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WittKieffer Creates Global Commercial Strategy and Insights Team

Oak Brook, IL-based search firm WittKieffer has launched a global commercial strategy and insights (CSI) team. The new team will partner with consultants across the firm to deliver data-driven insights, market intelligence, and commercial strategies that advance WittKieffer’s ability to help clients meet their strategic objectives through an integrated approach to the construction and development of


Nurturing Talent in the Digital Age

When companies create roadmaps for their digital transformation journey what remains as the critical piece of the plan is ironically not some form of technology. Human capital remains a cornerstone and central resource of any company, according to a report from Ward Howell’s Gary Abello. “After all, the success of a company’s digital transformation sits

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Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records According to Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual rankings of leading executive search firms. In the U.S. and globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2021, a result of pent-up demand for executives and their key reports.


Eastward Partners Names Head of Deal Advisory Practice

New York-based Eastward Partners has appointed Lindsey Webb as associate partner and head of the deal advisory practice signaling expansion plans for the firm across the private equity human capital market. “Lindsey’s addition to our leadership team is a major milestone for our firm,” said Joe Carbone, founder and CEO. “It demonstrates our dedication to expanding

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GDPR – The Perfect Time to Refresh Your Database

As executive search firms grapple with the complexities of GDPR, many are concerned that the new regulation will mean deleting thousands of records built up over many years. Surely there must be an alternative?


RefAssured Secures Funding

Recruiting software start-up RefAssured has secured pre-seed funding led by Bullhorn Ventures, along with several other recruiting industry entrepreneurs. RefAssured’s mission is to show recruiting and talent agencies how to maximize the value reference checking while building new client and talent relationships. “Bullhorn Ventures is so excited to be an early investor in RefAssured, not only


Demand for Top Talent in the Private Equity Sector Continues

While financial engineering, inorganic growth, and market expansion remain important tools in the private equity toolbox, talent has emerged as key to growing companies and achieving the investment thesis, according to a newly released report from Bespoke Partners. Yet unlike strategic assets, intellectual property, or other resources that fuel growth, talent can be notoriously difficult


What to Expect in 2023

2022 was another trend-setting year in the workplace, and there’s still a lot in motion as we begin the new one. Derek Gracey of search firm Charles Aris has highlighted four key talent trends the firm expects in 2023 in a just released report. “It might seem hard to believe, but candidate compensation expectations continue to rise,


The Lapham Group Places SVP of HR for New Jersey Resources

The Lapham Group has placed Lori DelGiudice as senior vice president of human resources for New Jersey Resources (NJR), an energy services company. Ms. DelGiudice, a career HR professional with more than 20 years of experience, is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing NJR’s human capital management strategies and programs. Her responsibilities will include labor


ON Partners Recruits CEO for ETQ

ON Partners’ Lenny Vairo recently helped recruit Vick Vaishnavi as chief executive officer of ETQ, a provider of quality, EHS, and compliance management software in Burlington, MA. He succeeds former CEO Rob Gremley who led the company through an era of private-equity backed growth and SaaS-driven modernization, ultimately leading to ETQ’s acquisition by Hexagon AB last April. “I’ve had


Solomon Page Expands Accounting and Finance Division

New York City headquartered executive search firm Solomon Page has expanded its accounting and finance division with the addition of Daniel Clark as vice president. Based in Orlando, FL, he will focus on growing the firm’s footprint throughout Central Florida. Reporting to managing director Howard Hecht, Mr. Clark will be working with clients on direct hire placements


The Importance of CISOs in the Boardroom

In a new report that anticipates the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) finalizing new rules for boardroom cybersecurity accountability and expertise, DHR Global is raising concerns about the lack of such protections at public companies of all sizes. “Where entire boards have cyber oversight, it’s a nightmare as directors struggle to learn the evolving cyber


Sustainability’s Impact on Talent Teams

The demand for sustainability in business is driven by broad awareness of the danger of climate change. But also, corporate decision-makers are beginning to recognize the business benefits sustainability practices can provide. Leadership teams now have a responsibility to prioritize sustainability in their sourcing, operations, and partnerships. This is driven by customer expectations, a changing


Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks Lab Director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Russell Reynolds Associates has been enlisted to find the next lab director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in east Tennessee. Last July, Thomas Zacharia announced his retirement after more than five years in the role and 35 years with ORNL. Jeff Smith, who was ORNL’s chief operating officer from 2000 to 2021, has been


ZRG Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for Digital Turbine

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resources officers play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, the chief people officer typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies. The focus instead is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with


Talentor International Adds New Member Firm in 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. Executive search consortium Talentor International recently expanded its presence in Australia with the addition


How to Onboard Senior Executives

You’ve invested significant time and resources to find and hire the executive expected to deliver impactful results to your business. But your work is not done when they show up on their first day. In fact, some of your most important work is still to be done to help make them a successful hire, according


How Gratitude Makes for Better Leaders

Negativity and fearfulness can be paralyzing for anyone, but especially for those in positions of leadership. When we are not grateful in the present moment, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to view the future with hope and excitement. Approaching our work from a place of gratitude, however, enables us to be


Caldwell Recruits CEO for Dr.Evidence

Jim Bethmann and John Blank of Toronto-based Caldwell has placed Rose Higgins as the new chief executive officer of Dr.Evidence, a medical intelligence platform for life sciences companies. She will take over from co-founder and CEO Bob Battista. Mr. Battista has led the company since its founding in 2004 and will remain on the board


Cooper Coleman Recruits COO for AIDS United

Following a national search Chicago-based Cooper Coleman LLC  has recruited Brad Kiley as vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based AIDS United. Johnny Cooper, founder and CEO of the firm, led the assignment. “We are thrilled to have Brad join AIDS United as our next chief operating officer,” said Jesse Milan, CEO. “He is an


Amrop Expands in the U.K.

Amrop, a global leadership advisory and executive search partnership, has expanded with the addition of Tim Hammett as a partner in the U.K. “Tim Hammett is joining us during an exciting period of diversification and growth,” said Adam Saunders, managing partner Amrop U.K. “His experience in the executive search market enables us to deepen our


A Varied Outlook for the Year Ahead

The executive search industry has been extremely strong over the last two years. After the initial shock of the pandemic, organizations looked to grow and recover, and they needed executive talent with new skills to lead the way. This led to a heightened war for talent, with salaries increasing dramatically. We are now approaching a


2023 Business, Leadership, and Executive Search Outlook

In many ways, 2022 was a year of extremes. War dramatically escalated in Europe with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Inflation is still rampant in many geographies, and is showing few signs of abating, despite central banks trying to rein in escalating consumer prices and living costs. At the same time, the unemployment rate


Kincannon & Reed Finds CEO for SyAqua Group

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently placed Fred H. Kao as chief executive officer of SyAqua Group, a leader is applying genetics and biotechnology to shrimp breeding. The assignment was led by managing partners Michael Whitney and Phillip Osborne. With a 20-year history in the


ZRG Partners Recruits Chief Technology Officer for Kantata

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, recently assisted in placing Ken Ringdahl as the new chief technology officer for Kantata, a global supplier of purpose-built technology for professional services. Lisa Hooker, ZRG’s managing director and technology practice leader, led the assignment along with Kevin Anderson, managing director. “Ken’s


Jobplex Appoints Partners

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR Global, has named Jeff Mercer and John McDonald as its newest partners. Mr. Mercer becomes a partner in the industrial practice group. He is based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He brings 20 years of experience in operations, sales, business development, and managerial roles. Mr. Mercer focuses on


With Job Cuts Underway, Korn Ferry to Acquire Third Interim Business

Korn Ferry will cut jobs and eliminate underutilized office space as part of a cost reduction plan. The firm said the job cuts will affect less than five percent of its workforce, which was 10,779 as of April 30, 2022, according to its latest annual report. At the same time, the top-ranked executive recruitment firm is showing no signs of easing


The Road From Pure Search to Premier Human Capital Solutions

SpenglerFox is a search firm on the go, boosting headcount, creating capabilities and capacities around the world, and earning a spot among Hunt Scanlon Media’s top 40 global talent providers. The Eschborn, Germany-headquartered firm was established in May 2003 as the executive search arm of the Ireland headquartered Grafton Employment Group. Its earlier beginnings saw


True Search Recruits President and Chief Commercial Officer for Mojix

Peterson Loftin, Matt Engel, and Isabel Klatt of executive recruiting firm True Search assisted in the recruitment of Chris Cassidy as president and chief commercial officer of Peak Rock Capital-backed Mojix in Boca Rotan, FL. “Chris joins Mojix with more than 20 years of executive leadership in various supply chain management roles and brings deep domain expertise


Nolan Partners Recruits CEO for the Chicago Bears

Executive search firm Nolan Partners, an Excel Sports Management company, has assisted in the recruitment of Kevin Warren as president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Bears professional football team. Most recently, Mr. Warren was commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference. He succeeds Ted Phillips, who is

Riviera Partners Receives Investment from Insight Partners

San Francisco-based Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has received an investment from global software investor Insight Partners. Privately backed since 2019, this investment allows Rivera Partners to forge additional opportunities for its recruiters and employees to scale into new markets and geographies. Riviera Partners will continue to

General Counsel Role Expands to Risk Oversight 

A key position in the C-suite, the general counsel role has been elevated in the past decade, from purveyor of legal advice to one of strategic counsel. With the proliferation of risks today, the general counsel is crucial in providing the board with the information they need to fulfill their duty of care. Yet, a

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for AHEAD 

Neela Seenandan, Val Lopez, and Eleanor Tetreault of  Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive have placed Preet Michelson as chief people officer of Chicago-based IT firm AHEAD. She succeeds Michael Hoehne, who is retiring from the company. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Preet to our team,” said Dan Adamany, founder and CEO of AHEAD. “Her experience and demonstrated track record in

Daversa Partners Recruits CEO for HODINKEE

Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the placement of Jeffery Fowler as the new chief executive officer of watch website HODINKEE in New York City.  He succeeds Toby Bateman, who will continue in an advisory role at the company. Bill Beer and Ashleigh Braun led the assignment. “Jeff is

Dynamic Search Consulting Seeks Two Key Roles for Neeyamo

San Jose, CA-based Dynamic Search Consulting (DSC) has been enlisted to help fill two key roles—global head of alliances and head of sales—for Neeyamo, a platform-based global payroll provider. The global head of alliances will be expected to lead in building revenue generating alliances and partnerships. With the support of the chief client partner, this

Skyminyr Launches AI-Driven Platform with Funding from Search Firms 

Skyminyr, a human capital intelligence platform, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to accelerate the continued development of its AI-driven platform. Investors in the seed round for Skyminyr include True Search, IQ Talent Partners, and Caldwell Partners, as well as financier Karmel Capital. Skyminyr has built a human capital intelligence platform, which will pair global top talent, across any industry with

Key Capabilities for the Modern CFO

In today’s talent marketplace, there has been a significant shift in demand toward the “Modern CFO.” The chief financial officer role has evolved towards a forward-looking strategic business partner who oversees a broad functional range of responsibilities and has strong relationships across the organization. Gone are the days of CFOs as gatekeepers in a back-office

Why Talent Management Needs to Evolve

Since the spring of 2020, businesses around the world have significantly changed the way they manage their talent. The workforce has in many ways been transformed, especially in terms of remote work and relationships between employers and employees. Dimitri Davreux, IRC Luxembourg and managing partner at adVeci Advisors, says that for years talent management in

DHR Global Recruits Men’s Basketball Coach for the University of Louisville

Chicago-based DHR Global has assisted in the recruitment of Kenny Payne as the sixth men’s head basketball coach for the University of Louisville. He replaces Chris Mack, who mutually parted ways with the school in January. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama headed the assignment. “As I stated when we began this process in

Caliber Associates Fills Senior Post for INOVIO Pharmaceuticals

San Diego, CA- based Caliber Associates recently placed David Liebowitz as senior vice president, clinical development at INOVIO Pharmaceuticals. The assignment was led by Steven P. Hochberg, the search firm’s founder and CEO. “David is a highly experienced and strategic leader of clinical development having advanced numerous programs through the regulatory process,” said Mr. Hochberg. Dr. Liebowitz

Agilium Worldwide Adds Neumann Executive in Poland to Network

Global executive search consortium Agilium Worldwide recently added Neumann Executive in Poland as a new member firm. “In Agilium Worldwide we are not looking to grow our footprint at any cost,” said Monika Borgers, executive director of Agilium Worldwide. “We only welcome executive search firms in strategic geographical locations who share our aspiration to excellence. We work so

Working from Home and Adjusting to the New Normal for Businesses

Company culture is not easily encapsulated or often prioritized, even when staff are working in the office, interfacing in real time with the company philosophy. Working from home has revealed not only how few organizations have refined their company culture sufficiently, but also how few have yet to even consider company culture, according to Alyssa

ZRG Partners Recruits CFO for Level Up MD Urgent Care

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has assisted in the recruitment of Jyotsana Sahota as the new chief financial officer of Level Up MD Urgent Care in Bloomfield, NJ. Managing partner Brian McGowan led the assignment, along with managing director Brian Kelley. Ms. Sahota is a seasoned professional who is

The Lapham Group Recruits CIO for Erie Insurance

The chief information officer is considered one of the most strategic roles in any organization. Still, head hunting within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the toughest to find. In one recent search, The Lapham Group placed Parthasarathy Srinivasa as the new executive vice president and CIO of Erie Insurance (ERIE). His appointment follows

RH Perry Seeks CFO for California State University Stanislaus

Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has been enlisted to find the next vice president for business and finance/chief financial officer for California State University Stanislaus in Turlock. Leading the assignment are Sue DeWine, senior consultant, and Paul G. Doeg, president and chief operating officer, of the search firm. Reporting directly to the university president, the

Z3Talent Appoints SVP of Business Development

Denver-based executive search firm Z3Talent has expanded with the addition of Bennie Fowler as senior vice president of business development. Mr. Fowler has played wide receiver for a number of NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos in their 2015-16 championship season. “We’re excited about adding a talent like Bennie to our team,” said Steve Ziegler,

Jobless Claims Fall to Five Decade Low; Hiring Uptick Expected in Q2

The Labor Department reported that 187,000 Americans have filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 6, 1969 when it was 182,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The

Artico Search Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for PetHonesty

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, co-founder of Artico Search, has placed Eric Dahmer as chief marketing officer of PetHonesty, a provider of premium pet health products and a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners. “We are making great strides in building out PetHonesty’s executive ranks and we are pleased to welcome Eric to our team,” said Ben Arneberg, founder of PetHonesty. “He

Florida International University Selects R. William Funk & Associates to Find Next President  

The Florida International University (FIU) board of trustees’ governance committee recently interviewed executive search firms and selected R. William Funk & Associates to assist with the search for its sixth president. Mark Rosenberg abruptly resigned from the role in January in the wake of accusations of misconduct toward a staffer. Kenneth A. Jessell, the university’s

What Candidates are Really Looking for In New Jobs 

“New normal” is a phrase encompassing the innovative world of working from home and spending less time in a traditional office setting. Since the second half of last year, 75 percent of the roles within the corporate development practice of Charles Aris Executive Search filled were fully remote. Of the remaining non-remote 25 percent, half

Horton International Partners with Asia Carbon Search

Horton International has expanded into the Asian market by forming a new alliance with Asia Carbon Search, a leadership search and advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. “China has always been a key growth market for our clients presenting significant cross border opportunities for search and leadership development, and we are thrilled to

The Evolving Role of HR in Private Equity

Securing the right leadership for portfolio companies is a complex process. In the most successful circumstances, it often fuses the needs of a “commercial” operating partner and a human capital professional. Getting that collaboration to work effectively can make all the difference between a company that grows and outperforms vs. one that falls short and

Daversa Partners Recruits CFO for Madison Reed 

Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the placement of Jose Zuniga as chief financial officer of Madison Reed in New York City. Manuel Garcia, director at Daversa Partners, led the assignment.. “I am thrilled for Jose to be joining Madison Reed during this tremendous period of growth for our

CarterBaldwin Assists M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust with CEO Search 

Following a national search, CarterBaldwin Executive Search has helped to place Microsoft executive Romanita Hairston as chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, WA. The assignment was led by partner Andrea McDaniel Smith and consultant Ted Wieber. Ms. Hairston will officially join the non-profit in July. She succeeds Steve Moore, who announced his

Coulter Partners Recruits Chief Scientific Officer and Chief People Officer for Totus Medicines

Life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. Life sciences recruiting specialist Coulter Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Wei Chen and Daisy Chhokar as the first chief scientific officer and chief people officer, respectively, at drug discovery company Totus Medicines. “The next few years will be pivotal for

SRI Appoints Head of Betting and Gaming Practice

London-based executive recruiting firm SRI has named Ben Fried as head of its betting and gaming search practice. “Ben’s knowledge of both B2C and B2B environments and breadth of industry experience are invaluable as he helps leadership teams transform their businesses through talent,” said Jim Chaplin, CEO of SRI. “Ben’s positive and collaborative approach align with SRI’s culture

Key Trends Redefining the Workplace

If 2021 was largely defined by uncertainty — a seemingly endless transition, with constantly moving goalposts, and no clear end in sight — 2022 is continuing to require forward-thinking leaders to get intentional about what comes next: remote, hybrid, or onsite? Project-based or product-based funding? Interim CFO or full-time hire? According to a new report

ON Partners Recruits CISO for Bill.com 

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyberattacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions could be. This has

KEES Recruits CEO for NeighborHealth Center

Executive search and non-profit consulting firm KEES recently recruited Daniel Lipparelli as chief executive officer of NeighborHealth Center in Raleigh, NC. This follows a comprehensive, national search that attracted many diverse candidates both regionally and nationally. The search committee ultimately selected Mr. Lipparelli from a strong group of top finalists. “Daniel is the perfect blend of servant leader, entrepreneurial non-profit executive, and engaging ambassador that will ensure NeighborHealth Center flourishes in

Wray Executive Search Opens New Office in Miami

Wray Executive Search, a provider of executive search and advisory services in the restaurant, foodservice, retail, and franchise industries, has opened a new office in Miami. Rebecca Patt, who brings 18 years of executive search experience with Wray as senior vice president, will lead the Miami office. “Rebecca has and continues to be a major

TalentRISE Names Leader of Executive Search

TalentRISE, a Chicago-based firm specializing in executive search and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), has appointed Pete Petrella as executive search practice leader. “Pete been instrumental in TalentRISE’s growth and success,” said Carl Kutsmode, senior vice president of talent consulting and executive search. “In his new role, he will be responsible for scaling our executive search

How COVID-19 Has Reset the Talent Game in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. The most pressing challenge has been finding high impact, innovative leaders. Three months into 2022, the economic picture is improving. But what is going to light the match to overcome the economic impact felt from the

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