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WB&B Executive Search Recruits Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer for Unum 

WB&B Executive Search recently assisted financial protection benefits provider Unum in the recruitment of Ericka DeBruce as chief inclusion and diversity officer. Leading the assignment for the search team were Kenneth Roldan, chief executive officer; Toyann King, senior partner and head of recruitment; and Bruce Colligan, senior partner. Ms. DeBruce will report to Liz Ahmed, executive vice

Bespoke Partners Assists Clearlake Capital and Siris-backed Constant Contact in CEO Search

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms and their portfolios across the nation find top-level talent, including chief executives, chief people officers, CFOs and other C-suite roles. All are seen as key players as organizations grapple with the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Just recently, San Diego, CA-headquartered executive

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Korn Ferry Seeks CHRO for University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has initiated a national search to replace retiring chief human resources officer Alesia Jones. Korn Ferry is conducting the assignment. The CHRO reports to senior vice president for administration and financial affairs Brian Burnett. “This search is incredibly important to ensure UAB continues to support our most precious

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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?


N2Growth Names Leader of Executive Search Operations in Southeast Asia

N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, has appointed Steve Manning as managing partner and leader of executive search operations in Southeast Asia. “Steve is a great addition to our team and will help us tremendously moving forward,” said Mike Myatt, founder and chairman of N2Growth. “He’s not only a proven player but a great human


Odgers Berndtson Launches Proprietary Intelligence Platform OBDynamics

Odgers Berndtson today launches a proprietary intelligence platform, OBDynamics, which uses big-data and machine learning to deliver data-informed talent intelligence and recruitment services rapidly and accurately. Built on a continually updated data lake of 1.1 billion personal and corporate records, all of which are gathered in accordance with the most stringent international privacy regulations, OBDynamics’ AI-powered


Hanold Associates Places Head of Executive Recruiting at American Airlines 

Partners Sonia Nagra and Ashley Schiele of Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently assisted American Airlines in the recruitment of Maria-Clara Vasconcellos as head of executive recruiting. “Maria Clara is a vibrant and passionate talent acquisition leader who possesses a fantastic ability to attract best-in-class talent,” said Ms. Nagra. “She will be instrumental in creating an exceptional candidate

Carrington & Carrington Retained by Amherst College to Recruit CHRO

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The latest: Chicago-based Carrington & Carrington has been enlisted by Amherst College in Massachusetts to find a new chief human resources officer. “Human resources at Amherst is at the end of a period of dramatic transformation in which


DHR International Appoints Leaders for Global Consumer Practice

Chicago-based executive search firm DHR International has named Marcey Rubin Stamas and Kristi LeBlanc as managing partners of its global consumer practice group. “Marcey and Kristi are highly collaborative leaders committed to the success of our global consumer practice clients,” said Geoff Hoffmann, CEO of DHR. “Their proven track record of successful placements across consumer product, consumer service and hospitality companies globally make them


Penrhyn International Adds New Member Firm in China

Even in the face of a global pandemic, 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. Global executive search consortium Penrhyn


Pitfalls to Avoid in Virtual Executive Onboarding

As we look back on working through a global pandemic, we are all taking stock of how various elements of business life have changed in dramatic ways, Todd Fryling of Summit Leadership Partners opined in a new report. “Last year, hiring, particularly at top leadership levels, fundamentally shut down, and most thought it was going to be


Academic Search Assists Council of Independent Colleges Recruit New President

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has assisted the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., in the recruitment of Marjorie Hass as its new president. Richard Ekman, who led the organization for 20 years, announced last fall that he would be retiring in July. Senior consultant Ann Die Hasselmo led the assignment along with president and


Odgers Berndtson Canada Names Chief Marketing Officer

Odgers Berndtson has appointed Lori Dyne as chief marketing officer. “Lori’s previous experience supporting the growth of executive search, interim executive and leadership advisory businesses, coupled with her keen understanding of how to leverage digital to deepen the client relationship, will play an important role in the ongoing growth of our business,” said Carl Lovas, chairman


Academic Career & Executive Search Taps Founding Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Tasha Alston as the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer for the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in Bradford, PA. Jennifer Muller, managing partner and senior consultant, led the assignment for the search firm. “The University of Pittsburgh-Bradford required a committed, dynamic leader with a proven history of providing students


The Dahill Group Expands into Clean Energy and Minerals Extraction Industries

Denver, CO-based executive search firm The Dahill Group has expanded its recruiting services and expertise into the clean energy and minerals extraction industries, complementing its core oil and gas business. “As the energy industry transitions to a lower carbon future, we are expanding to meet the broader needs of our clients and the natural resources industry


Creating a Formidable, Tech-Driven Search Firm

Two years ago, when Caldwell and IQTalent Partners first started working together, it was nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Toronto-based Caldwell was looking for research support when one of the firm’s partners recommended the technology-driven talent acquisition solutions firm in Nashville, TN. So it was that Caldwell enlisted IQTalent Partners to help augment its


McDermott + Bull Recruits CEO for Prince’s Trust 

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Jessica Greer Morris as the new chief executive officer of Prince’s Trust. She will help launch the U.K.-based youth charity organization in the U.S., serving as its first CEO. The search was completed by McDermott + Bull managing director Sue Waterbury and executive recruiter Allison Cox. Ms. Morris will guide the organization through a


Anthem Executive Conducting President Search for Lamar University

Anthem Executive has been retained by the Texas State University System (TSUS) to lead the president search for Lamar University (LU) in Beaumont. Leading the assignment are Scott Watson, Michael Ballew and Florene Stawowy, supported by Mike JR Wheless and John Rudley. Current president Kenneth Evans announced in January that he would be stepping down,


Boyden Assists Planned Parenthood Toronto in the Recruitment of New CEO

Following a comprehensive search, Boyden has placed Mohini Datta-Ray as the new executive director of Planned Parenthood Toronto. Partner Pamela Colquhoun led the assignment. “Mohini’s past work has seen her lead HIV community development, prevention education, youth-focused sex education and healthy relationship projects with a number of communities impacted by racism and poverty in Toronto and Ontario,” said


IMSA Search Expands into Portugal with ARGO Partners

Executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners continues its growth and expansion push, affiliating with ARGO Partners in Portugal. This addition of the ARGO team will further strengthen IMSA Search’s presence in the SEMEA region. “We are very excited about this collaboration,” said Monika Ciesielska, president of IMSA Search Global Partners. “The IMSA Portugal team is well-positioned to


Hiring Post Pandemic and the Growing Need for Search Firms

In the blink of an eye, the technology industry has flipped from a candidate-driven market to one that is client-driven, with the majority of companies cautiously assessing their needs to hire and grow, according to a recent report by StevenDouglas. “Many organizations are having to adjust to significantly decreased revenues, and thus, make tough decisions.


Slone Partners Recruits Chief Scientific Officer for Enveda Biosciences

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 Sotirios Karathanasis as the new chief science officer at Enveda


CarterBaldwin Seeks President for Southwest Baptist University

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has been enlisted to help find the next president of Southwest Baptist University (SBU). Partner Bill Peterson and associate partner Scott Tanksley are spearheading the assignment. The university’s former president, Eric A. Turner, resigned effective last November after two years in the role. Brad Johnson, SBU’s vice president of university advancement, is


Versique Search and Consulting Adds HR Veteran to Lead Client Partnerships

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has expanded with the addition of former HR leader Jenna Estlick to be the firm’s managing director of client partnerships. In her role, she will be responsible for leading the human resources


The Amrop Partnership Forms Alliance with JM Search

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, and The Amrop Partnership, have formed a strategic alliance that will see both companies expanding their offerings for their clients as well as growing their respective global reach. “We are very excited about our alliance with Amrop,” said John Marshall, chief


The New Business Imperative: Diversity & Inclusion

With research proving that companies with more ethnically and culturally diverse teams increase their productivity, reduce turnover and inch up profits, Glocap Search, in response, recently created a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practice. The recruiting firm joins a chorus of rivals eyeing the DE&I space. “Since 1997, we have been a trusted advisor to


Jobless Claims Stand at Lowest Level in Over a Year

The Labor Department reported this morning that 553,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 19,000 from 547,000 to 566,000. With the revisions, this is the lowest level of claims since


SPMB Assists Impossible Foods Recruit Chief Experience Officer

SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of former Apple creative leader Steve Turner as chief experience officer of Impossible Foods. Partner Becky Stein led the search. “Steve Turner was the best of an exceptionally talented group of all-star candidates to take Impossible to


The Moran Company Seeks New Leader for Hear Indiana

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, was recently called in to help find the next chief executive officer for Hear Indiana, which works to create equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through listening and spoken language. Leading the assignment is senior search consultant Don Harkins. Naomi Horton,

McDonald’s is Tying Executive Pay to Diversity Hiring. Will it Work? 

In the end, money may be the only way to move the diversity needle. After watching most companies fail in their efforts to add more leaders of color, the world’s largest fast-food chain has decided to tie executive pay to the challenge. McDonald’s said it is tying 15 percent of an executive’s bonus to meeting targets

The Obama Foundation Taps Diversified Search to Find Chief People Officer

Diversified Search has been retained to find the new chief people and administrative officer for the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Managing directors J. Veronica Biggins, Denielle Pemberton-Heard and Judy Boreham will lead the search, assisted by senior associate Dianne Downey. To achieve its mission of inspiring and empowering people to become agents of change, the Obama Foundation is setting

PNP Staffing Group Seeks CFO for the National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York-based PNP Staffing Group has been selected by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Based in New York City, the incoming CFO will oversee the organization’s financial planning process including: budgeting, cash flow, grant expenditures within and across the c3, c4 and LLC. They

JM Search Expands Healthcare Technology Center of Excellence

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has expanded its dedicated Healthcare Technology Center of Excellence with the hiring of industry veteran, Mike Forgash. “Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, JM Search has established an unrivaled reputation of partnering with innovative companies that require transformational leadership to

Raines International Launches Security Officers Practice

New York-based Raines International has launched a new security officers practice, co-developed with The Lake Forest Group, a strategic security services firm specializing in all aspects of security, safety, and compliance. The practice will be led by Patrick Gray, managing director at Raines. His background in the executive search industry and as an intelligence officer, with a concentration on

PFM Executive Search Finds CEO for BC Care Providers Association and EngAge BC

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Terry Lake as the new CEO of BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and EngAge BC. He will succeed acting CEO Mike Klassen, who will support Mr. Lake with the transition and continue on in a senior management capacity. Partner Allison Rzen and consultant Matthew Bell led the assignment. “Following a rigorous search,

Volatile Job Market Persists as Americans Continue to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 884,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a total of 850,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The Labor Department changed its methodology from one that used seasonal adjustments to account

Kittleman & Associates Assists Columbia Land Conservancy in President Search

Chicago-based search firm Kittleman & Associates has placed Troy Weldy as the new president of Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). He will succeed Peter Paden, who is retiring after 14 years leading the organization. “We are delighted that Troy will be joining us,” said Mark A. Levy, chair of CLC’s board of trustees. “With his extensive background in conservation

Young Mayden Seeks General Counsel for the American Bar Association

Legal executive recruitment firm Young Mayden has been enlisted to find a senior associate executive director/ general counsel for the American Bar Association (ABA). Principal Barbara Mendel Mayden is leading the assignment. The new hire, who will report directly to ABA executive director Jack Rives, will be expected to provide leadership in two distinct areas:

Bespoke Partners Continues Expansion

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has strengthened its search staff with the addition of Brian Waivada as a partner. He will be based in the firm’s New York City office. “Brian is an experienced search leader and client manager, and we are excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to the Bespoke team,”

Alexander Hughes Appoints Managing Partner

Paris-headquartered search firm Alexander Hughes has appointed Jean-Charles Nantier as manager partner of Managers by Alexander Hughes, which is dedicated to supporting companies and organizations in their recruitment of experienced executives, managers, experts, for succession-plan programs and the discovery of high potential profiles. “I’m delighted to welcome Jean-Charles Nantier as new managing partner of Managers by Alexander

Refocusing Leadership and Communication During the Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis

While the scientific community had hoped the heat and humidity of the summer months might limit the spread and severity of the coronavirus, we are seeing that community spread continues to be a problem in many states and dense urban landscapes. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said recently

AGB Search Enters Final Stretch of 2020 With Wide Range of Assignments Underway

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 – not to mention a pandemic. One national recruiting outfit, Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, has become a

Heidrick & Struggles Retained by InfuSystem Holdings to Find New CFO

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by InfuSystem Holdings to lead a national search for its next chief financial officer. Past CFO Gregory Schulte and InfuSystem have agreed to a mutual separation. InfuSystem said that Mr. Schulte’s departure is not the result of any disagreement with the company

Sainty, Hird & Partners Names HR Practice Leader

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Sainty, Hird & Partners has appointed JP Hibbert to lead its new human resources practice. Mr. Hibbert has 15 years’ experience in search and recruitment as a specialist in placing senior HR professionals into financial services. He has assisted a wide range of clients from small firms and start-ups looking for

ZRG Partners Appoints Global Supply Chain & Operations Practice Leader

ZRG Partners has expanded with the addition of Simon Revere to its London office as managing director and leader of the firm’s global supply chain and operations practice. “Knowing that Simon has collaborated with many of ZRG’s search experts in the past, I’m certain he will be a worthy addition to our team,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO

Employers Adapting to New Work Models as Hiring Plans Remain Unsteady

Employers in the U.S report improved hiring plans for the fourth quarter following the 10 year low reported in Q3, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey” released today by ManpowerGroup. Overall hiring intentions improved in 37 of 43 countries since last quarter, though 41 declined year-over-year. Within the U.S., 20 percent expect to add to

Good Karma Brands Selects Christopher Group for Head of HR Search

Good Karma Brands has selected The Christopher Group to lead its search for a head of human resources. The assignment is being spearheaded by managing director Nathaniel Schiffer, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “The Christopher Group’s recruiting services division is proud to partner with Good Karma Brands, ESPN’s  best-in-class local operator,” said Mr.  Schiffer. “Being from Cleveland

Higher Education Leadership Search Seeks Dean for Auburn University at Montgomery

Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected by Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in Alabama to lead the search for a dean for its college of sciences. Consultant Alan Medders is heading the assignment. The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and reports directly to AUM’s provost and senior vice

Macrae Names Chief Operating Officer

Global legal executive search firm Macrae, formerly known as Mlegal, has appointed Laurie Caplane as chief operating officer. She will be based in New York. “Laurie, whom I’ve known and greatly respected in a professional capacity for many years, is a natural fit to take on this vital role as Macrae continues to execute on an ambitious growth

EMA Partners International Opens Bangkok Office

EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of a new office in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai office is led by managing partner Santi Campanella. Mr. Campanella and his team have extensive experience in executive search, leadership and organizational assessment across several industries, such as

Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4 Percent

Employment rose by 1.4 million in August as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. That’s down from a peak of 14.7 percent in April, but still far above the 3.5 percent rate in February before the coronavirus pandemic led to mass

Academic Search Assists California Lutheran University in President Search

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has placed Lori E. Varlotta as the first woman president of California Lutheran University. Last fall, Chris Kimball, who held the job for 12 years, announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the academic year. Jay Lemons, president and senior consultant; Stuart Dorsey, senior consultant; and Jennifer Kooken, associate consultant, led

Jorgensen Consulting Recruits CEO for Chamber of Commerce

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting has helped place Jerald Mitchell as the first black president and CEO of the Greater Columbus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Mitchell was previously vice president for economic development for the Atlanta BeltLine, a development corporation for a $4.5 billion redevelopment project in Atlanta, one of the largest in the country. “Jerald has

DHR International Opens Miami Office

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has opened a new office in Miami with the addition of Lizette Ibarra as managing partner. She becomes a member of the industrial, consumer and retail practice groups and will help strengthen the firm’s presence in Latin America. “Lizette brings a deep understanding of the geography, executives and needs of the Latin

AltoPartners Adds Colombian Search Firm to Network

AltoPartners, the international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Colombian search firm Executive Connection. Founded in 2011, Executive Connection is a professional services firm with offices in both Bogota and Cali. The founding partners have experience working in global organizations and are able to

Americans Continue to File for Unemployment In Big Numbers 

The Labor Department reported this morning that 881,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. This exceeds analyst expectations and marks the lowest weekly total since the pandemic began. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a total of 950,000. Nevertheless, the latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market The

Korn Ferry Posts 29 Percent Revenue Drop; Recruiting Revenues Dive 36 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal first quarter revenues of $344.1 million, a 29 percent decline. The results missed Wall Street expectations. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $357.4 million. For the quarter, professional search was down 36 percent (35 percent at constant currency) and RPO was down 23 percent (22 percent at constant currency), both

Higher Talent Executive Search Recruits CEO for American Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, D.C.-based Higher Talent Executive Search has placed Torey Carter-Conneen as the new chief executive officer for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Mr. Carter-Conneen had been chief operating officer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). “On behalf of the executive committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are thrilled to

Odgers Berndtson Opens Office in Bogotá, Colombia

Odgers Berndtson has opened a new office Bogotá, Colombia to help meet a growing demand from organizations in the Andean region for executive search expertise. In conjunction, Odgers Berndtson will also launch its interim executive arm, Odgers Interim, in Colombia. Odgers Berndtson Colombia will be led by managing partner Roberto Hall, a veteran of the Colombian executive

Recruiting Firm Vetted Opens Doors 

Recruitment industry veteran Tim Walsh has launched Vetted, a boutique recruitment and outplacement firm focused on supporting Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem. “We want to help companies navigate this new world of talent acquisition, where remote hiring and the renewed importance of diversity hiring have come to the forefront,” said Mr. Walsh. “With all that’s happened

Seven Steps to Successful Family Office Hiring

With all of the unique challenges that running a family office pose, it is imperative that families attract and retain the right executives for key leadership roles in the organization. Doing so enables them to achieve their long-term goals and objectives and to support family sustainability. Without a proven process, however, many such searches fail, says

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