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Polachi Recruits Chief Technology Officer for Escher Group

Boston-headquartered executive search firm Polachi Inc. has placed Wayne Haubner as the new chief technology officer of Escher Group. Partner Peter Polachi led the assignment. Mr. Haubner is a pioneering technology executive and change agent who has a track record for driving enduring results through leadership, agility and continuous innovation, said Polachi Inc. He has a proven track

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IQTalent Partners Relocates Headquarters to Nashville, Expands Staff

IQTalent Partners has shifted its headquarters from Los Altos, CA in the northern part of Silicon Valley to Nashville, TN. The move is a return to the firm’s roots. Nashville was where IQTalent Partners’ co-founders Chris Murdock and Tom Milic first met, at Vanderbilt University. “That, and we were able to grow our Nashville office from

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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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Odgers Berndtson Adds to Boston Team

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Richard Pooley as a partner in its U.S. professional services, technology and CFO practices. He will be based in the firm’s Boston office. “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to the team,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “He has more than

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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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IMD International Search Announces New Board

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has elected a new board member and prolonged the mandate of two others at its annual general assembly in Paris. Simona Cremascoli, partner at Milan-based member firm Carter & Benson, joins the IMD board as director in charge of internal communication. “I am very satisfied with the long-lasting international

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Succession Plans Lacking in the C-Suite

Companies everywhere are concerned that when a CEO leaves there be candidates who can step in to lead the company. The plans for all those other seats around the executive table, however, are a little murky. Many organizations simply don’t have internal candidates who can step in to be chief financial officers, chief marketing officers

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Whitman College Picks Spelman Johnson to Find Athletics Leader

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been enlisted by Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA to find a new director of athletics and chair of sports studies, recreation and athletics. Dell D. Robinson, search associate with the firm’s athletic practice, and Anne-Marie Kenney, senior coordinator of search services, are leading the assignment. The director of athletics

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Kincannon & Reed Recruits CTO for Calyxt

Waynesboro, VA-based executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has recruited Travis Frey as the new chief technology officer of Calyxt, a healthy food ingredient company in Roseville, MN. Dr. Frey brings extensive knowledge in plant biology and biotechnology to a newly created position at the company. As CTO, he will be responsible for the research and development

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NGS Global Opens Office in Chicago

Executive search firm NGS Global has continued its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Chicago. Todd Wesson has joined the firm to lead the new office as managing partner. “I am delighted that Todd has joined NGS Global to not only head up our Chicago office, but to be a key leader of

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La Fosse Associates Launches Pro Bono Practice

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has launched a new pro bono practice to serve charities and not-for-profit organizations. The practice will place cybersecurity professionals into advisory positions at charities and non-profits that need advice and support, for free. “Care is a founding principle of La Fosse, which includes caring for others, not just our clients

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Why It Can be Lonely at the Top in Executive Search

Layers of complexity are baked into the process of every search for a new executive. From competing agendas, to strong personalities, to internal dynamics – no search is simple. “Specializing in executive search within the human capital industry means being the ultimate in relationship and trust building,” said Lisa Maxwell, founder and managing partner of

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Witt/Kieffer Assists Syracuse University in Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Search

With the assistance of recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer, Syracuse University has chosen Keith A. Alford to be the school’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Consultant Charlene Aguilar and associate Christine Pendleton led the assignment for the firm. Nearly 200 candidates expressed interest in the position, but the committee ultimately recommended the person who had been serving in an interim

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RM Nephew and Associates Places New CFO for InVivo Therapeutics

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has helped to place the new chief financial officer and treasurer for InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp., a Cambridge, MA-based research and clinical-stage biomaterials and biotechnology company. Richard Christopher comes to the role from iCAD Inc. Leading the assignment was search firm partner Denise C. Amari. “Rich’s more than

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humanpredictions Secures $1.16 Million in Funding

humanpredictions, a machine learning technology company, has received a $1.16 million funding round led by Network Ventures with additional investment from Hyde Park Angels, SaaS Ventures and M25. The new capital is targeted to help humanpredictions further grow and invest in its team of engineers and data scientists. “Because of the competitive nature of tech,

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Direct Recruiters Integrates with Sister Company Direct Consulting Associates

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI), an executive recruitment firm, has announced an integration with its sister company, Direct Consulting Associates. The integration is designed to provide project-based, professional staffing and consulting support to Direct Recruiters’ client base. Direct Consulting Associates currently provides recruiting services to the hospital IT and general IT space. Moving forward, the

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5 Questions Candidates Should Ask During the Search Process

There has been much discussion about the key questions to be addressed a search for a new CEO, but what about from the candidates’ side and the questions they should ask during the executive search process. “If you find yourself in front of a search committee, what are the key questions you want to be

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Hanold Associates Finds Head of Diversity for Raymond James Financial

To meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society, many organizations have developed executive positions to guide their diversity agendas. Chief diversity officers have responsibility for guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity. Duties may include affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, or the constituent needs of minorities, women and other social

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Polachi Finds Chief Revenue Officer for Manufacturing Software Company

The role of chief revenue officer has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. Recently, Boston-headquartered executive

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Carmichael Fisher Expands in the U.S.

London-based executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has expanded its operations in the U.S. with the addition of recruiting veteran Samantha Wallace as its global head of practice. She will lead the firm’s technology team in Los Angeles. “Sam’s appointment comes at a time of accelerated growth both for the technology division and for the firm itself,” said Justin Hobday, CEO

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Hightech Partners Strengthens Search Team

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has announced that Elly de Vrijer, founder and owner of Dutch executive search firm Hill Consulting, will be joining HTP as a partner while still operating her own firm. This collaboration, said HTP, will help the firm strengthen its international reach. “Hightech Partners is delighted about the cooperation with Elly,”

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Bank of England Picks Sapphire Partners to Lead Search for Governor

The U.K. government has hired Sapphire Partners, a London-based executive search firm, to help find a new governor for the Bank of England. The recruitment firm, which focuses on finding diverse talent, is the first agency ever hired to find someone for the governor role. Enlisting Sapphire Partners raises the likelihood that that the U.K.

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Harris Rand Lusk Tapped to Find New CEO for Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer, a non-profit that serves young adults with cancer, has retained New York City-based executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk to lead its search for a new CEO. Managing partner and CEO Jack Lusk is leading the assignment, along with Elly Kirschner, director of healthcare and advocacy. Matthew Zachary, the cancer group’s founder and CEO

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Chartwell Partners Recruits CFO for 8th Avenue Food & Provisions

Executive search firm Chartwell Partners has placed Doug Kooren as the new CFO of 8th Avenue Food & Provisions. Partners Mike Magurany and Scott Cuellar conducted the assignment. Mr. Kooren brings 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, sales, marketing, M&A and business integration. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief financial

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Crenshaw Associates Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, New York City-based recruiting firm Crenshaw Associates has expanded with the addition of Margaret Gramann as chief commercial officer. Her addition will accelerate and support continued growth with technology-enabled capabilities and new service offerings targeted to leading public, private

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Friisberg & Partners Adds New Member Firm in Ireland

Friisberg & Partners International has added Dublin-based executive search firm Vertex Headhunting as its newest member firm. Shane Collins and Julian Chambers founded the firm last year to find senior executives for Irish companies. Vertex will be rebranding to Friisberg & Partners International in the coming months. The firm is looking to reinforce to clients and its markets

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Technology and the Workplace: Some New Perspectives

As technology’s impact grows, employers and workers alike see the potential for improving work and the workplace, this according to a new study by Randstad Sourceright. But many also worry that technological advances could cost people their livelihoods. Eighty-one percent of employers said that are excited about the opportunities that artificial intelligence will present, said

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Chrisman & Company Recruits CEO for Western Bankers Association

Chrisman & Company, a Los Angeles-based executive search firm specializing in the financial services industry, has recruited Stephen G. Andrews as the new president and CEO Western Bankers Association (WBA). Past CEO Simone Lagomarsino left the company at the end of 2018. Managing partner Michele Gil and founding partner Timothy Chrisman are leading the assignment for

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Pearson Partners Seeks Chief Innovation Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Dallas-headquartered executive search firm Pearson Partners International has been selected by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to lead in its search for a new chief innovation officer. Vice president Lisa Thompson is leading the assignment for this new position within the organization. The chief innovation officer has accountability for product management, business strategy and serving as

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H.I. Executive Consulting Forms Partnership with Teamscope

Global search firm H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC) has formed a strategic partnership with Teamscope, an AI-driven talent analytics platform designed to help companies build high-performing leadership teams. The partnership gives HIEC an innovative tool to deliver more data-driven hiring results for its corporate and private equity clients, informing the way companies identify the right leaders, reducing unconscious

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

CDI Corp. Closes Two Acquisitions

CDI Corp. has said that its U.K. subsidiary, CDI AndersElite, has acquired the recruitment business of London-based Ship Shape Resources, a privately held company that provides payroll solutions to the recruitment industry. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings but not material to the company’s financial performance. Founded in 2004, Ship Shape

Heidrick & Struggles to Recruit CEO for Centuri

Southwest Gas Corporation has selected Heidrick & Struggles to lead its search for the new president and chief executive officer of its construction services subsidiary Centuri Construction Group, Inc. James P. Kane has announced his plans to retire as president and CEO after a 43-year career in the utility and construction industries, including the last 31 years serving Southwest Gas Corporation. Centuri Construction

Non-Profit Executives On The Move As Sector Transitions

Non-profit executive search firm Third Sector New England has been retained by the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Sherry Perlstein, the organization’s president and CEO for the past 29 years, has announced her retirement at the end of 2015. Established in 1954, CGC serves

Coaching Leader Joins Recruiting Firm

Preston & Partners has added Bill Bliss as organizational effectiveness and coaching managing director to its staff. In his new role he will provide leadership coaching at the executive level (C-suite, vice president, director). “Bill is one of the most sought-after coaches for senior executives in the eastern part of the U.S.,” said founder Gary Preston. “We

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