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Scion Executive Search Seeking Executive Director for Hill Country Conservancy

Austin, TX-based Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) has announced that founder and CEO George Cofer will retire from the organization next April. The organization has turned to non-profit sector specialists Scion Executive Search to find its next leader. Elissa Dumiak, senior executive recruiter, and Isaac Schild, managing partner, are leading the assignment for the search firm. Mr. Cofer’s tenure with HCC includes founding the non-profit in


McDermott + Bull Expands to San Francisco and Dallas

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has expanded with the addition of new offices San Francisco and Dallas. Within the last three years, the firm has broadened its reach throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the opening of offices in Canada and Europe. Linda Sierra, managing director in San Francisco, and Jeff Katon, managing director in Dallas,

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Ballinger | Leafblad Assists Hennepin Healthcare with CEO Search

Executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad has assisted Minneapolis, MN-based health system Hennepin Healthcare in the recruitment of Jennifer DeCubellis as its new CEO. She replaces Jon Pryor who resigned last year. The assignment was led by co-founder Marcia Ballinger and principal Bob Schoenbaum. “We had a strong pool of candidates from across the nation to choose

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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?


ZRG Partners Adds Recruiting Specialists Across Several Business Sectors

ZRG Partners has expanded with the addition of government, cyber and security industry specialist Pete Metzger as a senior advisor and managing director. Mr. Metzger’s executive search career extends over two decades, and has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor to business and government leaders, said the search firm. He has a strong


Five Strategies to Attract Top Talent in Today’s Market

With the nation’s economy churning on all cylinders and the labor market stretched thin, many companies are having to work harder to attract and retain the best talent. As CEO for nationwide life sciences search firm Slone Partners, Leslie Loveless can attest to the challenges clients face in attracting the right people for the biggest


Acertitude Recruits Former GE CIO to Lead Global IT Strategy at DXC Technology

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Chris Drumgoole as executive vice president and chief information officer for Tysons, VA-based DXC Technology. The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner, supported by partner Geoffrey Votta. The assignment was completed in just 88 days. “Chris Drumgoole is an extraordinary technology executive and the DXC ecosystem is


Coulter Partners Recruits CFO for Stilla Technologies

Life sciences-focused executive search firm Coulter Partners placed Khaled Bahi as the new CFO of Paris-based Stilla Technologies. Client partner Eskil Westh led the assignment. Mr. Bahi’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for the company, with the recent opening of a U.S. subsidiary headquartered in Beverly, MA, providing American customers with direct sales and


DRG Search Seeks CEO, CFO for Non-Profit Citizen Advocates

DRG Search, which finds executives for the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to find both the next chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Citizen Advocates in Malone, NY. The client organization provides mental health, substance abuse, housing and vocational services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ami Abramson, DRG’s chief strategy officer,


Jensen Partners Appoints Head of Europe

New York City-based Jensen Partners has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Peter Mayer as head of Europe. He will lead European efforts out of the firm’s London office and spearhead recruiting and assets under management growth advisory. “Peter is a veteran of the alternative investment industry, with a deep understanding of different strategies and asset


Navigating the Insular World of Academic Recruiting

Confusion abounds in the marketplace regarding academic executive recruiting vs. corporate search work. Every search is unique, and each finds its own path. It’s possible, however, to draw some generalizations about the differences and similarities in search work, says Shawn M. Hartman, vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search. “If you


Herbert Mines Associates Assists CEC Entertainment in CEO Search

Retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed David McKillips as the new CEO of CEC Entertainment Inc., operators of Chuck E. Cheese. He replaces Tom Leverton, who recently resigned. “David is a proven executive with a lifetime of experience and success in the family entertainment industry, both domestically and around the world,” said


Spencer Stuart Tapped by the National Council on Aging to Find CEO

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead a national search for its next president and CEO. Current president and CEO James Firman announced late last year his plans to retire from the organization after 25 years of service. He will continue to lead NCOA until a successor has been appointed. Consultants Jennifer Heenan


Human Resource Solutions Recruits CTO for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Tony Thakur as chief technology officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a Grain Management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “It was important for me to understand and honor Tony’s respect and concern for his then current employer,” said


Kingsley Gate Partners Adds Former Telecomm Executive to Lima Office

Kingsley Gate Partners has continued its recent expansion with Jose Revilla joining as a partner in its Lima, Peru office. Mr. Revilla brings to Kingsley Gate Partners over 20 years of experience in executive roles in multiple countries in Latin America and the U.S. in the information technology and telecommunications industry. His strong leadership and


10 Leadership Qualities to Look for In Your Next Executive Search

Executive-level talent can have a huge impact on the success of an organization. These individuals affect the culture, performance and perception of every business. So it is that finding the right people to lead and represent your brand is the most significant decision any top leader, board or head of talent will make. Employers typically use


Waldron Recruits CEO for Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Social sector focused executive search firm Waldron has placed Randall Kempner as the new chief executive officer of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin, TX. Principal Jeff Waldron is leading the assignment along with engagement manager Heather Mohler and administrative assistant Renée Sellers. Katherine Lorenz, granddaughter of the charity’s founders, has led the organization since 2011. She stepped


m/Oppenheim Associates Seeks Leader for Youth UpRising

Non-profit executive search firm m/Oppenheim Associates has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for Youth UpRising, a community group that provides education, employment and wellness programs for at-risk youngsters in Oakland, CA. Founder Mark Oppenheim and principal Kevin Redick are leading the assignment for the San Francisco-based search firm. Youth


The Loring Group Opens Doors

The executive search industry is being disrupted by the entrance of a multitude of new players offering advanced business models and new technologies. The latest: Veteran executive recruiter Steve Caliger has launched The Loring Group. Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He


AIMS International Opens Office in Estonia

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. Executive search consortium AIMS International has expanded with the addition of a new office


Search Firm Leverages Life Sciences Platform to Recruit Pot Sector Talent

Legal marijuana is now a more than $10 billion business in the U.S. Investors poured billions into cannabis in North America last year, twice what was invested in the last three years combined. In addition, the overall North American market exceeded $16 billion in 2019. While talent deficits are a problem in every industry, the marijuana


DHR International Assists Michigan State in Head Football Coach Search

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Mel Tucker as the head football coach for Michigan State University. Mr. Tucker is a 23-year coaching veteran with championship experience. He replaces Mark Dantonio who recently stepped down after 13 seasons with the Spartans. The school paid DHR $100,000 for its


Reffett Associates Places General Counsel for Northwest Seaport Alliance

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has placed the first-ever general counsel of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), one of the largest container gateways in North America. William Reffett, founder and managing partner, and Tom Young, director of operations, led the assignment for the search firm. The new general counsel, Dana Henderson, will be responsible for providing legal


ON Partners Recruits CEO for Worksoft

Jeff Hocking of ON Partners has placed former Data Intensity executive Tony Sumpster as the new CEO of Worksoft. Jerry Dolinsky will step down from his role as interim CEO and maintain his position as chairman of the board for Worksoft. “I am delighted to welcome Tony to Worksoft,” said Mr. Dolinsky. “He brings deep experience in technology,


Talengo Names Digital Business and Technology Practice Leader

Madrid-headquartered search firm Talengo has appointed Pedro Irujo as new director of the digital business and technology practice. “With its incorporation, the firm wants to reinforce a critical practice that is experiencing a strong demand and in which it accompanies its clients to successfully translate its digital transformation processes into a leadership key, both in consulting projects and in


The Recruiting Sector is Creating Durable Revenue Streams, with Higher Margins

Korn Ferry will begin reporting a “KF Digital” segment that consolidates its compensation databases, leadership development platforms and sales training modules into one reporting disclosure, according to a new report by investment firm Kerrisdale Capital. By the next fiscal year, KF Digital should generate $400 million in revenue as a stand-alone unit. Other search firms are following suit


College Sports Solutions and Buffkin / Baker Tapped to Find Commissioner for Big West Conference

The Big West Conference has begun its search for a new commissioner to replace Dennis Farrell, who recently announced his retirement after leading the conference for 27 years. Collegiate athletics consultants College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker are managing the search process, with Jeff Schemmel, president of CSS, acting as lead consultant, with assistance from Dan


AGB Search Names Leader of Interim Division

Across the board, in every industry, today’s market is fueled by growing demand for top talent against a landscape of short supply. This has led to nearly three million people taking temporary jobs, a number that is expected to grow at a healthy pace over the next few years as companies strive to stay agile in


Pekarsky & Co. Recruits New Leader for the Calgary Hotel Association

Calgary-based executive search firm Pekarsky & Co. has placed Sol Zia as the new executive director of the Calgary Hotel Association. Principal Erin Dand led the assignment. “We have loved working with a caring, efficient and giving company as Pekarsky & Co. that brought us our new executive director Sol Zia,” said Arjun Channa, director and chair

Moving Up in the Boardroom — Lessons From Female Board Chairs

The share of women appointed to public-company boards of directors has risen markedly in recent years, but in the U.S. and Europe, female chairs are still rare. At the end of 2018, only 30 female chairs were listed among the Fortune 500 and the FTSE 100 combined, though the overall shares of board seats held

Pay Raises to Hold Steady in 2017

Pay raises for U.S. employees are expected to hold steady at three percent in 2017, according to a survey released by Willis Towers Watson. The survey also found that employers will continue to reward their best performers with significantly larger pay raises as they look for ways to retain their top talent and strengthen existing pay-for-performance

Russell Reynolds Associates Lands CEO for Help for Heroes

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Melanie Waters as chief executive officer of Help for Heroes. Founder Bryn Parry had previously announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the year. The company sought an experienced, forward-thinking and progressive leader to pilot the organization through a growth and expansion phase. Russell Reynolds was brought in last spring to

WinterWyman Leading CTO Search for Rockets of Awesome

Executive search firm WinterWyman has been retained by Rockets of Awesome to lead its search for a chief technology officer. The search firm’s senior vice president and partner, Mike Fitzgerald, is leading the assignment. Rockets of Awesome’s CTO will be responsible for direct management and growth of its engineering team, as well as the overall success of its ROA platform. He or

Michael Bergen to Lead Allegis Partners in the U.S.

Michael Bergen, global practice leader of Allegis Partners’ human resources practice, will take on additional responsibility as managing partner of the firm’s U.S. operations. Mr. Bergen has more than 17 years of experience placing executives across all industries, geographies and functional areas of expertise within the HR profession. Prior to joining Allegis Partners in 2015, he

Ducatus Partners Names EMEA Partner

Executive search firm Ducatus Partners has appointed Michael Diamond as partner for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Diamond brings nearly a decade’s experience to the role and joins Ducatus from executive search firm Diamond Cooper, of which he was a co-founder and managing partner. He will oversee business origination, senior client relations and project management for

Why Millennials Crave In-Person Collaboration

Despite popular belief, 41 percent of Gen Z’s say corporate offices are their workplace preference, according to a global study released today by Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm dedicated to the future of learning and working, and HR services company Randstad US, which recently acquired Monster Worldwide for $429 million. As a follow-up

Heidrick & Struggles Leading CEO Search for National Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs has retained Heidrick & Struggles to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. A four-person search committee from the National Cybersecurity Center’s 12 directors will conduct interviews and make final candidate recommendations to the board. The Cybersecurity Center hopes to have a CEO selected by mid to late September, said

Odgers Berndtson Recruits CFO for Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has placed Paul S. Herendeen as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. John Hawkins, vice chairman and director in Odgers Berndtson’s life sciences practice, led the assignment. As Valeant CFO, Mr. Herendeen will oversee all of the company’s finance functions, including controllership, tax, and treasury, reporting directly

Kennedy Executive Search Partners With Frisenberg J. & Associates

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a partner network of executive search boutique firms, has partnered with Frisenberg J. & Associates, a recruiting boutique based in Monaco founded in 2001 by Caroline Frisenberg. “Frisenberg J. & Associates is very happy and proud to join Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting this year. For us to be part

NPAworldwide Adds New Member Firms In Brazil, Australia, France, U.K. and the U.S.

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added 10 new member firms in Brazil, Australia, France, the U.K., and the U.S. This past June the organization gained Martin & Conley Limited, AME Recruitment, RSP Recruitment and The Digital Academy, Cascade Recruiting, Murdoch Mason Executive Search Group, and Select Resources, as new partners. NPA now has close to 500 member offices

New Officer Titles Continue to Flood the C-Suite

A handful of new C-suite titles have been cropping up at businesses around the globe, according to a new report by search firm Odgers Berndtson and authored by business journalist Gary Mead. According to the report, executives climbing the corporate ladder are in hot pursuit of titles that include the words ‘chief’ and ‘officer.’ Among them: chief

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading CEO Search for Parkinson’s Foundation

Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been  tapped by the Parkinson’s Foundation to lead its hunt for a chief executive officer. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), the organization’s mission is to invest in scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people

Seattle Mariners Taps Reffett Associates for HR Head

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been retained by the Seattle Mariners to lead the organization’s search for a new senior vice president of human resources, succeeding Marianne Short, who has announced her retirement. The Mariners will conduct a nationwide search for a senior executive who possesses experience in the entertainment, hospitality, and sports industries. Managing director, Marshall Reffett,

Ventura Appoints Bob Damon As Partner

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has named Bob Damon as a partner in its Beverly Hills office. With more than 30 years of executive search experience, Mr. Damon has been a senior strategist recruiting for boards and C-suite executives on organization and talent management issues. He has consulted and found top-tier talent for every industry including many of the

How Investing In Workplace Learning Can Unlock Potential

As recruiting chief Jeff Kaye points out in the following interview, the barriers to entry in the search profession are lower than almost any other line of work. Many industry leaders, like Mr. Kaye, therefore see a developing need to step up training efforts for newcomers to the field as well as for those that

DHR Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Under Armour

Executive search firm DHR International has recruited Andy Donkin as chief marketing officer of Under Armour. Carlos Cata, a DHR managing partner in charge of the firm’s global CMO practice, and retail and consumer sector managing partner Frank Spencer, along with partner Julie Eakers, led the search. Mr. Donkin joins Under Armour from Amazon, where he served as head of

Korn Ferry Recruits President for Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Korn Ferry has recruited Michael Murphy as president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He replaces longtime Shea’s president Anthony Conte, who has decided to step down from the post. Mr. Murphy is currently managing director of The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.  Prior to joining there in 2003, he worked as managing director of Austin

Centerstone Executive Search Opens In Philadelphia

Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting has opened a new office in Philadelphia. Ann Gratz, managing director, and Lynne Leger, senior vice president, will lead the new office. Together, they bring a combination of retail, consumer products and service sector knowledge to the new location. “Clients demand that an executive search firm understand their aspirations, share their values and appreciate

Caldwell Partners Expands In Latin America

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has opened a new office in Buenos Aires and added four new partners. Adilson Parrella and Pedro Folque de Almeida have joined the Sao Paulo office, Eleonora Cajiao has joined the Bogota office and Estanislao Peña has opened the firm’s new office in Buenos Aires. Mr. Parrella has extensive experience executing

IRC Adds Cabot and EA Hughes as Member Firms

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Cabot Consultants and E.A. Hughes as its newest member firms. Founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes, E.A. Hughes serves clients in the retail and consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries. The firm is based in New York City. Cabot Consultants is based in McLean, VA and led by managing partner Tom

Heidrick & Struggles Acquires Leadership Consultancy Philosophy IB

Heidrick & Struggles has acquired Philosophy IB, a leadership consultant based in Florham Park, NJ. Philosophy IB was established in 2000 by founding partners Christine Lotze and Kaveh Naficy and today serves Fortune 100 companies focused on assisting clients execute their strategies by changing how people work. Philosophy IB has particular expertise with life sciences clients, having advised executive

Collegiate Sports Recruits Athletic Director for University of Missouri

Executive search firm Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) has recruited Jim Sterk as athletic director for University of Missouri. According to sources, Missouri paid the recruiting firm $75,500 plus expenses to handle the assignment. Todd Turner, CSA president and founder, and a former AD himself, led the search. Missouri had previously used Korn Ferry in the search that produced

Hobson Leavy Recruits CEO for Smales Farm

Executive search firm Hobson Leavy has recruited Paul Gunn as chief executive officer of Smales Farm. Mr. Gunn will be tasked with leading the organization through a period of transformational growth, that includes development of its new business and lifestyle precinct and innovative B:HIVE building. Mr. Gunn has more than 18 years of experience in

Kingsley Gate Names VP of Recruiting

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners has appointed Kirk Durossette as vice president of recruiting. In this new role, Mr. Durossette will manage worldwide recruiting activities — from setting strategic direction and standard operating procedures to overseeing consultant training and auditing performance. He will also be responsible for further implementing and optimizing the firm’s ClientSuite platform

Saxton Bampfylde Expands Global Education and Arts & Culture Practices

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has added Dr. Jennifer Barnes to its consulting team where she will work across the firm’s global higher education and arts & culture search practices. Dr. Barnes brings a broad range of experience from higher education, business and the arts. Most recently, she was pro-vice chancellor for international strategy and deputy vice chancellor

As Economy Expands, Middle Wage Jobs Most At Risk

The U.S. economy is expected to add 7,232,517 jobs over the next five years, a healthy five percent increase. But a new study just out from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows that workers in middle wage jobs may not find as many opportunities. For the middle class, mounting pressures are likely to continue well into the second

Not Actively Looking Broadens Services, Adds New Members

Not Actively Looking, a U.K.-based global matchmaking platform for senior executives and executive search firms, has broadened its services to include non-executive directors (NEDs) and interim executives. “Enabling the platform for NEDs and interim executives is a natural extension of our service,” said Joseph Blass, chief executive officer. “NEDs are often in a permanent executive role

Haley Associates Leading President Search for Earlham College

Executive search firm Haley Associates has been retained by Earlham College to lead its search for a new president. Dr. Katherine Haley is leading the assignment. The successful candidate will assume leadership of the college at a critical juncture in its history. A major repositioning effort designed to capitalize on Earlham’s considerable strengths is well underway,

Connor | Caitlin Completes Search for Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies

Executive search firm Connor | Caitlin has recruited Bill Tollison as chief operating officer for Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies (PART). As COO, Mr. Tollison will be responsible for overseeing PART’s operations growth strategy in Victorville, CA. “Bill was hand selected because of his tremendous passion for customer satisfaction. He is a fantastic addition to

Shilton Sharpe Quarry Expands Private Practice Offering In London

Shilton Sharpe Quarry (SSQ), an international legal search consultancy, has added Nick Shillinglaw as a new consultant in its London office to provide a dedicated service to mid-tier, boutique / niche, regional law firms. Mr. Shillinglaw began his career as a litigation lawyer at some of the leading regional U.K. law firms. He then worked for

Women In the C-Suite Lagging Male Counterparts

The percentage of women in most C-suite positions is dramatically lower than their male counterparts, according to a new look at data of U.S. companies by Korn Ferry. The analysis found that across the most prominent C-suite titles (chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief information officer, chief marketing officer, and chief human resources officer) and

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