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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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Leaders International Launches Diversity and Indigenous Board Practice

Ottawa-based Leaders International has launched a new national diversity and indigenous board practice. The practice will be led by Brenda LaRose, a Métis Anishinaabe citizen and senior partner at the firm, who brings over 25 years of indigenous recruitment experience within the executive search industry. “Leaders has been planning this new initiative for the past

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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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Amrop Adds Hofer Tan & Partners to Network

Global recruiting organization Amrop has added Singapore-based Hofer Tan & Partner as its newest member firm. “In terms of service portfolio, trusted advisorship and premium quality, Hofer Tan is an invaluable addition to our global family,” said Annika Farin, chair of the global Amrop Partnership. “As an agile and dynamic firm with a leading position in its market, the

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Recovery Lagging as Another 880,000 Americans File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 880,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a total of 875,000. 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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Preng & Associates Assists SeekOps in CEO Search

Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates has assisted SeekOps in the recruitment of Iain Cooper as its new CEO. The move strengthens the current executive team as the company’s founder and CEO of three and a half years, Andrew Aubrey, transitions to a new role as senior vice president of strategic partnerships. Mr. Copper, who

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The Millard Group Assists Technisys in Chief Sales Officer Search

The Millard Group, which focuses on building executive teams for venture capital and private equity backed growth stage technology companies, has assisted in the placement of Michel Jacobs as chief sales officer of Technisys. He will lead the company’s sales efforts globally with a focus in the U.S. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Technisys

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True Search Launches Dedicated Private Equity Practice

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has expanded with a new official practice dedicated to private equity firms and their portfolio companies. True Search partner Conor Leamy will serve as the PE practice lead in North America. To ensure continued global connectivity, he will also work closely with London-based partner Cosmo Lush, who co-leads True’s international CEO and board

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IQTalent Partners Launches Passive Candidate Platform

Executive recruitment firm IQTalent Partners has announced the launch of IQTalent Xchange, an original market concept using advanced artificial intelligence combined with human expertise to create a unique passive candidate marketplace. The proprietary platform includes over 300 million professionals, offering its customers access to the most qualified candidates. “Unlike job posting boards that rely on

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Why Black Talent Is Opting Out of Corporate America

The public outcry that started when George Floyd died under police custody this spring may have jolted corporate leaders into admitting how widespread racism at companies remains. But while CEOs were putting out statements and hiring more chief diversity officers, experts say any real change faces a simple but critical hurdle: convincing top black executives

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Kevin Chase Executive Search Group Finds New Leader for Pacific Pride Foundation

Following a four-month search,  Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has placed Kristin Flickinger as the new executive director of Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF). Managing partner Kevin Chase led the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. “PPF is the largest LGBTQ+ center between LA and San Francisco,” said Lynn Cunningham Brown, chair of the organization’s board of

Howard Fischer Associates Assists Aryaka Networks in CHRO Search

Philadelphia-headquartered executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates has assisted cloud-first WAN company Aryaka Networks in recruiting Michelle Mitchell as its new chief human resources officer. “As we accelerate our business growth, focusing on our human talent is top of mind for me, and we needed a high caliber human resources leader,” said Matt Carter, president and CEO of Aryaka.

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Tri-Search Expands IT Practice

Denver, CO-based Tri-Search has expanded its information technology recruiting services, naming Steven Pincus as managing director. Mr. Pincus joins the firm’s burgeoning IT practice which is complementary to its other practice areas and service offerings. “Over my 25 years in the recruiting profession, I have not met a finer or more talented IT recruiter than

NGS Global Names Automotive and Industrial Practices Leader

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Recently, executive search firm NGS Global added former CHRO Anthony Papa as managing partner and leader of its automotive and industrial practices in North America. He will be based in Detroit. “As a former chief human resources officer, Tony

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Turnkey Search Fills Senior Post for Chip Ganassi Racing

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has recruited Jason Bitsoff as the new chief commercial officer of Chip Ganassi Racing. The position, which is newly created, is a high visibility role responsible for leading a dynamic sales department for the racing organization. “The pandemic slowed many sports teams, triggering furloughs and layoffs,” said team owner

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Peckham & McKenney Leads Fire Chief Search for American Canyon Fire Protection District

As wildfires continue to rage across California, executive recruitment firm Peckham & McKenney is leading the fire chief search for the American Canyon Fire Protection District in American Canyon, CA. Phil McKenney, the firm’s chief operating officer, is leading the assignment. “This leadership position represents a great opportunity to leave your mark on a fire district that

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Jobvite Acquires Talent Analytics Platform Talentegy

Recruiting software firm Jobvite has acquired talent analytics platform Talentegy. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The acquisition is an effort to help Jobvite customers improve the candidate experience, increase candidate conversions, and hire candidates faster using actionable insights drawn from real-time engagement data across a company’s existing HR Technology stack, including career sites, application processes and more,

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N2Growth Appoints Chief Operating Officer

N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, has named Kelli Vukelic as its new chief operating officer. “Kelli is a great addition to our team and will help us tremendously moving forward,” said Mike Myatt, founder and chairman of N2Growth. “She’s not only a proven industry player, but she’s a great human being and a

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Boyden Russia Appoints Leader

Boyden has appointed Dina Akimova as managing partner and leader of the firm’s fully integrated brand, Boyden Russia. A distinguished expert in C-level executive search, Ms. Akimova first worked with Boyden in 2016, and returns to lead the business with a team of seven, including a number of former Boyden colleagues. Fluent in Russian, English

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CEO Leadership During a New Era . . . and How Executive Search Firms are Responding

COVID-19 has created a massive humanitarian challenge: millions ill and hundreds of thousands of lives lost; soaring unemployment rates in the world’s most robust economies; food banks stretched beyond capacity; governments straining to deliver critical services. The pandemic is also a challenge for businesses — and their CEOs — unlike any they have ever faced,

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Private Equity Firm Takes Majority Stake in Bullhorn

Executive recruiting leaders have increasingly embraced digital transformation, reexamining how their businesses, as well client companies, should operate to drive deeper candidate relationships, improve margins, and compete effectively as the talent acquisition landscape fundamentally changes. But it has been a slow process to switch models and platforms. Part of the reason: lack of expansion capital.

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Carrington & Carrington Seeks Three Key Executives for American Academy of Pediatrics

Chicago-based Carrington & Carrington has been enlisted to find three leaders for the non-profit American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Itasca, IL. The roles are: vice president, chapter relations and member engagement; senior vice president, primary care and subspecialty pediatrics; and senior vice president, quality. The vice president, chapter relations and member engagement, who reports

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HARTZ Search Seeking Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer for JPS Health Network

Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has been enlisted to find a chief innovation and transformation officer for the JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. The role was designed to develop, communicate, execute, and sustain innovative and transformational initiatives across the JPS Health Network. This executive will develop ideas and initiatives to scale the business of JPS Health

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Horton International UK Expands Global Healthcare Arm

Horton International UK has expanded with the addition of Mark Johnson as senior partner of its Oxford-based global healthcare arm. His appointment reflects the company’s ambition to grow its services to support specialized biotechs access specialized talent. “Mark has an impeccable reputation within the biotechnology space, with particular emphasis on helping cell and gene companies access top talent,”

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The Obama Foundation Taps Diversified Search to Find Chief People Officer

Diversified Search has been retained to find the new chief people and administrative officer for the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Managing directors J. Veronica Biggins, Denielle Pemberton-Heard and Judy Boreham will lead the search, assisted by senior associate Dianne Downey. To achieve its mission of inspiring and empowering people to become agents of change, the Obama Foundation is setting

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PNP Staffing Group Seeks CFO for the National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York-based PNP Staffing Group has been selected by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Based in New York City, the incoming CFO will oversee the organization’s financial planning process including: budgeting, cash flow, grant expenditures within and across the c3, c4 and LLC. They

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JM Search Expands Healthcare Technology Center of Excellence

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has expanded its dedicated Healthcare Technology Center of Excellence with the hiring of industry veteran, Mike Forgash. “Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, JM Search has established an unrivaled reputation of partnering with innovative companies that require transformational leadership to

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Raines International Launches Security Officers Practice

New York-based Raines International has launched a new security officers practice, co-developed with The Lake Forest Group, a strategic security services firm specializing in all aspects of security, safety, and compliance. The practice will be led by Patrick Gray, managing director at Raines. His background in the executive search industry and as an intelligence officer, with a concentration on

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

Russell Reynolds Associates Tapped to Find Center for Human Drug Research CEO

The Center for Human Drug Research (CHDR) has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to lead its chief executive officer search. Jacques Bouwens, leader of the search firm’s global healthcare practice, is currently on the hunt for candidates with proven scientific track records. Reporting to the organization’s board of trustees, the chosen CEO will be the key member of

Focus Search Partners Names Technology Practice Partner

Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, has named Steve Finder as managing partner of its global technology and financial officers practice. Based in San Francisco, he will lead a team of consultants and add new market sectors, including additional depth in enterprise software, space/frontier technology and cybersecurity. Mr. Finder has more than 20

Johnson Executive Search Adds Former HR Executive to Its Ranks

Johnson Executive Search has expanded with the addition of former human resources executive Stephanie Owens as a recruiting advisor. Ms. Owens specializes in placing middle and senior level marketing, business development and communications talent in law firms across the U.S. She has spent the majority of her career as a human resources and people operations executive

Private Equity Firm In Talks to Acquire CareerBuilder

Private equity firm GTCR LLC is in exclusive talks to acquire CareerBuilder for more than $1 billion. The sale would allow CareerBuilder’s owners – TV station operator Tegna Inc., broadcasting company Tribune Media Company and newspaper group The McClatchy Company – to cash out from a non-core business. GTCR has prevailed in an auction for CareerBuilder,

Witt/Kieffer Tapped by University of Illinois to Lead Provost Search

Academic institutions continue to turn to executive recruiters for leadership guidance. The latest: the University of Illinois has selected Witt/Kieffer to lead its search for a new provost for its Urbana campus. The recruiting firm, one of nine under contract by the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative to perform administrative, academic and medical searches, will be paid $121,600

Sterling Martin Associates In Hunt for Two Association Leaders

Executive search firm Sterling Martin Associates is currently seeking new leaders for The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations and The International Safety Equipment Association. Managing partner David S. Martin, along with senior recruiters Leigh Beal and Kahti Motley, is leading both assignments. The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO) has retained Sterling Martin to

Rowe Global Names Technology & Healthcare Practice Partner

Dallas-based executive search firm Rowe Global, LLC has appointed Dru George as managing partner of its technology and healthcare practice. Mr. George brings to the firm extensive experience in executive search, working primarily with Fortune 500 companies, venture capital concerns and private equity-backed portfolio companies. He has recruited executive leadership throughout North America in the software, services,

Bailey Fisher Executive Search Enters France

U.K.-headquartered Bailey Fisher Executive Search has entered the French market with a partnership with Agnes Babule, who will serve as a business partner. She is based in Paris and works in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Ms. Babule is an experienced executive search professional with a track record covering a wide range of sectors that reflect Bailey Fisher’s

U.S. Job Growth Slows As Fewer Jobs Are Added

Employers added 98,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed also dropped to 7.2 million. March marked the 76th straight month of job growth in the U.S. But economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected

Korn Ferry Recruits CEO for Pier 1

Korn Ferry has recruited former Kmart executive Alasdair James as president and chief executive officer of home furnishings retail company Pier 1 Imports. Past CEO Alex Smith left the company at the end of the year. Mr. James was most recently with Sears Holdings Corporation, where he served since 2014 as president of Kmart. During his tenure, he transformed

Association Strategies Leading CEO Search for ASPPH

Non-profit recruiting specialist Association Strategies has been tapped by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Search firm president Pamela Kaul is leading the assignment. The chosen CEO will develop and implement ASPPH programs, policies, and practices as well as the organization’s strategic plan. The association

Patina Solutions Names Life Sciences Practice Leader

Professional services firm Patina Solutions recently expanded with the addition of Jodi Brendel as managing partner in Minnesota where she will lead the firm’s life sciences search practice. “Jodi will be an excellent addition to the Patina leadership team,” said Tom McBride, Patina chief operating officer. “Her leadership experience in life sciences is impressive and we look forward to

Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Former Egon Zehnder Consultant In Paris

Russell Reynolds Associates has added Marc de Leyritz as managing director in its global board and CEO practice. Based in Paris, Mr. de Leyritz works with multinational clients across a range of C-suite and board-related endeavors, including CEO search and succession, leadership development, organizational transformation and board effectiveness. “Marc has spent his career building businesses and advising leaders on complex leadership issues,”

How to Avoid Hiring the Wrong People

Constructing a company’s recruitment process almost always begins with the clarity, accuracy, and compelling nature of job descriptions. These documents, which formally detail the responsibilities, skills, and competencies a hiring manager seeks, lay the foundation for how efficiently the entire recruitment process will run. Hiring managers use job descriptions to help clarify the needed role,

Vetted Solutions to Fill Top Post for International Accreditation Service

Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has been tapped by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) to find its next president. Chuck Ramani announced he will retire as the organization’s president in 2018. Vetted Solutions president and founder, Jim Zaniello, and executive recruiter Michelle Smith are leading the assignment. The IAS, a member of the International Code Council (ICC) Family of Companies,

McAleer Gray Lands CEO for The Space Foundation

Denver-based executive search firm McAleer Gray has recruited retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Zelibor as chief executive officer of The Space Foundation. Founding partners Terrance McAleer and Brad Gray led the five-month national search assignment. Past CEO Elliot Pulham resigned in October and was replaced on an acting basis by the Colorado Springs-based non-profit’s chief operating officer, Shelli Brunswick. In his

Major, Lindsey & Africa Expands In Texas

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has expanded with the addition of George J. Hittner in its Houston office as a managing director in the firm’s partner practice group. With his wealth of market knowledge, Mr. Hittner will enhance MLA’s foothold in the Texas legal industry. “George has spent practically his entire life in the Texas legal

IIC Partners Expands Into Eastern Europe, Adding 45th Member Firm

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has added CEO Search into membership. The firm, located in Sofia, expands IIC Partners’ global reach into Bulgaria, an emerging market for the executive search industry. Bulgaria has an emerging market economy in the upper middle income range, where the private sector accounts for more than 80 percent of GDP. Its labor force is comprised of

Heidrick & Struggles Names Interim Leader; CEO Takes Medical Leave

Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO Tracy Wolstencroft will take a three month medical leave of absence from the nation’s No. 3 executive search outfit. He is undergoing treatment of a benign lung condition. The Chicago-headquartered recruitment concern has appointed Krishnan Rajagopalan as acting CEO. Mr. Rajagopalan is an executive vice president and managing partner based in Heidrick’s Washington, D.C.

Korn Ferry Recruits Head Basketball Coach for Georgetown

Basketball legend Patrick Ewing is returning to his alma mater, Georgetown University, to serve as head coach of its men’s basketball team. He was recruited into the position by Korn Ferry. He replaces John Thompson III, the son of Mr. Ewing’s college coach, John Thompson, who was fired after 13 years as head coach. Mr. Ewing comes back

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,

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