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Kennedy Strengthens Presence in Norway

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has partnered with Human Assets Consulting Group AS in Oslo, Norway to bolster its presence in Northern Europe. Human Assets Consulting is a boutique executive search firm founded in 2015 by Petter Berg, Truls Mo and Haakon Heskja. Mr. Berg, who started in

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Boutique Search Firm TwentyPine Names CEO

Search firms have seen a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Sales-focused executive recruitment provider TwentyPine has promoted Jamie Coakley to CEO. In tandem with this appointment, Max Maeder, founder and former CEO, will move to an industry advisory role as president to

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Disrupting Recruiting: How Technology is Transforming the Talent Sector

In this latest episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ host Andrew Mitchell is joined by Nick Cromydas, CEO of The Hunt Club, a referral recruiting service that leverages technology and a front-end automation process to help land passive candidates.

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Bob Murray & Associates Launches Search for San Diego Police Chief

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation, facing an array of challenges that range from changing public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale, complexity

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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?

Timothy Hayes Joins JBK Associates

Former Bayer Executive Joins JBK Associates

In recent months, executive search firms have been plucking talent for their own ranks from a wide array of corporate sectors. The latest: Former Bayer executive Timothy Hayes has joined New Jersey-based JBK Associates International as managing director of consumer and leadership services. He will oversee the firm’s executive search business in the consumer sector and head leadership


Social Media Continues to Play Big Role in Recruiting

New research from Totaljobs Group has revealed that three quarters (74 percent) of interviewers will check candidates’ social media as part of their interview preparation. This is in contrast to the expectations of candidates, however, as only a third (36 percent) expect their social media to be screened, meaning many could be caught short online.

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Shelli Herman and Associates Begins CFO Search for Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has retained Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates to find its next chief financial officer. Shelli Herman, president of the recruitment firm, will lead the search along with her associate, Krista Haley. MOCA is seeking an experienced, results-oriented CFO for the strategic financial health, operational management and administration of the museum,

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Caldwell Partners Lands Chief Marketing Officer for ADP

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. Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International recently recruited


Parker + Lynch Legal Names Managing Director of Retained Search

Special Counsel, a full-service provider of legal staffing and eDiscovery solutions, has announced that its executive search division, Parker + Lynch Legal, has named Lisa Goldstein as managing director of retained search. In her new role, Ms. Goldstein will focus on helping corporate legal departments improve business processes, functionality and diversity by filling key positions, including

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EMA Partners Opens in Dubai As Middle East Expansion Continues

EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has opened a new partner office in Dubai, expanding its presence in the Middle East. The office will be led by A Ramachandran (Rama). Mr. Rama is managing partner of EMA Partners UAE. He has 10 years of experience in executive search and serves concurrently as senior


Employers Looking to Add Workers in Fourth Quarter; Wages Rising

Whether you are looking for permanent employment or a seasonal gig around the holidays, CareerBuilder‘s Q4 2017 Job Forecast predicts an uptick in both jobs and pay. Forty three percent of employers said they plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter, up from 34 percent last year, and 73 percent plan to

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Utah and Louisville Tap R. William Funk Associates for President Searches

College and universities across the countries are facing new and growing challenges. Financial woes, enrollment concerns, and debates over free speech, among other issues, are all keeping leadership at institutions of higher learning on edge these days. For some schools, survival is even on the line. Recruitment of the right leaders, and choosing a search

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Southerland Partners Leading CEO Search for Medical Center Hospital

As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts, and whatever changes Republicans in Washington, D.C. may deliver. This has

Lois L. Lindauer Searches appointed Deb Taft CEO

Lois L. Lindauer Searches Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Lois L. Lindauer Searches (LLLS) has appointed Deb Taft as its new CEO. The carefully planned changeover comes as the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary. Chosen by founder Lois

Greenwich Harbor Partners Opens in San Francisco

Greenwich Harbor Partners Opens in San Francisco

Fifty two percent of San Francisco Bay Area executives say it is “somewhat” or “very challenging” to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions, according to the San Francisco Bay Area Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Seventy-seven percent of hiring managers plan to hire for open roles in the next six months. Recruiters say highly skilled


Want to Enhance Employability? Refresh Your Skills

Ninety percent of global respondents to a recent Randstad Workmonitor survey said that regularly refreshing skills and competencies will enhance employability. Seventy one percent, in fact, reported that they have done so within the past year. This belief was highest in China (98 percent) and lowest in the Netherlands (67 percent). On average, 74 percent

Higher Talent Names Mindy Cohen President

Higher Talent Names President

Non-profit executive recruiters Higher Talent has appointed Mindy Cohen as president and managing partner. Ms. Cohen has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s dedication to educational institutions and non-profits across the country over the past 15 years. She has recruited senior executives, nationally and internationally, for non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, public/private partnerships and

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HVS Executive Search Finds New Leader for Rita’s Franchise Company

HVS Executive Search has placed Linda Chadwick as CEO and president of Rita’s Franchise Company. Ms. Chadwick comes to the Trevose, PA-based Italian ice and frozen custard chain from Dessange Group North America. The search, conducted for Argosy Private Equity and MTN Capital Partners LLC, was led by HVS Executive Search CEO Court Williams and

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Alford Executive Search Finds New Leader for International Music Foundation

Theatrical, film and music organizations have been turning to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Among them, Alford Executive Search recently placed Mark Riggleman as executive director of the International Music Foundation (IMF) in Chicago. Ann Murray, the current executive director, is retiring after 26 years. Mr. Riggleman brings more than

Catalyst Advisors Adds Partner Arnaldo De Lisio London

Catalyst Advisors Adds New Partner

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


Why Leadership is Key to Making Diversity and Inclusion Plans Work

Committed leadership, from the top down, is the key to companies having effective diversity and inclusion strategies, according to a newly released report by Russell Reynolds Associates. The survey, “Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader’s Guide,” illuminates the challenges that businesses face and steps leaders can take to achieve D&I success. “Our new research shows

McCormick Group recruited Michelle Schlafer COO REMADE
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The McCormick Group Finds COO for REMADE

Arlington, VA-headquartered executive search firm The McCormick Group has recruited Michelle Schlafer as chief operating officer of the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. Principal Tim Ward led the assignment. Ms. Schlafer has worked in a variety of leadership positions for Xerox Corp. over the past 24 years. Most recently, she served as a global program manager,

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CES Partners Leading CEO Search for AHIMA

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has enlisted Chicago-based executive search firm CES Partners to lead a nationwide search to find its next CEO. Barry Cesafsky, president and CEO of the recruitment firm, is spearheading the assignment. A search committee has been established, which includes past AHIMA board members and members of the association’s community. The

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ZRG Partners Continues Expansion

ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has continued its aggressive expansion with the opening of a new office in Milan and the appointment of a new global practice leader for its non-profit and education sector. Dr. Gabriele Ghini will open the Milan office. He will be a member of the firm’s industrial and

Harvey Nash Acquires Crimson Limited

Harvey Nash Acquires Crimson Limited

Acquisitions continue to make news in the executive search industry. In one of the latest, London-based search firm Harvey Nash has acquired Crimson Limited. Crimson, founded in 2000, is a U.K.-based IT solutions and recruitment company that specializes in digital and technology transformation solutions as well as offering a full range of IT recruitment services. Under the terms


Jobs Report Falls Short of Expectations

For the first time in seven years employers lost 33,000 jobs last month, but the U.S. unemployment rate still fell to 4.2 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During September, the number of workers unemployed declined by 331,000 to 6.8 million. Economists had forecast that payrolls would increase by 80,000 jobs last month

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SearchWide Leading CEO Hunt for Visit Syracuse

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide has been retained by Visit Syracuse, a tourism promotion organization, to find its new CEO. Vice president Kellie Henderson is leading the search. Visit Syracuse focuses on building the tourism industry for Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY. It is an affiliate of CenterState CEO, an economic development group for central New York state,

Simon Pollock & Co Opens in UK

Simon Pollock & Co Opens to Serve Media & Entertainment Sectors

An array of new recruiting firms have opened around the world this year. The latest: Industry veteran Simon Pollock has launched Simon Pollock & Co in London, specializing in senior level executive search in global media and entertainment. Mr. Pollack most recently served as head of the media & entertainment practice at Heidrick & Struggles.

Risch Group Recruits Jason Emerson CFO Dynasty Financial Partners
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The Risch Group Recruits CFO for Dynasty Financial Partners

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment teams busier than ever. In one of the most recent cases, New York-based executive search firm The Risch Group  placed Jason Emerson as CFO of Dynasty Financial Partners. Mr. Emerson will be based in the firm’s New

DHR Names Global Board & CEO Practice Leader

Executive search firm DHR International has named Mike Magsig as managing partner and leader of the firm’s global board & CEO practice group. He replaces Jay Millen, who stepped down late last year; he now holds the same role at Caldwell Partners. Mr. Magsig brings more than 16 years of executive search experience to DHR. During his career, he has

Pay Raises to Hold Steady in 2017

Pay raises for U.S. employees are expected to hold steady at three percent in 2017, according to a survey released by Willis Towers Watson. The survey also found that employers will continue to reward their best performers with significantly larger pay raises as they look for ways to retain their top talent and strengthen existing pay-for-performance

Russell Reynolds Associates Lands CEO for Help for Heroes

Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Melanie Waters as chief executive officer of Help for Heroes. Founder Bryn Parry had previously announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the year. The company sought an experienced, forward-thinking and progressive leader to pilot the organization through a growth and expansion phase. Russell Reynolds was brought in last spring to

WinterWyman Leading CTO Search for Rockets of Awesome

Executive search firm WinterWyman has been retained by Rockets of Awesome to lead its search for a chief technology officer. The search firm’s senior vice president and partner, Mike Fitzgerald, is leading the assignment. Rockets of Awesome’s CTO will be responsible for direct management and growth of its engineering team, as well as the overall success of its ROA platform. He or

Michael Bergen to Lead Allegis Partners in the U.S.

Michael Bergen, global practice leader of Allegis Partners’ human resources practice, will take on additional responsibility as managing partner of the firm’s U.S. operations. Mr. Bergen has more than 17 years of experience placing executives across all industries, geographies and functional areas of expertise within the HR profession. Prior to joining Allegis Partners in 2015, he

Ducatus Partners Names EMEA Partner

Executive search firm Ducatus Partners has appointed Michael Diamond as partner for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Diamond brings nearly a decade’s experience to the role and joins Ducatus from executive search firm Diamond Cooper, of which he was a co-founder and managing partner. He will oversee business origination, senior client relations and project management for

Why Millennials Crave In-Person Collaboration

Despite popular belief, 41 percent of Gen Z’s say corporate offices are their workplace preference, according to a global study released today by Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm dedicated to the future of learning and working, and HR services company Randstad US, which recently acquired Monster Worldwide for $429 million. As a follow-up

Heidrick & Struggles Leading CEO Search for National Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs has retained Heidrick & Struggles to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. A four-person search committee from the National Cybersecurity Center’s 12 directors will conduct interviews and make final candidate recommendations to the board. The Cybersecurity Center hopes to have a CEO selected by mid to late September, said

Odgers Berndtson Recruits CFO for Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has placed Paul S. Herendeen as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. John Hawkins, vice chairman and director in Odgers Berndtson’s life sciences practice, led the assignment. As Valeant CFO, Mr. Herendeen will oversee all of the company’s finance functions, including controllership, tax, and treasury, reporting directly

Kennedy Executive Search Partners With Frisenberg J. & Associates

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a partner network of executive search boutique firms, has partnered with Frisenberg J. & Associates, a recruiting boutique based in Monaco founded in 2001 by Caroline Frisenberg. “Frisenberg J. & Associates is very happy and proud to join Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting this year. For us to be part

NPAworldwide Adds New Member Firms In Brazil, Australia, France, U.K. and the U.S.

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added 10 new member firms in Brazil, Australia, France, the U.K., and the U.S. This past June the organization gained Martin & Conley Limited, AME Recruitment, RSP Recruitment and The Digital Academy, Cascade Recruiting, Murdoch Mason Executive Search Group, and Select Resources, as new partners. NPA now has close to 500 member offices

New Officer Titles Continue to Flood the C-Suite

A handful of new C-suite titles have been cropping up at businesses around the globe, according to a new report by search firm Odgers Berndtson and authored by business journalist Gary Mead. According to the report, executives climbing the corporate ladder are in hot pursuit of titles that include the words ‘chief’ and ‘officer.’ Among them: chief

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading CEO Search for Parkinson’s Foundation

Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been  tapped by the Parkinson’s Foundation to lead its hunt for a chief executive officer. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), the organization’s mission is to invest in scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people

Seattle Mariners Taps Reffett Associates for HR Head

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been retained by the Seattle Mariners to lead the organization’s search for a new senior vice president of human resources, succeeding Marianne Short, who has announced her retirement. The Mariners will conduct a nationwide search for a senior executive who possesses experience in the entertainment, hospitality, and sports industries. Managing director, Marshall Reffett,

Ventura Appoints Bob Damon As Partner

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has named Bob Damon as a partner in its Beverly Hills office. With more than 30 years of executive search experience, Mr. Damon has been a senior strategist recruiting for boards and C-suite executives on organization and talent management issues. He has consulted and found top-tier talent for every industry including many of the

How Investing In Workplace Learning Can Unlock Potential

As recruiting chief Jeff Kaye points out in the following interview, the barriers to entry in the search profession are lower than almost any other line of work. Many industry leaders, like Mr. Kaye, therefore see a developing need to step up training efforts for newcomers to the field as well as for those that

DHR Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Under Armour

Executive search firm DHR International has recruited Andy Donkin as chief marketing officer of Under Armour. Carlos Cata, a DHR managing partner in charge of the firm’s global CMO practice, and retail and consumer sector managing partner Frank Spencer, along with partner Julie Eakers, led the search. Mr. Donkin joins Under Armour from Amazon, where he served as head of

Korn Ferry Recruits President for Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Korn Ferry has recruited Michael Murphy as president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He replaces longtime Shea’s president Anthony Conte, who has decided to step down from the post. Mr. Murphy is currently managing director of The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.  Prior to joining there in 2003, he worked as managing director of Austin

Centerstone Executive Search Opens In Philadelphia

Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting has opened a new office in Philadelphia. Ann Gratz, managing director, and Lynne Leger, senior vice president, will lead the new office. Together, they bring a combination of retail, consumer products and service sector knowledge to the new location. “Clients demand that an executive search firm understand their aspirations, share their values and appreciate

Caldwell Partners Expands In Latin America

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has opened a new office in Buenos Aires and added four new partners. Adilson Parrella and Pedro Folque de Almeida have joined the Sao Paulo office, Eleonora Cajiao has joined the Bogota office and Estanislao Peña has opened the firm’s new office in Buenos Aires. Mr. Parrella has extensive experience executing

IRC Adds Cabot and EA Hughes as Member Firms

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Cabot Consultants and E.A. Hughes as its newest member firms. Founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes, E.A. Hughes serves clients in the retail and consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries. The firm is based in New York City. Cabot Consultants is based in McLean, VA and led by managing partner Tom

Heidrick & Struggles Acquires Leadership Consultancy Philosophy IB

Heidrick & Struggles has acquired Philosophy IB, a leadership consultant based in Florham Park, NJ. Philosophy IB was established in 2000 by founding partners Christine Lotze and Kaveh Naficy and today serves Fortune 100 companies focused on assisting clients execute their strategies by changing how people work. Philosophy IB has particular expertise with life sciences clients, having advised executive

Collegiate Sports Recruits Athletic Director for University of Missouri

Executive search firm Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) has recruited Jim Sterk as athletic director for University of Missouri. According to sources, Missouri paid the recruiting firm $75,500 plus expenses to handle the assignment. Todd Turner, CSA president and founder, and a former AD himself, led the search. Missouri had previously used Korn Ferry in the search that produced

Hobson Leavy Recruits CEO for Smales Farm

Executive search firm Hobson Leavy has recruited Paul Gunn as chief executive officer of Smales Farm. Mr. Gunn will be tasked with leading the organization through a period of transformational growth, that includes development of its new business and lifestyle precinct and innovative B:HIVE building. Mr. Gunn has more than 18 years of experience in

Kingsley Gate Names VP of Recruiting

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners has appointed Kirk Durossette as vice president of recruiting. In this new role, Mr. Durossette will manage worldwide recruiting activities — from setting strategic direction and standard operating procedures to overseeing consultant training and auditing performance. He will also be responsible for further implementing and optimizing the firm’s ClientSuite platform

Saxton Bampfylde Expands Global Education and Arts & Culture Practices

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has added Dr. Jennifer Barnes to its consulting team where she will work across the firm’s global higher education and arts & culture search practices. Dr. Barnes brings a broad range of experience from higher education, business and the arts. Most recently, she was pro-vice chancellor for international strategy and deputy vice chancellor

As Economy Expands, Middle Wage Jobs Most At Risk

The U.S. economy is expected to add 7,232,517 jobs over the next five years, a healthy five percent increase. But a new study just out from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows that workers in middle wage jobs may not find as many opportunities. For the middle class, mounting pressures are likely to continue well into the second

Not Actively Looking Broadens Services, Adds New Members

Not Actively Looking, a U.K.-based global matchmaking platform for senior executives and executive search firms, has broadened its services to include non-executive directors (NEDs) and interim executives. “Enabling the platform for NEDs and interim executives is a natural extension of our service,” said Joseph Blass, chief executive officer. “NEDs are often in a permanent executive role

Haley Associates Leading President Search for Earlham College

Executive search firm Haley Associates has been retained by Earlham College to lead its search for a new president. Dr. Katherine Haley is leading the assignment. The successful candidate will assume leadership of the college at a critical juncture in its history. A major repositioning effort designed to capitalize on Earlham’s considerable strengths is well underway,

Connor | Caitlin Completes Search for Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies

Executive search firm Connor | Caitlin has recruited Bill Tollison as chief operating officer for Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies (PART). As COO, Mr. Tollison will be responsible for overseeing PART’s operations growth strategy in Victorville, CA. “Bill was hand selected because of his tremendous passion for customer satisfaction. He is a fantastic addition to

Shilton Sharpe Quarry Expands Private Practice Offering In London

Shilton Sharpe Quarry (SSQ), an international legal search consultancy, has added Nick Shillinglaw as a new consultant in its London office to provide a dedicated service to mid-tier, boutique / niche, regional law firms. Mr. Shillinglaw began his career as a litigation lawyer at some of the leading regional U.K. law firms. He then worked for

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