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Slone Partners Enters Partnership with Wolf Hill Group

Demand for top cybersecurity professionals is accelerating in the face of increasingly volatile global data security conditions. But the talent pool remains limited and difficult to access. With cybercrime draining more than $445 billion from the global economy, International Data Corp. has forecast that this market will present a $101 billion opportunity by 2020. To

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Diversified Search Tapped by Oglethorpe University to Find President

With the new academic year 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. This has made searching for academic leadership comparable to searching for

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Solomon Page Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

New York City-headquartered Solomon Page has opened a new office in Washington, D.C. The firm also expanded its legal services division with the addition of Jennifer Atlan as director of legal recruiting. Ms. Atlan is a licensed attorney and has over six years of experience in the recruiting industry. Her efforts will be concentrated on expanding

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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?


Russell Reynolds Associates Names Canadian Operations Leader

Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has named Pascal Bécotte to lead its operations in Canada, which is comprised of three closely integrated offices: Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. In addition, the firm has added four new consultants to its Canada team to expand its support of evolving client needs. “We have been advising Canadian clients on talent and


Michigan State and UMass Tap Isaacson, Miller 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. So


Saenger Associates Fills Key Post for Gerber Childrenswear

After a nationwide search by executive search firm Saenger Associates, South Carolina-based baby products giant Gerber Childrenswear has a new head of distribution for the company’s massive worldwide distribution center in the Charleston area. Katherine Hayes took the lead on the search for the Los Angeles-based recruitment firm along with Gary L. Saenger. The assignment took just


SearchWide Global Retained by VisitPittsburgh for CEO Search

VisitPittsburgh, the tourism promotion agency for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, has retained executive recruitment firm SearchWide Global to find its next president and chief executive officer. Craig Davis, who led the agency for seven years, stepped down at the end of last year to take the job as president and CEO of VisitDallas. Mike Gamble, president and


Bench International Opens Office in San Diego

Los Angeles-headquartered search firm Bench International has expanded with the opening of a new office in San Diego. This expansion is being co-led by Denise (DeeDee) DeMan, chairman and CEO, and Kim Mittemeyer, regional head, San Diego. Fueled by an increase in San Diego life science venture capital funding, Bench International is focused on making


The Intersect Group Names CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments over the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Atlanta-based executive search firm The Intersect Group has appointed Edwin Miller as CEO. His appointment rounds out a series of strategic moves recently made to further position the firm for growth.


Is the Workplace More Stressful Than Just Five Years Ago?

If you find yourself feeling nostalgic about a former job, there may be a good reason for it: A new Korn Ferry survey suggests that today’s workplace has become increasingly stressful compared to recent years past. Increased work demands, bad bosses and changes in leadership are creating an ever more stressful work environment for professionals. The report sought to determine


Bespoke Partners Recruits CEO for Therapy Brands

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed Kimberly O’Loughlin as the new CEO of Therapy Brands in Birmingham, AL. She replaces Shegun Otulana effective immediately. “Therapy Brands has achieved incredible growth over a short time and it’s exciting to continue to build our talented executive team with a proven leader like Kimberly,” said Mr. Otulana.


Museum Search & Reference Finds Senior Curator for Vero Beach Museum of Art

Executive search firm Museum Search & Reference has placed the new senior curator for the Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) in Florida. Senior search consultant Dan Keegan led the assignment. Anke Van Wagenberg joins the museum from the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, outside of Washington, D.C., where she was chief curator. “Anke’s expertise and


Ballinger | Leafblad Assists Hennepin Healthcare with CEO Search

Executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad has assisted Minneapolis, MN-based health system Hennepin Healthcare in the recruitment of Jennifer DeCubellis as its new CEO. She replaces Jon Pryor who resigned last year. The assignment was led by co-founder Marcia Ballinger and principal Bob Schoenbaum. “We had a strong pool of candidates from across the nation to choose


ZRG Partners Adds Recruiting Specialists Across Several Business Sectors

ZRG Partners has expanded with the addition of government, cyber and security industry specialist Pete Metzger as a senior advisor and managing director. Mr. Metzger’s executive search career extends over two decades, and has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor to business and government leaders, said the search firm. He has a strong


Five Strategies to Attract Top Talent in Today’s Market

With the nation’s economy churning on all cylinders and the labor market stretched thin, many companies are having to work harder to attract and retain the best talent. As CEO for nationwide life sciences search firm Slone Partners, Leslie Loveless can attest to the challenges clients face in attracting the right people for the biggest


Acertitude Recruits Former GE CIO to Lead Global IT Strategy at DXC Technology

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Chris Drumgoole as executive vice president and chief information officer for Tysons, VA-based DXC Technology. The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner, supported by partner Geoffrey Votta. The assignment was completed in just 88 days. “Chris Drumgoole is an extraordinary technology executive and the DXC ecosystem is


Coulter Partners Recruits CFO for Stilla Technologies

Life sciences-focused executive search firm Coulter Partners placed Khaled Bahi as the new CFO of Paris-based Stilla Technologies. Client partner Eskil Westh led the assignment. Mr. Bahi’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for the company, with the recent opening of a U.S. subsidiary headquartered in Beverly, MA, providing American customers with direct sales and


DRG Search Seeks CEO, CFO for Non-Profit Citizen Advocates

DRG Search, which finds executives for the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to find both the next chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Citizen Advocates in Malone, NY. The client organization provides mental health, substance abuse, housing and vocational services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ami Abramson, DRG’s chief strategy officer,


Jensen Partners Appoints Head of Europe

New York City-based Jensen Partners has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Peter Mayer as head of Europe. He will lead European efforts out of the firm’s London office and spearhead recruiting and assets under management growth advisory. “Peter is a veteran of the alternative investment industry, with a deep understanding of different strategies and asset


Navigating the Insular World of Academic Recruiting

Confusion abounds in the marketplace regarding academic executive recruiting vs. corporate search work. Every search is unique, and each finds its own path. It’s possible, however, to draw some generalizations about the differences and similarities in search work, says Shawn M. Hartman, vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search. “If you


Herbert Mines Associates Assists CEC Entertainment in CEO Search

Retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed David McKillips as the new CEO of CEC Entertainment Inc., operators of Chuck E. Cheese. He replaces Tom Leverton, who recently resigned. “David is a proven executive with a lifetime of experience and success in the family entertainment industry, both domestically and around the world,” said


Spencer Stuart Tapped by the National Council on Aging to Find CEO

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has retained Spencer Stuart to lead a national search for its next president and CEO. Current president and CEO James Firman announced late last year his plans to retire from the organization after 25 years of service. He will continue to lead NCOA until a successor has been appointed. Consultants Jennifer Heenan


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


Kingsley Gate Partners Adds Former Telecomm Executive to Lima Office

Kingsley Gate Partners has continued its recent expansion with Jose Revilla joining 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


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


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


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


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

6 Reasons Why Executive Search is Ready for Disruption

The executive search industry continues to be in flux, and as a result search firms have been uncertain or wary about what their next move should be. To what extent will digitalization affect the industry? What about AI? How best to price and stay competitive? Should one offer diversified services? These are just some of

3P Consultants Places CFO at Hindalco

Executive search firm 3P Consultants Pvt. Ltd has recruited Praveen Maheshwari as chief financial officer of Hindalco. Mr. Maheshwari formerly served as CFO of Bharat Forge. Hindalco is a producer of primary Aluminium in Asia and an aluminium rolling company. Consultants Pvt. Ltd conducts searches for start-ups and large organizations across multiple industries throughout India.

Workstream Changes Name to HRsoft

Workstream Inc., a provider of on-demand compensation, performance and talent management software, has changed its name to HRsoft. HRsoft's integrated talent management suite, TalentCenter, includes performance management, compensation management and total rewards statements. John Long, CEO of HRsoft, said: “HRsoft is a new brand to better define the value we deliver to employers. Our talent

Pedersen & Partners Expands to Kenya

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has expanded to Kenya where Nairobi-based Sheila Mwihia has been appointed country manager. Ms. Mwihia brings over 15 years of experience in human resource management and executive search. For nearly eight years she was at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was involved in various assignments with senior level responsibilities across public

Crist|Kolder to Lead CFO Search for Avnet

Executive search firm Crist/Kolder Associates has been retained by Avnet to lead in its search for a new chief financial officer. Ray Sadowski, the company’s CFO for the past 19 years, has notified the company of his intent to retire. Avnet is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology

Lucas Group Adds Partner in Houston

Search firm Lucas Group has added Kevin Belbin as new managing partner for the firm’s human resources practice group in Houston. Mr. Belbin joins Lucas Group after a 22-year career in auditing and executive recruiting, the last six in the Houston area. “Throughout his career, Kevin has integrated extensive industry knowledge with client success,” said

Major, Lindsey & Africa Finds Chief Legal Officer for SafeNet

Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has placed Mark S. Molina as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of SafeNet Inc. The search was led by Julie Bonasso and Deborah Thompson, managing directors in MLA’s Philadelphia office. Ms.Thompson said: “Mark is an outstanding corporate generalist with a combination of top-tier law firm and

Halogen Software Implemented by Juniper Systems

Halogen Software has been selected by Juniper Systems for its talent management solutions. Juniper Systems will utilize the tool, Halogen eAppraisal, based on its integrated development planning and strategic goal alignment capabilities. Halogen eAppraisal automates, simplifies, and streamlines the entire employee performance evaluation process. Juniper Systems is a world-leader in ultra-rugged handheld computers. “The computer

AlphaStaff Selects New President CEO

AlphaStaff, a human resource outsourcing firm serving small and medium-sized businesses, has named Neal Bibeau as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Mr. Bibeau previously served as president and CEO of DecisionOne Corporation, where he led the information technology service company through a restructuring and transformation period that re-established it as the largest independent

Allen Austin Adds Two New Partners

Allen Austin Global Executive Search has added Dr. Ollie Malone and Dean K. Tucker as its newest partners. Dr. Malone currently serves as president of Olive Tree Associates, an executive coaching provider and management consulting service in organization development, leadership development, corporate culture analysis and development, diversity management, and organizational process improvement. At Allen Austin,

Alexander Hughes Adds to Paris Office

Alexander Hughes has added Julienne Thierry as a partner in the firm’s Paris office where he will lead search assignments in the manufacturing sectors. Previously, Mr. Thierry was the president and CEO of MHZ-Hachtel France, a manufacturer and installer of solar protection equipment for major building projects. With more than 40 offices, Alexander Hughes, headquartered

ICIMS Partners With NetSuite

iCIMS, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions, has formed a strategic partnership with NetSuite Inc. where the company will integrate iCIMS’ Talent Platform with NetSuite’s cloud computing platform. The iCIMS Talent Platform provides industry-specific solutions to over 1,000 global organizations and facilitates the human resources process with an emphasis on social recruiting, talent

Albertini Group Fills Board Seat For LivingSocial

Executive recruiter The Albertini Group has placed Elizabeth Nelson as a member of the board of directors at LivingSocial. LivingSocial helps people around the world find, share and enjoy great local deals and new experiences. Based in Dallas, The Albertini Group serves the technology, telecommunications, medical device, education, and consumer sectors.

JobVite and TalentWise Team to Help Tornado Victims

Jobvite, a provider of next-generation recruitment solutions, and TalentWise have teamed to make a joint donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts in the wake of this week's series of tornadoes in Texas. Executives from both companies are currently in Dallas for a Jobvite social recruiting event and are calling on other companies and

Caldwell Partners Posts Q2 Revenue Dip

Executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. has posted 2012 second quarter revenues of $7.2 million, down from $8.8 million the prior year. Revenues from U.S. operations represent 67 percent or $4.8 million of the second quarter total, decreasing 11 percent from $5,483,000 in the comparable period of 2011. This decrease in revenues reflects

Witt/Kieffer Launches Board Services Practice

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has launched a board services practice and named James W. Gauss as its head. Mr. Gauss brings more than 30 years of experience in advising trustees and board members and identifying leaders in the healthcare, insurance, academic and other industries. As chairman of board services, he will use his relationships, experience

Friisberg & Partners Adds Madrid-Based Principal Partners

Friisberg & Partners International has added Spain-based Prinzipal Partners as its newest member. Prinzipal Partners is an executive search and human resources consulting firm led by Emiliano Sacristan and Javier Uruburu. With an office in Madrid and a strong focus on Spanish and Latin American business coupled with detailed knowledge of those local markets, their

Monster Employment Records Small Gains

The Monster Employment Index (MEI), a monthly analysis of millions of online job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards, showed annual growth of five percent in March, an eased pace from the 11 percent annual growth recorded in February. Commerce activity continues to maintain steady momentum with

Lucas Group Names Managing Partner for Manufacturing Practice Group

Search firm Lucas Group has appointed Dan Ladrech as managing partner for its manufacturing practice group. Mr. Ladrech comes to Lucas Group from F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants (FPC) where he was vice president and managing partner with a particular focus on quality and operational excellence recruiting in California and throughout the country. “Dan brings an impressive

Accelent Finds CFO for Perceptive Pixel

Accelent, Inc. has placed Thomas Altier as chief financial officer of Perceptive Pixel. Previously, Mr. Altier was CFO at CyberShift which was acquired by SumTotal. Perceptive Pixel is a provider of research, development and production of multi-touch interfaces. Accelent is an executive talent acquisition and integration firm which serves technology clients in the Internet, e-commerce

Jobless Warrior Launches

Jobless Warrior, an online career enhancing service for veterans, has launched. The company is a free service that matches military veterans with career enhancement professionals such as coaches, resume writers, and job networking groups. Jobless Warrior has more than 100 volunteer career professionals registered to provide pro bono, job preparation services to veterans. JR Rodrigues,

CareerBuilder Inks Deal with the National Restaurant Association

CareerBuilder has been selected by the National Restaurant Association to power its career channel. The National Restaurant Association is the restaurant industry's leading association representing more than 380,000 restaurant businesses. Under the two-year agreement, CareerBuilder will become the exclusive provider of recruitment and job search services for National Restaurant Association members as well as its

IESF Adds Member Firm in Singapore

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has added The People at Work Pte Ltd as its newest partner in Singapore. The People at Work, founded in 2000, is an executive search firm serving global companies and large local conglomerates in sectors that include healthcare, logistics, industry & manufacturing, consumer/lifestyle and wealth management. “We are very

Dowd Associates Retained by Scripps Network

Dowd Associates Executive Search has been retained by Scripps Networks Interactive to lead the company’s search for a chief financial officer of advertising sales. A leading developer of lifestyle content for television, internet, satellite radio, books and magazines, Scripps Networks Interactive is comprised of brands such as HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking

Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Sonar6

Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. has acquired Sonar Limited (Sonar6), a provider of cloud-based talent management solutions serving small businesses globally. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sonar6 brings more than 375 clients to Cornerstone and expands its presence in the Asia Pacific region. Cornerstone will continue to operate Sonar6 out of its Auckland, New

TRANSEARCH Names London Partner

TRANSEARCH International has appointed Andrew Cholerton as a partner in London. Mr. Cholerton has been an executive recruiter since 1993 working across a broad range of sectors, both in the U.K. and internationally. He has recruited at board and senior manager levels across most business functions and sectors with particular experience in professional and business

Polachi Partners with Brazil-Based Talengy

Recruiter Polachi Inc. has partnered with Brazil-based executive search firm Talengy to extend its reach into Latin America. Established in 2009, Talengy has worked with organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, and UNISYS. “Sao Paulo is the technology hub for Brazil, and the addition of Talengy further expands our capacity to reach executives around the

Buffkin Group Fills CTO Post for EDO Interactive

Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has placed Jeff Sippel as the new chief technology officer for Edo Interactive. Mr. Sippel previously served as vice president of marketing technology at Orbitz Worldwide. EDO’s digital coupon service offers businesses a way to better target specific markets of consumers by using Web analytics. The Buffkin Group is

HR Dynamics Names Staffing Head

HR Dynamics Inc., an HR consulting, staffing and outsourcing firm, has named Wendee Greene as vice president of staffing services and head of the company’s HRD Staffing Division. Ms. Greene was vice president of healthcare and human services at Access Staffing for over 10 years. “With the addition of Wendee Greene to our leadership team,

Adicio Creates New Revenue Generation Tools

Adicio Inc., a provider of interactive classified advertising software solutions for media companies, has launched two new revenue generation tools: Job Seeker Upgrades and Pay Per Candidate. Adicio’s new Job Seeker Upgrade widget requires no live support and gives the job seeker a powerful tool to promote the visibility of their resume. The Pay Per

Heidrick Names Board of Directors Vice Chairman

Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has named Anne Lim O'Brien as vice chairman of its global CEO & board of directors practice. Throughout her career, Ms. O'Brien has conducted executive search assignments for an extensive range of global Fortune 500 corporations, particularly within the consumer markets and at the CEO and board

Boyden Appoints Interim Management Partner in U.K.

Boyden has added Sue Smith to its interim management team in London as partner. "The addition of Sue is really exciting for our team, our clients and our interim community,” said Patrique Habboo, managing partner at Boyden UK interim management. “She is one of the most highly respected experts in our market and further builds

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