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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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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.

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

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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?


IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the


Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15


Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all


Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his


The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer


LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living


Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,


Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish


Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the


SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search Join Forces

M&A activity, in many cases with the support of private equity firms, continues to heat up in the executive search industry. The latest: New Zealand-headquartered search firms SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search have merged. Under the agreement, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. Rothley founder and managing director Sean Brunner will be based in


The Current State of Diversity and Inclusion

Although most respondents to a new study by talent acquisition firm GQR Global said they feel they have a commitment from their company’s leadership to pursue the business case for diversity and inclusion, there was an overwhelming feeling among them that diversity within their companies is not reflected in executive teams. Increasingly, the human capital

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Lindauer Seeks Chief Philanthropy Officer for Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends

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Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits CEO for U.K. Ordnance Survey

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Steve Blair as the new chief executive officer of U.K. mapping authority Ordnance Survey (OS). Patrick Johnson, the search firm’s country manager for the U.K., led the assignment. “The board of OS is delighted that ministers have appointed Steve Blair as CEO of Ordnance Survey,” said Kieran Murphy, chairman at Ordnance Survey. “He


Finlay James Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, U.K.-headquartered search firm Finlay James has appointed Andrew MacAskill as its chief commercial officer. Mr. MacAskill will also join the technology-focused firm’s board of directors alongside owners John and Sara Gaughan and managing director James May.


Sucherman Group Expands Search Staff

New York-based Sucherman Group has expanded its sports, digital and international advisory practices with the additions of Cuyler Holmquist and Aaron Henderson as executive directors. Mr. Holmquist was enlisted to help with the firm’s business development and execution efforts. Most recently, he ran the U.S. sports practice for search firm Odgers Berndtson. Having started working for Odgers in


Here’s How Predictive Analytics is Sharpening Recruiting Efforts

Historically, recruiting has been primarily dependent upon the instincts of the employer. Whether he or she felt a particular candidate was fit for a given position was based primarily on the resume, indicating the candidate’s previous experience, qualifications and job history. Today, it is widely accepted that organizations that base decisions on data consistently outperform

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The Koblentz Group Recruits CHRO for PRGX

Anyone with ties to the human resources function knows how much it has evolved in recent years – and with it the role of the chief human resources officer. The biggest shift has been in the CHRO’s progression from fighting for a seat at the table to playing a key role on the executive team. According


Recruit Co. Ltd. Makes Key Technology Investments

Staffing provider Recruit Co. Ltd., an intermediate holding branch of Japanese recruiting behemoth Recruit Holdings, has made three key investments in technology companies, helping to fund Breez Development, which is working to help improve cryptocurrency payments; Techbins Solutions, an AI conversational commerce platform; and Coti Holdings, a next-generation blockchain provider. Recruit Holdings is the owner

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Saenger Associates Tapped by MWS Wire Industries to Find New Leader

Los Angeles-based executive search firm Saenger Associates has been retained by MWS Wire Industries to lead the search for its next president. Mike Nadler, senior vice president of client services, is spearheading the assignment along with Gary Saenger, founder and president. MWS Wire Industries is seeking a successor to its retiring president to continue to

Phillips Oppenheim Seeks Chief Executive for World Monuments Fund

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim was recently selected by the World Monuments Fund in New York City to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Joshua David has stepped down as CEO to pursue other opportunities. Principal Sarah James and partner Becky Klein are heading the assignment for the recruitment firm. With only four CEOs

Deerfield Associates Tapped by Bowdoin College to Find Gifts Officer

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

HIEC Lands Leader to Head New Vienna Office

Global executive search firm H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC) has hired Michael Baumann as managing partner of its new office in Vienna, Austria. The location is expected to strengthen HIEC’s established presence in Europe, and allow the firm to better support its global and local clients. Mr. Baumann brings significant search experience to the firm, having

Riviera Partners Secures $25 Million in Private Equity Funding

Private equity concerns continue to pour money into executive search firms as demand for senior-level talent remains strong. Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has closed a minority investment of $25 million led by private equity firms Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and ROCA Partners. The financing will be used to fund

PFM Recruits New Leader for Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed former Cook Roberts lawyer Kerry Simmons as the new executive director of the Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia (CBABC). Partner Shaun Carpenter led the assignment. Ms. Simmons assumes the role effective immediately, after serving as acting executive director since late last year. “On behalf of our executive committee, it is

Moran Company Seeks Executive Director for Youth Haven

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been selected to find an executive director for Youth Haven, a Naples, FL-based residential emergency shelter for youngsters who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The executive director for Youth Haven, who is responsible to

IRC Global Names Americas Practice Leader of NGO and Non-Profit Practice Group

With the increasing demand for senior executives in the non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations and the growing importance of this sector, IRC Global Executive Search Partners has expanded its global NGO and non-profit team. Pía Puebla Menne (IRC Chile) has been appointed as the Americas practice leader of the NGO and non-profit practice group. The new team

Datacenter People Group Expands Search Division

U.K.-headquartered recruiting organization Datacenter People Group has named Mark Acton as the newest partner at Portman Partners, the company’s executive search division focused on C-level leadership and senior executive roles for leading firms within the sector. “We’re delighted to welcome Mark to our leadership team and to add his deep knowledge and experience to our growing firm,” said Peter

Record Number of Women Win Directorships but Gender Parity Lags

The percentage of women appointed to fill new board seats on U.S. Fortune 500 companies in 2018 was the highest ever at 40 percent, double the percentage over the past decade, according to a new report by Heidrick & Struggles. This group of businesses filled a record 462 vacant or newly-created board seats with independent

International Paralympic Committee Picks Odgers Berndtson to Find CEO

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has commenced a search for a new CEO and selected global search firm Odgers Berndtson to oversee the assignment. Odgers has been tasked with finding a leader who can take IPC to the next stage of its business development in the wake of the departure of Xavier Gonzalez. Recruiters Simon Cummins and Federico Filippi

Boston University Academy Picks Carney, Sandoe & Associates to Find Head of School

Senior consultants Ben Bolté and Peter Phillip of recruiting firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates have been charged with finding a new head of school for Boston University Academy. The search firm has been asked to find a strong leader, negotiator and advocate for high school students who is eager to work within a university setting and is prepared to

SmartRecruiters Secures $50 Million in Funding

Talent acquisition platform SmartRecruiters has raised a $50 million series D round, led by repeat investor Insight Partners and joined by long-time investors Mayfield and Rembrandt Venture Partners. The round follows a year marked by strong performance, including 100 percent year-over-year enterprise growth and the launch of SmartAssistant, a native AI product ever offered within a talent

Talengo Appoints Life Sciences Practice Leader

Madrid-headquartered executive search firm Talengo has named Juan Diego Casas as director and leader of its life sciences practice. Mr. Casas has over 15 years experience at multinational firms, working on executive search projects, attraction, retention and talent management solutions. “All this, added to his experience in different countries, makes him contribute a multicultural and diverse vision

Spencer Stuart Launches CHRO Search for Harvard Law School

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Harvard Law School, the oldest continuously operating law school in the U.S., recently retained Spencer Stuart to lead the search for its next CHRO. The top HR leader reports directly to the dean for administration

Herbert Mines Associates Lands CEO for Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry continue to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). Overall, the industry is estimated to generate an economic impact of $6.5

KEES Seeks Chief Development Officer for JCFS Chicago

Executive search and non-profit consulting firm KEES (Kistner Eddy Executive Services) has been selected to find a new vice president/ chief development officer for JCFS (Jewish Child and Family Services) Chicago. Heather Eddy, CEO, and Laura Weinman, assistant vice president, are leading the assignment for the search firm. JCFS Chicago wants a senior-level philanthropic professional for

Profectus and Excel Search Group Join Forces

Executive search firms Profectus and Excel Search Group have joined forces, bringing together more than 35 years of combined business experience. Immediately after the close of the transaction, both leadership teams will be combined under the Profectus brand. Excel Search Group is a Houston-based business advisory and executive search firm with a solid portfolio of

Penrhyn Elects New Chairman, Board Members

Global executive search consortium Penrhyn International, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has announced the election of a new chairman and global board in an effort to drive future growth. Yanouk Poirier, a partner at Leaders International, a pan-Canadian firm based in Montreal, will be Penrhyn’s new chairman, while Frank Beyer of LAB & Company in

What Bypassing College Could Mean for Gen Z and Recruiters

Students across the country are about to graduate from college. But did you know that 75 percent of Gen Z believe there are alternative methods of getting a good education aside from going to college? This is according to a recent report by technology-led cultural consultancy Sparks & Honey. In addition, a new report by

Diversified Search Seeks Chief Publishing and Innovation Officer for Christian Publisher

Executive recruitment firm Diversified Search has been enlisted to find a chief publishing and innovation officer for non-profit Christian publisher David C Cook in Colorado Springs, CO. Managing director Jason D. León is leading the assignment. “David C Cook is seeking a courageous, innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking business executive to lead the Learning Resources Group

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Academic Search Recruits First Woman and African-American President for Bloomfield College

As the academic year winds down, a number of universities across the country are looking to install new leaders. Following a nationwide search, education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has recruited Marcheta P. Evans as the new president of Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Dr. Evans will be both the first woman and African-American to lead the college

Coulter Partners Opens in Sydney and Singapore, Makes Three Key Appointments

Life sciences-focused executive search firm Coulter Partners has opened new offices in Sydney and Singapore in addition to making three key appointments. Steven Johnson joins the firm as executive director in Sydney, while Martin Grindrod takes over as director in Singapore. In London, Rob Sansom joins as director to consolidate the international commercial pharmaceutical team.

Protis Global CEO Bert Miller Acquires Management Recruiters International

Bert Miller, co-founder and CEO of Protis Global, through control of MRI Network Holdings LLC, has acquired Management Recruiters International Inc. (MRI) from CDI Holding Co. LLC, an affiliate of CDI Corp. and a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners LP. Mr. Miller is an industry veteran with over 24 years in executive search and

How Women Leaders Now Climb the Corporate Ladder

Line management roles are critical building blocks for senior-level general management, and can open doors to C-suite and board opportunities, including the CEO role. Market-facing P&L roles give leaders direct responsibility for leading people, strategy and operational priorities, as well as broader exposure to the business, more visibility and more risk. Because success in these

Caldwell Recruits SVP of HR for Torstar Corporation

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers (CHROs) 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

ON Partners Recruits Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Advance Auto Parts

Executive search firm ON Partners has placed Andrew Page as senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of Advance Auto Parts in Raleigh, NC. “I am extremely pleased to have Andrew join the Advance team,” said Jeff Shepherd, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Andrew’s extensive and diverse finance-related experience combined with his business acumen

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Egon Zehnder Acquires Minority Stake in AI and Advanced Analytics Firm

Egon Zehnder, the third largest search firm globally as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, has formalized an agreement to purchase a minority stake in Zurich, Switzerland-based Sinequanon (SQN), a firm that uses AI and advanced analytics to improve workplace culture and performance. The investment in SQN signals Egon Zehnder’s intent to build on its 55 years

NPAworldwide Expands Footprint in the U.S. and Australia

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

Storbeck/Pimentel Recruits 21st President of Michigan State University

In the wake of the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar, which forced the president of Michigan State University (MSU) to step down, the school faced the challenge of finding a new leader. In September, it called in Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to lead the search for its 21st president. Yesterday, Michigan State announced that Samuel

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OperationsInc Lands Leader for Avon Theatre Film Center

HR solutions firm OperationsInc has helped to place Stuart Adelberg as the new executive director of the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, Conn. Mr. Adelberg joins the non-profit organization in its 80th anniversary year. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Stuart Adelberg to the Avon,” said Deborah Royce, Avon board president. “We have spent

Howard Fischer Associates Finds New Board Members for Vesper

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Recently, Philadelphia-headquartered executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) placed Chuck Swoboda, former CEO of Cree,

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