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Things to Know About Hiring a Search Firm

Hiring top executives who can both effectively manage and lead an organization is a major challenge. When a company makes vital senior-level appointments, the risks are high. For top roles, the base salary is typically more than $150,000. When searching, organizations will be looking for the most suitable candidate who checks off all the boxes, including

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AMN Healthcare Appoints Leadership and Search Solutions President

AMN Healthcare Services, the largest U.S. healthcare staffing provider, has named Kelly Rakowski as president for leadership and search solutions. The recent addition follows a wave of growth at AMN. Ms. Rakowski will be responsible for leading the company’s interim leadership, physician permanent placement, recruitment process outsourcing and executive search solutions services. She will report

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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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Things to Know About Hiring a Search Firm

Hiring top executives who can both effectively manage and lead an organization is a major challenge. When a company makes vital senior-level appointments, the risks are high. For top roles, the base salary is typically more than $150,000. When searching, organizations will be looking for the most suitable candidate who checks off all the boxes, including

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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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AMN Healthcare Appoints Leadership and Search Solutions President

AMN Healthcare Services, the largest U.S. healthcare staffing provider, has named Kelly Rakowski as president for leadership and search solutions. The recent addition follows a wave of growth at AMN. Ms. Rakowski will be responsible for leading the company’s interim leadership, physician permanent placement, recruitment process outsourcing and executive search solutions services. She will report

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UPMC Taps Carrington & Carrington to Find President

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to find its next president for the UPMC Cole hospital in Coudersport, PA. “Aside from having the skill level and experience, the candidate who stands out will be one who can epitomize UPMC’s mission, vision and core values in their

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The Impact of Failing to Focus on Recruiting Upcoming Generations of Leaders

Business leaders are concerned about their ability to attract and retain Millennials and Gen Z workers, and the impact of failing to do so, according to a new report from talent solutions provider Allegis Group. Compounding the problem, said the study, few businesses are doing much to improve their results. Forty-nine percent of the more

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Wheless Partners Finds CEO for Rainy Lake Medical Center

Following a national search, executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners has placed Robert Pastor as the new CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center, a level 4 trauma center and community health organization in International Falls, MN. Bonnie Erickson, who served two stints as CEO, will be retiring at the end of August. “After an exhaustive search to meet the

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RM Nephew and Associates Forms Alliance with Dublin-Based Search Firm

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has formed a partnership with Cronin Partners International Search, a retained executive search firm headquartered in Dublin. “Having a trusted partner based in Ireland will enable us to significantly improve our offerings to clients with needs in the European and international markets,” said Bob Nephew, the firm’s managing partner. “We

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Women Remain Lacking in the C-Suite

Despite the advances women have made in today’s workplace, they still account for just a small share of top leadership posts. That’s true in politics and government, academia, the non-profit sector and particularly business. Women held only about 10 percent of the top executive positions (defined as chief executive officers, chief financial officers and the next three highest

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Kensington International Finds CFOs for LGM Pharma and United Medical Systems

CFOs 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. Recently, Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International placed Keith Lavery and Paul Hajjar as the new CFOs for LGM Pharma and

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ZRG Partners Names Financial Officer and Blockchain Practice Heads

ZRG Partners has named Rahul Kapur as managing director and leader of the firm’s newly launched blockchain unit and Bruce J. Robertson as managing director and head of ZRG’s financial officer practice. The new blockchain practice will help the firm’s financial services, fintech and healthcare clients as well as those in emerging blockchain-centric industries meet

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Spencer Stuart Recruits CEO for U.S. Olympic Committee

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Sarah Hirshland as the 12th CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, CO. She brings a unique and proven set of skills and experiences to the USOC at a time of transformation and change for the organization. “The USOC is at a critical time in

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Standish Executive Search Opens Office in New Hampshire

Providence, RI-headquartered Standish Executive Search has opened a new office in Bedford, NH in an effort to better serve clients throughout northern New England. Principal Kelley Small, a long-time New Hampshire resident, will lead the firm’s Granite State office. “Mid-size and smaller businesses located in New Hampshire that are addressing growth, change or succession challenges

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Vanderbloemen Search Group Adds Vice President of Candidate Relations

Houston, TX-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has added Sutton Turner as its new vice president of candidate relations. Previously, Mr. Turner led five different businesses across three different countries as CEO (U.S., Qatar and Abu Dhabi). In 2008, he served as founding CEO of Khidmah (“service” in Arabic), currently

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Chief AI Officer Recruiting Seen as Top Priority for Most Companies

Organizations looking to attract artificial intelligence talent are finding such professionals scarce and the competition to land them fierce. Beyond the big tech companies, AI leadership is quickly becoming a necessary investment regardless of industry. A recent study, in fact, identified 400 discrete use cases for AI and analytics. Sixty-one percent of executives said their

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Caldwell Posts 24.2 Percent Q3 Revenue Gain

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted third quarter revenues of $18 million (Canadian), a 24.2 percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $14.4 million. During the quarter, U.S. professional fees rose 22.8 percent to $13.5 million (Canadian); however, they increased 28.9 percent excluding the effect of exchange rates. Canadian professional fees rose 10

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Higher Education Leadership Search Finds New Provost for Northeastern State University

Higher Education Leadership Search has helped place Debbie Landry as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, OK. Dr. Landry served as the interim provost for nearly a year. Consultants Bill Meehan and Alan Medders led the assignment. “For over 13 years, Dr. Landry has served

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CEO Confidence Dips Slightly But Remains Positive

The Conference Board’s latest measure of CEO confidence, which had increased in the first quarter of 2018, declined slightly in the second quarter. The measure now reads 63, down from 65 in the first quarter of 2018. A reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses. “CEO Confidence declined slightly in the

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Coulter Partners Lands CEO for Ovizio Imaging Systems

Global executive search firm Coulter Partners has placed Emilie Viey as the new CEO of Ovizio Imaging Systems, a life science imaging technology company. Philip Mathuis, who co-founded Ovizio, recently stepped down. Philipp Buis, Coulter’s executive director, led the assignment. Dr. Viey will lead Ovizio’s further development as solution provider for imaging applications in life sciences.

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RSR Partners Expands Asset Management Practice

Greenwich, Conn.-based RSR Partners, a retained executive search and leadership consulting firm, has expanded its asset management practice with the addition of industry veteran Michael D. Fitzgerald. In his role as a managing director, Mr. Fitzgerald is charged with launching the firm’s presence in Boston, a strategically important expansion of RSR Partners’ geographical reach. “Mike

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An Up-Close Look at the Transformational Role of the CHRO

The HR role has transitioned tremendously over the past 20 years, as the function has gained in stature and prominence. But evolution in such a role does not necessarily come about by major changes and careful planning for the future. Even minor shifts can trigger a chain of events that have significant long-term impact on

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Jorgenson Consulting Seeking CEO for Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting is leading the search for a new president and CEO for the Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority in Brunswick, GA. Mel Baxter, the organization’s current leader, announced in March that he would be stepping down. He said he will stay on until his replacement is in place. Todd Jorgenson, the

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SpenglerFox Appoints Country Manager for Poland

London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named Maciej Kotowicz as country manager for Poland. “It is with great pleasure that I announce our latest addition to the SpenglerFox Group, Maciej Kotowicz,” said Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox. “Maciej will be based in Warsaw, one of our firm’s strategic hub locations and drive further growth in Central Europe as part of

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A Look Into Who is Driving the Gig Economy

Today’s business environment is vastly different from just five years ago. Success is no longer measured by a company’s longevity or headcount. Today, the business currency is agility and innovation. Technology has forever transformed how work gets done, and the flexible workforce has changed who does it. Flexibility has evolved from being singularly defined as

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Workers Prefer Age-Diverse Organizations 

Eighty-six percent of global workers surveyed prefer working in a multi-generational team environment, according to the newly-released Q2 Randstad Workmonitor study. Age-diverse organizations allow them to come up with more innovative ideas and creative solutions, they said. Collaboration between generations is considered mutually beneficial at their company, said 85 percent of the participants. With regard

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Allegis Partners Finds New CHRO for PAR Technology Corp.

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why is there such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts?

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U.S. Hiring Remains Strong, Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

 Employers added 213,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to four percent from an 18-year low of 3.8 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The June gain is the 92nd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people rose to 6.6 million. The results surpassed the forecasts of

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Spelman Johnson Seeks New Police Chief for Tulane University

Higher education recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been selected to find the next police chief for Tulane University in New Orleans. The search is being led by search associate Heather Larabee. The school’s previous chief, Joey Bishop, resigned this spring in the wake of a local television station’s revelations that the police department had tried

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Reffett Associates Forms Recruiting Alliance with First Responders Network Authority

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been chosen by the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) to help recruit and select the senior leadership group and board of directors for its public-private partnership with AT&T. This broadband network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services. The FirstNet network will cover all 50

Major, Lindsey & Africa Finds General Counsels for Elanco Animal Health and American Tire Distributors

Legal recruiting has largely been booming this year and, to that end, search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) recently filled general counsel positions for Elanco Animal Health and American Tire Distributors (ADT). Michael B. Sachs and Heather Fine of MLA’s Midwest in-house practice group placed Michael-Bryant Hicks as general counsel and secretary at Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli

Pivot Management Partners Names Leader of Collegiate Sports Recruiting Practice

Executive search specialist for the sports and entertainment market Pivot Management Partners (PMP) has expanded with the addition of Peter Roby as senior client partner to lead its recently launched collegiate sports practice. The practice will focus on searches for athletic directors, coaches and senior professional positions on behalf of universities and NCAA conferences. “In

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Vector Talent Resources Appoints Leader of Executive Search Division

Vector Talent Resources, a Vienna, VA-based staffing solutions provider serving the Washington, D.C., area, has acquired CXO Resources and appointed the boutique’s founder, Sue Butler, as managing director, Vector Executive Search. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Ms. Butler joins Vector with over 25 years of experience working with senior management at the C-level as a consultative professional. She has

HR Leaders Cite Engagement and Culture as Top Priorities

HR leaders across the U.S. have a renewed focus on talent management this year. The second annual report from Paychex, a provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services, both reaffirmed HR’s critical role in shaping company strategy and revealed a sharpened focus on talent management activities that have

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ESGI Places Technology Veteran at SAIC

The federal government continues reaching out to Silicon Valley for solutions to help address its critical technology challenges in areas like cyber, data analytics, cloud migration and big data. To keep pace, federal contractors responsible for helping bring these solutions to government are searching for executives and companies to help lead this effort. Executive search

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Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks CEO for Canada’s SCALE AI

Russell Reynolds Associates has been enlisted to find the new CEO for SCALE AI, Canada’s artificial intelligence supercluster, dedicated to building the next-generation intelligent supply chain. It is one of five superclusters selected by the Canadian government as part of its recent innovative to spur innovation between research and industry. The search is being conducted

Jamesbeck Global Partners Forms Executive Coaching Alliance

Investment management-focused executive search boutique Jamesbeck Global Partners has formed a partnership with Megan Staczek, who has nearly 25 years of experience as a leadership trainer, organization development consultant and executive coach. Ms. Staczek’s expertise will enhance Jamesbeck’s offerings to clients, further bolstering its growing role as a beginning-to-end partner in human capital solutions, said the firm. Ms.

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IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in Liverpool

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide continues its recent expansion with the addition of The Orcid Partnership in Liverpool, England as its newest member firm. Orcid Partnership becomes the organization’s third office in the U.K. and will strengthen IIC Partners’ consumer & retail practice across the EMEA region. The firm is a senior executive and non-executive

Diversity Recruiting: Supply, Demand and the Matchmaking Process

Diverse boards make better decisions and lead to improved company performance. Yet despite the research, validation and prodding by institutional investors and state and city government as well as all types of social and non-profit organizations, a revealing 1,805 companies out of 3,192 (companies from the Fortune 1000 and Russell 3000) in a gender diversity

Prodigy Sports Forms Recruiting Partnership with Alliance of American Football

Freehold, NJ-based Prodigy Sports, a nationwide leader in top-level sports recruiting, has been retained by the Alliance of American Football (AAF) to lead multiple executive level searches in preparation for the spring football league’s forthcoming, and much anticipated, launch. Scott Carmichael, founder and CEO of Prodigy Sports, said the partnership grew out of a previous business

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Cejka Places CEO at Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics

Cejka Executive Search, a specialist recruiter serving the healthcare space, recruited current Swift County Benson Health Services leader Kurt Waldbillig as the new CEO for Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics (MMHC) in Litchfield, MN. He succeeds Kyle Rasmussen who retired in May. Executive vice president and managing principal Mark Madden led the assignment. Mr. Waldbillig is

RM Nephew and Associates Finds Two Executives for Madison Square Garden

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has placed two new executives for the Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) as MSG undergoes a major strategic and global transformation. Both searches were led by Robert Nephew, managing partner, and Denise Amari, partner and head of the financial officers practice. John Walsh was named MSG’s senior vice president

Penrhyn Elects Three New Board Members

Penrhyn International, a global network of executive search firms, has elected three new members to its board of directors. Yanouk Poirier is managing partner at Leaders International in Canada and current chair of Penrhyn’s technology, media & telecoms group. “He brings his entrepreneurial expertise, multifaceted profile and talent for communication to help national and international business leaders to achieve their

Data Privacy Laws and How They Might Affect You

Last month, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. While certain issues are still being resolved, the law will have a tremendous impact on how companies, government agencies and, yes, executive search firms across the E.U. – including the U.K. – handle personal data. GDPR also affects U.S. recruiting firms and

McCormack+Kristel Leading CEO Search for the San Diego LGBT Community Center

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Delores Jacobs is stepping down from the role after 17 years. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading the assignment. The San Diego LGBT Community Center is one

Buffkin / Baker Tapped by UNC to Find Dean

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker, is leading the search for a new dean for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) graduate school. Spearheading the search are Martin M. Baker, managing partner, and Chelsie Whitelock, principal. The university wants someone with a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and professional credentials consistent with the

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The RSA Group Names CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has appointed executive chairman Nick Stephens as its CEO. Alex Bennett recently stepped down

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Ryan Search & Consulting Develops Healthcare Focus

Franklin, TN-headquartered executive search firm Ryan Search & Consulting recently expanded into the healthcare space with the addition of Steve Shores as a senior consultant. “With the healthcare industry in the throes of immense upheaval, it has become essential to find the right leaders who know the industry well and can guide the full range

Worker Confidence Level Approaching Record High

American workers’ confidence is nearing its highest level ever and is continuing a year-long trend of positive progression, according to the national Worker Confidence Index from HRO Today Magazine and Yoh. The index gauges workers’ perceptions of the four key drivers of worker confidence. This past quarter the Worker Confidence Index (WCI) increased by 2.6 points, and has increased

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Collegiate Sports Associates Finds Head Basketball Coach for University of Georgia

Universities continue to turn to search firms to fill their top coaching vacancies. Recently, Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) placed Tom Crean as the new men’s head basketball coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He replaces Mark Fox who was fired at the end of the season after nine years with the school. The search firm was

B.E. Smith Places CEO at Avera Health

As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts and whatever changes are coming. This has produced a high demand

Heidrick & Struggles Launches New Recruiting Practice Focused on AI

Citing a shortage of leaders with the ability to apply a deep understanding of artificial intelligence to transform an organization’s business model, Heidrick & Struggles has launched a new specialty practice focused on AI. The unit, which will help clients identify and develop senior talent needed to bring the power of emerging technologies to their

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Recruit Holdings Completes Glassdoor Acquisition

Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings, a human resources company with far-reaching tentacles into the global recruiting sector, has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor. Glassdoor, renowned for its employee reviews of businesses as well as salary information, has become “a distinct and separate part” of Recruiting Holdings’ expanding HR technology business segment. “Glassdoor has transformed how people search for

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Culture of Work

Artificial intelligence is poised to become one of the most important business disruptors of our times. But too often people look only at the potential downsides of machines simulating human intelligence and overlook the positive impact and value that AI stands to deliver, particularly when it comes to organizational culture. A new white paper report

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Egon Zehnder Elects Chairwoman in a First for Recruiting Sector

Executive recruitment firm Egon Zehnder has elected Jill Ader as its new chair. She will take over on Nov. 1 upon the retirement of Damien O’Brien who has chaired the firm since 2010. Ms. Ader becomes the first female chair within the global top five executive search and leadership advisory firms. “Jill is exceptionally well suited to

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Tyler & Company Seeking New President for Georgia Urology

Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company has been retained by Georgia Urology to lead its search for a new president. Vice president Chris Ekrem is leading the assignment along with Hallie Banker. This is a newly created position, reporting to the CEO, in tandem with the managing director. Having experienced exponential growth over the last 40-plus years

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

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

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,

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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