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PFM Executive Search Recruits CEO for Canucks Autism Network

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has recruited Britt Andersen as the new CEO of Canucks Autism Network (CAN). PFM partners George Madden and Shelina Esmail led the assignment. “We are excited to welcome Britt to the CAN team, and feel that he is the right person to lead the organization into its next chapter of growth

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Optimum Talent Appoints VPs in Manitoba and Toronto

Toronto-headquartered Optimum Talent has expanded with the additions of Mark Shayna as vice president and market leader of executive search in Manitoba and Debbi Ragogna as vice president of executive search in Toronto. Mr. Shayna has had a 30-year career in sales and recruitment. After 12 years working with Xerox Corp., Baxter Corp. and Pharmacia, he made

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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?


Pedersen & Partners Appoints Head of Private Equity Practice

Dubai-headquartered executive search firm Pedersen & Partners named Alvaro Arias Echeverria as global head of the firm’s private equity practice group. Mr. Arias Echeverria has been in charge of Iberia and Latin America at Pedersen & Partners for almost a decade and has co-headed the global private equity practice for over two years. With more than 15


Lindauer Tapped by American University in Bulgaria to Find President

After vetting several national search firms, American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) has retained the services of Boston-based recruitment firm Lindauer to find its next president. Past president Steven Sullivan announced that he will be returning to his full-time teaching position at the school. Recruiters Jill Lasman and senior consultant Gretchen Dwyer are leading the search for his replacement. David


Wilton & Bain Recruits CCO and CTO for Community Fibre

London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain has recruited Peter Rampling as chief commercial officer and Dale Kirkwood as chief technology officer of Community Fibre, a gigabit broadband U.K. internet service provider with a vision to deliver full fiber coverage to 500,000 homes in London. Jay Siddiki and Daniel Harrison, both principals within the global telecoms, media and technology functions at Wilton & Bain, led


Solomon Page Expands Life Sciences Practice, Naming Global Leader

Solomon Page has expanded with the addition of Luigi Frezza as managing director and global practice lead for life sciences. Reporting to president and global practice leader Marc Gouran, he will be based in the firm’s London office and drive the growth of the life sciences team globally by partnering with companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech,


Russell Reynolds Associates Names Americas Practice Leader for Transportation and Logistics

Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has added Zack Deming as a consultant in the firm’s industrial practice and Americas practice leader for transportation and logistics. Based in Atlanta, he will be expected to work closely with transportation, logistics, airports and aviation-related companies, as well as private equity and infrastructure funds that invest in this space, to advise them


Vaco Opens Office in West Palm Beach, Names Tech Practice Co-Leader

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco continues to expand, recently opening a new office in West Palm Beach, FL and adding two key leaders: Matt Walter becomes co-managing partner of the technology practice and Albert Llodra joins the firm as managing director. South Florida is a key growth market for Vaco, serving more than 7,000 clients and some


6 Competitive Strategies for a Tight Talent Market

The old paradigms of the global economy have experienced a tectonic shift over the past few years, and perhaps the most significant of them is this point of view: Emerging economies grow at high rates and developed economies grow more slowly or are in decline. “This dictum has been turned on its head recently – nowhere


Ohio State and Emory University Select Isaacson, Miller to Lead President Searches 

Many academic recruiting specialists say business has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits are handling multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply. Just recently, both Ohio State and Emory University chose Isaacson, Miller to lead their respective president searches as


The Christopher Group Places Head of Talent Rewards at Nu Skin

The Christopher Group (TCG) has placed Jennifer Lentine as the new head of total rewards at Nu Skin Enterprises. The search was completed in just 45 days by recruiters Nathaniel Schiffer, Kristen Pace and Amy Bott. “I am thrilled to have once again partnered with The Christopher Group to find extraordinary talent to join my team,” said Jeff Bettinger, CHRO at Nu Skin.


HARTZ Search Names Leader of Dallas Office

Charlotte, NC-based executive search firm HARTZ Search has appointed Carol Maxwell as managing director and leader of its Dallas office. The firm said that it expects her to be an invaluable asset. “We are excited to announce the addition of Carol Maxwell to our leadership team at HARTZ Search,” said Mike Hartz, president and CEO


Cornerstone International Group Creates Non-Profit Specialization

The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have


William Funk & Associates Places First Black President at Rutgers

William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has assisted in the placement of Jonathan Holloway as the first black president of Rutgers University. He was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants. R. William Funk, president of the Dallas-based recruitment firm, led the search. Robert L. Barchi


Hanold Associates Strengthens Search Team with an Eye on Technology, Healthcare & Private Equity

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has expanded with the addition of Joe Costello as a partner. He specializes in recruiting executive level HR leaders across industries. His core focus is on technology, private equity and medical devices with a broader focus in the healthcare industry. “While we specialize in HR across industries, we are looking to continue adding depth


Diversified Search Recruits Board Members for the March of Dimes Foundation

Dale E. Jones and Andrew Wheeler of Diversified Search  have placed Honest Company CFO Muhammad Shahzad and former Kids2 CFO Lorna Street as members of the board of trustees for the March of Dimes Foundation, a non-profit fighting for the health of mothers and babies. In their roles as trustees, they will share their unique skills and knowledge to address the country’s urgent


Fisher Leadership Places CEO for Merri Health

Executive search firm Fisher Leadership has placed the new chief executive officer for Merri Health, one of the largest community health providers in the state of Victoria, in southeast Australia. Tassia Michaleas, who had been general manager, family and community, with Merri Health, is charged with driving future growth in metropolitan and regional areas, said Melbourne-based


IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in Czechia and Slovakia

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has expanded with the addition of executive recruiters Teamconsult as its newest member firm. Located in Prague and Bratislava, Teamconsult will substantially strengthen IIC Partners’ position in the Central and Eastern European region. Teamconsult is focused on serving international organizations with business operations or investment interests in Czechia and Slovakia. The firm’s


Greenwich Harbor Partners Recruits Chief Digital Officer for Panera Bread 

Greenwich Harbor Partners has placed former Under Armour executive George Hanson as the new chief digital officer of Panera Bread. Managing directors Ted and Carrie Pryor led the assignment. “This was a nationwide search and we talked to everyone who we thought were appropriate for the position,” said Mr. Pryor. “We were looking for experienced senior ecommerce


CohenTaylor Executive Search Seeks Next Leader for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Minneapolis-based CohenTaylor Executive Search has been enlisted to find the next president and CEO for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) in St. Paul, MN. “JAUM is currently seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to guide the organization through its next phase,” said CohenTaylor. “Working with the board of directors, the president/CEO provides vision and


R&L Associates Assists ZurickDavis in Acquisition

Rochelle Schumer, president of R&L Associates, a recruitment provider specializing in placing search professionals within the headhunting sector, has assisted in merging veteran life sciences recruiter Jennifer Chase and her firm, ChasePartners, with ZurickDavis, a search firm that recruits executives and physician leaders for healthcare organizations. “We are delighted to be part of growing the


Boyden Launches Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice

Boyden has created a new global private equity and venture capital practice and named Anita Pouplard, a managing partner of Boyden France, as its leader. “Anita was our board’s unanimous choice to lead our global private equity and venture capital practice, which has been growing for several years in succession,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden.


IRC Global Names Regional Technology Leaders

Organizations today recognize that it is critical and imperative to add technology-savvy leaders to lead in the coming decades of uncertainty. As IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ technology practice grows across all regions, it has decided to further strengthen its global team. Ron Magen, from IRC Israel, has been named as the new EMEA technology


Wilton & Bain Launches Women’s Forum to Drive C-Level Change

Wilton & Bain recently launched its groundbreaking SWITCH (Senior Women in Transformation & Change) network in North America, which brings together C-suite women across industries and functions. Members who operate at an executive or board level position or are in positions that are crucial to influencing and driving change in organizations have now joined arms.


Heidrick & Struggles Places First Female CEO at the National Geographic Society

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has recruited Jill Tiefenthaler as the first female CEO of the National Geographic Society. The search included a review of more than 100 candidates. She will succeed former Heidrick CEO Tracy R. Wolstencroft, who was placed in the top role of the National Geographic Society by Russell


SearchWide Global Recruits CEO for VisitDallas

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide Global recently placed Craig Davis as the new president and CEO of VisitDallas. Mike Gamble, president and chief executive officer of SearchWide Global, led the assignment. The search firm had been seeking an executive with knowledge of the travel and tourism industry, its distribution channels and its customer base. “Craig stood out among many


Ernst & Young Acquires PeopleFirm 

Ernst & Young (EY) has further enhanced and expanded its capabilities in its People Advisory Services (PAS) business with the acquisition of strategic people consultancy PeopleFirm, a leader in delivering workforce and organization strategy, performance management, diversity and inclusion, leadership and culture work. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. PeopleFirm is a leader in delivering

Why Age, Tenure and Past Experience Might Matter Less When Recruiting Directors

A recent Russell Reynolds Associates report examined the recruitment of board leaders by comparing the characteristics of directors at 50 top-performing S&P 500 companies against those at the 50 worst-performers, based on total shareholder returns over a three-year period. Surprisingly, few differences emerged, suggesting qualitative factors play a bigger role than age, board tenure or

Heidrick & Struggles Posts Flat Revenues; Transformation of Core Business Seen as Failure

Heidrick & Struggles International/(NASDAQ:HSII) has posted net revenue of $127.2 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, the same as a year ago. Year over year, net revenue increased 4.3 percent in the Americas, but declined 5.8 percent in Europe (a decline of approximately six percent on a constant currency basis), and 3.6

DirectEmployers Forms Foundation to Improve Job Search and Career Tools

DirectEmployers Association, a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading U.S. employers, has launched DirectEmployers Foundation, an ongoing mission to provide easy accessibility to job seekers and free listing options to employers. The Foundation is comprised of top user experience engineers and developers who share the same ideals and a strong commitment to open-source technology development.

Coleman Lew Strengthens Board

Executive search firm Coleman Lew & Associates has added Jeanie McCandless to its board of directors. Ms. McCandless, who has been with the firm since 1995, has provided research and sourcing expertise to over 150 search engagements in a variety of industries and functions. “Jeanie has provided leadership within our firm for over 15 years

Workday Grows Senior Staff

Workday, Inc., a leader in SaaS-based enterprise solutions for global human resources, payroll and financial management, has hired Debi Hirshlag as vice president of human resources and Jim Shaughnessy as vice president, general counsel and secretary. Ms. Hirshlag previously served as vice president of worldwide HR at Flextronics. In addition, she managed an internal team

TRANSEARCH Opens Office in Columbia

TRANSEARCH International has opened a new office in Bogota, Colombia and named Alejandro Rivas as its office head. Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, Mr. Rivas worked with Mattel Toys as general manager Colombia, starting up the subsidiary. Rosa Maria Herrera and Juan Antonio Bustillo become senior client partners in the Bogota Office. Ms. Herrera has over

Allen Austin Adds Partner in Fort Worth

Allen Austin Global Executive Search has added Leanne Collier as a partner in its Fort Worth office. Ms. Collier previously served as senior manager of strategic alliances and vendor relations at TD Ameritrade; she gained previous search experience with Rhodes Associates and Heidrick & Struggles. Allen Austin is a privately owned Houston-based executive search and

ChampionScott Places CEO At Oasys Water

Executive search firm ChampionScott Partners has placed Bob Muscat as chief executive officer at Oasys Water. Mr. Muscat formerly served as general manager of GE Energy’s Environmental Services business. Oasys Water is a leader in the development of forward osmosis based solutions for the treatment and desalination of high saline source waters. ChampionScott Partners is

Addison Search Expands Staffing Reach Via Strategic Acquisition

Addison Search, a provider of professional staffing services, has acquired Addison Group, an Oklahoma-based firm that connects information technology, financial, administrative and engineering professionals with talent-driven organizations. Despite the similarity in names, the companies had no prior connection. The transaction is aligned with Addison's strategy to expand its national service footprint through organic growth and

ExactMe! Expands Into Argentina

Innovated Talent Search ExactME! has been launched in Argentina. Arik Filstein, the founder and CEO of ExactME!, plans to expand from Buenos Aires throughout Latin America, with a focus set on the Brazilian market. The firm has existing operations in the U.S. and India. ExactME! will work to be a leader in a competitive online

Lumesse Selected by G4S

International security group G4S, has selected Lumesse, a global leader in integrated talent management solutions, to implement a new TalentLink (Talent Acquisition/e-recruitment) solution throughout the U.S. G4S is headquartered in the U.K. with international offices in 125 countries and employs over 635,000 people; the firm maintains a focus on hiring specialized staff. “With Lumesse TalentLink,

Korn Ferry Names New CFO

Korn/Ferry International has selected Robert Rozek as its new chief financial officer. Mr. Rozek joins Korn/Ferry with over 25 years of finance experience, having most recently served as EVP and CFO at Cushman & Wakefield, where he oversaw global financial and accounting operations. Prior to that, Mr. Rozek held senior leadership positions at Las Vegas

Nosal Partners Finds HR Chief for MTS Systems

Executive recruiter Nosal Partners LLC has placed Kristin Trecker as vice president and chief human resources officer at MTS Systems Corporation. The search was conducted by Terri Naughtin, managing partner, and David Nosal, chairman and CEO. Ms. Trecker was previously senior vice president of human resources at Lawson Software, Inc. MTS Systems Corporation is a

AESC Accepts Four New Member Firms

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) has added AltoPartners, France-based Groupe Mercator, Quaestus Senior Management Search in The Netherlands and SommerGroup in Chile as its newest members. AltoPartners is an international alliance of independent executive search firms established in 2006. The alliance now spans 28 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and

Hudson Highland Posts 17.5 Percent Gain; Net Income Up

Hudson Highland Group, Inc./(NASDAQ:HHGP) has posted fourth quarter 2011 revenues of $222.7 million, a gain of 1.7 percent from $219.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The recruiting firm recorded net income of $3.3 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per basic and

Exige International Opens Office in Switzerland

Recruiting firm Exige International has opened a new office in tax haven Zug, Switzerland. The company has also appointed Michael Shrum as business development director. Mr. Shrum has more than 20 years of international business experience and leads the expansion within the treasury, trading and risk management sectors in Switzerland. “We have seen a lot

Herman Collins Completes Search for Abaca Technology Corp.

Technology-focused executive search firm Herman Collins LLC has placed homas Richard Lynam as chief scientist at Abaca Technology Corporation. “This was a perfect fit for Abaca; there aren't very many people who have done their PhDs on spam,” said Whitfield Diffie, a principal at Herman Collins. “For a century, crypto was at the forefront of

Witt/Kieffer Adds To Life Sciences Practice

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has added Mike Honeysett as a consultant in its life sciences practice. Mr. Honeysett previously served as the global market development leader in GE Healthcare’s Division of Cell Technologies. Prior to that, he held the role of vice president of sales and marketing for Q3DM, an early pioneer in cellular imaging.

Heidrick & Struggles to Lead CEO Search for Sterling Construction

Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has been selected by Sterling Construction Company to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Sterling's current chairman and CEO, Patrick T. Manning, will continue to serve in his dual roles throughout the recruitment process until the new CEO is elected. Sterling is a heavy

Buller Group Partners with Caspian Global

The Buller Group, a human capital services and recruiting firm, has partnered with Caspian Global, a provider of high quality language services, nation building, and intelligence support to commercial clients and the government market. “The Buller Group and Caspian Global have officially joined forces to address a critical need in today's global marketplace,” said Rob

Per Ardua Associates Names Head of Asset Management Practice

London-headquartered financial services recruiter Per Ardua Associates has selected Charles Harvey to head its asset management practice. Mr. Harvey has 14 years experience in financial services executive search. He was previously co-head of recruiter Hammond Partners’ asset management division. Prior to that, he was a consultant with asset management recruiter Beeley & Company.

Moster Posts Revenue Declines Amid Workforce Reduction

Monster Worldwide, Inc./(NYSE:MWW) has posted revenues of $250 million for the fourth quarter, a two percent drop compared with $255 million in the comparable quarter last year. The company posted non-GAAP net income of $13 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to $7.1 million, or $0.06 per share in the fourth quarter 2010. Careers-North America

Preston | Reffett to Lead Search for U.S. Dept. of Trasportation

Executive search firm Preston | Reffett, LLC has been selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead the search for the superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Ron Flom, managing director of the firm’s public sector and acquisition practice in Arlington, VA, will lead the search. One of the

Vaco Grows Financial Team

VACO Los Angeles LLC (VACO), a consulting and executive search firm specializing in accounting and finance, has named Ronda Ponciano and Roopa Kapadia as recruiting mangers to its financial team. They will be focused on securing direct hire positions for accounting and finance professionals. Ms. Ponciano joins Vaco with 17 years experience in accounting and

RiseSmart Adds HR Veteran to Advisory Council

Dan Phelan, senior advisor to the CEO at GlaxoSmithKline, has joined the strategic advisory council of RiseSmart, a provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. During his more than 30 years with GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Phelan has held key leadership roles in several areas of the company, where he was senior vice president of human resources for 14

Jibe Strengthens Mobile Solutions Team

JIBE, a software company that provides consumer-facing recruiting solutions to enterprises, has announced the addition of three executives to its sales team: Cindy Songne, vice president of agency relations; Cindy Dole, director of enterprise sales; and Tom Strauss, director of enterprise sales. Ms. Songne brings more than 25 years of experience and relationships with recruitment

Spencer Stuart Reviews Board Needs at Cedar Fair

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company to assist in reviewing the composition of its board of directors in advance of the company's 2012 annual meeting. "It is important that our board has the appropriate expertise and diversity to continue to deliver long-term growth and value creation," said Eric

Korn Ferry Grows Industrial and Supply Chain Practices

Korn/Ferry International has added Casey Kelly to its industrial and supply chain recruiting practices. Based in the firm's Singapore office, Mr. Kelly specializes in international C-suite assignments and board searches in the industrial markets. Mr. Kelly has over 20 years of global executive and line management experience with ABB, SmithKline Beecham and Cathay Pacific Airways.

DHR Expands In London

DHR International has appointed Paul Bulteel as executive vice president in the firm’s London office where he will specialize in life sciences recruiting. Mr. Bulteel joins DHR after over 11 years with Euromedica, a European search firm. He works across the life science industry and has particular expertise in the medical technology (devices and diagnostics)

Major, Lindsey & Africa Appoints Director in LA

Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has named Negin Mirmirani as a director in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Mirmirani will focus on in-house placements for corporate legal departments throughout Southern California. Prior to joining MLA, Ms. Mirmirani spent four years at Warner Bros as in-house counsel for its Studio Facilities division. There, she divided

Harvey Nash Opens Sydney Office

Harvey Nash, a global professional recruitment and IT outsourcing provider, has opened its first Australian base in Sydney, New South Wales. The office will be led by Bridget Gray, the firm’s new managing director in Australia. Harvey Nash has gained several years experience in the Australian market working for international clients from its existing network

Human Capital Group Adds Consultant

Paul DePhillips has joined Brentwood, TN-based The Human Capital Group, Inc. as senior consultant. Mr. DePhillips brings 25-plus years of senior leadership experience in manufacturing operations. Most recently he served as SVP of plant operations for American Color. “We are blessed to have someone with Paul’s expertise and dedication to our Mission and Guiding Principles

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