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Kirby Bates Associates Seeking COO for South Denver Gastroenterology

Orlando, FL-headquartered healthcare-focused search firm Kirby Bates Associates was recently retained by South Denver Gastroenterology, P.C. to conduct a search for their inaugural chief operating officer. Leading the assignment are Livonne Engebrecht, senior executive recruiter, and Troy Keach, vice president search services. The chief operating officer, reporting to the chief executive officer, and a dyad relationship with the


Cornerstone International Group Names President

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has appointed Dan Heiman as its new president. His appointment is effective January 1, 2025. “This strategic move is part of our leadership succession plan, initiated in 2021, and marks a significant milestone in our 35-year history,” Cornerstone said. “Mr. Heiman’s extensive experience and

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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.


Chartwell Partners Recruits CFO for Highland Homes

Dallas, TX-based executive search firm Chartwell Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Mike Loftus as the new CFO for Highland Homes in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. Mr. Loftusis a strategic and operationally minded finance executive focused on helping companies grow by building high-performing teams and partnering closely with leaders to develop strategy and drive performance to

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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?


Diversified Search Group Expands Corporate Practice

Diversified Search Group (DSG), a leading search firm backed by private equity firm ShoreView Industries, has strengthened its corporate practice with the additions of Nora Sutherland and John Burnes as managing directors. Ms. Sutherland, who will serve as managing director in the corporate practice’s technology team, will provide talent consulting to private equity clients and other high-growth


Private Equity’s Top Value Lever: Outside Talent

Most research on the CEO labor market looks at public company chief executives while largely ignoring CEOs in private equity funded companies. New research from Paul Gompers, the Eugene Holman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, contends this is skewing our views of value creation and the big role certain CEOs play in


Bullhorn Acquires Textkernel

Recruiting software provider Bullhorn has acquired Textkernel, providers of sourcing AI solutions. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Sourcing AI is a huge investment area for Bullhorn, and we are truly excited to embark on this journey with Textkernel,” said Matt Fischer, president and chief operating officer of Bullhorn. “We congratulate CEO Gerard Mulder, COO


Anthem Executive Recruits CIO for Texas Woman’s University

Executive recruitment firm Anthem Executive has placed Henry G. Torres as the new chief information officer Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, TX. Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, Mike “JR” Wheless, and Florene Stawowy led the assignment. Dr. Torres joins TWU from the Arkansas State University System, where he has served as vice president of information technology & CIO. In his role at Arkansas


Greenwood Asher & Associates Recruits President for Milwaukee Area Technical College

Miramar Beach, FL-based executive recruitment firm Greenwood Asher & Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Anthony Cruz as the new president of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Tracey Weldon, Jim Johnsen, and Itza Walters led the assignment. The board made its selection during a special meeting following an expert-led national search. The process included a rigorous review


Kennedy Executive Search Adds Member Firm in Poland

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. Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, recently expanded


ZRG Secures $120 Million in Funding

ZRG, a global talent advisory firm and portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, has secured $120 million in debt financing from Main Street Capital Corporation and its affiliates. “This significant funding will bolster ZRG’s growth initiatives and enhance its ability to deliver innovative talent solutions to clients worldwide,” the firm said. “It is a great time to


Reffett & Associates Selected to Assist in Search for Architect of the Capitol for the U.S. Congress

The U.S. Senate Rules Committee, along with the U.S. House Committee on Administration, has selected Seattle, WA-based Reffett & Associates to assist with their search for the next Architect of the Capitol (AOC). Reffett & Associates was selected to work with the U.S. Congress based on their history of successful civilian senior level recruitments across all


McDermott + Bull Recruits CEO for Cocoon Inc.

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has recruited James R. Callan as president and CEO of Cocoon Inc., a middle-market leader in innovative corrosion-prevention solutions. This executive search was led by McDermott + Bull partner Jared Moriarty and senior executive recruiter Alyssa Camire. According to Leo Crotty, Cocoon founder and chairman of the board, the company was impressed


Cardinal Grange Assists Stephen F. Austin State University with AD Search

Cardinal Grange recently assisted in the recruitment of Michael McBroom as director of athletics at Stephen F. Austin State University. “We are excited about the future of Lumberjack athletics under McBroom’s leadership,” said Gina Oglesbee, interim president. “His proven ability to build championship-worthy programs — both on the playing surfaces and in the classroom —


Heidrick & Struggles Announces CFO Search

Executive search, leadership consulting, and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has announced that CFO Mark Harris has elected to depart the firm to pursue other opportunities. Heidrick has commenced a formal search for a new CFO, and Mr. Harris, who assumed the role in 2018, will remain with the firm until August 2024 to ensure continuity and a


Navigating DEI When Hiring Executive Leaders In Private Equity

In a historically homogenous sector, diversity rises as a leading differentiator among high performing private equity firms and their portfolio companies. From rising interest rates to increasing C-suite turnover, private equity firms and their portfolio companies have recently faced a spectrum of challenges that have limited their potential to achieve growth, according to a new report from Slayton


Lindauer Recruits Chief Development Officer for Boston Medical Center

Lindauer has recruited Susie Posner-Jones as vice president and chief development officer of Boston Medical Center (BMC), the largest essential hospital in New England. The search was led by Lindauer assistant vice president Terri Rutter and senior consultant Elsa Gomes Bondlow. “Susie Posner-Jones brings an exemplary record of success in donor engagement, along with a dedication throughout her career to


Kincannon & Reed Recruits COO for Double Good

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, has assisted in the recruitment of Aaron Scott  as chief operating officer – manufacturing at Double Good in Chicago. “A data-driven decision maker, Aaron is a strategic and collaborative leader who is proactive in his approach,” said Paul Izenstark, managing director.


Winsor Historical Society Selects Arts Consulting Group to Find New Leader

Boston-based search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has been retained by Winsor Historical Society in Connecticut to lead in its search for a new executive director. Renée Danger-James is leading the assignment. The executive director will serve as the chief executive officer of the Windsor Historical Society and will be a strategic and people-oriented executive who values

Eric Salmon & Partners Launches Leadership Development Services

Paris-headquartered executive search, leadership advisory, and board services firm Eric Salmon & Partners has launch its Leadership Development Services, designed to accelerate executive and team performance. “This new service line reinforces Eric Salmon & Partners’ commitment to fostering transformational leadership and sustainable corporate change,” the firm said. The newly launched Leadership Development Services team is dedicated to


How to Partner With an Executive Search Firm

In today’s dynamic talent market, aligning with the right executive search firm can be the difference between merely filling a position and truly transforming your leadership landscape. However, the efficacy of this partnership hinges not only on the capabilities of the search firm but also on the behaviors and actions of the clients themselves, according


Coulter Partners Announces New Senior Management Team

Life sciences recruiting specialist Coulter Partners has announced a strategic leadership transition and the reorganization of its senior leadership team. Effective immediately, Bianca Coulter, co-founder and current CEO, will assume the full-time role of executive chair; Nicholas Green will take up the reins as CEO; Joe Coulter, co-founder, will take a broadened chief operating officer role; Charlotte James becoming chief of staff and operations;


The Millard Group Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Nuspire

The Millard Group, which focuses on building executive teams for venture capital and private equity backed growth stage technology companies, has placed Brian Lamberger as the new chief revenue officer of Nuspire, a managed security services provider in Commerce, MI. “The addition of Brian to our team marks a significant step in our strategic growth initiatives,” said Lewie Dunsworth, CEO


Noetic Search Seeking New Leader for Children First Fund

Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Noetic Search has been retained by the Children First Fund (CFF) in Chicago to lead in its search for a new executive director. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will lead the evolution of CFF’s organizational model, including collaboration with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership, serving as a


WittKieffer Unveils New Program to Speed the Impact of Physician Executives

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has released a new program to expedite time to success for physician leaders taking on new roles. The accelerating impact for physician leaders solution differentiates itself from other physician leadership training and support in that it is customized to the executive, their specific role, and their organization. In addition to a coaching component, the program features


Keystone Partners Acquires The Ayers Group and Center for Executive Coaching

Keystone Partners, a founding member of Career Partners International and a portfolio company of Silver Oak Services Partners, has acquired The Ayers Group, a provider of executive coaching, leadership development and outplacement services, from Kelly Services, Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This strategic acquisition further broadens Keystone’s capacity to deliver career management


BarkerGilmore Assists Bio-Rad Laboratories with General Counsel Search

Boutique search firm BarkerGilmore, which specializes in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has helped to recruit healthcare industry executive Courtney Enloe as the new executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Bio-Rad Laboratories. The search was led by John Gilmore, managing partner, Brittney McDonough, partner, and Katie Gilmore, managing director. “Courtney’s experience scaling and developing global teams and navigating geopolitical


TM² Executive Search Fills Senior Position for Benedict College

TM² Executive Search (TM²), a subsidiary of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), has recruited Yohannis A. Job as the vice president of enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. After an extensive national search, Mr. Job stood out as the strongest candidate with an impressive background in advancing enrollment growth. “Mr. Job brings


TI Verbatim Consulting Names Director of Organizational Optimization

TI Verbatim Consulting, a culture assessment and DEI-oriented consulting firm, has appointed Jeffrey Hanrahan as the director of organizational optimization, where he will lead the department in its mission to “help people work better together” by creating organizational culture, process, and business improvements through assessments, evaluations, and expert consulting services emphasizing inclusion. Under his leadership,

How Recruiters Facilitate Founder-PE Firm Agreements When Sourcing New Talent

In the high-stakes world of private equity acquisitions, aligning the strategic visions of PE firms and the founders of the companies they acquire is pivotal for achieving aggressive growth targets and operational excellence. However, this alignment often encounters its first significant hurdle regarding talent acquisition—a critical component for scaling operations and enhancing value, according to

Talent Continues to be the Driving Force Behind Private Equity Firms

It has never been harder to attract top talent to private equity and PE portfolio companies. “We’re seeing a huge reluctance to leave jobs for anything less than top brands, and successfully recruiting out the absolute all-stars is requiring more than just outsized economics,” said Jordan Brugg, global head of private equity for Spencer Stuart.

Nexus Search Partners Places VP of HR for Positec Tool Corp.

Nexus Search Partners, an executive search and advisory firm in Charlotte, NC, has placed Sid Levy Jr. as vice president of human resources for Positec Tool Corp. Mr. brings a diverse background of management in many different business fields. “Levy is a rare-find-hire in the business world with such diverse and impactful experience across different

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Selected to Find New Leader for TransitCenter

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, was recently retained by TransitCenter in New York City to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Anne McCarthy, senior search associate Claire Hunt, and senior search coordinator Kaley Blaszinski are leading the assignment. The executive director must be a strategic and visionary leader

Wilton & Bain Grows Leadership Team

Wilton & Bain has expanded with the addition of Sam Wallace as a partner in its North American technology practice and as part of the wider leadership team. She will be based in Los Angeles. Ms. Wallace joins the firm to support its strategic global expansion, partnering with the current U.S. team, and deepening the opportunities for global

Solomon Page Appoints VP of Business Development

Responding to increased global demand for healthcare services, New York City headquartered executive search firm Solomon Page has expanded its healthcare staffing division by naming Tricia Weathers as vice president of business development. She will lead business development initiatives under the direction of Ron DeGasperis. Based in Georgia, Ms. Weathers will be supporting the team on

Russell Reynolds Associates Acquires Nvolv

Leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) has acquired Nvolv, a boutique leadership consulting firm serving CEOs and C-suite executives of global businesses. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Our acquisition of Nvolv represents a powerful opportunity for us to bolster our client offerings and further strengthen our preeminent position as leaders in C-suite leadership

Digital Technology’s Effect on Recruitment

Professional recruitment has changed considerably in the past decade or so, and, not surprisingly, the rise of digital technologies has played a major role. These technologies have made it so convenient to get the word out about a vacancy that needs to be filled, according to a recent report from Ward Howell International. “One job

SPMB Executive Search Places CFO for Komodo Health

SPMB Executive Search, which helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted Komodo Health, a leading healthcare technology company, in placing Vikas Mehta as its new chief financial officer. The assignment was led by partner Steven Popper. In his role as CFO, Mr. Mehta will be expected to help build on the company’s consistently

ZRG Acquires Helbling & Associates

ZRG, a global talent advisory firm and portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, has acquired Helbling & Associates, an executive search firm focused on real estate, facilities, and construction. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The addition of the Helbling team to the ZRG family will bolster our growing real estate practice,” said

ON Partners Recruits Chief Product Officer for Clio

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

For PE Firms, a Call to Embrace ESG

Despite growing support for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, many private equity firms have dismissed the concept. In a report last summer, McKinsey & Company cited four main criticisms of ESG – that it distracts from companies’ ultimate mission of creating profits, that it’s not feasible, that it’s not adequately measurable, and that even

The Outsized Role That PE, VC And Tech Play In Executive Recruiting

In their latest Executive Search Report, Thrive noted that following a precipitous drop in executive hiring to close out 2022, the market seems to have found stability. Opened searches increased nearly 12.5 percent in Q1, the largest quarterly uptick Thrive said it has seen in its dataset in almost two years. Closed searches also increased, similarly

ZRG Partners Places CEO for HomeRise

After a national search, ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has placed Janéa Jackson as chief executive officer of HomeRise, a leading provider of permanent supportive housing in San Francisco. Leading the assignment were managing directors Diane Charness and Matt Slepin. “We were incredibly proud to work

Bryant Group Recruits AVP of Outreach and Innovation for Western Michigan University

Following a national search, Dallas-based executive search and talent development firm Bryant Group has placed Michael Carlton as the first associate vice president of outreach and innovation for Western Michigan University (WMU). Sarah Hempen, vice president, led the assignment. For more than 15 years, Mr. Carlton oversaw annual giving, alumni relations, special events, and donor relations for public universities

Massey Henry Expands

Toronto-based executive search firm Massey Henry has expanded with the addition of Charlotte Berry as partner. “Charlotte’s addition to the firm is reflective of our significant growth, as well as the industry’s rising demand for leadership solutions tailored to financial services,” said Michael Henry, founder and managing partner. “Her breadth of talent management expertise — in both

Is an Executive Hiring Crisis Approaching?

The Great Resignation made headlines in 2021, with scores of employees leaving their jobs amid the pandemic and societal upheaval. But while these issues have receded, another crisis looms in the distance: the upcoming executive labor shortage as baby boomers leave the workforce. Baby boomers — generally defined as people born between 1946 and 1964

EssentialDx Announces Launch

EssentialDx, a new business diagnostic solutions provider, has been launched. The Austin, TX-based solutions provider is looking to tap into “a new frontier of enterprise data to provide transformative insights that directly address the highest priorities of today’s C-suite.” “In the face of one of the most dynamic and challenging business environments in history, leaders

Mercuri Urval Acquires Delta Management Consultants

Stockholm, Sweden-based executive search firm Mercuri Urval (MU) has acquired German executive search firm Delta Management Consultants GmbH. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are pleased to be acquiring such a longstanding firm with such exceptional colleagues,” said Richard Moore, CEO. “Together we will create even further value for both our clients. Today clients need effective,

CarterBaldwin Recruits President for the University of North Georgia

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Michael Shannon as president of the University of North Georgia (UNG). He will replace Bonita Jacobs, who has led the school since 2011. Founding partner and chairman Price Harding led the assignment for the search firm along with search consultant Susan DeWoody. “UNG plays a unique role within the

Ivy Group Retained by W.J. Stelmaschuk & Associates for CEO Search

Toronto-based executive search firm Ivy Group was recently selected by W.J. Stelmaschuk & Associates Ltd. (WJS) to lead in its search for a new CEO. The search firm notes that with the retirement of WJS’ CEO, a shifting market landscape and a healthy team and culture in place, there is an opportunity for a new leader to

How DEI is Impacting How We Recruit and Retain Talent

Until recent years, executive recruiters would often speak about sourcing candidates who seem to be a good “culture fit” for an organization. The idea behind it was that potential hires who were aligned with the look and feel of the existing culture would easily assimilate into it, and would require less time to ramp up

Artico Search Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for CharterUP

Top-drawer chief revenue officers are commonly found at start-ups and smaller businesses and tend to the bottom line while the rest of the C-level team expands key partnerships, seeks growth opportunities, or sources funding. That is changing. Larger businesses now view the CRO post as an essential, long-term role. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor of Artico Search recently assisted in the recruitment

Kestria Expands in Chile

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. Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, recently added Krebs Consulting

How to Use AI to Stand Out to Executive Search Consultants

Emerging generative AI tech like ChatGPT is shifting the global paradigm for data and knowledge creation and changing human-centric industries like executive search in the process. “At ECA Partners, we’re curious about this new horizon and are taking a closer look at how ChatGPT might impact our internal process and the advice we give to

Envision Consulting Seeks New Leader for the Los Angeles Conservancy

Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting was recently retained by the Los Angeles Conservancy to lead its search for a new president and CEO. The new leader will succeed Linda Dishman, who has been with the organization for over 31 years. The CEO will be expected to “honor the magnitude of previous accomplishments and continue to build

Blue Rock Search Recruits Global Head of DEI for Papa John’s

Blue Rock Search has assisted in the recruitment of Candace Barnes as the new vice president, global head of DEI of Papa John’s. “Blue Rock was pleased to work with Papa Johns on the search to identify their vice president, global head of DEI,” said Ruben Moreno, founder and HR practice leader at Blue Rock Search.

SpenglerFox Appoints Leader of the Executive Management Interim Line for EMEA

Global executive search and human capital solutions provider SpenglerFox has named Rico Kaczmarek as client partner and leader of the executive management interim line across the EMEA region. He will be based in München, Germany. “With Rico’s appointment, we are reaching yet another milestone in the development and diversification of our services portfolio,” said Jens Friedrich, CEO

Using ChatGPT for Executive Search

As technology continues to disrupt traditional ways of doing business, artificial intelligence is playing a significant role in a variety of sectors, including the executive recruitment industry. One of these AI tools is ChatGPT, an advanced language model developed by OpenAI. With its ability to read, comprehend, generate, and respond to human language accurately, this tool

Myers McRae Recruits 19th President for Kentucky State University

Following a national search, Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has assisted in the recruitment of Koffi C. Akakpo as the 19th president of Kentucky State University (KSU), a historically black college and university. Kenny Daugherty, the search firm’s president, led the assignment. “Today is undoubtedly an exciting time in Kentucky State’s history, and

The Hawkins Company Seeks CHRO for Coalition for Responsible Community Development

The Hawkins Company, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, has been chosen to find a chief human resources officer for the non-profit Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). Yonnine Hawkins Garr, vice president, and Tisa Jones, managing consultant and director of candidate engagement and assessment, are leading the assignment. “The CHRO oversees all human resource

Vetted Solutions Seeks New Leader for Society for Public Health Education

Washington, D.C.- based Vetted Solutions has been retained by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to lead in its search for a new CEO. The organization’s next CEO will serve as a partner to the president and executive committee of the board of trustees, providing both the strategic mindset and managerial expertise needed to meet

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