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McDermott + Bull Recruits CEO for Bonchon

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Flynn Dekker as the new CEO of Bonchon Franchise LLC, a holding company of VIG Partners, Korea’s leading buyout fund. He will take over day-to-day leadership of Bonchon from Jinduk Seo, who will continue to serve on the restaurant chain’s board. The assignment was led by managing partner Chris Bull, executive

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PFM Executive Search Places Provost for Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Canadian search firm PFM Executive Search has recruited Trish Kelly as vice president academic and provost of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Partner Shelina Esmail and associate partner Jennifer Madden led the assignment for the recruitment firm. “Trish impressed the search committee with her dedication to student empowerment and excellence,

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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

More Volatility, Less Motivation Expected in 2019

The start of 2019 follows a year in which all major stock indexes recorded their worst performance since the financial crisis a decade ago. The market’s extended volatility is an obvious financial and strategic concern for corporate leaders, according to a new Korn Ferry report. Experts say it also represents a latent and potentially more damaging threat: talent

DHR International Grows Toronto Office

DHR International has named Alan Zelnicker as executive vice president in the firm’s Toronto office. Mr. Zelnicker will specialize in cross-functional searches within the financial services, technology & media, energy & natural resources, and industrial sectors. His recruiting background includes working within multinational and boutique search environments, and he brings expertise across client service, research,

Martin Partners Completes VP Search for KemperSports

Executive search firm Martin Partners has placed Andrew R. Crosson as vice president of new business development at KemperSports, a golf resort management company. Prior to joining KemperSports, Mr. Crosson was executive vice president and partner at Heritage Golf Group. Chicago-headquartered Martin Partners provides executive search services to a wide array of industries.

CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index Shows Steady Job Rebound

The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index, which measures managerial recruitment activity online, gained 9.9 points over last month, its highest peak since the Index launched in 2008. Now standing at 116.9 points, the Index has increased 72.8 points over March 2009, when it stood at 44.1. “The past two months have shown a steady rebound in the

B.E. Smith Strengthens Leadership Solutions Divisions

Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has added Laurie Gehrt to its interim leadership and consulting solutions divisions as senior vice president. Ms. Gehrt's responsibilities include new service development and expansion into new markets, as well as service quality and client/employee satisfaction. Prior to joining B. E. Smith, Ms. Gehrt was chief nursing officer for Cerner's

Harvey Nash Expands to Hong Kong

Harvey Nash Group, a global provider of professional recruitment and outsourcing services, has expanded its geographic reach in the Asia Pacific region through the opening of an office in Hong Kong. The new business will be led by executive search managing director Nick Marsh and will focus on working with an existing network of clients

Leadership Capital Group Fills Board Seat at Joe’s Jean

Leadership Capital Group, a North American and EMEA executive search firm, has placed Joanne Calabrese as a member of the board of directors at Joe’s Jeans. Ms. Calabrese, a 30-year veteran of the retail apparel industry, presently serves as the founder and owner of jcr3, a retail consulting firm specializing in merchandising, marketing, multi-channel retailing

Novotus Selected by Healthedge for Talent Expertise

Novotus, a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) company, has announced that HealthEdge, provider of enterprise-class software platform for healthcare payors, has selected the company to streamline its talent acquisition efforts. Leveraging its applicant tracking system, analytics and a number of methodologies for sourcing and recruiting, Novotus will provide HealthEdge with both strategic and administrative support throughout

David Aplin Group Joins Forces with Executive Source Partners

David Aplin Group has merged with Saskatchewan-based search firm Executive Source Partners. The combined firm brings benefits to the national labor market as David Aplin Group expands its portfolio of service offerings to clients, candidates and recruiting professionals throughout Canada. “It's an exciting time for Executive Source Partners to join David Aplin Group,” said Holly

TriNet Joins the Startup America Partnership

TriNet, a provider of human resources outsourcing services, has joined the Startup America Partnership, an organization dedicated to helping young companies flourish to jumpstart job creation throughout the U.S. Startup America is a private sector organization launched at The White House in early 2011. The Partnership brings together some of the country’s most successful organizations

Workforce Software Adds HR Leader to Staff

WorkForce Software, a provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with complex labor policies and stringent compliance demands, has named Leslie Tarnacki as vice president of human resources. Ms. Tarnacki brings more than 16 years of executive level experience in the field of human resources to her new role, where she will be responsible for

Russell Reynolds Associates Names CEO

Clarke Murphy will succeed Matthew Wright as the next president and chief executive officer of global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Mr. Murphy has more than 24 years of recruiting experience at the firm, having joined Russell Reynolds in 1988. In 1992, he moved to Frankfurt to help build the firm’s German

IESF Adds Australian Partner

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has added Search International as its partner in Australia. Founded in 2003, Search International is based in Sydney and serves global companies and local conglomerates in sectors including professional services (law, tax & accounting), financial services, funds management, insurance, sales/ marketing and logistics. Search International managing director, Peter Beuvink,

TillmanCarlson Places CFO at TricorBraun

Chicago-based executive search firm TillmanCarlson has recruited Chuck Pfister as chief financial officer for TricorBraun. Mr. Pfister joins the company after four years with Kohl’s where he most recently served as senior vice president of finance, leading financial planning, tax, treasury, merchandising finance, capital planning, real estate, and e-commerce finance. With annual revenues approaching $1

Kenexa and Daesign Join Forces

Kenexa Corporation, a global provider of business solutions for human resources, has partnered with Daesign to develop talent attraction, assessment, development and engagement solutions for the marketplace. Daesign is a specialist provider of games-based, interactive talent development solutions. “Bringing together our expertise in the field of human capital and Daesign's award-winning solutions will result in

HR Plus Partners with eScreen

HR Plus, a provider of solutions for employment and background screening, has formed a strategic alliance with eScreen, a technology-driven specialist in drug-screening and employee health products and services. “eScreen is setting the standard for drug testing program management and HR Plus strives to deliver the best solutions to our clients,” said Bill Tate, HR

Saba Acquires HumanConcepts

Saba, a provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions, has acquired HumanConcepts, a workforce decision support solutions provider. Terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition signifies Saba’s continued focus on the human capital management (HCM) market and complements its unified talent management offering. Saba plans to integrate HumanConcepts’ Cloud technologies into

Tyler & Company to Lead CEO Search for Hospital in Haiti

Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been selected by Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Hopital Albert Schweitzer operates a regional referral hospital and diverse community programs that provide the only source of medical and development services for more than 350,000 people in Haiti’s

Taleo to Assit UCB with Recruitment Process

Global biopharmaceutical leader UCB has chosen Taleo's Recruiting and Reporting products to improve its talent intelligence and support a global revamp of its recruitment processes. Ben Park, senior director of shared HR knowledge and operations at UCB, said: “Taleo provides us with a solution for our needs and is an investment for us in an

JobVite Partners with JobTarget

Jobvite, a provider of next-generation recruitment solutions, has formed a partnership with JobTarget to streamline the process for posting job openings across all social networks and more than 13,000 media channels. Through this partnership, joint customers can now make fast connections with high-quality active and passive job seekers by uniting social recruiting with posts on

CTPartners Posts Q4 Revenue Decline; Year-End Results Up 6.5 Percent

CTPartners Executive Search Inc./(NYSE:CTP) posted fourth quarter 2011 net revenue of $27.2 million, a decrease of 1.8 percent from $27.7 million a year ago. A decrease in the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions were partially offset by an increase in North America. The financial services practice contributed to most of the firm’s decrease in both

Korn Ferry Grows Real Estate Practice

Korn/Ferry International has named Robert Mayes as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice. He will be based in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Mayes joins Korn/Ferry from Russell Reynolds Associates where he managed executive level assignments on behalf of a wide range of public and private real estate clients. He has experience throughout

Preston | Reffett Adds New Principal

Executive search firm Preston | Reffett, LLC has added Elizabeth Pidgeon as a principal. For the last 19 years Ms. Pidgeon has held senior executive positions in a number of organizations from privately held family owned businesses to Fortune 35 large public companies. She brings experience in talent leadership and is certified in several state-of-the-art

Greenwich Harbor Partners Completes Search for Reelzchannel

Greenwich Harbor Partners has placed William Rosolie as senior vice president of advertising sales at ReelzChannel. Mr. Rosolie was previously the executive vice president – digital and advanced platforms at AMC NETWORKS (formerly Rainbow Advertising). Greenwich Harbor Partners is a boutique specializing in senior level placements within the media, entertainment, digital, and technology sectors.

Laurence Simons Opens in Mumbai

International legal recruiter Laurence Simons has opened a new location in Mumbai, India. The Mumbai office will cover in-house and private practice appointments across India while concentrating on Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. The firm appointed Vijesh Patel as managing partner of its Mumbai operation; he will focus on further developing the Laurence Simons’

Salveson Stetson Group Adds New VP

Recruiting firm Salveson Stetson Group has appointed Donna DeHart as a new vice president. Ms. DeHart brings nearly 25 years of experience to the firm, including 14 years in retained executive search with a focus on recruiting human resources leaders. She formerly served as president of Towers Consulting, Ltd. Salveson Stetson Group is a retained,

Pearson Partners Names SVP

Pearson Partners International has named Renee Baker Arrington as a senior vice president and shareholder. Ms. Arrington, who previously served as a vice president at the firm, leads the firm’s CIO and IT leadership practice and specializes in the technology and information technology industries. “Renee exemplifies our firm’s approach to executive search, with deep industry

AESC Forms Partnership with Backtrack Reports

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) has formed a partnership with BackTrack Reports (part of First Advantage Litigation Consulting, LLC) to provide its members with due diligence services. NYC-based BackTrack Reports is a provider of due diligence that specializes in delivering thorough investigative reports on business executives. “Establishing a relationship with BackTrack Reports is

AON Hewitt Signs Multi Year Deal with HireVue

Aon Hewitt, the global human resource solutions business of Aon Corporation, has signed a multi-year agreement with HireVue as part of a preferred partnership to offer clients its Digital Interview Platform. The HireVue system is designed to modernize and enhance the recruitment process by improving quality, speed and consistency. “Aon Hewitt clients benefit from a

Spencer Stuart to Find Board Members for Corelogic

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been selected by Corelogic to lead in its search for new independent members for its board of directors. The firm will conduct a comprehensive search and assist in the selection of candidates. CoreLogic is a provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government.

Arthur Gallagher & Co. Acquires HR Management Systems, LLC

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has announced the acquisition of Human Resource Management Systems, LLC, in Naperville, Illinois. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 1997, Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) is an employee benefit insurance broker that offers a full range of group employee benefit products and consulting services to their clients

Sellick Partnership Opens New Office in Liverpool

Finance-focused recruitment specialist Sellick Partnership has opened a new office in Liverpool as part of the firm’s expansion in the northwest. The office will provide financial recruitment solutions to both public and private sector organizations across Liverpool and the surrounding area, and will be led by group director, Ray Wareing. The new operation will be

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