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Wheless Partners Finds 14th President for Wichita State

Executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners has placed Jay Golden as the 14th president of Wichita State University (WSU). John Bardo, the school’s past president, passed away earlier this spring. Dr. Golden will assume the presidency full time by the beginning of spring semester. “Dr. Golden has an extremely impressive record of accomplishments in research and higher


Action Management Services Launches Sports Franchise Division

The sports and entertainment field is among the most active and fast-growing sectors for executive search businesses, with many C-suite-focused recruiting firms having been drawn to it. Recently, Cleveland, OH-headquartered executive search firm Action Management Services launched its professional sports franchise division. It will provide executive searches for the NFL, NASCAR, MLB, NHL, NBA, Soccer,

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Coulter Partners Opens New Office in Brussels, Expands Search Staff

Life sciences-focused executive search firm Coulter Partners has expanded with the opening of a new office in Brussels and six recent appointments. Penny Sadler joins the firm’s medtech expertise as client partner in Brussels, while Nanna Soni is appointed director in London to the R&D center of expertise. The Paris office expands with the additions of Nicolas

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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?


WinterWyman Acquired by the Planet Group

The Planet Group, a portfolio company of MidOcean Partners and provider of outsourced human capital and consulting solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire Waltham, MA-based executive search firm WinterWyman. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Michael Stomberg, CEO of Planet, said the acquisition aligns with Planet’s strategic initiative to provide a full


Two Recruitment Leaders Discuss the Anatomy of a Merger

Consolidation continues to make news in the executive recruitment sector. One firm that has been making big waves this year has been Rochelle, NJ-based ZRG Partners. In the wake of the completion of its recapitalization with RFE Investment Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm with a long history of investing in growth companies, ZRG this


Wilbanks Partners Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for PGIM Investments

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 — and much more influential. Recently, Stamford, Conn-based executive search firm Wilbanks Partners, LLC, placed Ray Ahn as CMO of PGIM Investments, a global manufacturer


Higher Education Leadership Seeks President for Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents has selected Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search to find a new president for Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Sean Burrage recently stepped down. Consultants Bill Meehan and Alan Medders are leading the assignment. “We are seeking someone who understands the diverse and dynamic academic environment and connects


Gallagher MSA Search Finds New CEO for Currus Inc.

Following a national search, Gallagher MSA Search has recruited Robert F. Tinsley as the new CEO of Currus Inc. succeeding Pete Stern, who is retiring after 29 years. The assignment was led by managing director and senior advisor Kathy Hall as well as senior recruiter Patricia McCollum. The search attracted candidates from across the country. A


Caldwell Posts 11 Percent Q4 Revenue Gain, Up 7.9 Percent Full Year

It’s been a good year for Caldwell. The Toronto-based executive search firm has just posted fourth quarter revenues of $21 million (all dollar figures Canadian), an 11 percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $18.7 million. Full year revenues rose by 7.9 percent, from $66.5 last year to $72.1 million. Fourth quarter net


7 Predictions on How Recruiting Will be Different by 2025

If you’re in the recruiting industry today, your job might be unrecognizable in five years — even if you retain the same job title. That’s because the role of recruiters and how your job is done is swiftly evolving. “Recruiter” is one of the most in-demand jobs as businesses brace for a future where talent is


Waverly Partners Seeks CEO for Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance

Executive search firm Waverly Partners has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance, an economic development corporation in Illinois. Managing directors and principals Eric N. Peterson and Deborah M. Galbraith are spearheading the assignment for the search firm. “The president and CEO position of the


Diversified Search Recruits CFO for Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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. Recently, Philadelphia-based Diversified Search placed Richard Watts as the new CFO of Morilee by Madeline Gardner. The assignment was led by


Epic Business Strategies Opens Office in Milwaukee

Executive search firms large and small continue to expand to new areas in an effort to better serve their clients. Recently, executive recruiters Epic Business Strategies expanded with the opening of its second office in Milwaukee, WI. Headquartered in Naples, FL, Epic Business Strategies said that it decided to add the second location to better


EMA Partners Expands to Lisbon and Kiev

EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has expanded its presence in the EMEA region with the additions of new offices in Lisbon and Kiev. The office in Lisbon is led by managing partner Rui Guedes de Quinhones, while the Kiev office is led by managing partner Uliana Morokhovska. Mr. Guedes de Quinhones


Hanold Associates Completes Chief People Officer Search for the NFL

Following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recruited Dasha Smith as chief people officer of the National Football League in one of the most high profile human resource C-suite assignments of 2019. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led


Buffkin / Baker Seeks Chief Revenue Officers for C-4 Analytics and SkuVault

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been enlisted to find chief revenue officers for C-4 Analytics, an automotive digital marketing services firm based in Boston, and SkuVault, a warehouse management technology platform headquartered in Louisville, KY. The C-4 Analytics search is being led by partner Raj Das, global head of the search firm’s digital practice. Mark


COORS Leadership Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Catholic Medical Center 

Over the past year, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find chief medical officers. Recently, COORS Leadership placed Trina D. Abla as the new chief medical officer of Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Abla most recently was chief quality officer and associate CMO at Penn State Health St. Joseph in


Headstart Hiring Platform Secures $7 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an AI component. Just recently, Headstart, a platform that leverages data science to help companies reduce unconscious bias in the hiring process, raised $7 million in funding led by AI-focused Silicon Valley venture capital firm FoundersX, with participation from Founders Factory. Launched in 2017, Headstart


NPAworldwide Adds Eight New Member Firms

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 eight new member locations as it continues to


Heidrick & Struggles to Lead Tupperware CEO Search

Competition among consumer companies has never been fiercer. Customers are shopping in new and sometimes non-traditional ways as mass market retailers offer designer goods, brick and mortar staples are available on-line and venerable brands spin off agile brand extensions. Consumer companies are also keen to capitalize on the potential of emerging and high growth markets. All this


Korn Ferry Lands GM for the Pirates, Chief Baseball Officer for the Red Sox 

Korn Ferry has placed Ben Cherington as the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He takes over from Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12-year stint. The club has announced it will hold a press conference at PNC Park to introduce the new general manager. Mr. Cherington has more than two decades of experience


The Koblentz Group Places New CEO for Epi Breads

The Koblentz Group has placed Cheryl Barre as CEO of custom breadmaker Epi Breads. She succeeds Hugh Sullins, who is now vice president of business development for the Atlanta-based company. This search was led by Jeff Neppl and Joel Koblentz. Ms. Barre will be responsible for leading the executive team, developing and implementing a strategy for


Slayton Search Partners Expands Financial Services Practice

Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners has expanded with the addition of Stuart T. Smith as senior vice president and principal. He will be a key member of the financial services practice, supporting commercial banking, private banking, wealth management and real estate partners. “Stuart’s skill-set, work ethic and personality make him an excellent fit for our team,”


Space Executive Appoints Leader of Newly Launched London Operations

Singapore-headquartered recruitment agency Space Executive has recently appointed senior recruiter Tom Hughes as leader of its new London office. He will head the audit, risk, compliance and legal recruitment operations for the firm in the U.K. and Europe. “The opening of our U.K. office is a landmark moment for Space Executive and the next step in our overseas expansion,”

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Its Impact on Long-Term Financial Results

Purpose doesn’t just add to an employee’s well-being; it adds to a company’s bottom line. That’s the key finding of a survey of top executives just completed by Korn Ferry. The vast majority of respondents (96 percent) said there is a long-term financial benefit to companies that make a strong commitment to purpose-driven leadership, with 77 percent


Spelman Johnson Recruits Chief Marketing and Communication Officer for Texas Tech

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has placed Matthew Granger Dewey as Texas Tech University’s new chief marketing and communication officer. Search associate Michel Frendian led the assignment. Mr. Dewey had been senior executive director of marketing and communications for the Office of University Advancement at the University of Michigan. He will lead Texas Tech’s overall


One Degree Partners Tapped by Ribbon Communications to Find CEO

San Francisco-headquartered executive search firm One Degree Partners has been selected by NASDAQ-traded Ribbon Communications Inc. in Westford, MA, to find its next president and CEO. The board has appointed Steven Bruny, executive vice president, global sales and services, and Kevin Riley, EVP and chief technology officer, as interim co-presidents and CEO while One Degree Partners identifies and


BarkerGilmore Expands Advisory and Coaching Division

New York-based boutique search firm BarkerGilmore has recently expanded with the addition of former MasterCard Worldwide general counsel Noah Hanft to its advisory and coaching division. Mr. Hanft has deep roots in the global financial services and technology sectors, having served as general counsel, corporate secretary and chief franchise officer for MasterCard Worldwide for more than 13 years.

Global Executive Trends for 2019

What will shape the C-level talent global workspace and work environment in 2019? The question has been answered by recruiters from executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners’ in the firm’s newly released “Report on Executive Trends 2019.” Predicting trends for C-level managers and multinational companies is always a tricky task, correlated with constant change

Odgers Berndtson Finds Athletic Director for Colorado College

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Global search firm Odgers Berndtson recently placed Lesley Irvine as vice president and director of athletics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. “Lesley Irvine will bring great leadership, vision and energy to Colorado College,” said Jill Tiefenthaler, the school’s president. “She has a wealth

Cejka Executive Search Recruits CEO for Valley-Wide Health Systems

After an extensive nationwide hunt, Cejka Executive Search has placed Jania Arnoldi as the new president and chief executive officer for Valley-Wide Health Systems, a community-based healthcare provider in Alamosa, CO. The search was led by Mark Madden, executive vice president and managing principal. “I believe that Jania will fit in with Valley-Wide and will

SearchWide Global Teams Up with R4 Communications Strategies

SearchWide Global, a St. Paul, MN-based executive recruitment firm, is partnering with R4 Communications Strategies, based in Chicago, to offer its clients access to a variety of communications strategies, including media relations, advocacy and crisis management support. Such services can be particularly useful during times of executive transition. R4 Communications Strategies, a boutique strategic communications

Motus Recruiting and Staffing Launches Executive Search Division

In what continues to be a trend among talent acquisition organizations, Tigard, OR-based Motus Recruiting and Staffing has formed a new executive search division within the company focused on identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs. “Motus has built a strong reputation of providing exceptional talent and we will now complement those successes

Employers Set to Increase Headcount Due to Automation

It is no secret that many people worry about robot workers replacing human jobs. In reality, however, the opposite looks true. ManpowerGroup‘s latest report, “Humans Wanted: Robots Need You,” found that more employers than ever — 87 percent — plan to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation for the third consecutive year.

Excelon Associates Forms Recruiting Partnership with American University of Bahrain

The American University in Bahrain (AUBH) aims to significantly change the landscape of higher education in this Arabian Gulf country by offering American-style university education. To get there, the school has retained Excelon Associates to recruit for faculty and administrative positions from highly experienced and successful industry and university professionals who wish to be a part

Egon Zehnder Recruits CEO for the International Cricket Council

With the assistance of Egon Zehnder, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Manu Sawhney as its new CEO. Current leader David Richardson is stepping down this summer. Partner Neil Waters, who is based in Hong Kong, led the search. Mr. Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports,

CareerArc Raises $30 Million in Private Equity Funding

CareerArc, a global leader in HR technology, has raised a $30 million growth equity round led by PeakEquity Partners. CareerArc bills itself as the only company offering both social recruiting and virtual outplacement solutions to the multi-billion dollar HR software market. It helps organizations manage the two critical touchpoints in employment in which an employer

M&A Executive Search & Consulting Adds Former HR Executive

Minneapolis, MN-based M&A Executive Search & Consulting has named Rick Copeland as a senior vice president. He comes to the executive recruitment industry after more than 25 years in human resources. “Rick has a good blend of experience that ranges from small start-up technology companies to large global solutions and services businesses,” said M&A Executive

Wage Growth Expected to Slow in 2019

When it comes to compensation, this may well be a year that will make neither companies nor their workers very happy. Companies are expected to keep raising salaries this year — 5.1 percent, on average, according to the recently released Korn Ferry’s annual global salary report. But after accounting for inflation, real salary growth will

Polachi Recruits CFO for ObserveIT

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. Recently, executive search firm Polachi Inc. placed Will Porter as the CFO of ObserveIT in Boston, MA. “We wish a great

Harbour West Consulting Seeks New Leader for BC Artscape

Executive recruitment firm Harbour West Consulting Inc. has been enlisted to find the next executive director for BC Artscape, a non-profit development organization for artists and cultural organizations in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carol Robinson, principal and owner of the North Vancouver-based boutique search firm, is leading the assignment. BC Artscape is looking for an executive

Coleman Lew Merges with Canny, Bowen

Charlotte, NC-based executive recruitment firm Coleman Lew + Associates and New York-based Canny, Bowen have joined forces to become Coleman Lew Canny Bowen. The recruiters said they are committed to remaining generalists in an age of specialization and will continue to work across a wide array of industry sectors, including industrial, consumer, education, technology, financial services, healthcare,

TritonExec Expands in New York

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm TritonExec has expanded with the addition of Archer McFall as a senior director located in its New York City office. The hire comes in conjunction with the firm’s strategy to pursue new growth in private capital and enter new markets. “Archer is an important addition to TritonExec’s expansion globally,” said Abe

Talent Shortage or Just Short-Sighted Recruiting?

Articles about today’s talent shortage seem to be popping up everywhere, which is not surprising when unemployment in the U.S. is at its lowest since 1969. And with over six million jobs remaining vacant each month, the looming retirement of Baby Boomers will undoubtedly escalate the war for talent and cause employers to rethink their

Coulter Partners Recruits CEO for ArunA Bio

Persistent talent shortages and the need to develop and retain employees with critical business and technology skill-sets will continue to challenge global life sciences companies for the foreseeable future, according to Deloitte’s global sector outlook on life sciences. Navigating this new world of work requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent and human resources.

Vetted Solutions, Saxton Bamfylde Tapped to Find Events Industry Council CEO

Two search firms, Vetted Solutions and Saxton Bamfylde, based in Washington, D.C., and London, respectively, have been chosen to find a new chief executive officer for the Events Industry Council (EIC). Jim Zaniello, founder and president of Vetted Solutions, will be collaborating with Jonathan Morgan, partner and head of the regulation and government affairs practice

WinterWyman Names President

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Waltham, MA-based WinterWyman appointed Scott Ragusa as president, succeeding Bob Boudreau, who had been CEO since 2002. Mr. Ragusa was previously president of WinterWyman’s contract staffing and contingency search businesses. He will

Quick Leonard Kieffer Forms Joint Venture with BPI Group

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has partnered with BPI Group, a consulting firm with global experts in leadership, talent and career transition. Named Quick & BPI Group, the combined organization looks to offer “best-in-class” career transition services. “We’re thrilled to partner with BPI group to bring best-in-class career transition services and other talent management solutions to our clients,” said Roger Quick, founder

Leadership Turnover Creates Surge in Searches for College Presidents

A growing number of top colleges around the country are looking for high-profile leaders to take them into the future. In most cases, executive recruiting firms have had a hand in some aspect of the search and selection process. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search, for one, has been enlisted to find the next president for the University

Tyler & Company Seeks New Leader for Peterson Health

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. A number of healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders in recent months. Recently, Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company was selected by Peterson Health in

Lois L. Lindauer Searches Tapped by Old South Meeting House to Find New Leader

The Old South Meeting House has selected the services of Boston-based recruitment firm Lois L. Lindauer Searches to lead its search for a new executive director. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. Reporting to the board of managers of Old South Association in Boston, the executive director is the CEO of the Old South Meeting House museum

RSR Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Rebecca Holland New as a managing director, leading the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. She is based in Raleigh, NC. Ms. New brings more than 20 years of extensive experience advising senior management on transitional and growth, talent and human capital strategies and was recently recognized as one of 2018’s Fiercest Women in

Savannah Group Expands With Two More Partners

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group has expanded with the addition of Simon Musgrave and Phil Coulter as partners within the firm’s industrial and digital & technology practices, respectively. “These latest acquisitions see Savannah expand its depth of capability within the digital and industrial arenas,” the firm said. Mr. Musgrave will be leading Savannah Group’s energy and industrial

Getting the Right Senior Level Candidates on the Radar

When discussing recruiting, the term “key selection criteria” simply refers to the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications that a job candidate needs to succeed in a role. In theory, a hiring manager would find someone who meets all of the requirements, make an offer and take off running. But when it’s an executive role that

Odgers Berndtson Names Head of U.S. Marketing

Building on its explosive growth in the U.S. last year, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Soh Won Cha as head of U.S. marketing. She joins the firm from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she was senior marketing manager of the Americas. “We’re very excited to welcome Soh Won to the Odgers team,” said Steve Potter, CEO

Sucherman Group Creates Sports Entertainment Practice; Looks to Global Expansion

New York-based Sucherman Group has named Simon Pollock as managing director, international, based in London, and Charles Gould as managing director, sports, based in New York. These newly-created roles mark the official launch of the firm’s sports entertainment and international practices and follow closely on the heels of the firm’s expansion to Silicon Valley and Silicon

Koblentz Group Places CEO at Genomind

Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Koblentz Group has recruited Shawn Patrick O’Brien as the new chief executive officer of personalized medicine company Genomind in King of Prussia, PA. He replaces Thomas Hess, who had been serving as interim CEO in addition to his regular role as CFO. Joel Koblentz and Jeffrey Neppl led the assignment. “Shawn’s impressive background

Vanderbloemen Search Group Seeks Pastor for Christ Church Nashville

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has been retained by interdenominational Christ Church Nashville in Tennessee to lead its search for a new senior pastor. The senior pastor for Christ Church Nashville will hold a primarily spiritual office, said Vanderbloemen Search Group. The individual must demonstrate godly character, competence and knowledge

6 Global Workforce Predictions for the New Year

The workforce continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid rate as transformations in society, government, culture, technology, communications and law impact employers. As we look forward to the year ahead, low unemployment, a rise in concern over how technology is shaping the future of work and a series of movements giving power to the people are

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