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Protis Global Adds Focus on Women to Board Practice

Executive recruitment and talent advisory firm Protis Global is expanding its board practice to include a vertical focused on the placement of women board members, for new and existing clients. Samantha Ford, senior vice president of cannabis business development, will lead the initiative, while continuing to centralize her efforts around the cannabis industry. The firm said that Ms. Ford, who


The Miles Group/TMG Expands with Former McKinsey CEO Coach

Seasoned CEO and executive coach Endre Holen has joined executive recruitment firm The Miles Group/TMG as managing director. He has served as a top advisor to influential, industry-changing CEOs for more than 25 years. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Endre coming on – he brings tremendous experience working with top talent and a passion for

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Borrer Executive Search Places CFO and Chief Communications Officer for IMD Business School

Lausanne, Switzerland-based Borrer Executive Search has helped place Peggy Le Roux as chief finance and administrative officer as well as Delia Fischer as chief communications officer at IMD Business School. Ms. Le Roux joins the Lausanne- and Singapore-based business school from watch manufacturer Jaeger-Coultre, where she served as CFO for eight years. Before that, she was head of controlling for 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?


Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Germany

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Adrian & Roth Personalberatung as its newest member firm. With the new partner office in Munich, Kennedy Executive gains an even stronger presence in Germany and the German-speaking markets. Adrian & Roth (A&R) was founded in 2002. The firm has more than 20


Netflix Ordered to Stop Recruiting Executives from Rivals

A judge in California has just issued an injunction against streaming powerhouse Netflix, prohibiting it from attempting to hire Fox TV and film executives who are under contract. The ruling yesterday afternoon in LA Superior Court hands a win to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp and Fox 21, the studios that sued Netflix three years


WittKieffer Tapped by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Find Chief People Officer

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find top talent leaders, including chief people officers. The latest: WittKieffer has been retained by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to lead its search for a new chief people officer. Kim Smith, Tom Quinn and Kerry Quealy are leading the assignment. “This is


University of Missouri Turns to Parker Executive Search to Find Head Football Coach

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors, coaches and senior level front office staff. The latest: Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search recently placed Eliah Drinkwitz as the head football coach at the University of Missouri. Mr. Drinkwitz is coming off an impressive 2019 season at Appalachian State, where he led the


Stanton Chase Appoints HR Practice Leader for North America

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has continued its recent expansion with the addition of veteran HR executive Bill Brewer as the firm’s human resources practice leader in North America and a director in its Los Angeles office. As the regional HR specialization leader, Mr. Brewer consults with boards and CEOs on assessing and acquiring best-in-class human resources officers. He leads


The RSA Group Names Chief Commercial Officer

The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has named Kristian Jürgensen as chief commercial officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Jürgensen is charged with ensuring that all functions of the organization are aligned to meet strategic commercial objectives and will continue to drive business growth. “I


Crafting a Job Spec That Draws Top Talent

A search firm and client can spend 15 minutes or 15 hours drafting a position specification, but it can emerge as a useless document either way. According to William Lepiesza of The Alexander Group, a well-crafted specification, or “spec” for short, is the foundation upon which a successful search is built. “Without the right approach


Uber Picks Hanold Associates for Head of Talent Acquisition Search

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 been chosen to lead Uber’s search for a head of talent acquisition in its Advance Technology Groups unit. Ashley Schiele and Mayank Parikh are spearheading the assignment. The position is based in Pittsburgh, PA. The head of talent acquisition


Diversified Search Finds CEO for Eastern Connecticut Health Network

Philadelphia-based Diversified Search placed Deborah Weymouth as president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). The assignment was conducted by James A. Langston, managing director and financial officers practice leader, and managing director Ken Hirshman. “I am pleased to welcome Deborah to ECHN and I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to ECHN’s


Aspen Leadership Group Seeks Leader for League of American Orchestras

Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, is seeking a new president and chief executive officer for the League of American Orchestras. “The CEO will further the fulfillment of the mission of the League of American Orchestras: to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the


20/20 Foresight Executive Search Appoints Managing Director in San Francisco

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of John Spitzler as managing director. He will head both 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing operations throughout California from his home base in San Francisco. “20/20 Foresight offers our career consultants a unique atmosphere in which to grow their business,” said Bob Cavoto, managing principal and founder


Upbeat Hiring Plans Heading Into the New Year

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain steady into the first 90 days of 2020 though regional and industry forecasts are mixed, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors said they were expecting headcount to grow. This is the eighth consecutive year of


DHR International Assists Florida State Land New Football Coach

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Mike Norvell as the new head football coach for Florida State University. Willie Taggart was fired in early November after going 9-12 during his tenure with the team. “It was an honor to be entrusted with the search for the new leader of one


University of Utah Enlists Spelman Johnson for Chief Safety Officer Search

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been chosen to find a chief safety officer for the University Of Utah in Salt Lake City. The university created the role in the wake of the murder of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey in October 2018. An independent review subsequently found that university police failed to respond properly to Ms.


ZRG Partners Expands Financial Services Practice

ZRG Partners, one of the fastest growing executive search firms, has expanded with the addition of Michael Castine to its financial services practice. He will be based in New York City. Mr. Castine brings 30 years of executive search experience to the firm. Previously, he was a partner with Ridgeway Partners for the past six years. He


HW Global Talent Partner Adds Finance Director to Fuel Growth

U.K.-based executive search firm HW Global Talent Partner has named Rob Pettican as its new finance director at a time in which the firm is targeting rapid growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. In a new position created to support the planned expansion of the group, he will be accountable for the firm’s finances.


The Upskilling Deadlock to Continue in 2020

Recent research has revealed a paradox at the heart of current debates around upskilling. On the one hand, the vast majority of U.S. workers believe it’s imperative to train for and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes in the workplace. On the other, that same contingent of workers also say that neither


Myers McRae Recruits Provost for Methodist College

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has placed Suzanne Blum Malley as the new provost for Methodist University. She will assume her new position on Jan. 15. Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president, led the assignment. “Dr. Blum Malley brings to us a strong track record of academic and scholarly success,


Insight Executive Search Seeks Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer for Walton Family Foundation

Insight Executive Search, which finds top talent for non-profit, research and commercial organizations, has been chosen to find a strategic learning and evaluation officer for the Walton Family Foundation. Vice president Ari Ayares is leading the assignment for the Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm. The new strategic learning and evaluation officer will be charged with working


The Jackson Laboratory Taps Heidrick & Struggles to Find CHRO

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company, and they are expected to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets,


The Taplow Group Unveils New Board of Directors

Board service can be one of the most rewarding career experiences: It’s the opportunity to see firsthand how another company operates at the highest levels and to work with – and learn from – accomplished, articulate and intelligent people. It’s why many leaders decide to start down the path to the boardroom. It’s also why


Korn Ferry Posts Flat Q2 Revenues

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $492.4 million, down one percent (up one percent at constant currency) from last year. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – recorded net income was $42.8 million, compared to a loss of $46 million in the second quarter of last


Unemployment Rate Dips Again as Economy Pushes Forward, Despite Concerns

Employers added 266,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase was above the 180,000 forecast by economists. The November gain is the 110th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed currently stands at 5.89 million. “We still see


The Bowdoin Group Recruits President for Mayo Clinic Platform

The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has placed John Halamka as the new president of Mayo Clinic Platform, which is committed to elevating Mayo Clinic to a global leadership position within digital healthcare. He will start in his new role on Jan. 1. “Dr. Halamka has a proven track record of success in innovation


Ventura Partners Plays Key Role in Returning Head Football Coach to Rutgers

Executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has helped to bring Greg Schiano back to Rutgers University for a second stint as head football coach. Mr. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances during his previous tenure, from 2001 to 2011. Partner Chad Chatlos led the assignment for the search firm. Mr. Schiano left Rutgers in 2012

Heidrick & Struggles Posts 2.9 Percent Revenue Decline

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) posted third quarter revenues of $182.1 million, a 2.9 percent decline from revenues of $187.6 million the same period a year ago. Executive search revenue declined 3.2 percent year over year, or $5.6 million, from $172.1 million last year. Revenue increased 2.2 percent in the

Chrisman & Company Seeking President for Western Bankers Association

The Western Bankers Association (WBA) has retained Chrisman & Company, a Los Angeles-based executive search firm specializing in the financial services industry, to conduct a search for its next president and CEO. Past CEO Simone Lagomarsino left the company in December. The board of directors named COO Maurine Padden interim president and CEO. Managing partner

Smith & Wilkinson Seeks Chief Credit Officer for Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Scarborough, ME-based recruitment firm Smith & Wilkinson has been selected to help find a chief credit officer for Boiling Springs Savings Bank in Rutherford, NJ. A new position for the privately held bank, the role involves overseeing credit policy, commercial, residential and consumer underwriting, loan review and special assets/workout, said Smith & Wilkinson. The chief

Lucas Group Continues Recent Expansion

Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded with the addition of Dan Ladrech as the new managing partner for the manufacturing practice group. Mr. Ladrech and his team will work out of Lucas Group’s San Diego office and focus on manufacturing and supply chain recruiting throughout the western United States. “Dan brings an impressive career in

Robert Half Posts Strong Q4 and Year End Revenues

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted full-year revenues of $5.80 billion, up from $5.27 billion the prior year. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company posted fourth quarter revenues of $1.48 billion, a 10.1 percent increase from the same period last year. The results topped Wall Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.46 billion. For the year, net

How to Win the War for Talent

Attracting and landing top leadership talent has never been more difficult. A record low unemployment rate has tightened the labor pool. Added to the challenges are two new hiring hurdles which are creating a perfect storm. New pay equity laws are adding headaches to open searches and hiring processes, and more onerous E.U. data management

Phillips Oppenheim Recruits New Director for the National Gallery of Art

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has placed Kaywin Feldman as the fifth director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She becomes the first women to lead the organization. Ms. Feldman will assume her new role on March 11. She succeeds Earl “Rusty” Powell, who has served as the director since 1992. Principal Sarah James and partner Becky

Myers McRae Seeks Development Officer for Clarion University Foundation

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has been chosen to find a new development officer for the Clarion University Foundation, which helps to support Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Search firm president Kenny Daugherty is leading the assignment. The mission of the Clarion University Foundation is “to provide financial and other support deemed necessary

Kirby Bates Associates Expands with Two Senior Hires

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. As a result, the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, Orlando, FL-headquartered healthcare-focused search firm Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) expanded with two key strategic

ManpowerGroup Posts Five Percent Revenue Gain

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted full-year revenues of $22 billion, an increase of five percent from $21 billion a year ago. The company posted fourth-quarter revenues of $5.4 billion, a decrease of four percent from the year earlier period. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.54 billion. U.S. revenue fell 5.1

Executive Recruiters See Market Stability in Today’s Jobs Report Figures

Employers added 304,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.0 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. Wall Street analysts had expected an increase of about 165,000. The January gain is the 100th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people currently stands

Odgers Berndtson Finds Athletics Director for Farleigh Dickinson University

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Global search firm Odgers Berndtson recently placed Bradford D. Hurlbut as the new director of athletics for Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Teaneck, NJ. Partner Greg Santore, head of the search firm’s U.S. sports leadership practice, led the assignment. Mr. Hurlbut, who starts in his

Sheffield Haworth Announces Promotions after Record Breaking 2018

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has announced numerous promotions across their global offices to recognize individuals’ exceptional performance and contribution to the business after a record breaking 2018. Among the 21 promotions include six new managing directors based in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices. These include: Sarah Harte and

Gans, Gans & Associates Lands New Leader for St. Louis Housing Authority

Following a national search, executive recruiters Gans, Gans & Associates has placed Alana Green as the new executive director of the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA). Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield led the assignment. “We are delighted to have Alana Green lead our housing authority,” said Shelby Watson, chairman of St. Louis Housing Authority’s board of commissioners. “After an

IMSA Search Global Partners Adds New Member Firm in Norway

Global recruiting consortiums continue to take advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Among them, executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Norwegian recruiting firm Search House as its newest member firm. Search House is an independent recruitment company in Mid-Norway, with expertise in methodology for business analysis, selection and process management, specially designed

NFL Taps Hanold Associates to Find CHRO

With the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams just days away from clashing Sunday in Super Bowl LIII, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has kicked off its search for the National Football League’s next chief human resources officer (CHRO). The front-office opening is a vital one for an organization that is among the top professional sports

Boyden Finds New Leader for Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association

Global executive search firm Boyden has placed Amy Efantis as the new president and chief executive officer of the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) in Annapolis, MD. Partners Trevor Pritchard and Steve Nilsen led the assignment for Boyden. PPTA, a trade association, represents more than 750 human plasma collection centers in North America and Europe

ON Partners Recruits CEO for Inkling Systems

Executive search firm ON Partners has recruited Jeff Carr as the new CEO of Inkling Systems in San Francisco. He replaces Matt MacInnis, who co-founded the company in 2009 and has led it through progressive stages of growth and acquisition. Partner Jeff Hocking led the search assignment. “Inkling, which is backed by Marlin Equity, provides McDonald’s, Comcast, Wholefoods, Allstate and

McDermott & Bull Adds Talent Acquisition Director

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded with the addition of Heather Cameron as director of talent acquisition and operations. She is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s expansion in which she will be responsible for leading internal hiring, overseeing operations and supporting the executive search practice in Canada. Ms. Cameron will also be

Jordan Search Consultants Names COO

O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants (JSC) has promoted DJ Larson to chief operating officer. In this role, Mr. Larson is responsible for overseeing business development initiatives as well as directing day-to-day operations. Additional duties include leading and managing the firm’s team of eight consultants and associates. Mr. Larson has been serving as director of client

Top 5 Reasons Why the Job Market will Flourish in 2019

The U.S. is looking toward its 100th straight month of job gains when the January Labor Report comes out on Friday. Many observers say that the pace of growth, with an average of more than 200,000 jobs created each month, is unsustainable. Some are even predicting a recession before 2020. But that is far from

Spencer Stuart Seeking Premier League CEO After Winning Candidate Snubs Job

Jonathan Smith of Spencer Stuart has restarted a CEO search for the Premier League after the winning candidate, Susanna Dinnage, changed her mind about the job. Ms. Dinnage was set to become one of the most prominent women in professional sports, but the former leader of Discovery Communications said six weeks after her hiring that she would not take the role

The Hunter Group Finds CFO for Kenwal Steel

The Hunter Group, a Bloomfield Hills, MI-headquartered executive search firm, has placed Laura Kowalchik as the new CFO of Kenwal Steel Corp. She replaces Frank Jerneycic, who retired from Kenwal in December. “Laura brings an excellent, well-rounded set of experiences to Kenwal with her global automotive and industrial finance, and accounting leadership skills,” said Kenneth Eisenberg,

Tyler & Company Names Head of Interim Division

Atlanta-based Tyler & Company recently named Jennifer Becker as its national interim division practice leader, a new position within the executive search firm, which serves the healthcare industry. “Ms. Becker will focus her time and attention to growing our interim service line,” said the firm. “She will be our point person for our interim practice and spearhead our effort to

Caldwell Adds Global Mining Specialist

Mining plays a vital role in the economy of states and regions where the industry is concentrated. The minerals and products produced in this sector are also critical to the nation’s economy. Mining industry employers, for their part, say that this year they expect the strongest industry sector comparisons labor market in 10 years, according to the

How to Leverage Talent Management

In today’s challenging environment, effective workforce management is a significant asset in all lines of business. It’s critical to have executive talent that not only has the right competencies but who can perform at the highest levels and employ strong strategies. Developing and nurturing such leaders is now seen as more vital than ever. In

Chelsea Partners Finds Top Leaders for Southern California Sports Groups

Chelsea Partners, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, recently placed top leaders for the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) as well as the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG). The assignments were led by Andy Knox, the search firm’s managing director. Marla Messing, who was on the executive

Solomon Page Acquires E.A. Hughes & Co.

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The latest: New York-based search firm Solomon Page has acquired retail specialists E.A. Hughes & Co.  Financial terms of deal were undisclosed. “We’ve done about four acquisitions over our 28-year history, in healthcare executive search, the publishing search space, in the legal staffing world and

Kensington International Lands President of Global Power for Black & Veatch

Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International has placed former Siemens Process Industries CEO Mario Azar as the new president of global power for Black & Veatch. The assignment was led by the search firm’s founder and managing partner, Brian Clarke. The search involved an extensive and thorough internal and external assessment and selection process that attracted

Cornerstone International Group Names Board Chair for Global Marketing

Marketing and branding professionals continue to gain stature at executive search firms. Recently, Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, appointed Diego Cubas as its new board chair for global marketing. “As we continue to develop and expand, it became evident that this role was needed to provide leadership into the

Ensuring Survival in Executive Search

Remaining relevant in today’s highly competitive business climate is one of the executive search industry’s toughest challenges, according to Tim Sheffield, chairman of Sheffield Haworth, in a new report by Invenias, a global provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. “Clients are far more sophisticated in how they acquire senior talent than ever before,” said

Academic Search Recruits Provost for Gonzaga University

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has placed Deena González as the new provost of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She will succeed Lizbeth Martin, who is serving as interim provost for the 2018-19 academic year and is facilitating Gonzaga’s transition to a provost structure. Search firm president and senior consultant L. Jay Lemons led the assignment, along with senior consultant Ann

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