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3 Ways Assessments Can Go Wrong and How to Get Them Right

With the accelerated pace of change and constant potential for disruption, the costs of getting important leadership decisions wrong – whether for selecting senior leaders, leadership development or succession planning – have never been higher. Despite these risks, many organizations underestimate the importance of a robust assessment process, according to a new report issued by Spencer

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Grace Blue Lands New Leader for VCU Brandcenter

Grace Blue has placed Vann Graves as the new executive director of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Brandcenter. He takes over the role from Helayne Spivak, who left the school in May. “Along with my colleagues, I am delighted that Vann Graves is coming to VCU Brandcenter as its new executive director,” said Michael Rao,

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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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N2Growth Adds New Global Practice Chair for Board and CEO Services

N2Growth, a King of Prussia, PA-based management consulting and executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of Thomas Brattle Gannett as global practice chairman of board and CEO services. Mr. Gannett is a results-oriented executive and board candidate with more than 20 years experience in strategic, operational and fiscal leadership, said the firm. He has

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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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Direct Recruiters Adds Two Team Members

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has announced two additions to its team. Logan Payton is the new director of the firm’s HR solutions group and Shawna Rosner is director of the legal solutions group. Ms. Payton brings over 10 years of HR experience to her new role, and deep understanding of the function. Previously,

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Help Wanted: Well-Rounded C-Suite Business Leaders

Leaders who bring both specific technical expertise and general strategic business acumen to the table are in short supply in our current economic environment, according to David Clapp, managing partner of search firm CarterBaldwin. In a recent report that he authored, Mr. Clapp found that smart organizations are looking for and hiring well-rounded business leaders

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Slone Partners Find New CMO for Sera Prognostics

Executive search firm Slone Partners has recruited Garrett K. Lam as the new chief medical officer for Sera Prognostics in Salt Lake City, UT. “Slone Partners worked closely with Sera as we conducted this important search,” said Greg Critchfield, chairman and chief executive officer of Sera. “They paved the way for great conversations between candidates and the entire Sera leadership team. Slone

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Wikimedia Foundation Retains Bridge Partners to Find Talent and Culture Chief

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, has tapped Bridge Partners to find a chief of talent and culture. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert. “This is one of the highlights of 2018 both for me and my

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Apotheker Search & Advisory Opens Doors

An array of new recruiting firms have launched around the world this year. The latest: Apotheker Search & Advisory, an executive search and advisory firm specializing in the life sciences industry, recently opened for business in New York City. Suzana Farah Rahman serves as the firm’s managing director. Apotheker’s  primary fields of focus include but are

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Meridian Partners International Adds Member Firms in Argentina and Brazil

Meridian Partners International has added executive recruiters in Argentina and Brazil as its newest members. Buenos Aires-based South Star Human Capital Solutions will represent the network for Spanish speaking countries in South America. São Paulo-based Reciprhocal Management Consulting, and its sister company, Profile Executive Search and Assessment, will represent serve Meridian for the Brazilian market.

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Competition for Talent Causing Major Shifts in Corporate Strategy

As unemployment remains at record lows, a new study by global RPO provider Cielo finds that competition for talent is causing major shifts in corporate strategy. As a result, business function leaders are having significant disagreements about their companies’ approaches to finding, recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees. Nearly 70 percent of business leaders surveyed

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DHR Recruits Chief Development and Marketing Officer for U.S. Humane Society

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has recruited John Vranas as the new chief development and marketing officer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Partners Debbie Graf and Kara Teising led the search. “John brings the total package to a critical role like this one,” said Ms. Teising. “It’s very difficult to find a leader with a skill-set

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Heidrick & Struggles Seeks CEO for Jacksonville Public Utility

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected to find a new chief executive officer for JEA, the city of Jacksonville, FL’s public electric, sewer and water utility. The job opened up earlier this year when Paul McElroy, who had been CEO for six years, unexpectedly stepped down. Nine candidates are under consideration for the position, according

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ZipRecruiter Lands $156 Million in Funding

Jobs website ZipRecruiter has just lined up $156 million in investment capital. The company said the series B financing will be used to accelerate its growth and further develop its artificial intelligence-powered matching technology and mobile apps. Wellington Management Co. and returning investor IVP co-led the investment, which included participation by other existing investors. ZipRecruiter’s

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Vanderbloemen Names COO

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has appointed Sutton Turner as its chief operating officer. He brings a combined 23 years of business and ministry experience to his role. “We have been fortunate to have seen many years of repeated and robust growth, and our work is at an unprecedented size and scope,”

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Employers Continue Adding Jobs, But Middle-Wage Opportunities Stagger

A new study from CareerBuilder points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin. Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8.3 million jobs (5.08 percent growth) from 2018

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Gold Hill Associates Seeks New Leader for Temple College

Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates has been selected to find the next president for Temple College in central Texas. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment. The Temple College board of trustees was unanimous in choosing the Jackson, MS-based firm. “Gold Hill has experience and an extensive network in Texas and

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Battalia Winston Finds Chief Sales Officer for Clean Harbors

Finding qualified C-suite sales executives continues to be an issue for companies. According to the ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Report, sales positions have been some of the most difficult to fill in recent years. And it has not been an attractive role to new generations of workers. New York City-headquartered executive search firm Battalia Winston recently recruited Robby Speights

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Koya Strengthens Staff with Diversity Pioneer

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Maureen Alphonse-Charles as managing director. Based in Boston, Ms. Alphonse-Charles is expected to help strengthen the firm’s work across non-profits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between non-profits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. She sits on the boards of Boston University, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

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Alexander Hughes Names President of Recruiting Subsidiary

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the 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. Didier Simon de Bessac was recently named president of Managers by Alexander Hughes,

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Benchmark Metrics to Guide Your Recruitment Strategy

The growing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate mundane operational tasks is creating new efficiencies that are freeing up recruiters’ time to focus on relationship building and nurturing passive candidates, according to a new report by Jobvite. The percentage of job interviews that resulted in offers climbed from 17 percent in 2015

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Wheless Partners Retained by the University of Colorado to Find New Leader

With the new academic year underway, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. The University of Colorado board of regents recently tapped executive recruitment firm Wheless

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Major, Lindsey & Africa Seeks General Counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance

Executive search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recently been selected to find new general counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance. Located in Downers Grove, IL, DuPage Medical Group is one of the largest independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. Backed by the large PE firm Ares, the organization is physician led, enabling it to provide

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Quantum Search Partners Names Digital Security & Risk Practice Leader

Cybersecurity might well might the greatest challenge facing corporate America today. The threat to reputation, private information and dollars — both from immediate theft and the cost of repairing the damage of a cyber-attack — can be staggering. Yet too few companies have taken adequate measures to protect themselves. No one can deny that it is

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Bailey Montago Executive Search Names Two Practice Leaders

London-based Bailey Montagu Executive Search continues its expansion with the appointment of Rupert Channing as leader of the firm’s financial services search practice and Lee Cooper as head of its consumer and retail practice. Bailey Montago’s financial services search practice is focused on identifying, attracting and appointing high-caliber executives. Mr. Channing has worked in executive search

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Spencer Stuart Names Ben Williams CEO

Spencer Stuart has appointed Ben Williams as its new CEO, succeeding Kevin Connelly, who served two three-year terms as the firm’s leader after previously serving six years as its chairman. In addition, the firm elected David Daniel as its new chairman. He takes over from Edward Speed, who served two three-year terms in the post. Both appointments were effective at

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Korn Ferry Tapped by Vanderbilt to Find New Athletic Director

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. With the announcement that Vanderbilt University’s current AD, David Williams, plans to retire in May, the school recently turned to Korn Ferry to find his replacement. Jed Hughes, who leads Korn Ferry’s sports practice, is heading the assignment alongside senior associate Kyle Bowlsby.

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Hanold Associates Recruits Head of Talent at PepsiCo

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recruited Anita Roggendorf as PepsiCo’s director of talent attraction & engagement. Partners Ashley Schiele, Keri Gavin and Katie Traines led the assignment for the role, which is based at the consumer product giant’s global headquarters in Purchase, NY. Ms. Roggendorf previously worked for American Express. In her new role, she will

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Taylor Strategy Partners Adds Leader to Fuel Growth

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. Recently, Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners added Angie Aldinger as vice president of business development. Ms. Aldinger will lead business development efforts across all business lines at the firm, including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive & professional search, consulting & assessment

Onstott Group Recruits CEO for Vincon Industries

Executive search firm The Onstott Group has placed Eric Fullerton as the new chief executive officer of Vicon Industries, Inc. Mr. Fullerton formerly served as chief sales and marketing officer of Milestone Systems A/S. Vicon Industries is a designer, producer and marketer of video management systems and components and HD/megapixel cameras used for security, surveillance,

B.E. Smith Strengthens Physician Executive Services

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has grown its physician executive services with the additions of Marilyn Palmer, D.O., as vice president, and Archelle Georgiou, M.D., as a senior advisor. As vice president of physician services, Dr. Palmer builds collaborative relationships with healthcare organizations nationwide, serving as a trusted advisor and supporting providers with physician leadership

Backcountry Consulting Adds Outdoor Industry Specialist Recruiter

Lincoln, NE-based Backcountry Consulting, LLC, an executive recruiting firm specializing in the shooting sports and outdoor industry, has added Brian Bashore as an executive recruiter. Mr. Bashore will focus on expanding the company’s presence in the fishing industry. He will also help increase the company’s involvement with non-profit conservation organizations. “Getting Brian to come to

Athona Makes Promotion in Education Division

Recruiting firm Athona has promoted Jeanette Holder to the new position of operations director for its education division. Ms. Holder came to the firm in 2007 and has helped build its education team. “Jeanette’s promotion is an important part of our plans for future growth. Jeanette’s experience and new role within Athona will ensure we

Cook Associates Finds President for Ehrhardt Tool & Machine

Chicago-based Cook Associates Executive Search has placed Drew F. Baker as president at Ehrhardt Tool & Machine. The search was led by Mary Kier, managing partner of Cook Associates. Mr. Baker formerly served as SVP at Ameriforge, prior to that he was president of Steel Industries, Inc. Founded in 1938, Ehrhardt Tool & Machine designs

Avery Associates Heading Controller Search for First 5 Monterey County

Executive search firm Avery Associates is currently leading a search for a new controller for First 5 Monterey County. Paul Kimura and Cris Piasecki are handling the assignment on behalf of Avery Associates. First 5 Monterey County (F5MC), also known as the Monterey County Children and Families Commission, was established as a public agency in

Vetted Solutions Appoints Director

Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has added Brittany Bayliss as a director. Ms. Bayliss has experience in executive search and recruitment processes including outreach, recruitment and interviewing; screening resumes and interviewing prospective candidates; planning and administering client, candidate and board interaction; and conducting organizational and industry research. Most recently, she served as

Ken Clark Partners Fills Position for Smith & Nephew

Ken Clark Partners LLC,, has placed Renae Dill as senior director of operations at Smith & Nephew. Neill Shanahan, Midwest USA partner for Ken Clark, led the assignment. Ms. Dill formerly served as a global network leader for Amgen Corporation. Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people’s lives.

Renaud Foster Handling Search for Public Sector Integrity Commissioner

Canadian-based RenaudFoster has been selected to lead the search for a new public sector integrity commissioner at the office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner in Ottawa. The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner investigates wrongdoing in the federal public sector. Renaud Foster is a bilingual executive search firm with a long-established presence in

Knightsbridge Adds Talent Management Veteran to U.S. Team

Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions has appointed Scott Ahlstrand as a senior partner. Based in Chicago, Mr. Ahlstrand will be responsible for business development and helping clients diagnose and solve the underlying people and workforce issues limiting performance. Previously, he served as global head of ManpowerGroup Solutions Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice and was SVP talent management

AESC Names Karen Greenbaum as President and CEO

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) has named Karen Greenbaum as its next president and CEO, replacing Peter Felix who recently announced his intentions to retire after 16 years as the organization’s CEO. The search was led by a committee of eight senior AESC members and managed by Heidrick & Struggles. Ms. Greenbaum spent

Isaacson, Miller Finds Provost for Dartmouth College

Isaacson, Miller has placed Carolyn Dever as provost of Dartmouth College. Ms. Dever was the dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. The search was led by John Muckle and John Isaacson with Leslie McCarthy. Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the

Koltin Consulting Group Selected By CohnReznick

Geremy Cepin, managing director of Koltin Consulting Group, has been retained by CohnReznick to lead its search for a national director of accounting and auditing. The position is a partner in the firm’s national assurance organization and a key member of the firm’s assurance management team. CohnReznick is the 10th largest public accounting and business

Korn Ferry Posts 9.6 Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry/(NYSE:KFY) posted revenues of $260.3 million for first quarter fiscal 2014, an increase of 9.6 percent from revenues of $237.6 million a year ago. Fee revenues were primarily driven by an 8.6 percent rise in executive recruiting fees ($148.4 million), a 5.8 percent increase in the firm's leadership & talent consulting business ($63.6 million)

Boyden Adds Partner in Interim Management Business

Boyden has named David Jensen as a new partner in its interim management business. He will be based in the U.K. Mr. Jensen is an 18 year veteran of the European interim management sector and has been one of the highest producers of assignments across multiple sectors and disciplines. He tripled the size of one

Conroy Ross Partners Expands Executive Search Footprint

Executive search firm Conroy Ross Partners has signed an agreement with Optimum Talent Executive Search to integrate Optimum’s executive search division into the Conroy Ross brand. Optimum also provides a suite of human resources and executive consultant services, which will continue to operate under the Optimum brand. The deal brings Conroy Ross three new office

Heidrick & Struggles Up 24 Percent in Four Weeks

The stock price of executive recruiter Heidrick & Struggles International is up 23.5 percent in the last four weeks, an encouraging sign that the firm's new chief executive, Tracy R. Wolstencroft, is making headway in reshaping one of the nation's best known search firms by focusing on delivering a more fully integrated talent service platform.

Gilbert Tweed Associates Adds Managing Director

Search firm Gilbert Tweed Associates has named Gary Klein as managing director in New York. His focus is in digital technology, telecom and global media and entertainment. Mr. Klein has an extensive background in executive search with a focus on all verticals of the digital universe, as well as the global media and entertainment sectors.

Addison Group Acquires CVPartners

Addison Group, a provider of professional recruiting services, has acquired CVPartners, Inc., a recruiting firm with offices in the San Francisco and Seattle markets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CVPartners delivers contract and executive search services to companies across the finance and accounting, information technology and human resources job functions. “We are

3P Consultants Places Head of HR at Sakal Media Group

Executive search firm 3P Consultants Pvt. Ltd has placed Vidhya Fernandez as the head of human resources at Sakal Media Group. In her last role with McCain India, Ms. Fernandez was a core member of the India management team responsible for setting up HR systems and processes. Established in 1932, the Sakal Media Group is

Colin Baezinger Leading County Administrator Search For El Paso

The El Paso County Commissioners Court has retained the services of executive search firm Colin Baenzinger & Associates to lead in its search for a new county administrator. Established in 1997, Colin Baenziger & Associates (CB&A) is a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm owned and operated by Colin Baenziger. The firm is headquartered in Palm

Heidrick & Struggles Adds Partner in Financial Services Practice

Heidrick & Struggles International has named John Hindley as a partner within the firm's financial services practice. He will be based in Heidrick's London office. Mr. Hindley previously worked for Credit Suisse Prime Services where he led the bank's EMEA prime consulting team and was responsible for advising clients on many issues, with an emphasis

Lucas Group Grows HR Practice Group

Search firm Lucas Group has appointed David Lively as the new managing partner for the firm’s human resources practice group in Atlanta. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Captain in the Army through three tours in Iraq, Mr. Lively worked in military recruiting prior to joining Lucas Group. “David is

Fesa CEO Elected Chair of AESC Brazil National Committee

Denys Monteiro, chief executive officer and partner of Fesa, has been elected as the new chair of the AESC Brazil National Committee for the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Denys Monteiro succeeds Luiz Carlos Cabrera as the new chair. The chair of the AESC Brazil national committee serves as a local spokesperson to comment

Lochlin Partners Completes Search For PBS

Boutique executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed William Weber as the new vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Mr. Weber joins PBS after spending more than eight years with Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he was a partner with the firm’s government policy and data privacy

Spencer Stuart Retained by Cumulus Media

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been selected by Cumulus Media Inc. to lead its search for a new executive vice president of radio. The executive that assumes this position will be focused on providing day-to-day operational and strategic leadership of Cumulus' radio station group consisting of 460 stations in 90 U.S. markets. Cumulus Media

Rutherford Cross Opens Interim Division

Scottish-based specialist search firm Rutherford Cross has launched a new interim employment division and added Derek Lauder and Lucy Edgar to lead it. The two will oversee expansion in the interim market across the Central Belt with Mr. Lauder focusing on commerce and industry in the west as well as the public sector. Ms. Edgar

Accelent Recruits CTO For PageScience

Accelent, Inc. has placed Satnam Gandhi as the new chief technology officer at PageScience. Previously, Mr. Gandhi served as head – product engineering for Theorem. Pagescience, the makers of PageMatchTM technology — a leader in programmatic advertising for delivering audiences in context at the page level. Accelent is an executive talent acquisition and integration firm

Rosenzweig & Company Retained By INET to Find Chief Program Officer

Rosenzweig & Company, a global provider of executive recruitment solutions, has been retained by The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) to conduct a search for a chief program officer. INET is a New York City-based organization started by George Soros in the aftermath of the 2007/2008 economic downturn, in order to support new economic

JBK Associates Names Managing Director

New Jersey-based executive search firm JBK Associates International has named Howard J. Gross as a managing director. He will be responsible for leading the growth of the firm’s consumer, retail, luxury, and not-for-profit practices. Mr. Gross joins JBK Associates from Boyden where he was a partner and practice leader with global responsibilities for the past

Russell Reynolds Associates Appoints Board Effectiveness Practice Leader

Global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has named Jack O’Kelley to globally lead its expanded board effectiveness practice within the firm’s CEO and board advisory services. “Rusty's expertise and experience helps our clients raise the bar on board effectiveness, corporate governance and CEO succession planning,” said Clarke Murphy, CEO. “Boards are under mounting pressure

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