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20/20 Foresight Names Leader of New York Offices

Chicago-based 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing have announced the appointment of Rebecca Wilson as managing director, leading the sister companies’ New York offices. Ms. Wilson has more than 25 years experience working for top financial services companies specializing in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. She previously held senior roles with Citibank, First USA Bank (acquired

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Recruiting Consortium TalentLaunch Appoints President

TalentLaunch, a network of independently-operated recruitment firms, has named Doug Dandurand as its president. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall strategy and growth of its network of recruiting firms. “We are excited to have Doug as president of the TalentLaunch network,” said Aaron Grossman, founder and CEO of TalentLaunch and co-founder

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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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Pearson Partners International Names President

Women gaining top roles at executive search firms seems to be an increasingly refreshing phenomenon. Dallas-headquartered Pearson Partners International recently appointed Renee Baker Arrington to the position of president and the newly created post of chief operating officer. She has been with the firm for 13 years, is a member of the board of directors and

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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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Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice. Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial

Trends

A Look at the Age-Agnostic Workplace

Multinational corporations are already aware of the importance of attracting and retaining a gender- and ethnically-diverse workforce to improve innovation and financial performance. Many have implemented policies to encourage this. What is less well-established as a competitive advantage is the idea of an age-diverse workforce, says Jackie Bernard of U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven. “This low

Performance

Korn Ferry Records Nine Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2019 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, a nine percent increase from $1.767 billion 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, an increase of three percent. All three of its business lines were up. The results

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Spencer Stuart Places CEO at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Following an extensive national search, Spencer Stuart has recruited veteran retail and omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new CEO of home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are thrilled to have Allison coming aboard,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman. “She has a proven track record in building an omnichannel business with excellence. I know she will be

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

M&A

IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the

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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15

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Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all

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Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his

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The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

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LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living

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Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,

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Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish

Launches

Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the

M&A

SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search Join Forces

M&A activity, in many cases with the support of private equity firms, continues to heat up in the executive search industry. The latest: New Zealand-headquartered search firms SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search have merged. Under the agreement, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. Rothley founder and managing director Sean Brunner will be based in

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The Current State of Diversity and Inclusion

Although most respondents to a new study by talent acquisition firm GQR Global said they feel they have a commitment from their company’s leadership to pursue the business case for diversity and inclusion, there was an overwhelming feeling among them that diversity within their companies is not reflected in executive teams. Increasingly, the human capital

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Lindauer Seeks Chief Philanthropy Officer for Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends

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Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits CEO for U.K. Ordnance Survey

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Steve Blair as the new chief executive officer of U.K. mapping authority Ordnance Survey (OS). Patrick Johnson, the search firm’s country manager for the U.K., led the assignment. “The board of OS is delighted that ministers have appointed Steve Blair as CEO of Ordnance Survey,” said Kieran Murphy, chairman at Ordnance Survey. “He

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Finlay James Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, U.K.-headquartered search firm Finlay James has appointed Andrew MacAskill as its chief commercial officer. Mr. MacAskill will also join the technology-focused firm’s board of directors alongside owners John and Sara Gaughan and managing director James May.

Benchmark Names Security and Risk Experts to Advisory Board

Global spending on cybersecurity by companies and governments is expected to reach $86 billion this year, according to information technology research advisory group Gartner. There are some 500,000 cyber attacks globally each day — with American companies experiencing billions of dollars in intellectual property theft, much of which goes either unnoticed or unreported. All of

Brill Neumann Heading AD Search for USC

Executive recruiters Brill Neumann Associates has been selected by the University of Southern California (USC) to lead its search for a new athletics director. Pat Haden will retire from his position as USC athletic director, effective in June, ending his guidance of the Trojans through a tumultuous period in the school’s history. Mr. Haden ran USC’s athletic department

Succession Planning Remains Primary Challenge for HR Leaders

According to recruiters, companies continue to struggle in their attempts at succession planning. Seventy-four percent of HR leaders have identified leadership succession and speed of development as the primary internal challenges they face, according to a survey by talent solutions provider Lumesse and research company Loudhouse. The identification of tomorrow’s leaders is crucial to mitigate against the loss of

Shilton Sharpe Quarry Expands Legal Recruiting Teams in Paris and Milan

Shilton Sharpe Quarry (SSQ), an international legal search consultancy, has expanded its search staff in Europe with the additions of Anne Pichon in Paris and lawyer Filippo Mazzotti in Milan. Ms. Pichon, who joins the firm as an associate, recruits in-house lawyers and legal professionals at all levels of seniority and for all industries. She

Satisfying Client Talent Needs through Specialization

When it comes to hiring, board directors, CHROs, talent acquisition leaders and senior-level functional heads all have one thing in common: They demand more from a search firm than to simply find them good talent. Increasingly, recruiters have been responding by developing a solid comprehension of the niche requirements of any given business, both to

Coulter Partners Expands With an Industry Going Global

Global life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has opened a new office in Newton, Massachusetts. The office will be led by executive vice president Dr. Chris Palatucci. The expansion is intended to strengthen the firm’s presence in key U.S. markets, while further enhancing its international networks. Dr. Palatucci joined Coulter Partners in 2014. He focuses on recruiting for board level and

UConn Turns to Executive Search Firm to Find Athletic Director

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been retained by the University of Connecticut to lead its search for a new athletic director. Warde Manuel has left the school to take on the athletic director position at the University of Michigan. The director of athletics at UConn will be responsible for the stewardship, management, coordination and supervision of the school’s competitive intercollegiate

Barton Executive Search Recruits Director for Welch’s

Boutique recruiting firm Barton Executive Search has recruited Chris Neugent as a member of Welch’s board of directors. With nearly 30 years of consumer products experience, he will use his expertise in growing sales, profit and market share at the company. Mr. Neugent was recently president and chief executive officer of Post Consumer Brands. Previously, he was

Harvey Nash Names Head of Leadership Consulting

Harvey Nash Executive Search has appointed Rachael Hanley-Browne as its new head of leadership consulting. She will be based in London. Ms. Hanley-Browne brings with her a wealth of consultancy expertise and business experience to Harvey Nash from her career in business leadership and as a non-executive, having been employed by large multinationals and SME organizations

Robert Half Revenues Up 8.5 Percent As Analytics Drive Growth

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted full year revenues of $5.09 billion, up 8.5 percent from a year ago. The company posted fourth quarter revenues of $1.30 billion, an increase of 6.8 percent from the same period last year. Revenue growth was driven by a buoyant American jobs market as well as strong results from its global consulting division,

Sheffield Haworth Expands Insurance and Technology Sector Practices

Sheffield Haworth has added Erik Matson as managing director in its global insurance practice and John Budriss as executive director of corporate officers in the firm’s technology practice. Mr. Matson will focus primarily on advising and execution of board, CEO and senior team mandates for clients globally. Previously, he performed senior level advisory work for Boyden, including

Gans, Gans & Associates Heading Housing Authority CFO Search

Executive search firm Gans, Gans & Associates has been selected by the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. The position reports to the organization’s executive director. Ernest Barefield, an executive recruiter with Gans, Gans & Associates, is heading the search. The history of public housing in New

Russell Reynolds Associates Lands CEO for Australian Industry Association

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Rob Fitzpatrick as chief executive officer of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). He took over from Suzanne Campbell on February 1; she led the association for the past four and half years. The company turned to Russell Reynolds to find an executive with relevant experience in technology, a strong understanding of government, leadership

Norrie Johnston Names Director

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR) has named Marc Harris as a director. Mr. Harris has over 15 years of experience in the recruitment industry. Most recently with Rapid Search and Interim Ltd., where he was associate director specializing in finance, program & project management and HR recruitment. During the past 10 years,

ManpowerGroup Full Year Results Near $20 Billion; New CFO Named

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted full year revenues of $19.3 billion, a decrease of seven percent from the prior year. The company posted fourth quarter revenues of $5.0 billion, a decrease of three percent from the same period a year ago. Financial results in the quarter were significantly impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to several foreign

Horton International Names CEO for North America

Horton International – North America, a principal partner of Horton International, has appointed Joshua Hollander as president and chief executive officer. He assumes the top post from managing partners Larry Brown and Bob Gilchrist, who will both remain with the firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Hollander has helped organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to

Howe-Lewis Heading Global Lyme Alliance CEO Search

Executive search firm Howe-Lewis International has been retained by the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. In partnership with the board of directors, the CEO will focus on increasing visibility and awareness of GLA, funding cutting-edge research as well as public, medical, and government education programs. A vital priority will

Heidrick Recruits CEO to Famous Dave’s

Heidrick & Struggles has placed Adam Wright as chief executive officer of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. He joined the company as interim CEO after the resignation of former CEO Ed Rensi last June. Mr. Wright has served on Famous Dave’s board of directors since 2013, while serving as managing partner of Blue Clay Capital Management,

PrincetonOne Expands Philadelphia Office

Executive search firm PrincetonOne has expanded with the addition of Jim Parker to its Philadelphia office as managing director. In his current role with PrincetonOne, he will continue to develop and implement tailored solutions for clients’ hiring needs. Mr. Parker was a co-founder and a managing partner at executive search firm Armstrong Franklin where he led the global general management

HR Leaders Adapting Quickly to Workforce Analytics

The vast majority of HR leaders (85 percent) believe an integrated talent management approach in which workforce planning encompasses all types of talent will enhance the resources their businesses need to drive growth, according to Randstad Sourceright’s “2016 Talent Trends Report” a newly-released talent trends report. The study was developed with the feedback from nearly 400

Storbeck / Pimentel Recruits Kalamazoo College President

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has recruited Jorge G. Gonzalez Ph.D. as the 18th president of Kalamazoo College. He succeeds Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, who announced her retirement last April. Dr. Gonzalez is currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Occidental College in Los Angeles. As a professor and an administrator he has created innovative combinations

Korn Ferry Lands CEO for Chassix Holdings

Korn Ferry has placed Douglas DelGrosso as chief executive officer of Chassix Holdings. He succeeds J. Mark Allan, who, as CEO, led the company through a successful financial restructuring. Mr. DelGrosso joins Chassix with several decades of experience as a well-respected senior executive in the automotive industry. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Henniges Automotive, an automotive sealing and

Tula International Adds Global Search Specialist

Atlanta-headquartered executive search firm Tula International has added Dr. Eike Jordan to its senior staff. Dr. Jordan is a member of the German-American business community and brings to Tula decades of relationships nurtured in the international business community for nearly 40 years. He is the founder of the Southeastern Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, and currently

AIMS Elects New President

AIMS International has appointed Pierangelo Favero as its new president. He succeeds Daniel Ekberg who has held the position since 2013. He will manage the position from both Milan and Vienna where the headquarters of AIMS International is located. In 1999, Mr. Favero established AIMS in Italy where he provides organizations a full suite of talent management solutions, including executive

Equity Firms Continue Investment In HR Technology

CoreHR, a provider of cloud-based human capital management and payroll software, has received an investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in software and services companies, and JMI Services LLC, which is the family investment company of John J. Moores. ‘’This investment will help us to continue our expansion across the

EnterGain Recruits CEO for A2IM

Recruiting firm EnterGain LLC has placed Richard James Burgess as chief executive officer of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the U.S. independent label trade group. He replaces interim president Molly Neuman, who recently announced her departure. EnterGain recruits for the consumer products, entertainment, content, social media and retail industries. The firm places board members, C-level executives, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs and artists. Founder

Hiring Uptick Seen for Compliance Leaders

Finding senior leadership within the compliance function is exceedingly complex today, as companies today face intense pressure under the current regulatory environment. It therefore requires leadership who can foster close collaboration between compliance and other corporate functions as well as communicate to a more complex and sophisticated set of stakeholders, internally and externally. According to

Witt/Kieffer Expands Health Sciences Practice

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has expanded its academic medicine and health sciences practice with the additions of Joyce De Leo, Ph.D. and Bruce Schroffel. Dr. De Leo, who joins the practice as a consultant in the Boston area, has more than 25 years of experience in research, academic program building, strategic planning, mentoring and teaching mentoring and teaching. She recruits senior executives, clinician leaders,

Boyden Expands Hong Kong Office

Executive search firm Boyden has added Jason Lee to its Hong Kong office as a partner in the firm’s global technology and industrial practices. Mr. Lee was most recently with DHR International, serving as vice president of global services and head of the firm’s business development and execution teams in Hong Kong and Korea, where he served several Fortune 500

How to Recruit for a Revolution

When an industry goes into overdrive for an extended period and the rate of growth outstrips the supply of proven leaders, the senior talent management function comes under particular stress. Those conditions create both challenges and opportunities for the recruiters serving that industry. In the last several years, few sectors have been moving as quickly

Recruiters See Expanding Hunt for Super Breed CFOs

According to recent research, about one fifth of companies now change their CFOs annually, thereby creating a constricting market for financial officers talent — with the best candidates often considering multiple opportunities at any one time. Tightening talent pipelines are wreaking havoc for hiring companies by edging up CFO pay packages, according to recruiters, making the hunt

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