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Fighting the Great Resignation with Cash 

As the Great Resignation has extended worldwide, compensation experts have reminded organizations that there are numerous ways to attract and retain employees besides paying them higher wages. But there’s overwhelming evidence that the go-to move for most companies continues to be paying more, according to the latest findings from Korn Ferry, which found a record


Hobbs & Towne Recruits CFO for Solid Power

Clean tech and sustainability recruiting powerhouse Hobbs & Towne has assisted in the recruitment of Kevin Paprzycki as the new chief financial officer of Solid Power, a developer of all-solid-state battery cells for electric vehicles. Senior partner Dan Cremins and partner Ryan Houder led the assignment. “At this pivotal moment in Solid Power’s history, we are elevating and enhancing our team

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Linking Culture to Value, Growth and Performance

In the wake of COVID-19, broad and lasting changes to the workplace have advanced a more integrated approach to talent management built around culture. Organizations that once synchronized their talent to corporate vision, core values, and strategic objectives are now aligning people around purpose.


Granger Reis Expands Search Staff

U.K.-based executive search firm Granger Reis has appointed Jamie Page as a new managing partner and Esmeé Vermolen as head of technology and innovation. “We’re re-writing the rule book as we enter an exciting next chapter in our growth,” said Richard Milsom, founder and CEO. “This evolution will allow us to champion authenticity by telling

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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?


Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since 1969

The Labor Department reported that 199,000 Americans have filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, a decrease of 71,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15, 1969 when it was 197,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 268,000 to 270,000. The four-week moving average was 252,250, a decrease


Pioneering Leadership Consultant, Egon Zehnder, Dies at 91 

Egon Zehnder, 91, founder of the global executive search firm that bears his name, has died in Zurich after a brief illness. Born on April 12, 1930, Dr. Zehnder graduated from Harvard Business School in 1956. In 1964, at the age of 34, he founded his own firm in a townhouse above Zurich. Initially, the company was


Daversa Partners Launches Unit to Advance Black Leadership

Daversa Partners has launched Dreamscape, a business unit dedicated to advancing black representation on the boards and executive teams of companies and investing firms in technology. To lead the business, Daversa has named industry veteran Clinton Browning as its newest partner and head of Dreamscape. “In the 30 years since I have been working in executive


Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for PE-Backed Hydrow

With the coronavirus crisis continuing to disrupt the world economy, chief people officers are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Executive recruiters across the business landscape report that searches for these C-suite executives


EFL Associates Recruits CFO for Ottawa University

Executive search firm EFL Associates has placed Craig Kispert as vice president and chief financial officer of Ottawa University (OU), a private Baptist university based in Ottawa, KS. Steve Waldron, the recruitment firm’s managing director—legal practice and higher education practice, led the assignment along with Angela Lilje, practice and project manager, higher education practice. Mr. Kispert brings more

Healthcare Recruiting Talent Platform Secures $149 Million in Funding

Healthcare recruiting talent platform Trusted has secured $149 million in funding. This includes a $94 million Series C led by Greenspring Associates, which was recently acquired by StepStone Group, as well as a previously unannounced $55 million Series B led by early investors Craft Ventures and Felicis Ventures. It brings the company’s total funding to $175


CEO Appointments Reach Record Levels  

Companies in the first half of 2021 appointed a record number of chief executive officers, making up for a significant slowdown in the second half of 2020, according to the ‘2021 Route to the Top’ report from Heidrick & Struggles. The global intelligence survey shows that compared to their predecessors, new chief executives are more likely to be women


DHR Global Recruits CEO for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium  

James Abruzzo, managing partner of the global non-profit practice for Chicago-based executive search firm DHR Global, has assisted in the placement of Tom Schmid as the new chief executive officer of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. The zoo’s board of directors voted to formally name Schmid to lead the zoo, The Wilds, Safari Golf Club

Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CFO for Catalina Island Conservancy 

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies. And there is no let-up in sight. Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Charmian


Cooper Coleman Recruits CEO for Interact for Health

Cooper Coleman LLC has placed Kate Schroder as the new president and CEO of Cincinnati, OH-based community health organization Interact for Health. Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens recently stepped down from the position. Bill Coleman, principal and co-founder of Cooper Coleman, led the assignment. “This is a particularly unique leadership opportunity, not only due to the essential


Boyden Expands in East Africa

Boyden has added new partner Farah Esmail as Boyden East Africa continues to provide leadership solutions and client service to social impact enterprises, family firms and hyper-growth, private equity-backed businesses. “Boyden East Africa is culturally astute and demonstrates a deeply held commitment to the region’s social and economic progress,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “We are delighted that


The Federal Reserve of Dallas Calls in Egon Zehnder to Find New Leader

Financial services organizations, generally, are facing a new competitive landscape, regulatory challenges, and a constant struggle to manage cost and efficiency. It is an environment growing in complexity by the day. This requires strategic leaders, both men and women, with a multidimensional skillset and competencies that often go above and beyond any typical job description.


Isaacson, Miller Seeks Leader for the Allen Institute

Isaacson, Miller has been chosen to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Allen Institute, the non-profit research organization founded by the late Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp. Leading the assignment are partners Cati Mitchell-Crossley and David Bellshaw, and senior associate Hayden Lizotte. The Allen Institute seeks a distinguished scientist,


Carrington & Carrington Recruits VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Lawrence University

Chicago-based Carrington & Carrington has assisted in the recruitment of Eric Mayes as vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion for Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. “Dr. Mayes has a level of passion and commitment to DEI work that will be game-changing for Lawrence,” said Laurie A. Carter, president of Lawrence University. “He has the experience that we need in


Blue Rock Acquires ReCreation’s Executive Search Practice 

Blue Rock Search has acquired ReCreation’s human resources executive search practice. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ReCreation’s consulting practice will remain an independent entity, separate from Blue Rock Search. Founded in 2008, ReCreation’s executive search practice has built relationships with an impressive client list, including Amazon, Oshkosh, Fluke Networks, Charles Schwab, Spectrum


IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in India

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has added Claricent Partners in India as its newest member firm. “We are thrilled to welcome Claricent Partners into IIC Partners,” said Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners. “Jyoti and her team provide their clients with an exceptional search experience, and their values are very much aligned with IIC Partners. Claricent Partners


How HR Can Help Build the Organization of the Future  

The pandemic has created profound and immediate changes to how societies operate and how individuals interact and work. McKinsey & Company recently spoke with 350 HR leaders about the role of uncertainty in their function. They said that over the next two years they wanted to prioritize initiatives that strengthen their organizations’ ability to drive change in


Jobless Claims Remain Idle as Recovery Looms

The Labor Department reported that 268,000 Americans have filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, a decrease of 1,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 267,000 to 269,000. The four-week moving average was 272,750, a decrease of


Frederickson Partners Places Chief People Officer at Mitratech 

With the coronavirus crisis continuing to disrupt the world economy, chief people officers are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Executive recruiters across the business landscape report that searches for these C-suite executives


The Moran Company Retained to Find New Leader for Cottonwood Inc.

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been called in to help find the next chief executive officer for Lawrence, KS-based Cottonwood Inc., which serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Ann Graff, senior search consultant, is leading the assignment. “The CEO reports to the board of directors and works


Allen Austin Appoints Consumer Products and Retail Sector Leader

Houston, TX-based search firm Allen Austin, parent company to Gaines International, has named Ken Wilcox as its newest partner and head of the consumer products and retail sectors in the executive search practice. “Ken is a truly exceptional addition to the Allen Austin team,” said Darcie Murray, senior managing partner. “Ken will help us make deeper inroads


Pursuing Culture as a Financial Performance Driver 

Heidrick & Struggles recently surveyed 500 CEOs at large companies around the world about how they define culture and how it influences financial performance. Findings suggest that most CEOs make culture a priority. Problem is many are not particularly intentional in their pursuit of culture as a driver of financial performance. The report, which was authored by Heidrick consultants


Caldwell Reports Extraordinary Year-End Results

Toronto-based Caldwell posted Q4 revenues of $41.7 million (Canadian), a 271 percent increase from a year ago. Full year revenues rose by 106 percent, from $56.7 last year to $119.5 million. Financial results include those of IQTalent Partners (IQTP) beginning on the date of acquisition of December 31, 2020. “Fiscal 2021 was a year of enormous and


Korn Ferry Assists the New York Mets in Landing New GM

Korn Ferry has assisted in the recruitment of Billy Eppler as the new general manager of the New York Mets. The Mets did not confirm the deal because it is not yet official, but a source said the two sides were working out final contract details and completing a background check which should be completed by


Terra Search Partners Names Co-Leader of Affordable Housing and Impact Investing Practice

San Francisco, CA-based, real estate focused executive recruiting firm Terra Search Partners recently appointed Becky Regan as managing director and co-lead the firm’s affordable housing and impact investing practice. She will work alongside partner Greg Melanson. Additionally, with Regan’s hire, the firm extends its footprint in the Northeast. “At Terra Search, we are inspired by the

How PE Firms Can Attract the Best Portfolio Leadership 

The global private equity sector is more than three times bigger than it was just 10 years ago. How can PE firms ensure that they are attracting the best talent to lead their portfolio companies? Despite a COVID-induced 22 percent downturn in private equity fundraising and deal volume in 2020, the broader multi-year trend is

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

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

Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.3 Percent

Employment rose by 49,000 in January as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. That’s down from a peak of 14.7 percent in April, but still far above the 3.5 percent rate in February before the coronavirus pandemic led to mass economic

BarkerGilmore Taps Chief Compliance Officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group

Legal and compliance recruitment firm BarkerGilmore has placed Jeffrey Lewis as chief compliance officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group in Hunt Valley, MD. The assignment was spearheaded by John Gilmore, co-founder and managing partner, and Stephen Bell, senior director. In this newly-created position, Mr. Lewis will supervise corporate compliance functions, including regulatory, code of conduct, competition

Americans Continue to File Unemployment Claims as Pandemic’s Effects Continue

The Labor Department reported this morning that 779,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was below the Dow Jones estimate for 830,000 and a decline of 33,000 from a week ago. The feds have now reported about 76 million initial jobless claims over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic — a

Adaptability is a Valued Skill in Tough Times

The past year has been a true test of our adaptability. In just a short period of time, we have experienced a country-wide shut down, massive layoffs and businesses forced to have their workforce go remote, putting many of us in a situation that required us to quickly change how we operated, not by choice

Kittleman & Associates Finds New Leader for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

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, Chicago-based search firm Kittleman & Associates recently

Kensington International Appoints Energy and Engineering & Construction Practice Co-Leader

Oak Brook, IL-based executive search firm Kensington International Inc. has expanded with the addition of Andy Wolkstein as partner and co-leader for its energy and engineering and construction (E&C) practice. “Andy along with the rest of our second-generation leadership team will be instrumental in the growth and management of the firm,” said Brian Clarke, a founding member and

ManpowerGroup Posts 13.7 Revenue Decline

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted full-year revenues of $18 billion, a decrease of 13.7 percent from $22 billion a year ago. The company posted fourth-quarter revenues of $5.1 billion, a decrease of three percent from the year earlier period. This surpassed the Zacks consensus estimate by 6.97 percent. This compares to year-ago revenues of $5.20 billion. The company has

11 Best Practices for Creating Brand Advocates During the Hiring Process

“You will only be contacted if we see a fit,” is the common recruiting refrain that needs to be abandoned, according to Anthony Fogel, president and co-founder Denver, CO-based Tri-Search. He says it damages a brand’s reputation and may serve to alienate customers or potential customers. Recruitment outreach is inherently marketing; each job posting is an

Isaacson, Miller Appoints New President and CEO

The board of directors of Isaacson, Miller has appointed Ericka Miller as the firm’s next president and CEO. She will officially start her term on July 1, 2021, upon the retirement of current president Vivian Brocard. “As one of the first women of color to lead a major national executive search firm, Ericka brings a

Quick Leonard Kieffer to Fill Two Key Roles for Centra Health in Virginia

Quick Leonard Kieffer was recently enlisted by non-profit healthcare system Centra Health, based in Lynchburg, VA, to fill two key leadership roles, chief diversity officer and vice president of human resources. Jake Barto, managing partner, is involved in leading both assignments. He is joined on the CDO search by Jamie Cassedy, principal. Centra Health’s chief

R. William Funk & Associates Assists Central Washington University in President Search

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has assisted the Central Washington University in the recruitment of A. James Wohlpart as its 15th president. James L. Gaudino, who has served in that role since 2009, announced last year that he would step down from his post on July 31.

Heidrick & Struggles Appoints New Leaders

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Kamau Coar to the newly created role of chief inclusion officer and Jenni Hibbert as global managing partner, head of executive search go-to-market. This is part of the Heidrick’s long-term strategic plans to accelerate business growth and strengthen its focus on diversity and the

4 Hiring Shifts Expected in Recruiting New Leaders

The pace of hiring is palpably accelerating. The problem? Longer-term vision and goals are giving way to short-term mayhem, according to a new report by The Bowdoin Group and authored by CEO Dave Melville. “Urgency of action is more important than the right action,” he says. “Because our firm works across so many fast-paced industries and organizations,

Furst Group Recruits Chief Diversity Officer for City of Hope National Medical Center

Following a national search, Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has assisted City of Hope in the placement of Angela L. Talton as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. She will provide leadership for the biomedical research and treatment center’s holistic and integrated efforts to continue its efforts to build a diverse and inclusive culture

JM Search Names Consumer Practice Co-Leaders

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has named MaryJeanne Scott and Phil Menzel as co-leaders of its consumer practice. Additional practice members include Abbee Phillips and Mike Neff, partners; Liza Stokes, vice president; and, Pete Haessig, search consultant. The search executives are supported by a team of research

Salveson Stetson Group Expands Search Staff

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has expanded with the addition of Mary Beth McGroarty as vice president. “We are excited to welcome Mary Beth McGroarty to our team,” Salveson Stetson Group said. “Mary Beth brings more than 12 years of executive search experience and a passion for supporting clients in their efforts to attract, develop and

Top HR Leaders Share Transitioning Success Factors 

Russell Reynolds Associates recently hosted two virtual panel events with more than 200 HR leaders to discuss the success factors when transitioning into new roles. Below are key insights from nine CHRO panelists who have been in their new roles for 12 to 18 months, along with their advice for HR leaders considering their next

Caliber Associates Recruits Chief Medical Officer for NextCure

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new chief medical officers. In the era of COVID-19 this is likely to be another burgeoning area for executive search firms. San Diego, CA- based Caliber Associates recently placed former NexImmune executive Han Myint as the new chief medical officer

Prodigy Search Seeking CEO for U.S. Sailing Association

Prodigy Search has been enlisted to find a chief executive officer for the United States Sailing Association, the national governing body for sailing, based in Bristol, RI. The U.S. Sailing CEO reports to the board president and board of directors and works closely with the directors, staff and volunteers to ensure the implementation of the

Vantedge Search Opens Doors for Business

Vantedge Search has been recently launched by Rajesh Khanna and Sandeep Mitra. The Hillsborough, NJ-headquartered firm specializes in executive search and talent advisory for firms across industries. Belinda Burson has been hired as managing director to spearhead global operations. “As businesses realign themselves in the post-pandemic world, executive search and talent acquisition sectors are undergoing transformation to meet changing demands,”

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