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Mercuri Urval Names Leader of Frankfurt Office

Stockholm, Sweden-based executive search firm Mercuri Urval (MU) has named Thorsten Kocherscheidt as group director and leader of the Frankfurt office. “I am confident that Thorsten will support our growth plans in Europe and help us to become even stronger in financial services, and I am convinced that he will bring further success for our clients particularly


How CHROs can Prevent Top Talent from Leaving

The COVID-19 pandemic, rising economic uncertainty and geopolitical risk, and the increasing emphasis on environment, social, and corporate governance matters all have important leadership implications. As advisors to the C-suite, Russell Reynolds Associates has been closely monitoring these trends and advising leaders and teams through this tumultuous time. The search firm’s Netila Demneri and Harsonal

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Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records According to Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual rankings of leading executive search firms. In the U.S. and globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2021, a result of pent-up demand for executives and their key reports.


Cook Silverman Search Seeks New Leader for Morgan Autism Center

Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been retained by the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose, CA, to lead its search for a new executive director. Victoria L. Silverman, managing founder, is heading the assignment for the non-profit-focused search firm. Morgan Autism Center seeks an experienced, visionary, dynamic, and passionate executive director to lead the

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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 Rise of the Great Counteroffer

Most people have heard about the “Great Resignation” or the “Great Reshuffle,” but Grey Search & Strategy, among other search providers, say many organizations are now experiencing what they call the “Great Counteroffer.” The number of counteroffers has increased over the last year as employers are throwing everything they can (money, incentives, titles, etc.) at


Caldwell Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for PRT Growing Services

Jay Millen and Jeff Freeborough of Toronto-based Caldwell recently assisted in the recruitment of Collin Phillip as the new chief commercial officer of PRT Growing Services. Mr. Phillip was previously country manager, Canada for AgVend. In this role, he was responsible for building out the Canadian-based team for this leading B2B agtech company. He was accountable for supporting


CarterBaldwin Recruits Chief Growth and Strategy Officer for Feed the Children

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Colleen Ridenhour as chief growth and strategy officer of global non-profit Feed the Children. “After an extensive global search, I am thrilled to welcome Colleen to our organization,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO for Feed the Children. “She is an exceptional leader who has the


Kevin Chase Tapped by Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice to Find New Leader

Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been enlisted to find the next executive director for the Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice (LACLJ). Leading the assignment are Kevin Chase, managing partner, and Catie DiFelice, senior consultant. The executive director will assume primary operating and oversight responsibility for LACLJ and will work closely with board, staff,


Odgers Berndtson Boosts Plan to Expand in Spanish Speaking Countries

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has boosted its strategic plan for Latin America with an expansion into Spain. The firm currently has offices in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. The incorporation of Spain into Odgers Berndtson’s strategic plan for LATAM was signed at the London headquarters by Kester Scrope, CEO of


For Diverse CEOs, Progress Comes Slowly

Despite an overwhelming percentage of executives who consider diversity to be more important to their organization than it was just three years ago, the number of both women and racially and ethnically diverse CEOs among the Fortune 100 remains low at roughly one in four, according to the “Route to the Top 2022” report recently released


HR’s Strategic Role in a Time of Inflation/Contraction

Despite election year gloom and doom assertions, gross domestic product in the second quarter of 2022 was revised higher and consumer sentiment moved up a bit as well. Q2 corporate profits rebounded (rising 6.1 percent in the quarter, after falling 2.2 percent in Q1), headline and core inflation moderated slightly, and two new regulations (the


Lindauer Places Chief Advancement Officer for Deerfield Academy

Lindauer recently assisted in the recruitment of Charles “Chuck” Ramsay as chief advancement officer for Deerfield Academy, a Massachusetts co-educational preparatory school. The assignment was spearheaded by Libby Roberts, senior vice president, and consultant Chandra Montgomery. Mr. Ramsay brings over 27 years of experience in the advancement profession to his work at Deerfield and, as


Sportsology Group Assists Atlanta United FC in Recruiting New CEO

New York City-based Sportsology Group has placed Garth Lagerwey as the new president and chief executive officer of Atlanta United FC,  a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Georgia. Mr. Lagerwey, most-recently general manager and president of soccer of the professional soccer league’s Seattle Sounders and a former general manager for Real Salt Lake


Jobplex Names Four New Partners

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR Global, has named four new partners – Shea Jaenicke, Steve McClellan, Jill Pantano, and Kara Rae Linn–to its ranks. Mr. Jaenicke, based in Los Angeles, joins the firm in the advanced technology practice group. With more than a decade of experience in search, he works primarily with founders


Bigger is Not Always Better When Selecting a Search Firm to Partner With

Senior leadership hires can make or break an organization. Various studies show that the failure rate of executives coming into new companies is 30 to 40 percent after 18 months. In a hiring market, like the one we’re currently experiencing, finding a true game-changing leader is extremely challenging. Furthermore, making a hiring mistake is extremely


The Evolving Path to the C-Suite

No matter what you call it, the challenge is the same. Executives across all industries have been resigning at higher-than-expected rates, making it harder to attract, recruit and retain been-there-done-that talent. While many predicted a gap in leadership development and subsequent succession, no one anticipated the pandemic’s acceleration of resignations and market disruptors, according to


Furst Group Recruits Chief People Officer for Oregon Health & Science University

Executive recruitment firm Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, recently assisted in the placement of Qiana Williams as the first executive vice president and chief people officer of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the 100+ OHSU members who participated in an extensive


Slone Partners Recruits Chief Business Officer for 1910 Genetics

Life sciences-focused search firm Slone Partners has placed Patrick Genestin as chief business officer at 1910 Genetics, a biotechnology company integrating artificial intelligence (AI), computation, and biological automation to accelerate the design of small molecule and protein therapeutics. “Patrick Genestin is an extremely accomplished, passionate, and respected business leader with a penchant for establishing strategic partnerships, attracting new investment,


AIMS International Creates Defense and Security Industries Group

Executive search consortium AIMS International is expanding its industrial global practice to with the creation of a defense and security industries group led from France by Nicolas J. Rogier, managing partner France. AIMS said that Mr. Rogier’s mission is “to engage with the industry’s large groups and SMEs on their specific recruitment and talent management and to offer them the


HireQuest Acquires MRINetwork’s 252 Franchise Offices

Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. The latest: HireQuest Inc., a NASDAQ-traded national franchisor of on-demand, temporary and commercial staffing services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of MRINetwork, a global executive recruiting network headquartered in Delray Beach,


Storbeck Search / Diversified Search Group Seeks President for Boston University

Higher education-focused Storbeck Search, part of the Diversified Search Group, has been selected by Boston University (BU) to lead in its search for its 11th president. Robert Brown recently announced that he will retire as president at the end of the 2022–2023 academic year. The assignment is being led by Shelly Weiss Storbeck, global education practice lead and managing


ON Partners Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Seeq Corp.

Daniel Bolger and Jake Espenlaub of ON Partners have helped to place George Skaryak as chief revenue officer of Seeq Corp., a provider of manufacturing and industrial internet of things advanced analytics software. “This is an exciting time of growth for Seeq, and we’re thrilled to add a sales leader with a proven track record of growing SaaS businesses


Frederickson Partners Recruits VP of People for Sirona Medical

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to


ZRG Partners Expands Financial Services Practice

ZRG Partners has added Allen Brady back to the firm’s consumer and commercial banking practice. He also joins their global financial services, technology, and industrial practice groups. Mr. Brady has more than two decades of executive search experience and a personal track record of over 300 senior-level searches completed. He previously served with ZRG from 2017


4 Steps to Avoid Making a Bad Hire

The clock is ticking the minute the deal closes. How quickly can you execute on the value creation plan and work toward your new private equity backer’s investment thesis? Every portfolio company CEO then must ask the critical related question: Do I have the right team to make that happen? “Data we collect and analyze in our work


Preparing for Shorter CEO Tenures

Like it or not, there’s a new leadership reality coming. The post-pandemic period has brought permanent changes and challenges to the U.S. workforce, including condensed CEO leadership tenures. For boards and executive leadership teams, the time to prepare is now, says BroadView Talent Partners in a new report. Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and


DRiWaterstone Human Capital Seeks New Leader for Chesapeake Bay Commission

Arlington, VA-based DRiWaterstone Human Capital has been enlisted to find a new executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission reports directly to the leadership and members of the commission. This executive provides visionary leadership and strategic policy oversight to commission members and staff. The ED also participates at the


Reilly Partners Recruits Chief Economist for Nationwide

Chicago-based executive search firm Reilly Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Kathy Bostjancic as their new senior vice president and chief economist at  Nationwide. Ms. Bostjancic succeeds recently retired, former chief economist David Berson. She is the second person and the first woman to be named chief economist at the company.  “This was another fantastic search with


Cornerstone International Group Opens Office in Miami

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has opened a new office in Miami. Cornerstone Miami will be led by managing director, Raul Coz and regional chairman, Diego Cubas. This office will serve as a hub joining the U.S. and Latin American markets, reinforcing Cornerstone’s presence in 12 countries in the Americas.  The new

Reasons Candidates Don’t Get Calls or Great Offers

If you’ve had the chance to talk with one of the longest tenured executive search professionals in the country, you’d best be ready to feel exposed, laugh a lot, and learn what it takes to secure the job you want—not the leftovers. Entering his 38th year in executive search, industry behavioral scientist and capitalist Russ

ZRG Partners Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for Agendia

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has assisted in the recruitment of Elizabeth (Betsey) Hanna as executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Agendia. Heather Burns led the assignment. “We are pleased to welcome Betsy as a critical member of our executive team,” said Mark Straley, CEO of

SPMB Fills Senior Post for Cervin

SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in placing Mila Ferrell, a founding member of Zoom’s product team, as the first female partner at the early-stage venture capital firm Cervin. Suzanne Heske, who heads SPMB’s investment practice, led the assignment. Ms. Ferrell brings deep product expertise, as

HackerRank Raises $60 Million in Funding

HackerRank, a hiring platform for technology talent, has closed $60 million in series D funding led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE). Additional investors in HackerRank include JMI, Khosla Ventures, Randstad Innovation Fund, and Recruit Holdings. To date, HackerRank has raised more than $115 million in total funding. HackerRank will use the funding to fuel continued growth and accelerate its

General Counsel Role Expands to Risk Oversight 

A key position in the C-suite, the general counsel role has been elevated in the past decade, from purveyor of legal advice to one of strategic counsel. With the proliferation of risks today, the general counsel is crucial in providing the board with the information they need to fulfill their duty of care. Yet, a

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for AHEAD 

Neela Seenandan, Val Lopez, and Eleanor Tetreault of  Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive have placed Preet Michelson as chief people officer of Chicago-based IT firm AHEAD. She succeeds Michael Hoehne, who is retiring from the company. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Preet to our team,” said Dan Adamany, founder and CEO of AHEAD. “Her experience and demonstrated track record in

Daversa Partners Recruits CEO for HODINKEE

Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the placement of Jeffery Fowler as the new chief executive officer of watch website HODINKEE in New York City.  He succeeds Toby Bateman, who will continue in an advisory role at the company. Bill Beer and Ashleigh Braun led the assignment. “Jeff is

Dynamic Search Consulting Seeks Two Key Roles for Neeyamo

San Jose, CA-based Dynamic Search Consulting (DSC) has been enlisted to help fill two key roles—global head of alliances and head of sales—for Neeyamo, a platform-based global payroll provider. The global head of alliances will be expected to lead in building revenue generating alliances and partnerships. With the support of the chief client partner, this

Skyminyr Launches AI-Driven Platform with Funding from Search Firms 

Skyminyr, a human capital intelligence platform, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to accelerate the continued development of its AI-driven platform. Investors in the seed round for Skyminyr include True Search, IQ Talent Partners, and Caldwell Partners, as well as financier Karmel Capital. Skyminyr has built a human capital intelligence platform, which will pair global top talent, across any industry with

Key Capabilities for the Modern CFO

In today’s talent marketplace, there has been a significant shift in demand toward the “Modern CFO.” The chief financial officer role has evolved towards a forward-looking strategic business partner who oversees a broad functional range of responsibilities and has strong relationships across the organization. Gone are the days of CFOs as gatekeepers in a back-office

Why Talent Management Needs to Evolve

Since the spring of 2020, businesses around the world have significantly changed the way they manage their talent. The workforce has in many ways been transformed, especially in terms of remote work and relationships between employers and employees. Dimitri Davreux, IRC Luxembourg and managing partner at adVeci Advisors, says that for years talent management in

DHR Global Recruits Men’s Basketball Coach for the University of Louisville

Chicago-based DHR Global has assisted in the recruitment of Kenny Payne as the sixth men’s head basketball coach for the University of Louisville. He replaces Chris Mack, who mutually parted ways with the school in January. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama headed the assignment. “As I stated when we began this process in

Caliber Associates Fills Senior Post for INOVIO Pharmaceuticals

San Diego, CA- based Caliber Associates recently placed David Liebowitz as senior vice president, clinical development at INOVIO Pharmaceuticals. The assignment was led by Steven P. Hochberg, the search firm’s founder and CEO. “David is a highly experienced and strategic leader of clinical development having advanced numerous programs through the regulatory process,” said Mr. Hochberg. Dr. Liebowitz

Agilium Worldwide Adds Neumann Executive in Poland to Network

Global executive search consortium Agilium Worldwide recently added Neumann Executive in Poland as a new member firm. “In Agilium Worldwide we are not looking to grow our footprint at any cost,” said Monika Borgers, executive director of Agilium Worldwide. “We only welcome executive search firms in strategic geographical locations who share our aspiration to excellence. We work so

Working from Home and Adjusting to the New Normal for Businesses

Company culture is not easily encapsulated or often prioritized, even when staff are working in the office, interfacing in real time with the company philosophy. Working from home has revealed not only how few organizations have refined their company culture sufficiently, but also how few have yet to even consider company culture, according to Alyssa

ZRG Partners Recruits CFO for Level Up MD Urgent Care

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has assisted in the recruitment of Jyotsana Sahota as the new chief financial officer of Level Up MD Urgent Care in Bloomfield, NJ. Managing partner Brian McGowan led the assignment, along with managing director Brian Kelley. Ms. Sahota is a seasoned professional who is

The Lapham Group Recruits CIO for Erie Insurance

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. In one recent search, The Lapham Group placed Parthasarathy Srinivasa as the new executive vice president and CIO of Erie Insurance (ERIE). His appointment follows

RH Perry Seeks CFO for California State University Stanislaus

Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has been enlisted to find the next vice president for business and finance/chief financial officer for California State University Stanislaus in Turlock. Leading the assignment are Sue DeWine, senior consultant, and Paul G. Doeg, president and chief operating officer, of the search firm. Reporting directly to the university president, the

Z3Talent Appoints SVP of Business Development

Denver-based executive search firm Z3Talent has expanded with the addition of Bennie Fowler as senior vice president of business development. Mr. Fowler has played wide receiver for a number of NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos in their 2015-16 championship season. “We’re excited about adding a talent like Bennie to our team,” said Steve Ziegler,

Jobless Claims Fall to Five Decade Low; Hiring Uptick Expected in Q2

The Labor Department reported that 187,000 Americans have filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 6, 1969 when it was 182,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The

Artico Search Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for PetHonesty

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, co-founder of Artico Search, has placed Eric Dahmer as chief marketing officer of PetHonesty, a provider of premium pet health products and a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners. “We are making great strides in building out PetHonesty’s executive ranks and we are pleased to welcome Eric to our team,” said Ben Arneberg, founder of PetHonesty. “He

Florida International University Selects R. William Funk & Associates to Find Next President  

The Florida International University (FIU) board of trustees’ governance committee recently interviewed executive search firms and selected R. William Funk & Associates to assist with the search for its sixth president. Mark Rosenberg abruptly resigned from the role in January in the wake of accusations of misconduct toward a staffer. Kenneth A. Jessell, the university’s

What Candidates are Really Looking for In New Jobs 

“New normal” is a phrase encompassing the innovative world of working from home and spending less time in a traditional office setting. Since the second half of last year, 75 percent of the roles within the corporate development practice of Charles Aris Executive Search filled were fully remote. Of the remaining non-remote 25 percent, half

Horton International Partners with Asia Carbon Search

Horton International has expanded into the Asian market by forming a new alliance with Asia Carbon Search, a leadership search and advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. “China has always been a key growth market for our clients presenting significant cross border opportunities for search and leadership development, and we are thrilled to

The Evolving Role of HR in Private Equity

Securing the right leadership for portfolio companies is a complex process. In the most successful circumstances, it often fuses the needs of a “commercial” operating partner and a human capital professional. Getting that collaboration to work effectively can make all the difference between a company that grows and outperforms vs. one that falls short and

Daversa Partners Recruits CFO for Madison Reed 

Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the placement of Jose Zuniga as chief financial officer of Madison Reed in New York City. Manuel Garcia, director at Daversa Partners, led the assignment.. “I am thrilled for Jose to be joining Madison Reed during this tremendous period of growth for our

CarterBaldwin Assists M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust with CEO Search 

Following a national search, CarterBaldwin Executive Search has helped to place Microsoft executive Romanita Hairston as chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, WA. The assignment was led by partner Andrea McDaniel Smith and consultant Ted Wieber. Ms. Hairston will officially join the non-profit in July. She succeeds Steve Moore, who announced his

Coulter Partners Recruits Chief Scientific Officer and Chief People Officer for Totus Medicines

Life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. Life sciences recruiting specialist Coulter Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Wei Chen and Daisy Chhokar as the first chief scientific officer and chief people officer, respectively, at drug discovery company Totus Medicines. “The next few years will be pivotal for

SRI Appoints Head of Betting and Gaming Practice

London-based executive recruiting firm SRI has named Ben Fried as head of its betting and gaming search practice. “Ben’s knowledge of both B2C and B2B environments and breadth of industry experience are invaluable as he helps leadership teams transform their businesses through talent,” said Jim Chaplin, CEO of SRI. “Ben’s positive and collaborative approach align with SRI’s culture

Key Trends Redefining the Workplace

If 2021 was largely defined by uncertainty — a seemingly endless transition, with constantly moving goalposts, and no clear end in sight — 2022 is continuing to require forward-thinking leaders to get intentional about what comes next: remote, hybrid, or onsite? Project-based or product-based funding? Interim CFO or full-time hire? According to a new report

ON Partners Recruits CISO for Bill.com 

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyberattacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions could be. This has

KEES Recruits CEO for NeighborHealth Center

Executive search and non-profit consulting firm KEES recently recruited Daniel Lipparelli as chief executive officer of NeighborHealth Center in Raleigh, NC. This follows a comprehensive, national search that attracted many diverse candidates both regionally and nationally. The search committee ultimately selected Mr. Lipparelli from a strong group of top finalists. “Daniel is the perfect blend of servant leader, entrepreneurial non-profit executive, and engaging ambassador that will ensure NeighborHealth Center flourishes in

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