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SearchWide Global Seeking New Leader for the City of South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry continues to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling in

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RH Perry & Associates Recruits 6th President for Harper College

Following a comprehensive national search, RH Perry & Associates has placed Avis Proctoras the sixth president of Harper Collegein Palatine, IL. Ken Ender, who has served as president since 2009, is retiring this summer. Senior consultants Jesse M. Thompson and Joanne Bashford led the assignment. The five presidents in the school’s 50-year history have all

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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

Life Sciences Recruiter Expands to the German Market

Global life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has expanded into Germany with the opening of new offices in Frankfurt and Berlin. The firm has appointed Anne-Monika Dürk as executive vice president, Thomas Pilz as research associate and Dr. Christoph Themel as principal. “We have worked in Germany for many years and some of our work has

Lochlin Partners Recruits CHRO for Science & Technology Enterprise

Boutique executive search firm Lochlin Partners has recruited Uzma Burki as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Battelle Memorial Institute. Ms. Burki is a seasoned human resources leader who has a proven track record across a wide-range of industries. Liza Wright and Patrick Friel, managing directors at Lochlin Partners, led the search.

Diversified Search Adds Former KF Consultant in Philadelphia

Former Korn Ferry recruiter Mark Mulvanerty has joined Diversified Search as managing director in Philadelphia. He will serve as a member of the firm’s financial officers practice and work closely with its board practice. With more than 17 years of experience in executive search, Mr. Mulvanerty has served clients in the Fortune 500, private equity firms

Marcum Search Opens Fort Lauderdale Office

Marcum Search LLC, the executive search affiliate of accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP, has launched a new search practice based in South Florida. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, the new office will be led by Bonnie Koppelman and Randi Valdes. The search consulting division complements the firm’s other divisions focusing on executive recruitment. It will

Scrambling for Talent? Here’s Why Top Companies Rely On Employee Referrals

More than 50 percent of referred employees have been in their current position for more than five years, supporting various findings that have cited employee referrals as a top source of hiring, according to “The Impact of Successful Employee Referral Programs,” issued by iCIMS, Inc. This latest research study, which analyzed data from more than 500 human

Foundation Turns to Internal Candidate After Nationwide Search

Spencer Stuart has assisted in the placement of Mark Pritchett as president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. After a five month search that considered 309 potential candidates, the Foundation and search committee decided to hire from within – selecting Mr. Pritchett to fill its top post. He succeeds Teri A. Hansen, who resigned in June after 13 years at Gulf Coast to

VP Human Resources to Lead HR Officers Search Practice

Executive search firm Alder Koten has added Oscar German as managing partner and senior advisor in its Houston office. He will lead the firm’s human resources officers practice and be part of the energy practice where he will collaborate on executive search work focused on board members, C-level executives, and senior management positions. “We are delighted to welcome

Kaplan Partners Taps CEO for New Jersey Bank

Philadelphia-based executive recruiter Kaplan Partners has placed Brian Jones as president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Elmer. He succeeds Douglas Carll, who said he was retiring in April after serving in the position since 1996. In his new position, Mr. Jones will be tasked with providing leadership and direction for all bank wide initiatives, programs and

Pure Search Names Finance Recruiting Practice Head

Global search firm Pure Search has named Caroline Hudson as head of its finance, accounting & transformation search practice. She will be based in London. In this new role, Ms. Hudson will further build Pure’s senior finance business, working closely with existing clients and developing new relationships throughout the commerce & industry space. With more than

Big Upswing In CTO Hiring As Companies Seek Technological Edge

New York City-based executive recruiter 680 Partners has placed Patrick McClellen as chief technology officer of Digilant Inc., a holding company of ISP Digital. Digilant partners with agencies and brands to provide customized and scalable programmatic media solutions. Ross Freeman, 680 Partners CEO, handled the search assignment. Mr. Freeman works in partnership with a number of top

Phillips Oppenheim Recruits CEO for Detroit Institute of Arts

Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, has recruited Salvador Salort-Pons as director, president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). He succeeds Graham W. J. Beal, who retired as director of the DIA in late June. His appointment follows an extensive nine-month international search. Mr. Salort-Pons, who

IBM Global Talent Acquisition Head Joins Executive Search Firm

Summative Executive Search has added George Hotter as a principal and executive recruiter. He brings talent acquisition and strategic human resource leadership experience from both fast-growing private venture technology companies and the global public companies that acquire them. Mr. Hotter has 20-plus years of experience in public and private industry, primarily focused in high growth technology companies. He

Armstrong Craven Expands to Singapore Amid Regional Talent Shortage

U.K.-headquartered specialist executive search and intelligence consultancy, Armstrong Craven, has expanded in the Asia Pacific region having recently established a presence in Singapore. Heather Travis, director for Asia Pacific, will lead the Asia team. She will seek new relationships across APAC with regional and international businesses. Ms. Travis said there is particular demand for the firm’s

Heidrick & Struggles Names Head of Global Consumer Recruiting Practice

Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Thomas Snyder as global practice managing partner – consumer markets. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Snyder joins Heidrick from boutique search firm Tillman Carlson, where he was owner and partner. Previously, he served for nearly 20 years as a partner with Spencer Stuart in its consumer goods & services search

Recruiters Bulk Up As Demand Rises for Higher Education Chiefs

Witt/Kieffer has added four new industry experts to its growing education search sector practice. The firm’s education recruitment team identifies higher education and college preparatory school leaders who understand complex issues facing both public and private institutions. Charlene Aguilar joins the firm as a consultant in its South Bend, Indiana office. She brings 30 years of professional expertise and experience and will

Caldwell Partners Recruits Senior Roles for BrainScope

Caldwell Partners has placed Angad Singh as chief technology officer and Kerstin Schultz as president and chief operating officer of BrainScope Company, Inc., a privately held neurotechnology company. Michael T. Kelly, a partner in Caldwell’s life sciences practice, led the assignment. Mr. Kelly specializes in recruiting at the CEO, COO, CFO and board of director level, as

Hiring Uptick Seen In North Asia

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has added Dr. Jack Gau as managing director, North Asia. Dr. Gau will be responsible for Futurestep’s growth strategy in North Asia; he will be working together with the Asia Pacific and global leadership teams across all of Futurestep’s lines of business. He will be based in the

Recruiting Non-Profit Talent Grows More Challenging

Executive search firm Jorgenson Consulting is currently working with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce to identify its next president and chief executive officer. Brian Anderson has recently resigned to become the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Columbus, GA. Todd Jorgenson, managing partner and principal, is heading the assignment. A national search has commenced to find

iFind Group Partners With Vaco

New York City-based executive search firm iFind Group (iFind) has partnered with consulting and placement firm Vaco. The alliance is intended to strengthen each company’s service offerings, enabling Vaco to increase its presence in the Northeast business corridor and iFind to better serve clients on a national level. “Vaco is talent-centric, not location-centric and enters markets based solely on

How Andrew Norrie Leverages a Global Talent Platform From Canada

Andrew Norrie is managing partner and co-founder of Toronto-based Four Corners Group, a generalist boutique search firm founded in 2007. Andrew’s career in executive search began 17 years ago at Terham Consultants, a specialist recruiting firm focused on placing marketing and advertising executives, He later served at Odgers Berndtson as partner. In this interview Andrew reveals

Russell Reynolds Taps CEO for Mass. Life Sciences Center as Sector Seeks ‘Visionary Leaders’

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Travis McCready as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Past CEO Susan Windham-Bannister resigned from her post this spring. Mike Kennealy, assistant secretary for business growth for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, has been serving as interim CEO. Mr. McCready

CROs Seen as Innovators and Revenue Accelerators

ChampionScott Partners has recruited Shannon Erman as chief revenue officer of BRIDGE Energy Group. Mr. Erman is a seasoned utility industry executive with over 20 years of strategy, sales, marketing and operations experience. Most recently, Mr. Erman was VP of North America for Oracle’s Utilities and Energy Business Unit where he established new go-to market initiatives while achieving

Former CTPartners Vice Chairman Rejoins Heidrick & Struggles

Heidrick & Struggles has named Tom Moran as a partner and member of the firm’s financial services practice, as well as its CEO and board practice. Based in Chicago, he will work across the firm’s financial services practice, specializing in insurance, and will work closely to facilitate a seamless financial services CEO & board effort globally. With

Candidate Demand Up in San Francisco; Multiple Offers, Competitive Pay Packages Rising

Russam GMS, a provider of interim managers and executive search solutions, has opened a new office in San Francisco. The opening of the new location follows high demand for executive talent from technology companies and the venture capital community to meet the needs of growing sectors such as FinTech and MedTech. Russam GMS director, John Schonert,

Korn Ferry To Acquire Hay Group in $452M Deal

Korn Ferry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hay Group in a move seen as expanding Korn Ferry’s human capital consulting business. Hay Group, founded 72 years ago, is a global leader in people strategy and organizational performance. It has a portfolio of intellectual property, including several of the world’s most comprehensive management

Strong Job Growth To Drive Unemployment Rate Below Five Percent By Year End

The Conference Board’s U.S. employment trends index rose last month to the mark of 128.92, up 4.5 percent from the same month a year ago. The increase was driven by four positive contributors: percentage of respondents who say they find ‘jobs hard to get,’ percentage of companies with positions not able to fill right now,

Airport Commission Turns to Search Firm to Find Next CEO

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new executive director and chief executive officer. Current CEO and executive director, Jeff Hamiel, will retire in May 2016 after nearly 40 years of service with MAC. Created in 1943 by Minnesota state law, the Airports Commission is a public corporation providing coordinated aviation services throughout

Howard Fischer Fills Board Seat for Rovi Corporation

Executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) has placed Eddy Hartenstein as the newest member of the board of directors at Rovi Corporation. In March, the firm recruited Steven Lucas to serve on Rovi’s board. “Beginning last year, Rovi’s board decided to augment the board with key expertise in core strategic areas. We retained Howard Fischer Associates to identify qualified new board

As Canadian Search Market Expands, U.S. Recruiters Look North

MRINetwork, a global executive search and recruitment organization, has opened its first office in Canada with the addition of a location in Ontario. The office will initially focus on the finance and accounting industries. MRINetwork plans to grow its presence in the Canadian recruitment market with expansion into the consumer goods, energy, technology and pharmaceutical markets.

Private Equity Firms Turn to Headhunters to Grow Portfolio Companies

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on tapping talent for the private equity sector, has recruited David E. Kopf as president of Anaren, Inc.’s Space & Defense Group. Anaren is a world leader in high-frequency technology deployed in space, defense, wireless infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The company is owned by private equity firm

DHR Names Global Real Estate Practice Leader

Former CTPartners recruiter Martin Nass has joined DHR International as managing partner and global real estate practice leader. He will be based out of the firm’s New York office. With 35 years of real estate and mortgage banking experience, Mr. Nass has maintained long standing relationships with leading investment management firms, REIT’s, institutional investors, private equity real

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