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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

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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

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Caldwell Fills Key Posts for PE-Backed Episerver and Tricentis

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top level talent, including chief people officers who are becoming central to organizations grappling with the human resource impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, as businesses become more complex as a result of the ongoing pandemic, marketing activities are

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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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DiMarchi Partners Places CEO at Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Grand Junction / Boulder, CO-based DiMarchi Partners has recruited Brian McGuire as the new CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, a producer of certified organic bread. “All vetting, interviewing and evaluation were done remotely through ZOOM, SKYPE and other formats,” said Paul DiMarchi, founder and president of the firm. “This shows a leap of faith by all parties, as well as how efficiently critical

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Raines International Expands Asset Management Practice 

New York-based Raines International has expanded with the addition of Engy Lamour as senior vice president of its asset management practice. Based in New York City, Mr. Lamour has more than 10 years of experience in the asset management and alternative investments industry and is recognized for his extensive subject matter expertise and vast executive network. As a member

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When is the Right Time to Change Jobs?

Leaving a job is stressful under any circumstances. It is hard enough to do when times are normal. And 2020 is hardly normal. Everything is in ­flux, and even more challenging, those changes are largely happening remotely, this according to a new report authored by Richard Stein, chief growth officer at Options Group. “It’s good to remember, therefore,

Bishop & Company Seeking CEO for Hawaii Tourism Authority

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has contracted with Honolulu-based executive search firm Bishop & Company to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The assignment is being spearheaded by Erinn N. Tomlinson, the search firm’s director of executive recruitment. The organization’s current leader, Chris Tatum, announced last month that he would be

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The Mom Project Announces $25 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an artificial intelligence component. Just recently, The Mom Project, a talent marketplace, closed a $25 million series B funding round, bringing total funding at the Chicago-based company to $36 million. The Mom Project aims to connect women, including mothers, with employment opportunities. Its platform has amassed

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Cejka Search Assists Iowa Clinic in CEO Search

Cejka Search has placed Ben Vallier as the new CEO of the Iowa Clinic. He succeeds Ed Brown, who helped found the clinic in 1994 and led the organization for more than 25 years before announcing his plans to step down from the top job last September. The assignment was led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president

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Hanold Associates Launches Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice

Hanold Associates has launched a global diversity, equity and inclusion practice and named Keri Gavin as practice leader. As one of the nation’s top C-suite HR leadership providers, the search firm has led dozens of critical chief diversity and inclusion officer searches for clients such Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, MGM Resorts International, Major League Baseball,

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Diversified Search Assists DairyAmerica in CEO Search 

Julie Kanak of Diversified Search has recently assisted Fresno, CA-headquartered DairyAmerica in the recruitment of Patricia Smith as its new president and CEO. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the past 20 years in the dairy processing and food ingredient industry. “DairyAmerica sits at the forefront of one of the

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Korn Ferry Posts Flat Year-End Revenues; Q4 Down 10.2 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2020 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, flat from 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, a decline of 10.2 percent. The firm reported restricting charges of $40.5 million in its fourth quarter. Net income

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ZRG Recruits President for AccelerātUM

ZRG has recruited Brett Feddersen as the president of AccelerātUM, a new entity founded by the former head of the FAA and industry colleagues to advance the unmanned air mobility industry. Managing directors Samantha Foster and Craig Sabina led the assignment. “ZRG managing directors Craig Sabina and Samantha Foster were instrumental in Brett’s recruitment,” AccelerātUM

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Versique Search and Consulting Names CFO

Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has promoted Erik Fortier to chief financial officer. In this role, he will oversee the company’s finance operations as well as HR, IT and office administration functions, and will focus on maintaining Versique’s continued growth and helping to drive its strategic initiatives. “Erik has brought a whole new level

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.1 Percent; Another 1.4 Million Jobless Claims Filed

Employment surprisingly rose by 4.8 million in June as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. These improvements in the labor market reflect a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March, April and May due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and

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Higher Education Leadership Recruits Business Dean for Arkansas Tech University

Following a nationwide search, C. Wayne Alderman and Alan Medders of Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search have completed the search for the new dean of the college of business for Arkansas Tech University (ATU). K. Russell Jones will start in his new role with the university on Monday. “Dr. Jones is an experienced academician and administrator who is

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20/20 Foresight Strengthens Search Staff

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Mitch Ornstein as managing director. Mr. Ornstein, who will work from the firm’s Chicago office, brings more than 15 years of executive search experience in placing senior leaders across all functions to his new role. He will serve as 20/20 Foresight’s functional expert in the CFO

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How to Retain Executive Mothers During and After COVID-19

In January 2020, women constituted more than 50 percent of the American workforce. Six months and 15 million jobs later, this may not be the case, according to a new report by Odgers Berndtson and co-authored by Catherine Bass Black and Lisa DeConto. “It’s been widely recognized that women in the United States are being disproportionately affected

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McDermott & Bull Recruits CEO for NEXT for AUTISM 

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed former American Montessori Society executive Timothy Purnell as the new CEO for NEXT for AUTISM. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led the assignment. Mr. Purnell has a proven track record as an innovative leader, strategic planner and inspiring educator. He transitioned

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Hightech Partners Adds Technology, Digital Executive

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Jean-Christophe Legrand, a senior executive in technology and digital, to help develop the firm’s international business. His appointment strengthens HTP’s strategy as a global leader in the field of digital executive-level recruitment, but also as advisor to clients on the talent aspects of digital

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Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted the Detroit Pistons in the recruitment of former Roc Nation executive Mike Zavodsky as its new chief business officer. The role is a new position for the professional basketball organization. Mr. Zavodsky begins work with the NBA team on Wednesday. He will report to Pistons vice chair Arn Tellem.

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Focus Search Partners Creates Interim Executive Services Practice 

Top experts in talent management and leadership recruitment agree that filling an interim leadership position can be a significant opportunity for an organization. Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, recently launched an interim executive services practice to leverage the firm’s 20-year history. The firm tapped C-suite talent veteran Monica Foster to lead the

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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has strengthened its global presence adding VIPJOBS LLC as a new member firm in Russia. The organization says that Russia is a market with significant talent and strong demand for leadership capabilities. “With IRC Russia, our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,”

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Leading Through & Beyond COVID-19; Best Practices for an Unprecedented Time

Leaders may automatically default to the bottom line and focus on the financial damage that COVID-19 is causing—and for good reason. But many employees place greater emphasis and importance on the support they are receiving from leadership, according to a new report from Robinson Resource Group. “People need to know that even though their leader is

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The Christopher Group Places CHRO for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Christopher Group has placed Michelle Jones as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The search was completed by founder and CEO Tom Christopher, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “Partnering with TCG and Jeff specifically was absolutely fantastic,” said Ms. Jones. “COVID-19 hit during the process and

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DHR International Adds Partner to Financial Officer Practice 

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has expanded with the addition of Rob Tillman as managing partner of its global financial officer practice. He will also serve as a key leader in the firm’s private equity and advanced technology practices and will work closely with DHR’s advisory services team, Elevate Partners. Mr. Tillman has served with three of

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Bespoke Partners Recruits Technology Officer for Clearlake Capital-backed Provation

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has assisted in the placement of Linda Buan as chief technology officer of Clearlake Capital Group-backed Provation. Ms. Buan had been serving as the company’s vice president, product development and operations. “Innovation, quality and service have long been defining characteristics of Provation’s software solutions, and our chief technology officer

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Westmont Search Selected to Lead Chief Nursing Officer Search for Essentia Health

As the healthcare 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, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most

Help Wanted: President Business Operations, Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has been selected by the Detroit Pistons to find a new president of business operations. “The Detroit Pistons are an iconic NBA team that recently moved back into downtown Detroit,” said Len Perna, founder and chairman of Turnkey Search. “Detroit itself is really buzzing as a comeback

Wheless Partners Names Indianapolis Office Leader

Executive search firm Wheless Partners has strengthened its search staff with the addition of former corporate leader Dr. Juan Suarez to lead its Indianapolis office as a senior partner. He will focus on higher education and the industrial sectors. Dr. Suarez brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic

Accelent Lands CEO for JOOR

JOOR, a leading online global marketplace for wholesale fashion buyers, has tapped longtime retail, e-commerce and marketplace executive Kristin Savilia as its new chief executive officer with the assistance of executive search firm Accelent. She replaces Mona Bijoor, who is moving on to pursue other opportunities. Accelent managing  director, John Boehmer, led the assignment. Ms. Savilia previously spent 11 years

Boyden Expands In Sweden

In an effort to further strengthen its capabilities in the Nordic region, search firm Boyden has announced an expansion in Stockholm. Peter Krenander, Rickard Ericson and Michael Rooslien will join Boyden Sweden managing partners Katarina Brixéus, Ulf Bergström, Marie Corell and Per Fornander as part of the firm’s continued expansion in Northern Europe. In addition, an expanded research team

Why Companies Remain Indifferent to Millennials In the Workplace

New data from the 2017 ‘Millennial Hiring Trends Study,’ by MRINetwork indicates that among the executive, managerial and professional ranks misconceptions about what is important to Millennials, and a lack of urgency about their roles in the workplace, are preventing many employers from gaining traction with this younger generation. Despite these shortcomings, the study reveals that

Fairfield University Turns to Russell Reynolds Associates to Find New Leader

A number of top schools around the country have announced they are looking for new, high profile leaders to take them into the future. In just about every case, executive recruiting firms have been involved in some aspect of the search and selection process. Fairfield University turned to Russell Reynolds Associates last fall to find its ninth president. Rev. Jeffrey

USA Swimming Picks Two Search Firms for CEO Hunt

Chelsea Partners and Reffett Associates have been selected to find USA Swimming’s new president and chief executive officer. The nationwide search to replace Chuck Wielgus, who is retiring, is being led by Andy Knox, managing director at Los Angeles-based Chelsea Partners, and Bill Reffett, managing partner at Reffett Associates in Seattle. The search is expected to be completed

ALSpective Expands Leadership Consulting Business

Executive search firm ALSpective has expanded with the addition Debray Sandelin as a partner and advisor. Her appointment reinforces the development of the firm’s leadership consulting business, including the launch of the first ALSpective Executive Assessment Center. With 12 years of experience in career coaching, with a strong focus in the distribution and consumer products sector,

AltoPartners Expands In Australia

AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has announced that Camden Partners has merged with two other independent search firms to begin trading in Australia as AltoPartners. The merger, according to the international consortium, enhances the practice group and sector coverage of its Australia team, and establishes the foundation for future offices in Melbourne

Bridging the Skills Gap With Insiders

Since the financial crisis of 2008, there has been an emergent skills gap that has plagued almost every industry. While organizations have implemented a series of measures to improve oversight of labor costs and value returns, they have focused more on improving the quality of talent acquisition than they have on sustaining employee performance. And

Spencer Stuart Brings Lawsuit Against Recruiter and Korn Ferry

On Friday, Crain’s reported that Spencer Stuart filed a lawsuit against its former global automotive practice leader, Francois Truc, who left the firm in December, and the rival search firm he joined last month, Korn Ferry. According to the suit, Mr. Truc and Korn Ferry “are attempting to dismantle Spencer Stuart’s global automotive practice and move that business lock, stock

Caldwell Recruits Cybersecurity Expert From Russell Reynolds Associates

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has named Matt Comyns as managing partner of its cybersecurity search practice. He will be based in the firm’s Stamford, Conn office. Mr. Comyns has a distinct and well-regarded focus on recruiting chief information security officers and next-level-down top lieutenants in information security for large global corporations and fast growing private companies,

crawfordconnect Leading Foundation CEO Search

Executive search firm crawfordconnect has been retained by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation in Ontario to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Past CEO Rosemary Smith recently stepped down from her post. Senior search consultant Liz Latimer is leading the assignment. “Based on community stakeholder feedback, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

Goodwin Executive Search Lands CEO for Field2Base

Raleigh, NC-headquartered Goodwin Executive Search has placed Tom Bright as chief executive officer at Field2Base. Managing partner Bill Goodwin led the assignment. In his new role, Mr. Bright will be responsible for leading an existing team and aggressively growing revenues through the building of a robust marketing and sales team. A primary task will be to ensure

AIG Selects Egon Zehnder to Find Next CEO

American International Group (AIG) has tapped executive search and leadership solutions firm Egon Zehnder to find its next chief executive officer. Peter D. Hancock, president and CEO, recently informed the board of directors of his intention to resign. Shares of the company were up 1.75 percent in trading after AIG released the news. The incoming CEO will be its sixth since 2005. As

DHR International Leading CIO Search for the State of Alaska

Recruiters specializing in the investment function continue to report that demand for executive level ‘high impact’ investing talent is on the rise. Against that backdrop, DHR International has just been retained by the State of Alaska to lead its search for a new chief investment officer (CIO). Carol Hartman, the search firm’s managing partner of financial services North America,

Executive Recruiter Joins Hunt Club

Veteran search consultant Ali Smith has joined referral recruiting service Hunt Club, where she will oversee Midwest operations, regional go-to-market initiatives, account management, and the customer service / delivery function for the firm. “We’re all really excited to have Ali join the team,” said Nick Cromydas, Hunt Club CEO. “I know she’ll add immediate value to our

Momenta Partners Expands With Three Recruiters

Executive search firm Momenta Partners has expanded with the addition of three new recruiters. Emma Valdivia, who joins the firm as a partner, has more than 12 years of experience leading high profile client searches across the industrial and technology markets. She has executed more than 40 Fortune 100 placements, while supporting critical leadership hires for

Atkinson Macleod Executive Search Opens In Scotland

Search industry veterans Ian Macleod and Paul Atkinson have joined forces to form Atkinson Macleod Executive Search. The firm will focus on board and senior executive level searches for the private and public sectors. While the firm is opening its doors during a period of economic and political uncertainty across the U.K., Mr. Macleod said

A CHRO View on Building Great Teams, From Inside and Out

Managing a large workforce at any company is no easy task. But when that workforce is 32,000 strong, it requires the steady hand of a top human resource leader who will keep everyone motivated, engaged, intact and forward thinking. And that’s across 160 countries encompassing every cultural nuance imaginable. This is the domain of Michael

Spencer Stuart Recruits CEO for Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed Ludwig N. Hantson Ph.D., as chief executive officer of Alexion Pharmaceuticals. He replaces David Hallal who recently resigned for personal reasons. Dr. Hantson brings to Alexion a strong record of developing diverse rare disease pipelines and commercializing innovative and life-transformative therapies at industry-leading companies. Most recently, he served as president and

HVS Launches Outpost to Serve African Hotel Industry

Tourism’s importance as a driver of the South African economy is increasing and that has led global hospitality consulting firm, HVS, to launch HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town. The new outpost will focus on corporate positions, general managers and department heads in the hotel industry across the continent. “One of the challenges of

Kennedy Executive Search Names Technology Practice Leader

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has named Wayne Redovian as leader of its technology search practice. In his new position, he will coach and guide Kennedy’s executive search operations around IT leadership roles across North America and Europe. Mr. Redovian, managing partner and vice president of operations and marketing, has been with

Neal Lucas to Find New Leader for IoD

Neal Lucas Executive Search has been retained by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland to lead its search for a new executive director. The incoming leader will develop and be accountable for the delivery of a local strategy to grow the organization’s membership in Northern Ireland. The new director will establish the IoD as

12 Reasons Why Companies Hire Executive Search Firms

Employers typically use an executive search firm when a top job opening is important enough, senior enough and when discretion is at a premium. These three factors warrant the investment of bringing in a search firm. And an investment it is. Retaining a recruiting firm will likely cost a minimum of $75,000, but that figure

Burtch Works Fills Chief Data Scientist Role for Upside Travel

Executive search firm Burtch Works has placed Adam Holmes as chief data scientist at Upside Travel, Priceline founder Jay Walker’s new startup that uses big data to optimize travel deals for business travelers. Founder and managing director, Linda Burtch, led the assignment. Mr. Holmes will spearhead the company’s use of terabytes of data delivered daily from online hotel and airline reservation

Tyler & Company Leading Chief Medical Officer Search

Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been retained by Chase Brexton Health Care to lead its search for a chief medical officer. Senior consultant Charlotte C. Tinsley is leading the assignment. Chief medical officers have become ultimate decision makers on clinical policy, and often serve as key members of an organization’s senior leadership team engaged in defining overall

Heidrick & Struggles Names Culture Shaping Leader for EMEA

Heidrick & Struggles has named Ian Johnston as managing partner, culture shaping for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “In his new role, Ian will accelerate and expand on the culture shaping work we are doing today for clients across the region to support their strategies for profitable growth,” said Michael Marino, executive vice president and

Alexander Mann Launches Talent Collective

London-based talent acquisition and management services firm Alexander Mann Solutions has introduced its new consulting group, Talent Collective. While the leadership provider has offered a strong and comprehensive consulting segment as part of its talent solutions service platform within Alexander Mann Solutions, the differentiation of a dedicated consulting brand will formally enable it to provide greater end-to-end talent

Korn Ferry Looks At Harnessing Ambitions of High Octane Employees

Ambition is the raw material of success. We see it everyday in every outstanding organization. High performers, no matter what field they’re in, are fueled by an intense desire to succeed — ambition propels them forward and enables them to overcome obstacles and setbacks. But ambition levels differ markedly among individuals — even among high achievers. Some people

Witt/Kieffer Names Andrew Chastain As CEO

After leading one of the nation’s top 10 executive search firms — and the single largest specializing in healthcare, education and non-profit — Charles ‘Chuck’ W.B. Wardell will step down from his role as chief executive officer of Witt/Kieffer at the end of June. Andrew P. Chastain, who has been with the firm since 1997 and currently serves as managing partner and chairman

Schall Executive Search Places CEO At Hennepin Theatre Trust

Schall Executive Search has recruited Mark Nerenhausen as president and chief executive officer of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. He succeeds Tom Hoch, who stepped down as president and CEO last month after serving for more than 20 years. Mr. Nerenhausen is the founding director and professor of practice of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. He

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