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Background Checking Candidates with Social Media

Increasing numbers of search firms and employers are using social media and Internet searches to screen candidates before hiring, according to a recent poll. While drug testing and credit checks used to be the biggest factors that could disqualify an otherwise great candidate, formal social media evaluations are now being added to the list, according

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Noetic Search Places New Leader at Tree House Humane Society

Executive search firm Noetic Search has recruited Raissa Allaire as the new executive director of the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. Rhyan Zweifler, Noetic’s founder and president, and vice president Jane Luiso led the search. Tree House was seeking a highly experienced leader with demonstrated vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals, said Noetic

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Disrupting Recruiting: How Technology is Transforming the Talent Sector

In this latest episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ host Andrew Mitchell is joined by Nick Cromydas, CEO of The Hunt Club, a referral recruiting service that leverages technology and a front-end automation process to help land passive candidates.

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ZipRecruiter Lands $156 Million in Funding

Jobs website ZipRecruiter has just lined up $156 million in investment capital. The company said the series B financing will be used to accelerate its growth and further develop its artificial intelligence-powered matching technology and mobile apps. Wellington Management Co. and returning investor IVP co-led the investment, which included participation by other existing investors. ZipRecruiter’s

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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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Vanderbloemen Names COO

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has appointed Sutton Turner as its chief operating officer. He brings a combined 23 years of business and ministry experience to his role. “We have been fortunate to have seen many years of repeated and robust growth, and our work is at an unprecedented size and scope,”

Trends

Employers Continue Adding Jobs, But Middle-Wage Opportunities Stagger

A new study from CareerBuilder points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin. Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8.3 million jobs (5.08 percent growth) from 2018

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Gold Hill Associates Seeks New Leader for Temple College

Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates has been selected to find the next president for Temple College in central Texas. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment. The Temple College board of trustees was unanimous in choosing the Jackson, MS-based firm. “Gold Hill has experience and an extensive network in Texas and

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Battalia Winston Finds Chief Sales Officer for Clean Harbors

Finding qualified C-suite sales executives continues to be an issue for companies. According to the ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Report, sales positions have been some of the most difficult to fill in recent years. And it has not been an attractive role to new generations of workers. New York City-headquartered executive search firm Battalia Winston recently recruited Robby Speights

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Koya Strengthens Staff with Diversity Pioneer

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Maureen Alphonse-Charles as managing director. Based in Boston, Ms. Alphonse-Charles is expected to help strengthen the firm’s work across non-profits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between non-profits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. She sits on the boards of Boston University, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

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Alexander Hughes Names President of Recruiting Subsidiary

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the 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. Didier Simon de Bessac was recently named president of Managers by Alexander Hughes,

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Benchmark Metrics to Guide Your Recruitment Strategy

The growing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate mundane operational tasks is creating new efficiencies that are freeing up recruiters’ time to focus on relationship building and nurturing passive candidates, according to a new report by Jobvite. The percentage of job interviews that resulted in offers climbed from 17 percent in 2015

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Wheless Partners Retained by the University of Colorado to Find New Leader

With the new academic year underway, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. The University of Colorado board of regents recently tapped executive recruitment firm Wheless

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Major, Lindsey & Africa Seeks General Counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance

Executive search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recently been selected to find new general counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance. Located in Downers Grove, IL, DuPage Medical Group is one of the largest independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. Backed by the large PE firm Ares, the organization is physician led, enabling it to provide

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Quantum Search Partners Names Digital Security & Risk Practice Leader

Cybersecurity might well might the greatest challenge facing corporate America today. The threat to reputation, private information and dollars — both from immediate theft and the cost of repairing the damage of a cyber-attack — can be staggering. Yet too few companies have taken adequate measures to protect themselves. No one can deny that it is

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Bailey Montago Executive Search Names Two Practice Leaders

London-based Bailey Montagu Executive Search continues its expansion with the appointment of Rupert Channing as leader of the firm’s financial services search practice and Lee Cooper as head of its consumer and retail practice. Bailey Montago’s financial services search practice is focused on identifying, attracting and appointing high-caliber executives. Mr. Channing has worked in executive search

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Spencer Stuart Names Ben Williams CEO

Spencer Stuart has appointed Ben Williams as its new CEO, succeeding Kevin Connelly, who served two three-year terms as the firm’s leader after previously serving six years as its chairman. In addition, the firm elected David Daniel as its new chairman. He takes over from Edward Speed, who served two three-year terms in the post. Both appointments were effective at

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Korn Ferry Tapped by Vanderbilt to Find New Athletic Director

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. With the announcement that Vanderbilt University’s current AD, David Williams, plans to retire in May, the school recently turned to Korn Ferry to find his replacement. Jed Hughes, who leads Korn Ferry’s sports practice, is heading the assignment alongside senior associate Kyle Bowlsby.

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Hanold Associates Recruits Head of Talent at PepsiCo

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recruited Anita Roggendorf as PepsiCo’s director of talent attraction & engagement. Partners Ashley Schiele, Keri Gavin and Katie Traines led the assignment for the role, which is based at the consumer product giant’s global headquarters in Purchase, NY. Ms. Roggendorf previously worked for American Express. In her new role, she will

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Taylor Strategy Partners Adds Leader to Fuel Growth

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. Recently, Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners added Angie Aldinger as vice president of business development. Ms. Aldinger will lead business development efforts across all business lines at the firm, including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive & professional search, consulting & assessment

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Signium Africa Partners with HR Solutions Provider Riverwaves

Signium Africa, global search consortium Signium’s African business unit, has partnered with Riverwaves, a global provider of optimization of “people capability” through the customization of competency-driven HR models. Following in-depth exposure to Riverwaves’ intellectual property (IP) and proprietary modeling tools, “Signium Africa is positioned to apply its partner’s globally respected competency framework, build internal capability and

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Global CEO Confidence Falls to Two-Year Low

Global CEO confidence fell in the third quarter to its lowest level in two years, but chief executives remain confident about growth prospects in the U.S., according to the Conference Board. The overall measure of CEO confidence decreased to a level of 55 from 63 in the second quarter. A reading of more than 50

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WinterWyman Places CHRO at Excelitas Technologies

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to

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Odgers Berndtson Partners with JDR Consulting

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has continued its recent expansion by partnering with JDR Consulting. Founder John de Regt, who has more than 30 years of executive coaching and search experience, is expected to enhance the firm’s leadership service offerings in the U.S. “John is an exceptionally talented and experienced executive coach,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers

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Acertitude Recruits Senior Leaders for Borden

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited two key leaders for Borden Dairy. Craig Musgrove joins the Dallas-based company as chief sales officer and Satyaki Lodh becomes chief information officer. Acertitude co-founder and managing partner Kevin O’Neill led the search teams for both assignments. The two hires are the latest in a series of nine searches

Launches

Witt/Kieffer Launches Interim Leadership Practice

Witt/Kieffer recently launched an interim leadership practice and added Brian Krehbiel to head the new offering. The initiative, dubbed Witt/Kieffer Interim Leadership, expands the reach and capabilities of the firm’s healthcare practice in order to address the critical needs of these clients and ensure continuity in executive leadership. “We continually assess how Witt/Kieffer can adapt to our clients’ changing

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 48-Year Low

Employers added 134,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The September gain is the 95th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people fell to six million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) forecast that the U.S. economy

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Storbeck/Pimentel Seeks 22nd President for Allegheny College

Executive search firms continue to reap the benefits of an active education sector, which many academic recruiters report has never been busier. The action is especially heavy among the boutiques, with niche recruiting outfits handling multiple assignments concurrently at major institutions, all at the senior levels. If any slowdown is coming, it most likely will

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DDJ Myers Seeking New CEO for Jax Federal Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

Launches

Momenta Partners and Enertech Launch Quantal Search

Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has joined forces with Enertech Search Partners to launch Quantal Search, a professional search practice focused on “deep talent.” Quantal will focus on placing talent that are designing and operationalizing disruptive technologies including data science, blockchain and augmented reality, as well as associated operational and commercial teams. Enertech Search Partners has served cleantech

CEB Acquires Talent Neuron

CEB, a member-based advisory company, has acquired Talent Neuron, a provider of market intelligence technology tools based on large-scale data analytics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. By combining Talent Neuron’s talent data asset with CEB’s insight, best practice and predictive science on talent acquisition, assessment and development, the company is positioned to

Barracuda Group Creates New Private Equity Division

Barracuda Group has established a new private equity division which will be headed by Anthony Bull. Mr. Bull has over 16 years’ experience as a private equity investor with 3i, LDC, Mitsui & Co and most recently with Gresham Private Equity, where he sat on the investment committee and was co-head of the firm’s London

Kaye/Bassman Names Partners in Construction & Real Estate Practice

Kaye/Bassman International Corp.’s construction & real estate practice, a provider of executive search and recruitment within the commercial construction and real estate sectors, has named Ashley Richards and Luke Peters as managing partners. Ms. Richards joined Kaye/Bassman in 2010 and is responsible for client development and candidate recruitment for the firm's Southwest region. Mr. Peters

Dice Adds Twitter’s VP of HR to Board

Dice Holdings, Inc., a career website for technology and engineering professionals, has added Brian Schipper, vice president of human resources at Twitter, to its board of directors. Prior to joining Twitter, Mr. Schipper was the chief human resources officer at Groupon, where he oversaw the HR and administration functions globally and was integral to building

Koenig & Associates Retained by Suncorp

Koenig & Associates has been selected by Suncorp Valuations to lead a search for a new director of human resources. Over the course of a 30-plus year history, Suncorp Valuations has worked with businesses and investors to ensure investments and acquisitions are valued and assessed correctly. Koenig and Associates an independent human resources and organizational

Lonergan Partners Fills Sales Post for Wurldtech Security Technologies

Executive search firm Lonergan Partners has placed David Weier as vice president of global sales at Wurldtech Security Technologies. The search was led by Dotty Schaffer. Mr. Weier previously served as VP, Americas sales for Solera Networks. “David’s reputation as a smart, strategic, high energy, winning sales executive makes him an ideal contributor for Wurldtech,”

SilkRoad Names Chief Revenue Officer

SilkRoad, a provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, has named Paul O’Donnell as chief revenue officer. Mr. O’Donnell brings more than 30 years of experience in building profitable sales pipelines and has conducted business throughout Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Americas. He formerly served as president of OpenText Americas where he was instrumental in driving

Alexander Hughes Adds to NY Office

Alexander Hughes has added Susan J. Landon as managing partner of the New York office and head of the firm's professional services practice. Ms. Landon has over 25 years of executive recruiting experience, gained at several global executive search firms, including Russell Reynolds Associates, Korn Ferry and DHR International, where she was the head of

Signium Expands in China

Signium International has added a new presence in China to enhance its executive search and leadership presence across the Asia Pacific region. The parent organization of Signium Greater China was founded in Hong Kong in 1986 and employs around 50 people in four offices: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The firm has placed candidates

Diversified Search Retained by Teach for America

Diversified Search has been selected by Teach for America to lead in its search for new executive director for the D.C. region. Diversified president Dale Jones, said: “Diversified's philosophy of going ‘beyond conventional wisdom’ to find great leaders aligns with TFA and its mission. We look forward to applying this way of thinking as we

Staffing 360 Solutions to Acquire Poolia UK

Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc., a provider of staffing services in IT, financial, accounting, healthcare, and cybersecurity industries, has said that its wholly owned U.K. subsidiary, Staffing 360 Solutions (UK) Limited, is acquiring the business and assets of Poolia UK Ltd., a subsidiary of Poolia AB. Poolia UK operates its professional staffing services from its office

Wheless Partners Strengthens Financial Services Practice Group

Executive search firm Wheless Partners has added Jodie L. Jiles, Robert L. McMillan, and Rich Phillips to its financial services practice group. Collectively, they bring enterprises operating within the investment and retail banking, insurance, brokerage, municipal underwriting, private equity, foreign exchange trading, venture capital, structured finance and financial data security to the firm. Mr. Jiles,

Corporate Resources Services Acquires Staff Management Group

Corporate Resource Services, Inc. has acquired New Jersey-based Staff Management Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. John P. Messina, chief executive officer for CRS, said: “Dennis Omahen, managing partner of Staff Management Group, and his management team bring many years of experience to CRS and we plan on leveraging their business practices

Leadership Capital Group Fils Position for RS&H

Leadership Capital Group has placed Robert Bush as senior transit planner at Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc. (RS&H). Mr. Bush has held different planning positions at companies such as HDR Engineering, Wilbur Smith Associates and LCK Consulting. RS&H is one of the leading facilities and infrastructure consulting firms in the U.S. Leadership Capital Group is

NonProfit HR Appoints Managing Director to Lead Executive Search

Nonprofit HR has appointed Dennis Sawyers as managing director of the firm's talent acquisition practice to lead the growth of its executive search, staffing and talent management services. The firm has expanded its talent acquisition practice to provide customized services and strategic solutions to its nonprofit clients' human capital needs. As a part of this

Sanford Rose Associates – Toft Group Finds New CFO for Natera

Executive search firm SANFORD ROSE ASSOCIATES – TOFT GROUP, focusing exclusively on assignments for life sciences and healthcare companies, has placed Herman Rosenman as chief financial officer at Natera, Inc. Mr. Rosenman was SVP of finance and CFO of Gen-Probe, Inc. (currently, Hologic, Inc.), a molecular diagnostic company. Robin Toft, president and CEO of Sanford

eQuest Opens in Shanghai and Singapore

eQuest, a job posting distribution and job posting management provider, has opened offices in Shanghai, China and Singapore. eQuest has deep ties to the region's HR technological communities including Oracle, IBM, SAP as well as many local and regional HR software providers and job boards. “The offices are the culmination of many years of experience

Right Management Teams with Workfolio

Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup, and Workfolio, a provider of personal branding websites, have established a partnership to offer personal website technology as part of Right Management's Career Transition and Outplacement services. The partnership will offer Workfolio's personal website technology platform as part of Right Management's Outplacement solutions worldwide. “Right

The Qualifind Group Adds New Partner to Lead ExeqFind

The QualiFind Group has added Gabriel Gonzalez-Saavedra as a partner. He will lead the firm’s retained executive search practice – ExeQfind. Mr. Gonzalez-Saavedra previously served as executive search manager, U.S., Mexico and Latin America, at boutique firm Barbachano International. His focus is on Mexico and the Latin America region and includes recruiting for the retail,

DHR Fills Positions For Denver Zoo Foundation

DHR International has placed Shannon Block as president/CEO and Christopher Harvey as chief development officer of the Denver Zoological Foundation. The searches were led by executive vice president Mary Lee Montague. Ms. Block most recently served as CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. Mr. Harvey previously served as vice president of development at Livewell Colorado.

The Segal Group Acquires Waters Consulting

HR-consulting firm The Segal Group has acquired The Waters Consulting Group, Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Waters Consulting Group, founded in 1976, has experience in the field of public sector human resources and compensation consulting. Clients are primarily municipalities and public authorities. “This acquisition significantly expands Segal’s resources and client base

Robert Half Posts Q4 Revenue Gain

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) has posted fourth quarter 2013 revenues of $1.08 billion, a small increase from revenues of $1.03 billion during the same period last year. For the quarter, the company earned $66.9 million, or $.49 per share, up from $58.3 million, or 42 cents per share, during the same period a year earlier.

Kelly Services Posts Flat Growth for the Quarter and Year

Kelly Services, Inc./(NASDAQ:KELY), a global provider of workforce solutions, reported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaling $1.4 billion, a one percent increase compared to the corresponding quarter of 2013. The company posted earnings from operations of $9.7 million, compared to $9.6 million a year ago. For the full year, Kelly Services posted revenues

IACPR Names Kathleen Kennedy and Gary Preston as Co-Chairs

The International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR) has named Kathleen Kennedy, head of Americas recruiting delivery for UBS and Gary Preston, founder of Preston & Partners Talent Solutions as board co-chairs. A leader in the talent acquisition community, Ms. Kennedy brings extensive expertise in organizational planning and development, professional and campus recruitment, assessment,

Adicio to Create Job Sites by Gulf News

Gulf News, the UAE’s leading English Newspaper, has selected Adicio Inc. as technology partner for its new specialized classifieds websites focusing on the careers, real estate and general classified markets. Adicio is a provider of interactive classified advertising software solutions for media companies. “We are glad to be able to assist Gulf News with their

Heidrick & Struggles to Name Wolstencroft as its Next Chief Executive

Sources close to the executive search committee at Heidrick & Struggles have said they expect the firm to name Tracy R. Wolstencroft as its next chief executive after an exhaustive, months-long hunt to find a new leader. Mr. Wolstencroft, a 25-year former Goldman Sachs executive who was managing director and head of Goldman's municipal finance

ManpowerGroup Posts Revenue Increase

ManpowerGroup/(NYSE:MAN) has posted revenues of $5.3 billion for the fourth quarter ended December 2013, an increase of one percent from $5.2 billion a year earlier. The Milwaukee-based company's earnings jumped to $101.2 million, or $1.25 per share, in the quarter from $53.3, or 68 cents per share, a year ago. Annual revenue dropped to $20.3

Barracuda Group Strengthens Staff with New Director

Barracuda Group has added Emma Porteous as a director. With over 20 years of executive search experience, Ms. Porteous spent nine years as a partner with Heidrick & Struggles where she worked with the firm's U.K. retail, hospitality and leisure practices. Earlier in her career she spent time with Korn Ferry and PA Consulting Group.

DavenportMajor Tapped to Lead Search for Soitec

DavenportMajor Executive Search has been selected by Soitec to lead its search for a new vice president of North America sales operations. Soitec is a France-based leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for energy and electronics. DavenportMajor is an executive search firm which specializes in senior executive and board of director recruitment for

SPMB Names Four New Partners

SPMB, formerly known as Schweichler Price Mullarkey and Barry, a technology-focused executive search firm, has announced the promotion of four new partners to its senior management team. Eamonn Tucker, Michael Doonan and Sean Lucq, all long time employees of the firm, have been promoted. The fourth partner, Todd Greenhalgh, joined the firm through SPMB’s acquisition

Fairfield Partners Completes Search for Vena Solutions

Fairfield Partners has placed Tim Stanley as vice president of professional services at Toronto-based Vena Solutions. Mr. Stanley previously served as president of Broadstreet Data. Vena Solutions is a provider of mid-market and high end SaaS performance management solutions. Fairfield Partners is an executive search firm that specializes in placing high impact leaders in the

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