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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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Human Resource Solutions Recruits CTO for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Tony Thakur as chief technology officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a Grain Management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “It was important for me to understand and honor Tony’s respect and concern for his then current employer,” said

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Kingsley Gate Partners Adds Former Telecomm Executive to Lima Office

Kingsley Gate Partners has continued its recent expansion with Jose Revilla as a partner in its Lima, Peru office. Mr. Revilla brings to Kingsley Gate Partners over 20 years of experience in executive roles in multiple countries in Latin America and the U.S. in the information technology and telecommunications industry. His strong leadership and operations

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Human Resource Solutions Recruits CTO for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Tony Thakur as chief technology officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a Grain Management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “It was important for me to understand and honor Tony’s respect and concern for his then current employer,” said

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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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Kingsley Gate Partners Adds Former Telecomm Executive to Lima Office

Kingsley Gate Partners has continued its recent expansion with Jose Revilla as a partner in its Lima, Peru office. Mr. Revilla brings to Kingsley Gate Partners over 20 years of experience in executive roles in multiple countries in Latin America and the U.S. in the information technology and telecommunications industry. His strong leadership and operations

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10 Leadership Qualities to Look for In Your Next Executive Search

Executive-level talent can have a huge impact on the success of an organization. These individuals affect the culture, performance and perception of every business. So it is that finding the right people to lead and represent your brand is the most significant decision any top leader, board or head of talent will make. Employers typically use

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Waldron Recruits CEO for Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Social sector focused executive search firm Waldron has placed Randall Kempner as the new chief executive officer of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin, TX. Principal Jeff Waldron is leading the assignment along with engagement manager Heather Mohler and administrative assistant Renée Sellers. Katherine Lorenz, granddaughter of the charity’s founders, has led the organization since 2011. She stepped

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m/Oppenheim Associates Seeks Leader for Youth UpRising

Non-profit executive search firm m/Oppenheim Associates has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for Youth UpRising, a community group that provides education, employment and wellness programs for at-risk youngsters in Oakland, CA. Founder Mark Oppenheim and principal Kevin Redick are leading the assignment for the San Francisco-based search firm. Youth

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The Loring Group Opens Doors

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: Veteran executive recruiter Steve Caliger has launched The Loring Group. Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He

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AIMS International Opens Office in Estonia

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Executive search consortium AIMS International has expanded with the addition of a new office

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Search Firm Leverages Life Sciences Platform to Recruit Pot Sector Talent

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

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DHR International Assists Michigan State in Head Football Coach Search

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Mel Tucker as the head football coach for Michigan State University. Mr. Tucker is a 23-year coaching veteran with championship experience. He replaces Mark Dantonio who recently stepped down after 13 seasons with the Spartans. The school paid DHR $100,000 for its

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Reffett Associates Places General Counsel for Northwest Seaport Alliance

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has placed the first-ever general counsel of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), one of the largest container gateways in North America. William Reffett, founder and managing partner, and Tom Young, director of operations, led the assignment for the search firm. The new general counsel, Dana Henderson, will be responsible for providing legal

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ON Partners Recruits CEO for Worksoft

Jeff Hocking of ON Partners has placed former Data Intensity executive Tony Sumpster as the new CEO of Worksoft. Jerry Dolinsky will step down from his role as interim CEO and maintain his position as chairman of the board for Worksoft. “I am delighted to welcome Tony to Worksoft,” said Mr. Dolinsky. “He brings deep experience in technology,

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Talengo Names Digital Business and Technology Practice Leader

Madrid-headquartered search firm Talengo has appointed Pedro Irujo as new director of the digital business and technology practice. “With its incorporation, the firm wants to reinforce a critical practice that is experiencing a strong demand and in which it accompanies its clients to successfully translate its digital transformation processes into a leadership key, both in consulting projects and in

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The Recruiting Sector is Creating Durable Revenue Streams, with Higher Margins

Korn Ferry will begin reporting a “KF Digital” segment that consolidates its compensation databases, leadership development platforms and sales training modules into one reporting disclosure, according to a new report by investment firm Kerrisdale Capital. By the next fiscal year, KF Digital should generate $400 million in revenue as a stand-alone unit. Other search firms are following suit

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College Sports Solutions and Buffkin / Baker Tapped to Find Commissioner for Big West Conference

The Big West Conference has begun its search for a new commissioner to replace Dennis Farrell, who recently announced his retirement after leading the conference for 27 years. Collegiate athletics consultants College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker are managing the search process, with Jeff Schemmel, president of CSS, acting as lead consultant, with assistance from Dan

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AGB Search Names Leader of Interim Division

Across the board, in every industry, today’s market is fueled by growing demand for top talent against a landscape of short supply. This has led to nearly three million people taking temporary jobs, a number that is expected to grow at a healthy pace over the next few years as companies strive to stay agile in

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Pekarsky & Co. Recruits New Leader for the Calgary Hotel Association

Calgary-based executive search firm Pekarsky & Co. has placed Sol Zia as the new executive director of the Calgary Hotel Association. Principal Erin Dand led the assignment. “We have loved working with a caring, efficient and giving company as Pekarsky & Co. that brought us our new executive director Sol Zia,” said Arjun Channa, director and chair

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ingeniam Executive Search & Human Capital Consulting Opens Office in Berlin

ingeniam Executive Search & Human Capital Consulting, an IIC Partners member firm, has opened a new office in Berlin. The new location will work closely alongside existing IIC Partners offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Dusseldorf. “We are experiencing increased demand across all sectors, especially in professional services, and our new office in Berlin will help us

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University of Alaska Anchorage and UConn Tap WittKieffer to Find Chief Diversity Officers

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities. It has become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, with a broad range of responsibilities beyond that of most administrators.

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Diversified Search Acquires Storbeck Search & Associates

Acquisitions continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Recently, Diversified Search acquired education-focused Storbeck Search & Associates. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Founded by Shelly Storbeck in 2007, Storbeck is based in Media, PA, with 50 employees across six other states and Washington, D.C.

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The Insight Group Recruits CIO for the Royal Children’s Hospital

The chief information officer is considered one of the most strategic roles in any organization. Still, head-hunting within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the toughest to find. Recently, Sydney-headquartered executive search firm the Insight Group placed Michelle Rennie as the new CIO of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Ms. Rennie is a

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Vanderbloemen Search Group Seeks Pastors for Texas and Michigan Churches

Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has been selected to find lead pastors for Christian churches in Texas and Michigan. CROSSROADS Church, in Odessa, TX, is seeking a lead pastor who will first and foremost be a highly gifted teacher. “Communicating God’s Word in a compelling and relevant fashion while maintaining

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Slayton Search Partners Announces Promotion

Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners has promoted Charles Southwick to the position of senior vice president and principal. He will be expanding his efforts, continuing to develop impactful client relationships and recruit key leaders in sectors such as food and beverage, manufacturing, retail, technology and more. “Through his ability to achieve tangible results for clients and

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Here’s the Key to Making your Diversity & Inclusion Efforts Work

Some companies invest in diversity and inclusion but fail to gain traction with it. Others invest in D&I and make it an integral part of their culture. What makes the difference? To learn more, Russell Reynolds Associates recently explored what distinguishes organizations that have successfully capitalized on their D&I efforts from others. The firm found

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Chief Nursing Officer for Silver Cross Hospital

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

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Public Search and Consulting Seeks Police Chief for the City of Boulder

Executive recruitment firm Public Sector Search & Consulting has been chosen to find the next police chief for the city of Boulder, CO. Gary Peterson, president and CEO, and Mark Helms, project consultant, are leading the assignment for the search firm. Greg Testa, who held the Boulder police chief role for five years, retired in September.

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Gilman Partners Acquires Leadership Development Program

Gilman Partners has purchased the Senior Leadership Development Program from talent consulting firm NVR, a leadership development program strategically designed to prepare high-potential leaders for executive management. The search firm will rebrand the leadership development program GP Elevate and will assume full responsibility for the program when the next cohort begins in April. Cohorts meet one full day

10 Leadership Qualities to Look for In Your Next Executive Search

Executive-level talent can have a huge impact on the success of an organization. These individuals affect the culture, performance and perception of every business. So it is that finding the right people to lead and represent your brand is the most significant decision any top leader, board or head of talent will make. Employers typically use

NAFA Fleet Management Association Taps JDG Associates to Find CEO

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,

Cejka Search Seeks Chair for Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University has retained the services of Cejka Search to lead its hunt for a new chair of the department of emergency medicine. President and managing director Paul Esselman is leading the assignment. The chair will report to the dean of the School of Medicine and serve as the department’s academic and administrative leader,

Kensington Names Equity Partner in Nod to Leadership Succession

Oak Brook, IL-based executive search firm Kensington International Inc. has appointed Mary Jane Schermer as an equity partner. “Mary Jane is exactly the kind of person we want as a partner alongside the rest of the partners as we position the firm for leadership succession – we could not be more pleased,” said Brian Clarke, a managing

HVS Executive Search Adds Wall Street Veteran to Staff

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

Employers Added More Jobs, Exceeding Forecasts

Employers added 225,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase exceeds the 164,000 forecast by economists. The January gain is the 112th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed currently stands at 5.9 million. Hiring slowed somewhat last year

AMN Leadership Solutions Seeks CEO for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Executive recruitment firm AMN Leadership Solutions has been chosen to find the next president and chief executive officer for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Leading the assignment are recruiters Beth Ross, Christine Mackey-Ross and Jennifer Schaulin. “The new president and CEO will be joining Children’s Hospital & Medical Center at an important

Odgers Berndtson Launches Interim Arm in Boston and New York

Odgers Berndtson has launched its global interim management arm – Odgers Interim – in Boston and New York, following strong demand the search firm has seen for senior leaders working on an interim basis across the U.S. With offices in London, Australia, Canada and Brazil, Odgers Interim’s U.S. business will be led by Paul Smith, a U.K. client

Strategic Government Resources Seeks New Fire Chief for Little Elm, Texas

Keller, TX-based executive search firm Strategic Government Resources (SGR) has been chosen to find a new fire chief for the Town of Little Elm, TX. Senior vice president Larry Bell is leading the assignment. The fire chief directs and manages all firefighting, fire prevention and fire service activities of the town and is responsible, through study and

Ellig Group Appoints Global Advisory Services Practice Leader

New York City-based executive search firm Ellig Group has expanded with the addition of corporate governance veteran Nicole Sandford to lead its newly expanded global board advisory services practice. “We are delighted to further expand Ellig Group’s core search platform to offer a broader range of board search and related advisory and assessment services,” said Janice

Hanold Associates Recruits Eight Women Directors to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Board

At a time when women continue to make slow progress in winning seats in the boardroom, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has made a powerful statement by recruiting eight women to serve in directorships at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a non-profit advocacy organization. Among the women: Nelda Connors, Kim Davis, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, Betty Liu,

Boyden Seeking Chief Technology Officer for the City of Vancouver

Boyden has been retained by Vancouver, British Columbia to lead its search for a new chief technology officer. The city wants a business leader who has been responsible for technology strategy and direction in a complex, dynamic organization with multiple business lines and stakeholders. Boyden’s managing partner Lisa Kershaw is leading the search team. Technology

ACEUM Advisors & Search Seeking Major Gifts Officer for GLAAD

For non-profit organizations, major gift officers are among the most vital of roles. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profit everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of

Cowen Partners Establishes New Venture Fund

Executive search firm Cowen Partners has launched a new venture fund that will focus solely on seed funding and early stage start-ups in the Pacific Northwest. The Cowen Partners Venture Fund has raised an undisclosed amount of money and is derived almost entirely from company and personal contributions of its founders, Shawn Cole and Ash

Bridgepoint Consulting Names Co-Leaders to Drive Growth Strategy

Austin, TX-based Bridgepoint Consulting, an Addison Group company, has appointed Michael Johnson and Manuel Azuara as managing principals to lead and drive the firm’s offerings and strategic geographic expansion in delivering full-scale finance transformations for growing companies nationwide. “A critical component of our continued growth strategy is the investment in and closer collaboration with our finance and IT

5 Social Media Mistakes Affecting Your Ability to Attract Talent

More than half (56 percent) of job seekers across the globe say an employer’s brand and reputation is more important today than it was five years ago, according to a global study of job seekers conducted by ManpowerGroup Solutions. Candidates do not have to rely on what potential employers tell them about a company; they

Koya Leadership Partners Tapped to Find Chief Talent and Equity Officer for Children’s Law Center

Koya Leadership Partners has been retained by the Children’s Law Center (CLC) in Washington, D.C., to lead the search for a chief talent and equity officer, a newly created position for the organization. Leading the assignment for the executive search firm are Miecha Ranea Forbes, senior vice president of culture, inclusion and strategic advising, and

Major, Lindsey & Africa Recruits General Counsel for The Andersons

Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move in recent months, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of

StevenDouglas Expands Presence in Seattle, Names Practice Leader

Executive search firm StevenDouglas is expanding its presence in Seattle to include information technology search, staffing and consulting services. The firm also named Eamon Reilly to managing director, Seattle, to lead the practice. Mr. Reilly, a Seattle native, is focusing on supporting the expansion of the firm’s IT staffing and search service capabilities on the West Coast

Heidrick & Struggles Makes Leadership Changes in Europe

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles recently made several leadership changes in Europe. Claire Skinner has been named regional leader, Europe and Africa, continuing to focus on working at the top and driving growth and collaboration across the region, in addition to fostering inclusion and professional development initiatives. Most recently, she

Executive Search 101: Back to Basics

The executive search process varies little from search firm to search firm. Every time they conduct a senior-level executive assignment, executive recruiters follow the same basic search process. “Of course, since the retained search process and the pricing look pretty much the same at most traditional recruiting firms, it can be challenging for executive search buyers

Comhar Partners Lands SVP of Global Sales for Myers-Briggs Co.

Executive search firm Comhar Partners has placed Steven Nolan as senior vice president of global sales for the Myers-Briggs Co. Karen Turrini, managing director in the search firm’s San Francisco office, led the assignment. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Mr. Nolan will report to Myers-Briggs’ president and CEO. He will oversee the global sales leadership team

Diversified Search Recruits Chief Information Officer for Herbalife Nutrition

The chief information officer is considered among the most strategic roles in any organization. Still, head-hunting within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the toughest to find. Recently, Diversified Search placed former Estee Lauder Companies executive Rhonda Vetere as the new CIO of Herbalife Nutrition. The search was led by

Robert Half Posts 3.8 Percent Revenue Increase

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted full-year revenues of $6.074 billion, up 3.8 percent from $5.80 billion the prior year. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company posted fourth quarter revenues of $1.48 billion, up slightly from $1.48 billion last year. For the year, net income was $454 million, or $3.90 per share, compared to earnings of $434.3 million, or $3.57 per share,

Talentmark Makes Addition to Fuel U.S. Growth Strategy

Talentmark, a London-based specialist and executive recruitment solutions provider to the global life sciences market, has expanded with the addition of Patricia Hall as vice president as the firm continues its strategic growth in the U.S. She will be based in Chicago. Ms. Hall joins Talentmark from Quick Leonard Kieffer, where she led the firm’s

The State of Executive Recruiting in 2020

Cautious optimism seems to be the consensus among business leaders and executive recruiters heading into 2020. Although some pundits are predicting a dramatic and near-term market correction, supporting data is decidedly mixed. Changes in expectations for 2020 include: U.S. economic growth is expected to range from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent, likely down from the 1.9

HARTZ Search Seeks CEO for Roper St. Francis Healthcare in South Carolina

Charlotte, NC-based executive search firm HARTZ Search has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) in Charleston, SC. Leading the assignment are Carol Maxwell, the firm’s managing director, and Mike Hartz, president and CEO. The health system’s previous leader, Lorraine Lutton, recently took a new role as market

The Everest Group Announces Promotions

Glendora, CA-headquartered executive search firm the Everest Group has named Dennis Teschler and Anthony Duncan as vice presidents of national accounts as well as Kyle Bueckert as director of national accounts. Mr. Teschler focuses on placing middle to senior-level executives in many functional positions within the third party logistics, supply chain, and transportation industries. He recently placed

ManpowerGroup Posts Five Percent Revenue Dip in 2019

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted full-year revenues of $20.9 billion, a decrease of five percent from $22 billion a year ago. The company posted fourth-quarter revenues of $5.2 billion, a decrease of four percent from the year earlier period. Financial results in the quarter were impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared to the prior

Executive Search Firms Expect Revenue Uptick, Continued Growth in 2020

A new year brings a new set of perspectives and priorities. In 2020, search consultants are excited about the possibilities provided by technology, anxious about the economy, and (still) struggling with the talent shortage. Expectations for 2020 are largely positive but are more modest than in years past, according to Bullhorn’s “Global Recruitment Insights and Data”

The Pauly Group Places First Female and African-American President at Kellogg Community College

The Pauly Group, an academic executive search firm, has recruited Adrien L. Bennings as the sixth president of Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek, MI. She becomes the first female and African-American president at the school replacing Mark O’Connell, who has held the role since 2015. Dr. Bennings was selected from a pool of 54

Human Resource Solutions Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Great Plains Communications

Golden, CO-based executive search firm Human Resource Solutions has placed Josephine Bernson as the first chief revenue officer for Great Plains Communications, Nebraska’s largest independent telecommunications company and a grain management portfolio company. The search was led by R. Woody Daroca. “Josephine’s experience and proven track record in leading teams and driving increased revenue and

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