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Heidrick & Struggles’ first annual survey of data, analytics and artificial intelligence executives examines both organizational structure and compensation for roles with these responsibilities.

Attracting Top Talent in the Age of AI

Artificial intelligence and automated technologies are about to transform the search for people. David Chan, CEO of Bo Le Associates, discusses how to find and retain talent in the workplace of tomorrow.

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Women Returning to Workforce in Droves

For the better part of the past three years, professional women have been challenged with significant gender equity setbacks. Slayton Search Partners’ last analysis of women in the workforce revealed a dismal state; in 2022, female workforce participation was at its lowest in 33 years. “Women were burning out and leaving the labor force at far higher rates than


Prodigy Search Fills Senior Position for the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL)

Prodigy Search, a boutique recruiting firm serving the talent needs of media, sports, and entertainment organizations, has recruited Amy Scheer as senior vice president of business operations for the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL). She succeeds Ami Galani, of Elysian Park Ventures, who has been serving on an interim basis since August. “Amy is a

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Executive Recruiters Pull Off Another Remarkable Year, Remain Bullish for 2023

Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual rankings of leading executive recruiters. In the U.S. and globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2022, a result of continued pentup demand for senior-level leaders and their key reports.


The Tolan Group Recruits COO at Behavioral Health Solutions

The Tolan Group (TTG) recently assisted in the placement Brian Martin as the new chief operating officer at Behavioral Health Solutions. Mr. Martin brings over two decades of invaluable healthcare experience, a proven track record in leadership, and a commitment to driving excellence in healthcare services. Behavioral Health Solutions is a leading provider of mental healthcare

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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?


ON Partners Recruits President for Bold Group

ON Partners’ Andy Hickman recently placed Marcus Bring as the president of Bold Group, part of EverCommerce Security & Alarm Solutions. “We welcome Marcus’s leadership at this critical time of growth in the security industry. The industry is stronger than it has ever been and leads the way in the adoption of new technologies to further


How CHROs Can Steer the Ship to Success in 2024

What does it mean to lead with vision? That’s the question on our minds as we head into 2024, and you’ve probably thought about it, too. We talk so much about the importance of outstanding leadership, but we must remember the other piece of that puzzle: getting people ready to take on and succeed in


True Assists Yahoo with the Recruitment of Chief Communications Officer

Gail Tifford and Rachel Randolph of global talent provider True has assisted in the recruitment of Sona Iliffe-Moon as the new chief communications officer. “Sona has a proven track record in elevating influential brands, and we look forward to welcoming her to Yahoo at a pivotal inflection point in the company’s history,” said Jim Lanzone, CEO of


The University of Tennessee – Oak Ridge Innovation Institute Taps JDG Associates to Find New Leader

Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has been retained by the University of Tennessee – Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) to find its next executive director and vice provost. This executive serves as the senior leader responsible for the oversight of the institute’s vision, management, and operations, as well as for the development, planning, and implementation


Kincannon & Reed Recruits President and COO for Clarkson Grain Company

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently placed Kevin Pray as the organization’s new president and chief operating officer of Clarkson Grain Company. The assignment was led by managing partner John Wright and managing director Carolyn Schubert. “A seasoned ag professional, Kevin’s strong background in both


Kestria Adds Reimaginum in Romania as its Newest Member Firm

Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has added Reimaginum as its newest member firm. Reimaginum is a Romanian boutique talent acquisition firm with over 45 years of collective expertise. While their recent focus has been on the technology sector, they also have market knowledge and experience in domains such as real estate,


A Guide to Serving on a Search Committee

Search committees harness a range of perspectives to determine or advise on who will be placed in critical leadership roles. In offering their time, wisdom, and points of view during periods of change and transition, members of a search committee work together not only to fill a position but to build a bridge from one


Starfish Partners Acquires INNOVA People

Starfish Partners, an investment and ownership platform for niched professional and mid-to-upper management search specialists, has acquired INNOVA People, a Bend, OR-based firm that works across North America recruiting talent in the healthcare and technology industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Joel is one of those rare combinations of superior capabilities and


Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Nordstrom

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Lisa Price as chief human resources officer of Nordstrom, Inc. in Seattle, WA. “With nearly three decades of experience driving and creating culture for large global organizations and previous experience working at Nordstrom, Lisa understands that the success of our business starts with our people,” said Erik Nordstrom,


Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CEO for the Dallas Zoo

Following a comprehensive national search for a new leader for the organization, Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has placed Lisa New as the new CEO of the Dallas Zoo. She will be the Zoo’s first female CEO in its 135-year history. Ms. New succeeds someone she often has recognized as one of her mentors, Gregg Hudson,


Aya Healthcare Acquires Winnow AI

Aya Healthcare, a healthcare recruiting provider, has acquired Winnow AI, which uses artificial intelligence to match physicians with open roles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Winnow AI was created by SwitchPoint Ventures, a venture studio that builds AI-driven business solutions for the challenges of healthcare. “Winnow AI offers a more targeted approach


EY Survey Reveals Enthusiasm For AI Will Drive M&A Frenzy

According to new survey data from EY, CEOs in the United States are riding a wave of optimism when it comes to revenue, profits, transactions, and the potential of generative AI. Survey data published this past month reveals that business leaders are confidently steering their organizations towards profitability, even as economic concerns loom. While AI


Egon Zehnder Selected by BP to Find New CEO

Leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder has been called in by BP to lead in its for a new CEO, according to Sky News. Its search is expected to encompass external candidates as well as internal candidates, including the interim chief executive Murray Auchincloss. According to Sky insiders, Mr. Auchincloss, who was previously BP’s finance chief, has


Buffkin / Baker Recruits Director of Athletics for Middle Georgia State University

Partner-led executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has placed Michael Brown as the director of athletics for Middle Georgia State University (MGA) in Macon. Partner Kenn Carrick and principal Janny DeLoache led the assignment. “The goal of transition to NCAA Division II is to provide student-athletes with enhanced opportunities for competition, as well as greater access to


Direct Recruiters Inc. Appoints Practice Leader

OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has named Christian Byrd as practice leader, medical device, overseeing operations in North America and the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Christian will partner with medical device clients across various functions, including commercial, medical, clinical, R&D, regulatory, quality and safety to provide customized recruitment solutions. “We are thrilled to welcome Christian to the


Hudson Global RPO Appoints CEO

Hudson RPO, a global total talent solutions company owned by Old Greenwich, Conn.-based recruiting firm Hudson Global Inc., has named Jacob Zabkowicz as global chief executive officer. “I am excited to welcome Jake to the Hudson RPO team,” said Jeff Eberwein, CEO of Hudson Global. “Jake’s growth orientation and winning mindset will help Hudson RPO achieve its aggressive growth goals. Over the


How Private Equity Outfits are Keeping Recruiters Busy

Attracting and retaining top talent is a challenge given the specialized skills and experience required to be successful in a private equity-backed portfolio company. When seeking potential talent for leadership positions, PE firms are laser-focused on finding specific domains and industry expertise to fit the unique culture and environment of their investments, according to Rob


Caldwell Recruits CISO for West Fraser

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 led


Massey Henry Seeking CFO/CRO for SaskCentral

Toronto-based executive search firm Massey Henry was recently retained by SaskCentral to lead in its search for a chief risk officer and chief financial officer. Reporting to the CEO, this executive ensures the financial and operational viability of SaskCentral, leading and supporting the strategic vision and development of high-level corporate business objectives at the board and


Harris Search Associates Recruiting Founding Dean for Xavier University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

Following an extensive national search that included a highly competitive candidate pool from across the country, Harris Search Associates has placed Steven Halm as founding Dean of the Xavier University proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, which slated to become the nation’s first Jesuit osteopathic medicine school opening its doors to students in 2027. “Xavier is gaining a


NPAworldwide Adds 13 Member Firms in the U.S.

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added 22 new member locations in the U.S. “Congratulations to each of our new member firms,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining our recruiting network, these firms are invested as owners. Our continued membership growth allows independent recruitment firms to more effectively serve their clients and candidates by adding


Arts Consulting Group Tapped by the Bruce to Lead COO Search

Boston-based search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has been retained by the Bruce Museum (the Bruce) in Greenwich, Conn, to lead in its search for a new chief operating officer. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, senior vice president, and Josyanne Roche, vice president, are leading the assignment for the search firm. The COO, in partnership with the executive director and CEO,


5 Top Skills for Human Resources Leaders Today

Human resources leadership continues to plays an important role in shaping an organization’s success by effectively managing its most valuable asset – its people. As the HR landscape continues to evolve, HR leaders must equip themselves with essential skills that go beyond traditional administrative tasks. In this article, The Christopher Group explores five essential skills


ON Partners Recruits CEO for MacStadium

Co-president Matt Mooney and partner Jake Espenlaub of ON Partners have recruited Kenneth Tacelli as the new president and CEO of MacStadium, an Atlanta-based Mac cloud provider. He succeeds co-founder Gregory McGraw, who has transitioned to executive chair of the MacStadium board of directors. Mr. McGraw recently announced his retirement after a 12 year tenure building and leading the company. “We are thrilled


Bannerot Partners Assists Remington Hospitality with CHRO Search

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them 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,

CEOs Positioning their Companies for the Long Haul

How do you prepare for a recession that never quite arrives? More than halfway through 2023, economists and market watchers in the United States are starting to take seriously the possibility of a domestic “soft landing” buoyed by labor market resilience, moderating inflation and gently slowing final demand growth, according to EY. But corporate leaders

BridgeStreet Partners Fills Senior Positions for Communities Foundation of Texas

BridgeStreet Partners recently filled three senior roles for Communities Foundation of Texas. The search firm recruited Jim Berry as chief financial officer, Truman Greene as chief human resources officer, and Roger Santone as chief information officer for the non-profit organization. “As Communities Foundation of Texas has continued to grow, a top propriety has been ensuring its

Renovata & Company Recruits CEO for Boost.ai

Global executive search and private equity advisory firm Renovata & Company has placed Jerry Haywood as chief executive officer for Boost.ai, a global leader in conversational artificial intelligence for Fortune 1000 companies. He will succeed founder and current CEO Lars Ropeid Selsås, who will give greater focus to product development and innovation. “Jerry has more than

Today’s General Counsel is Helping Drive Strategy, and More

Given the environment that businesses operate in today, the general counsel role has become a critical, and invaluable, member of leadership teams everywhere, with no end in sight for the demand for these leaders. With that said, lawyerly advice is hardly this senior executive’s most important contribution. With their insights into virtually every aspect of

Talent’s Role in Shifting to the Cloud

Everyone is talking about the journey to the cloud. Before the pandemic, 88 percent of all organizations had begun the transition, although most are only a short way into that journey. Most enterprises are only at 20 percent of full cloud integration, says one study, by IBM and McKinsey. The reason most companies are still

Caldwell Recruits Chief Customer Experience Officer for Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions

Customers matter. It sounds simple. But these days, companies are coming to better accept and understand that concept and weave it into their strategic vision. So it is that businesses of all kinds are increasingly bringing aboard chief customer officers (CCO), the most effective of whom wield influence across an organization and into the C-suite.

ON Partners Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for Vivodyne

Andy Hickman and Alex Pelak of ON Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Susan Billings as chief commercial officer of Philadelphia-based biotechnology company Vivodyne. “Dr. Billings brings an exceptionally rare combination of world-class experience in commercial strategy, strong character, and deep scientific expertise to Vivodyne,” said Andrei Georgescu, CEO. “I cannot overstate how thrilled we

The Barton Partnership Appoints Executive Chair

The Barton Partnership a U.K.-based executive search firm, has appointed Tara Ricks as its executive chair. “Securing Tara as executive chair is a coup for the company,” said Nicholas Barton, founder. “Her track record, extensive experience, and industry credentials speak for themselves, and I have no doubt she will add tremendous value to our growth

Talent Management in a Hot Market and What CEOs are Thinking

Talent management – the strategy behind recruiting, developing, and maintaining employees, especially top-performers – has been important to companies for decades. But since COVID upended workforce norms, talent management has become priority No. 1. With personnel in the driver’s seat, it’s a hot market, say executive recruiters. As the pandemic edged toward an endemic, people

The McCormick Group Recruits New Leader for the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, has assisted in the recruitment of Brad Wong as the new chief executive officer and executive director of the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF). He succeeds outgoing interim CEO, Janice Frey-Angel, who led the foundation for the past two years and has fulfilled her

Steven John & Associates Recruits General Counsel for Save the Redwoods League

Executive search firm Steven John & Associates has helped to place Jeffrey Hoelsken as the new general counsel for Save the Redwoods League, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Mr. Hoelsken was formerly senior counsel for Paragon Legal, a legal services firm that provides interim in-house counsel to corporate legal departments, also in San Francisco.

Bespoke Partners Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners continues its recent growth with the addition of Adam Boone as chief marketing officer. “We’re thrilled to have a marketing leader of Boone’s caliber join our team to shape our go-to-market initiatives and growth strategies,” said Eric Walczykowski, CEO of Bespoke. “Boone brings key insights and experience to grow our

Heidrick & Struggles Names Leader of Mexico City Office

Chicago-headquartered executive search, leadership consulting, and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Carlos Vázquez as the new partner in charge of its Mexico City office. The appointment of Mr. Vázquez, a veteran executive recruiter, signals Heidrick & Struggles’ intention to continue to expand strategically in Latin America. “We are excited that Carlos

The Role of CEOs in Mergers and Acquisitions

Despite all the challenges this year, there are signs of an improving economy. Unemployment numbers are decreasing after a substantial increase earlier this year. Many companies are increasing output. And mergers and acquisitions are bouncing back – perhaps not surprisingly, given the number of companies which have become attractive targets as a result of a

DHR Global Acquires Boyden, Calgary

DHR Global has acquired the Prairies offices (Calgary and Saskatoon) of executive search firm Boyden. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This move strengthens DHR’s presence in Canada, adding 12 partner, associate, and administrative professionals to the DHR Calgary office and expanding its expertise across functions and key industries. DHR’s Calgary office is a

Lonergan Partners Recruits Chief Product Officer for Lucata Systems

Today’s chief product officer is responsible for all product-related matters, and the role is growing in demand, according to executive recruiters who place them. The position typically includes product conception and development, production, innovation, and project and product management. In many IT/ telecommunications companies, the position includes release management and production. Chief product officers generally work on

AGB Search Recruits President for Princeton Theological Seminary

Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, which specializes in higher education leadership assignments, recently placed Jonathan Lee Walton as the eight president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He succeeds M. Craig Barnes, who has served as Princeton Seminary’s president since January 2013. Consultants Loren Anderson and Shannon McCambridge spearheaded the assignment. Princeton Seminary community members involved in the search speak of Dr. Walton’s appointment

Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged in November

Employment rose by 263,000 in November as the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, healthcare, and government. Employment declined in retail trade and in transportation and warehousing. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment

Executive Recruiters Upping Their Efforts to Help Organizations Achieve Diversity Goals

Anyone who works in executive search right now has seen, and will continue to see, a push for more lists of diverse candidates for open roles. “We are also seeing organizations start to mandate diversity numbers as a benchmark for DEI success, and seeing an influx of diverse candidates at the executive level as a

Recruiting the Right CIO for a Non-Profit

Chief information officers are an indispensable tool for helping organizations fulfill their mission for the social or demographic they serve. A major investment in differentiating a non-profit, a quality CIO requires a unique set of technical and cultural skills. So how does one identify the right CIO for their non-profit? A new report from DHR

WittKieffer Tapped by the United States Naval Academy to Find New Provost

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD, has retained Oak Brook, IL-based search firm WittKieffer to lead in its search for a new provost. This leader will succeed Andrew Phillips, who has served in the role since 2009. Senior partner John K. Thornburgh and principal Melody Rose are spearheading the assignment for the search firm. The academic dean

Artico Search Recruits VP of People for CM Group

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

True Expands Into Latin America

Executive recruiting firm True Search expanded to Latin America with the addition of Juan Dominguez who will serve as partner and head of LATAM. “True offers clients a people-focused and tech-forward partnership to solve their talent needs,” said Jon Mackey, True co-GM, Americas. “Juan is a natural connector of people and the perfect architect to build

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

ZRG Partners Acquires Hub Recruiting

ZRG Partners has acquired Hub Recruiting, LLC., a boutique recruiting process outsourcing firm. “Increasingly, our clients have asked for support for volume hiring in complex sales, engineering, and technical roles, but we did not have that capability,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Hub adds that capability, enabling us to support recruiting for project-based, volume

Hunt Club Secures $40 Million in Funding

Chicago-headquartered referral recruiting service Hunt Club has raised $40 million Series B round co-led by WestCap and Sator Grove. The investment round follows Hunt Club’s $10 million Series A financing in October 2021, and will fuel the company’s national expansion, technology platform enhancements, and broaden its community of over 20,000 business leaders who help connect the

Korn Ferry Posts 14 Percent Revenue Increase

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2023 second quarter revenue of $727.8 million, an increase of 14 percent from the second quarter of last year. Revenue increased in all lines of business except executive search which was down about seven percent compared to the same period a year ago. The acquisitions of Lucas Group, Patina and Infinity

BoardWalk Consulting Recruits New Leader for the Sierra Club

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has assisted in the recruitment of experienced civil rights leader, community organizer,  and coalition builder Ben Jealous as the new executive director of the Sierra Club in Oakland, CA. Mr. Jealous will be the seventh executive director since the position was created in 1952 and the first person of color to serve in

Kristie Nova to Lead Bespoke Partners’ CEO Practice

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has just announced that founding partner Kristie Nova will lead the firm’s dedicated practice placing high-impact chief executive officers in private equity portfolio companies. “I’m thrilled to return to my roots and lead our search practice to bring exceptional CEOs to our clients. The CEO plays the most

ON Partners Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Nutrient Survival

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, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Fast-growing executive search firm ON Partners recently

Salveson Stetson Group Recruits Top HR Executive for Colorcon

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has assisted in the recruitment of Valerie Nizard as global human resources leader of Colorcon in Harleysville, PA. “We recently had the honor of partnering with Colorcon in an executive search to find their new global human resources leader, and we are pleased to share that Valerie Nizard will be joining their

Kingsley Gate Partners Expands in London

Private equity-backed Kingsley Gate Partners has expanded in London with the addition of Amanda Pitt as a partner. “We are truly excited to welcome Amanda into the team,” said Francesca d’Arcangeli, global chief operating officer for Kingsley Gate Partners. “Amanda builds on our strength in technology and digital, bringing a wealth of experience in multiplatform marketing

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