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Improving Diversity Starts with a Culture Check

Every organization is unique and therefore any cultural transformation journey undertaken needs to be specifically tailored. According to a new report by Walking the Talk, diversity is one area where organizations have an opportunity to drive different behaviors and foster real change that go well beyond simply recruiting different people or doing different things, to where they

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The Philadelphia Wings Taps TurnkeyZRG to Find New President

Professional lacrosse team The Philadelphia Wings have selected TurnkeyZRG to lead its search for a new president. The team, which is owned by Comcast Spectator, competes in the 13-team National Lacrosse League (NLL). Reporting to the executive vice president / chief business officer, the president of The Philadelphia Wings will be responsible for oversight of all business and lacrosse operations for the

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Coulter Partners Fills CFO and Non-Executive Director Positions for Optimapharm

Life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has placed Walter Miller as chief finance officer and Charles Woler as non-executive director of Optimapharm. Directors Mark Sharp and Irene Montgomery led the assignment. “It has been a privilege to partner with Optimapharm on two more key search assignments, following our collaboration to bring Andrew Copestake on board as CEO

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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?

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Ferguson Partners Assists Mack-Cali with CEO Search

Chicago-based Ferguson Partners has helped to place Mahbod Nia as chief executive officer for Mack-Cali Realty Corp., a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) based in New Jersey. Mr. Nia, who has served as a director of Mack-Cali since June, will succeed interim CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin, who will serve as special advisor to ensure a

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Improving Diversity Starts with a Culture Check

Every organization is unique and therefore any cultural transformation journey undertaken needs to be specifically tailored. According to a new report by Walking the Talk, diversity is one area where organizations have an opportunity to drive different behaviors and foster real change that go well beyond simply recruiting different people or doing different things, to where they

recruiting

The Philadelphia Wings Taps TurnkeyZRG to Find New President

Professional lacrosse team The Philadelphia Wings have selected TurnkeyZRG to lead its search for a new president. The team, which is owned by Comcast Spectator, competes in the 13-team National Lacrosse League (NLL). Reporting to the executive vice president / chief business officer, the president of The Philadelphia Wings will be responsible for oversight of all business and lacrosse operations for the

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Erie Community College Selects RH Perry & Associates to Find Inaugural President

Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has been selected by Erie Community College to lead its search for its inaugural president. President and chief operating officer Paul G. Doeg is leading the assignment along with senior consultants Jesse M. Thompson and Tom DaRin. Erie County’s newest community college also recently named its first interim president, Judith Gay.

ChampionScott Partners Assists Unit4 with Recruitment of President, North America

ChampionScott Partners, which specializes in senior-level appointments for technology and technology-enabled companies, recently assisted in the placement of John Gregitis as president, North America of Unit4, a provider of enterprise cloud ERP, HCM and FP&A applications for mid-market services organizations. “John’s appointment supports our focus on driving impact and scale for this high-growth market.” said Jeremias

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Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Belgium

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Tavernier & Van De Vijver in Belgium as its newest member firm. The firm becomes Kennedy’s 13th partner firm, bringing the total number of offices in Europe, North America, and Latin America to 20. Tavernier & Van De Vijver, with offices in Ghent

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In Tough Times, a Shift in Perspective Can Make All the Difference

Gary Burnison is the CEO of Los Angeles-headquartered Korn Ferry – the largest search firm globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media. He recently reflected on a past family trip. “A few years ago, my family and I went stargazing in a remote location,” he said. “Without city lights to obscure our view, every

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Why You Should Invest in Talent Mapping

You may be thinking this isn’t the right time to bring on a new hire. With budgets, the economy and quarantine policies in flux, you may not be ready to make a commitment, not only to a new employee, but also to the time and money that a recruitment and onboarding process will take. “While

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Hanold Associates Recruits Global Chief Diversity Officer for FactSet

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Vinay Kapoor as global chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for FactSet, a global provider of financial data and software solutions for investment professionals. Partners Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the assignment. “Vinay will be a transformative addition to FactSet’s executive team,” said Ms. Gavin. “Vinay has

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Storbeck Search Leads CHRO Search for University of Rochester

Higher education-focused search firm Storbeck Search, part of the Diversified Search Group, has been called on by the University of Rochester to lead its search for a new vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). Leading the assignment are Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner and senior associate Carly Rose DiGiovanni, and Amy Sugin, managing director

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Captar Partners Opens to Serve Financial Sector in Greater China

Financial services recruiting veteran Rick Chung has launched Captar Partners, an executive search firm headquartered in Hong Kong with an initial focus on the financial sector in the Greater China market. Mr. Chung told finews.asia that the firm will look to increase its headcount to 12 to 15 employees in the first year and expand its presence to

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The Hunt for Cyber Technology Leaders Heats Up as Risks Multiply

With technology has come the insatiable – and merciless – need for talent. Having the right leaders and teams in place is now more critical than ever. Cyber technology leaders appear in various forms: chief information security officer (CISO), chief information risk officer, chief security officer (CSO), VP information security, chief trust officer, chief information

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Spencer Stuart Assists the Boston Foundation with CEO Search

Spencer Stuart recently assisted in the placement of M. Lee Pelton as the new president and chief executive officer of the Boston Foundation. Paul Grogan recently announced that he will be stepping down after nearly 20 years of transformative leadership with the organization. Mr. Pelton starts his new role on June 1. Mary Gorman, John Harpole, David Wick

Arts Consulting Group Seeks New Leader for Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Boston-based search firm Arts Consulting Group has been enlisted to find the next executive director for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven, MA. President Bruce D. Thibodeau is leading the assignment. “Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will serve as a forward-thinking chief executive officer of the newly revitalized MVM, with overall

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Boyden Appoints Americas Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences

Boyden has named Gilbert J. Carrara as a managing partner and Americas leader for the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. “We are delighted that Gil will further strengthen our services to clients in the United States and collaborate with exceptional sector colleagues around the world,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “His professional medical

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FPC of Wake Forest, NC Opens Doors

F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants (FPC), a nationwide network of over 65 franchised executive recruitment offices, has opened FPC of Wake Forest, NC. Owned by Brent Bogart, in partnership with David Singer and Randy Cagan, FPC of Wake Forest will specialize in supply chain, manufacturing operations and logistics. Mr. Bogart started his career in 2001 as an

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United Way Worldwide Taps Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners for CEO Search

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been retained by United Way Worldwide to lead its search for a new president and CEO following the announcement earlier this month that Brian Gallagher would step down after 20 years. Alison Ranney, who heads the search firm’s Chicago office, is leading the assignment along with CEO Dale Jones. The United

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The Moran Company Selected by Center for Human Services to Find New CEO

What makes a not-for-profit organization great? Its mission, of course, as well as dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and its stakeholders. But according to executive recruiters, what may be most important is exceptional leadership – especially in such a politically-supercharged climate supported by a challenging economic environment. To that end, The Moran Company, an executive recruitment

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Riviera Partners Adds Business Development and Executive Recruiting Leaders

Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, recently added two new members to its team. Jack Gage, previously with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), becomes vice president of channel strategy and business development, and Bobby Gormsen, who had been with Frame.io, is the firm’s new director, executive recruiting. Mr. Gage joins Riviera

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The Alexander Group Appoints COO

Houston-based executive search firm The Alexander Group has named Amanda K. Brady as managing director and chief operating officer. “Amanda brings a holistic understanding of the industry and appreciation for our team-oriented culture,” said John C. Lamar, managing partner. “She will be instrumental in the strategic growth of The Alexander Group and our sister firm, Alex & Red,

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Eastward Search Partners Appoints Brand & Digital Practice Leader

New York-based Eastward Search Partners has named Nicole Balsam as lead of the brand and digital practice. “I have the utmost confidence in Nicole as she takes the lead of the digital and brand practice,” said Joe Carbone, founder and managing partner. “Her passion for delivering a sophisticated solution to her clients is apparent and comes

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CEO Optimism Climbs to Multi-Year High

America’s CEOs are increasingly convinced that the COVID crisis, which has crushed the global economy, will soon come to an end. In Chief Executive magazine’s latest poll of more than 300 U.S. CEOs, a growing number of business leaders now forecast growth in revenues and capital expenditures. In the poll, chief executives rated their confidence in future

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New Statistics Reveal the U.S. Lost 10 Million Jobs During Pandemic

The Labor Department reported this morning that 730,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was below the Dow Jones estimate for 825,000 but a slight decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised total of 841,00. The Fed have now reported about 78 million initial jobless claims over the course of the

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The Christopher Group Launches Consulting Services Division, Adds Leaders

The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division.

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Marlin Hawk Names Americas Leader in New York

London-based executive search and leadership solutions provider Marlin Hawk has named Tracy Murdoch O’Such as its new president in the Americas region. She joins the team with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations grow their teams and focuses on executive search, strategic intelligence, and succession planning. “As the environment for placing talent and helping our clients

In Tough Times, a Shift in Perspective Can Make All the Difference

Gary Burnison is the CEO of Los Angeles-headquartered Korn Ferry – the largest search firm globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media. He recently reflected on a past family trip. “A few years ago, my family and I went stargazing in a remote location,” he said. “Without city lights to obscure our view, every

Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Sisu

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, recently placed Sun Lee as the new chief marketing officer of augmented intelligence solution company Sisu in San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Lee will report directly to founder and CEO Peter Bailis and lead all marketing functions. “Sun’s combination of creativity and pragmatic

LPGA Taps Spencer Stuart to Find New Commissioner

Spencer Stuart has been enlisted to find a new commissioner for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Last month, Mike Whan announced that he would be leaving the tour this year after 11 years in the top job. He will stay with the association through the search. The LPGA board of directors is directing the

IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has added ZOOM Executive Search & Leadership Consulting in Russia as its newest member firm. ZOOM Executive Search & Leadership Consulting was founded in 2013 and provides professional services for the search and development of top managers and board members for Russian and international companies. The company has a team of 10

A Look at the Current State of Private Equity Recruiting

The past year has brought a degree of challenge to private equity that surpasses industry events that have confronted the very best fund and portfolio operators over the last several decades. The spreads between winning and losing decisions have increased dramatically and the variance across verticals and industries are both volatile and more difficult to

Bespoke Partners Recruits Operating Partner for Thoma Bravo

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

Preng & Associates Assists Independent Oil and Gas with COO Search

Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently placed David Gibson as the new chief operating officer of Independent Oil and Gas (IOG), an oil and gas company focused on the U.K. North Sea. “David has extensive relevant North Sea engineering and project management experience over a near 30-year energy industry career, culminating in a number

WittKieffer to Offer Bias Training as Part of Assessment Tools Package

WittKieffer has introduced a new implicit bias training package as part of its LeaderVerse suite of services. LeaderVerse, introduced in March of last year, combines executive assessment tools with enhanced leadership consulting capabilities to support the long-term success of executives and their organizations, through services including executive onboarding, coaching and succession planning. LeaderVerse helps organizations to tap

Kennedy Executive Search Appoints New President

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has elected Pablo Perella-Berdun as its new president and Frank Knudsen as vice president. The election is a consequence of the network’s economic interest group (EIG) structure. In an EIG, all partners become equal stakeholders and together elect their leadership each year.  “It’s been an

Diversity Hiring to Accelerate in Post-Pandemic Era

The Labor Department reported this morning that 793,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was above the Dow Jones estimate for 760,000 but a slight decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised total of 812,00. The feds have now reported about 77 million initial jobless claims over the course of the

The Bowdoin Group Recruits COO for PE-Backed PrimeRevenue

The Bowdoin Group recently placed Gavin Cicchinelli as the new chief operating officer at PrimeRevenue, a provider of working capital financial technology solutions and backed by private equity investors Battery Ventures and Brown Brothers Harriman. Jim Urquhart, managing director, fintech, and Paul Manning, managing director, software and technology, led the assignment. “Gavin is a strong and dynamic executive with a career

Anthem Executive Seeking CEO for Jewish Federation

Executive recruitment firm Anthem Executive has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA). Leading the assignment are co-founders and consultants Michael Ballew, Mike J.R. Wheless, Scott Watson and senior client service partner Florene Stawowy. “The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is

Recruiting and Hiring Trends Expected for 2021

Undoubtedly, companies will continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 and its effect on hiring strategies for the new year and beyond. Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021, the International Executive Search Federation’s Victor Carulla outlines key forecasts in executive search and highlights top hiring trends to expect. “Because of COVID-19 projects were

Marquee Search Recruits President for Gateway Baseball

Portland, OR-based Marquee Search has assisted in the placement of Jeff Jurgella as president of Gateway Management Baseball and the Beloit Snappers. He will oversee Beloit Baseball and the new riverbend stadium in downtown Beloit, WI. “The response we received from interested candidates about the opening was even stronger than we expected,” said Jeff Yocom, president of Marquee Search. “We conducted

5 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2021

While executives have long recognized that well-being is important, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home how significant it really is. Work and life, health, safety and well-being became inseparable in 2020. Amid unprecedented workforce disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are enacting radically new ways of working and operating – and the C-suite is taking action to

Hobbs & Towne Assists Smart Wires in CEO Search

Executive search firm Hobbs & Towne has recruited renewable energy and power industry veteran Peter Wells as the new CEO of Smart Wires in Union City, CA. The company is backed by 3×5 Partners and Lime Rock New Energy. Founding partner and CEO Andy Towne and vice president Tom Watchko led the assignment. “We are thrilled to

The Human Capital Group Recruits CEO for Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative 

Brentwood, TN-based executive search firm The Human Capital Group | a Gallagher Company has placed Pete Suerken as the new president and CEO for Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (QSCC) in Dublin, OH David Alexander, a managing director with The Human Capital Group, led the assignment. “We were honored to serve as Wendy’s partner for this search, and

Level 5 Partners Opens Doors

Thomas Aprill, a seasoned human capital executive, has launched Level 5 Partners, a Chicago-based consulting-driven executive search firm. “Level 5 Partners was formed to help our clients achieve their goals by delivering industry-leading executives across the globe who align with their culture, principles and values,” said Mr. Aprill. “We believe that the best executives are sourced

GoodJob Raises $3 Million in Funding to Expand Across the U.S.

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with a psychology and data science component. GoodJob, a platform that aims to use psychology and data science to match workers with jobs, recently raised $3 million to increase marketing and sales efforts in major markets across the U.S. “GoodJob’s solution is ideal for today’s market,” said Stephen

PE Executives and Portfolio CEOs Identify Vital Attributes for Success in Turbulent Times

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the other social and economic issues that are top of mind for people in 2021, has created an environment of uncertainty for CEOs and their organizations. Effective leadership from CEOs, therefore, is more important than ever before. So, what are the keys to success for today’s business leaders, and how

PAC-12 Conference Taps TurnkeyZRG to Lead Commissioner Search

The PAC-12 Conference has selected TurnkeyZRG to support the conference in the search for its next commissioner. The PAC-12 announced on Jan. 20 that its governing executive committee, its presidents, and commissioner Larry Scott mutually agreed that the current commissioner would not seek a new contract following an 11-year tenure. Mr. Scott agreed to continue

Westmont Search Recruits COO for Chase Cancer Center

Executive search firm Westmont Search placed Joel Helmke as the new chief operating officer for Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Managing partner Peter Blau led the assignment. Mr. Helmke will be in charge of directing clinical and business operations for Fox Chase. “By bringing industry best practices and new perspectives, he will help us refine our

Sheffield Haworth Names New Head of Middle East and North Africa

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has promoted Abhishek Vats to the role of managing director and head of the Middle East and North Africa region. Mr. Vats has been with Sheffield Haworth for over five years. Based in Dubai, he focuses on senior executive searches in partnership with a range of clients

SCM Talent Group Appoints Head of Executive Search

According to executive recruiters, the best companies know that to stay competitive in a time of rapid change, consumer disruption and the fast pace of globalization, they need to treat their operations and supply chain as a strong competitive asset rather than a cost line. Complex, global, time-sensitive supply chains and their increasing strategic importance

True Search Recruits CEO for Ancestry

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top-level talent, including chief executives, chief people officers, CFOs and a plethora of C-suite roles – all seen as key players as organizations grapple with the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Haddonfield, NJ-based

Private Equity-Backed Park Place Technologies Picks Christopher Group for CHRO Search

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to

FMG Leading Adds Talent Optimization Expert

To further support organizations across the U.S. looking to maximize the value and impact of their people, human capital advisory firm FMG Leading has added talent optimization expert Darryl Smith. “The events of 2020 awakened many to long-standing inequities that not only serve as barriers to achieving a more just society, but prevent organizations and the

Modern Executive Solutions Launches in Atlanta

Mark Oppenheimer, former CEO Americas for Marlin Hawk in New York, has launched Modern Executive Solutions in Atlanta. He co-founded the new search outfit with his wife, Michelle Domanico, who serves as chief financial officer. Modern’s purpose, according to Mr. Oppenheimer – who serves as chief executive – is to improve “diverse representation within leadership

New Essential Skills Required to be an HR Leader

Business owners carry an unimaginable load of responsibilities on their backs. Aside from building their initial vision, they juggle financial growth, operational strategies, legal compliance and partner relations on a daily basis. To manage all these tasks, delegation becomes vital to achieve corporate success. And in turn, hiring the right leadership team becomes mission critical.

Achieving Diversity in Private Equity

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in the private equity community, and many leaders think it is a long over-due, wakeup call to action. There simply are too few women and people of color serving in lead investment roles across the industry. A study by the data analysis firm Preqin, for example, found that

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for PE-Backed Cynosure

Private equity is one sector that seems to be immune to the current global health crisis. As deal making rages on, leaders will be needed in droves – particularly those focused on the human resource and talent functions within portfolio organizations. To that end, Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Kellie Teal-Guess as the new chief

The Bowdoin Group Recruits CEO for Carevive Systems

The Bowdoin Group recently placed Bruno Lempernesse as CEO of oncology-focused health technology company Carevive Systems. The search was spearheaded by Josh Gottlieb, managing director, digital health, and Sean Walker, partner. Mr. Lempernesse, a veteran health technology executive at the forefront of real-world patient data, joins company co-founder Madelyn Trupkin Herzfeld in leading Carevive. “We’re extremely happy for Bruno, Maddy and the rest of the

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