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The Upskilling Deadlock to Continue in 2020

Research has revealed a paradox at the heart of current debates around upskilling. On the one hand, the vast majority of U.S. workers believe it’s imperative to train for and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes in the workplace.

Demand is Rising for Executive Recruiters . . . Here’s Why

It’s an all-out war for talent these days, according to recruiters and talent leaders, and that’s making demand for executive search firms stronger than ever.

Upbeat Hiring Plans Heading Into the New Year

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain steady into the first 90 days of 2020.

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Boyden Launches Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice

Boyden has created a new global private equity and venture capital practice and named Anita Pouplard, a managing partner of Boyden France, as its leader. “Anita was our board’s unanimous choice to lead our global private equity and venture capital practice, which has been growing for several years in succession,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden.

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IRC Global Names Regional Technology Leaders

Organizations today recognize that it is critical and imperative to add technology-savvy leaders to lead in the coming decades of uncertainty. As IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ technology practice grows across all regions, it has decided to further strengthen its global team. Ron Magen, from IRC Israel, has been named as the new EMEA technology

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Boyden Launches Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice

Boyden has created a new global private equity and venture capital practice and named Anita Pouplard, a managing partner of Boyden France, as its leader. “Anita was our board’s unanimous choice to lead our global private equity and venture capital practice, which has been growing for several years in succession,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden.

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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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IRC Global Names Regional Technology Leaders

Organizations today recognize that it is critical and imperative to add technology-savvy leaders to lead in the coming decades of uncertainty. As IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ technology practice grows across all regions, it has decided to further strengthen its global team. Ron Magen, from IRC Israel, has been named as the new EMEA technology

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Wilton & Bain Launches Women’s Forum to Drive C-Level Change

Wilton & Bain recently launched its groundbreaking SWITCH (Senior Women in Transformation & Change) network in North America, which brings together C-suite women across industries and functions. Members who operate at an executive or board level position or are in positions crucial to driving change or transformation across technology and business roles, have now joined

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Heidrick & Struggles Places First Female CEO at the National Geographic Society

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has recruited Jill Tiefenthaler as the first female CEO of the National Geographic Society. The search included a review of more than 100 candidates. She will succeed former Heidrick CEO Tracy R. Wolstencroft, who was placed in the top role of the National Geographic Society by Russell

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SearchWide Global Recruits CEO for VisitDallas

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide Global recently placed Craig Davis as the new president and CEO of VisitDallas. Mike Gamble, president and chief executive officer of SearchWide Global, led the assignment. The search firm had been seeking an executive with knowledge of the travel and tourism industry, its distribution channels and its customer base. “Craig stood out among many

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Ernst & Young Acquires PeopleFirm 

Ernst & Young (EY) has further enhanced and expanded its capabilities in its People Advisory Services (PAS) business with the acquisition of strategic people consultancy PeopleFirm, a leader in delivering workforce and organization strategy, performance management, diversity and inclusion, leadership and culture work. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. PeopleFirm is a leader in delivering

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Cannabis Search Firm Hunter + Esquire Expands

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

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Building a Talent Function for the Future

Today, organizations are contending with increasingly complex pressures caused by shifting societal trends and rapidly evolving business models as digitalization disrupts industries old and new. An increasingly digital world, 2020 marking the year Millennials are set to account for 50 percent of the workforce, as well as a heightened focus on social good and diversity and

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Hobbs & Towne Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for HomeWorks Energy

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging — and much more influential. Recently, executive search firm Hobbs & Towne placed Bill Graham as the new chief marketing officer of HomeWorks Energy

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Ralph Andersen and Associates Seeks Chief of Police for Boise, ID

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

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LifeSci Search Expands Efforts in Two Key Areas

LifeSci Search, a life sciences-focused executive search firm, is expanding on multiple fronts. The New York City-based search firm recently announced that it was moving into the healthcare investment and advisory industries with the addition of two key recruiters, Elena Liapounova and Rahil Haneef.  Late last year, the firm added a veteran leader, Cristiano Musso,

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Doyen Search Group Opens to Serve Hospitality and Real Estate Recruiting Sectors

The executive search industry is being disrupted by the entrance of a multitude of new players offering advanced business models and new technologies. The latest: Doyen Search Group (DSG), an executive search firm specialized in hospitality and real estate development, has been launched by Darrell Maxwell. Serving clients across the U.S., Doyen Search Group said

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Frederickson Partners Appoints Chief Growth Officer in Chicago

Frederickson Partners, an executive search firm that recruits high impact human resources and people leaders for innovative, high-growth and transformational companies, has named Brian Brinkley as chief growth officer. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office. “With the increasing utilization of artificial intelligence in strategic HR and the focus on building companies based

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Odgers Berndtson Awarded Epilepsy Foundation CEO Search 

Odgers Berndtson has been enlisted to conduct a national search for the president and CEO for the Epilepsy Foundation. The assignment will be led by partners Maureen Ryan and Derek Wilkinson. Philip M. Gattone stepped down from the Epilepsy Foundation’s top job at the end of last year. He leaves the organization with a strong leadership team and board of directors

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Spencer Stuart Acquires Cambia Consulting

Spencer Stuart has acquired Cambria Consulting, which specializes in individual and team development. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cambria Consulting’s offerings complement Spencer Stuart’s growing set of leadership advisory services, which include executive assessment and development, coaching, CEO succession, team effectiveness, culture shaping, board effectiveness and the people side of merger integration,

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AETHOS Consulting Group Tapped by Red Lion Hotels to Lead CEO Search

After taking a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the hotel and hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is expected to increase in 2020, as global tourism and traveling

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Sheffield Haworth Expands Global Markets Team

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has expanded with the addition of Deborah Way to its New York office as a managing director within the firm’s global markets team. Ms. Way brings to the firm a wealth of experience in fixed income sales across the New York and Asia markets, having spent over 21

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AGB Search Embarks On Prodigious Start to New Year

A number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. One national recruiting outfit, Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, has become a magnet for such assignments — recently

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Options Group Opens Los Angeles Office; Adds Financial Services Expert to West Coast Team

Options Group has opened a new office in Los Angeles, which will be led by Amit Kapoor. Mr. Kapoor has transferred from the firm’s New York office to oversee Options Group’s ambitious growth plans for the region. The firm also hired Lara DeVito to help spearhead the buildout. As head of the Los Angeles office, Mr. Kapoor will be

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ON Partners Lands CEO for Bazaarvoice

Executive search firm ON Partners has placed Keith Nealon as chief executive officer of Bazaarvoice Inc., a digital marketing company based in Austin, TX. Joe Davis of Marlin Equity Partners has served as CEO since it acquired Bazaarvoice in 2018. The company said he will transition out of the CEO role and return to his original role

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Caldwell Posts 14 Percent Increase in Revenues

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted first quarter revenues of $18.8 million (Canadian), a 14 percent increase from a year ago. “This was another excellent quarter and a strong start to our fiscal year,” said John Wallace, chief executive officer of Caldwell. “We said we were well-positioned heading into fiscal 2020, and we are pleased to be

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Kennedy Executive Search Appoints New President and VP

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has elected Caroline Frisenberg as new president and Markus Unterberger as vice president. Founder of the network Jorg Stegemann and Carl Lens will step down as president and vice president, respectively. The election is the result of the network’s recent transformation into an economic interest

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As Job Growth Continues, ‘Robust Hiring Year’ Expected

Employers added 145,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase was below the 164,000 forecast by economists. The December gain is the 111th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed currently stands at 6.3 million. In 2019, the

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Turnkey Search Places Commissioner for Major League Rugby

Following a comprehensive search across North America and internationally, Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted in placing George Killebrew as the new commissioner of Major League Rugby (MLR). “George Killebrew has the right experience, temperament and tenacity to be successful as commissioner for Major League Rugby,” said Rick Alessandri, managing director

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Heidrick & Struggles Leads CEO Search for Westpac

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Westpac, Australia’s oldest bank, to lead its search for a new CEO. Brian Hartzer stepped down in December. Chairman Lindsay Maxsted said he will be retiring in the first half of 2020. This will enable an incoming chairman and the board to

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Bullhorn Acquires Staffing Automation Company Herefish

Bullhorn Inc., which provides cloud-based customer relationship management and operations solutions for the staffing industry, has acquired Herefish, a provider of automation solutions for staffing firms. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Herefish, a longtime Bullhorn Marketplace partner, is one of the leading providers of staffing business process automation, and its solutions are expected to

Wilton & Bain Launches Women’s Forum to Drive C-Level Change

Wilton & Bain recently launched its groundbreaking SWITCH (Senior Women in Transformation & Change) network in North America, which brings together C-suite women across industries and functions. Members who operate at an executive or board level position or are in positions crucial to driving change or transformation across technology and business roles, have now joined

Wilton & Bain Adds New Partners in New York and Boston

Executive recruitment firm Wilton & Bain, which is headquartered in London but undergoing an important rollout in the U.S., has added two key professionals to its operations in America. Katie Vande Water, who will be working out of the Boston office, and Fred Davis, based in New York, have joined the firm as partners. “After

Kingsley Gate Partners Acquires Israeli-Based Everest Search Partners

Acquisitions continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Recently, Kingsley Gate Partners  acquired Everest Search Partners, an Israeli-based boutique executive search firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Jeff Shapiro and Noam Eisenberg have joined Kingsley Gate Partners as senior partners based in Tel

accelHRate Launches Board Services and CFO Practices

HR executive search and management consulting firm accelHRate has recently launched new board services and CFO practices. The firm also expanded with the additions of experienced executive search veterans Mark Mulvanerty and Melissa Schmidt as managing partner and principal, respectively. Kimberly Shanahan, founding president and CEO, will co-lead the firm’s board of directors practice and continue to

SearchWide Global Brings on Executive to Lead International Expansion

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide Global has added Annie Kristi Korsmo as vice president, taking the lead role in managing the company’s international expansion. She will open an international office for SearchWide Global in Norway and locations in Europe and the U.K. in the near future. “As a company, we’ve been moving into the international market and

The Difference Between Talent Acquisition and Recruitment

Talent acquisition and recruitment are two related concepts that are tremendously significant for any organization targeting sustainable growth and success. At first glance, it might seem that these terms have the same meaning, but in fact there are significant differences, according to a new report by Randstad. “To ensure your HR function is operating as effectively

ZRG Partners Launches Sports and Entertainment Practice

ZRG Partners, one of the fastest growing executive search firms, has launched a new sports and entertainment practice with the addition of Jamie Crittenberger. He joins the firm as managing director and head of the practice based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Crittenberger will also serve as a senior member of ZRG’s consumer and private equity practice

Isaacson, Miller Seeks New Leader for Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. Partner Tim McFeeley is leading the assignment along with managing associate Jeff Kessner. “Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Shriver Center has consistently enjoyed an impressive set

Korn Ferry Retained by Municipal Credit Union to Lead CHRO Search

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has about 5,300 federally insured credit unions, with more than $1.5 trillion in assets and 118.3 million members, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000

Savannah Group Appoints Head of Industrial Practice

U.K.-headquartered executive search and interim management specialist Savannah Group has appointed Chris Donkin as a partner and head of the firm’s industrial practice. “I am delighted that Chris has joined the Savannah team,” said John Ellis, CEO of Savannah Group. “His deep sector knowledge and impressive record with leading industrial clients will add further strength to this

Recession, Talent Shortages Top Concerns Among CEOs for 2020

A new survey reveals that the world’s chief executives view the risk of a recession as their biggest external concern in 2020. Attracting and retaining talent ranks as their top internal concern. They also feel unsettled by trade uncertainty, political instability and more intense competition from disruptive technologies. They plan to counter such forces, however,

Societe Generale Turns to Egon Zehnder to Find Next CEO

Financial services organizations, generally, are facing a new competitive landscape, regulatory challenges and a constant struggle to manage cost and efficiency. Overseas, fold in Brexit and you have an environment growing in complexity by the day. Changing times require strategic leaders, both men and women, with a multidimensional skill-sets and competencies that often go beyond

Charities Aid Foundation Selects Russell Reynolds Associates to Lead CEO Search

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the U.K. to lead its hunt for a new chief executive officer to replace Sir John Low. Mr. Low announced late last year that he would be stepping down when his successor was named. “This appointment is made at an exciting time

Bullhorn Appoints Chief People Officer

Bullhorn Inc., which provides cloud-based customer relationship management and operations solutions for the staffing industry, has named Kristin Machacek as its chief people officer. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in Boston and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor handled the search on behalf of Caldwell. “Kristin is a

Top Gun Ventures Names Leader of Education Practice

Plano, TX-based executive search firm Top Gun Ventures (TGV) has appointed Wallace Pond as partner and head of the firm’s new executive search practice for education. With this addition, the firm is expanding its search model into education, serving national and international clients out of its Denver, CO, office. “Top Gun Ventures has always been, and always

Larger Funds Bring Increased Competition for Private Equity Talent

The state of the U.S. private equity market is strong. As of November, U.S. private equity funds had raised $246 billion in 2019, more capital than in any other year recorded by PitchBook, and up substantially from a previous high of $238 billion in 2017. Large firms are driving the growth of private equity fundraising.

Kevin Chase Executive Search Finds New Leader for Equality Texas

Following a national search, Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has placed Ricardo Martinez as the new CEO of Equality Texas. He is a gay, bilingual, Mexican-American and a recognized LGBTQ leader by the Obama Administration. Managing partner Kevin Chase led the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. “We are pleased to announce Ricardo Martinez as Equality

SRi Recruits CEO for the All England Lawn Tennis Club

Executive search firm SRi has recruited Sally Bolton as the new CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) succeeding Richard Lewis. Partner David James led the assignment. With a proven track record of sports and event management experience at both an executive and non-executive level within the sports industry, Ms. Bolton was recognized by the AELTC committee

Jorgenson Consulting Seeks CEO for Montgomery County Economic Development Group

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. (MCEDC) in Maryland. Todd W.S. Jorgenson, managing director and principal, is leading the assignment for the executive recruitment firm. David Petr stepped down from the organization’s top role at the end of his three-year

20/20 Foresight Executive Search Expands New York Office

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Ellen Rhoades as managing director in its New York office. She brings more than 20 years of executive search and corporate talent acquisition leadership experience to her new role. “As 20/20 Foresight enters our 26th year of business in 2020, we are making significant internal additions to our team

Caldwell Recruits CFO for Helix As Role Becomes Success Driver across Private Equity Sector

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. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, recently

Lindauer Seeking Chief Development Officer for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg 

Boston-based recruitment firm Lindauer has been selected to find a chief development officer for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg in Florida Senior consultant Zena Lum is leading the assignment. As the chief fundraiser, the chief development officer will be expected to devise, implement and manage a comprehensive program, including the creation of a development plan

Stanton Chase Expands Media and Entertainment Practice

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has continued its recent expansion with the addition of former film director Shayne Lightner to its Los Angeles office as a director, with a focus on entertainment, media and digital. “Now more than ever, creativity, storytelling and an understanding of human behavior are crucial in helping streaming and entertainment companies diversify their ranks and

Top Executive Jobs for 2020

ON Partners has unveiled its Top Jobs 2020 report, a bespoke list of C-suite and executive level jobs expected to be in demand in the coming year. Included are roles in the technology, consumer, life sciences, supply chain and industrial sectors. According to ON consultants nationwide who provided input for the Top Jobs list, the

BoardWalk Consulting Seeks CEO for Community Foundation for a Greater Atlanta

BoardWalk Consulting has been retained by the Community Foundation for a Greater Atlanta to lead its search for a new CEO. Alicia Philipp announced her plans to retire by the end of 2020 after 42 years with the organization. Earlier this year, the foundation established a search committee, which in turn created a comprehensive request

PFM Executive Search Places Chief Project Officer for Fraser Health

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Sharat Chandra as chief project officer at Fraser Health for the Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project. Partners Allison Rzen and Shaun Carpenter are leading the assignment for the search firm. In his new role, Mr. Chandra will be responsible for leading the development, design, construction, completion and move-in of

Hunt Scanlon Media’s Top 10 Private Equity Recruiting Stories of 2019

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

Cejka Search Wins CEO Assignment for the Iowa Clinic

Cejka Search has been retained by the Iowa Clinic to lead its hunt for a new CEO. The assignment is being led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president and managing principal. The incoming CEO will be expected to provide executive leadership in establishing and executing a strategic vision in alignment with the board

Russell Reynolds Associates Expands in Munich and Hamburg

Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates recently closed the year by adding Immo Futterlieb as managing director in Munich and Moritz Trebeljahr as executive director in its Hamburg office. “We are very happy to have been able to strengthen our team by having Immo and Moritz join us,” said Ulrike Wieduwilt, Russell Reynolds Associates’ German country

Hunt Scanlon Media’s Top 10 Recruiting Stories of 2019

What a year to be covering the executive recruitment industry! Going back over the hundreds of stories Hunt Scanlon Media brought to our readers over the course of 2019 has been both exhilarating and revealing. Change continues to come to the field, often in the most surprising ways. There has been growth and expansion, new ways of

RM Nephew and Associates Places CHRO of Cytel

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have

AGB Search Seeks Provost for University of South Carolina

Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm AGB Search is looking for a new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost for the University of South Carolina.  Managing principal Roderick J. McDavis, consultants Sally Mason and Garry W. Owens, and principal Kimberly S. Templeton are leading the assignment. This role is the second ranking officer of the university, acting for the president in his

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