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Headstart Hiring Platform Secures $7 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an AI component. Just recently, Headstart, a platform that leverages data science to help companies reduce unconscious bias in the hiring process, raised $7 million in funding led by AI-focused Silicon Valley venture capital firm FoundersX, with participation from Founders Factory. Launched in 2017, Headstart

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NPAworldwide Adds Eight New Member Firms

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. Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added eight new member locations as it continues to

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McCann Partners Appoints Chief Growth Officer

Chicago-based recruiting firm McCann Partners has expanded with the addition of Jane Hamner to the newly created position of chief growth officer. She will be responsible for growing the firm’s recruitment service lines and expanding its executive search offering. She will also seek to increase McCann Partners’ Chicago footprint and explore regional growth opportunities. Ms. Hamner

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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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SkyWater Search Partners Appoints New Marketing Leader

Minneapolis-headquartered executive search firm SkyWater Search Partners has named McKaela Baldus to lead its newly expanded marketing practice division. With over a decade of experience as a Twin Cities marketing recruiting leader, McKaela is uniquely positioned to help SkyWater achieve its 2020 growth plans in this segment. “We’ve been looking at expanding our marketing practice for some

Heidrick & Struggles Posts 2019 Revenue Decline; Coronavirus to Impact Next Quarter Results

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International / (NASDAQ:HSII) posted global revenues of $706.9 million in 2019, a 1.3 percent decrease from revenues of $716 million the year before. The Chicago-headquartered recruiter – the third largest in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media last year – reported net income of $46.9 million, or $2.40 per share, on the

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KLR Executive Search Group Leading CEO Search for Harvard University Employees Credit Union

Providence, RI-headquartered KLR Executive Search Group has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU). Partner Susan Pardus is leading the assignment for the recruitment firm. Gene Foley, who has been with the credit union for four decades and led it for 25 years, is retiring

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Jorgenson Consulting Places Chief Economic Development Officer at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting has helped to place Cecilia Harry as chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in Colorado. “Cecilia’s background in leading economic development programs and producing results in attracting jobs and capital investment are critical to moving Colorado Springs forward,” said Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the non-profit economic

launches

Solomon Page Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

New York City-headquartered Solomon Page has opened a new office in Washington, D.C. The firm also expanded its legal services division with the addition of Jennifer Atlan as director of legal recruiting. Ms. Atlan is a licensed attorney and has over six years of experience in the recruiting industry. Her efforts will be concentrated on expanding

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Russell Reynolds Associates Names Canadian Operations Leader

Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has named Pascal Bécotte to lead its operations in Canada, which is comprised of three closely integrated offices: Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. In addition, the firm has added four new consultants to its Canada team to expand its support of evolving client needs. “We have been advising Canadian clients on talent and

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Michigan State and UMass Tap Isaacson, Miller to Find Chief Diversity Officers

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities. It has become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, with a broad range of responsibilities beyond that of most administrators. So

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Saenger Associates Fills Key Post for Gerber Childrenswear

After a nationwide search by executive search firm Saenger Associates, South Carolina-based baby products giant Gerber Childrenswear has a new head of distribution for the company’s massive worldwide distribution center in the Charleston area. Katherine Hayes took the lead on the search for the Los Angeles-based recruitment firm along with Gary L. Saenger. The assignment took just

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SearchWide Global Retained by VisitPittsburgh for CEO Search

VisitPittsburgh, the tourism promotion agency for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, has retained executive recruitment firm SearchWide Global to find its next president and chief executive officer. Craig Davis, who led the agency for seven years, stepped down at the end of last year to take the job as president and CEO of VisitDallas. Mike Gamble, president and

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Bench International Opens Office in San Diego

Los Angeles-headquartered search firm Bench International has expanded with the opening of a new office in San Diego. This expansion is being co-led by Denise (DeeDee) DeMan, chairman and CEO, and Kim Mittemeyer, regional head, San Diego. Fueled by an increase in San Diego life science venture capital funding, Bench International is focused on making

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The Intersect Group Names 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: Atlanta-based executive search firm The Intersect Group has appointed Edwin Miller as CEO. His appointment rounds out a series of strategic moves recently made to further position the firm for growth.

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Is the Workplace More Stressful Than Just Five Years Ago?

If you find yourself feeling nostalgic about a former job, there may be a good reason for it: A new Korn Ferry survey suggests that today’s workplace has become increasingly stressful compared to recent years past. Increased work demands, bad bosses and changes in leadership are creating an ever more stressful work environment for professionals. The report sought to determine

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Bespoke Partners Recruits CEO for Therapy Brands

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed Kimberly O’Loughlin as the new CEO of Therapy Brands in Birmingham, AL. She replaces Shegun Otulana effective immediately. “Therapy Brands has achieved incredible growth over a short time and it’s exciting to continue to build our talented executive team with a proven leader like Kimberly,” said Mr. Otulana.

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Museum Search & Reference Finds Senior Curator for Vero Beach Museum of Art

Executive search firm Museum Search & Reference has placed the new senior curator for the Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) in Florida. Senior search consultant Dan Keegan led the assignment. Anke Van Wagenberg joins the museum from the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, outside of Washington, D.C., where she was chief curator. “Anke’s expertise and

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Ballinger | Leafblad Assists Hennepin Healthcare with CEO Search

Executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad has assisted Minneapolis, MN-based health system Hennepin Healthcare in the recruitment of Jennifer DeCubellis as its new CEO. She replaces Jon Pryor who resigned last year. The assignment was led by co-founder Marcia Ballinger and principal Bob Schoenbaum. “We had a strong pool of candidates from across the nation to choose

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ZRG Partners Adds Recruiting Specialists Across Several Business Sectors

ZRG Partners has expanded with the addition of government, cyber and security industry specialist Pete Metzger as a senior advisor and managing director. Mr. Metzger’s executive search career extends over two decades, and has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor to business and government leaders, said the search firm. He has a strong

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Five Strategies to Attract Top Talent in Today’s Market

With the nation’s economy churning on all cylinders and the labor market stretched thin, many companies are having to work harder to attract and retain the best talent. As CEO for nationwide life sciences search firm Slone Partners, Leslie Loveless can attest to the challenges clients face in attracting the right people for the biggest

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Acertitude Recruits Former GE CIO to Lead Global IT Strategy at DXC Technology

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Chris Drumgoole as executive vice president and chief information officer for Tysons, VA-based DXC Technology. The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner, supported by partner Geoffrey Votta. The assignment was completed in just 88 days. “Chris Drumgoole is an extraordinary technology executive and the DXC ecosystem is

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Coulter Partners Recruits CFO for Stilla Technologies

Life sciences-focused executive search firm Coulter Partners placed Khaled Bahi as the new CFO of Paris-based Stilla Technologies. Client partner Eskil Westh led the assignment. Mr. Bahi’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for the company, with the recent opening of a U.S. subsidiary headquartered in Beverly, MA, providing American customers with direct sales and

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DRG Search Seeks CEO, CFO for Non-Profit Citizen Advocates

DRG Search, which finds executives for the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to find both the next chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Citizen Advocates in Malone, NY. The client organization provides mental health, substance abuse, housing and vocational services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ami Abramson, DRG’s chief strategy officer,

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Jensen Partners Appoints Head of Europe

New York City-based Jensen Partners has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Peter Mayer as head of Europe. He will lead European efforts out of the firm’s London office and spearhead recruiting and assets under management growth advisory. “Peter is a veteran of the alternative investment industry, with a deep understanding of different strategies and asset

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Navigating the Insular World of Academic Recruiting

Confusion abounds in the marketplace regarding academic executive recruiting vs. corporate search work. Every search is unique, and each finds its own path. It’s possible, however, to draw some generalizations about the differences and similarities in search work, says Shawn M. Hartman, vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search. “If you

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Herbert Mines Associates Assists CEC Entertainment in CEO Search

Retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed David McKillips as the new CEO of CEC Entertainment Inc., operators of Chuck E. Cheese. He replaces Tom Leverton, who recently resigned. “David is a proven executive with a lifetime of experience and success in the family entertainment industry, both domestically and around the world,” said

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Spencer Stuart Tapped by the National Council on Aging to Find CEO

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead a national search for its next president and CEO. Current president and CEO James Firman announced late last year his plans to retire from the organization after 25 years of service. He will continue to lead NCOA until a successor has been appointed. Consultants Jennifer Heenan

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Human Resource Solutions Recruits CTO for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Tony Thakur as chief technology officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a Grain Management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “It was important for me to understand and honor Tony’s respect and concern for his then current employer,” said

Herbert Mines Associates Recruits CEO for Sprouts Farmers Market

Following a nationwide search, New York-based executive recruiter Herbert Mines Associates recently placed Jack L. Sinclair as the new chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market which is based in Phoenix, AZ. Amin Maredia stepped down last December to pursue other interests. President and COO Jim Nielsen and CFO Brad Lukow had been serving as interim co-CEOs while

Egon Zehnder Heading CFO Search For Scientific Games

Egon Zehnder has been retained by gambling technology provider Scientific Games to find its next chief financial officer. Scott D. Schweinfurth, its current CFO, has said he will retire at the end of the year. The company plans to consider both internal and external candidates to fill the CFO position, a common move today by companies looking for

ZRG Partners Expands Healthcare Services Practice

Former CTPartners’ recruiter Susan Baldwin has joined ZRG Partners as managing director to further build out the firm’s healthcare services practice. Her focus has been with healthcare payers, pharmacy benefit management, and specialty healthcare services companies. She serves a range of Fortune 500, non-profit healthcare, and private equity firms specializing in healthcare services. Ms. Baldwin, who joins ZRG’s Chicago

Boyden Appoints Managing Partner for Interim Management Practice

Executive search firm Boyden has added Simon Gough to its U.K. office as managing partner of its interim management practice. “We’re thrilled that Simon has joined Boyden to lead our interim management business,” said John Ellis, a Boyden board member and managing partner of Boyden U.K. “Interim will continue to play a pivotal role in our growth strategy in

Female CEO Pay Seen Outpacing Male Counterparts

Though they remain outnumbered in the top ranks in many companies by their male counterparts, female chief executive officers (CEOs) seem to be outpacing their male colleagues in terms of salary, according to research by the Associated Press and the executive compensation data firm Equilar. Last year, median pay for female chiefs increased to $15.9 million, a 21 percent

Koya Leadership Partners Recruits Glazer Children’s Museum CEO

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has placed Jennifer Stancil as president and chief executive officer of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, FL. Ms. Stancil spent the last five years as executive director of educational partnerships at WQED Multimedia, the PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, responsible for Mister Rogers Neighborhood. She created and directed WQED’s strategies for outreach

NorthWind Partners Places CFO at Centerra Group

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has placed Deborah Ricci as chief financial officer of Centerra Group. Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, led the search; managing director Brian Thomas supported the assignment. With more than two decades of work experience with defense,

Norrie Johnston Recruitment Expands Technology Practice

U.K.-headquartered Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), a specialist in global executive search and interim management, has bolstered its technology division with the additions of Mark Gillham as a recruitment director and Richard Rogerson as an associate. Mr. Gillham will focus on technology and business transformation. He has over 20 years of experience in senior level permanent and

NPAworldwide Continues Growth Across The U.S.

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added three new member firms in the U.S. Membership in the network allows independent recruiters to serve their clients and candidates by partnering with other member firms on a split-fee basis. Greensboro, NC-headquartered Omnia Search LLC is a specialized search and consulting firm dedicated to the needs of colleges, military/government, non-profit and the

As Presidential Term Nears End, Search Firm Helps Government Lawyers Re-Enter Workforce

The McCormick Group has placed Jodi G. Daniel as a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The search was led by principals Ivan Adler and Linda Segal along with consultant John Hesse. At Crowell & Moring, Ms. Daniel will provide

MWM Consulting to Head Zurich Insurance CEO Search

London-based executive recruiters MWM Consulting has been selected by the Zurich Insurance Group AG to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The company is seeking a replacement for current CEO Martin Senn. With more than 55,000 employees, Zurich Insurance provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services and serves customers in

Russell Reynolds Strengthens Board Effectiveness Practice

Russell Reynolds Associates has added Anthony Goodman in Boston as a member of its board effectiveness practice. “Our board effectiveness practice is expanding to help clients build stronger and more vigorous boards,” said Mark Adams, leader of the firm’s operations in the U.S. “Anthony’s experience will add to the strength of the team and help us provide world-class

Cripps Sears Continues Expansion Into Sub Saharan Africa

Executive search firm Cripps Sears & Partners has continued its international expansion with the addition of Ted Theodore. Based in Lagos, he will be heading the firm’s office there and will work closely with its practice leads in developing business in Sub Saharan Africa. Mr. Theodore worked with Shell for two decades in diverse HR and business roles,

Witt/Kieffer Names Board Services Chair

Witt/Kieffer has transitioned Jena Abernathy to lead the firm’s board services practice as managing partner/chair of board services. She also serves on the firm’s board of directors. Jim Gauss formerly led the practice. As a senior partner, Mr. Gauss will remain involved with the firm’s board services practice, as well as its healthcare practice. Ms. Abernathy, based in Witt/Kieffer’s Atlanta office, began

Are We Approaching a ‘Tipping Point’ In Gender Leadership Equality?

Women at Canadian companies only account for 8.5 percent of chief executive positions among the country’s top 100 companies, but advocates are optimistic that number will rise in coming months. Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set a milestone in Canadian politics recently when he unveiled a new cabinet with equal numbers of men and women. When asked

CPS Energy Taps Korn Ferry To Find Its Next CEO

CPS Energy has selected Korn Ferry to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Doyle Beneby is leaving the organization to join Chicago-based New Generation Power International. Paula Gold-Williams, currently its group EVP and chief financial officer, has assumed the interim CEO role as Korn Ferry conducts the search. “We have made great progress,

Talentsoft Receives Funding From Goldman Sachs

Talentsoft, a global, privately held leader for cloud-based talent management solutions, has completed a funding round of $27 million. The round was led exclusively by Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division. The company’s software application suite provides an end-to-end talent management solution, ranging from recruiting to learning, and from compensation to performance management. Talentsoft targets both mid-market and

Coleman Lew Heading Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Search

Executive search firm Coleman Lew + Associates has been selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The CEO will report to the board of directors and lead the BBBS agency to ensure that the mission, strategy, values, and goals of the organization are achieved. Big Brothers

Conroy Ross Partners Expands Executive Search Practice

Executive search firm Conroy Ross Partners has named Terry Stein as vice president with the firm’s executive search practice. He has an extensive background in recruiting and talent management for organizations in the energy, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and property development industries. Prior to joining Conroy Ross, Mr. Stein was a partner in a boutique search

The Specialist Global Boutique: Challenges and Opportunities in Life Sciences

One of the hallmarks of outstanding companies is that they have a knack for being one step ahead of others in understanding where the market and the innovations that drive it are headed. Bianca Coulter has built a career out of staying ahead of that curve. After a successful 10-year stint with Korn Ferry in

Russell Reynolds Taps Outsider to Run L.L. Bean

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Stephen Smith as president and chief executive officer of Maine-headquartered L.L. Bean. He replaces Chris McCormick who has served as president and CEO since 2001 and is retiring in three months. He will be the fourth president in L.L. Bean history and the first outsider to lead the company. Mr. Smith

Allegis Partners to Recruit CHRO for The Children’s Place

Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has been retained by The Children’s Place to recruit a chief human resources officer (CHRO). The position is based in Secaucus, NJ, and will report to Jane Elfers, chief executive officer. Leading the search is Mike Bergen, managing partner & global practice leader, HR, and Cher Murphy, managing director, human resources. Demand for

Judith von Seldeneck Receives 2015 William Penn Award

Diversified Search founder and chairman Judith M. von Seldeneck has been honored as this year’s recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce William Penn Award. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia. Awarded annually since 1949, recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region,

Executive Search Firms Continue Expansion to Latin America

Executive recruiting firm Proco Global Group has opened a new office in Mexico City and appointed Gabriela Bautista to lead the new location. She will reports to Girado Suarez, managing director of the firm’s New York office. The new office will cover recruitment in the automotive, aerospace, food & beverage and processing chemicals sectors. Ms. Bautista will be supported

Penna Plc Reports 20 Percent Net Revenue Spike

Penna Plc, a provider of executive search and interim management services across the public and private sectors, has announced significant increases in six-month revenue, its best half year performance since the Great Recession began. The firm’s interim unaudited financial results for the six months ended September 30 shows a 15 percent increase in gross revenue to £47 million and

DHR Lands CEO for Tampa Bay Partnership

DHR International has recruited Rick Homans as president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership. The search was completed by David Smith, partner – economic development, and Tina Winner, a partner at DHR’s Jobplex. The Partnership conducted a nationwide search and interviewed candidates in Florida and throughout the U.S. Mr. Homans previously served as president

Spencer Stuart Recruits Barclays CEO

Spencer Stuart has recruited James Staley as chief executive officer of Barclays Plc. Executive chairman John McFarlane ousted CEO Antony Jenkins and had pledged to tackle a “cumbersome and bureaucratic” bank. Mr. Staley has nearly four decades of experience in banking and financial services. He worked for over 30 years at J.P. Morgan initially training as a commercial banker, and

Tatum Adds Integration Specialist In Houston

Tatum, a Randstad company and leading interim services and executive consulting firm, has added Eric Marin as a client service partner in the firm’s Houston office. He will be responsible for developing Tatum’s business in the Houston market with a specific focus on CFO and CIO services. “Throughout the course of his career, Eric has earned

Appointed Partners Launches to Serve Private Equity and Fortune 1000 Companies

Appointed Partners, a leadership advisory solutions firm, has been launched by Marci Nigro. The firm was created to connect private equity and Fortune 1000 companies with qualified board director and C-level leaders. The new plans to focus on board diversity, next generation leadership, and cross-functional board expertise. Ms. Nigro brings 25-plus years of experience in

Social Media Now No. 1 Global Platform for Finding Talent

Nearly two-thirds of companies (65 percent) found new hires through social media in the past year, according to a just-released Society for Human Resource Management survey entitled The Importance of Social Media for Recruiters and Job Seekers. The report was produced in collaboration with Ascendo Resources. Fifty-seven percent of organizations reported finding new employees through LinkedIn, 30

Life Sciences Specialist Expands to Pharmaceutical Capital

Global life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has expanded into Switzerland with the appointments of Graham Johnson as executive vice president and Helene Johnson as executive assistant in its new Basel office. They join Toby Ernberg, who serves as EVP in Basel. The Swiss chemical industry operates largely from here. But the city also boasts a large pharmaceutical industry, hence its

ON Search Partners Recruits CFO for Tesla Motors

ON Search Partners has placed Jason Wheeler as chief financial officer of Tesla Motors. The search was led by partner Larry Ormsby. Mr. Wheeler previously served as vice president of finance at Google where he oversaw global financial operations for the company including FP&A, accounting, internal audit, treasury, tax and financial operations. He joined Google in 2002

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