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AIMS International Opens Office in Estonia

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. Executive search consortium AIMS International has expanded with the addition of a new office

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Search Firm Leverages Life Sciences Platform to Recruit Pot Sector Talent

Legal marijuana is now a more than $10 billion business in the U.S. Investors poured billions into cannabis in North America last year, twice what was invested in the last three years combined. In addition, the overall North American market exceeded $16 billion in 2019. While talent deficits are a problem in every industry, the marijuana

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Caldwell Fills Key Posts for PE-Backed Episerver and Tricentis

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top level talent, including chief people officers who are becoming central to organizations grappling with the human resource impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, as businesses become more complex as a result of the ongoing pandemic, marketing activities are

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GDPR – The Perfect Time to Refresh Your Database

As executive search firms grapple with the complexities of GDPR, many are concerned that the new regulation will mean deleting thousands of records built up over many years. Surely there must be an alternative?

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DiMarchi Partners Places CEO at Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Grand Junction / Boulder, CO-based DiMarchi Partners has recruited Brian McGuire as the new CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, a producer of certified organic bread. “All vetting, interviewing and evaluation were done remotely through ZOOM, SKYPE and other formats,” said Paul DiMarchi, founder and president of the firm. “This shows a leap of faith by all parties, as well as how efficiently critical

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Raines International Expands Asset Management Practice 

New York-based Raines International has expanded with the addition of Engy Lamour as senior vice president of its asset management practice. Based in New York City, Mr. Lamour has more than 10 years of experience in the asset management and alternative investments industry and is recognized for his extensive subject matter expertise and vast executive network. As a member

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When is the Right Time to Change Jobs?

Leaving a job is stressful under any circumstances. It is hard enough to do when times are normal. And 2020 is hardly normal. Everything is in ­flux, and even more challenging, those changes are largely happening remotely, this according to a new report authored by Richard Stein, chief growth officer at Options Group. “It’s good to remember, therefore,

Bishop & Company Seeking CEO for Hawaii Tourism Authority

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has contracted with Honolulu-based executive search firm Bishop & Company to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The assignment is being spearheaded by Erinn N. Tomlinson, the search firm’s director of executive recruitment. The organization’s current leader, Chris Tatum, announced last month that he would be

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The Mom Project Announces $25 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an artificial intelligence component. Just recently, The Mom Project, a talent marketplace, closed a $25 million series B funding round, bringing total funding at the Chicago-based company to $36 million. The Mom Project aims to connect women, including mothers, with employment opportunities. Its platform has amassed

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Cejka Search Assists Iowa Clinic in CEO Search

Cejka Search has placed Ben Vallier as the new CEO of the Iowa Clinic. He succeeds Ed Brown, who helped found the clinic in 1994 and led the organization for more than 25 years before announcing his plans to step down from the top job last September. The assignment was led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president

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Hanold Associates Launches Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice

Hanold Associates has launched a global diversity, equity and inclusion practice and named Keri Gavin as practice leader. As one of the nation’s top C-suite HR leadership providers, the search firm has led dozens of critical chief diversity and inclusion officer searches for clients such Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, MGM Resorts International, Major League Baseball,

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Diversified Search Assists DairyAmerica in CEO Search 

Julie Kanak of Diversified Search has recently assisted Fresno, CA-headquartered DairyAmerica in the recruitment of Patricia Smith as its new president and CEO. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the past 20 years in the dairy processing and food ingredient industry. “DairyAmerica sits at the forefront of one of the

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Korn Ferry Posts Flat Year-End Revenues; Q4 Down 10.2 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2020 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, flat from a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, a decline of 10.2 percent. The firm reported restricting charges of $40.5 million in its fourth quarter. Net income

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ZRG Recruits President for AccelerātUM

ZRG has recruited Brett Feddersen as the president of AccelerātUM, a new entity founded by the former head of the FAA and industry colleagues to advance the unmanned air mobility industry. Managing directors Samantha Foster and Craig Sabina led the assignment. “ZRG managing directors Craig Sabina and Samantha Foster were instrumental in Brett’s recruitment,” AccelerātUM

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Versique Search and Consulting Names CFO

Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has promoted Erik Fortier to chief financial officer. In this role, he will oversee the company’s finance operations as well as HR, IT and office administration functions, and will focus on maintaining Versique’s continued growth and helping to drive its strategic initiatives. “Erik has brought a whole new level

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.1 Percent; Another 1.4 Million Jobless Claims Filed

Employment surprisingly rose by 4.8 million in June as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. These improvements in the labor market reflect a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March, April and May due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and

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Higher Education Leadership Recruits Business Dean for Arkansas Tech University

Following a nationwide search, C. Wayne Alderman and Alan Medders of Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search have completed the search for the new dean of the college of business for Arkansas Tech University (ATU). K. Russell Jones will start in his new role with the university on Monday. “Dr. Jones is an experienced academician and administrator who is

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20/20 Foresight Strengthens Search Staff

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Mitch Ornstein as managing director. Mr. Ornstein, who will work from the firm’s Chicago office, brings more than 15 years of executive search experience in placing senior leaders across all functions to his new role. He will serve as 20/20 Foresight’s functional expert in the CFO

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How to Retain Executive Mothers During and After COVID-19

In January 2020, women constituted more than 50 percent of the American workforce. Six months and 15 million jobs later, this may not be the case, according to a new report by Odgers Berndtson and co-authored by Catherine Bass Black and Lisa DeConto. “It’s been widely recognized that women in the United States are being disproportionately affected

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McDermott & Bull Recruits CEO for NEXT for AUTISM 

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed former American Montessori Society executive Timothy Purnell as the new CEO for NEXT for AUTISM. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led the assignment. Mr. Purnell has a proven track record as an innovative leader, strategic planner and inspiring educator. He transitioned

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Hightech Partners Adds Technology, Digital Executive

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Jean-Christophe Legrand, a senior executive in technology and digital, to help develop the firm’s international business. His appointment strengthens HTP’s strategy as a global leader in the field of digital executive-level recruitment, but also as advisor to clients on the talent aspects of digital

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Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted the Detroit Pistons in the recruitment of former Roc Nation executive Mike Zavodsky as its new chief business officer. The role is a new position for the professional basketball organization. Mr. Zavodsky begins work with the NBA team on Wednesday. He will report to Pistons vice chair Arn Tellem.

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Focus Search Partners Creates Interim Executive Services Practice 

Top experts in talent management and leadership recruitment agree that filling an interim leadership position can be a significant opportunity for an organization. Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, recently launched an interim executive services practice to leverage the firm’s 20-year history. The firm tapped C-suite talent veteran Monica Foster to lead the

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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has strengthened its global presence adding VIPJOBS LLC as a new member firm in Russia. The organization says that Russia is a market with significant talent and strong demand for leadership capabilities. “With IRC Russia, our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,”

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Leading Through & Beyond COVID-19; Best Practices for an Unprecedented Time

Leaders may automatically default to the bottom line and focus on the financial damage that COVID-19 is causing—and for good reason. But many employees place greater emphasis and importance on the support they are receiving from leadership, according to a new report from Robinson Resource Group. “People need to know that even though their leader is

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The Christopher Group Places CHRO for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Christopher Group has placed Michelle Jones as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The search was completed by founder and CEO Tom Christopher, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “Partnering with TCG and Jeff specifically was absolutely fantastic,” said Ms. Jones. “COVID-19 hit during the process and

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DHR International Adds Partner to Financial Officer Practice 

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

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Bespoke Partners Recruits Technology Officer for Clearlake Capital-backed Provation

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

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

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

U.S. Employers to Hold the Line on Pay Raises in 2020

U.S. employees hoping for larger pay raises next year may be disappointed. A new survey by global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson reports U.S. employers plan to hold the line on budgeted pay raises in 2020, despite low unemployment. Some employers, however, are projecting modestly larger discretionary bonuses next year, while others

B.E. Smith Names Interim Leadership and Advisory VP

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has named Cathi Blise as vice president, leadership advisor for the firm’s interim leadership and advisory services division. An accomplished healthcare executive with more than 35 years of clinical experience, Ms. Blise will lead a number of interim and consulting executives nationwide who focus on providing leadership solutions for B. E. Smith clients. She will support healthcare providers

Companies Seen Boosting Talent Acquisition Strategies

Recruiting and onboarding are two of the top three technologies being used in 2015 to enable talent strategies, according to recent data released by Peoplefluent, a social human capital management technology company. The findings stem from recent webinar polls with Brandon Hall Group and Bersin by Deloitte of more than 200 human resource executives at Fortune 500 companies. Results illustrate that nearly 40

Heidrick to Recruit Brookdale Senior Living Leadership Team

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. has retained Heidrick & Struggles to fill its chief operating officer and chief financial officer roles. The company will consider both external and internal candidates. Mark Ohlendorf, the company’s president and CFO, will transition from his current dual roles to focus on an enhanced role as president. The company also announced that Gregory Richard, its current COO,

Amrop Adds Partner in Kenya

Amrop has added Human Capital Synergies Africa Ltd. (HCS Africa) as its newest partner in Nairobi, Kenya. It will operate as a subsidiary of Amrop Landelahni, South Africa. Veronica Anam-Waiyaki, director and technical partner of the firm, becomes managing partner of Amrop East Africa. The new office brings Amrop’s Europe, Middle East and Africa presence to 47 offices. HCS Africa is an HR

Boyden Leading CEO Search for Forest Products Assn. of Canada

Executive search firm Boyden has been selected by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. David Lindsay, who has led the organization since 2012, announced his intention to move on by the end of 2015. Eric Lathrop, a partner in Boyden’s Ottawa office, is leading the

Foxhound Partners Names Head of Executive Search

Recruiting firm Foxhound Partners has added Heather Young to lead and build the organization’s executive search capabilities. As managing director, she will focus on building a full executive search practice, serving clients that engage with the company to fill critical C-suite, vice president, and board-level positions. Ms. Young joins Foxhound with more than 20 years of experience placing top

Caldwell Partners To ‘Vigorously Defend’ Against Takeover Bid From DHR

The board of Caldwell Partners has flat out rejected an offer from DHR International to be acquired. In response to a letter received late last week from DHR chairman, David Hoffmann, Caldwell’s chairman G. Edmund King sent a response after trading hours on Friday saying he would “refuse to engage in further discussions.” In a

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Seeks Head of HR

Executive recruiting firm Talent Connections, LLC, has been selected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to lead its search for a new head of human resources. Tom Darrow, founder and principal of Talent Connections, is leading the assignment. The HR head position holds the primary accountability for conceiving and administering Boys & Girls Clubs of

US Agency Rules for Gays in Workplace Discrimination

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal under federal law, setting the stage for litigation aimed at striking down such practices. The ruling, issued this past week, hinged on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex

Parker Executive Search Recruits Communications Post for Titans

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has placed Jimmy Stanton as vice president of communications for the Tennessee Titans. Mr. Stanton will oversee digital media, media relations, community relations, broadcasting and production. He has worked the last six years at the University of Tennessee where he currently is senior associate athletics director for communications. Mr. Stanton has previous experience at the University of Kentucky, the Houston

Harvey Nash Expands Hong Kong Office

Global executive search firm Harvey Nash has added Nick Neal as associate director in the firm’s finance practice in Hong Kong. He will be responsible for developing and expanding the CFO and finance practice within Harvey Nash Recruitment. Harvey Nash has been focused on building its top end executive search and board of directors business across Asia. Mr. Neal’s appointment will

DHR Offers 45 Percent Premium for Caldwell Partners

Within 48 hours of being stiff-armed in his bid to take over Caldwell Partners, DHR International chairman David Hoffmann said that he has no intention of backing down from plans to acquire his publicly-traded Canadian rival. In a detailed letter penned to his Caldwell counterpart, G. Edmund King, Mr. Hoffmann said that the Caldwell Board’s

AndersExecutive Launches in the U.K.

CDI AndersElite has launched its new executive search division, AndersExecutive, specializing in the recruitment of senior management professionals dedicated to the construction and property markets across the U.K. and EMEA regions. Phil Laycock will lead and manage AndersExecutive as divisional manager. Mr. Laycock brings over 20 years of experience in the professional recruiting sector and in particular for sourcing senior

FaithSearch Partners Recruits COO for Baptist Hospitals

FaithSearch Partners has placed Patrick Shannon as chief operations officer of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. FaithSearch Partners is an executive search firm focused on faith-based hospitals, healthcare systems, colleges/universities, churches and ministries. Mr. Shannon most recently served as COO at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, LA and has held several leadership roles in healthcare facilities over

Odgers Berndtson Retained by Government of Canada

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has been selected by the Government of Canada to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Eric Slankis, a principal in Odgers Berndtson’s Ottawa office, is heading the assignment. With more than 15 years of executive search experience, Mr. Slankis has led hundreds

Gibson Consultants Adds Former DHR Recruiter

Former DHR recruiter Jeffrey L. Golove has joined executive search firm Gibson Consultants LLC as senior vice president of its managed care/payor and healthcare technology search practices. With over 20 years of healthcare experience in executive search and corporate human resource & talent acquisition, Mr. Golove was previously executive vice president at DHR. He was based out of the

DHR International Increases Holdings In Rival Caldwell Partners

DHR International has increased its holdings in Canadian search firm Caldwell Partners International to 1,141,000 common shares, representing approximately 5.36 percent of the common shares outstanding. DHR says that its increased stock purchase makes it now the third largest shareholder of Caldwell. According to DHR, its chairman, David Hoffmann, and G. Edmund King, Caldwell’s chairman, spoke

Caldwell Rejects DHR Takeover Advances; Hostile Fight Looming

Canadian recruiter Caldwell Partners International has said in a statement that after consulting with its financial and legal advisors, the publicly-owned search firm had no interest in continuing discussions with DHR about a potential combination. In a letter to DHR chairman, David Hoffmann, Caldwell’s chairman, G. Edmund King, wrote that in response to a letter

Caldwell Partners Expands Recruiting Services To Latin America

Caldwell Partners announced a significant expansion of its business into Latin America yesterday by forming a strategic alliance with CPGROUP LATAM Ltd., a company founded by the partners that established and led the Latin American operations of CTPartners. Through the alliance, Caldwell extends its global reach significantly beyond Canada, adding 16 partners in seven offices across

Egon Zehnder Leading CFO Search for Diageo

Egon Zehnder has been retained by Diageo to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Current CFO, Deirdre Mahlan, has been assigned to take over Diageo’s North American business, once a successor is found. According to sources, Diageo is looking for external candidates to fill the role, a move not typical for the company, which

Heidrick & Struggles Adds Partner In Boston

Chicago-headquartered Heidrick & Struggles has added Francois Kouroriez as a partner in its Boston office and a member of its financial services practice and CEO & board of directors practice. Mr. Kouroriez will lead Heidrick’s insurance sector in the Americas. He has experienced across all segments of the insurance industry, from life, P&C, and health insurance, to

Berkhemer Clayton Places Board Member At SCAN Health Plan

Executive search firm Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. has placed healthcare veteran Jennie Chin Hansen as a member of the board of directors at SCAN Health Plan. Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, president of Berkhemer Clayton, led the search. Ms. Hansen is the senior strategic advisor and immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society and previously served as president of the

Adam Kohn Joins Kingsley Gate Partners

Few search consultants who have left CTPartners this year can date their tenure with the beleaguered recruiting firm as far back as Adam P. Kohn. Along with his half-brother, Jeff Christian, the two formed one of the most compelling technology-based boutique search firms that became a national powerhouse recruiting operation in the 1990s. As the

Russell Reynolds Associates Heading Chairman Search For Unilever

Consumer goods giant Unilever PLC has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to identify a new chairman to replace Michael Treschow, who has been in the role since May 2007. The company hopes to name his successor by the end of the year. It is one of the biggest search assignments in British business this year. One of the oldest

Human Capital Group Joins Cornerstone International

Brentwood, TN-based The Human Capital Group, Inc. has joined Cornerstone International Group, a global network of executive search and leadership development specialists with 67 offices in 35 countries. The firm was welcomed at the Group’s annual global meeting held recently in Shanghai. Human Capital Group is led by its senior partner and founder Steve Hayes, who has more

Fox Rodney Appoints Head of New York Office

Fox Rodney Search (FRS) has added Raj Selvadurai as a director to lead the firm’s New York office. He will specialize in international legal executive search and consulting. Mr. Selvadurai is a 15-year veteran of the New York legal market. He started his career at ALM Media as director of diversity publishing, responsible for titles including The Minority Law Journal

ChampionScott Partners Recruits CFO For Payspan

ChampionScott Partners has recruited Steven Russell as chief financial officer at Payspan a provider of secure electronic payment solutions to healthcare payers, providers, members and banks. Managing director Dennis Hogue and principal Stephanie McGuire led the search. Mr. Russell has over 25 years of experience as a CFO, and has been successful with reengineering, liquidity events and turnarounds throughout his career. He was

DHR Increases Ownership In Rival Recruiter Caldwell Partners

DHR International has increased its holdings in Canadian search firm Caldwell Partners International to 1,141,000 common shares, representing approximately 5.36 percent of the common shares outstanding. DHR says that its increased stock purchase makes it now the third largest shareholder of Caldwell. According to DHR, its chairman, David Hoffmann, and G. Edmund King, Caldwell’s chairman, spoke

Amrop Names Global Chief Executive

Amrop has appointed José Ignacio Leyún as global chief executive officer and member of the executive board of the Amrop Partnership SCRL. A partner of Amrop Seeliger y Conde in Spain and head of Amrop’s global leadership assessment practice, Mr. Leyún has a long track record as a trusted advisor to the boards of a range of

Chartwell Partners Adds Partner In Chicago Office

Executive search firm Chartwell Partners has added Mike Magurany as a partner in its Chicago office. He will serve a national base of consumer and retail clients. Mr. Magurany focuses on C-level and other senior-level assignments in the consumer, retail, and industrial industries. He conducts searches in all functional areas, including merchandising, merchandise planning and allocation, marketing, e-commerce, finance,

Storbeck/Pimentel Selected by AAC&U to Recruit Next President

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has been selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to lead its search for a new president. Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner, is leading the search along with Julia Patton, senior associate. In April, Carol Geary Schneider announced her intention to retire from the presidency of AAC&U. She has led the university

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