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Korn Ferry Posts 12 Percent Revenue Loss

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $435.4 million, a 12 percent decrease from the same period a year ago. The decrease across executive search, consulting, and RPO & professional search, was primarily due to a decline in demand for Korn Ferry’s products and services due to the impact of COVID-19. The decline

Kelly Acquires Greenwood/Asher & Associates

Troy, Michigan-based Kelly, a publicly-held, global leader in workforce management solutions offering staffing services to top companies, has acquired Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in finding leaders across the academic and higher education sector. The search firm, based in Miramar Beach, Florida, will continue to operate under its own brand. “Across the education landscape,

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TestGorilla Raises $1.2 Million as COVID-19 Fuels a Shift to Remote Hiring

Pre-employment testing software company TestGorilla has raised $1.2 million in pre-series A funding from CapitalT and a group of international angel investors. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wouter Durville and former Bain & Company partner Otto Verhage, TestGorilla is an online skills assessment platform that launched this summer. TestGorilla aims to make hiring more efficient and less biased by allowing organizations to use skills assessments at the

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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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Pedersen & Partners Names Country Manager for Thailand

Dubai-headquartered executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has appointed Nisit Krutkaew as the country manager for Thailand. “We are over the moon with having Nisit join our leadership team in ASEAN,” said Gary Williams, CEO of Pedersen & Partners. “Nisit will add a tremendous amount of value to clients with his depth and breadth of executive search experience working

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Korn Ferry Posts 12 Percent Revenue Loss

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $435.4 million, a 12 percent decrease from the same period a year ago. The decrease across executive search, consulting, and RPO & professional search, was primarily due to a decline in demand for Korn Ferry’s products and services due to the impact of COVID-19. The decline

Kelly Acquires Greenwood/Asher & Associates

Troy, Michigan-based Kelly, a publicly-held, global leader in workforce management solutions offering staffing services to top companies, has acquired Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in finding leaders across the academic and higher education sector. The search firm, based in Miramar Beach, Florida, will continue to operate under its own brand. “Across the education landscape,

recruiting

Odgers Berndtson Seeks CEO for Earthshot Prize Organization

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has been chosen to find a chief executive officer to develop and lead an organization that will deliver the newly established Earthshot Prizes. Launched globally from the U.K. by Prince William, the £50 million award program will celebrate those who are addressing the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. “The Earthshot Prize

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CarterBaldwin Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Christian Community Credit Union

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted Christian Community Credit Union in the recruitment of Aaron Caid as chief marketing officer of this mission-driven credit union. “We are excited to have Aaron Caid join the Christian Community Credit Union family,” said Blair Korschun, CEO of the financial institution. “Aaron is a man of faith with vast experience in

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AltoPartners Adds New Member Firm in Morocco

AltoPartners, an international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Moroccan search firm Seeliger y Conde Morocco. Headed by Javier Canals, a multilingual search consultant and executive advisor, the firm is based in Casablanca and covers the North Africa region. “We have a significant track-record of

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Executive Recruiters Weigh in On a Biden Presidency

The election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the Presidency promises significant change in Washington, D.C. for the next four years. Many questions remain about whether the incoming administration will be able to achieve its agenda, for better or worse, depending on one’s outlook – and the results of two Senate races still to be

recruiting

Hanold Associates Assists The New York Times Co. in CHRO Search

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion

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Egon Zehnder Forms Partnership with Out Leadership

Despite the well-documented benefits of diversity, many companies are still struggling to meaningfully change the makeup of their workforce. Egon Zehnder, the fourth largest search firm globally as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, and Out Leadership, a global platform for CEOs and multinational companies to advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality, recently formed an alliance aimed at promoting LGBTQ+

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Herbert Mines Associates Helps rue21 Secure New CEO

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

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Boyden Names Global Head of Leadership Consulting

Boyden recently appointed João Guedes Vaz as global head of leadership consulting. “Leadership consulting is a strategic priority at Boyden and I am delighted that João has accepted such an important role,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “His drive, commitment and talent will enable us to harness the exceptional understanding we have of our

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As COVID-19 Lockdowns Mount, More Americans Expected to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 742,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 710,000. This was the fifth straight week that claims fell below 800,000. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming

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Exploring the World of Remote Candidates

The ‘new normal’ is still evolving as the nation continues to adjust to COVID-19. One area of change is how businesses continue to be productive and remain safe. With over 40 percent of employees working from home since COVID-19 arrived, organizations have had to adjust quickly to managing remote workforces, says a new report from

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Reffett Associates Seeking IT Leader for the Seattle Mariners

Seattle, WA-based Reffett Associates has been retained to find the new vice president of information technology for Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners. Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, is leading the search along with Tom Young, director of operations. This is a new position for the organization and is part of a growing trend

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PFM Executive Search Places Chief Scientific Officer for Genome BC

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Federica Di Palma as the new chief scientific officer and vice president, sectors for Genome BC, a non-profit research organization. Partners Allison Rzen and Shaun Carpenter led the assignment. Dr. Di Palma brings over 20 years of international experience in science, technology and innovation with an emphasis on understanding complex

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Vaco Opens New Office in Vancouver

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has continued its expansion in Canada with the opening of a new office in Vancouver. The firm has named Nirad Chaudhari as managing partner. “We’ve enjoyed exciting and rapid expansion in the Canadian market in recent years, and a great opportunity for continued growth exists in the Vancouver area,” said Tom Turpin,

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How to Hire 5,000 People in a Day

The job statistics have been dire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of organizations laid off millions of American workers. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming some form of unemployment insurance. And while the unemployment rate stands at 6.9 percent, it stood as high as 14.7 percent this past spring. A recent report

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New State Capital Partners Takes Equity Stake in Klein Hersh

New State Capital Partners, based in Larchmont, NY, has taken an equity investment stake in Horsham, PA-based Klein Hersh International, an executive search firm focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. New State was advised on the transaction by Morgan Lewis (legal), Duff & Phelps (financial), L.E.K. Consulting (industry), and Citizens Bank (M&A advisory).

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Kincannon & Reed Recruits President for the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils 

After a four month search, executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has placed Kailee Tkacz Buller as the new president of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) in Washington, D.C. ISEO is a trade association representing the refiners of edible fats and oils in the U.S. Managing directors Paul Miller and Michael Cooper led the

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ZRG Expands Technology Practice into Austin and Dallas

ZRG Partners has expanded its technology practice into Texas with the addition of managing directors Lisa Hooker in Austin and Tyler Gordon and Kevin Anderson in Dallas. Together, the three have a collective 60 years of experience and assignments spanning a number of sectors within the tech space. They have delivered board and leadership projects for

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Principal Connections Tapped by Clann Credo to Find New CEO

Ireland-based executive search firm Principal Connections has been selected by Clann Credo to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Practice leader Darren McCabe is heading the assignment. Reporting to the chairperson and the voluntary board of directors, the CEO will determine and formulate strategies and policies and provide the overall direction for Clann Credo

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8 Key Traits to Look for When Hiring a Turnaround CEO

From a leadership and hiring standpoint, transforming businesses and driving change is no easy task. To accomplish the kind of sweeping, transformative change organizations often require, a ‘turnaround’ CEO is often required. In a new report from executive search firm ON Partners, partner Baillie Parker says that the ideal turnaround CEO candidate possesses a unique set of

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LSU Taps Parker Executive Search to Find President

The Louisiana State University presidential search committee voted unanimously on Friday to hire Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search to assist in its hunt for a new president. F. King Alexander left the school after a little more than six years at the helm to run Oregon State University. Thomas Galligan Jr., dean of LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center,

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BoardWalk Consulting Tapped to Find President for Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has been enlisted to find the next president for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), a non-profit that promotes energy efficiency as a catalyst for economic growth, workforce development and energy security. Mandy Mahoney, who has led SEEA for 10 years, recently announced that she depart next spring to pursue public office.

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Heller Search Associates Expands Recruiting Team

Boston-headquartered executive recruiting firm Heller Search Associates has expanded with the addition of Charley Betzig as managing director. The firm said that it has experienced a strong uptick in search activity since June and has hired Mr. Betzig to help service its growing client roster. “Most companies have made the pivots necessary to survive in

Executive Recruiters Weigh in On a Biden Presidency

The election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the Presidency promises significant change in Washington, D.C. for the next four years. Many questions remain about whether the incoming administration will be able to achieve its agenda, for better or worse, depending on one’s outlook – and the results of two Senate races still to be

WGNinHR Consulting Leading VP People Search for LeagueApps

With the coronavirus crisis expected to intensify, human resources executives are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping their organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Along the way, the importance of people strategy is expanding, and that is keeping executive

Haley Associates Seeks Provost for University of La Verne

Higher education search firm Haley Associates has been selected by University of La Verne in California to find its next provost and chief academic officer. The search is being led Katherine Haley. The provost and vice president for academic affairs reports directly to the president and serves on the president’s cabinet. Responsibilities span strategic planning, policy formulation, budgetary decision-making,

Coulter Partners Hires U.S. Operations Director, Four Other Executives

The demand for talent in the life sciences sector has fueled continued growth at global executive search firm Coulter Partners. In many ways, the global pandemic has expanded the need for skilled leaders across the sector. To help manage its growth, the firm recently hired Marianne McNamara as operations director for the U.S. Also joining

Continued Jobless Claims Make Full Jobs Recovery a Distant Aim

The Labor Department reported this morning that 751,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 741,000. This was the third straight week that claims were below 800,000. The total reflected a decline of 40,000 from the previous week. The last time the weekly claims

Renovata & Company Places Performance Marketing VP with NA-KD

Global executive search and private equity advisory firm Renovata & Company has assisted in the placement of Ryan Wilber as vice president of performance marketing at NA-KD, a company that develops fashionable, affordable clothing, accessories and shoes for generations Y and Z. Despite the many challenges of COVID-19, NA-KD has onboarded Mr. Wilber to lead the company’s performance

Summit Talent Group Tapped by University Hospitals to Find System Chief Nursing Executive

As the healthcare sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the top nursing executive has traditionally been the most

Sigmar Recruitment Seeks CEO for Irish Men’s Shed Association

Dublin, Ireland-based Sigmar Recruitment is seeking a chief executive officer for the Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA), a charity that supports the development of Ireland’s network of over 450 men’s sheds. Men’s sheds are grassroots, member-focused spaces which offer men a pressure-free environment in which to share skills, make friends and connect with their communities.

Boyden Opens New Canadian Office

Boyden has continued its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Edmonton, Alberta, led by new partner Lindsay Osmond. “Serving our many clients in Northern Alberta has always been a priority to us at Boyden,” said Robert Travis, managing partner, Boyden United States and Canada. “We are thrilled that Lindsay will lead the

Leadership and Succession for the Next Normal

Chief executive officers were already operating in a volatile, fast-changing business environment when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, accelerating challenges that were already in place. The crisis has led to a gradual evolution of ‘leadership DNA.’ U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group recently surveyed 90 chairs and CEOs from FTSE and PE-backed companies about their views

Odgers Berndtson Recruits New Leader for the Virginia Port Authority

Undertaking a worldwide search, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has placed Stephen Edwards as chief executive officer and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He succeeds John F. Reinhart who led the organization for the last seven years. Vice chairman and partner Tim McNamara spearheaded the assignment. “Thanks to Tim McNamara’s leadership and deep knowledge of the transportation

Kevin Chase Executive Search Group Assists Corazón Healdsburg with CEO Search

Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has placed attorney and human rights activist Glaydon de Freitas as the first permanent CEO of Corazón Healdsburg, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the Northern Sonoma County community. Managing partner Kevin Chase led the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. Mr. de Freitas is trilingual, speaking Portuguese, Spanish and

Ballinger | Leafblad Recruits Executive Director for Can Do Canines

Executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad has placed Jeff Johnson as the new executive director of Can Do Canines, the largest provider of assistance dogs for people with disabilities in Minnesota. Marcia Ballinger, co-founder and principal, and Holly Kelsey-Henry, vice president, led the assignment for the search firm. Mr. Johnson, who joins Can Do Canines from

Amrop Adds New Member Firm in São Paulo

Global recruiting organization Amrop has added São Paulo, Brazil-based Inniti as its newest member firm. Founded in 2014, Inniti (now Amrop Inniti) serves clients in the domains of executive search, corporate governance, organizational development, leadership development and coaching. The firm’s industry coverage includes consumer, industrial, life sciences, financial services, technology, professional services, education and real estate. “Joining Amrop is a major step

Leaders Take Stock of Covid-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 70 percent of global companies are shifting more than 81 percent of their operations online, with the financial services industry in the lead, followed by professional services and technology, according to a new report by Kingsley Gate Partners. The search firm found that organizations are now grappling

AGB Search Fills Provost Post for Kent State University 

Following a national search, Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm AGB Search has assisted in the recruitment of Melody Tankersley as the new provost for Kent State University in Ohio. Melissa K. Trotta and Ellen Meyer led the assignment. An experienced leader, Dr. Tankersley has served Kent State in positions of increasing responsibility since 1993. In 2019, she was named interim senior

BarkerGilmore Releases General Counsel Study

Succession to a general counsel role is a critical accomplishment for many legal professionals. However, little research exists to understand the path to position attainment from those that have achieved the role of general counsel. A new research report by legal-focused executive search firm BarkerGilmore aims to contribute to this conversation by delving into the

Reffett Associates Fills Top Post for the Air Force Research Laboratory

Following a nationwide search, Seattle, WA-based Reffett Associates has assisted the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with the placement of Melanie Lazarus as dean of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in it’s 711 Human Performance Wing. The assignment was led by Eric Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, with assistance from Marshall Reffett, managing

The Loring Group Fills Top Finance Post for Kendo Brands

San Francisco, CA-headquartered executive search firm The Loring Group recruited Frederic Lartiguevieille as senior vice president of finance at Kendo Brands. Partner Rich Kampmann led the assignment. “We learned many valuable lessons during this search that was impacted by COVID-19 that will benefit Kendo Brands and others we work with going forward during the pandemic,” Mr. Kampmann

5 Lessons on Pandemic Leadership from Recently Appointed CEOs

More than 250 CEOs have started jobs since the onset of the global COVID-19 crisis. As billions of people grapple with unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety, these more than 250 leaders have taken the helm of large and mid-sized public and private organizations while facing unprecedented business, humanitarian and personal challenges. Spencer Stuart recently sat down (virtually)

Russell Reynolds Associates, With Student Input, Seeks President for Marist College

Russell Reynolds Associates has launched the search for the next leader of Marist College, which included a virtual session with students to learn how they believe the school should move forward under the new president. David Yellen resigned from the role in mid-2019 after serving for three years. His predecessor, Dennis J. Murray, who had been

Korn Ferry Seeking CEO for the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.

The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC) , a member-owned non-profit cooperative that provides financial products and services to America’s rural electric cooperative network, has retained Korn Ferry to find a successor to CEO Sheldon Petersen, who will retire in 2021. Korn Ferry also led the search that placed Mr. Petersen as CEO in

Vetted Solutions Assists CFA Society New York in CEO Search

Washington, D.C. based executive recruitment firm Vetted Solutions has assisted in the placement of Sameer Jagetia as the new chief executive officer of CFA Society New York (CFANY), a financial services forum and provider of professional education and career development to Wall Street. The group’s previous CEO, Daniel Dagen, stepped down at the end of March. Peter

Randstad North America Appoints CHRO

Randstad North America has named Bob Lopes as its new chief human resources officer. He is based out of the company’s Tampa, FL, office. “We are very fortunate to have Bob bring his expertise to the Randstad North America leadership team,” said Karen Fichuk, CEO of Randstad North America and Randstad N.V. executive board member. “His depth of experience across

Finding a Job During a Pandemic

When it comes to hiring and career changes, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated an already arduous decision-making process. There are now added complexities around interview logistics, safety and cleanliness within the workplace, and adapting to a growing remote workforce. In a recent report, executive search firm 3P Partners, highlighted three key areas that are affecting candidates’

Major, Lindsey & Africa Recruits Chief Legal Officer to Dicerna Pharmaceuticals

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has placed Ling Zeng as chief legal officer and secretary at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Lexington, MA. The search was conducted by Ron Ciardiell and Nancy Reiner, both managing directors in MLA’s in-house counsel recruiting group in Boston. “It was exciting to partner with Dicerna on this highly competitive international search for its chief legal officer and secretary,” said Mr. Ciardiello. “Ling

Preng & Associates Assists ProPetro Holding Corp. in CFO Search

According to recruiters, the pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily; bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants; answering constant calls from investors and board directors; and, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. Houston, TX-based executive

Beloit Snappers Tap Marquee Search in Hunt for New President

Gateway Management Group and the Beloit Snappers have tapped the services of Portland, OR-based Marquee Search to lead a nationwide search to select a company president to oversee all operations at the brand-new, multi-purpose stadium being built in downtown Beloit, WI. The president of Gateway Management will lead the Beloit baseball team as well as

The Onstott Group Expands Search Team

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has expanded with the addition of Christine Venditti as managing director. Ms. Venditti over 20 years of executive recruiting experience scaling private equity and VC funded and public technology companies including CFO, CEO and CMO roles. Her background includes in house experience on Apple’s internal search team

Jobless Claims Fall as Election and Pandemic Second Wave Add to the Misery

The Labor Department reported this morning that 751,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the lowest total since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 778,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The total reflected a decline of 40,000

Academic Career & Executive Search Finds Dean for Texas A&M University

West Hartford, Conn.-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Debra Feakes as the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University – San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. “Co-chairs Vijay Golla and Bill Bush sought to find a dean who could proactively take the lead in solidifying and implementing the

Furst Group Recruits CFO for Baystate Health

Following a national search, Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, assisted Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, in the hiring of Raymond McCarthy as treasurer and chief financial officer. Mr. McCarthy has served as interim CFO since March. “Ray has worked tirelessly and skillfully to keep our health system financially stable during the pandemic and the

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