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Witt/Kieffer La Jerne Cornish Provost Ithaca College
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Witt/Kieffer Places Provost at Ithaca College

The hunt for university leadership has been heating up, especially with searches for provosts. Ithaca College recently named La Jerne Cornish as its new provost and SVP for academic affairs. Witt/Kieffer was enlisted to conduct the assignment. Dr. Cornish joins the school in July, succeeding Linda Petrosino. “La Jerne Cornish’s rich experience as a leader in

Blinkhorn CEO Sandra Cordova Micek WTTW
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Blinkhorn Recruits CEO for WTTW

Blinkhorn LLC, a Greenwich, Conn-based executive recruitment firm, has helped to place Sandra Cordova Micek as the new president and CEO of Window to the World Communications Inc. (WWCI), parent organization of WTTW, a Chicago public television station, and WFMT, a classical radio broadcaster in the city. Ms. Micek, who officially starts work tomorrow, will

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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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10 Reasons to Consider External Candidates

More companies have been looking outside for new leaders, an indication that hiring an outsider has become more of an intentional leadership choice than a necessity. Outsiders accounted for 22 percent of all CEOs brought in via a planned succession between 2012 and 2017, up from 14 percent in the 2005 to 2007 period, according

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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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Phillips Oppenheim Seeking CEO for the Museum of the American Revolution

Boutique executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been chosen to find the next president and chief executive officer for Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. Mark J. Tarnacki and Adelaide K. Jones are leading the search. The museum’s previous leader, Michael C. Quinn, stepped down last March after six years of steering the

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RSR Partners Names Head of Sports and Entertainment Leadership Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has promoted Dany B. Berghoff to managing director. Mr. Berghoff, who took over as head of the firm’s global sport and entertainment leadership practice from Joe Bailey in May, will focus on working with clients across the sports, media and entertainment industries. He is also a member of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice. Mr. Berghoff has

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How to Best Balance Work and Summer Holiday Time

Nearly two-thirds of professionals (63 percent) say they have cut short vacations because of occupational demands and pressure to perform at work, according to a new Korn Ferry survey. The study also found that nearly three quarters (73 percent) said they would prefer a higher salary over more vacation days. According to the survey, staying in

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City of Pasadena Taps Teri Black & Company for Police Chief

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

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Heidrick & Struggles Appoints Venture Capital Recruiting Practice Leader

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International has named San Francisco-based partner Scott Atkinson to lead its venture capital practice. He succeeds Rebecca Foreman Janjic, who earlier this year was appointed the global practice managing partner for the firm’s global technology and services practice. “Heidrick & Struggles has a rich and deep history working with venture

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Using Artificial Intelligence for Making Unbiased Hires

While diversity and inclusion initiatives have become a “must-have” for 21st century employers, actually making them work depends on having a clear plan and framework that resonates with diverse talent and aligns with overall business goals. “Whether it is speaking at a conference, or consulting to help develop strategies that align their talent functions with

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Odgers Berndtson Continues U.S. Expansion

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Nicole Phillips as a partner in the firm’s retail and consumer practices. She will be based in the New York City office. “We’re delighted to have Nicole with us,” said Diane Lavietes, head of Odgers Berndtson’s retail and consumer practices in the U.S. “As we

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PFM Executive Search Lands Chief Development Officer for Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Cynthia Kinsella as chief development officer of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS). “With Cynthia’s proven success of mentoring effective teams and implementing process improvements throughout her career, she will be a valued member of GVFBS’s executive team,” PFM said. Ms. Kinsella has had a 28-year career in

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How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

When it comes to successful hiring and retention, pay rules, according to Adecco’s “2018 U.S. Workforce Report: Attracting Talent and Retaining Employees.” The report, which surveyed over 1,000 American workers from coast to coast, said that remuneration is easily the most important job factor. Employees told Adecco that their top job factors were: salary/wages (42

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Caldwell Creates Blockchain Advisory Council

Toronto-based Caldwell has launched a blockchain advisory council aimed at driving the understanding, integration and implementation of blockchain technologies. The new offering for clients is in partnership with blockchain consulting firm, BTblock. “Blockchain technologies carry the potential for substantial impact within our client’s organizations, as they can enable the strategic reorganization of workflows and related structures,”

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Vlaad and Company Expands to U.S. with New York City Office Launch

Toronto-based Vlaad and Company, a financial services executive search firm, has expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York City.  The expansion increases the firm’s North American presence and helps both American and Canadian firms find top-tier talent in a very tight marketplace, said the firm New York remains

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Hiring Looks Strong Heading Into Second Half of 2018

As employers grapple with a highly competitive hiring environment that is causing prolonged job vacancies across the U.S., workers will reap the benefits. According to CareerBuilder‘s ‘Midyear Job Forecast,’ a full 63 percent of employers plan to hire in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year. A substantial percentage of employers said

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DRG Search Finds Leader for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have

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Harvey Nash to be Acquired by Investor Group in $100 Million-Plus Deal

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The Power of Talent Ltd (Bidco), an entity owned and controlled by investment funds managed by DBAY Advisors, has made a £98.7 million bid to acquire London-based recruitment firm Harvey Nash. The deal must now be approved by 75 percent of the firm’s shareholders to be

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Women Board Director Appointments Reach Record High

In a significant shift from a year earlier, women have made substantial progress in the boardroom, according to Heidrick & Struggles‘ 2018 Board Monitor Report. The report found that women accounted for 38 percent of incoming board directors at Fortune 500 companies, a substantial rise from the previous year’s 28 percent. The findings suggest that

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RH Perry Leading President Searches for Alvernia University and Quincy University

RH Perry & Associates is leading searches for new presidents at Alvernia University and Quincy University. The Alvernia opening comes with the announcement that Thomas F. Flynn, who has led the Catholic university since 2005, will be stepping down next June. The Reading, PA-based school’s next president will have the opportunity to build upon the

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Hudson Global Posts 14.7 Percent Revenue Increase

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted second quarter revenues of $17 million, up 14.7 percent in constant currency, from a year ago. By region, Hudson Asia Pacific led the charge, recording a revenue gain of 39.2 percent and Hudson Europe experienced revenue growth of 3.7 percent. Hudson America, meanwhile, struggled, posting a revenue decrease of 15.7 percent. The New

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Are Leaders Really Prepared to Take on the Job of CEO?

For all the confidence that CEOs tend to convey, most of them have faced greater struggles in the top job than might be evident. Participating anonymously, leaders in a new study by Egon Zehnder revealed that while they did feel ready for the strategic and business aspects of their roles, they felt much less prepared

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Academic Search Places General Counsel at Brown University

For many academic recruiting specialists, business has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply. Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search, for one example, recently placed Eileen Goldgeier as vice president and general counsel of Brown

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Ventura Partners Expands Sports Recruiting Practice

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has expanded with the addition of sports industry veteran Katy Young Staudt as managing director in its sports & entertainment practice.  Ms. Staudt will open a Ventura office in Phoenix. “We are thrilled to have someone of Katy’s experience and respect on our team,” said Chad Chatlos, leader of the firm’s sports and

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Employers added 157,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The July gain is the 93rd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people rose to 6.3 million. The results fell short of the forecasts of analysts, who expected 190,000 jobs to

Diversified Search CEO EvergreenHealth
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Diversified Search Lands CEO for EvergreenHealth

Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has placed Amy E. Beiter as the new CEO of Kirkland, WA-based integrated health system EvergreenHealth. She replaces Bob Malte who announced his planned retirement from the organization this spring. Zack Reynolds, a managing director in Diversified’s healthcare services practice, led the assignment.

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Bullhorn Acquires Invenias

Bullhorn Inc., which provides cloud-based customer relationship management and operations solutions for the staffing industry, has acquired Invenias, a U.K. provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition is great news for Invenias customers and prospects,” said Peter Linas, EVP of corporate development and international

JDG Associates President Surety & Fidelity Association of America
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JDG Associates Finds New President for Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Rockville, MD-based search firm JDG Associates has placed J. Lee Covington as the new president of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA). Lynn M. Schubert, the group’s current president, announced in December that she would be retiring at the end of this year. Paul Belford, principal at the recruitment firm, led the search. “In the past 22 years,

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Durakis Executive Search Lands Leader for Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

Museums are among the non-profit organizations that are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. Recently, Crownsville, MD-based Durakis Executive Search placed Kris Hoellen as the new executive director of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. She replaces Courtney Wilson, who led the museum for 20 years. “Kris brings the ideal

DHR International Names Managing Partner in Asia Pacific

DHR International has named Steve Stine as managing director of the firm’s Asia Pacific region. Mr. Stine will lead the firm across all divisions and functions in APAC. Mr. Stine has lived and worked in Asia for nearly 25 years and was most recently a partner with Heidrick & Struggles. At Heidrick, he built out

Odgers Interim Grows Education Practice

Odgers Interim has appointed Sally Havers as a consultant in its education practice. She is based out of the firm’s London office. Ms. Havers places interim executives in the education sector with a particular focus on schools (independent, grammar, state, academies and free schools); awarding bodies; and skills councils. A qualified solicitor, Ms. Havers worked

Development Resources Completes Search for YMCA Tulsa

Development Resources, Inc. (DRi) has recruited Vanessa Finley as chief executive officer for YWCA Tulsa. Ms. Finley was previously the director of development at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM). Development Resources focuses on executive search assignments for the non-profit industry.

Boyden Recruits New CEO for Port of Long Beach

Boyden has placed Jon Slangerup as chief executive officer of the Port of Long Beach. The search was led by managing directors Tim McNamara and Peter Santora. Mr. Slangerup is the former president of FedEx Canada. The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a primary gateway for trans-Pacific trade. Boyden

CTPartners Adds Partner In Consumer, Retail And Hospitality Practice

CTPartners Executive Search Inc. has added Laurence Vallaeys as a partner in its consumer, retail and hospitality practice. Based in London, Ms. Vallaeys partners with global clients in the FMCG, hotel, restaurants, fast food and travel sectors to identify, track and recruit senior leadership with a focus on U.K. and European markets. She was previously

PRAXI ALLIANCE Member Prosia Executive Search Adds Partners

PRAXI ALLIANCE member Prosia Executive Search Oy has added Teemu Tiainen as a partner. Mr. Tiainen has over 10 years of experience in the special goods trade and management consulting. He formerly served as a partner at InHunt Group. “We are focused on building strength in the Nordic region, as seen by our recent addition

HireBetter Extends Interim Services

Retained executive search firm HireBetter has expanded its services by adding an interim services division and acquiring bkoAustin, an Austin-based interim services and staffing firm specializing in providing companies with professionals on an interim or project basis for CFO and CIO positions. Brian O’Neil, bkoAustin president, will remain with HireBetter as vice president of interim

JobfitMatters Leading COO Search for World Vision

Executive recruiter JobfitMatters has been selected by World Vision to lead in its search for a new chief operating officer. Tommy Thomas, Rob Stevenson, and Laura Coverstone are handling the assignment. World Vision U.S. is one of the largest Christian aid organizations in the world, with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. JobfitMatters is

RP International Acquires Aero Appointments

Global specialist telecoms and technology recruitment consultancy RP International has acquired Aero Appointments, executive search and permanent recruitment specialists within the aviation sector. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With expertise in deploying resources to manage major transformation programs, systems implementation, expansion and upgrades across the Aviation industry, RP International’s acquisition of Aero

Hanover Search Group Names Senior Consultant

London-based Hanover Search Group has appointed Ari Zastawna as a senior consultant. Ms. Zastawna was previously with Hays Insurance where she gained insurance recruitment experience initially being responsible for placing underwriting, claims and broking professionals. At Hanover, she will focus on senior and strategic underwriting & claims assignments across U.K. insurance client base. She will

Witt/Kieffer Finds President And CEO For The Montana State University Alumni Foundation

Executive recruiter Witt/Kieffer has recruited Christopher D. Murray as the new president and chief executive officer of The Montana State University Alumni Foundation. The search was led by consultant Jennifer Biehn and senior associate Mercedes Vance. Mr. Murray was most recently vice president for university advancement at the University of Idaho. “We are proud to

SEARCH Group Partners Retained by Utah State Board of Education

SEARCH Group Partners (SGP) has been selected by the Utah State Board of Education to lead in its search for a new state superintendent of public instruction. Dr. Martell Menlove, the current state superintendent, announced his retirement in March. Connie Linardakis-Spyropoulos, managing director at Search Group Partners, is handling the assignment. State board member Jefferson

SpenglerFox Names Practice Group Leader in Istanbul

Executive search firm SpenglerFox has added Gokan Ozden in Istanbul as practice group leader for the firm’s consumer sector and human capital solutions services. Mr. Ozden formerly work for Aon Hewitt as a rewards consultant. After working four years in that role, he took employee engagement consulting responsibility and continued for another two years. In

Korn Ferry Names Partner in Global Logistics and Transportation Services Practice

Korn Ferry has named Kenneth Bloom as senior client partner in its global logistics and transportation services practice. He will be based in the firm's New York office. He joins Korn Ferry from INTTRA, Inc., a web portal for ocean-containerized freight, where he served as CEO and as a member of the board of directors.

Remtec Search and Selection and Talentmark Form Medtec Executive Talent

Remtec Search and Selection and Talentmark have launched a new partnership bringing together the skills and expertise of both organizations to deliver the next generation of specialist and executive recruitment services to the global medical technology market. Known as Medtec Executive Talent, the new specialist service will make full use of Remtec’s knowledge of the

Diversified Search Finds CEO for the California Milk Advisory Board

Diversified Search has placed John D. Talbot as the new chief executive officer of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The search was led by managing director Julie Kanak. Mr. Talbot was most recently vice president of global market development for the Almond Board of California. CMAB was formed in 1969 as an instrumentality of

Braswell Nees Group |TRANSEARCH International Fills Positions for Jenne, Inc.

Braswell Nees Group|TRANSEARCH International has recruited Tony Grilli as chief financial officer and Patrick Howard as vice president of product management for Jenne, Inc. Mr. Grilli comes to Jenne with a diverse financial leadership background in multinational companies as well as experience in family-owned and distributor environments. Mr. Howard’s background is comprised of a solid

AESC Names Eight New Members

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) has accepted eight new executive search firms into AESC membership, including Clarey/Napier International; Eblinger & Partner Personal- und Managementberatungs GmbH; Harris Search Associates; Head Hunters International; Matthew Wood Search (MWS); People Assets Consultoria em Recursos Humanos Ltda; PAC Executive; and The Nautical Group. Clarey/Napier International is a Houston-based

Caldwell Partners Adds Partner to Industrial and Venture Capital Practices

Executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. has added R. Todd Bennett as a partner in the industrial and venture capital practices. Based in Dallas, Mr. Bennett focuses on recruiting senior executives in the transportation, distribution and logistics industry, as well as senior operators at private equity- and venture-backed companies. His 20-plus years of

Amrop Adds Eight Partners in EMEA and Asia

Amrop has added eight partners and consultants within its global partnership of executive search professionals. They include: Sam Aston, partner – Malmö; Dan Chan, associate partner – Hong Kong; Gregor Frey, partner – Zurich; Bob de Groot, partner – Amsterdam; Hedda Hanke, managing director – Duesseldorf; J.Y. Hong, senior partner – Seoul; Ott Karolin, partner

AIMS International Names VP of EMEA

Peter Barkhurst, partner at AIMS International Germany, has been appointed as vice president of EMEA. Mr. Barkhurst has over 25 years of international leadership experience in the German Air Force and in human resources management in the industrial environments of drives, automation, material handling and healthcare before joining AIMS International in 2007. “AIMS International Germany

ChampionScott Partners Completes Search for Viewpoint

ChampionScott Partners has placed Bruce Kenny as vice president of global product development at Viewpoint. Mr. Kenny joins Viewpoint from WebTrends, where he served in a number of technology leadership roles, most recently as CTO and EVP of products. Viewpoint is a provider of innovative software solutions and services to the global construction industry. ChampionScott

Spectrum Fills HR Position for Kaspersky Lab

Executive recruiter Spectrum has recruited Louise Brunhoj as the new HR director for Europe at Kaspersky Lab. Previously, Ms. Brunhoj spent over six years at TradeDoubler, serving as its human resources director. Kaspersky Lab is headquartered in Moscow and is the world’s largest privately-held cyber security company. Based in London, Spectrum operates on an international

Heidrick & Struggles Adds Senior Advisor

Heidrick & Struggles International has named Bill Hudson as a senior advisor to the firm's trade association practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hudson served as president and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a partnership of organizations dedicated to the distribution of food commodities worldwide. "Bill's years of experience

Preston & Partners Names Managing Director in Charlotte

Preston & Partners has appointed Jeff O’Hanlon as a managing director in its Charlotte office. With 25 years of HR experience, Mr. O’Hanlon formerly served as vice president of talent acquisition of Belks Department Stores. Gary Preston, founder and CEO of Preston & Partners, said: “We feel very fortunate to add someone like Jeff to

Signium International Opens Office in Amsterdam

Signium International has announced the establishment of a new firm in the Netherlands to be led by managing director, Peter de Jong. Signium’s EMEA regional speaker and board director, Martin McEvoy, said: “We are very happy that Peter de Jong has agreed to join us to head up Signium’s 50th office, to be based out

Buller Group Completes Digital Marketing Search for WorldStrides

The Buller Group, a human capital services and recruiting firm, has placed Meg Thompson as senior director of digital marketing at WorldStrides. Ms. Thompson was previously a senior search specialist with Neo@Ogilvy of Ogilvy and Mather. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, WorldStrides is the largest educational travel organization in the U.S. and

Spencer Stuart to Lead CEO Search for Arctic Cat

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained by Arctic Cat Inc. to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Christopher A. Twomey, board chair, is currently serving as interim CEO. Arctic Cat designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well

Brooke Chase Associates Completes Search for Rinnai America

Executive recruiter Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has placed Raul Guerrero as business development manager for Rinnai America. Mr. Guerrero’s most recent position was as sales leader, Trane residential & light commercial systems with Ingersoll Rand. Rinnai America Corporation is a global leader in innovative plumbing products and heating solutions. Founded in 1980, Brooke Chase Associates

Slayton Search Partners Adds New Principal

Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners has named Charles Southwick as a principal. Mr. Southwick has conducted searches across a range of organizations including Fortune 500 and private equity backed firms within the food & beverage, manufacturing, insurance, health care, software and technology, and energy industries. These searches include recruiting C-level executives, vice presidents

BIE Executive Adds Consultant

Search firm BIE Executive has added James Wilson as a consultant on its finance team. Mr. Wilson joins the firm from Kennedy Pearce Consulting, where he worked with a number of clients, from SMEs to FTSE listed businesses. Prior to that he worked for Michael Page International. The appointment is the latest in a series

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