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Execu|Search Group Appoints New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments over the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Execu|Search Group announced that Lawrence Dolinko, current president of the professional services temporary division, will succeed Edward Fleischman as CEO. Mr. Fleischman, who founded the firm in 1985, announced his retirement as CEO


Panorama Adds New Member Firm in Toronto

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet 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. Panorama, a global network of independent executive search firms, has expanded in

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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

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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?


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


DHR International Adds Partner to Financial Officer Practice 

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has expanded with the addition of Rob Tillman as managing partner of its global financial officer practice. He will also serve as a key leader in the firm’s private equity and advanced technology practices and will work closely with DHR’s advisory services team, Elevate Partners. Mr. Tillman has served with three of


Bespoke Partners Recruits Technology Officer for Clearlake Capital-backed Provation

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has assisted in the placement of Linda Buan as chief technology officer of Clearlake Capital Group-backed Provation. Ms. Buan had been serving as the company’s vice president, product development and operations. “Innovation, quality and service have long been defining characteristics of Provation’s software solutions, and our chief technology officer


Westmont Search Selected to Lead Chief Nursing Officer Search for Essentia Health

As the healthcare sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most

Why Executive Search is an Ideal First Career Choice for a New Generation

Too often, executive recruitment is a field that individuals fall into after starting their career in another sector. Their expertise, insights into leadership and knowledge of how systems in business or a particular industry work can be extremely valuable in working with search clients and in identifying and attracting top drawer candidates. Unlike many other

Sports Association Taps Korn Ferry and Major, Lindsey & Africa to Recruit Top Leaders

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has selected executive search firms Korn Ferry and Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) to oversee the Confederation’s search for a general secretary and chief legal / compliance officer. Korn Ferry’s global sports practice will lead the search for a general secretary, while MLA will run the compliance officer

Russell Reynolds Associates Taps Boutique for Software Practice Head

Russell Reynolds Associates has added Jeff Yolen in Boston as leader of the firm’s software practice on the East Coast. Mr. Yolen’s work focuses on software, mobile and digital search assignments for companies based across the U.S. and abroad. He works with publicly traded companies, and with private equity, growth equity, and venture capital firms to recruit

Cornerstone Expands in Asia Pacific

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has established its first presence in Japan and 17th in Asia with the addition of Human Future, a boutique firm based in Yokohama. “This is an exciting step for us,” said Human Future managing partner William Liu. “Japan used to be a region by itself

Leadership Deficiency: Why Business Executives Are Falling Short

Leadership stands out as a business competency critical for success say executives from across business, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s recent report: ‘Using Competencies to Achieve Business Success: The Executive Perspective.’ The study found that a significant number of executives reported that many employees and candidates lack leadership competency. More than one-third of

Vetted Solutions In Hunt for American Psychiatric Foundation Leader

Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has been retained by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation to lead its search for an executive director. The organization’s new leader will work with the board and staff to increase financial support from funders, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of APA members who support the foundation. Position

Hanold Associates Lands CHRO for Ferrara Candy Co.

Hanold Associates has recruited Michael Goldwasser as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Ferrara Candy Company. He will report to CEO Todd Siwak and provide leadership and strategic management while overseeing the company’s entire human resources function. Neela Seenandan, co-managing partner at Hanold, led the search. Mr. Goldwasser was previously CHRO at Orbitz Worldwide where he drove

Morgan Samuels Names Healthcare Practice Co-Leader

Morgan Samuels, an L.A.-based human capital consulting and executive search firm, has appointed Linda Rebrovick as a senior client partner and co-leader of its healthcare recruiting practice. She will also lead the firm in the Nashville market. In her new role, Ms. Rebrovick will be responsible for client relationships and executive and board director searches for both public and private companies. Her

Matteson Partners Expands Recruiting Staff

Atlanta-based executive search firm Matteson Partners has added Tom Shull as a new partner and practice area lead. His focus will include supply chain management, production / operations management and engineering positions within manufacturing and distribution organizations for domestic and international clients. Mr. Shull has over a decade of experience in corporate recruiting and over 25

Investors Continue Pouring Money Into HR Technologies

Namely, an all-in-one HR software platform, has raised an additional $30 million in funding led by existing investor Sequoia with support from Matrix Partners, True Ventures and Greenspring Associates. The funding follows Namely’s Series C round last June and brings the total funding raised to $107.8 million. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and rapidly changing regulations at local,

Ryan Search Partners With Center for Creative Leadership

Executive recruiter Ryan Search & Consulting has formed a partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to provide clients with a deeper array of leadership development resources. A global provider of leadership development, Greensboro, NC-based CCL works with individuals, teams, organizations and companies to help them achieve their objectives through leadership development & organizational

Caldwell Partners Recruits CFO for Prime Risk Partners

Caldwell Partners has placed Robert Schneider as EVP and chief financial officer of Prime Risk Partners. Peter Reed, managing partner in Caldwell’s global insurance practice, led the assignment along with consultant Eric Roeloffs. Mr. Schneider has held senior financial executive roles, including CFO, at Ascension Insurance, USI Holdings, Anthem, and Acordia. He has managed the financial function

Alameda Health Taps Witt/Kieffer for Chief Medical Officer

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been selected by Alameda Health System (AHS) in Oakland, CA, to lead its search for a new chief medical officer. William T. Peruzzi MD, stepped down from the position in August. The search is being led by consultant Steve Yamada and associate Sue LeGrand. AHS is seeking a collaborative, inclusive physician leader to

PRATT Names HR Leader As Director In Miami Office

Boutique executive search firm PRATT has appointed José G. Hernández as managing director in its new Miami office. In this role, he will leverage his experience and relationships in the region to fill executive search needs of businesses in the area. “Bringing our expertise in finding and developing high potential talent, combined with our know-how of the region, is

Q2 Hiring Plans Moderate Among U.S. Employers

Expect to see stable, but moderating hiring plans among U.S. employers for the second quarter of 2016, this according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, just released by ManpowerGroup. Taking into account seasonal variations, the net employment outlook is up, making anticipated hiring in the second quarter relatively stable compared to the first quarter and unchanged from last

Russell Reynolds Associates Tapped by RAPS to Find Executive Director

Russell Reynolds Associates has been selected by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) to lead its search for a new executive director. Past director Sherry Keramidas recently retired. She will help facilitate the transition by working with the search committee to provide support on specific key initiatives. Stephanie Tomasso, head of Russell Reynolds’ trade & professional association practice group based in

DHR and Boyden Name Financial Services Recruiters

DHR International has named Jeanne Branthover to the firm’s financial services practice in New York as a partner. Ms. Branthover is a 25-year veteran in the financial services industry. She comes to DHR from Boyden, where she has been for the last 13 years. At Boyden she served as global financial services practice leader, where

Bespoke Partners Recruits CEO for Model N

Executive search firm Bespoke Partners has recruited Edward Sander as chief executive officer of Model N, Inc. Founder and current chairman and CEO, Zack Rinat, has assumed the newly-created role of executive chairman of the company. Kristie Nova, founding partner of Bespoke Partners, led the search. Mr. Sander brings a decade of experience running high growth,

Non-Profit Sector Opens Up New Career Path for High Performing Leaders

One of the fastest growing sectors within executive search today can be found in non-profit. Presently, close to 150 recruiting firms specialize in some form of talent acquisition in this sector, which includes foundations, cultural institutions, and academia, to name a few. One of the leaders in this burgeoning field, Koya Leadership Partners, has moved

Search Firm Launched to Serve Black Colleges

Four former black college presidents have launched TM2 Education Search, which provides executive recruiting and leadership development services targeting historically black colleges & universities and predominantly black institutions. The firm will focus on filling C-suite leadership positions, including presidents, chancellors and their cabinet-level direct reports, and board directorships. The firm is the brainchild of former black college

O’Rourke and Associates Recruits Credit Union Association CEO

San-Francisco-headquartered executive search firm O’Rourke and Associates has placed Brad Douglas as chief executive officer of the Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA). HCUA is the result of the consolidation of the Kansas Credit Union Association and the Missouri Credit Union Association. Both Marla Marsh, CEO of Kansas and Don Cohenour, CEO of Missouri, are retiring

Howard Fischer Associates Places Chief Marketing Officer at Entercom

Executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) has placed Ruth Gaviria as chief marketing officer of Entercom Communications. Ms. Gaviria was previously executive vice president of corporate marketing at Univision (UCI), where she structured an integrated marketing organization, directed the brand strategy and architecture for the company’s portfolio of brands, developed an audience strategy and

Erevena Opens First U.S. Office

London-based executive search firm Erevena has opened its first U.S. office, establishing a new location in San Francisco. The office is being led by partner Terry Shaw and principal consultant Max Levy, who relocates from London. Further additions the office are expected in coming months. Mr. Shaw has led C-suite and strategic go-to-market searches for enterprise software

Steven Douglas Associates Expands to Baltimore

Fort Lauderdale-based executive search firm Steven Douglas Associates has opened a new office in Baltimore. Managing director Matthew Beck has transferred from its Florida office to lead the new location. In his new role, Mr. Beck will continue leading the firm’s national sales, marketing and operations executive search practice as well as launching a local finance and accounting

Korn Ferry Reports Solid Q3 As Hay Acquisition Ponies Up

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) posted third quarter revenue of $272.3 million, a nine percent gain (14 percent gain on a constant currency basis) from $249.5 million in the third quarter of last year. Including revenues related to its Hay Group acquisition, revenues totaled $344.2 million. The acquisition of Hay Group was completed on December 1. The third quarter increase was driven

Parker Executive Search Recruits Athletic Director for UConn

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has recruited David Benedict as athletic director at the University of Connecticut. Warde Manuel has left the school to take on the athletic director position at the University of Michigan. Mr. Benedict, who was one of nine candidates to interview, is now responsible for the stewardship, management, coordination and supervision of UConn’s intercollegiate athletics program, which includes 24 sports, more than

FaithSearch Partners Lands Foundation President

FaithSearch Partners has placed Edward Ammon as president of the Central Valley Health Foundation (CVHF). Mr. Ammon has held fundraising leadership roles for the last 25 years. Most recently he served as executive director of the Foundation for Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. In addition, for eight years he served as mayor of College Place, WA. “Ed is an

HVS Adds VPs In Las Vegas and San Diego

HVS Executive Search has added Mike Young and Rachel Hoffheimer as vice presidents based out of its Las Vegas and San Diego offices, respectively. Mr. Young brings more than 20 years’ experience in securing talent, which includes domestic and international industry leaders inclusive of Fortune 500 companies within the casino, gaming, hotel, restaurant, and information technology

Bialla Partners Expands Recruiting Staff

Sausalito, CA-based executive search firm Bialla Partners has added Jeff Hodge and Diletta D’Onofrio as recruiting partners. Mr. Hodge has conducted board director and C-suite search assignments for more than three decades. He has worked with leading companies in most industries from the Fortune 50 to private equity-backed portfolio companies. He previously led Hodge Partners, which became

Empowering Female Leaders One Country at a Time

Egon Zehnder today is launching a unique global dialogue around the opportunities and challenges faced by young women in the modern business world. Marking International Women’s Day, the search firm is hosting a global event series, “Leaders and Daughters: Cultivating the Next Generation of Women,” bringing together renowned leaders and their talented daughters in 16 locations –

New Recruiting Gig: Finding Culture Leaders Who Transform Companies

To help theme park and resorts company SeaWorld Entertainment grapple with a number of business and brand challenges, as well as help drive its equity valuation, CEO Joel Manby brought in DHR International last year to recruit a head of global investor relations. “When a company is in a turnaround situation, it is even more critical

CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for Feed The Children

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed J.C. Watts as president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children. Bill Peterson, co-leader of the firm’s non-profit and academic search practice, led the assignment. With a background in politics and business, the board of directors found Mr. Watts to be an ideal candidate. His experience serving others domestically and abroad,

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