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Major, Lindsey & Africa Names Executive Director

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has appointed Carlos Pauling as executive director within the partner practice group. He will oversee the performance of partner recruiters in the firm’s East Coast offices, including New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. In addition, he will be responsible for developing a strategy to grow lateral recruiting at a time when law firms are


NPAworldwide Adds Seven New Member Firms in the U.S.

Seven new independent recruitment firms joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in recent months. These search outfits seek to increase revenue through NPAworldwide’s cooperative placement model. NPA now has 550 member offices across six continents. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network, these recruitment firms have the ability

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Riviera Partners Adds Business Development and Executive Recruiting Leaders

Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, recently added two new members to its team. Jack Gage, previously with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), becomes vice president of channel strategy and business development, and Bobby Gormsen, who had been with Frame.io, is the firm’s new director, executive recruiting. Mr. Gage joins Riviera

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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?


The Alexander Group Appoints COO

Houston-based executive search firm The Alexander Group has named Amanda K. Brady as managing director and chief operating officer. “Amanda brings a holistic understanding of the industry and appreciation for our team-oriented culture,” said John C. Lamar, managing partner. “She will be instrumental in the strategic growth of The Alexander Group and our sister firm, Alex & Red,


Eastward Search Partners Appoints Brand & Digital Practice Leader

New York-based Eastward Search Partners has named Nicole Balsam as lead of the brand and digital practice. “I have the utmost confidence in Nicole as she takes the lead of the digital and brand practice,” said Joe Carbone, founder and managing partner. “Her passion for delivering a sophisticated solution to her clients is apparent and comes


CEO Optimism Climbs to Multi-Year High

America’s CEOs are increasingly convinced that the COVID crisis, which has crushed the global economy, will soon come to an end. In Chief Executive magazine’s latest poll of more than 300 U.S. CEOs, a growing number of business leaders now forecast growth in revenues and capital expenditures. In the poll, chief executives rated their confidence in future


New Statistics Reveal the U.S. Lost 10 Million Jobs During Pandemic

The Labor Department reported this morning that 730,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was below the Dow Jones estimate for 825,000 but a slight decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised total of 841,00. The Fed have now reported about 78 million initial jobless claims over the course of the


The Christopher Group Launches Consulting Services Division, Adds Leaders

The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division.


Marlin Hawk Names Americas Leader in New York

London-based executive search and leadership solutions provider Marlin Hawk has named Tracy Murdoch O’Such as its new president in the Americas region. She joins the team with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations grow their teams and focuses on executive search, strategic intelligence, and succession planning. “As the environment for placing talent and helping our clients


Spencer Stuart Retained by Vanderbilt University to Lead Provost Search

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 – not to mention a pandemic and post-pandemic era. Spencer Stuart was recently enlisted by Vanderbilt University to lead in its


The Evolving Private Equity Recruiting Market

Private equity firms have learned from the lessons of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, in which the industry was widely seen as having missed a major opportunity to acquire assets at steep discounts. As a result, PE firms have been more active during the pandemic, determined not to miss the opportunity this time around.


Perrett Laver Assists Murray Edwards College in President Search

U.K.-based executive search firm Perrett Laver has assisted in the recruitment of Dorothy Byrne as the sixth president of Murray Edwards College. She will take up the position in September. Ms. Byrne will succeed Dame Barbara Stocking who has been president of the college since 2013. “I am delighted with the election of Dorothy Byrne, who will


WGNinHR Recruits VP of People for LeagueApps

With the coronavirus crisis expected to intensify, human resources executives are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping their organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Along the way, the importance of people strategy is expanding, and that is keeping executive


RSR Partners Names Consumer Goods & Services Practice Leader

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Gretchen Crist as leader of the firm’s consumer goods and services practice. “Gretchen brings direct experience leading consumer goods and services organizations through transformation and growth,” said Brett Stephens, CEO of RSR. “Her insightfulness and authenticity are immediately apparent to our clients. We are delighted that she will further amplify the team and extend


IMSA Adds New Member Firm in Japan

Executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Evander Group in Japan as its newest member firm. William Hall and his partner, Arlo Brown, both veteran search professionals in Japan, founded Evander Group in 2016 to provide executive recruitment solutions to clients and to bridge potential culture gaps in the Japanese market. Both were born and raised in Japan, graduated from


Heidrick & Struggles Posts Revenue Declines for 2020

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) has posted global revenues of $621.6 million in 2020, a 12 percent decrease from revenues of $706.9 million the year before. The firm says the reduction in net revenue was primarily due to the impact of the pandemic on a global basis. The Chicago-headquartered


State Employees’ Credit Union Selects Russell Reynolds Associates to Find New CEO

These are critical days for credit unions with leadership development, succession planning and employee retention becoming more important than ever. Russell Reynolds Associates was recently called in by State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina to lead its search for a new CEO. CEO Michael J. Lord is retiring effective Aug. 31 and will remain in


WilsonHCG Secures $120 Million in Funding from 3i Group

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses. British-based 3i Group recently agreed to invest $120 million of equity in global talent solutions provider Wilson Human Capital Group (WilsonHCG). Based in Tampa, FL, WilsonHCG provides a full suite of configurable talent solutions including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive search, contingent talent solutions and talent consulting. The firm


Comhar Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has named Marion Spears Karr as managing director and leader of its healthcare and life sciences practice. He will be based in the firm’s Atlanta office. “We are excited that Marion brings a career in serving top organizations across multiple industries in the area of healthcare and life sciences,” said Bernard


Vanderbloemen Search Group Assists Champion Forest Baptist Church Recruit Fourth Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has assisted in the placement of Jarrett Stephens as the fourth senior pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Eric Albert, executive search consultant, said: “What an exciting new season for Champion Forest Baptist Church. The pastoral search committee came in with detailed expectations


Korn Ferry Q3 Revenues Fall Eight Percent

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal third quarter revenues of $475.4 million, an eight percent decrease from the same period a year ago. While RPO and professional search saw a year-over-year increase of almost four percent, digital and executive search declined year-over-year as those businesses continued on a path to recovery from the impact of COVID-19


Waterstone Human Capital Launches Culture Institute 

As organizations begin to look at the matter of if, when and how they will transition back to traditional workplaces, leaders are fielding a number of questions: What will the office look like? Will it be safe? Will it ever be the same again? Can we have a high-performance culture with so many people working


Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for the Arizona Cardinals Football Club

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Kelly Jones as chief people officer of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. CEO and managing partner Jason Hanold and partners Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the assignment. In the newly-created role, Mr. Jones reports to owner and president Michael Bidwill and begins on March 1. He will oversee

Kaplan Partners Recruits CHRO for Northwest Bank

With the coronavirus crisis disrupting the world economy, HR leaders are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Kaplan Partners, which specializes in conducting searches for C-level executives primarily in the financial services, corporate financial,


NPAworldwide Adds Nine New Member Firms

Nine new independent recruitment firms have recently joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Africa. These search outfits seek to increase revenue through NPAworldwide’s cooperative placement model. NPA now has 550 member offices across six continents. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network,


How to Hire Someone You’ve Never Met

As many companies face a rapid transition to working remotely, teams are learning how to collaborate, make decisions, deliver feedback, and remain connected at a personal level despite not being physically together. And then there’s the challenge of hiring. According to a new report from specialized marketing recruiting and strategy firm RevelOne, clients have one common and


Slone Partners Recruits COO for Quanterix

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare and life sciences organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders. In the era of COVID-19, the sector has been a burgeoning area for executive search firms to ply their trade. Recently, life sciences-focused search firm Slone Partners placed Will Geist as chief operating officer at Quanterix Corp. “Will


Coleman Lew Canny Bowen Places CEO and Chief Librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Search firms across the nation are finding library leadership needs rising dramatically. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen recently recruited Marcellus Turner as the new CEO and chief librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. Effective April 1, Mr. Turner replaces Lee Keesler, who said last June he would be retiring after nearly a decade in the role. “Marcellus

How to Leverage Talent Assessment & Development in Uncertain Times

With the recent unemployment rate matching a 50-year low, the current economic expansion is the longest running in U.S. history. But there could be trouble ahead. “Now, new international threats, including risks posed by a global coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and climate change, could knock the economy into a recession,” according to recent report by Odgers

Major, Lindsey & Africa Promotes Four Partners

Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has promoted Pamela DiCarlantonio, Michelle Fivel, Laurie Lebrun and Michael Sachs as partners. Ms. DiCarlantonio is a partner with MLA’s Chicago office and a member of the partner practice group. She has substantial experience placing partners and groups into top global, national, regional and local law firms in Chicago

Wheless Partners Places Head of Nursing at Samford University

Executive search firm Wheless Partners has placed Eleanor Howell as the new dean of Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Gene Head, senior partner and managing director – higher education practice at Wheless Partners, led the search. Ms. Howell comes from the Creighton University School of Nursing, where she served as dean for

Harris Search Associates Completes Search for Wayne State University

Dublin Ohio-based Harris Search Associates has recruited Dr. Stephen M. Lanier as vice president for research at Wayne State University. Dr. Lanier was formerly associate provost for research and professor of cell and molecular pharmacology & experimental therapeutics at the Medical College of South Carolina (MUSC). Harris Search Associates is focused on identifying and attracting

Martin Partners Fills Post for Keryx Biopharmaceuticals

Executive search firm Martin Partners has recruited Ronald Weiss to the position of director, commercial analytics at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Keryx, Mr. Weiss was director of analytics at EMD Serono. Keryx is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in pharmaceutical products for the treatment of renal disease. Chicago-headquartered Martin Partners provides executive search services

Recruiting Industry Study to be Released Tomorrow

Annual Report Focuses on Women; Boutique Firms; and Hot Recruiting Sectors HSZ Media’s Executive Search 2014: State of the Industry Report (U.S./Americas) will be released tomorrow. This year’s 200-plus page industry study is the largest and most comprehensive ever produced by HSZ Media. Critical issues facing the talent acquisition sector are examined in detail. The

ZRG Partners Adds Four Recruiters to Healthcare Services and Solutions Team

ZRG Partners Inc., a global provider of executive search and talent management solutions, has appointed four new search professionals to its healthcare services and solutions team. The firm has added Brian McGowan as co-practice head in Atlanta as well as Gary Ruffcorn as senior associate. Additionally, John Blank will become co-practice head out of Nashville

The en world group Adds New Era India Consultancy to Network

The en world group, an international recruiting firm focusing on managerial and senior-level talent, has announced that New Era India Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, an Indian recruiting firm, has become its newest member. This extends en world group’s reach to eight countries in APAC (Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam). New Era, established

Caldwell Partners Completes HR Search for Central 1 Credit Union

Executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. has placed Richard Beed as senior vice president of human resources at Central 1 Credit Union. Mr. Beed formerly served as vice president of human resources talent solutions at Telus Corporation. The search was led by Drew Railton, managing partner, and Adam Cotterall, consultant. Central 1 is

BIE Executive Adds Operations Director

Executive search firm BIE Executive has added Marc Sigrist as operations director. Mr. Sigrist was most recently with Badenoch & Clarke UK, where he was responsible for overhauling the firm’s performance management system. He brings a range of skills including board level participation and project delivery, growing, training and coaching recruitment teams across multiple sectors

Alium Partners Appoints Head of FMCG Manufacturing Practice

Alium Partners, a provider of interim management professionals in the U.K., has appointed Scott Hutchinson as head of the firm’s new FMCG manufacturing practice. Mr. Hutchinson is launching the practice, placing interim and permanent executives with manufacturers and retailers in the food and drinks sector. For the past 10 years he has been an interim

Tatum LLC Makes Promotions

Tatum LLC has named Jim McAndrews as the new managing partner of its mid-Atlantic office based in Vienna, VA. In his new role, Mr. McAndrews will oversee high-level client engagements, lead business development and talent recruitment initiatives and manage operations. The firm also said that Sonya Stone, mid-Atlantic associate managing partner, will assume expanded responsibilities

Accelent Fills VP of Technical Operations Post for Borderfree

Accelent, Inc. has placed John Deragon as the new vice president of technical operations of Borderfree. Previously, Mr. Deragon served as VP of technical operations at iheartradio. A market leader in international e-commerce, Borderfree operates a technology and services platform that enables U.S. retailers to transact with consumers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Accelent

Trilogy Completes Search for Not For Sale

Executive search firm Trilogy Search Non+Profit has recruited Johanna Young as vice president of development with Not For Sale, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery around the world. Chuck Pappalardo, managing partner of Trilogy, led the search. Ms. Young was previously the development director for Impact Carbon, an organization dedicated to clean energy

Frazer Jones Adds to Hong Kong Office

Global HR recruiter Frazer Jones, part of The SR Group, has added Shook Liu in its Hong Kong office. Ms. Liu is a senior talent acquisition professional with nearly 20 years’ search experience in Hong Kong and China. Prior to joining Frazer Jones, she was founder and general manager of QI HR Search and Select,

Penna Recruitment Solutions Names Head of Digital Markets

Penna Recruitment Solutions has named Tristan Moakes as its head of its digital and social search practice. In this role, he will be responsible for bringing together the technology and strategy sides of Penna’s digital search offering and fostering a collaborative approach to digital thinking across the firm’s recruitment business. Mr. Moakes has worked in

PrincetonOne Expands in Tampa

PrincetonOne, a recruitment services provider based in Skillman, NJ, has expanded into a new office in Tampa. “After assessing our national and global capabilities, PrincetonOne has decided to devote the necessary resources to extend our presence in the Tampa Bay market,” said PrincetonOne’s new Tampa Bay general manager Kaye Salikof. “We will be leveraging our

Cook Associates Places CEO at Adolph Kieffer & Associates

Chicago-based Cook Associates Executive Search has placed Greg Kadens as president and chief executive officer at Adolph Kiefer & Associates, LLC. The search was led by Mary Kier, CEO of Cook Associates. Mr. Kadens joins the company from Block and Company where he was vice president and general manager. Adolph Kiefer & Associates is a

Spencer Stuart Fills CEO Post for the Seattle Foundation

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Tony Mestres as president and chief executive officer of The Seattle Foundation. A 22-year veteran of the technology industry, Mr. Mestres was most recently a marketing general manager and sales vice president for Microsoft, managing worldwide partner, sales and marketing execution for the company's mobile strategy and Windows

B.E. Smith Recruits CEO for Tri-City Medical Center

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has placed Tim Moran as the new chief executive officer of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA. Formerly, Mr. Moran served as chief executive officer at Valley Hospital in Spokane, WA. “Tri-City Medical Center was seeking an experienced senior healthcare executive to strategically lead operations during this period of great

Organization Consulting Ltd. Retained by Clearview Township in Ontario

North York, Toronto-headquartered search firm Organization Consulting Ltd. has been selected by Clearview Township to lead in its search for a new chief administrator officer, according to industry sources. Current CAO Sue McKenzie is retiring at the end of July. Clearview is an incorporated township in Simcoe County in Central Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1982,

Alexander Hughes Expands in Middle East and Africa

Alexander Hughes has added offices in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Cameroun, Algeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The recent additions bring the firm’s global coverage to 53 offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Didier Acouétey will lead the offices in Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Lomé and Douala, which

Direct Recruiters Grows Healthcare IT Practice

Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) has named Jason Toth as a project manager for the firm’s healthcare IT practice. Mr. Toth focuses on placing talent within the healthcare software and services arena. He was formerly an executive team leader, manager with Target. Founded in 1983, DRI is an executive search and staffing firm that conducts assignments

CFR Global Executive Search Expands in Ireland

CFR Global Executive Search has brought Dublin-based RFC Executive Search into its portfolio of partners as part of the firm’s campaign to increase its presence in Europe, the Americas and Asia. RFC Executive was established over 15 years ago by Robert Ferry to provide recruitment, search and talent management services to Irish and international business.

Hanover Search Group Structures Management Buy-Out

London-based Hanover Search Group has structured a change of ownership by way of a management buy-out. After 18 years together Patrick Field has sold his majority stake in the business to James Emmett for an undisclosed sum. Mr. Emmett will assume the responsibility of Group CEO and has invited Paul Groarke and Stephen Phipps to

Notogroup Expands in Boulder

Portland OR-headquartered executive search firm Notogroup has opened a second location in Boulder and has hired Candie Fisher as principal and account director. Ms. Fisher comes to Notogroup with over 19 years of hiring experience in leadership positions at a diverse range of organizational disciplines, including operations, product development, marketing, sales, customer service, production, and

Lucas Group Names Director of IT

Search firm Lucas Group has named Stephen Miller as director of information technology in its Atlanta headquarters office. Mr. Miller joins the firm from Intown Suites Management, where he served as IT director. At Lucas Group, he is responsible for researching, implementing and maintaining the firm’s technological strategic solutions as well as managing the functional

Morgan Samuels Finds New Vice President of IT for SolarCity

Morgan Samuels, an L.A.-based human capital consulting firm, has placed Vinay Kudithipudi as vice president, information technology at SolarCity. Mr. Kudithipudi was most recently director of information technology for the infrastructure and information security functions at Gogo, Incorporated. “Vinay has the domain expertise, as well as the leadership qualities and intellectual horsepower to set and

Parker Executive Search Leading Assignment for Georgia College

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search is currently leading the search for a new director of the school of nursing for Georgia College. Vice president Katie Bain and associate Jacob Anderson are leading the assignment. The College of Health Sciences offers an upper-division nursing degree major. Parker Executive Search conducts executive searches globally for corporations, colleges and

Odgers Berndtson Adds Partner to Lead CIO/CTO Practice in New York

Odgers Berndtson has added Amy Orlich as a partner to lead the firm's CIO/CTO and financial technology practices in New York. Ms. Orlich will focus on domestic and global searches for C-suite executives, as well as corporate and divisional CIOs, CTOs, and leaders in architecture, applications development, infrastructure and information security across a broad spectrum

Gilbert Tweed Names Managing Director

Search firm Gilbert Tweed Associates has named Elissa Morano as a managing director in its New York office. Ms. Morano, who has 20 years of experience in executive search, was previously president and COO of Cornell Global in New York. She has deep HR experience including talent management, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, training

JDG Associates Places Executive Director of AMVETS

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has placed Kent Clark as the new executive director of AMVETS National Service Foundation. Most recently, Mr. Clark served as the chief of appropriations/national security director for the chairman emeritus of the House Appropriations Committee and the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for Defense. AMVETS National Service Foundation

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