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Harris Rand Lusk Recruits CEO for Stupid Cancer

New York City-based executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk has placed Alison Silberman as the new CEO of Stupid Cancer, a non-profit that serves young adults with cancer. Matthew Zachary, the cancer group’s founder and CEO for 12 years, recently transitioned out of the role. Managing partner and CEO Jack Lusk led the assignment, along with Elly

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Former IlliniCare Health Plan CEO

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. Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer recently expanded with the addition of longtime

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Borrer Executive Search Places CFO and Chief Communications Officer for IMD Business School

Lausanne, Switzerland-based Borrer Executive Search has helped place Peggy Le Roux as chief finance and administrative officer as well as Delia Fischer as chief communications officer at IMD Business School. Ms. Le Roux joins the Lausanne- and Singapore-based business school from watch manufacturer Jaeger-Coultre, where she served as CFO for eight years. Before that, she was head of controlling for the

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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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Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Germany

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Adrian & Roth Personalberatung as its newest member firm. With the new partner office in Munich, Kennedy Executive gains an even stronger presence in Germany and the German-speaking markets. Adrian & Roth (A&R) was founded in 2002. The firm has more than 20

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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

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WittKieffer Tapped by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Find Chief People Officer

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find top talent leaders, including chief people officers. The latest: WittKieffer has been retained by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to lead its search for a new chief people officer. Kim Smith, Tom Quinn and Kerry Quealy are leading the assignment. “This is

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University of Missouri Turns to Parker Executive Search to Find Head Football Coach

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors, coaches and senior level front office staff. The latest: Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search recently placed Eliah Drinkwitz as the head football coach at the University of Missouri. Mr. Drinkwitz is coming off an impressive 2019 season at Appalachian State, where he led the

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Stanton Chase Appoints HR Practice Leader for North America

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has continued its recent expansion with the addition of veteran HR executive Bill Brewer as the firm’s human resources practice leader in North America and a director in its Los Angeles office. As the regional HR specialization leader, Mr. Brewer consults with boards and CEOs on assessing and acquiring best-in-class human resources officers. He leads

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The RSA Group Names Chief Commercial Officer

The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has named Kristian Jürgensen as chief commercial officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Jürgensen is charged with ensuring that all functions of the organization are aligned to meet strategic commercial objectives and will continue to drive business growth. “I

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Crafting a Job Spec That Draws Top Talent

A search firm and client can spend 15 minutes or 15 hours drafting a position specification, but it can emerge as a useless document either way. According to William Lepiesza of The Alexander Group, a well-crafted specification, or “spec” for short, is the foundation upon which a successful search is built. “Without the right approach

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Uber Picks Hanold Associates for Head of Talent Acquisition Search

Following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has been chosen to lead Uber’s search for a head of talent acquisition in its Advance Technology Groups unit. Ashley Schiele and Mayank Parikh are spearheading the assignment. The position is based in Pittsburgh, PA. The head of talent acquisition

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Diversified Search Finds CEO for Eastern Connecticut Health Network

Philadelphia-based Diversified Search placed Deborah Weymouth as president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). The assignment was conducted by James A. Langston, managing director and financial officers practice leader, and managing director Ken Hirshman. “I am pleased to welcome Deborah to ECHN and I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to ECHN’s

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Aspen Leadership Group Seeks Leader for League of American Orchestras

Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, is seeking a new president and chief executive officer for the League of American Orchestras. “The CEO will further the fulfillment of the mission of the League of American Orchestras: to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the

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20/20 Foresight Executive Search Appoints Managing Director in San Francisco

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of John Spitzler as managing director. He will head both 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing operations throughout California from his home base in San Francisco. “20/20 Foresight offers our career consultants a unique atmosphere in which to grow their business,” said Bob Cavoto, managing principal and founder

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Upbeat Hiring Plans Heading Into the New Year

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain steady into the first 90 days of 2020 though regional and industry forecasts are mixed, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors said they were expecting headcount to grow. This is the eighth consecutive year of

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DHR International Assists Florida State Land New Football Coach

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Mike Norvell as the new head football coach for Florida State University. Willie Taggart was fired in early November after going 9-12 during his tenure with the team. “It was an honor to be entrusted with the search for the new leader of one

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University of Utah Enlists Spelman Johnson for Chief Safety Officer Search

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been chosen to find a chief safety officer for the University Of Utah in Salt Lake City. The university created the role in the wake of the murder of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey in October 2018. An independent review subsequently found that university police failed to respond properly to Ms.

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ZRG Partners Expands Financial Services Practice

ZRG Partners, one of the fastest growing executive search firms, has expanded with the addition of Michael Castine to its financial services practice. He will be based in New York City. Mr. Castine brings 30 years of executive search experience to the firm. Previously, he was a partner with Ridgeway Partners for the past six years. He

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HW Global Talent Partner Adds Finance Director to Fuel Growth

U.K.-based executive search firm HW Global Talent Partner has named Rob Pettican as its new finance director at a time in which the firm is targeting rapid growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. In a new position created to support the planned expansion of the group, he will be accountable for the firm’s finances.

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The Upskilling Deadlock to Continue in 2020

Recent research has revealed a paradox at the heart of current debates around upskilling. On the one hand, the vast majority of U.S. workers believe it’s imperative to train for and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes in the workplace. On the other, that same contingent of workers also say that neither

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Myers McRae Recruits Provost for Methodist College

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has placed Suzanne Blum Malley as the new provost for Methodist University. She will assume her new position on Jan. 15. Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president, led the assignment. “Dr. Blum Malley brings to us a strong track record of academic and scholarly success,

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Insight Executive Search Seeks Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer for Walton Family Foundation

Insight Executive Search, which finds top talent for non-profit, research and commercial organizations, has been chosen to find a strategic learning and evaluation officer for the Walton Family Foundation. Vice president Ari Ayares is leading the assignment for the Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm. The new strategic learning and evaluation officer will be charged with working

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The Jackson Laboratory Taps Heidrick & Struggles to Find CHRO

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company, and they are expected to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets,

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The Taplow Group Unveils New Board of Directors

Board service can be one of the most rewarding career experiences: It’s the opportunity to see firsthand how another company operates at the highest levels and to work with – and learn from – accomplished, articulate and intelligent people. It’s why many leaders decide to start down the path to the boardroom. It’s also why

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Korn Ferry Posts Flat Q2 Revenues

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $492.4 million, down one percent (up one percent at constant currency) from last year. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – recorded net income was $42.8 million, compared to a loss of $46 million in the second quarter of last

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Unemployment Rate Dips Again as Economy Pushes Forward, Despite Concerns

Employers added 266,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase was above the 180,000 forecast by economists. The November gain is the 110th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed currently stands at 5.89 million. “We still see

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The Bowdoin Group Recruits President for Mayo Clinic Platform

The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has placed John Halamka as the new president of Mayo Clinic Platform, which is committed to elevating Mayo Clinic to a global leadership position within digital healthcare. He will start in his new role on Jan. 1. “Dr. Halamka has a proven track record of success in innovation

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Ventura Partners Plays Key Role in Returning Head Football Coach to Rutgers

Executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has helped to bring Greg Schiano back to Rutgers University for a second stint as head football coach. Mr. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances during his previous tenure, from 2001 to 2011. Partner Chad Chatlos led the assignment for the search firm. Mr. Schiano left Rutgers in 2012

Seven Qualities of a Perfect Candidate

It’s important to recruit executives that possess the right qualities to steer organizations through uncharted waters. The best leaders have a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills that enable them to keep responding to fluctuating market demands. “We have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of searches over the years and during that time, we

Airport Commission Turns to Search Firm to Find Next CEO

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new executive director and chief executive officer. Current CEO and executive director, Jeff Hamiel, will retire in May 2016 after nearly 40 years of service with MAC. Created in 1943 by Minnesota state law, the Airports Commission is a public corporation providing coordinated aviation services throughout

Howard Fischer Fills Board Seat for Rovi Corporation

Executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) has placed Eddy Hartenstein as the newest member of the board of directors at Rovi Corporation. In March, the firm recruited Steven Lucas to serve on Rovi’s board. “Beginning last year, Rovi’s board decided to augment the board with key expertise in core strategic areas. We retained Howard Fischer Associates to identify qualified new board

As Canadian Search Market Expands, U.S. Recruiters Look North

MRINetwork, a global executive search and recruitment organization, has opened its first office in Canada with the addition of a location in Ontario. The office will initially focus on the finance and accounting industries. MRINetwork plans to grow its presence in the Canadian recruitment market with expansion into the consumer goods, energy, technology and pharmaceutical markets.

Private Equity Firms Turn to Headhunters to Grow Portfolio Companies

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on tapping talent for the private equity sector, has recruited David E. Kopf as president of Anaren, Inc.’s Space & Defense Group. Anaren is a world leader in high-frequency technology deployed in space, defense, wireless infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The company is owned by private equity firm

DHR Names Global Real Estate Practice Leader

Former CTPartners recruiter Martin Nass has joined DHR International as managing partner and global real estate practice leader. He will be based out of the firm’s New York office. With 35 years of real estate and mortgage banking experience, Mr. Nass has maintained long standing relationships with leading investment management firms, REIT’s, institutional investors, private equity real

Recruiting Mandates for Top Sales Professionals On The Rise

Executive search firm Fairfield Partners has placed Tamara Brown as senior vice president of sales for Mineral Fusion, a leading natural cosmetics and personal care company based in Denver. The company is owned by North Castle Partners, a leading private equity firm in the health & wellness space. Ms. Brown was formerly VP global sales at Alterna

Fox Rodney Opens On West Coast

Fox Rodney Search (FRS) has expanded its global legal search practice on the West Coast with the opening of a new office in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Led by director Kelli Fiore, the West Coast office will join three other locations across the U.S. tasked with identifying and recruiting candidates in the legal profession. “Kelli’s appointment as

Middle East / North Africa Seen As Fertile Ground for Farsighted Recruiters

Dubai-headquartered executive search and management advisory firm Metin Mitchell & Company has added Muna Awwadova to its management team. She joins the firm as a senior client partner and will have a particular remit for extending the firm’s capabilities in the life sciences, industrial and public sector sectors. Ms. Awwadova has spent most of her career in the Middle East and

Youngest GM in Major League Baseball Recruited to The Brewers

Just over a month after being tapped by the Milwaukee Brewers to replace outgoing GM Bob Melvin, Korn Ferry has recruited David Stearns as the team’s new general manager. At 30 years old, Mr. Stearns becomes the youngest active GM in the major leagues. Only Theo Epstein and Jon Daniels were younger when appointed to GM posts

Board Recruiting More Challenging As Standards, Commitment Levels Rise

Egon Zehnder has recruited Michael Traill and Andrew Fraser to serve on the board of directors of Sunsuper. Messrs. Traill and Fraser are the second and third directors to be appointed in recent months who are not direct appointments of Sunsuper’s shareholder bodies. The first was Jenni Mack who was appointed in July; she, too, was

Recruiting Specialist Navigates Turbulent Oil & Gas Sector

U.K.-based oil and gas recruiting specialists Orion Group has launched a new specialist search business: One Executive. The new offering will act as a specialist search business focused on technical and non-technical executive level roles, primarily within the energy sectors. “As the oil and gas sector navigates its way through a difficult period, the industry needs to think about its

Lucas Group Grows Leadership Team in Cincinnati

Search firm Lucas Group has named Ken Martin as a managing partner in its information technology search division. Mr. Martin, an executive recruiter specializing in the placement of IT professionals, will help develop the firm’s newly opened Cincinnati office through the establishment and growth of an IT branch. He joins Sara Luther, Cincinnati branch lead and managing partner

Christenson Advisory Services Names East Coast Search Practice Leader

Christenson Advisory Services (CA), a full service consultancy providing executive search, compensation, financial advisory and management consulting services to the global real estate industry, has strengthened its healthcare and senior housing expertise with the addition of Amy Bauer as leader of the firm’s East Coast executive search practice. Ms. Bauer has more than 20 years of industry

U.S. Chief Executives Remain Cautious On Hiring Plans

A growing number of American CEOs expect sales, investment and hiring to decrease in the next six months, according to the Business Roundtable’s third-quarter 2015 ‘CEO Economic Outlook Survey,’ a composite of CEO projections for sales and plans for capital spending and hiring over the next six months. The survey found 33 percent of chief executive respondents

Heidrick Recruits NYISO Chief Executive As Energy Field Stagnates

Heidrick & Struggles has placed Bradley C. Jones as president and chief executive officer of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Mr. Jones will replace Stephen G. Whitley who is retiring after serving as the company’s top executive since 2008. Mr. Jones is a distinguished energy industry executive with 29 years of wide-ranging experience, including grid

La Quinta Seeks CEO As Hospitality Sector Rebounds

La Quinta Holdings Inc. has tapped Korn Ferry to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Wayne Goldberg has stepped down from his leadership positions in the company by mutual agreement with the company’s board of directors. While Korn Ferry conducts its search process, Keith Cline, chief financial officer, will serve as La Quinta’s interim president

Executive Recruiters Search for Talent and New Business In Unlikely Places

Executive recruiters are increasingly being served hiring mandates in some of the world’s least likeliest of places. To meet the demand, search firms are developing new practices, hiring new recruiters, and opening new locations, from across the Middle East to Eastern Europe. The spike in demand seems to be favoring affiliated global recruiting consortiums and

Boston Seen As Growing East Coast Recruiting Hub

The Execu | Search Group has opened a new office in Boston that will initially service the accounting/finance, health services, human resources, information technology, life sciences and office support sectors in the city and throughout the local region. The firm says it has additional plans to deliver recruiting solutions in the financial services space soon. “The Execu

David Clapp Explores What It Takes to Build Great Management Teams

David Clapp is managing partner for CarterBaldwin Executive Search, a boutique search firm based in Atlanta. Mr. Clapp leads an active client portfolio that ranges from Fortune 100 global brands to high-growth PE backed companies. His clients are predominantly focused in the distribution, technology, consumer products and professional services sectors. In the following interview, Mr.

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

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

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