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La Quinta Seeks CEO As Hospitality Sector Rebounds

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David Clapp Explores What It Takes to Build Great Management Teams

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Ontario International Airport Authority Taps Boyden for CEO Search

The Ontario International Airport Authority has retained Boyden to lead its search for a new executive director and chief executive officer. Tim McNamara, managing partner in Boyden’s Washington, D.C. office, is heading the assignment. The post is expected to be filled by the end of the year. “Candidates can come from several disciplines,” said Mr. McNamara. “It’s a

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

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Executive Recruiters Step Up Their Diversity and Inclusion Talent Drive

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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

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