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Hiring Strong Leaders in Today’s Climate

Before the pandemic, “it was almost unthinkable to hire someone without interviewing or meeting them in person,” said Cecilia Besa Montes, managing partner with EMA partners. “It is a fact that this new reality is solving various issues related to distance and travel times, but it still represents significant challenges for companies in their hiring

Queensland Investment Corp. Taps Egon Zehnder to Find CEO 

According to recruiters specializing in the investment banking space, demand for executive level, “high impact” investing talent has been on the rise, and that demand is expected to soar in coming years. But recruiters say these roles can be generally difficult to develop and ultimately recruit for clients, given their multi-disciplinary and evolving nature. In fact, impact investing roles are

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Hiring Strong Leaders in Today’s Climate

Before the pandemic, “it was almost unthinkable to hire someone without interviewing or meeting them in person,” said Cecilia Besa Montes, managing partner with EMA partners. “It is a fact that this new reality is solving various issues related to distance and travel times, but it still represents significant challenges for companies in their hiring

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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?

Queensland Investment Corp. Taps Egon Zehnder to Find CEO 

According to recruiters specializing in the investment banking space, demand for executive level, “high impact” investing talent has been on the rise, and that demand is expected to soar in coming years. But recruiters say these roles can be generally difficult to develop and ultimately recruit for clients, given their multi-disciplinary and evolving nature. In fact, impact investing roles are

partners

Odgers Berndtson Appoints Head of Diversity

Odgers Berndtson has named Ryna Young as partner and head of diversity. “We are proud to be a leader in our industry as we appoint Ryna Young as head of diversity,” said Carl Lovas, chair and chief executive officer of Odgers Berndtson Canada. “We are deeply committed to creating an equitable client and colleague experience. Welcoming Ryna to

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HARTZ Search Taps President for Acclaim Physician Group

Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has assisted in the placement of Bryan Becker as the new president for Acclaim Physician Group, a partner of JPS Health Network. CEO Mike Hartz and partner Carol Maxwell led the assignment. Acclaim is a multi-specialty, 480-provider medical group that partners with JPS Health Network to provide healthcare, education and research to Tarrant

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Why Connecting Private Equity with Executive Search Matters More Now than Ever

There have rarely been two industries more compatible than private equity and executive search. According to Mike Myatt of N2Growth, PE firms are adept at identifying and monetizing synergies that fall within their investment guidelines, but they are curiously less skilled at taking advantage of enhanced value creation opportunities amplified through professional services relationships. “I

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Attracting Top Talent in a Competitive Marketplace  

If you are looking to fill an open position, you know how tough that can be these days. Just when you think you have found the perfect candidate, they will tell you that they have accepted another offer. According to Executive Staffing Solutions, there are key traits that are most desired in a manager or

Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Armis

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, has placed Jean English as the new chief marketing officer of Armis, a unified asset visibility and security platform provider. “Jean is an exceptional modern marketing leader with an impressive record of delivering results,” said Yevgeny Dibrov, co-founder and CEO of Armis. “She has

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Spencer Stuart Assists National Auto Auction Association in Recruitment of CEO

Spencer Stuart has assisted in the recruitment of Tricia Heon as the first woman chief executive officer of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA). She replaces Frank Hackett, who is retiring from the position after 17 years. “This marks a milestone for NAAA and for the growing number of women who have chosen to build careers

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ECA Partner Appoints CEO

Private family office Nobel Investments has named Ken Kanara president and CEO of its portfolio company ECA Partners, a data-driven executive search firm. “Ken has been instrumental in growing the firm over the past five years,” said Atta Tarki, founder of ECA Partners and managing partner of Nobel Investments. “He helped to formalize and scale

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Heidrick & Struggles Posts 78.6 Revenue Increase

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) posted second quarter revenues of $260.0 million, up 78.6 percent from the 2020 second quarter. Net revenue growth was driven by all regions in executive search, Heidrick Consulting and on-demand talent. “We are proud of our accomplishments and the breadth of our rebound as evidenced by

The Boston Federal Reserve Taps Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners to Find VP of DE&I 

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been called in by the Boston Federal Reserve to find a vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leading the assignment are Maureen Alphonse-Charles, senior vice president of talent, diversity and equity, and Nadine Coleman, vice president and senior search associate. Reporting to the senior vice president and general counsel, leader

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Preng & Associates Assists Helix Energy Solutions with Board Search

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of T. Mitch

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Search Solution Elite Assists the San Jose Sharks in Recruiting New General Counsel

Search Solution Elite recently placed Cassie McBride as executive vice president and general counsel of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. The search was led by Jeremy Gnozzo, the founder and president of Search Solution Elite, and partner Aaron Curley. Ms. McBride will oversee all legal matters pertaining to the team and Silicon Valley

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CareerBuilder Appoints New CEO

Job marketplace CareerBuilder has named technology industry veteran Susan Arthur as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. The organization’s former leader, Irina Novoselsky, will continue on as an advisor after guiding CareerBuilder through a multi-year transformation, repositioning the business for accelerated growth. “Sue’s experience building and leading teams coupled with her strategic, client-centered approach make her the ideal executive

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Frederickson Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for Cupertino Electric 

Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners has placed Estrella Parker as chief people officer at Cupertino Electric Inc. (CEI), a 67-year-old electrical engineering and construction company based in San Jose, CA. “Estrella brings to CEI the best of both worlds: a track-record of impressive business results and the ability to connect with employees in a way that drives performance

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Hobbs & Towne Recruits CFO for May Mobility 

Executive search firm Hobbs & Towne has recruited Ryan Green as the chief financial officer for private equity-backed May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations. Partner Chris Clements led the assignment. “With experience at the intersection of automotive, technology and growth-stage companies, Ryan is an exceptional CFO for May Mobility,” said company CEO Edwin

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The Hawkins Company Recruits Chief Race & Equity Officer for the City of San Diego 

After an extensive national executive search, The Hawkins Company, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, has assisted in the placement of Kim Desmond as the inaugural chief race and equity officer of the City of San Diego, CA. Currently the chief equity officer for the City and County of Denver, she is slated to begin in her position

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StevenDouglas Opens New Offices in Nashville and Orange County

Executive search firm StevenDouglas has opened new offices in Nashville, TN, and Orange County, CA. Establishing new locations in these markets is a direct response to existing clients’ having thrived in the post-pandemic rebound, and high demand for talent in these regions, according to the search firm. “We are very excited to add Chris Oldham to the healthcare

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Second Line Advisors Names Executive Director

New York City-headquartered executive search firm Second Line Advisors has appointed Kate Mullen as executive director. In her role, she will expand the firm’s industry coverage to technology, fintech, healthcare, biotech, life sciences, consumer goods and industrials. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have Kate join us. Her background as an attorney, corporate executive and retained search

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University of South Carolina Selects R. William Funk & Associates to Lead Search for New President

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has been called in by the University of South Carolina (USC) to lead its search for a new president. The firm is seeking the university’s 30th president. Currently, Harris Pastides is serving as interim president. He has agreed to serve in

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Caliber Associates Recruits CHRO for INOVIO Pharmaceuticals

San Diego, CA- based Caliber Associates recently placed former Allergan executive, Asli Gevgilili, as the new chief human resource officer (CHRO) of INOVIO Pharmaceuticals. Steve Hochberg, CEO and founder of Caliber Associates, led the assignment. “We believe Asli’s depth of expertise and experience will provide important focus to INOVIO’s growth strategy,” Mr. Hochberg said. Ms. Gevgilili brings

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Work&Partners Seeking Chief Product Officer for Toppan Merrill  

New York-based Work&Partners has been enlisted to recruit a chief product officer for Toppan Merrill, a provider of financial printing and communication solutions. The individual will be a member of the company’s executive leadership team and will report to the president. “The CPO is accountable for creating an end-to-end product experience and defining the product strategy,” said

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Korn Ferry Names Vice Chairman for Board and CEO Services Practice

Korn Ferry has appointed Lauren Shin as vice chairman of its board and CEO services and global consumer practices. She will be based in the human capital consultancy’s New York office. “Lauren brings to Korn Ferry an exceptional track record of success, impeccable consumer industry knowledge and relationships at the highest levels,” said Doug Charles, president

performance

Robert Half Posts 42 Percent Revenue Increase

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted second quarter revenues of $1.581 billion, a 42.6 percent increase from the same period a year ago, surpassing the consensus mark by 6.52 percent. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates four times over the last four quarters. “We achieved record levels of revenues and earnings in the second quarter

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Jobless Claims Continue to Fall at Steady Pace as Recovery Continues

The Labor Department reported that 419,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. This was well above the 350,000 Dow Jones estimate and more than the upwardly revised 368,000 from the previous period. The previous week’s level was

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SRI Acquires Marquee Search

As consolidation continues in the executive search industry, London-based executive recruiting firm SRI recently acquired Marquee Search, an executive search firm serving the sports sector that has placed over 1,000 mid-senior executives. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The partnership brings together Marquee’s 20 years of North American sports expertise with SRI’s 20 years of

Jobless Claims Still Remain High as Recovery Looms

The Labor Department reported that 400,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The median estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a decline to 385,000 claims. The previous week’s level was revised up by 5,000 from 419,000

ManpowerGroup Posts 41 Percent Revenue Increase

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted first quarter revenues of $5.3 billion, an increase of 41 percent from the same period a year ago. This surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.99 percent. Revenue in the U.S. was $629 million, representing 22 percent increase compared to the prior year. Financial results in the quarter were impacted by the

4 New Rules for CEO Succession Planning  

CEO succession has always been one of most critical and high stakes responsibilities of a board. According to a new report by Cathy Anterasian and Robert Stark of Spencer Stuart, a failed process can result in an unaligned board, a lack of ready talent and, ultimately, a value-destroying CEO transition. Layering onto an already challenging

Alioth Offers Two-Year Hiring Guarantee

Executive search firm Alioth has launched a two-year guarantee for any new executive placed using the company’s retained executive search service anchored by its organizational diagnostic platform, Exploration, which is included at no additional cost. “The use of Alioth’s Exploration platform in executive search provides an experience for hiring organizations and their candidates like no

TurnkeyZRG Assists Philadelphia Wings in Recruitment of Team President  

Sports organizations are increasingly turning to search firms to fill their top vacancies. TurnkeyZRG recently assisted the Philadelphia Wings in the recruitment of Mark Zamarin as the professional box lacrosse organization’s new team president. Mr. Zamarin recently spent five years with the Philadelphia Soul, a now defunct professional arena football team, where he served as chief operating

The Loring Group Recruits Top Finance Executive for Kendo Brands

San Francisco-headquartered executive search firm The Loring Group recently placed Lauren Festante as global vice president of finance for Kendo Brands. The search was led by partner Rich Kampmann. Kendo Holdings is a San Francisco-based beauty brand developer and wholesaler owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. Kendo has become the

Wray Executive Search Appoints Partner

Wray Executive Search, a provider of executive search and advisory services in the restaurant, foodservice, retail, and franchise industries, has named Kevin M. Stockslager as partner. He will now be responsible for growing Wray’s executive search operations across North America, continuing to build a dedicated recruitment team and driving the implementation of technology to enhance client

Changing the Fabric of Corporate Boards

The events of last summer may have been a tipping point for the large array of factors that brought to the forefront already existing needs for change in boardroom composition. A new report by the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD), in collaboration with Deloitte, concludes that that while stakeholders and shareholders increase demands for gender,

Staying Ahead of the Great Talent Migration 

The American workforce is changing rapidly thanks to job mobility, a still-tight labor market, and technological advances. According a new report by Accur Recruiting Services, this metamorphosis has been in the works for years and the COVID-19 pandemic simply accelerated the shift toward location-independent work and remote work. “But the changes are not just logistical; they

Vetted Solutions Recruits New Leader for American Composites Manufacturers Association

After an extensive search, Washington, D.C.- based executive recruitment firm Vetted Solutions has placed Cindy Squires as the new CEO of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). “As the industry works to increase adoption of composites across all market segments, now is an ideal time to welcome new leadership,” said Kevin Barnett, acting CEO of ACMA. “ACMA is

Academic Career & Executive Search Recruits Dean of Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Rowena Ortiz-Walters as the new dean of the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She is the first Latina to lead the business school. Dr. Ortiz-Walters comes to St. Mary’s from SUNY Plattsburgh, a public liberal arts college that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System,

Eton Bridge Acquired by Elysian Capital 

Elysian Capital has acquired executive search, consulting, and interim management provider Eton Bridge Partners, the first investment of the Elysian Capital Fund which closed last September at £325million. Edward Brett, partner at Elysian Capital, said: “Eton Bridge have built a distinctive talent solutions business. We have been very impressed with their culture and the strength and

AboveBoard Closes $3 Million in Funding 

AboveBoard, an inclusive platform for executive placement that is increasing representation of black, Latinx and female professionals on boards and at the C-suite/VP level, has raised a $3 million seed round to fuel its continued business momentum. The company is fulfilling its commitment to diversity in all aspects of its business by raising 91 percent of the outside

Caldwell Recruits CHRO for Santander Holdings 

Jeremy Zeman and Krisha Otto of Caldwell recently placed Rosilyn Houston as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Santander Holdings USA. “I am very pleased to welcome Rosilyn to Santander, and I am confident that the wealth of experience she has in HR strategy and branding, culture development and recruiting, developing and retaining talent in the financial

Shelli Herman and Associates Seeking CFO for Catalina Island Conservancy  

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has been enlisted by the Catalina Island Conservancy to help find the organization’s next chief financial officer. The non-profit helps to protect and restore the natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California, and to make them available for public recreation, education, and enjoyment. The Catalina Island

WittKieffer Assists Colorado State University with Recruitment of VP for Diversity and Inclusion

WittKieffer has placed Kauline Cipriani as vice president for diversity and inclusion for Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO. Leading the assignment were Charlene Aguilar, consultant; Christine Pendleton, senior associate; and Bree Liddell, associate. “We are just thrilled to welcome Kauline to the leadership team of Colorado State University,” said Joyce McConnell, president of CSU.

Boyden Creates Global Leadership Consulting Center of Excellence

Boyden has named Katia Pina as senior director of its newly launched Global Leadership Consulting Center of Excellence. “Building on her international consulting and academic experience, Katia takes on this global role with a vision to strengthen and promote Boyden’s leadership consulting services across the firm,” said the search firm. “Leadership consulting is a strategic priority at Boyden,

Are Today’s HR Leaders Ready for Tomorrow’s Challenges? 

The future of work will be different from the past. But the extent to which the future of work relies on HR leaders has also never been clearer, according to a new report by Russell Reynolds Associates’ Anna Penfold, Harsonal Sachar and Alix Stuart. The pandemic has accelerated a move to a distributed workforce, redefining the

JM Search Assists LiiV in the Recruitment of New CFO

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 outfits. JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune

Dore Partnership Tapped by CalPERS to Find CIO

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has selected Dore Partnership to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. CEO Marcie Frost expects to start the search process at the end of July or early August, conduct interviews in late summer and fall, with final selection of a CIO in fall or early

Development Guild DDI Seeks Executive Director for Fuller Craft Museum

Non-profit specialist recruitment firm Development Guild DDI was recently selected to find an executive director for the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. The non-profit, which focuses solely on collecting contemporary craft, is New England’s only craft museum. Senior vice president and principal Tracy Marshall is leading the assignment. “Fuller Craft Museum seeks an executive director to

Daversa Partners Appoints CPO and CFO

Executive search firm Daversa Partners, which serves the technology sector, has named Amy Dolan as its chief people officer and Maggie Libatique as chief financial officer. “I speak on behalf of the entire leadership team when I say we are thrilled to have Amy and Maggie on board and are excited to witness the growth and

Here’s How Senior Executives are Navigating to Their Next Position 

If you are a talented senior executive it is likely that throughout your career, opportunities found you. This especially is common earlier in your career when you are lower in the corporate pyramid. At that career stage, there are numerous opportunities to help develop your skills and experiences. Key mentors want you on their teams and

Recovery Continues as Jobless Claims Continue to Fall

The Labor Department reported that 360,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. That reading matched the consensus forecast among economists, according to Bloomberg. The previous week’s level was revised up by 13,000 from 373,000 to 386,000. The 4-week moving

AGB Search Assists Morris Brown College in the Recruitment of a New Provost

As the pandemic begins to subside in the U.S. and organizations collectively begin to get back on their feet, colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will allow high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization –

Buffkin / Baker Taps Chief Information and Technology Officer for CarePayment

Buffkin / Baker has placed Satish Kumar as the new chief information and technology officer for healthcare finance company CarePayment. The search was led by partner Jen Bradley and principal Ryan Baggett. Mr. Kumar joins CarePayment from Medalogix, a predictive analytics company in the home health space, where he served as senior vice president and chief technology

Spencer Stuart Appoints U.K. Managing Partner

Spencer Stuart has appointed Shami Iqbal as U.K. managing partner. He succeeds Simon Fenton, who has served a three-year term as managing partner following his return to the U.K. after seven years based in Hong Kong from where he led the firm’s Asia-Pacific business. “I am incredibly grateful to Simon for his enormous contribution to the

New Workforce Models Bring New Challenges in the Next Normal 

The pandemic has changed almost everything about how we live — and the changes are sure to keep coming. Today, we’re slowly reclaiming some of our older traditions, but we can’t be certain about what comes next. According to a new report from Tatum, we may never completely return to what was considered “normal” before the

The Rise of AI and How it is Serving Executive Search

Technology is transforming the way business is now conducted, according to a new report by The Taplow Group. Artificial intelligence, in particular, seems to be the focus in many business sectors. “AI is allowing a machine to replicate cognitive abilities found in human beings to make tasks easier, effective, and efficient,” says The Taplow Group. “We agree

University of North Carolina Wilmington Taps Academic Search to Find Chief Diversity Officer  

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has been enlisted to find a chief diversity officer for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Leading the assignment are senior consultants Shirley Robinson Pippins and Carlos Medina. “Recognizing the unique history of the university and the City of Wilmington, as it relates to race, equity and social justice, the

Russell Reynolds Associates Tapped by Taylor Morrison to Lead CFO Search

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. Russell Reynolds Associates was recently called in by Taylor Morrison to lead in its search for a new

Diversified Search Group Adds Veteran Recruitment Leader as a Managing Director

Diversified Search Group (DSG) has expanded with the addition of veteran talent strategist and career coach Amy Shea as a managing director in the non-profit practice. “I am honored to have worked with Amy as a client, and an employee at Koya Partners, in her capacity as a career coach for over a decade serving non-profit

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