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Development Guild DDI Seeks New Leader for Senior Community

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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

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Krauthamer & Associates Recruits CEO for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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CTPartners Posts Modest Uptick In Revenue

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DHR International Strengthens Atlanta Office

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Equation Technologies Partners with BambooHR

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Kenexa Records 24 Percent Revenue Jump

Kenexa Corporation/(NASDAQ:KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, has posted revenues of $88.2 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, a 24 percent increase from revenues of $71.3 million a year ago. Non-GAAP net income available to common shareholders, was $7.6 million, compared to $4.7 million last year. Rudy Karsan,

CarterBaldwin Finds New President for CTC

Atlanta-headquartered CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed Dr. John R. Hutchinson as president of Redeemer City to City (CTC). Dr. Hutchinson most recently served for 14 years as senior pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church (PCA) in McLean, Virginia. Since its founding in 2000, Redeemer City to City (previously Redeemer Church Planting Center) has helped to plant

TalentBin and COMPAS Technology Integrate Services

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Diversified Search Posts 29 Percent Q2 Revenue Gain

Diversified Search has posted a 29 percent gain in revenues for the second quarter of 2012 compared to a year ago. For the first half of 2012, firm revenues are up by 24 percent compared to the first half of 2011. "We have had a successful year-to-date with notable strength in the healthcare and life

Reilly Partners Adds New Managing Director

Executive search firm Reilly Partners has added David Gorman as a managing director. Mr. Gorman brings 20 years of sports consulting and legal experience and his work with clients includes marketing and management consulting as well as legal protection of marketing, television, and licensing rights. He previously served as the managing director of Podium Americas,

Cheyenne Group Places CFO at Bloomberg Data Products Division

Executive search firm The Cheyenne Group has placed Sue Martin as the chief financial officer for Bloomberg Data Products Division. Ms. Martin comes to Bloomberg and Geller & Company with over 30 years of financial experience, most recently as CFO, Global Growth & Operations at Thomson Reuters. With offices in New York, Chicago and Los

Jobscience Acquires Atomkeep

Recruitment solutions provider Jobscience, Inc. has acquired Atomkeep, a leader in social profile management. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed Atomkeep helps users sync their profile information on social networks, job boards and other internet sites. Users gain a streamlined way to validate and control their social identity across multiple sites. “It has

Boyden Adds to San Francisco Office

Boyden has added Lori Christiansen as managing director in its San Francisco office. Ms. Christiansen will play a key role in recruitment of senior executive and functional leader roles in global companies as well as in early-stage private equity and venture-backed firms. She previously was biotech practice leader and vice president of the biopharma practice

TalentFusion Acquires Augustine

TalentFusion, a provider of recruitment process outsourcing services, has acquired RPO specialist Augustine, Inc. Augustine was founded in 1998 as an early pure play RPO company. Since their inception, Augustine has enjoyed a strong thought leader position and a solid track record of recruitment excellence and financial performance. David Pollard, TalentFusion president and CEO, said:

JDG Associates to Lead VP of HR Search for CNA

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has been retained by CNA to lead in its search for a new vice president of human resources. Founded 70 years ago, CNA is a not-for-profit research and consulting organization. JDG Associates, founded by Joseph DeGioia, has been serving the executive recruitment needs of Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and

Korn Ferry Names Partner in Mumbai

Korn/Ferry International has named Avdesh Mittal as senior client partner and regional leader of the firm's digital media sector. Based in Korn/Ferry's Mumbai office, Mr. Mittal will focus on the communications, media and entertainment sectors in India and will also be a core member of the firm's consumer and technology markets. Before joining Korn/Ferry, Mr.

Caliber Associates Adds New VP to Staff

Life sciences-focused recruiting firm Caliber Associates has added Bolyn Hubby, Ph.D., as vice president. Dr. Hubby brings 10 years of industry experience across a wide range of functional areas. He previously served as the executive director of vaccines at Liquidia Technologies. “We are very pleased to welcome Bolyn to Caliber Associates,” said Steve Hochberg, founder

DavenportMajor Finds New CEO for Vantrix

DavenportMajor Executive Search has recruited Jim Knapik to serve as the new chief executive officer for Vantrix. Mr. Knapik was most recently president and CEO of OZ Communications, a Montreal-based leading solution provider in mobile messaging. Vantrix is the global provider of mobile video mediation, video optimization and delivery solutions. DavenportMajor is an executive search

HireVue Acquires CodeEval

Video interviewing provider HireVue has acquired San Francisco-based CodeEval, whose web-based solutions help employers identify and evaluate technical talent. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the addition of CodeEval, HireVue will offer a fully integrated global solution to find and assess IT and technical professionals by giving the employer the ability to

Ultimate Software Posts 24 Percent Revenue Jump

Ultimate Software/(NASDAQ:ULTI), a provider of HR, payroll, and talent management solutions, has posted second quarter revenues of $79.2 million, a 24 percent gain from revenues of $64.2 million a year ago. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, was $5.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the quarter

Heidrick & Struggles Shares Fall; Pressures Mounting at Publicly Held Headhunting Outfits

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has withdrawn it's financial guidance for 2012, citing "increasing uncertainty about the pace of global economic recovery." Volatility in foreign markets has cut into the firm's primary executive talent business, with Europe down 21 percent and Asia Pacific down 25 percent for the quarter. In the firm's America's

Overnorth Adds Partner in Dallas

Executive recruiting firm OverNorth has added Paul F. Olschwanger as a partner in its Dallas office. Mr. Olschwanger will work closely with money managers, pension plans, foundations and endowments, and investment consulting firms throughout the U.S. to assist with senior-level positions in portfolio management, distribution and investor relations. Most recently, he was with Adelante Capital

TribeHR Secures $2.5 Million in Funding

TribeHR, a social human resources platform, has secured $2.5 million in financing led by Relay Ventures, with participation from Matrix Partners. The funds will be used to accelerate the development of new social and mobile products and go-to-market strategies for TribeHR’s cloud-based HR management platform. “TribeHR has been built from the ground-up with the goal

Pedersen & Partners Launches Premium Compensation Database

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has launched its new compensation database as part of the firm’s executive compensation consulting services. The new tool will allow HR departments to create market salary packages for 60-plus positions across more than 40 countries worldwide. The firm recently added executive compensation consulting, headed up by Conrad Pramboeck, to

America’s Job Exchange Partners with Berkshire Associates

America's Job Exchange (AJE) has formed a strategic partnership with Berkshire Associates, a human resource consulting and technology firm that assists companies in building balanced workforces. The partnership agreement enables Berkshire to offer its clients direct access to AJE's OFCCP Compliance Solution for Recruitment. Rathin Sinha, president of AJE, stated: “As one of the leading

Hudson Global Posts 17 Percent Revenue Dip

Hudson Global/(NASDAQ:HSON) has posted second quarter 2012 revenues of $204.8 million, a decrease of 17.2 percent from the second quarter of 2011. The company recorded net income of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $4.2 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, a year ago. “Our

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