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Normalcy Delayed: Spike in COVID-19 Cases Brings New Lockdowns

They have spent millions redesigning offices to reduce COVID-19 risk. Special protocols were set by overworked human resources departments. Now, just as staffers were returning and resuming a semblance of normal operations, the world has shifted for corporations once more, according to a new report by Korn Ferry. The shift, of course, is the dramatic


WittKieffer Seeking New President for St. John’s University

Executive search firm WittKieffer has been called in by St. John’s University in Queens, NY, to lead its search for a new president. Conrado Gempesaw, the first lay president in the history of St. John’s University, will be retiring in 2021. Dennis M. Barden, senior partner; Greg Duyck, leader of the firm’s advancement practice; and Sarah Miller,

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ZRG Names Professional and Technology Services Practice Leader

ZRG Partners has appointed former Ernst and Young and Accenture executive John Weisel as global leader of its professional and technology services practice. “John Weisel brings amazing knowledge and experiences in professional services management and a network of global contacts that will be incredibly valuable as we continue to accelerate the growth of ZRG,” said Larry Hartmann,

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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?


Brooke Chase Associates Recruits HR Leader for Wellborn Cabinet

Joseph McElmeel, chairman and CEO of Sarasota, FL-based executive recruiter Brooke Chase Associates, has announced that his firm helped place Lisa Mahon as director of human resources for Wellborn Cabinet in Ashland, AL. Richard Mohrman led the assignment. With extensive experience in human resource management, Ms. Mahon most recently held the position of senior human resources


2020 a Turbulent Year for U.K. Private Equity 

Much of the talk among U.K.-based PE investors in recent years has concerned the Brexit related risks of potential investments, the sky-high valuations being sought by vendors, and the highly fertile fundraising environment which has led to record levels of dry powder and the most competitive capital deployment market that most can recall. According to


Americans Continue to File Unemployment Claims as Recovery Challenges Mount

The Labor Department reported this morning that 712,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 775,000. This was the sixth straight week that claims fell below 800,000. More than 20.2 million Americans are currently claiming some form of unemployment insurance, and Thursday’s Labor Department


Isaacson, Miller Recruits Provost for Brandeis University

Isaacson, Miller has placed biochemist Carol A. Fierke, provost and executive vice president at Texas A&M University, as the next provost and executive vice president of Brandeis University. Dr. Fierke will begin her tenure on Jan. 1 Partners Katie Rockman and Peter Lange led the assignment. Dr. Fierke will succeed Lisa M. Lynch, a world-renowned


Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CEO for Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the placement of Jon Forrest Dohlin as the new chief executive officer of Fresno Chaffee Zoo. He becomes the organization’s eighth leader and will succeed retiring CEO Scott Barton with the transition expected to take place in early 2021. The assignment was led Shelli Herman, president, and founder


Erevena Opens Office in Stockholm

London-based executive search firm Erevena has expanded in northern Europe with the opening of a new office in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonas Helgesson has joined as a partner to focus on growing the business in Northern Europe, in response to increasing demand from clients such as Peakon, Puzzel, Unomaly, Pipedrive and Nectarine Health. “We are delighted to welcome


R. William Funk & Associates Retained by Indiana University and Texas A&M to Find New Leaders

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has been enlisted to find new presidents for Indiana University (IU) and Texas A&M University. “We work meticulously to not do similar searches at the same time to avoid conflicts of interest,” said search firm president R. William Funk. “In this case,


Crist|Kolder Associates Retained by Foot Locker for CFO Search

According to recruiters, the pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily; bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants; answering constant calls from investors and board directors; and, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. New York-based specialty


20/20 Foresight Executive Search Appoints Washington, D.C. Office Leader

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Mike Jones as managing director to lead the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “Since our founding in 1994, we have honed our industry knowledge, experience and expertise by working in real estate before recruiting for it,” said Bob Cavoto, founder and managing principal of 20/20 Foresight. “With the addition of Mike


SmartRecruiters Appoints Chief Diversity Officer

Competitive companies, organizations and government agencies know that diversity matters. Simply put, the demographics of the nation must mirror the workforce. Research shows that organizations that unleash the potential of diverse talent innovate faster and see better business results. According to executive recruiters, it starts by attracting proven talent with diverse perspectives, experiences and contributions,


Novare Executive Search Finds New CEO for Energiföretagen Sverige

Stockholm-headquartered Novare Executive Search has placed Åsa Pettersson as the new CEO of Energiföretagen Sverige, a member association for the Swedish energy industry. She will begin her new role by April 15. Pernilla Winnhed announced her resignation in June. Gunilla Andrée will continue as acting CEO until Ms. Pettersson joins Energiföretagen Sverige. “In recent months, we have


Hunt Scanlon Media Launches M&A Advisory Network for Recruiters

Make no mistake, these have been sobering days for executive recruiting firms around the globe. Most of them, regardless of size, location, or specialization were caught flat-footed by one of the most sweeping economic crises to ever hit the sector. As a result, the nation’s top search consultants have been resetting expectations throughout 2020 –


Koya Partners Recruits CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Following a rigorous, national search in partnership with Koya Partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named Artis Stevens, chief marketing officer of National 4-H Council, as its new president and CEO. He becomes the organization’s first black leader. Alison Ranney and Chartise Clark led the assignment. Mr. Stevens succeeds Pam Iorio, who announced early this year


Executive Recruiting in a Post-COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on every business sector, executive recruiting included, costing organizations billions of dollars in lost revenue. Goldman Sachs estimates that economic growth around the world will be zero in 2020 thanks to the virus. For the executive search industry, where recruiters are constantly traveling to have face-to-face meeting with


AGB Search Closing 2020 with Multiple Searches for Top Universities

A number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization – not to mention a pandemic. One national recruiting outfit, Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, has become a magnet


H.I. Executive Consulting Expands in New York

H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC) has expanded with the additions of Matt Schwartz as a partner and Randi Sperber as a consultant in New York. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Matt and Randi join our growing North America and global team,” said Tim Robson, global managing partner. “They are outstanding talents in their own right and they share


A Recruiter’s Tips for an Executive in Transition

Being on the hunt for a new job or career opportunity can seem overwhelming. Aspects of the process and many of the guidelines have changed. If you haven’t looked for a new job in some time, step carefully recruiters warn. “As an executive in transition it can be unnerving to find yourself out of work, whether


The LGBTQ Center Long Beach Taps McCormack+Kristel to Find New Leader

LGBTQ-focused search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the LGBTQ Center Long Beach to lead its search for a new executive director. Founding partner Joseph McCormack is spearheading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. The executive director provides executive leadership, vision, motivation, inspiration and direction to the organization’s staff and volunteers. Reporting to a nine-member board of

HARTZ Search Seeks Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has been enlisted to find a vice president/ chief diversity, inclusion and health equity officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) in Charleston, SC. RSFH, a joint venture between Bon Secours Mercy Health and the Medical Society of South Carolina, is a four-hospital integrated health system with over 671-licensed beds and $1 billion


La Fosse Associates Appoints Head of New York Office

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has expanded its North American practice with the addition of Brett Vecchio as head of its New York office. “The team and I are very much looking forward to working with Brett as he joins our North American team at such an exciting time,” said Jack Denison, global head of


NPAworldwide Adds 13 New Member Firms

Thirteen new independent recruitment firms joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Vietnam.. These search outfits seek to increase revenue through NPAworldwide’s cooperative placement model. NPA now has 550 member offices across six continents. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network, these recruitment

Normalcy Delayed: Spike in COVID-19 Cases Brings New Lockdowns

They have spent millions redesigning offices to reduce COVID-19 risk. Special protocols were set by overworked human resources departments. Now, just as staffers were returning and resuming a semblance of normal operations, the world has shifted for corporations once more, according to a new report by Korn Ferry. The shift, of course, is the dramatic


WittKieffer Seeking New President for St. John’s University

Executive search firm WittKieffer has been called in by St. John’s University in Queens, NY, to lead its search for a new president. Conrado Gempesaw, the first lay president in the history of St. John’s University, will be retiring in 2021. Dennis M. Barden, senior partner; Greg Duyck, leader of the firm’s advancement practice; and Sarah Miller,


The Moran Company Seeking CFO for Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to find the next chief financial officer/associate director of administration for Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). The organization conducts research and promotes education in the marine sciences and marine technology on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Senior search consultant Gretchen


Randstad US and Udemy Form Alliance

Randstad US and Udemy have partnered to offer free educational courses to American workers either already placed or currently looking for roles through Randstad’s job network. The alliance focuses on providing access to the skills needed to increase career mobility in primarily technical sectors. “We have partnered with Udemy to ensure that our talent has access to the fresh

Reducing Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

Longtime disparities based on culture, linguistics, income, place of residence, mental health and other factors have been found to limit care access and impede health equities. They also inflict financial waste on health systems, insurers, employers and patients. As health systems and providers become increasingly accountable for improving population health outcomes, patient populations are becoming

R. William Funk & Associates Secures New President for Columbia College

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has recruited William T. Bogart to become the 20th president of Columbia College in Columbia, SC. He succeeds Carol A. Moore who stepped down in March after four years in the top leadership role. “As Columbia College transitions to its new coed

TRANSEARCH International Opens Office in Shanghai

TRANSEARCH International has recently added a new office in Shanghai with the addition of Carren Shi as managing partner, great China regions. Ms. Shi is a cross-border leadership acquisition and development consultant and business partner with over 20 years of experience in consumer, life science, healthcare and industrial sectors. Previously, Ms. Shi was founder and managing

DHR International Assists National Association of Basketball Coaches in Finding Next Leader

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Craig Robinson as the new executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He succeeds Jim Haney, who held the position for the past 29 years, and becomes just the fifth executive director in the NABC’s history. Mr. Robinson is

Windle B. Priem, Visionary of Modern Recruiting Era, Dies at 83

Windle B. Priem, a veteran of the executive search industry and a former CEO of Korn Ferry, died on August 7, 2020 in Boston. “You can’t think about Korn Ferry and our history without thinking of Win Priem,” said Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison. “Over nearly three decades of service to Korn Ferry, he was a

Academic Career & Executive Search Seeks Two Campus Presidents for Dallas College

West Hartford, Conn-based  Academic Career & Executive Search has been chosen to find two campus presidents for Dallas College in Texas. One will lead the school’s El Centro campus; the other will oversee the Mountain View campus. Leading the assignment is managing partner Jennifer Muller. Each Dallas College campus offers unique opportunities in size, setting, location

The Chason Group Seeking CEO for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

The economic strength of the non-profit field has increased in recent years and it is now the third largest employer in the U.S. This has certainly kept search firms busy. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, based in Valdosta, GA, recently retained The Chason Group to lead an executive level search for a president and chief

Executives In Sport Group Forms Alliance with Hitmarker to Serve Gaming and esports Sector

Steve Bornstein, former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, recently said that he believes “esports will rival the biggest traditional sports leagues in terms of future opportunities, and between advertising, ticket sales, licensing, sponsorships and merchandising, there are tremendous growth areas for this nascent industry.” To that end, executive search firm Executives In Sport Group has

Turnkey Search and Ventura Partners Tapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference to Find Next Commissioner

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, and Ventura Partners have teamed to lead the commissioner search for the Atlantic Coast Conference. John Swofford recently announced his intention to retire after serving 24 years in the position. Len Perna, Turnkey chairman and CEO, will be joined by colleagues Gene DeFilippo, Kelly Lewis, Allie Crone and Rick Alessandri

The Lancer Group Recruits CEO for Affinitiv

La Jolla, CA-headquartered search firm The Lancer Group has recruited Sid Nair as the new CEO of CIP Capital-backed Affinitiv, a provider of data-driven marketing and software solutions to the automotive market. “We have continued to make significant investments in technology, data and analytics, with a focus on strengthening the value and insights we can

The McCormick Group Assists Pacific Science & Engineering Group with CEO Search

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

JM Search Expands Retail and Consumer Goods Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has expanded with the addition of Michael Neff as a partner in its retail and consumer goods practice supporting clients’ strategic growth on a national scale. Mr. Neff brings over 25 years of experience in driving business value and operational excellence

Calibrate Legal Forms Alliance With The Tilt Institute

Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move in recent months, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of

Jobless Claims Fall Below One Million for the First Time Since March

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 963,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. While not exactly good news, this is the first week since March where claims were reported below the one million mark for the week. Economists were expecting initial

JDG Associates Seeks General Counsel for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal corporation that insures private-sector defined benefit pension plans, has enlisted Rockville, MD-based JDG Associates to find its next general counsel. Leading the assignment is Darren DeGioia, the search firm’s president. The general counsel, who reports to the director of Washington, D.C.-based PBGC, serves as secretary to the

Principal Connections Seeks CIO for Maxol Group

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

Stanton Chase Appoints New Private Equity Global Practice Leader 

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

AIMS International Appoints Global Head of Talent Management

Executive search consortium AIMS International has named Maria Shishkova as its new global head of talent management. “AIMS International’s board of directors welcomes Maria in this challenging position and looks forward to working with her and taking the talent management practice to the next level,” said Bernardo Entschev, president of AIMS. “Growing sustainable leaders has become a key focus area

Ezekia and BoardEx Form Strategic Alliance

Innovative executive search software platform Ezekia and BoardEx, an advanced enterprise solution connecting users with an exclusive network of global business leaders and decision makers, have partnered to offer recruiting firms a solution that will enable them to access their BoardEx account via Ezekia. The integration will be operationally ready in the last quarter of this year. Established in 1999, BoardEx is

Russell Reynolds Associates Acquires Cultural Analytics Business

Historically, recruiting has been largely dependent upon the instincts of the employer. Whether he or she felt a particular candidate was fit for a given position was based primarily on the resume, indicating the candidate’s previous experience, qualifications and job history. Today, it is widely accepted that organizations that base decisions on data consistently outperform

How Boosting Your Visibility on LinkedIn Pays Dividends

Too many business leaders make the mistake of dismissing the very idea of having a LinkedIn profile. After all, they say, they are not looking for a job. What’s the point? Here’s the point: Contrary to popular belief, looking for a job is not the top use for LinkedIn, according to a new report by

Acertitude Recruits CFO for OnSolve

Executive search firm Acertitude recently recruited Bruce Duner as the new chief financial officer of Veritas Capital-backed OnSolve, a global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based mass notification and critical communication solutions for enterprise, mass market and government organizations. During the pandemic, OnSolve has played a critical role in helping businesses and government agencies with communication and crisis planning challenges,

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette Assists St. John’s Board of Trade in CEO Search

Nova Scotia-headquartered executive search firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) has assisted the St. John’s Board of Trade in the recruitment of AnnMarie Boudreau as its new CEO. “AnnMarie’s experience providing counsel and strategic advice to diverse companies throughout the region will be an outstanding asset to our membership and our team,” said Andrew Wadden, board chair of

How One Executive Search Firm is Weathering the Global Pandemic Storm

Since being declared a pandemic in March, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the executive search sector. Industry leaders were forced to make swift changes. Budgets were scaled back. And plans were put on hold. Adopting a wartime mindset, search firms have quickly shifted the prime directive of their business to strengthening relationships with

Lindauer Expands Higher Education Leadership Practice

Boston-based Lindauer has expanded with the addition of higher education leader and former college president Carolyn J. Stefanco as senior vice president to significantly expand its higher education leadership practice. Ms. Stefanco, who stepped down as president of the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York on June 30, will focus on partnering with colleges

Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Diversity Officer for University of San Diego

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been called in by the University of San Diego (USD) in California to assist in its search for a chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Leading the assignment are managing partner Martin M. Baker and principal Chelsie Whitelock. “The chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and

Greenwich Harbor Partners Places Four Board Members for Teach for America

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners recently partnered with Teach for America to expand its board of advisors

Four Corners Group Adds Former Marketing Executive to Staff

Toronto-headquartered executive recruiting firm Four Corners Group has expanded with the addition of Karen Hsiung as its newest partner. She brings over 25 years of fast-moving consumer goods experience and knowledge to the business. “Karen is uniquely positioned to build competitive advantage for companies in the retail and consumer goods sector through people,” Four Corners Group said.

Adapting to a New Normal

Boards and senior management must be more open to radical ideas while ensuring business sustainability as well as the health of their employees, according to a new report by InterSearch’s Clementina Mustapha. The world is facing challenging times and this will have a significant impact on how we go about our daily activities. InterSearch collected advice and guidance

Noetic Search Tapped by After School Matters for CFO Search

After School Matters (ASM), a non-profit that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to Chicago high school teens, has retained Noetic Search to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. The CFO reports to the CEO and is responsible for promoting integrity and transparency in all matters relating to fiscal operations, human resources, information technology,

DRG Seeks Leaders for NYC-Based Non-Profits

DRG Search, which serves the non-profit sector, is conducting searches for executive directors for two New York City non-profits, an unnamed, new, family foundation and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Leading the foundation search is Dara Z. Klarfeld, CEO, and Amichaim Abramson, chief strategy officer. The alliance assignment is being spearheaded by

Charles Aris Appoints VP Human Capital and Organizational Development

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR and talent executives looking for a career change. Greensboro, NC-based executive search firm Charles Aris recently expanded with the addition of talent management veteran Danielle Bowman as vice president of human capital and organizational development. “I know I speak for the entire Charles Aris family

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