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Upbeat Hiring Plans Heading Into the New Year

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

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DHR International Assists Florida State Land New Football Coach

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

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Unemployment Claims Surge as COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Deepens

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in historic numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 3.28 million, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s revised level. Consensus expectations were for 1.64 million claims. The previous record was 695,000 claims filed the week ended October 2, 1982. Initial jobless claims

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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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Parker Executive Search Finds Next President for the University of Wyoming

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has assisted the University of Wyoming in the recruitment Edward Seidel as the school’s 28th president. The board of trustees announced last year that it would not be renewing the contract of Laurie Nichols, who was hired in 2016. Laura Wilder, the search firm’s president, is leading the assignment along with vice president of

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Heidrick & Struggles Announces 45 Promotions

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the executive ladder within their respective firms. Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has promoted 23 partners and 22 principals in its search and consulting businesses globally. “Our newly promoted consultants have proven their ability to deliver exceptional client service, drive strong business growth

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Isaacson, Miller Assists University of Maryland and Xavier University to Find New Leaders

Isaacson, Miller recently assisted in the placement of Darryll J. Pines as the 34th president of the University of Maryland. Meanwhile the search firm was also called in by Xavier University to find its next president. John Muckle, Gale Merseth and Vijay Saraswat led the search for Maryland while Jackie Mildner, Leslie McCarthy, and Jenna Sattar

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New Heritage Capital Invests in DeWinter Group

Today, the private equity sector is the chief growth driver for executive search firms. PE firms are rapidly expanding their portfolio companies and along that pathway they need top talent more than ever before. In short, private equity firms are hungry for top level C-suite talent as their portfolio companies go through an explosive gritty

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Lansdowne Executive Search Seeking Leader for Housing Alliance

Dublin, Ireland-based Lansdowne Executive Search has been enlisted to find the executive director for the Housing Alliance, a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies (AHBs). Partner Sean McDonagh is leading the assignment. Reporting to the Housing Alliance chair, the executive director will be expected to take a hands-on role in establishing the

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Mastering the Online Interview has Just Taken on New Importance

Online interviews could be the new normal — not just because of the coronavirus crisis but because companies are realizing meaningful cost savings. That is leading to more broad acceptance of the practice. Carol Hartman of Hartman Group Consulting offers ways to master your next online interview. “Conducting interviews as a hiring manager or candidate from your

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Diversified Search Recruits President and CEO for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Following an extensive nationwide search, Diversified Search has placed Jim Gerlach as the new president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in Reading, PA. He replaces Randy Peers who resigned last July to pursue other interests. “Jim’s history of public service, high integrity and ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies

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MitchelLake Expands in the U.S.

Sydney-headquartered executive search firm MitchelLake Group has expanded in the U.S. with the addition of Quang Pham as a senior associate. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Pham will be responsible for helping the U.S. team to drive search execution and business growth over the next 12 months and beyond. “The U.S. executive search division has been

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11 Key Strategies for Seeking a New Job During a Pandemic

In these unprecedented times, people are stressed, confused, worried, perplexed and in various stages of emotional overload while the daily influx of troubling news continues. If you are unemployed and looking for full-time employment, you are having the challenge of your business life right now. A new report by Russ Riendeau, senior partner and chief

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UCLA Taps WittKieffer for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics 

Jeff Compher, Zach Smith and Kim Brettschneider of executive search firm WittKieffer are currently assisting the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in a national search for a new director of intercollegiate athletics. “UCLA seeks an experienced, creative, inspiring and entrepreneurial leader with unwavering integrity, a strong work ethic and a commitment to transparency and collaboration with the broadest range of campus stakeholders

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Frederickson Partners Strengthens HR Recruiting Staff

Frederickson Partners, an executive search firm that recruits high impact human resources and people leaders for innovative, high-growth and transformational companies, has added recruiting veteran Katie Traines as an HR and people executive search partner to be based in Chicago. “We are beyond excited for Katie to join the Frederickson team,” said Brian Brinkley, chief growth officer of Frederickson Partners. “Katie

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Women in Canada Lagging Male Counterparts in the C-Suite

In many respects the past few years have represented a tipping point for women – and the men who support them. The abrupt fall of high-profile individuals from the worlds of business, entertainment, politics and media, coupled with the rise of broad-based movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, seems to signal a profound shift in societal

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Klein Hersh International Recruits CEO for Locana

Executive recruitment firm Klein Hersh International has placed James Burns as the new chief executive officer for San Diego, CA-based Locana Inc., a leading RNA-targeting gene therapy company. Dr. Burns had been serving as CEO for biotechnology company Casebia Therapeutics, where he led the team in discovering and developing new CRISPR/Cas9-based breakthrough therapeutics to treat

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R. William Funk & Associates Called in by Central Washington University

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has been selected by Central Washington University’s board of trustees to lead in its search for a new president. James L. Gaudino, who has served in that role since 2009, announced in late February that he will step down from his post

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AI Hiring Platform Mya Systems Raises $18.75 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an artificial intelligence component. Just recently, Mya Systems, a conversational AI platform for hiring teams, announced that it has secured $18.75 million in Series C funding. The funding was led by Notion Capital with participation from earlier investors, Emergence Capital and Foundation Capital as well

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Raines International Opens Office in Chicago

New York-based Raines International has opened a new office in Chicago. Bryan Burg, who joined Raines as senior vice president in 2019 to expand the firm’s industrial practice, will oversee the new office. CEO Dan Smith said the firm is committed to expanding business both in the industrials sector as well as in the Midwest. “We have done

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3 Qualities Private Equity Firms Seek When Picking Portfolio CEOs

Private equity firms conduct rigorous due diligence in assessing acquisition targets. Those with the best track records place high trust in their ability to size up a prospect’s financials, operations and market position. But many mid-sized PE firms are less successful in choosing the CEOs who run their portfolio companies. One study of PE firms,

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The Onstott Group Recruits CEO for the Jumby Bay Island Company

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has placed Wayne Kafcsak as the new CEO of the Jumby Bay Island Company (JBIC), a privately-owned, 300 acre island retreat located 2.5 miles off the Northeastern coast of Antigua in the Caribbean. Managing director Pat Campbell led the assignment. “With a keen sense of adventure and love of

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Sterling Martin Recruits CEO for American Pharmacists Association

Sterling Martin Associates, an executive search firm which specializes in recruiting talent for associations and other non-profit organizations, has placed Scott J. Knoer as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He succeeds Thomas Menighan, who recently announced his retirement. He will take over on July 1. The assignment

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Coulter Partners Recruits Chief Scientific Officer for CENTOGENE      

With the integration of technology into all facets of everyday life, the life sciences and healthcare industry is hardly alone in facing technology-related issues. These take on increased importance when they impact health, disease diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, human longevity. Having the right leaders in place to sort through these complex challenges, say recruiters serving

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Sheffield Haworth Partners with IT Specialist Nasstar

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has partnered with recruitment IT specialist Nasstar. Through the alliance, Nasstar will provide global support for Sheffield Haworth’s 11 international offices and is also working with the firm to enhance existing systems in order to support its growth ambitions. Nasstar will deliver 24/7 global support to the firm as

Caldwell Recruits CFO for the American Cancer Society

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies, especially private equity-backed and healthcare outfits. Just recently, Rich Perkey and Gina Barge of Toronto-headquartered Caldwell recruited former Geller &

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Russell Reynolds Associates Tapped by HanesBrands for CEO Search

HanesBrands has started a comprehensive search process to identify the company’s next CEO with the assistance of Russell Reynolds Associates. Gerald W. Evans Jr. has notified the company’s board of directors of his decision to retire at the end of the current fiscal year, which ends Jan. 2, 2021. “After more than three and a half decades

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De Forest Search Recruits Global Head of Consumer Products at Riot Games

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search has recruited Ron Johnson as the new global head of consumer products at Riot Games. Executive recruiters Cheryl Wright and Suzan Rude led the assignment. “Ron brings outstanding expertise and passion for building franchises and we are thrilled to welcome him to Riot,” Jarred Kennedy, global head, IP Businesses

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Bay Street Advisors Names Diversity Pioneer as Head of Asset Management Practice

Executive recruitment firm Bay Street Advisors has named Patricia Muller as partner and head of the firm’s asset management practice. Ms. Muller is a well-known pioneer in diversity efforts across the industry. She will lead diversity strategy and planning efforts at Bay Street and serve on the firm’s executive committee. Ms. Muller brings more than

How Today’s CHRO is Managing Disruption 

Successive waves of global disruption — political, social, demographic, technological — are compelling today’s CHROs to consider how they may safely bring their organizations, and specifically their people, through the turbulence. But that disruption also presents an opportunity for them to examine how, and how swiftly, their own roles must change. A new report from

Caldwell Partners Posts 20 Percent Q3 Revenue Increase

Caldwell Partners has posted third quarter revenues of $11.9 million, an increase of 20 percent from revenues during the same period a year ago. U.S. revenues increased 15 percent in the quarter to $8.4 million. Canadian revenues were up 29 percent to $3.4 million Revenues from European operations were just under $160,000. Third quarter net earnings were 36 cents per share in fiscal 2015,

Les Stern and Charles King Join Diversified Search

Former CTPartners veteran recruiters Les Stern and Charles King have joined Diversified Search as managing directors. Mr. Stern will help Diversified expand its business by focusing on the recruitment of additional senior recruiting personnel while Mr. King brings diversity specialization to the firm’s growing board of directors search practice. Mr. Stern has over 40 years of experience in

Korn Ferry Recruits CEO for Newseum

Korn Ferry has recruited Jeffrey Herbst as president and chief executive officer of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute. Kristin Mannion, vice chairman of Korn Ferry’s CEO and board practice, and Charles Ingersoll, senior client partner and co-leader of the firm’s non-profit search practice, led the assignment. Mr. Herbst is the outgoing president of Colgate University and a noted political scientist and award-winning author. During

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Search Solution Group Places CFO at the Mint Museum

Executive recruiting firm Search Solution Group has placed Gary Blankemeyer as the first-ever chief financial officer of the Mint Museum. Jessyca Shuttleworth, recruiting leader, finance and accounting, headed the search on behalf of the firm. Mr. Blankemeyer has more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience, five of which are in the non-profit space. He was

Heidrick & Struggles Increases Bank Credit Lines

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has increased its bank credit facilities in order to give the company additional financial options as it explores ways to further invest in its human capital lines of business. The agreement provides for a senior unsecured revolving credit facility in an aggregate amount of $100 million, with an optional increase

DHR Acquires 1 Million Shares of Canadian Recruiting Rival

DHR International has confirmed that it purchased an aggregate of 1,032,00 shares of Canadian rival Caldwell Partners International last week on the open market of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The share purchase represents approximately five percent of Caldwell’s issued and outstanding common shares. DHR said in a call this evening that it believes it is now Caldwell

Professional Hiring In U.K. Up 13 Percent As Market Confidence Soars

Professional recruitment firms now have 13 percent more vacancies on their books than this time last year according to a survey from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). This increase is in line with reports from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR), which shows that U.K. economic growth picked up in the three months leading

DHR International Recruits Syracuse University Athletic Director

DHR International has placed Mark Coyle as athletic director for Syracuse University. The search was completed by the global leader of DHR’s sports practice, Glenn Sugiyama, and executive vice president, Pat Richter. “This was an efficient and a very thorough search,” said Kent Syverrud, University chancellor. “It was a committee that listened carefully to the community as part of

Heidrick & Struggles Adds Partner in Johannesburg

Heidrick & Struggles has added Debbie Farnaby as a partner in its Johannesburg office and a member of the firm’s global technology & services practice. Ms. Farnaby’s expertise spans CIO and technology functions with extensive experience at the EXCO level, technology and strategy consulting. She has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the ICT, manufacturing and

KeyStone Search Recruits VP Global Marketing for Wilson Tool Intl.

Minneapolis-based executive search firm KeyStone Search has recruited Paul Landgraf as vice president of global marketing for White Bear Lake, Minnesota-based Wilson Tool International. He will be responsible for customer and competitive insights, strategic marketing, new product, program and service development, lead generation and Wilson Tool brand management. “Paul’s experience driving strategic global marketing and his authentic leadership style

B.E. Smith Launches Post-Acute Services Division

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has expanded its services with the launch of a post-acute services division. The firm is placing increased focus on meeting the leadership needs of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals (LTAC/LTCH), skilled nursing centers, as well as home health and hospice agencies. B. E. Smith has appointed Alyson Cutshall as vice president of

Recruiting Millennials: Where to Begin

As employers strive to reach, engage and hire Millennial talent, a new report out today by Findly outlines strategies for connecting with this demographic group that is, by most measures, highly educated, self-confident, absorbed by technology and ambitious. Findly, the on-demand talent provider and a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company, shared details from its latest white

Spencer Stuart Leading Search for the National Book Foundation

The National Book Foundation (NBF) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new executive director. Harold Augenbraum, the current executive director, will step down from his post in March 2016. His decision was announced by the non-profit foundation’s board of directors, which has formed a committee to choose his successor. He has headed the foundation since

Cody Consulting Appoints Director of Executive Search

Tampa-headquartered Cody Consulting has named Stephanie Krebs as director, executive search. She will be responsible for managing and growing Cody Consulting’s executive search service line, working with new and existing clients to aid in their talent acquisitions needs. Ms. Krebs previously served as senior staffing manager at Fidelity Information Services (FIS), where she led a team

ISE Talent Adds Specialist In Information Security Recruitment

Executive search firm ISE Talent has added Jeff Combs as vice president of talent management. He will provide leadership to the firm for business development, client relationship management and executive recruiting as well as play an active role in building the company’s recruiting team. A leading expert on information security recruitment and career development, Mr. Combs brings more than

Braswell Nees Group Recruits CEO for Central Georgia Health Network

Braswell Nees Group|TRANSEARCH International has placed Charles Carroll as chief executive officer for the Central Georgia Health Network (CGHN). Gene Nees, senior partner and practice leader for the firm’s healthcare practice, led the search. Mr. Carroll has a 30-plus year history in healthcare management. Most recently, he was senior partner in Johnson Lane Group where he led the

CEO Turnover Decelerates Considerably In 2015

Turnover among chief executive officers fell 13 percent in May, as 90 CEOs announced their departures during the month, down 7.2 percent from 97 in April, according to a new report from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The May total was eight percent lower than the same month a year ago, when CEO

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for CPI Card Group

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Lisa Jacoba as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of CPI Card Group. Hanold Associates’ partners Karlis Antons and Ivan Perry led the search. In her new position, Ms. Jacoba will have overall responsibility for the human resources function of the company, reporting directly to CPI’s president and chief executive officer, Steve Montross.

Harris Search Associates Recruits VP for Kent State

Dublin, Ohio-based Harris Search Associates has placed Paul DiCorleto Ph.D. as vice president for research and sponsored programs at Kent State University. Dr. DiCorleto comes to Kent State from Cleveland Clinic, where he served as Sherwin-Page chair of the Lerner Research Institute since 2002, and from Case Western Reserve University, where he chaired  the Department of Molecular Medicine in

Russell Reynolds Associates Names Washington, D.C. Head

Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has appointed Kimberly Archer as head of its Washington, D.C. office. She replaces Denise Grant, who recently left the firm. Ms. Archer recruits C-suite executives and advises boards around leadership assessment and succession for a wide variety of organizations including foundations, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, social and human service agencies, and advocacy

GRMSearch Expands Melbourne Office

Executive search firm GRMSearch (GRM) has added Sam Fallaw and Jelena Lazic as associates in its Melbourne office. The appointments come less than one year after GRM Search launched its Australian office with seasoned legal recruiter Paul Garth at the helm. “The market response to our Australian office opening has been very encouraging. The addition of Sam and Jelena is in

DHR Stakes Claim In Canadian Recruiting Rival

Shares in Canadian-based search firm Caldwell Partners International skyrocketed 41.5 percent yesterday amid unusually high trading volume and takeover rumors. More than 500,000 shares of the company’s common stock traded hands before a temporary suspension was imposed by Toronto Stock Exchange regulators late in the afternoon. Shares reached $1.84 per share, up 54 cents from $1.30

Parker Executive Search Heading President Search for EMU

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been selected by the board of directors of Eastern Michigan University to lead its search for a new president. The candidate will be replacing Susan Martin, who steps down as president in two weeks. Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts the national

Heidrick & Struggles Expands Life Sciences Practice

Heidrick & Struggles has strengthened its expertise in healthcare and life sciences recruiting with the addition of Greg Lovas as partner to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. As a member of Heidrick & Struggles’ life sciences practice, Mr. Lovas serves pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare services, and biotech clients in all phases of growth, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global

Fairfield Partners Fills Top Sales Post for NatureBox

Executive search firm Fairfield Partners has placed Andy Malloy as vice president of sales for San Carlos, CA-based NatureBox. NatureBox has experienced tremendous growth through its snack subscription services and is building its brand awareness by moving into the physical retail realm. Mr. Malloy will lead those efforts. “By placing key executives in some of the most iconic natural food

Odgers Berndtson Adds Principal In Sub-Saharan Africa Office

Modise Makhene has been named as a principal at Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa. He joins the firm’s Johannesburg office. Mr. Makhene brings extensive business development and client relationship management experience to the firm’s Africa location, having worked in the FMCG, media, advertising, digital & communications industries. He has also worked with clients in the retail, automotive

CIOs Forecast New Hiring for Second Half of 2015

Nearly a quarter (22 percent) of U.S. chief information officers plan to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2015, according to the just released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast Trend Report. It represents a three-point rise from the beginning of the year and an eight percentage point jump from one year ago. “CIOs are bullish on the

RSR Partners Strengthens Sport Leadership Practice

RSR Partners, a corporate governance and executive search firm based in Greenwich, Conn., has added Dany Berghoff as a principal in its sport leadership practice. With a wealth of experience in consulting for sports and entertainment organizations, Mr. Berghoff is expected to play an important role in the firm’s business development and search execution efforts, where he will

Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Heading Library Director Search

Executive search firm Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates has been retained by the Tuscaloosa Public Library (TPL) to lead its search for a new executive director. Past library director Mary Elizabeth Harper resigned in December. Managing partners Dan Bradbury and Jobeth Bradbury are project co-directors on the engagement and they are joined by Karen Miller working as a principal on the

Reffett Associates to Recruit C-Level Officers for ACON Investments

ACON Investments, LLC has selected executive recruiter Reffett Associates to assist the company in the selection for senior leadership of newly acquired Fiesta Mart, LLC.  Working with Mike Byars, president and chief executive officer of Fiesta Mart, Reffett will initially assist in the identification and selection of the company’s chief financial officer, chief merchandising officer, and chief marketing

REC Elects Bespoke Recruitment Co-Founder as Chair

Co-founder and director of Bespoke Recruitment Ltd., Simon Noakes, has been elected chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) council, replacing Neil Smith. Mr. Noakes has worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years, including 14 years as director of Bespoke Recruitment Ltd. which he co-founded in 2001. Bespoke Recruitment focuses on the recruitment of professionals

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