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As CFOs Gain in Stature, Succession Plans to Replace Them Falter
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As CFOs Gain in Stature, Succession Plans to Replace Them Falter

As with all things in the business world, the role of a CFO has evolved over the past 10 years. Gone are the days of the CFO being the top accountant focused on the timely and accurate recording of transactions to generate a set of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. While the accuracy of

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Lionheart Children’s Academy Taps FaithSearch Partners for VP of Talent Management

Executive search firm FaithSearch Partners has been retained by Lionheart Children’s Academy in Arlington, TX to lead its search for a vice president of talent management. Vice chairman Greg Barnes is spearheading the assignment along with John Williams, vice president of the firm’s mission enterprise team. Lionheart is seeking a leader to provide overall talent acquisition strategy and facilitate

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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.

Partners International Places Director of Learning at Consumer Reports

Peter Movesian, SVP of executive search at New York City-based Partners International, has placed former Viacom executive Gwyneth Meeks as director of learning and development at Consumer Reports. “Gwynn has had a great background in assisting organizations that are transforming,” said Mr. Movesian. “She is a great collaborator and partners and will fit into 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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International Executive Search Federation Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF), an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has added Flensby & Partners International in Frederiksberg, Denmark as its newest member firm. IESF now has 80 offices located in 20 countries. Flensby & Partners is a Nordic consultancy firm within executive search and leadership assessment working

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Booming Private Equity Sector Feeds TritonExec’s Expansion to the U.S.

Aside from the big-branded executive recruiters, all of whom devote significant time and manpower to talent acquisition initiatives throughout the PE space, a number boutique search firms are working alongside these investment brands to provide talent up and down the functional scale. And much of the activity is taking place on American shores. Following that demand,

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Expertise, Deep Perspective Serve Clients Beyond Simply Filling Jobs

The most effective executive search firms do much more than simply go out and find talent. Their consultants bring deep passion, curiosity and interest to their work. What’s more, they are constantly learning about their sector, its people and the nuances of the varied roles. In a nutshell, that’s the kind of firm that Matt

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Acertitude Places CFOs for DexKo Global

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Jeff Richard as DexKo Global’s new chief financial officer and Derek Peabody as CFO of the company’s subsidiary, Dexter. The two finance leaders are critical hires for DexKo, which seeks to grow aggressively both organically and through acquisitions. Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner of Acertitude, led both searches, partnering closely

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Strategic Government Resources Seeks Two New Police Chiefs in Pennsylvania

In separate assignments, Keller, TX-based executive search firm Strategic Government Resources (SGR) has been chosen to find new police chiefs for two municipalities in Pennsylvania, Newtown Township and Edinboro. Newtown Township, in Bucks County, has a population of about 20,000. The community is looking for a chief of police with exceptional leadership and management skills

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Ridgeway Partners Continues Expansion

London-headquartered executive search firm Ridgeway Partners has expanded with the addition of Katie Thomas as a partner. “We are delighted to welcome Katie to the Ridgeway team,” said Sue O’Brien, managing partner at Ridgeway Partners. “Every industry challenge needs effective leadership, so we see the retail and broader consumer service sectors as a growth opportunity under Katie’s direction. With her relationships merging with our

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Attracting Top Talent in the Age of AI

Artificial intelligence is quickly emerging as a game-changer for recruiting – enabling organizations to more readily identify and hire candidates. It is enabling search firms to find and evaluate talent with greater accuracy and speed. New recruitment technology can sift through tremendous amounts of data to identify top prospects exponentially faster than any individual, or

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Lochlin Partners Finds Chief Policy Officer for the American Bankers Association

Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Naomi Camper as chief policy officer for the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington, D.C. She started her new position on Monday. Lochlin’s managing partners Patrick Friel and Liza Wright led the assignment. “I am thrilled that Naomi has agreed to join ABA at this important moment for the

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NETcon Taps Sheffield Search to Find CEO

New Zealand-headquartered executive recruiting firm Sheffield Search has been selected by power transmission company NETcon to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The assignment is being led by Nick Gee, manager of Sheffield’s South Island operation. “This role offers both challenge and great opportunity with the chance to shape an organization as

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Human Capital Group Adds Healthcare Veteran

Nashville, TN-based the Human Capital Group has expanded with the addition of healthcare veteran Paul Cleckner as managing director. Mr. Cleckner brings more than 25 years of senior operating and leadership experience in healthcare and technology. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Saint Thomas Health and prior to that was VP of operations

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Global Healthcare Services Creates New Recruitment Platform

Rocky River, OH-headquartered executive search firm Global Healthcare Services (GHS) recently detected a disturbing trend within the sector it serves: Hospitals were struggling with employee retention, from staff to leadership roles, with the C-suite’s annual turnover as high as 20 percent in recent years. GHS saw an opportunity to implement a recruitment platform called IRIS

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

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

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Grace Blue Lands New Leader for VCU Brandcenter

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

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Russell Reynolds Associates Places CEO at CropLife America

CropLife America (CLA), the leading association for the U.S. crop protection industry, has chosen former National Pork Board executive Chris Novak as its CEO. Russell Reynolds Associates assisted on the assignment. Mr. Novak will start his new role on Aug. 20. “I’m pleased to announce that Chris Novak has been selected by our board’s search committee

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NPAworldwide Adds 10 New Member Firms Across the U.S.

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 10 new member locations across the

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Indeed Acquires Resume.com

Job aggregator Indeed recently acquired Resume.com, an online service for creating personalized resumes. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Over 3.5 million job seekers use Resume.com, creating more than 40,000 resumes every week, and accessing timely career resource information. Indeed will continue to operate resume.com and enable job seekers to build, download, and print personalized

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The Digital Future of Recruiting: 5 Solutions to Improve Hiring and Retention

In today’s competitive recruiting market, search firms must be nimble and efficient. One way to get there: Invest in digital tools to hire and onboard best-in-class professionals. Many organizations still use manual or paper-based processes, which are slow, expensive, and error-prone, resulting in inefficient operations and compliance risks. A new report by DocuSign found that

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SearchWide Finds New Leader for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry continues to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling in general are

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Eastman & Beaudine Leading Athletic Director Search for University of South Florida

Executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine has been retained by the University of South Florida (USF) to lead its search for a new athletic director. Scott Kull, USF’s deputy athletic director for external operations, has been named interim AD while the school looks to replace Mark Harlan, who recently stepped down. “USF Athletics has gained tremendous momentum over the past

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Heidrick & Struggles Launches Cross-Industry Innovation Network

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has launched a new cross-industry corporate innovation network that it is calling the Game-Changer Collaborative (GCC). The GCC enables members to collaborate around emerging technologies, external innovation opportunities and approaches to accelerating innovation in their organizations, said the Chicago-based firm. The GCC includes several

Executive Search Veteran Stephanie Pinson Dies
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Executive Search Veteran Stephanie Pinson Dies

Stephanie Pinson, president of executive search firm Gilbert Tweed International, has died. Ms. Pinson, born May 23, 1936, had been with the New York City-based recruitment provider since 1981 and was a member of its board of directors. She had in-depth experience as a search consultant to the highly complex insurance industry, where she specialized

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How Predictive Analytics Promotes Better Decision Making and Efficiency

At most major corporations, it is critical for the head of HR to be an extremely strong strategic and trustworthy adviser to the CEO, the board of directors and senior management. That means not just filling leadership positions with the current needs of the organization, but being able to look to the future in terms

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McDermott & Bull Leading Two Chief Officer Searches for Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee, one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the specialty coffee business, has retained Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull to lead its search for a new chief commercial officer and chief development officer. The search is being conducted by what is known as the fit practice at the recruitment firm, which includes partner

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Ratliff & Taylor Seeks Next President for Leadership Akron

Independence, OH-based executive search firm Ratliff & Taylor has been chosen to find the next president for Leadership Akron. The search is being led by senior consultant Patti Shumay and senior vice president and practice leader Linda J. Gray. The non-profit’s previous leader, Mark Scheffler, departed earlier this year to become executive director of the

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MediaLink Names Leader of Executive Search Division

MediaLink, an Ascentia-owned advisory company, has appointed Trish Shortell as managing director, executive search, based in its New York office. In her role, she will lead the firm’s executive search practice and will report to Michael Kassan, MediaLink’s chairman and CEO. “Trish is widely sought-after in our industry for her thought leadership and counsel on

Mansfield & Associates Opens Office in Serbia

Mansfield & Associates, Ltd., a research driven executive search firm with offices in Cleveland, Fort Myers, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego and Budapest, has opened a new office in Serbia with the addition of Erika Blazic as a senior associate. Ms. Blazic has extensive background in HR generalist affairs, including experience in employee recruitment and retention,

Lumesse Releases Accelerator

Lumesse, a global leader in integrated talent management solutions, has launched Accelerator, a new offering that combines the services of onboarding, learning and social — available on its TalentLink platform. Accelerator will allow companies to fast-track time to productivity and drive new hire engagement; it is designed for HR executives, recruiters and learning and development

Christenson Advisory Services Adds Managing Principal

Christenson Advisory Services has added James E. Jones as managing principal, specializing in new business development, management consulting and talent management. Mr. Jones, who is based in the firm’s Newport Beach office, will draw upon more than 10 years of experience in corporate operations. He joins Christenson Advisory from Grubb & Ellis Company, where he

Koltin Consulting Group Completes Search For Cohnreznick

Koltin Consulting Group, a provider of management, marketing, and business consulting services to financial services firms, has placed Edward C. Mason as principal and national sales director with CohnReznick LLP. Managing director Nelson Rodriguez and director Ryan Prepelica led the assignment. Mr. Mason was most recently a director and the national director of business development

B.E. Smith Adds to Strategic Management Consulting Group

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has added Yolanda Otero Inman to its strategic management consulting group. She will be responsible for the delivery and execution of management consulting solutions. Prior to joining B. E. Smith’s leadership team, Ms. Inman was a consultant and interim leader for the firm for seven years, helping hospitals throughout the

Chief HR Officer Impact on Bottom Line Grows

According to findings from a customer analysis by SuccessFactors, effective talent management is a key driver of business growth. The study, which highlights the importance of having Chief HR Officers (CHROs) on the executive board, identified companies with an HR executive in their C-suite as high performers. These companies are on average 105 percent more

Russell Reynolds Associates Leads CEO Search for Diamond Offshore Drilling

Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Lawrence R. Dickerson, current president and CEO, has decided to retire after more than 30 years of service. Diamond Offshore provides contract drilling services to the energy

HireRight Extends International Capabilities

HireRight, a global provider of on-demand employment screening solutions, has expanded its market-leading integrated global screening platform to include 15 new languages. The company has also expanded its talent management integrations. The HireRight global platform has supported English, French and Spanish for many years but now includes 15 additional languages such as simplified Chinese, German

Kincannon & Reed Strengthens South and Central America Operations

Kincannon & Reed has made several moves to strengthen the firm’s capabilities in South and Central America. David Turner, a managing director, has been appointed head of the firm’s Latin America business unit. Joseph Sherman has joined the firm as a managing director in Sao Paulo. Mr. Sherman comes to Kincannon & Reed following a

Ryan Search & Consulting Expands Board of Advisors

Executive recruiter Ryan Search & Consulting has added George Dunbar, an entrepreneur and management consultant in the life sciences arena, to its board of advisors. Mr. Dunbar heads Franklin, Tennessee-based Dunbar Group LLC and is also a partner with Arboretum Ventures, a venture capital firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan that specializes in the healthcare

Korn Ferry Retained by CommonWealth REIT

Korn/Ferry International has been retained by CommonWealth REIT (CWH) to help identify potential independent trustee candidates. CommonWealth REIT is a large, nationwide office real estate investment trust. Korn/Ferry International, based in Los Angeles and with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a global provider of talent management

Fairsail to Lead HR Processes for UAS

United Allergy Services (UAS) has selected Fairsail, a leader in global workforce collaboration, to streamline and manage its human resource, human capital management and recruitment processes, bringing together its global team on a single platform. Nic Scott, Fairsail’s chief executive officer, said: “Employee collaboration has been a big focus for us in the past year,

Witt/Kieffer Launches No-For-Profit Practice

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has opened a new not-for-profit search practice which will recruit C-level executives for nonprofit organizations across a wide range of sectors, including leading organizations in philanthropy, education reform, community engagement, human services, and specialty education. Wayne Luke will join Witt/Kieffer’s Atlanta office as managing partner of the practice. John Fazekas joins

Greenwich Harbor Partners Completes Search for Dex Media

Greenwich Harbor Partners has placed Suzanne Keen as head of communications at Dex Media. Previously, Ms. Keen held various corporate communications positions with G6 Hospitality (Motel 6 and Studio 6 Extended Stay brands), Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s brands), FedEx and JC Penney. Dex Media provides local, social and mobile marketing solutions to businesses in

Calibre One Extends Reach in NYC

U.K.-based executive search firm Calibre One has extended its reach into the U.S. Northeast with the promotion Girish Mirchandani, who was previously a partner in the San Francisco office and will now relocate to New York. Since joining Calibre One in 2010, Mr. Mirchandani has expanded his recruiting portfolio placing key executives into Hearst, Aternity,

Job Prospects to Remain Stable in Q4

One in four employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in the fourth quarter, relatively unchanged from last year, according to CareerBuilder's latest job forecast. Industries expected to outpace the national average for companies hiring include information technology (36 percent), financial services (32 percent) and manufacturing (30 percent). Hiring among large healthcare organizations is expected

Boyden Adds New Managing Directors

Boyden has added Peter Santora as a managing partner based in Southern California and Paul Moran as a managing partner in Boston. Mr. Santora will direct his efforts on strengthening market-focused client services for the West Coast, including but not limited to California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. He previously was a senior client partner and

Cejka Executive Search Retained by Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

Cejka Executive Search has been chosen by Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute – MSK Cancer Alliance to lead in its search for a new physician-in-chief. The physician-in-chief will oversee and facilitate this distinctive clinical and research partnership built to rapidly move innovative evidence-based cancer care into the community setting and enable bi-directive learning across the institutions.

Jibe Unveils New Recruiting Analytics Tool

Jibe, Inc., a provider of recruiting technology solutions, has launched Jibe Recruiting Analytics, developed to provide real-time strategic insight into hiring practices. The system features an event-based analytic engine that tracks every interaction a job seeker, or candidate, has with a prospective employer. “We keep hearing the term ‘big data’ used in recruiting and HR,

Ultimate Software Selected by AETNA

Ultimate Software, a provider of HR, payroll, and talent management solutions, has confirmed that Aetna has selected UltiPro for its core HR information system solution delivered through Ultimate’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. Aetna will use UltiPro to handle global core HR administration; U.S. payroll administration; global payroll support; integrated time and attendance management; and HR reporting.

Odgers Berndtson Acquires Asia-Pacific Rim

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has acquired Australian-owned Braithwaite Steiner Pretty (BSP), an executive search firm focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Established in Sydney in 1997, BSP has built a regional business with operations in Australia, Japan, China, Singapore and India. Mark Braithwaite is a founding partner of BSP. “BSP adds significant scale to our

RSR Partners Appoints CEO

RSR Partners, a corporate governance and executive search firm, has appointed Barrett J. Stephens as its chief executive officer. Founded in 1993 by recruiting industry veteran Russell S. Reynolds Jr., RSR Partners is owned by its partners and employees. Mr. Reynolds plans to remain involved with the firm on a full-time basis as chairman and

Kaye/Bassman Recruits President for Manhattan Construction Company

Kaye/Bassman International Corp. has placed John Reyhan as president of the Manhattan Construction Company. Mr. Reyhan previously worked for Skanska USA since 1998, where he has held a succession of leadership roles. He has led the business units for sports, higher education, and federal market sectors, and has served as general manager for the company’s

Pontoon Names President, APAC

Pontoon, a global leader in workforce solutions, has named Rishi Kapoor as president, APAC. Mr. Kapoor will be responsible for driving sales and operational delivery for Pontoon across India, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australasia and the broader Asia region. He has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience across diverse industry sectors including

Korn Ferry Partners with Career Connections

Korn/Ferry International has formed a partnership with Career Connections, a talent consulting firm in East Africa. The new alliance has been created to improve both firms’ ability to deliver recruiting services and talent consulting in Africa and for African headquartered clients internationally. “This alliance will allow Korn/Ferry to more successfully serve our global clients in

Executive Hiring Prospects Remain High

Executive hiring prospects remain high with about 59 percent of employers selectively or significantly increasing executive hiring for the balance of 2013 and 2014 according to Claymore Partners‘ Executive Talent Market Survey. The outlook expressed by unemployed executives is also significantly less optimistic than employed executives and is consistent with their perspectives in January 2013.

Lonergan Partners Finds CMO for Talari Networks

Executive search firm Lonergan Partners has placed Kevin Gavin as chief marketing officer of Talari Networks. The search was lead by Mark Lonergan. Mr. Gavin previously served as CMO of ShoreTel. “Kevin is one of the world’s best technology marketing executives. He has special skills in building and supporting channel networks for companies like Talari,”

eQuest Continues to Grow Big Data Recruitment Suite

eQuest, a job posting distribution and job posting management provider, has accumulated another 50 million job board and social media candidate performance records making its database the largest candidate performance collective in the world. eQuest collects and stores these statistics as part of its Big Data Recruitment Suite. The data is used to calculate and

IIC Partners Appoints New Executive Director

IIC Partners has appointed Christine Hayward as its new executive director. Ms. Hayward previously served as the managing director, Asia Pacific, Middle East and emerging markets at the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Ms. Hayward stated: “I am delighted to be joining IIC Partners as its executive director. I look forward to being able

Gilbert Tweed Adds Managing Director in NY

Executive search firm Gilbert Tweed Associates has added Steven Wilk as a managing director in its New York office. With more than 30 years in the technology field, Mr. Wilk was previously founder and president of technology-focused executive search firm Wilk Consulting. Gilbert Tweed International, established in 1975, is an executive search firm serving corporate

Caldwell Partners Taps HR Chief for Wesco Aircraft

Executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. has recruited Felicia Williams as vice president and chief human resources officer at Wesco Aircraft. Ms. Williams was formerly vice president of human resources at Superior Industries. Managing directors Jerry McGrath and Dave Winston handled the search. Wesco Aircraft is one of the world’s largest publicly held

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