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Inkinen & Associates Finds CEO for the Hawaii Tourism Authority

Overall, the travel and hospitality market is estimated to have an economic impact of $6.5 trillion worldwide this year. In the U.S. alone, the $1.5 trillion industry accounts for nearly eight million jobs – more than five percent of the total jobs nationwide. This has created a massive uptick of hiring within the travel sector.

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StevenDouglas Opens New Office in Westchester County

Executive search firm StevenDouglas is continuing its recent expansion with the opening an office in New York’s Westchester County to service client demand both locally and in the Northeast. The firm appointed Don Zinn as VP of executive search and leader of the location. This marks the 15th StevenDouglas office opened in the U.S., and the fifth

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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 Acquires San Antonio-Based Search Firm

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has acquired Aventine Hill Partners (AHP), a San Antonio-based advisory, consulting and executive search firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Together, Vaco and AHP will provide talent and solutions across a diverse set of industries to more than 10,000 clients globally. Vaco’s Texas operations have been steadily expanding since 2006 when

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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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La Fosse Associates Names Head of Technology Recruitment

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Adam Gohar in New York as senior vice president and head of technology recruitment. Since opening in October of last year, La Fosse New York has seemingly gone from strength to strength, led by Johnnie Greenwood, head of U.S. With

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Companies Hiring on Basis of Skills Rather Than Open Positions

Companies in a number of industries are facing a potential C-suite challenge – an alarming lack of qualified candidates to fill roles that are likely to become vacant due to retirement and other factors in the next 10 to 15 years. This breakneck speed of turnover in businesses is forcing talent acquisition professionals to look

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Protis Global Finds President for Therabis

Executive search firm Protis Global has placed a new president for Therabis, a maker of cannabidiol (CBD) wellness products for pets. Bob Rubin becomes the new leader for the Denver-based company, a subsidiary of Dixie Brands. “Working with Dixie has been a distinct pleasure,” said Frank Judd, director of client accounts for Portis Global. “Their

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Brent D. Glass Finds New Leader for Berkshire Museum

Washington, D.C.-based executive management consulting firm Brent D. Glass LLC has placed Jeff Rodgers as the new executive director of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Van Shields announced his retirement from the museum last June. Mr. Rodgers was the unanimous selection after a rigorous four-month search led by the museum’s board of trustees. Berkshire Museum staff

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Direct Recruiters Names Partners

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, has appointed Cherie Shepard, Jason Herbert and Norm Volsky as partners. The search firm said that all three have “demonstrated leadership, dedication, integrity and a standard of excellence within the search industry.” “Speaking on behalf of the existing partners, we are thrilled to congratulate Cherie, Jason and Norm,”

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NPAworldwide Expands Footprint in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia

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 consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added nine new member locations as it continues to

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Skills Shortages Causing Recruiting Difficulties

The U.S. is facing a growing skills gap that threatens the nation’s long-term economic prosperity. The workforce simply lacks enough workers and skilled candidates to fill an ever-increasing number of high-skilled jobs. Seven million jobs were open in January, but only 6.3 million unemployed people were looking for work. As the country nears full employment,

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DHR International Lands CEO for Physical Rehabilitation Network

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. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Chicago-based DHR International has placed healthcare veteran Ajay Gupta as the

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Spencer Stuart Recruits Provost for American University

Following a national search, Spencer Stuart has placed Daniel J. Myers as provost and chief academic officer of American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. Michele Haertel, leader of the firm’s education, non-profit and government, academia and research practice, led the assignment along with Mary Gorman. “Dan is deeply committed to the integration of scholarship, teaching and student

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Jobvite Secures $200 Million in Funding, Acquires Three Companies

Recruiting software firm Jobvite has announced that it will double down on its plans to build a bigger platform for recruitment and applicant tracking. The company says that it has secured investment funding of more than $200 million and that it has acquired three companies focused on different aspects of the recruitment process: Talemetry, RolePoint

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Alexander Hughes Opens New Location in Mexico City

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices, bring in new recruiters and open new locations. Recently, Paris-headquartered search firm Alexander Hughes expanded in Mexico City with the opening of a new office in Monterrey. The Mexican team will report to Adolfo Cruz,

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9 Reasons Why This Candidate Declined a Job Offer

Not long ago, Boyden partner Tom Sorensen recounted the time that a candidate told him why he decided to decline an attractive job offer from one of the bigger guns in the business world. The prospect had received a call from the company’s talent acquisition officer, but it wasn’t until months and months later that

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R. William Funk & Associates Assists Weber State University in President Search

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, recently assisted in the placement of Brad L. Mortensen as the 13th president of Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Charles K. Wight stepped down from the role last May. R. William Funk, president of the Dallas-based recruitment firm, led the search. “President Mortensen

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Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks Chief Technology and Knowledge Officer for Gavi

Russell Reynolds Associates has been enlisted to find a chief technology and knowledge officer (CTKO) for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization is a leading international public-private partnership committed to increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The CTKO plays a key role across the alliance in achieving Gavi’s mission, said

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Momenta Expands in the U.S.

Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has continued to strengthen its footprint in the U.S. with the addition of Bill O’Such as a strategy partner. He will be based out of the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. O’Such brings over 20 years of extensive history of connected industry leadership roles in mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and

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Signium Adds Marketing and Communications Specialist

Marketing and branding professionals are playing increasingly vital roles at executive search firms as recruiting outfits push into new lines of business, evolve their brands and rev up their social media presence. Recently, executive search consortium Signium added Amy Fuentes as its new marketing and communications specialist. In her new role, Ms. Fuentes will be responsible for executing all

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Employees Reveal Insights on 2019 Workforce Trends

Surveys on workplace topics often poll employers to gain their perspectives on the latest HR issues and trends – but, in a recent survey, Paychex went directly to the source and obtained insight from employees themselves. It questioned employees on hot topics like benefits, pay equity, HR technology, corporate social responsibility and more, to determine

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Spencer Stuart Recruits Board Members for Yelp

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed three board members for Yelp Inc. The firm had been enlisted to evaluate the board’s composition and identify additional director candidates to help drive the online-review website’s strategy. George Hu, Sharon Rothstein and Brian Sharples were appointed to the board, effective March 1. They will replace Geoff Donaker, Jeremy Levine and Peter Fenton, who notified the

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Deerfield Associates Seeks Senior Major Gifts Officer for Babson College

Major gifts officers are among the most vital roles for educational institutions. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profits everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of finding

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RSR Partners Appoints Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Allen Shapard as a managing director and head of the corporate affairs and communications practice. He is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Shapard has more the 25 years of relevant experience in communications, branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility. He has worked closely with high-profile consumer and enterprise

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Judson Partners Rebrands as Capitus Associates

Judson Partners, a boutique executive search firm focused exclusively on the financial services industry, has changed its name to Capitus Associates. Capitus now has six equity partners, each with distinct subsector and functional expertise, and has completed search engagements with a premier list of banks, asset management firms, alternative investment firms and family offices. The

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Why Three Quarters of Board Directorships Still Go to Men

Boards of directors may very well be the most influential decision makers in business. They choose the CEO and review and assess much of the top talent for their organization. They help determine vision and strategy. They deal with legal and technological challenges, financial regulation and reputation issues — all critical items that can impact

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Higher Education Leadership Search Tapped to Find Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer for Columbus State University

Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected to find a chief engagement and inclusion officer for Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Consultant Alan Medders is leading the assignment for the search firm. The successful candidate for the role will be responsible for the overall leadership of the programs and initiatives that promote

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Slone Partners Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for Argonaut Manufacturing Services

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Eric Blair as the new chief commercial officer of Argonaut Manufacturing Services in Carlsbad, CA. He will be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s commercial activities, alliances and growth opportunities. “Argonaut is poised to do great things in biotech, and world-class leadership will prove vitally important

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VMAGROUP Appoints CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments over the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: U.K.-headquartered executive search firm VMAGROUP has appointed Andrew Harvey as CEO. He succeeds Julia Meighan, who moves into the role of chair. Mr. Harvey came to the firm in 2013,

Hiring Is Surging — So Why Do So Many People Feel Left Behind?

Full-time, permanent hiring in the fourth quarter is projected to be the most robust since 2006, with seasonal hiring poised to outpace last year’s projections by a healthy margin, according to CareerBuilder’s latest forecast. Thirty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff this quarter, and nearly the same percentage (33 percent) expect to

U.K. Healthcare Organization Turns to Russell Reynolds Associates to Find CEO

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to find its new chief executive officer. Sir Ron Kerr has decided to step down as CEO after 30 years in senior NHS leadership roles. “My immediate focus is to ensure a fully-planned and well-managed transition to a new chief executive who can take over

Amrop Expands With Hires in Denmark, India and Poland

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 83 offices in 57 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, has added Rita Garg as a principal in India, Lukasz Kiniewicz as a principal in Warsaw, Nicole Egeda Paustian as a partner in Copenhagen and Chandrasekar R. as a partner in India. Dr. Garg leads the healthcare

Stanton Chase Recruits Board Directors to Wolters Kluwer NV

Stanton Chase International has placed Jeanette Horan and Fidelma Russo as members of the board of directors of Wolters Kluwer NV, a major global professional information services and technology company. Mary Matthews, managing director, led the search. Ms. Horan retired from IBM in August after a distinguished career that saw her hold many key leadership roles, including that of

McKinley Marketing Partners Opens Office in New York

McKinley Marketing Partners, an executive recruiting firm focused on marketing professionals, has opened a new office in New York City. This is the second office location McKinley has opened in the last four months with its Houston office opening this past summer. Leading the New York metropolitan region is the firm’s new director of business

Talent Shortages Expected by Recruiters

Reports continue to point to talent shortages and the latest ‘Recruiter Nation Survey’ released by Jobvite is not different, with 56 percent of recruiters citing the lack of available skilled talent as a key stumbling block in hiring. The report, which polled over 1,400 executive recruiting and human resources professionals, also found that 95 percent of recruiters

Winnebago Turns to Spencer Stuart to Recruit CEO

Motor home manufacturer Winnebago Industries has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The company started searching for a CEO after former chief executive Randy Potts retired in August. Following Mr. Potts leaving the company, Robert Olson took over for about a month. Lawrence A. Erickson, the chairman of the board, is now serving

Centennial Inc. Recruits Cincinnati Non-Profit CEO

Cincinnati-based executive search firm Centennial Inc. has recruited John Banchy as president and chief executive officer of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Mr. Banchy has more than 14 years of experience in leadership roles and most recently held leadership positions with the March of Dimes at the local, state and regional level. In his new role, he will oversee the advancement of the organization through strategic relationships

Heidrick & Struggles Names Americas Real Estate Sector Head

Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Graham Beatty as head of its Americas real estate sector within the firm’s financial services practice. He will be based in Heidrick’s New York office. Mr. Beatty has over 15 years of experience that includes leading C-suite executive searches for organizations ranging from investment management platforms to real estate owners, operators and developers. He has also

Major, Lindsey & Africa Launches EMEA Solutions Practice Group

Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has launched a solutions practice group across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to assist companies and law firms manage variations to complex legal workloads without adding to permanent headcount resources. Based in MLA’s London office, Laura Fellows now leads the group for this region. In EMEA, the solutions practice

Why Is Hiring Taking Longer?

Hiring times in the U.S., Canada, and in many major European markets and Australia are mushrooming, according to several new research reports. Adding time to the hiring clock is putting hiring plans in disarray, setting talent acquisition professionals off to conduct more of their own search work in an effort to reduce hiring cycle times.

Odgers Berndtson Adds Former Norman Broadbent President

Former Norman Broadbent president Sally Drexler has joined Odgers Berndtson in Los Angeles as a partner, establishing a new presence for the firm in the consumer and media industries. Ms. Drexler has over 15 years of international search experience specializing in digital, retail, media, and the travel industries. Previously, she was president of Norman Broadbent USA, where she

Egon Zehnder Lands CEO for Participant Media

Egon Zehnder has placed David Linde as chief executive officer of U.S. cable channel owner Participant Media. The move comes six months after Jim Berk resigned from his post following a strategic review of the business. Mr. Linde joins Participant Media from Lava Bear Films, a company he launched after years of executive stewardship of Universal Pictures, Focus

Korn Ferry Recruits Center for Innovative Technology CEO

Korn Ferry has recruited Ed Albrigo as president and chief executive officer for Richmond, VA-based Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). He succeeds Peter Jobse, the current CEO, who announced his intention to return to the private sector at the end of this year. Mr. Albrigo was previously chief operating officer for The Hilltop Companies, a consulting

ZRG Partners Adds Retail Banking Recruiting Specialist

ZRG Partners has added Rahul Kapur as managing director to support growth in the payments and retail banking sector. He will join the firm’s global financial services practice. Mr. Kapur brings 23 years of senior level experience to the space. He has worked as a practice leader with several top consultancies including Cognizant, CapGemni, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capco, and Mastercard Advisors. He

One Recruiter’s Journey From Industry to Executive Search

Managing director Jeff Ashpitz has spent the last 17 years with Strawn Arnold & Associates, a leading life sciences recruiting specialist based in Austin. But it was his earlier corporate experience in life sciences, which lasted nearly 30 years, that set the groundwork for a storied career in executive search. In this interview, Jeff reveals

Filling CFO Pipelines Growing In Complexity As Demand Soars

Executive search firm Hulce Associates has recruited Greg Andrews as executive vice president and chief financial officer of CyrusOne. Colleen Hulce, the firm’s founder and CEO, led the assignment. Mr. Andrews brings over 20 years of real estate experience and has previously held CFO and executive management positions with other publicly traded REITs and an investment advisory firm. Most

David Barrett Partners Launches Hong Kong Office

David Barrett Partners has opened a new office in Hong Kong and appointed Philip Williams to head the firm’s new location. Mr. Williams has focused on investment and wealth management executive search for 13 years, initially in London and since 2009 in Hong Kong. He has completed searches for senior investment, distribution, and business leadership roles in

680 Partners Recruits CEO for Remote Systems Metrics

New York City-based executive recruiter 680 Partners has placed Richard Chmiel as chief executive officer for Remote Systems Metrics. As CEO, Mr. Chmiel’s first priority will be to drive and scale sales and product development, and continue to extend its product and market leadership position. Ross Freeman, 680 Partners CEO, led the search. Mr. Freeman works in partnership with

Koya Leadership Partners Adds Non-Profit Recruiting Expert

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has added Michelle Bonoan as managing director, executive search. In her new role, she will lead the firm’s expansion in Los Angeles and help support its growing number of West Coast non-profit clients. With nearly 20 years of experience as a search consultant, Ms. Bonoan has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As

Seeking Leadership Diversity, More Companies Choose Female CFOs

Egon Zehnder has placed Kathryn Mikells as chief financial officer of consumer goods company Diageo PLC. She replaces CFO Deirdre Mahlan who is leaving her position to return to the U.S. as Diageo’s head of North America. “Ms. Mikells’ career trajectory over the last five years is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman and CEO of

Eastman & Beaudine Recruits Sales Chief for Texas Rangers Affiliate

Executive recruiter Eastman & Beaudine has recruited Sam Torres as chief sales officer of the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Mr. Torres, who will oversee the team’s corporate partnership development, joins the Riders’ executive team after more than three years as a general manager for IMG College. He previously served as general manager

Wilton & Bain Adds HR Recruiting Veterans

Global search firm Wilton & Bain has appointed Tim Kemp and Chloe Watts as partners. Mr. Kemp, who joins the firm to lead HR search mandates, is an experienced HR and search professional who specializes in human resource searches across industries and covering HR disciplines from generalist roles to reward to talent management and beyond. Previously, he spent more

K. Russo Consulting Joins the Sanford Rose Network

Greenwich, CT-based boutique executive search firm K. Russo Consulting, Inc. has joined the Sanford Rose Associates Executive Search Network. Led by Karen Russo, K. Russo Consulting specializes in executive search and talent consulting throughout North, Latin and Central America. Their sister company, IIPE, based in Mexico, customizes research solutions through a team of multilingual search professionals. “Karen Russo is a world

ManpowerGroup Names American Express Global Talent Specialist As Director of Talent

Recruitment giant ManpowerGroup has named former American Express HR executive Jo Pursaill as its director of talent. With over 15 years’ experience, Ms. Pursaill is a proven leader in global talent development. She has an exceptional track record of developing and delivering global learning strategies within a large, complex matrix environment. Her areas of expertise include learning and development,

HR Executives Forecast Optimistic Hiring Plans

Confidence in the U.S. labor market continued to climb among HR professionals this year, with 69 percent reporting a confidence level not reported for six years. According to the just released ‘Jobs Outlook Survey’ from the Society for Human Resource Management, the forecast represents the highest level of optimism among HR professionals since the survey was launched in 2009.

Lloyd Executive Search Lands Crowdster CEO

Lloyd Executive Search has recruited Joe Ferraro as chief executive officer of Crowdster. Mr. Ferraro brings to the Crowdster team a long history of sales and marketing success, including 20 years in the telecommunications industry and over a decade working in business process outsourcing where he managed Fortune 50 companies. He has worked alongside non-profits in addition to

Heidrick & Struggles Snags Americas Leader From Rival

Heidrick & Struggles has added Ron Lumbra as region leader for its Americas region. In this role, he will lead a team of more than 350 partners, principals and associates serving clients across all service sectors. Following a brief period of transition, Torrey Foster, who has led the region since 2013, will assume full-time market responsibilities as a partner in

TWC Adds Former Spencer Stuart Recruiter As Canadian Search Hub Expands

TWC International Executive Search Limited, the Canadian-based affiliate of global executive search firm SpenglerFox, has named former Spencer Stuart recruiter Lisa Newey as senior director. In her new role at TWC, she will be responsible for developing and managing client relationships and assignments as well as candidate sourcing, recruitment and assessment, with a focus on financial services. Ms. Newey has

Newport Group Opens Office in Laguna Hills

Executive search and consulting firm The Newport Group has opened a new office in Laguna Hills, California. Managing the office is Newport’s executive vice president, Tom Chaparro, who joined the company as an executive search professional with 20 years’ experience in recruiting for the real estate and oil and gas industries, among others. Prior to joining

Struggling to Hire Millennials? Here’s How To Get Them Onboard

More than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015) and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according to Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This milestone occurred in the first quarter of this year, as the 53.5 million-strong Millennial

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