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Signal Partners Names New Outsourced Services Practice Leader 

Signal Partners, a Santa Monica, CA-based search firm serving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, has appointed Kit Cooper to lead its new outsourced services practice. He will assist lower middle market investors and their portfolio companies find force-multiplying talent at all levels. “Kit’s perspective is unique,” said Tom Nieman, co-founder of Signal Partners. “Yes, he’s an

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TRANSEARCH Elects Chairman

TRANSEARCH International has elected Ulrich F Ackermann as its new chairman. He succeeds Alain Tanugi, who after three decades as chairman recently retired. Mr. Ackermann has been managing partner of TRANSEARCH in Germany since 1996. In 2000, he was appointed as a member of the board of TRANSEARCH International Partners and became vice chairman in 2011.

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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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Lantern Partners Launches Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Names New Sector Leader

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Lantern Partners launched a new healthcare

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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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InterSearch China Opens New Office in Qingdao

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. Recently, InterSearch China announced the opening of ZW HR Consulting’s new office in Qingdao.

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Robust Hiring Expected for Another Year

Economists foresee ongoing economic expansion for at least the next 12 months and companies expect to continue hiring, according to a business conditions survey released by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). All survey respondents said that they expect the U.S. economy, as measured by the change in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP), to

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Myers McRae Chosen to Find Methodist University Provost

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is seeking a new provost for Methodist University. Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president, are spearheading the assignment. The Fayetteville, NC university wants a provost who will be a partner in moving its academic offerings into the future, said Myers McRae. The new

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The Insight Group Recruits CEO for Millennium Services Group

After a comprehensive recruitment process, Sydney-headquartered executive search firm the Insight Group recently placed Darren Boyd as managing director and chief executive officer of Millennium Services Group Limited. He takes over from Millennium’s acting CEO, head of Millennium subsidiary Airlite Group Steve Willis, who was appointed following the departure of Millennium’s previous CEO, Craig Hanley. Millennium

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Savannah Group Partners with Psychometric Assessment Expert to Create New Tool

Drawing on insights from providing executive talent to over 1,000 businesses on short and long-term transformation projects, U.K.-headquartered executive search and interim management specialist Savannah Group has partnered with Alan Bourne of Sova, one of the leading innovators in the design of psychometric tools, to create a new psychometric assessment tool called the Pillars of Transformation.

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Royer Thomson Expands Organizational Performance and Leadership Transition Practice

Royer Thompson has expanded its organizational performance and leadership transition practice with the addition of veteran human resources leader Amanda Penney as senior director. Ms. Penney brings 15 years of human resources leadership to the firm, most recently as director of human resources with private sector company the Shaw Group during a time of business

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Finding the Right Leaders for Private Equity Companies

Some people like to compare a private equity investment to a marriage. Many steps are necessary in order to build a strong foundation and to be aligned for the future. PE investors and leaders strongly depend on one another to achieve returns and value within an agreed period of time. If the arrangement proves unsuccessful,

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TillmanPartners Recruits CIO for American Woodmark

Scottsdale, AZ-based search firm TillmanPartners has recruited Bill Waszak as chief information officer for NASDAQ-traded American Woodmark in Winchester, VA. “American Woodmark is a well-established industry leader with a strong company culture and a commitment to invest in technology and drive continued innovation in the business,” said Rob Tillman, CEO, who handled the search. “Bill

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Gail Nessel Colglazier Places Two Leaders for Cape Cod Museum of Art

New Hampshire-based executive search firm Gail Nessel Colglazier has helped to place two top leaders for the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA) in Dennis, MA. The non-profit reportedly started seeking a lone executive director 16 months ago, but in the end opted for two leaders. Benton Jones becomes the non-profit’s director of arts and Susan

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EFL Associates Recruits Executive Director for WorldDenver

Denver-based search firm EFL Associates has placed Tiffani Lennon as the new executive director for WorldDenver, a non-profit community organization dedicated to understanding world affairs and cultures. She succeeds WorldDenver’s founder Karen de Bartolomé, who is retiring after having created the organization seven years ago. Daniel J. Cummings, the firm’s senior vice president and managing director led

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The Pi Group Rebrands to Perpetual

The Pi Group (Perpetual Insights, Pi Executive and Perpetual Ambition), a boutique recruitment and talent advisory firm for consumer brands, has rebranded. As Perpetual, the company reinforces its commitment to offering a full range of solutions clients require along the entire talent journey. “From talent acquisition to talent development to talent analytics, Perpetual is dedicated

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Win the War of Talent with Job Security Over Pay

Amid fast-paced innovation and global competitiveness, employees are facing more professional choices than ever. Attracting talented people to grow businesses remains extremely difficult for employers. Holding on to people proves to be an increasing challenge for organizations worldwide as well. Compensation continues to be regarded as very important, but it is also clear that if

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National Restaurant Association Turns to Spencer Stuart to Find CEO

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry continue to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). Overall, the industry is estimated to generate an economic impact of $6.5

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Slone Partners Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Epic Sciences

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Richard Wenstrup as the chief medical officer of Epic Sciences. “Dr. Wenstrup’s decades-long experience in oncology leadership and clinical work will add substantial value to Epic Sciences in developing exciting new diagnostic tests that advance the mission of precision medicine,” said Tara Kochis-Stach, president of Slone Partners. In his new role,

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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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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,

Michael Kelly Associates Names Global Healthcare Practice Head

Executive search firm Michael Kelly Associates has added Rosanne F. Ott as global head of its global healthcare practice. She will serve as a senior financial services healthcare specialist assisting healthcare clients in the selection, integration and development of senior leaders. Ms. Ott has over 25 years of professional leadership experience in the fields of corporate healthcare,

Martin Partners Recruits CFO for Amēda

Executive search firm Martin Partners has placed Chris Guglielmi as chief financial officer at Amēda. With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare financial management, Mr. Guglielmi was CFO at Vesta Funding Inc. since 2008. He served in positions of increasing responsibility at Baxter Healthcare following stints with Pepsi General Bottlers and Ernst and Whinney in Chicago.

Norman Broadbent Names Managing Director in TMT Practice

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Norman Broadbent has named Mark Soden as managing director for its technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice. In this new role, he will focus on helping clients identify and secure high caliber senior management and board level appointments, with a particular emphasis on companies going through change and transformation. Mr. Soden has more

Executive Recruiters Step Up Their Diversity and Inclusion Talent Drive

Korn Ferry has recruited Jina Etienne as president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Since 1969, the NABA has been a leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance. The organization has over 6,000 members across the country and more than 49 chapters.

DMC Partners Launches In New York

David McCormack has launched executive search firm DMC Partners. Headquartered in New York City, the firm’s core practices are focused on recruiting in the capital markets, infrastructure, investment management, and technology sectors. Brook Berry joins Mr. McCormack as client manager. The firm is expected to add a chairman in October. DMC Partners plans to hire up to six senior

Foundation for Financial Planning Taps Vetted Solutions to Recruit Executive Director

The Foundation for Financial Planning (FFP) has retained Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC to conduct its search for a new executive director. The search is being led by Vetted Solutions president James Zaniello and vice president Evelyn Savage. The ideal candidate, according to both recruiters, will be an executive with a passion for, and track record of, significantly

TRANSEARCH Opens Office in Norway

TRANSEARCH International has launched a new office in Oslo, Norway and appointed Baard I. L. Storsveen to run the new location. Mr. Storsveen has over 20 years’ experience in the business, covering a full range of business models across most disciplines and sectors. Having worked as consultant and partner in the leadership development and recruiting sectors since 1995,

Charlson Partners Names Head of Southern California Operations

Charlson Partners, an executive search firm focused on enterprise technology solutions, has appointed Lisa Grinde Hovagimyan as partner and head of its Southern California operations. With over 15 years of experience in executive search, Ms. Hovagimyan has global executive recruitment and search experience within the hi-tech, software, telecommunications, consumer technology, life-sciences & healthcare IT, manufacturing & electrical, environmental engineering

Demand for Chief HR Officers Is Rising At American Companies

The American Diabetes Association has retained Diversified Search to lead its search for a chief human resources officer (CHRO). Demand for C-level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function, as upbeat U.S. hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for potential talent shortages. “Chief human

Executive Recruiters Continue Their Expansion Into the Sports Industry

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has launched a sports practice focusing on mid-level and emerging talent. Bret M. Fishkind will lead the new group as a managing consultant. Mr. Fishkind has been a senior associate at Korn Ferry, where he has served as a member of the firm’s global sports practice, led

Famous Dave’s of America Taps Heidrick for CEO Search

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Ed Rensi has stepped down from his role as CEO. Mr. Rensi joined Famous Dave’s board in January 2014, and agreed to assume the role of CEO the next month following the unexpected resignation of his predecessor. The company’s board has appointed Adam

FaithSearch Partners Grows With the Healthcare Industry

FaithSearch Partners has appointed Scott Kuhlman as senior vice president, specializing in finding talent in the post-acute/long-term care sector (PA/LTC). Based in Asheville, North Carolina, he will work directly with the firm’s PA/LTC clients. Mr. Kuhlman brings an array of experience in healthcare practice management and organization growth, spanning over 25 years. He most recently served as

Agilium Worldwide Adds Four New Member Firms

Agilium Worldwide, LLC has added four new member firms to its global network of retained executive search firms. Joining the organization are Greensearch in Budapest, Hungary; Plongê Consultoria Capital Humano in São Paulo, Brazil; Schnopp & Partner(MLS Dr. Max Schnopp AG) in Zurich, Switzerland; and PLATINIUM Executive Search in Belgium. Founded by Andrea Deák, Greensearch is an executive search and consulting firm that specializes

Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More Than Seven Years

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in seven and a half years but job growth fell short of expectations, offering mixed signals about the economy, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Total employment increased by 173,000 in August, which is less than most economists had predicted. Currently eight million

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for The Learning Clinic

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has recruited Kal Vaikla as chief executive officer of U.K.-based The Learning Clinic. Partner Simon Bartholomew led the search. Mr. Vaikla was previously managing director of healthcare information technology company Oasis Medical Solutions, which he successfully positioned for acquisition by Allscripts. Before that, he was vice president, sales and marketing for the

Slone Partners Recruits President for Cancer Testing Specialist Abcodia

Executive recruiters Slone Partners has placed Nadia Altomare as president of North America at Abcodia, a specialist company engaged in the development of tests for early detection of cancer. As president, Ms. Altomare will develop and implement the strategic business plan for U.S. operations, launch the company’s first early cancer detection product in the U.S. — the ROCA test —

Ridgeway Partners Adds Former Norman Broadbent CEO as Partner

Executive search firm Ridgeway Partners LLC has appointed Sue O’Brien as a partner. Ms. O’Brien most recently served as chief executive officer of Norman Broadbent PLC. Having begun her career in retail at Sainsbury’s, she became managing director of a leisure business and later moved into executive search. In 2003, she was appointed managing director of Garner International

SpenglerFox Names Practice Leaders in Frankfurt and London

Executive search firm SpenglerFox has named Stephanie Schimang as principle consultant and practice group leader for its human capital solutions service group and Ben Elson as practice group leader for the firm’s technology group within business services. Ms. Schimang will be responsible for client services/satisfaction, delivery of projects, quality control and business development. She will work out

Hiring Prospects Forecast to Be Strongest in Eight Years

Starting next month, U.S. employers are predicting the strongest fourth quarter hiring blitz since the final quarter of 2007, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Globally, evidence is mounting that workforce gains remain patchy at best, amid signs that the pace of economic recovery continues to be slow and uneven outside North America. Hiring plans

Spencer Stuart to Hunt for Housing.com Chief

Housing.com has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The company has recently sacked its former CEO and co-founder Rahul Yadav for misconduct. Until Spencer Stuart finds Mr. Yadav’s replacement, COO Rishabh Gupta will serve as interim CEO of the global real estate portal. Prior to joining Housing.com about two years ago, Mr. Gupta was a manager at

Career Partners International Names President and CEO

Career Partners International (CPI) has appointed Karen D. O’Boyle as president and chief executive officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and executing CPI’s strategic plan. The firm has a global footprint with more than 270 offices in 47 countries. An accomplished business leader, Ms. O’Boyle has held senior leadership positions at

Herbert Mines Associates Recruits CEO for Aerosoles

New York-based executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed R. Shawn Neville as chief executive officer of footwear company Aerosoles. He takes over from interim CEO Caryn Lerner, operating partner of Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, LLC, which acquired privately owned Aerosoles in June 2014. Mr. Neville’s initial key initiatives will include strengthening Aerosoles’ go-to-market strategy, branding, store design, merchandising, product development, e/m-commerce

Harvey Nash Adds Former CTPartners Recruiter

Global executive search firm Harvey Nash has added Tanya Lau as leader of its consumer and retail practice in Asia Pacific. In her new role, she will support the continued development of the executive search business within the consumer and retail segments across the Asia Pacific region. She will be based in Hong Kong at Harvey Nash’s Asia Pacific

David Barrett Looks Inside Recruiting Talent for the Investment and Wealth Management Sector

David Barrett is managing partner of David Barrett Partners, a boutique specialist search firm which recruits senior and C-level professionals for the investment and wealth management sector. Mr. Barrett co-founded his firm in 2005. He spent 17 years of his career at two of the industry’s largest global recruiting firms: Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles. Recently, Mr.

Parker Executive Search Recruits Director of Athletics for Villanova

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has recruited Mark Jackson as director of athletics at Villanova University. He succeeds Vince Nicastro, who held the position for 15 years. A search committee, composed of board members, alumni, faculty and staff, oversaw the search process. In his new role, Mr. Jackson provides executive leadership, strategic direction and oversight for all of Villanova’s

DHR International Recruits CEO for CultureSource

DHR International has placed Pamela M. Iacobelli as president and chief executive officer of CultureSource. Cyd Kinney, a partner in DHR’s Detroit office, led the search. For more than 13 years, Ms. Kinney has been a search consultant focused on the non-profit and C-suite sector. Ms. Iacobelli brings extensive business leadership experience to CultureSource. Most recently,

Diversified Search Adds Former CTPartners Recruiters

Former CTPartners recruiters John J. Keller and Michel Deschapelles have joined Diversified Search as managing directors in the firm’s technology and telecommunications practices. Mr. Keller, who becomes technology and telecommunications practice leader at Diversified, will divide his time between offices in New York and San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective to his work as a seasoned

NGS Global Opens New Office in Dusseldorf

NGS Global Europe has opened a new office in Dusseldorf, Germany and appointed Richard Crux as managing partner and head of the new location. Mr. Crux will conduct senior-level assignments on behalf of domestic and global companies in the industrial, consumer goods, retail and logistics sectors. His areas of functional expertise include marketing, sales, supply chain management

Small Business Leaders Forecast Upbeat Job Market and Expand Hiring Plans for 2016

Economic and job growth optimism is continuing to rise throughout the C-suites of small to medium-sized American businesses (SMB), according to a new report published by executive recruitment firm Lucas Group. The Q2 2015 SMB Job Generation Outlook found that 66 percent of leaders at small to medium-sized companies across the U.S. feel optimistic about the country’s near-term

Egon Zehnder Heading CEO Search for Woolworths

Woolworths has retained Egon Zehnder to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The firm will find a replacement for outgoing chief Grant O’Brien and at least one more non-executive director. Interviews are expected to commence this month. Woolworths’ newly appointed chairman Gordon Cairns has sacrificed three non-executive director roles to devote more time to finding a

Koya Leadership Partners Recruits Merit School of Music Executive Director

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has placed Charles Grode as president and executive director of the Merit School of Music. He replaces Tom Bracy, who left the organization earlier this year. Mr. Grode, who has spent 17 seasons with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), most recently served as vice president of the Negaunee Music Institute, the CSO’s education

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