder to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The firm will find a replacement for outgoing chief Grant O’Brien and at least one more non-executive director. Interviews are expected to commence this month. Woolworths’ newly appointed chairman Gordon Cairns has sacrificed three non-executive director roles to devote more time to finding a

Koya Leadership Partners Recruits Merit School of Music Executive Director

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has placed Charles Grode as president and executive director of the Merit School of Music. He replaces Tom Bracy, who left the organization earlier this year. Mr. Grode, who has spent 17 seasons with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), most recently served as vice president of the Negaunee Music Institute, the CSO’s education

Major, Lindsey & Africa Names Solutions Practice Group Managing Director

Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has named Cloud Schnoebelen as a managing director in its solutions practice group. In his new role, Mr. Schnoebelen will work closely with corporate legal departments and law firms to identify contract attorneys and legal professionals to fulfill clients’ interim legal needs. He will be based in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s San

Carmichael Fisher Opens New Brussels Office

Carmichael Fisher EMEA has opened a new office in Brussels to enhance its presence in Europe. The Brussels location will be dedicated to providing recruitment solutions inclusive of search, talent mapping, competitor analysis and executive coaching to Carmichael Fisher’s clients in Belgium. The office will be headed by managing director EMEA Justin Hobday and initially Thomas

Korn Ferry Posts Six Percent Global Revenue Rise

Korn Ferry/(NYSE:KFY) has posted first quarter revenue of $267.4 million, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to $260.3 million a year ago. The company just missed analysts’ estimates of $269.7 million. The $16.2 million revenue rise for the quarter resulted from an increase of $3.7 million in the company’s executive recruitment segment, a $5.6 million lift in its leadership

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Video Equipment Rentals

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited David Staels as chief human resource officer (CHRO) of Video Equipment Rentals. In his new role, Mr. Staels will report to VER’s CEO Steve Hankin, who is credited with coining the term ‘war for talent.’ Serving as a key member of VER’s leadership team, Mr. Staels will be accountable for

Russell Reynolds Associates Leads UT Dallas President Search

The University of Texas System has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to lead its search for a new president for UT Dallas. The UT Dallas presidential search advisory committee will make recommendations on possible successors to David E. Daniel, who assumed a new leadership position as the UT System’s deputy chancellor and chief operating officer this summer. The search advisory committee

Pedersen & Partners Opens First U.S. Office; Names Head of North America

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has opened its first office in the U.S., establishing a presence in Houston. This becomes the firm’s sixth office in the Americas joining Pedersen & Partners’ offices in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. COO and partner of Pedersen & Partners, Darcie Murray, will be based in Houston and serve as

Coulter Partners Expands Nordics Team

Global life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has added Nicolaj Moerk Thomsen as senior consultant and Lisbeth Holm as research associate in the firm’s new Copenhagen offices. Mr. Thomsen has 14 years’ experience in global executive search within life sciences. From highly scientific to strictly commercial roles, he has developed a broad expertise across a range of early start-up

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