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Companies Hiring on Basis of Skills Rather Than Open Positions

Companies in a number of industries are facing a potential C-suite challenge – an alarming lack of qualified candidates to fill roles that are likely to become vacant due to retirement and other factors in the next 10 to 15 years. This breakneck speed of turnover in businesses is forcing talent acquisition professionals to look

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Protis Global Finds President for Therabis

Executive search firm Protis Global has placed a new president for Therabis, a maker of cannabidiol (CBD) wellness products for pets. Bob Rubin becomes the new leader for the Denver-based company, a subsidiary of Dixie Brands. “Working with Dixie has been a distinct pleasure,” said Frank Judd, director of client accounts for Portis Global. “Their

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Disrupting Recruiting: How Technology is Transforming the Talent Sector

In this latest episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ host Andrew Mitchell is joined by Nick Cromydas, CEO of The Hunt Club, a referral recruiting service that leverages technology and a front-end automation process to help land passive candidates.


Vaco Acquires San Antonio-Based Search Firm

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has acquired Aventine Hill Partners (AHP), a San Antonio-based advisory, consulting and executive search firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Together, Vaco and AHP will provide talent and solutions across a diverse set of industries to more than 10,000 clients globally. Vaco’s Texas operations have been steadily expanding since 2006 when

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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?


La Fosse Associates Names Head of Technology Recruitment

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Adam Gohar in New York as senior vice president and head of technology recruitment. Since opening in October of last year, La Fosse New York has seemingly gone from strength to strength, led by Johnnie Greenwood, head of U.S. With


Companies Hiring on Basis of Skills Rather Than Open Positions

Companies in a number of industries are facing a potential C-suite challenge – an alarming lack of qualified candidates to fill roles that are likely to become vacant due to retirement and other factors in the next 10 to 15 years. This breakneck speed of turnover in businesses is forcing talent acquisition professionals to look

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Protis Global Finds President for Therabis

Executive search firm Protis Global has placed a new president for Therabis, a maker of cannabidiol (CBD) wellness products for pets. Bob Rubin becomes the new leader for the Denver-based company, a subsidiary of Dixie Brands. “Working with Dixie has been a distinct pleasure,” said Frank Judd, director of client accounts for Portis Global. “Their

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Brent D. Glass Finds New Leader for Berkshire Museum

Washington, D.C.-based executive management consulting firm Brent D. Glass LLC has placed Jeff Rodgers as the new executive director of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Van Shields announced his retirement from the museum last June. Mr. Rodgers was the unanimous selection after a rigorous four-month search led by the museum’s board of trustees. Berkshire Museum staff


Direct Recruiters Names Partners

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, has appointed Cherie Shepard, Jason Herbert and Norm Volsky as partners. The search firm said that all three have “demonstrated leadership, dedication, integrity and a standard of excellence within the search industry.” “Speaking on behalf of the existing partners, we are thrilled to congratulate Cherie, Jason and Norm,”


NPAworldwide Expands Footprint in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia

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. Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added nine new member locations as it continues to


Skills Shortages Causing Recruiting Difficulties

The U.S. is facing a growing skills gap that threatens the nation’s long-term economic prosperity. The workforce simply lacks enough workers and skilled candidates to fill an ever-increasing number of high-skilled jobs. Seven million jobs were open in January, but only 6.3 million unemployed people were looking for work. As the country nears full employment,

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DHR International Lands CEO for Physical Rehabilitation Network

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Chicago-based DHR International has placed healthcare veteran Ajay Gupta as the

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Spencer Stuart Recruits Provost for American University

Following a national search, Spencer Stuart has placed Daniel J. Myers as provost and chief academic officer of American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. Michele Haertel, leader of the firm’s education, non-profit and government, academia and research practice, led the assignment along with Mary Gorman. “Dan is deeply committed to the integration of scholarship, teaching and student


Jobvite Secures $200 Million in Funding, Acquires Three Companies

Recruiting software firm Jobvite has announced that it will double down on its plans to build a bigger platform for recruitment and applicant tracking. The company says that it has secured investment funding of more than $200 million and that it has acquired three companies focused on different aspects of the recruitment process: Talemetry, RolePoint


Alexander Hughes Opens New Location in Mexico City

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices, bring in new recruiters and open new locations. Recently, Paris-headquartered search firm Alexander Hughes expanded in Mexico City with the opening of a new office in Monterrey. The Mexican team will report to Adolfo Cruz,


9 Reasons Why This Candidate Declined a Job Offer

Not long ago, Boyden partner Tom Sorensen recounted the time that a candidate told him why he decided to decline an attractive job offer from one of the bigger guns in the business world. The prospect had received a call from the company’s talent acquisition officer, but it wasn’t until months and months later that

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R. William Funk & Associates Assists Weber State University in President Search

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, recently assisted in the placement of Brad L. Mortensen as the 13th president of Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Charles K. Wight stepped down from the role last May. R. William Funk, president of the Dallas-based recruitment firm, led the search. “President Mortensen

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Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks Chief Technology and Knowledge Officer for Gavi

Russell Reynolds Associates has been enlisted to find a chief technology and knowledge officer (CTKO) for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization is a leading international public-private partnership committed to increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The CTKO plays a key role across the alliance in achieving Gavi’s mission, said


Momenta Expands in the U.S.

Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has continued to strengthen its footprint in the U.S. with the addition of Bill O’Such as a strategy partner. He will be based out of the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. O’Such brings over 20 years of extensive history of connected industry leadership roles in mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and


Signium Adds Marketing and Communications Specialist

Marketing and branding professionals are playing increasingly vital roles at executive search firms as recruiting outfits push into new lines of business, evolve their brands and rev up their social media presence. Recently, executive search consortium Signium added Amy Fuentes as its new marketing and communications specialist. In her new role, Ms. Fuentes will be responsible for executing all


Employees Reveal Insights on 2019 Workforce Trends

Surveys on workplace topics often poll employers to gain their perspectives on the latest HR issues and trends – but, in a recent survey, Paychex went directly to the source and obtained insight from employees themselves. It questioned employees on hot topics like benefits, pay equity, HR technology, corporate social responsibility and more, to determine

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Spencer Stuart Recruits Board Members for Yelp

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed three board members for Yelp Inc. The firm had been enlisted to evaluate the board’s composition and identify additional director candidates to help drive the online-review website’s strategy. George Hu, Sharon Rothstein and Brian Sharples were appointed to the board, effective March 1. They will replace Geoff Donaker, Jeremy Levine and Peter Fenton, who notified the


Deerfield Associates Seeks Senior Major Gifts Officer for Babson College

Major gifts officers are among the most vital roles for educational institutions. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profits everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of finding


RSR Partners Appoints Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Allen Shapard as a managing director and head of the corporate affairs and communications practice. He is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Shapard has more the 25 years of relevant experience in communications, branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility. He has worked closely with high-profile consumer and enterprise


Judson Partners Rebrands as Capitus Associates

Judson Partners, a boutique executive search firm focused exclusively on the financial services industry, has changed its name to Capitus Associates. Capitus now has six equity partners, each with distinct subsector and functional expertise, and has completed search engagements with a premier list of banks, asset management firms, alternative investment firms and family offices. The


Why Three Quarters of Board Directorships Still Go to Men

Boards of directors may very well be the most influential decision makers in business. They choose the CEO and review and assess much of the top talent for their organization. They help determine vision and strategy. They deal with legal and technological challenges, financial regulation and reputation issues — all critical items that can impact

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Higher Education Leadership Search Tapped to Find Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer for Columbus State University

Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected to find a chief engagement and inclusion officer for Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Consultant Alan Medders is leading the assignment for the search firm. The successful candidate for the role will be responsible for the overall leadership of the programs and initiatives that promote

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Slone Partners Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for Argonaut Manufacturing Services

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Eric Blair as the new chief commercial officer of Argonaut Manufacturing Services in Carlsbad, CA. He will be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s commercial activities, alliances and growth opportunities. “Argonaut is poised to do great things in biotech, and world-class leadership will prove vitally important



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: U.K.-headquartered executive search firm VMAGROUP has appointed Andrew Harvey as CEO. He succeeds Julia Meighan, who moves into the role of chair. Mr. Harvey came to the firm in 2013,

Smith & Wilkinson Seeks Chief Credit Officer for Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Scarborough, ME-based recruitment firm Smith & Wilkinson has been selected to help find a chief credit officer for Boiling Springs Savings Bank in Rutherford, NJ. A new position for the privately held bank, the role involves overseeing credit policy, commercial, residential and consumer underwriting, loan review and special assets/workout, said Smith & Wilkinson. The chief

Lucas Group Continues Recent Expansion

Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded with the addition of Dan Ladrech as the new managing partner for the manufacturing practice group. Mr. Ladrech and his team will work out of Lucas Group’s San Diego office and focus on manufacturing and supply chain recruiting throughout the western United States. “Dan brings an impressive career in

Robert Half Posts Strong Q4 and Year End Revenues

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted full-year revenues of $5.80 billion, up from $5.27 billion the prior year. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company posted fourth quarter revenues of $1.48 billion, a 10.1 percent increase from the same period last year. The results topped Wall Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.46 billion. For the year, net

How to Win the War for Talent

Attracting and landing top leadership talent has never been more difficult. A record low unemployment rate has tightened the labor pool. Added to the challenges are two new hiring hurdles which are creating a perfect storm. New pay equity laws are adding headaches to open searches and hiring processes, and more onerous E.U. data management

Phillips Oppenheim Recruits New Director for the National Gallery of Art

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has placed Kaywin Feldman as the fifth director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She becomes the first women to lead the organization. Ms. Feldman will assume her new role on March 11. She succeeds Earl “Rusty” Powell, who has served as the director since 1992. Principal Sarah James and partner Becky

Myers McRae Seeks Development Officer for Clarion University Foundation

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has been chosen to find a new development officer for the Clarion University Foundation, which helps to support Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Search firm president Kenny Daugherty is leading the assignment. The mission of the Clarion University Foundation is “to provide financial and other support deemed necessary

Kirby Bates Associates Expands with Two Senior Hires

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. As a result, the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, Orlando, FL-headquartered healthcare-focused search firm Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) expanded with two key strategic

ManpowerGroup Posts Five Percent Revenue Gain

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted full-year revenues of $22 billion, an increase of five percent from $21 billion a year ago. The company posted fourth-quarter revenues of $5.4 billion, a decrease of four percent from the year earlier period. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.54 billion. U.S. revenue fell 5.1

Executive Recruiters See Market Stability in Today’s Jobs Report Figures

Employers added 304,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.0 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. Wall Street analysts had expected an increase of about 165,000. The January gain is the 100th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people currently stands

Odgers Berndtson Finds Athletics Director for Farleigh Dickinson University

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Global search firm Odgers Berndtson recently placed Bradford D. Hurlbut as the new director of athletics for Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Teaneck, NJ. Partner Greg Santore, head of the search firm’s U.S. sports leadership practice, led the assignment. Mr. Hurlbut, who starts in his

Sheffield Haworth Announces Promotions after Record Breaking 2018

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has announced numerous promotions across their global offices to recognize individuals’ exceptional performance and contribution to the business after a record breaking 2018. Among the 21 promotions include six new managing directors based in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices. These include: Sarah Harte and

Gans, Gans & Associates Lands New Leader for St. Louis Housing Authority

Following a national search, executive recruiters Gans, Gans & Associates has placed Alana Green as the new executive director of the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA). Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield led the assignment. “We are delighted to have Alana Green lead our housing authority,” said Shelby Watson, chairman of St. Louis Housing Authority’s board of commissioners. “After an

IMSA Search Global Partners Adds New Member Firm in Norway

Global recruiting consortiums continue to take advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Among them, executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Norwegian recruiting firm Search House as its newest member firm. Search House is an independent recruitment company in Mid-Norway, with expertise in methodology for business analysis, selection and process management, specially designed

NFL Taps Hanold Associates to Find CHRO

With the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams just days away from clashing Sunday in Super Bowl LIII, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has kicked off its search for the National Football League’s next chief human resources officer (CHRO). The front-office opening is a vital one for an organization that is among the top professional sports

Boyden Finds New Leader for Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association

Global executive search firm Boyden has placed Amy Efantis as the new president and chief executive officer of the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) in Annapolis, MD. Partners Trevor Pritchard and Steve Nilsen led the assignment for Boyden. PPTA, a trade association, represents more than 750 human plasma collection centers in North America and Europe

ON Partners Recruits CEO for Inkling Systems

Executive search firm ON Partners has recruited Jeff Carr as the new CEO of Inkling Systems in San Francisco. He replaces Matt MacInnis, who co-founded the company in 2009 and has led it through progressive stages of growth and acquisition. Partner Jeff Hocking led the search assignment. “Inkling, which is backed by Marlin Equity, provides McDonald’s, Comcast, Wholefoods, Allstate and

McDermott & Bull Adds Talent Acquisition Director

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded with the addition of Heather Cameron as director of talent acquisition and operations. She is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s expansion in which she will be responsible for leading internal hiring, overseeing operations and supporting the executive search practice in Canada. Ms. Cameron will also be

Jordan Search Consultants Names COO

O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants (JSC) has promoted DJ Larson to chief operating officer. In this role, Mr. Larson is responsible for overseeing business development initiatives as well as directing day-to-day operations. Additional duties include leading and managing the firm’s team of eight consultants and associates. Mr. Larson has been serving as director of client

Top 5 Reasons Why the Job Market will Flourish in 2019

The U.S. is looking toward its 100th straight month of job gains when the January Labor Report comes out on Friday. Many observers say that the pace of growth, with an average of more than 200,000 jobs created each month, is unsustainable. Some are even predicting a recession before 2020. But that is far from

Spencer Stuart Seeking Premier League CEO After Winning Candidate Snubs Job

Jonathan Smith of Spencer Stuart has restarted a CEO search for the Premier League after the winning candidate, Susanna Dinnage, changed her mind about the job. Ms. Dinnage was set to become one of the most prominent women in professional sports, but the former leader of Discovery Communications said six weeks after her hiring that she would not take the role

The Hunter Group Finds CFO for Kenwal Steel

The Hunter Group, a Bloomfield Hills, MI-headquartered executive search firm, has placed Laura Kowalchik as the new CFO of Kenwal Steel Corp. She replaces Frank Jerneycic, who retired from Kenwal in December. “Laura brings an excellent, well-rounded set of experiences to Kenwal with her global automotive and industrial finance, and accounting leadership skills,” said Kenneth Eisenberg,

Tyler & Company Names Head of Interim Division

Atlanta-based Tyler & Company recently named Jennifer Becker as its national interim division practice leader, a new position within the executive search firm, which serves the healthcare industry. “Ms. Becker will focus her time and attention to growing our interim service line,” said the firm. “She will be our point person for our interim practice and spearhead our effort to

Caldwell Adds Global Mining Specialist

Mining plays a vital role in the economy of states and regions where the industry is concentrated. The minerals and products produced in this sector are also critical to the nation’s economy. Mining industry employers, for their part, say that this year they expect the strongest industry sector comparisons labor market in 10 years, according to the

How to Leverage Talent Management

In today’s challenging environment, effective workforce management is a significant asset in all lines of business. It’s critical to have executive talent that not only has the right competencies but who can perform at the highest levels and employ strong strategies. Developing and nurturing such leaders is now seen as more vital than ever. In

Chelsea Partners Finds Top Leaders for Southern California Sports Groups

Chelsea Partners, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, recently placed top leaders for the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) as well as the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG). The assignments were led by Andy Knox, the search firm’s managing director. Marla Messing, who was on the executive

Solomon Page Acquires E.A. Hughes & Co.

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The latest: New York-based search firm Solomon Page has acquired retail specialists E.A. Hughes & Co.  Financial terms of deal were undisclosed. “We’ve done about four acquisitions over our 28-year history, in healthcare executive search, the publishing search space, in the legal staffing world and

Kensington International Lands President of Global Power for Black & Veatch

Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International has placed former Siemens Process Industries CEO Mario Azar as the new president of global power for Black & Veatch. The assignment was led by the search firm’s founder and managing partner, Brian Clarke. The search involved an extensive and thorough internal and external assessment and selection process that attracted

Cornerstone International Group Names Board Chair for Global Marketing

Marketing and branding professionals continue to gain stature at executive search firms. Recently, Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, appointed Diego Cubas as its new board chair for global marketing. “As we continue to develop and expand, it became evident that this role was needed to provide leadership into the

Ensuring Survival in Executive Search

Remaining relevant in today’s highly competitive business climate is one of the executive search industry’s toughest challenges, according to Tim Sheffield, chairman of Sheffield Haworth, in a new report by Invenias, a global provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. “Clients are far more sophisticated in how they acquire senior talent than ever before,” said

Academic Search Recruits Provost for Gonzaga University

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has placed Deena González as the new provost of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She will succeed Lizbeth Martin, who is serving as interim provost for the 2018-19 academic year and is facilitating Gonzaga’s transition to a provost structure. Search firm president and senior consultant L. Jay Lemons led the assignment, along with senior consultant Ann

Diversified Search Fills Board Seat for PRA Group

Diversified Search has placed Brunswick Corporation executive Danielle Brown as a member of the board of directors at Nasdaq-traded PRA Group Inc., a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans. Mark Mulvanerty, managing director and head of the firm’s private equity practice, led the assignment. “I am pleased to welcome Dani to PRA Group’s board

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