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Principal Connections Seeks CIO for Maxol Group

Ireland-based executive search firm Principal Connections has been selected by Maxol Group to lead its search for a new chief information officer. Practice leader Darren McCabe is leading the assignment. Reporting to the group CEO, the CIO will lead the company’s IT infrastructure across its retail network, manufacturing facilities, fuel card operations, head offices and other

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Stanton Chase Appoints New Private Equity Global Practice Leader 

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase named Mikael Stelander, managing partner of the firm’s Finnish office, as global practice leader for all private equity activities. “Mikael will bring a fully updated and in-depth experience from servicing clients and the PE environment over the past 10 years,” said Flemming Riber, vice chair of practice groups. “He has been an active

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Odgers Berndtson Appoints Healthcare Services Practice Leader

Odgers Berndtson has expanded with the addition of Darin DeWitt as partner and head of the firm’s healthcare services practice. He will be based out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. “Darin is one of the healthcare industry’s top executive search consultants, having recruited senior executives across the Americas, Europe and Asia,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson

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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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Rich Talent Group Forms Alliance With Chief to Increase C-Suite Diversity

Improving diversity is something that most well-run companies and mission-driven businesses are now implementing. Progress is slow and many times it feels as if we are all taking one step forward, two steps back. But no organization is more important to the success or failure of these initiatives than executive search firms. They hold powerful

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The Science Behind Professional Business Development

Does your company “follow the science” behind searching for and hiring top talent? Research data around the science of careers and talent acquisition reveals that 75 percent of business professionals have not read a professional development book on their specialty in the past four years. “Trust the science… listen to the science… look at the facts…

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Product Officer for Built In

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, along with consultant Gina Barge, recently placed Saurabh Goorha as chief product officer of Built In, a venture-backed leader in the tech recruitment industry. Mr. Saurabh is an experienced chief product officer and general manager for SaaS, B2B and B2C products, and ML

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AboveBoard Launched to Provide Recruiting Professionals With More Inclusive Pool of Candidates

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has launched a new executive hiring platform, AboveBoard. True co-founded AboveBoard with the goal of making executive search more accessible, efficient and equitable for its members and the companies who seek them. The diversity-focused startup says it will bring an innovative, transparent solution to the need to bring more women

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Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks CEO for U.K. Government Digital Service 

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained to find the next chief executive officer for the U.K.’s Government Digital Service (GDS), which oversees digital transformation and innovation strategies for all of the nation’s government. “The CEO will combine technical excellence and proven delivery experience to set the vision and implementation strategy for GDS,” said Alex Chisholm,

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ManpowerGroup Posts Q3 Revenue Decline of 13 Percent

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted third quarter revenues of $4.6 billion, a decrease of 13 percent from the same period a year ago. The company’s U.S. revenue fell 13.1 percent during the quarter. The Milwaukee-based recruiting company recorded net earnings of $10.3 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $146.1 million, or $1.92 per

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Talent for the Next Normal

Businesses around the world are entering a “high wire act in a brave new world of work and hiring,” according to a new report from Options Group. For the investment banking divisions of financial institutions in particular, the realities of a radically different operating environment are already bringing significant new challenges to how institutions assess,

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Odgers Berndtson Seeks Artistic Director for Abbey Theatre

Mark O’Donnell, managing partner of Odgers Berndtson in Ireland, has been retained by the 115-year-old Abbey Theatre in Dublin to find a new artistic director. The new artistic director will be responsible for the development, articulation, leadership, and realization of the artistic vision of the Abbey Theatre, said Odgers Berndtson. The individual will be charged with

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Frederickson Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for StockX

With the coronavirus crisis disrupting the world economy, 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, chief people officers “keep employees healthy;

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Calibre One Assists Equals Group with Non-Executive Director Search

Executive search firm Calibre One has assisted in the placement of Sian Herbert as an independent non-executive director of Equals Group, an international payment services provider to the retail and corporate segments of the U.K. market. The assignment was led by Hannah Joyce, a partner in the firm’s London office. “We are delighted to be able to

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20/20 Foresight Executive Search Names Pittsburgh Office Leaders

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has named Matt Jagodrinski and Dan Serakowski to lead the firm’s newly established Pittsburgh office. They will hold the title co-managing directors “As the recruiting industry continues to evolve and become hyper-local in today’s rapidly transforming marketplace, 20/20 Foresight is staying true to our mission of hiring knowledgeable, passionate specialists to ensure our company is a trusted

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The Best Ways HR Leaders Can Transition Into CHRO

Every new chief human resource officer (CHRO) comes into the role from a place of success. Past impact produced the invitation into the C-suite or into a new organization. But past success, no matter how significant, does not guarantee a successful transition. What worked before may not generate the same success at a more senior

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Greenwood /Asher & Associates Tapped by State Universities Retirement System of Illinois to Recruit Chief Diversity Officer

Greenwood /Asher & Associates, a Miramar Beach, FL-based executive recruitment firm, has been selected by the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois to find its first chief diversity officer. The assignment is being led by Marion Frenche, team leader and managing consultant, practice leader for diversity, equity and inclusion, and  Julie Holley, senior executive search consultant.

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Bullhorn Names AI Business Unit Leader

Bullhorn, a provider of software to recruiting firms, has appointed Jason Heilman as leader of the company’s artificial intelligence business unit as senior vice president, product – automation and AI. Mr. Heilman was founder and CEO of Herefish, a staffing business process automation provider that was acquired by Bullhorn in January. Herefish, a former Bullhorn Marketplace partner,

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The Moran Company Recruits CEO for Open Excellence 

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has placed Seana O’Callaghan as the new CEO of Open Excellence (Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care). Jessica Pratt, who has been acting CEO for the last six months, will continue as chief communications officer. Steven Byers led the assignment. “I am

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Randstad Sourceright Appoints CEO

Global talent solutions provider Randstad Sourceright has appointed current EMEA managing director Michael Smith to the role of global CEO of Randstad Sourceright. He will assume the duties of current CEO Rebecca Henderson, effective Jan. 1. “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Michael as our new global CEO,” said Ms. Henderson. “Michael has

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COVID-19’s Impact on the Gig Economy

In the months immediately preceding the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. gig economy was stronger than ever. Beyond your typical Uber driver or Instacart deliverer, millions of Americans relied on freelance work to support their families and generate stable sources of income, according to Carl Kutsmode of TalentRise. “From marketers and graphic designers to software developers

Talent Acquisition Success Factors in the Age of COVID-19

Talent acquisition has undeniably changed as we all face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have slowed or halted their addition of talent while others have reduced their size. “The industries we have primarily been serving in banking and insurance have been impacted significantly with only limited additional hiring for banks in risk

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Miller Black Associates Recruits CHRO for CITY Furniture

Chief human resources officers have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest

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Kincannon & Reed Recruits CEO for California Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has placed Dwight Ferguson as the new president and chief executive officer of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), a non-profit public benefit corporation committed to leadership training and transformational learning experiences. The foundation operates the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP), a major leadership development program. Spearheading the assignment for

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RM Nephew and Associates Assists Aspen Technology with Chief Accounting Officer Search

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has placed Christopher Stagno as senior vice president and chief accounting officer of Aspen Technology in Bedford, MA. From 2018 to June of this year, Mr. Stagno served as treasurer of Cognex Corp. a provider of machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information to help automate manufacturing and

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ON Partners Assists Papa John’s with CFO Search

Executive search firm ON Partners has assisted in the placement of Ann Gugino as the new chief financial officer of Papa John’s International. Managing partner Tim Conti, co-founder and partner Josh Nathanson and partner Bryan Buck led the assignment. “After a careful search for a candidate whose values, passion and expertise align with Papa John’s core values

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Hopeful, but Hurting; Americans Continue to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 898,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected first-time claims to come in at 830,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The Labor Department changed its methodology from one that used seasonal adjustments to account

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Coulter Partners Assists Sequana Medical with Chief Medical Officer Search

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new chief medical officers. In the era of COVID-19 we can expect this to be another burgeoning area for executive search firms. Life sciences-focused search firm Coulter Partners recently assisted Sequana Medical in the recruitment of Oliver Gödje as its new

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The Mercer Group Seeking Fire Chief for City of Milton, GA

Executive search firm The Mercer Group has been enlisted to find the next fire chief for the City of Milton, GA. Senior vice presidents Alan Reddish and Lisa Ward are spearheading the assignment. Robert Edgar, who has been with the department for 12 years, is retiring from the job next month. The department’s only chief

The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era

COVID-19 is only the latest example of a seismic global event upending sophisticated organizations. For no one does this matter more than for talent managers, who ­find their every process now up for grabs, according to a new report, “The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era,” authored by Richard Stein, chief

What Can Companies Do to Create An Inclusive Culture

Diverse organizations outperform their peers, and in the process embed inclusion strategies into almost all their management decisions, according to new research by advisory firm Bersin by Deloitte. That may be a key reason why 78 percent of those responding to the firm’s latest survey believe diversity and inclusion is a competitive advantage. Even so, only 12

DHR International Forms Partnership to Ease Clients’ Digital Struggles

DHR International, Ogilvy & Mather and International Data Corporation (IDC) have launched a partnership to help their customers in the Asia-Pacific market overcome the challenges of digital disruption. Typically, businesses view digital transformation as an IT issue. But for a company to successfully make the change, multiple functions within the organization must be brought into the fold. That’s where

AlbertHall&Associates Lands Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company

The Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board of directors has named David Ivers as its new artistic director. Executive recruitment firm AlbertHall&Associates conducted the nationwide search. ATC’s current artistic director, David Ira Goldstein, will remain with the company the end of June, when his 25-year tenure officially ends. Mr. Ivers served as artistic director at the Utah Shakespeare

Acquisitions Continue to Make Headlines In Recruiting Industry

The wave of M&A activity among executive search firms continues. The latest deal: Solon, OH-headquartered Torch Group has acquired Selker Leadership, a search firm that places candidates in the technology and software fields. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Selker Leadership’s president, Gregory L. Selker, will join Torch Group as senior vice president and search operations leader,

Recruiting Industry Game Changer On the Horizon

One year from now, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The law will have a tremendous impact on how companies, government agencies and, yes, executive search firms across the E.U. — including the U.K. — handle personal data. Ignore the law and you can expect tough penalties for failing to comply.

Credit Union Resources Leads CEO Search for Carolinas Credit Union League

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

Buffkin / Baker Merges WTW Associates Into Its Expanding Search Platform

Search firm Buffkin / Baker has merged New York-based WTW Associates into its expanding executive recruiting platform. WTW, a talent provider focused on the media, entertainment, technology and law industries, will integrate its operations into the Buffkin / Baker New York office. Terms were not disclosed. “We have greatly enhanced our entertainment/media practice this year, and are excited to have

Carmichael Fisher Lands CEO for CEPI

Executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has recruited Dr. Richard Hatchett as chief executive officer of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Principle consultant Tarquin Bennett-Coles led the assignment along with managing director Justin Hobday. Dr. Hatchett joins the organization from the Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),

Penrhyn Forms Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice Group

Penrhyn International, a global network of executive search firms, has launched a new global technology, media & telecoms practice group, led by Yanouk Poirier, managing partner of Montreal-based search firm Leaders International. It brings together search consultants who specialize in the technology, media & telecoms space throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, the Philippines,

What Matters Most to Today’s Well-Informed Workers

Historically, the balance of power between employers and candidates has favored employers. Candidates had few sources of information about open positions, corporate culture or company vision, let alone compensation and benefits. But the talent market is changing. Big time. Candidates today report a dramatic increase in the amount of information they have about a company

How One Recruiter’s Board Participation Is Paying Off

For executive search firm leaders, serving in a board capacity for outside companies can be rewarding on several levels. There’s service to a company, of course. But a lot of valuable learning also goes on in such work, be it about emerging trends, the latest ideas or the hottest businesses and their talent. It also

Coulter Partners Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Kymab

Executive search firm Coulter Partners has placed Dr. Sonia Quaratino as chief medical officer of Kymab Group, a human monoclonal antibody biopharmaceutical company. She will manage the clinical development of the organization’s expanding therapeutic antibody portfolio. Dr. Quaratino is an immunologist and joins Kymab from Novartis, where she served as global clinical program leader – transitional clinical oncology, responsible for

Atlanta Hawks Turns to Turnkey Search for New GM

The Atlanta Hawks has retained Turnkey Search to lead its hunt for a new general manager. The team fired past GM Wes Wilcox after the Hawks record dipped to 43-39 this past season and the team lost to the Washington Wizards in the opening round of the playoffs. “As we have said from the beginning, we are committed to

RSR Partners Appoints Head of Risk Practice

Executive search firm RSR Partners has named Talal Debs as a managing director and head of its risk practice. With a strong combination of risk management, finance, and academic experience, Mr. Debs will focus on recruiting senior executives and directors to navigate new risk, regulatory and compliance issues for clients. His areas of concentration will include insurance, investment banking, trading and

7 Ways to Evaluate Your Executive Search Firm

When businesses have high profile, top leadership roles to fill, executive search firms can provide indispensable service. The best recruiters walk alongside a client at every stage of the hiring process. They know the questions to ask that help define the requirements of the role. They take the time to thoroughly understand company culture. And

Spelman Johnson Leading Hunt for University of Chicago Police Chief

The University of Chicago has enlisted search firm Spelman Johnson to find its next chief of police. Vice president Mark A. Hall is leading the assignment. The school is looking to have a new leader in place by July. The role calls for a range of skill sets, including planning, organizing, directing and administering the policing initiatives of

SearchWide Recruits CEO for Visit Aurora

Visit Aurora has appointed Bruce Dalton as president and chief executive officer following a search led by recruiting firm SearchWide. He succeeds Gary Wheat, who established the organization in 2010. Senior vice president Mark Gnatovic led the assignment. Mr. Dalton is a second-generation leader in the hospitality industry. He comes to Visit Aurora with 29 years of industry experience,

Ratliff & Taylor Appoints President

Executive search firm Ratliff & Taylor has appointed Beth Sweeney as its new president. An accomplished leader with deep industry experience, she has been widely recognized for her work in sales and marketing throughout a 20-plus year career. As president, Ms. Sweeney will have full profit-and-loss responsibility for each of the company’s three practices: executive search, leadership

Focus Search Partners Continues Expansion

Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, has brought aboard Richard D’Antoni as managing partner of the firm’s healthcare and private equity practices. Mr. D’Antoni has more than 20 years of experience in matching high-performing executives with leading healthcare companies, ranging from venture capital and private equity-backed portfolio companies to publicly held organizations.

Executive Search Industry Leaders Offer Up Bold Predictions

Predicting the future could practically be its own business sector. Whether the prognostications are coming from the Magic 8-Ball, Punxsutawney Phil or CNBC’s Jim Cramer, people want to know what lies ahead. So it was that Hunt Scanlon Media rounded up a collection of soothsayers from the search industry to provide their insights about the changes that

Odgers Berndtson Continues Aggressive Growth

Odgers Berndtson has expanded with the addition of two search specialists with deep sector expertise to bolster its technology, and higher education & academic medicine practices. Lisa Hooker joins Odgers as a partner and will serve clients in the firm’s technology practice. Ms. Hooker brings 20-plus years of executive search expertise in telecommunications, consumer electronics, cloud

ZRG Partners Expands to London

ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has opened an office in London, continuing on its massive expansion trajectory. Steve Banks will head the operation as managing director and U.K. country head, bringing a strong background to support the firm’s plans for the region. By the end of the year, ZRG expects to

Spencer Stuart Strengthens Leadership Advisory Group

With an evident need among client companies growing and an opportunity to expand ancillary services offerings to meet that demand, a number of executive search firms are launching or adding to their leadership consulting advisory practices. This month, Spencer Stuart announced three appointments to its leadership advisory services group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Brought on board

Isaacson, Miller Finds Seventh President for Juilliard

Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has placed Damian Woetzel, a renowned former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, as the seventh president of The Juilliard School. For the last 32 years, Joseph Polisi has served as the organization’s president. Isaacson, Miller chairman John Isaacson led the search with vice president Sheryl Ash and associates Katie Rockman and Cortney

Executive Recruiters Set New Milestones In Latest Rankings

The executive search industry’s leading 50 players in North America topped $3 billion in revenues last year, according to industry newsletter ESR, in a market report released today by Hunt Scanlon Media. The group collectively jumped by almost 10 percent, continuing an incredible run for an industry that just a decade ago was left reeling

USA Gymnastics Taps Russell Reynolds Associates for CEO Search

After putting out an open casting call for executive search firms to assist USA Gymnastics in its hunt for a new chief executive officer, Russell Reynolds Associates has taken the rings of this highly coveted sports assignment and commenced a highly anticipated global talent search. Managing director Nada Usina is leading the undertaking with consultant Libby Naumes. The

Wheless Partners Lands CEO for Fulcrum Health

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. This has led to an increased need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector. To that end, search firm Wheless Partners has recently placed Patricia Dennis as chief executive officer of

CDI Posts 20 Percent Q1 Revenue Decline; Possible Sale Looms

CDI Corp. / (NYSE:CDI) posted first quarter revenues of $187.6 million, a decrease of 19.7 percent from revenues of $233.5 million a year ago. The revenue decline was impacted by the sale of CDI AndersElite Limited (“Anders”), which was sold in September 2016. During the quarter, MRINetwork, the company’s executive search subsidiary, reported revenues of $11.3 million, a 7.1 percent decline, compared

AIMS International Expands to Norway

AIMS International has added Norway-headquartered search firm RUUD Executive. The firm is led by managing partner Tor-Egil Ruud, who has over 17 years of experience in recruitment, executive search, and leadership services from several national and international market-leading companies. He has conducted over 250 national and international assignments. “This partnership is very important for us: We are now able to

Retaining New Hires Now Seen As a Critical Issue

Retaining new hires is on the minds of leaders at the vast majority of companies these days, according to a recent report by Korn Ferry’s Futurestep division, which provides advisory services and recruitment services for middle to upper level management. Ninety percent of the executives surveyed, in fact, said this is an issue for their companies. What’s more,

Arts Consulting Group Finds New Leader for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this season, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) has appointed Susan Lape as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She succeeds former executive director Joshua Simonds. Ms. Lape most recently served as executive director of the Lake Forest Symphony, the only fully professional orchestra in Lake County, IL. Since 2012,

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