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Leadership Dilemma Unfolding at Private Equity Firms

According to a coming research report from Hunt Scanlon Media, the private equity sector can expect to see an expanding bidding war for top talent. Driving the trend: persistent global talent shortages across the C-suite...

Talent Challenges Facing Mid-Market Private Equity Backed Companies

Driving differentiated returns in a crowded private equity environment was never easy and has become significantly more difficult over time..

Improving the Selection of Leaders for PE Portfolio Companies

Making the most informed choices of senior-level talent to drive and lead your organization is a process, and every step in that process is critical to maximizing the outcome for success. “The selection...

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Russell Reynolds Associates Names Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has hired Amy Scissons as its new chief marketing and communications officer. She is based in New York and also serves as a member of the firm’s operating committee.​ “We are delighted to have Amy join our senior leadership team,” said Clarke Murphy, CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates. “Her

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As COVID-19 Concerns Escalate, Unemployment Claims Continue

As businesses reopen and COVID-19 cases spike in more than half the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 1.48 million more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the 14th week in a row that the figure has topped one million. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 1.35 million

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The Alexander Group Appoints COO

Houston-based executive search firm The Alexander Group has named Amanda K. Brady as managing director and chief operating officer. “Amanda brings a holistic understanding of the industry and appreciation for our team-oriented culture,” said John C. Lamar, managing partner. “She will be instrumental in the strategic growth of The Alexander Group and our sister firm, Alex & Red,

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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?

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Eastward Search Partners Appoints Brand & Digital Practice Leader

New York-based Eastward Search Partners has named Nicole Balsam as lead of the brand and digital practice. “I have the utmost confidence in Nicole as she takes the lead of the digital and brand practice,” said Joe Carbone, founder and managing partner. “Her passion for delivering a sophisticated solution to her clients is apparent and comes

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CEO Optimism Climbs to Multi-Year High

America’s CEOs are increasingly convinced that the COVID crisis, which has crushed the global economy, will soon come to an end. In Chief Executive magazine’s latest poll of more than 300 U.S. CEOs, a growing number of business leaders now forecast growth in revenues and capital expenditures. In the poll, chief executives rated their confidence in future

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New Statistics Reveal the U.S. Lost 10 Million Jobs During Pandemic

The Labor Department reported this morning that 730,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was below the Dow Jones estimate for 825,000 but a slight decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised total of 841,00. The Fed have now reported about 78 million initial jobless claims over the course of the

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The Christopher Group Launches Consulting Services Division, Adds Leaders

The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division.

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Marlin Hawk Names Americas Leader in New York

London-based executive search and leadership solutions provider Marlin Hawk has named Tracy Murdoch O’Such as its new president in the Americas region. She joins the team with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations grow their teams and focuses on executive search, strategic intelligence, and succession planning. “As the environment for placing talent and helping our clients

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Spencer Stuart Retained by Vanderbilt University to Lead Provost Search

Colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will allow high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization – not to mention a pandemic and post-pandemic era. Spencer Stuart was recently enlisted by Vanderbilt University to lead in its

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The Evolving Private Equity Recruiting Market

Private equity firms have learned from the lessons of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, in which the industry was widely seen as having missed a major opportunity to acquire assets at steep discounts. As a result, PE firms have been more active during the pandemic, determined not to miss the opportunity this time around.

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Perrett Laver Assists Murray Edwards College in President Search

U.K.-based executive search firm Perrett Laver has assisted in the recruitment of Dorothy Byrne as the sixth president of Murray Edwards College. She will take up the position in September. Ms. Byrne will succeed Dame Barbara Stocking who has been president of the college since 2013. “I am delighted with the election of Dorothy Byrne, who will

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WGNinHR Recruits VP of People for LeagueApps

With the coronavirus crisis expected to intensify, human resources executives are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping their organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Along the way, the importance of people strategy is expanding, and that is keeping executive

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RSR Partners Names Consumer Goods & Services Practice Leader

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Gretchen Crist as leader of the firm’s consumer goods and services practice. “Gretchen brings direct experience leading consumer goods and services organizations through transformation and growth,” said Brett Stephens, CEO of RSR. “Her insightfulness and authenticity are immediately apparent to our clients. We are delighted that she will further amplify the team and extend

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IMSA Adds New Member Firm in Japan

Executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Evander Group in Japan as its newest member firm. William Hall and his partner, Arlo Brown, both veteran search professionals in Japan, founded Evander Group in 2016 to provide executive recruitment solutions to clients and to bridge potential culture gaps in the Japanese market. Both were born and raised in Japan, graduated from

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Heidrick & Struggles Posts Revenue Declines for 2020

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) has posted global revenues of $621.6 million in 2020, a 12 percent decrease from revenues of $706.9 million the year before. The firm says the reduction in net revenue was primarily due to the impact of the pandemic on a global basis. The Chicago-headquartered

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State Employees’ Credit Union Selects Russell Reynolds Associates to Find New CEO

These are critical days for credit unions with leadership development, succession planning and employee retention becoming more important than ever. Russell Reynolds Associates was recently called in by State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina to lead its search for a new CEO. CEO Michael J. Lord is retiring effective Aug. 31 and will remain in

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WilsonHCG Secures $120 Million in Funding from 3i Group

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses. British-based 3i Group recently agreed to invest $120 million of equity in global talent solutions provider Wilson Human Capital Group (WilsonHCG). Based in Tampa, FL, WilsonHCG provides a full suite of configurable talent solutions including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive search, contingent talent solutions and talent consulting. The firm

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Comhar Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has named Marion Spears Karr as managing director and leader of its healthcare and life sciences practice. He will be based in the firm’s Atlanta office. “We are excited that Marion brings a career in serving top organizations across multiple industries in the area of healthcare and life sciences,” said Bernard

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Vanderbloemen Search Group Assists Champion Forest Baptist Church Recruit Fourth Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has assisted in the placement of Jarrett Stephens as the fourth senior pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Eric Albert, executive search consultant, said: “What an exciting new season for Champion Forest Baptist Church. The pastoral search committee came in with detailed expectations

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Korn Ferry Q3 Revenues Fall Eight Percent

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal third quarter revenues of $475.4 million, an eight percent decrease from the same period a year ago. While RPO and professional search saw a year-over-year increase of almost four percent, digital and executive search declined year-over-year as those businesses continued on a path to recovery from the impact of COVID-19

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Waterstone Human Capital Launches Culture Institute 

As organizations begin to look at the matter of if, when and how they will transition back to traditional workplaces, leaders are fielding a number of questions: What will the office look like? Will it be safe? Will it ever be the same again? Can we have a high-performance culture with so many people working

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Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for the Arizona Cardinals Football Club

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Kelly Jones as chief people officer of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. CEO and managing partner Jason Hanold and partners Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the assignment. In the newly-created role, Mr. Jones reports to owner and president Michael Bidwill and begins on March 1. He will oversee

Kaplan Partners Recruits CHRO for Northwest Bank

With the coronavirus crisis disrupting the world economy, HR leaders are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Kaplan Partners, which specializes in conducting searches for C-level executives primarily in the financial services, corporate financial,

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NPAworldwide Adds Nine New Member Firms

Nine new independent recruitment firms have recently joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Africa. These search outfits seek to increase revenue through NPAworldwide’s cooperative placement model. NPA now has 550 member offices across six continents. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network,

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How to Hire Someone You’ve Never Met

As many companies face a rapid transition to working remotely, teams are learning how to collaborate, make decisions, deliver feedback, and remain connected at a personal level despite not being physically together. And then there’s the challenge of hiring. According to a new report from specialized marketing recruiting and strategy firm RevelOne, clients have one common and

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Slone Partners Recruits COO for Quanterix

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare and life sciences organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders. In the era of COVID-19, the sector has been a burgeoning area for executive search firms to ply their trade. Recently, life sciences-focused search firm Slone Partners placed Will Geist as chief operating officer at Quanterix Corp. “Will

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Coleman Lew Canny Bowen Places CEO and Chief Librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Search firms across the nation are finding library leadership needs rising dramatically. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen recently recruited Marcellus Turner as the new CEO and chief librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. Effective April 1, Mr. Turner replaces Lee Keesler, who said last June he would be retiring after nearly a decade in the role. “Marcellus

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Pender & Howe Executive Search Seeks CEO for Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network

Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search has been tapped to find a new chief executive officer for CAAIN, the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network in Edmonton, Alberta. The non-profit organization supports the creation of technological solutions for challenges facing Canada’s agri-food sector. The search is being spearheaded by managing principals Glenn Lesko and Travis

The Millennial Leadership Skills Gap

Managing a team is challenging at the best of times. It’s a balancing act of meeting business goals while juggling a workplace full of different generations, all with their own set of wants and needs. But in offices around the world, there’s a growing number of leaders who are bright, talented, and most critically, young.

Harvey Nash Group Adds Senior Advisor

Harvey Nash Group has appointed Lord Digby Jones as senior advisor. Lord Jones is a former CBI director-general and minister of U.K. Trade & Investment. He joins the organization to share his wealth of experience as a global business ambassador and further maximize Harvey Nash's growth in the U.K. and international markets. In addition to

Taylor Winfield Names Managing Director

Executive search firm Taylor Winfield has added Ann Zeichner as managing director. Ms. Zeichner will be conducting senior-level assignments in the technology sector as well as other industries, based out of the firm's Silicon Valley office. She brings over 25 years of technology market experience across a broad spectrum of service providers, hardware, software and

Herbert Mines Retained by Sports Authority for CEO Search

New York-based executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has been selected by The Sports Authority to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO, Doug Morton, will be retiring after 22 years with the company. The search will include internal and external candidates. Headquartered in Englewood, CO, Sports Authority is one

Interview: Pedersen & Partners Founder Forecasts Stabilizing Recruitment Market as Companies Invest in Human Capital

Pedersen & Partners was founded in 2001 and currently operates 37 wholly owned offices across the globe. Poul Pedersen is the founder and managing partner of the firm and oversees the firm’s private equity and venture capital practice. Mr. Pedersen has conducted executive search assignments since 1995 and has completed over 400 searches in his

The Onstott Group Completes Search for Welch’s

Executive search firm The Onstott Group has placed Greg Boggan as finance director, value chain at Welch’s, the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative Association. Mr. Boggan was formerly the director, operations strategy and analysis for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, successor to Cadbury Schweppes plc Americas Beverages business unit. Welch’s produces and

Diversified Search Fills Senior Post at Independent Sector

Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson has placed Lorraine Snebold as vice president of communications and marketing at Independent Sector. With more than 30 years experience in brand strategy, research and creative marketing services, Ms. Snebold was one of the first executives recruited to launch the National Geographic Channel, serving as its senior vice president of brand

DHR Opens Office in New Delhi

Chicago-headquartered executive search firm DHR International has opened an office in New Delhi, India and named Vikram Chhachhi as executive vice president. This marks DHR’s second office in India; the firm opened an office in Mumbai in December 2008. Mr. Chhachhi has worked with clients in consumer packaged and retail goods, telecommunications and technology. Prior

TweetMyJobs Creates Worldwide Capabilities

Job board TweetMyJOBS has now expanded its job channel network worldwide. “Many of our customers have a worldwide presence in many different countries,” said Gary Zukowski, founder and president of TweetMyJOBS. “By expanding our job channel network globally, we are able to provide them with the same effective vertical marketing capabilities on Twitter that has

Dillistone Systems Inks Contract with TRANSEARCH India

Dillistone Systems, a global supplier of software for executive recruiters, has inked a contract with TRANSEARCH International (India). The contract is for the implementation of FILEFINDER 9, various services and an ongoing support contract. “The FILEFINDER system currently being used at TRANSEARCH has been a great enabler for the firm,” said Atul Vohra and Uday

Sanford Rose Opens Three New Offices

The Sanford Rose Associates executive search network has expanded by opening new offices in Wilmington, North Carolina, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and downtown Atlanta. Jim Robison will serve as managing director of Sanford Rose Associates – Wilmington which will focus on serving clients in the financial, agribusiness, food processing, and manufacturing and distribution industries. Before joining Sanford

Monster Employment Index Dips Slightly in September

The Monster Employment Index, a monthly analysis of millions of online job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards, edged downward in September after a significant rise in late summer recruitment activity during August. Over the year, the Index fell 25 percent largely unchanged from last month's pace.

Russell Reynolds Associates to Find CFO for SemGroup

Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by SemGroup, L.P. to lead in its search for a chief financial officer. SemGroup is expected to exit Chapter 11 in November 2009. Based in Tulsa, SemGroup is a midstream service company providing the energy industry the means to move products from the

Brooke Chase Associates Adds Recruiter

Executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has added Katy Yoder to its team. Ms. Yoder has over 10 years of experience in career coaching and executive recruiting, providing services on all professional and academic levels in both corporate and non-profit environments. Ms. Yoder formerly worked at Smith Hanley Associates as a technical recruiter in

RiseSmart Adds Former Heidrick & Struggles CEO to Board

RiseSmart, a provider of Web-enabled outplacement and job search services, has elected Patrick S. Pittard, the former chairman, president and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International, to its board of advisors. "Pat is an accomplished executive, a leading authority on human capital matters including recruitment and retention, and one of the most respected and well-connected

Nosal Partners Places CEO at First Federal

Executive leadership solutions firm Nosal Partners LLC has recruited Levon Mathews as chief executive officer of First Federal. Mr. Mathews was previously president of First Federal Bancshares in Sioux City, Iowa. The search was conducted by David Nosal, chairman and CEO, and Robert Kobayashi, managing partner of the financial services practice at Nosal Partners. First

SearchPath International Adds Managing Partner

SearchPath International has added recruiting veteran Keith Davis as a managing partner of the firm’s North America technology practice. Mr. Davis will specialize in small-to-medium sized, high-tech, fast-paced growth companies in the networking, storage, security content delivery and digital media space. Mr. Davis has more than 18 years of recruiting experience helping to build, grow

Interview: i4cp Analyst Discusses Creating Competitive Advantage Through a Leveraged Workforce (Part 2)

In what ways do you feel HR executives suffer from not working directly with top management? If they don’t work closely with senior leaders, I think HR executives stand a greater chance of finding themselves out of work because their company failed to thrive. In the short term, if HR isn’t closely allied with senior

Major, Lindsey & Africa Recruits General Counsel for Cray

Legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has placed Michael Piraino as vice president and general counsel of Cray Inc. The search was led by Alisa Tazioli, a managing director in MLA’s Seattle office. Most recently, Mr. Piraino was with the Seattle office of Fenwick & West. Prior to that, he was vice president, general

Michael Page International Posts Q3 Decline

Michael Page International plc has recorded a gross profit of £82.2m for the third quarter of 2009, a decrease of 41.8 percent against Q3 2008. Group Q3 gross profit was £82.2m, a decrease of 41.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago. In EMEA (43 percent of Group), gross profit was £35.7m, a

Headway Corporate Resources Adds HR Veteran

Headway Corporate Resources, a North American human capital solutions company, has named Alvin Ragland as vice president for engineering and technology resources. In his role, Mr. Ragland will be responsible for managing Headway's national service delivery of staff augmentation, recruitment and workforce solutions to the energy and technology sectors. With more than 25 years of

SoftScape Chosen by Bank of Georgia

Softscape, a global provider of people management software, has announced that Bank of Georgia has selected Softscape for its rollout of a new talent management system. This multi-million dollar, multi-year contract will enable Bank of Georgia to maximize its workforce potential by utilizing a fully automated human resource (HR) system. Softscape will provide a complete

Heidrick & Struggles Places Execs at Freddie Mac

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has placed the top two executives of government-sponsored mortgage finance company, Freddie Mac, in the past three months. The Chicago-headquartered firm recruited Charles E. Haldeman Jr., as chief executive officer and Bruce Witherell as chief operating officer. Mr. Haldeman formerly served as chairman of Putnam Investment Management, LLC,

TheLadders.com Names New CFO

TheLadders.com, an online service for the $100K+ job market, has appointed Harpreet Grewal as chief financial officer. In this role, Mr. Grewal will oversee TheLadders.com's finance and administrative functions. He will also work with TheLadders.com's management team to help manage the company's ongoing global growth. A veteran finance executive, Mr. Grewal brings over 20 years

America’s Job Exchange and DiversityWorking.com Partner

America's Job Exchange (AJE), a provider of job search and online recruiting solutions, has formed a partnership with DiversityWorking.com, a career site and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. The partnership will introduce several DiversityWorking.com services to the AJE audience. Visitors to AJE's 'Diversity Exchange' will be able to search through the latest

TRANSEARCH Establishes Miami Presence

TRANSEARCH International has opened a new office in Miami. The new office is an established, independently owned executive search firm focusing on high-level executive management positions in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America markets. The business was originally founded to serve the telecommunications and technology industries, which represents 75 to 80 percent of its clients;

IRC Recruitment Adds Denmark-Based Lisberg Executive Search

IRC Recruitment, a global alliance of executive search and recruitment services firms, has added Lisberg Executive Search A/S, based in Copenhagen and Kolding, as its representative member firm in Denmark. Lisberg was established in 1959 and is one of Denmark's oldest and most reputable executive search firms. In 2005 Lisberg was acquired by Wingmanager A/S.

eQuest and LinkedIn Form Partnership

eQuest, a provider of job posting distribution and job posting management, and LinkedIn have announced a partnership that will allow joint eQuest and LinkedIn corporate customers to deliver their job postings to LinkedIn with no additional distribution fees. The companies will work together to provide customers easy job posting access through eQuest's job posting interface.

Greater Demands Being Made on Future CEOs

On average current CEOs are 52 years old upon appointment, have university degrees in economics, engineering or natural sciences, supplemented by an additional qualification in strategic business management and job experience abroad, according to a survey released by U.K.-based executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. The survey, conducted among the CEOs and supervisory boards of the

InterSearch Worldwide Adds Office in Switzerland

InterSearch Worldwide, a global network of executive search firms, has added The Zuger Management Group as a new partner office in Switzerland. Dominique A. Seiler, co-founder and partner of Zuger Management Group, has 12 years of experience in executive search and long-standing international management and consulting experience. “The choice of our new Swiss partner enhances

Recruiting.com Releases New Software

Seattle-headquartered Recruiting.com has introduced new software designed to serve as a complete solution for recruiters to find candidates for hiring companies. Prospect Relationship Management (PRM) is the core of Recruiting.com's system. The technology combines a search engine to find prospects from internal and external sources with tools to organize and bank prospects. “The recruiting industry

Heidrick & Struggles Names Board Practice Head

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has tapped partner Bonnie W. Gwin to lead its North American board practice. During her more than 11 years with Heidrick & Struggles, Ms. Gwin has held a number of leadership positions including serving as president of the Americas division. In addition, she has served as global managing

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