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NGS Global Opens Office in Chicago

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Harris Rand Lusk Tapped to Find New CEO for Stupid Cancer

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Chartwell Partners Recruits CFO for 8th Avenue Food & Provisions

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Crenshaw Associates Names Chief Commercial Officer

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Friisberg & Partners Adds New Member Firm in Ireland

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HW Global Talent Partner Acquires Controlling Interest in Zebra People

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Hudson Global Posts 9.2 Percent Revenue Gain

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Frick Pittsburgh Taps Phillips Oppenheim for Executive Director Search

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been picked to find a new executive director for The Frick Pittsburgh. Principal Mark J. Tarnacki and partner Becky Klein are leading the assignment. The Frick Pittsburgh is a complex of museums and historical buildings in the residential East End of Pittsburgh devoted to the interpretation of the life and times

Paschal•Murray Retained by Stony Brook University to Find Major Gifts Officer

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Battalia Winston Expands Search Staff

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Customer Success Recruiting Grows More Intense

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Saint Joseph’s College Taps Hyatt-Fennell for CFO Search

Catholic liberal arts school Saint Joseph’s College has chosen higher education-focused executive recruitment Hyatt-Fennell to lead its search for a new chief business and finance officer (CBFO). Search firm partner Cheryl Hyatt is leading the assignment. St. Joseph’s College, located in Standish, ME, wants a creative, strategic, collegial and entrepreneurial administrator who values transparency and

Tyler & Company Recruits CEO for Peterson Health

Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company has placed Cory Edmondson as the new president and CEO of Peterson Health in Kerrville, TX. Vice president Marion Spears Karr is heading the assignment along with senior consultant Charlotte Tinsley. The Peterson Health CEO search committee recommended Mr. Edmondson after working with Tyler & Company on the recruitment process

Boyden Elects Chairman and CEO to New Terms, Appoints New Board Members

In a series of key leadership decisions, Boyden will largely be staying the course as it looks to continue its growth moving forward. Jörg Kasten has been re-elected to a third term as chairman and Trina Gordon won another term as president CEO, through 2021, the firm said. Three new members, meanwhile, are joining Boyden’s global

Gerard Daniels Appoints Leaders for London and Sydney Offices

Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels has appointed Rajesh Raj as partner Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and head of its London office and Ryan Mason as practice leader and head of the firm’s Sydney office. Mr. Raj has worked with large global corporations and privately-held entrepreneurial start-ups in the U.K. He has also worked with

In Combatting Workplace Harassment, HR Must Strike the Right Balance

The #MeToo era may have laid bare how many organizations have a long way to go to create a harassment-free workforce, but recent weeks have shown where some of the toughest challenges lie: the human resources department. In just a short period, the public has learned about issues that started with complaints to HR that

Miami Dade College Picks Diversified Search to Find President

Miami Dade College has retained Diversified Search to find a new president to replace longtime leader Eduardo Padrón. The search is being led by John Mestepey, managing director of the firm’s Miami office, and senior managing director Kim Morrisson. “The decision came as we were planning the 60th anniversary of the college, which is next year,” Mr. Padrón said.

Heidrick & Struggles Places Five Directors at Bed Bath & Beyond

After an extensive search, Heidrick & Struggles has placed five new independent directors on the board of Bed Bath & Beyond. The Chicago-based firm had been asked to help accelerate a “refreshment” shake-up in the composition of the company’s board. Harriet Edelman, Harsha Ramalingam, Andrea Weiss, Mary Winston and Ann Yerger will serve as new board members.

Armstrong Craven Appoints Head of Americas

U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven is continuing its expansion with the appointment of Leslie Lazarus as head of Americas. The U.S. is already a major market for the firm, which has long relationships with some of the largest American brands. But Rachel Davis, deputy CEO, said the firm believes it can build upon that foundation.

Arrow Strategies Launches Executive Search Division

Over the past year, a number of other organizations have expanded their retained executive search services or added them to their offerings as the top-end talent sector heats up globally. Recently, Southfield, MI-headquartered staffing firm Arrow Strategies launched a new staff and executive search division called Arrow Select. The new division acts as a wholly owned

Hanold Associates Seeks Chief People Officer for Canidae

Private equity-backed Canidae, a pet food company, has retained Hanold Associates to find its first chief people officer. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, is leading the assignment, joined by partners Keri Gavin and Mayank Parikh. The chief people officer, a newly recreated role for Canidae, will report directly to the CEO and will be responsible

AGB Search Seeks Provost for St. John’s University

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Waverly Partners Recruits CEO for the Center for Health Affairs

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Following a national search, executive recruiting firm Waverly Partners recently placed Brian

Beecher Reagan Names President and COO

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: Houston-based executive search firm Beecher Reagan has welcomed former North Highland Worldwide Consulting executive Angela Navarro as its president and chief operating officer, a new role with the company. “Angela’s appointment

PrincetonOne Strengthens Search Staff

Skillman, NJ-headquartered executive search firm PrincetonOne has expanded with the addition of Kent Mayes as practice director for its accounting and finance division. Mr. Mayes brings more than two decades of search experience to his role as national practice director. As a managing producer, he will be responsible for leading a national team of recruiters

Unemployment Rates Falls Again, This Time to 3.6 Percent

Employers added 263,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. Economists had estimated that 190,000 jobs were added last month, according to a Bloomberg survey. The April gain is the 103rd consecutive month of job growth. The number of

Positive Coaching Alliance Taps Odgers Berndtson for CEO Search

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has partnered with Greg Santore and Jennifer Biehn of Odgers Berndtson to assist with the national search for the non-profit’s next leader. Jim Thompson, the group’s founder and CEO, is stepping down after 20 years. “Jim has given so much to the organization and the community,” said search chair and national

SearchWide Places CEO for Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide Global has helped place Kristen Adamo as the new president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) in Rhode Island. Searchwide senior vice president Kellie Henderson spearheaded the assignment. Ms. Adamo replaces Martha Sheridan who accepted a similar position in Boston. “Kristen was selected after a thorough and

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