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Caldwell Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Stack Overflow

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, recently placed Tim Miller as the new chief revenue officer of Stack Overflow. Mr. Miller is a proven enterprise technology sales leader with over 20 years of experience. Beginning as an individual contributor, he has risen to the level of senior vice president


Bedford Consulting Group Adds Nuclear Power Specialist Advisor

Toronto-based executive search and talent management solutions provider Bedford Consulting Group has formed a strategic advisory relationship with nuclear power executive Ian Rowley. “We are very excited to have Ian join our team and provide his expert knowledge of the nuclear power industry,” said David McPherson, partner for Bedford’s energy and industrial technology group. “Ian will be

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Another 1.3 Million Americans File for Jobless Claims

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 1.3 million more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the 15th week in a row that the figure has topped one million. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had been expecting 1.38 million claims. The latest numbers reflect

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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?


Sheffield Haworth Adds Managing Director to Consulting, Technology & Services Practice; Expands to West Coast 

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has named Sam Wallace as a managing director to the firm’s consulting, technology and services (CTS) practice. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Wallace will be responsible for leading and growing the practice across the Americas. Ms. Wallace has an extensive track record focusing on senior hires for technology


accelHRate Assists Venture Global LNG in CFO Search

HR executive search and management consulting firm accelHRate has placed Jack Thayer as the new CFO of Venture Global LNG Inc. “We are delighted to welcome Jack to our experienced leadership team,” co-chief executive officers Bob Pender and Mike Sabel jointly stated. “He has an outstanding record of accomplishment as chief financial officer at two


Caldwell Fills Key Posts for PE-Backed Episerver and Tricentis

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top level talent, including chief people officers who are becoming central to organizations grappling with the human resource impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, as businesses become more complex as a result of the ongoing pandemic, marketing activities are


DiMarchi Partners Places CEO at Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Grand Junction / Boulder, CO-based DiMarchi Partners has recruited Brian McGuire as the new CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, a producer of certified organic bread. “All vetting, interviewing and evaluation were done remotely through ZOOM, SKYPE and other formats,” said Paul DiMarchi, founder and president of the firm. “This shows a leap of faith by all parties, as well as how efficiently critical


Raines International Expands Asset Management Practice 

New York-based Raines International has expanded with the addition of Engy Lamour as senior vice president of its asset management practice. Based in New York City, Mr. Lamour has more than 10 years of experience in the asset management and alternative investments industry and is recognized for his extensive subject matter expertise and vast executive network. As a member


When is the Right Time to Change Jobs?

Leaving a job is stressful under any circumstances. It is hard enough to do when times are normal. And 2020 is hardly normal. Everything is in ­flux, and even more challenging, those changes are largely happening remotely, this according to a new report authored by Richard Stein, chief growth officer at Options Group. “It’s good to remember, therefore,

Bishop & Company Seeking CEO for Hawaii Tourism Authority

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has contracted with Honolulu-based executive search firm Bishop & Company to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The assignment is being spearheaded by Erinn N. Tomlinson, the search firm’s director of executive recruitment. The organization’s current leader, Chris Tatum, announced last month that he would be


The Mom Project Announces $25 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an artificial intelligence component. Just recently, The Mom Project, a talent marketplace, closed a $25 million series B funding round, bringing total funding at the Chicago-based company to $36 million. The Mom Project aims to connect women, including mothers, with employment opportunities. Its platform has amassed


Cejka Search Assists Iowa Clinic in CEO Search

Cejka Search has placed Ben Vallier as the new CEO of the Iowa Clinic. He succeeds Ed Brown, who helped found the clinic in 1994 and led the organization for more than 25 years before announcing his plans to step down from the top job last September. The assignment was led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president


Hanold Associates Launches Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice

Hanold Associates has launched a global diversity, equity and inclusion practice and named Keri Gavin as practice leader. As one of the nation’s top C-suite HR leadership providers, the search firm has led dozens of critical chief diversity and inclusion officer searches for clients such Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, MGM Resorts International, Major League Baseball,


Diversified Search Assists DairyAmerica in CEO Search 

Julie Kanak of Diversified Search has recently assisted Fresno, CA-headquartered DairyAmerica in the recruitment of Patricia Smith as its new president and CEO. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the past 20 years in the dairy processing and food ingredient industry. “DairyAmerica sits at the forefront of one of the


Korn Ferry Posts Flat Year-End Revenues; Q4 Down 10.2 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2020 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, flat from a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, a decline of 10.2 percent. The firm reported restricting charges of $40.5 million in its fourth quarter. Net income


ZRG Recruits President for AccelerātUM

ZRG has recruited Brett Feddersen as the president of AccelerātUM, a new entity founded by the former head of the FAA and industry colleagues to advance the unmanned air mobility industry. Managing directors Samantha Foster and Craig Sabina led the assignment. “ZRG managing directors Craig Sabina and Samantha Foster were instrumental in Brett’s recruitment,” AccelerātUM


Versique Search and Consulting Names CFO

Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has promoted Erik Fortier to chief financial officer. In this role, he will oversee the company’s finance operations as well as HR, IT and office administration functions, and will focus on maintaining Versique’s continued growth and helping to drive its strategic initiatives. “Erik has brought a whole new level


Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.1 Percent; Another 1.4 Million Jobless Claims Filed

Employment surprisingly rose by 4.8 million in June as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. These improvements in the labor market reflect a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March, April and May due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and


Higher Education Leadership Recruits Business Dean for Arkansas Tech University

Following a nationwide search, C. Wayne Alderman and Alan Medders of Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search have completed the search for the new dean of the college of business for Arkansas Tech University (ATU). K. Russell Jones will start in his new role with the university on Monday. “Dr. Jones is an experienced academician and administrator who is


20/20 Foresight Strengthens Search Staff

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Mitch Ornstein as managing director. Mr. Ornstein, who will work from the firm’s Chicago office, brings more than 15 years of executive search experience in placing senior leaders across all functions to his new role. He will serve as 20/20 Foresight’s functional expert in the CFO


How to Retain Executive Mothers During and After COVID-19

In January 2020, women constituted more than 50 percent of the American workforce. Six months and 15 million jobs later, this may not be the case, according to a new report by Odgers Berndtson and co-authored by Catherine Bass Black and Lisa DeConto. “It’s been widely recognized that women in the United States are being disproportionately affected


McDermott & Bull Recruits CEO for NEXT for AUTISM 

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed former American Montessori Society executive Timothy Purnell as the new CEO for NEXT for AUTISM. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led the assignment. Mr. Purnell has a proven track record as an innovative leader, strategic planner and inspiring educator. He transitioned


Hightech Partners Adds Technology, Digital Executive

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Jean-Christophe Legrand, a senior executive in technology and digital, to help develop the firm’s international business. His appointment strengthens HTP’s strategy as a global leader in the field of digital executive-level recruitment, but also as advisor to clients on the talent aspects of digital


Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted the Detroit Pistons in the recruitment of former Roc Nation executive Mike Zavodsky as its new chief business officer. The role is a new position for the professional basketball organization. Mr. Zavodsky begins work with the NBA team on Wednesday. He will report to Pistons vice chair Arn Tellem.


Focus Search Partners Creates Interim Executive Services Practice 

Top experts in talent management and leadership recruitment agree that filling an interim leadership position can be a significant opportunity for an organization. Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, recently launched an interim executive services practice to leverage the firm’s 20-year history. The firm tapped C-suite talent veteran Monica Foster to lead the


IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has strengthened its global presence adding VIPJOBS LLC as a new member firm in Russia. The organization says that Russia is a market with significant talent and strong demand for leadership capabilities. “With IRC Russia, our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,”


Leading Through & Beyond COVID-19; Best Practices for an Unprecedented Time

Leaders may automatically default to the bottom line and focus on the financial damage that COVID-19 is causing—and for good reason. But many employees place greater emphasis and importance on the support they are receiving from leadership, according to a new report from Robinson Resource Group. “People need to know that even though their leader is


The Christopher Group Places CHRO for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Christopher Group has placed Michelle Jones as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The search was completed by founder and CEO Tom Christopher, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “Partnering with TCG and Jeff specifically was absolutely fantastic,” said Ms. Jones. “COVID-19 hit during the process and

Netflix Ordered to Stop Recruiting Executives from Rivals

A judge in California has just issued an injunction against streaming powerhouse Netflix, prohibiting it from attempting to hire Fox TV and film executives who are under contract. The ruling yesterday afternoon in LA Superior Court hands a win to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp and Fox 21, the studios that sued Netflix three years

Korn Ferry Recruits Director for Milwaukee Art Museum

Korn Ferry has recruited Dr. Marcelle Polednik as director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. She succeeds Dan Keegan, who is retiring this month. Naree Viner led the assignment along with Charles Ingersoll, co-leader of Korn Ferry’s non-profit search practice. Ms. Viner is an expert in museum leadership recruitment and has placed directors in the last six months at

Overture Group Launches Compensation Consulting Practice

Executive search firm The Overture Group has launched a compensation consulting practice and added Mark Reilly to lead it as managing director. Mr. Reilly brings expertise in compensation, including short term and long term incentive compensation plan design, expert testimony, and performance measurement to a wide range of companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500. Most recently,

TalentRISE Recruits CEO for Chicago House

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE has placed Scott Ammarell as chief executive officer of Chicago House. He replaces Rev. Stan Sloan, who previously announced his resignation effective at the end of the month. The search was conducted by Carl Kutsmode, partner, and Jennifer Chapman, director of executive search. “Throughout the selection process, Scott stood out with his depth of

ManpowerGroup to Acquire Ciber for $25 Million

ManpowerGroup has signed a purchase agreement with Ciber, Inc., a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company, to acquire its Dutch business. Transaction terms include a $25 million cash purchase price, which is subject to a purchase price adjustment six months after closing with respect to the retention of certain Ciber Netherlands customers, as well as

CEOs Take Lowest Pay Increase In Five Years

In determining CEO compensation at top public companies, economic uncertainty, slowing revenue growth and negative shareholder returns are driving nearly flat compensation for CEOs, according to the recent Korn Ferry Hay Group CEO compensation study. CEOs received the lowest pay increase in five years and for the first time also in five years, shareholders experienced a negative

Diversified Search Taps Director for Boston Public Library Map Center

Diversified Search has recruited Connie C. Chin as executive director for The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. The search was led by Andrew Wheeler, managing director and practice leader of the firm’s education and not-for-profit practice. Ms. Chin is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of operational and management experience. She was most recently chief

McDermott & Bull Recruits Credit Union CHRO

Irvine, CA-based executive recruiter McDermott & Bull has placed George Myers as chief human resources officer (CHRO) with Golden 1 Credit Union, the nation’s sixth largest Credit Union with $10 billion in assets. The search was led by Brandon Biegenzahn, co-chair of the firm’s financial institutions practice, along with Michelle Davis, associate consultant. McDermott & Bull’s search process

Kennedy Executive Search Adds First U.S. Partner

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a partner network of executive search boutique firms, has partnered with Integrated People Solutions (IPS), a Denver-headquartered boutique executive search firm founded in 2000 by Eric Pringle.  Integrated has earned long term client relationships in a diverse array of industries. From animal pharmaceuticals to telecom technologies, from non-profits to waste services providers,

Johnson Expands Consumer & Life Sciences Practice

Sydney, Australia-headquartered executive search firm Johnson has added Hakan Alac as a director in its consumer and life sciences practice. Mr. Alac focuses on executive search and board succession, and has deep experience across consumer, healthcare, life sciences and media sectors. He also has a track record of developing highly targeted and effective succession programs for organizations

Executive Recruiters Say Employer Brand More Important Than Ever

More than half (56 percent) of job seekers across the globe say an employer’s brand and reputation is more important today than it was five years ago, according to a global study of job seekers conducted by ManpowerGroup Solutions, the RPO provider of ManpowerGroup. The new white paper, ‘Brand Detectives: The New Generation of Global Candidates,’

Heidrick & Struggles Names Defense Sector Head

Heidrick & Struggles has expanded its industrial expertise with the addition of Patrick Gray as a partner and head of its aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors in the Americas. He joins the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Gray provides talent and leadership consulting solutions to clients spanning aerospace, defense, industrials, & government services (technology, professional services, technical

Emory Healthcare Taps Witt/Kieffer for Chief Nursing Officer

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Atlanta-headquartered Emory Healthcare to lead its search for a system chief nursing executive (chief nursing officer). Karen Otto, managing partner and practice leader, academic medicine and health sciences, is leading the search along with associate Hans Henson and senior partner Rachel Polhemus. The incoming executive will be charged

Turnkey Search Recruits Athletic Director for University of Minnesota

Following a nationwide recruiting effort by Turnkey Search, Mark Coyle has been named director of athletics at the University of Minnesota. The University paid Turnkey Search $150,000 plus expenses to recruit and vet candidates for the position. To find the new candidate, the school used a 16-person search committee comprised of faculty members, current and former athletes,

Marlin Hawk Adds Associate Partner In Asia

Executive search firm Marlin Hawk has added Marc Baloch as associate partner for Asia. He will focus on leadership advisory and executive search services across Asia within the insurance, consumer & wholesale banking and private wealth management sectors. Mr. Baloch’s intercontinental executive search experience covers Germany, Central & Eastern Europe and Asia. He has been based

Employers Add Fewest Jobs In More Than Five Years

Employers only added 38,000 jobs in April as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. While this sharp slowdown marks the fewest number of jobs created in more than five years, the unemployment rate now stands at its lowest mart since November 2007. The number of

Staples Taps Korn Ferry to Find Next CEO

Office supplies retailer Staples has selected Korn Ferry to find its next chief executive officer. Current chief executive Ron Sargent announced that he is stepping down. He has been with Staples for 27 years and served as CEO for the past 14 years. Shira Goodman, Staples president of North America operations, will become interim CEO while the search takes place. She has been with

Lochlin Partners Places Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities USA

Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Anthony Sciacca as chief development officer for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s largest charities representing a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable people and families. In his new role, Mr. Sciacca will be responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and development program

Eliot Partnership Appoints Executive Chairman

Global insurance sector executive search firm Eliot Partnership has elected George Davies as its executive chairman. He will be based in the firm’s London office. In this newly-created position, Mr. Davies will work with Eliot Partnership’s global management team to grow its footprint through its three hubs in London, New York and Singapore. He will also be

Partners in the Process: Improving the Search / HR Relationship

Many executive search consultants active in the industry today first maintained successful careers on the corporate side — holding rank in the very disciplines they now recruit for. In fact, a good number of them held positions in human resources and now bring the added value of being able to see the search business through that

What It Takes to Make the Right Match

Although 76 percent of full time, employed workers are either actively looking for a job or open to new opportunities, nearly half (48 percent) of employers can’t seem to find the workers they need to fill their job vacancies, according to CareerBuilder‘s just released ‘2016 Candidate Behavior’ study. “Job seekers may have more of an edge

Choice Hotels Taps Spencer Stuart for CFO Hunt

Spencer Stuart has been retained by Choice Hotels International to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. David L. White is leaving the company to pursue other professional opportunities. The company has selected controller Scott Oaksmith to oversee the finance team while Spencer Stuart conducts the search. Choice Hotels is one of the world’s largest lodging companies. With more

Alexander Hughes Opens In Dubai; Names Managing Partner

Global executive search firm Alexander Hughes has reinforced its presence in the Gulf countries by adding a new office in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). Based in Dubai, Thomas Duret has been appointed managing partner for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E. One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Dubai’s current gross domestic

Kincannon & Reed Lands CEO for Calyxt

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has recruited Federico A. Tripodi as chief executive officer of Calyxt, Inc., a Minnesota-based company developing healthier food products to benefit both consumers and growers. He takes over from Luc Mathis, who will continue his role as an advisor to the company. Mr. Tripodi will work closely with Calyxt’s executive

Egon Zehnder Strengthens New York Office

Egon Zehnder has added Lee Wrubel M.D., to its New York office as a consultant and strategic talent advisor. Dr. Wrubel has more than 20 years of experience working across healthcare delivery, management consulting and venture capital. As a member of Egon Zehnder’s global health and private equity practices, he will provide strategic counsel on executive

As U.K. Vote Nears, Uncertainty Looms Over Recruiting Sector

With a referendum on British membership in the European Union now just three weeks away, the rate of job growth in the U.K. is easing amid reports of increased hiring uncertainty, according to a report released by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). “The U.K. labor market is going through an unsettled patch,” said REC chief

ON Partners Recruits Rent-A-Center CIO

Executive search firm ON Partners has placed Angela Yochem as senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer (CIO) of Rent-A-Center, Inc. Partner Andy Hickman led the search assignment. Ms. Yochem is charged with developing and executing a transformative technology strategy that will support Rent-A-Center’s growth. Her responsibilities include developing Rent-A-Center’s IT talent; expanding recently developed technologies;

Chasm Partners Taps CEO for Remedy Partners

Executive search firm Chasm Partners has recruited Carolyn Magill as chief executive officer of Remedy Partners. Ms. Magill joins Remedy from Evolent Health, where she served as executive vice president of payer strategy and operations. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group’s Medicare and Medicaid businesses. “Carolyn is the perfect fit for Remedy,”

Recruiters Acquire Equity Stake In Stanton Chase Los Angeles

Stanton Chase International’s managing director Edward Savage has announced that Sadovnick Partners’ CEO Mark Sadovnick along with Stanton Chase director Peter Deragon have acquired an equity interest in the Los Angeles office of the firm. Both will form a significant part of its new leadership team. In a joint statement, Messers Sadovnick and Deragon said: “Ed provides the leadership of

AltoPartners Adds Member Firms In Korea and Switzerland

AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has added Seoul-based Korean search firm Pathfinder and Swiss executive recruiters MPB Recruitment Group AG, as its newest member firms. The organization now has a presence across 53 offices in 33 countries. AltoPartners said the business development opportunities that exist in both Korea and

Establish a Diversity Baseline and the Money Will Follow

The new ‘Women Count’ report by The Pipeline and executive search firm Ridgeway Partners has established a baseline for the number of women who hold executive positions at FTSE 350 companies in the UK. The study also looks at whether there is any financial benefit for companies from having women on executive committees. Short answer: there is, and

Russell Reynolds Recruits President for Stratford Hall

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited John S. Bacon as president of Stratford Hall. In this capacity, Mr. Bacon will be responsible for raising the profile of Stratford Hall’s mission, directing operations on site, representing the institution in the community and, more broadly, leveraging its property and programming to increase visitation and financial support. Stratford Hall, a historic house museum in Westmoreland

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