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Companies Continuing to Increase Board Diversity

S&P 500 boards appointed 456 new independent directors in the 2021 proxy year, the most since 2004. Of that number, 72 percent were women or men from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, up from 59 percent last year, according to a new study compiled by Spencer Stuart. The 2021 U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index found that companies


ChampionScott Partners Assists Apptopia Recruit New Sales Leader

ChampionScott Partners, which specializes in senior-level appointments for technology and technology-enabled companies, recently assisted in the placement of Arun S. Gupta as senior vice president of sales at Apptopia, a provider of competitive intelligence to brands and financial institutions by generating insights across mobile apps and connected devices. Geoff Champion led the search along with

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Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records According to Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual rankings of leading executive search firms. In the U.S. and globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2021, a result of pent-up demand for executives and their key reports.


Essential Leadership Skills For A “Work Anywhere Anytime” World  

COVID has changed the workplace forever. While working remotely began as a virus-driven imperative, its success has made it an option in most corporate structures. The hybrid/remote model is here to stay, and new leadership skills are needed to succeed in this “work anywhere anytime” world, says a recent report from IMSA Search. Today’s leaders

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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?


The Moran Company Seeks Leader for The Arc of Colorado

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to help the Arc of Colorado find its next executive director. The Denver, CO-based non-profit promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community


Kingsley Gate Partners Adds Several Members of GattiHR

In a new partnership, private equity-backed Kingsley Gate Partners has added several key members of GattiHR, who will support the firm’s continued expansion across the human resources, industrial and supply chain sectors. These members include: J.L. Baker, senior partner; Michelle DesChenes, partner; Jeffrey Kartheiser, partner; and Bob Cwenar, vice president. “We’re excited to welcome the newest members of


ZRG Partners Assists the Government of the District of Columbia with CFO Search

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, recently partnered with the Government of the District of Columbia on the search for the District’s new CFO. Managing directors Diane Charness, global non-profit practice leader, and Tim Ward, of ZRG’s professional and technology services practice, led the search that resulted in Glen Lee’s


Caldwell Recruits CEO for Bright Cellars  

John Strackhouse and Bethany George of Caldwell have assisted in the recruitment of Joe Megibow as the new chief executive officer of Bright Cellars, a data-driven wine discovery, curation, and production platform. He formerly served as CEO and board member of Purple Innovation Inc., a digitally-native vertical brand with a mission to help people feel and live better


Signium Adds Former HR Executive in Dublin, Ireland

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Executive search consortium Signium recently appointed former HR executive Jim O’Brien as consulting partner in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. O’Brien is an accomplished HR veteran with 25 years of experience. He joins Signium from Aramark, where he was


Women Still Lag on Boards and in the Executive Suite

While economic uncertainty remains a key theme in 2022, advancing gender equity remains a prominent corporate topic. Many studies have shown that companies with more diverse boards and leadership teams benefit from a wider range of experience, skills, and perspectives, and perform better. It only makes sense that stakeholders are increasing the pressure on leading


WittKieffer Recruits Senior Advisor to Chancellor and Chief Inclusion Officer at Texas Christian University

Oak Brook, IL-based search firm WittKieffer has placed Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado as senior advisor to the chancellor and chief inclusion officer at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. Consultant Shelley Arakawa, principal Charlene Aguilar, and consultant Alejandra Gillette-Teran led the assignment. “I am delighted that Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado has accepted this position and am eager to


ON Partners Recruits Chief Product Officer for Intellect

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


The Skills That Help CEOs Make the Right Choices

Has decision making just become harder? With the business world spinning faster than ever before—and with no pre-established playbooks to fall back on—making high-stakes judgments in exhausting situations is now a daily task for every CEO, according to a new report from Russell Reynolds Associates’ Anita Wingrove, Alistair Macrae, Aimee Williamson, Ruben Hillar, and Eric


Myers McRae Seeks President for Pierpont Community & Technical College 

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has been enlisted to find the next president for Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, WV. Leading the search are Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, president, along with Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president. “This presidential search is an opportunity to lead one of West Virginia’s largest community

Furst Group Recruits CEO for Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers 

Executive recruitment firm Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has assisted in the recruitment of Thomas J. Dohm as president and chief executive officer of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers in Morris, IL. He succeeds Mark Steadham, who is retiring after serving 12 years in the organization’s top leadership position. According to Brian Angwin, board


Unemployment Rate Hits Pre-Pandemic Low

Employment rose by 528,000 in May as the U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and healthcare. Both total nonfarm employment and the unemployment rate returned to their February 2020 pre-pandemic

PE-Backed Tandym Group Acquires Longford & Company

Tandym Group, a recruitment, contract staffing, consulting, and workforce solutions company, has acquired Longford & Company, a Boston-based technology consulting and executive search company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tandym is backed by Mill Rock Capital, a growth and operations-oriented private investment firm that invests in well-positioned industrial businesses in North America. “Longford


Wilton & Bain Adds Two New Practice Leaders

Wilton & Bain has added two new practice leaders, John Wittorf and Chris Rogerson, to its ranks. Mr. Wittorf, who will lead the North American consulting and tech services practice, joins the firm as a managing partner. Mr. Rogerson, a principal, will lead the global ESG and sustainability practice. They will be based in Austin, TX


Looking into the HR Crystal Ball

2022 is halfway over, so it’s the perfect time to take a look back at some of the predictions Blue Rock Search made when the year first started. How are the year’s biggest workplace trends playing out so far? Ruben Moreno, HR practice lead for Blue Rock Search, joins Hunt Scanlon Media to lay it all out.


Artico Search Recruits Chief Technology Officer for connectRN

Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum. Chief technology officer hiring, in fact, is expected to grow 18 percent by the end 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, co-founder of Artico Search, recently recruited Jonathan Bourgoine as the new chief technology officer of connectRN in Waltham, MA. Mr. Bourgoine is


ON Partners Places Chief People Officer for Rent

ON Partners has placed Sheila Dehdashti as chief people officer for Atlanta-based Rent, a provider of marketing software and rental management solutions. Partners Jake Espenlaub and Tindall (Sewell) Hein, and consultant Whitney Craigo spearheaded the assignment. “Great news from our colleagues at Rent,” said ON partners in an online posting. “Sheila brings over two decades of experience in strategic global HR


The Great Resignation: Developing A Robust Retention Strategy

Significant changes to recent employment rates have forced employers to re-evaluate their approach to staff retention and the factors that influence longevity and strength in a workforce. The Great Resignation, in which millions of people are leaving their jobs in search of better lifestyles, has caused upheaval in almost every industry, creating large gaps in


TurnkeyZRG Seeks CEO for United States Soccer Federation

TurnkeyZRG has been chosen by the United States Soccer Federation, the national governing body for the sport of soccer, to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Will Wilson announced last month that he will be stepping down at the end of October to pursue new professional ventures and opportunities. “The U.S.


Isaacson, Miller Assists University of Michigan in the Recruitment of New President  

Isaacson, Miller’s John Isaacson, and John Muckle, along with Elizabeth Dorr Weithman have assisted in the placement of Santa J. Ono as the next president of the University of Michigan (UM). Dr. Ono, who is currently president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC), will begin his five-year term on Oct. 13. He will


The Changing Climate for CFOs in Private Equity

Though much has changed for CFOs in private equity in the past two years, it remains true that when a private equity firm acquires a company, one of the first three roles that the new owners usually look to reshape is that of the CFO, the others being chair and CEO. Typically, a PE firm


The Tolan Group Spins Out Healthcare Contract Business

The Tolan Group (TTG) has spun out a new business from its healthcare contract staffing division. The company will be known as ClinTech Health LLC with a primary focus on providing contract employees for short and long-term assignments as well as temp-to-perm assignments for clinical and healthcare IT professionals. ClinTech Health is led by industry veteran


Korn Ferry Acquires Interim Search Firm Infinity Consulting Services

Top experts in talent management and C-suite recruitment agree that interim leaders will likely play a significant and growing role in top grading senior-level positions in a post-pandemic era, where costs and efficiency underpin executive hiring. Korn Ferry has acquired Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be


The High Demand for Higher Education Leaders Continues

With a new school year approaching, a number of top colleges and universities have announced they are seeking new, high profile leaders to take them into new eras of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, in some cases, globalization. Several universities haven’t changed leaders in years or even decades, and their boards of trustees and search committees


CarterBaldwin Executive Search Places Chief Marketing Officer for Pepperdine University

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has helped to place Sean Burnett, formerly with the Gulf Coast division of HCA Healthcare, as senior vice president for integrated marketing communications and chief marketing officer at Pepperdine University. Mr. Burnett will lead Pepperdine’s award-winning marketing and communications team to share the university’s brand story through signature events, publications, and emerging

The Best Ways HR Leaders Can Transition Into CHRO

Every new chief human resource officer (CHRO) comes into the role from a place of success. Past impact produced the invitation into the C-suite or into a new organization. But past success, no matter how significant, does not guarantee a successful transition. What worked before may not generate the same success at a more senior

SuccessFactors Posts 30 Percent Revenue Increase

SuccessFactors, Inc./(NASDAQ:SFSF) has posted third quarter revenues of $38.7 million, an increase of 30 percent, compared to $29.7 million in the same period a year ago. The company posted a net loss of $2 million, or three cents per share, down from a loss of $20.4 million, or 37 cents per share, in the third

Heidrick & Struggles Posts 35 Percent Worldwide Decline

Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International/(NASDAQ:HSII) has posted net revenue of $103.5 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009, a decline of 34.6 percent from $158.3 million a year ago. Net revenue declined 37.7 percent in the Americas, 36.9 percent in Europe (approximately 31 percent on a constant currency basis), and

InterQuest Group Adds Managing Directors

InterQuest Group plc, a U.K.-based specialist IT recruitment group, has expanded with the additions of Lisa Dixon and Matt Crawcour. Ms. Dixon joins as managing director of InterQuest Solutions, the firm’s newly launched managed services business. She has over 10 years experience in the recruitment industry, most recently acting as head of recruitment operations at

Continued Weakness in White Collar Job Demand

The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index, which measures U.S. managerial recruitment activity, found that the number of online job postings in October fell to 67.8, down slightly from the September value of 68.4. The October 2009 Index is down 5.6 points from a year ago. “Weak hiring in September and October, which historically are strong months for

Korn Ferry Adds Former Fannie Mae Executive

Korn/Ferry International has added Linda Madrid to the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as senior client partner in its legal center of expertise. In this role, she will focus on legal and compliance executive searches for a wide range of public and privately held companies, premier law firms and academic and nonprofit clients. Ms. Madrid previously

Ferneborg Group Completes Search for Walt Disney Company

Executive search firm The Ferneborg Group has placed Joan Mudget as vice president of international labor standards at The Walt Disney Company. Ms. Mudget previously served as vice president of supply chain at Nordstrom Product Group. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise

Adicio Launches Its First Careers Site in Sweden

Adicio Inc., a provider of interactive classified advertising software solutions for media companies, has launched a redesigned careers site for Computer Sweden, the first Adicio-powered site in Sweden. IDG Sweden AB is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), whose online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment

DavenportMajor Places Yahoo Exec at Good Tech

DavenportMajor Executive Search has placed Alex Broquet as chief quality officer for Good Technology. Mr. Broquet previously served as director of quality and assurance at Yahoo! DavenportMajor is an executive search firm which specializes in senior executive and board of director recruitment for life sciences and technology clients as well as recruitment in the emerging

Aviation Search Firm Marlborough Extends Services

Aviation industry executive search firm Marlborough has extended its reach into tourism, leisure & hospitality sector recruitment. The Brussels-based firm has also announced the addition of Marlborough Interim and the extension of its services to the field of management consultancy. In practice, it has been advising clients for some time on issues beyond executive search

Horton Expands in France

Horton International France has appointed Pierre Louis Santos as a new partner. Prior to joining Horton, Mr. Santos served as an officer in the French navy, after graduating as an engineer. He then served as chairman and chief executive officer both in France and Africa in various industrial groups, specialized in software, automotive equipment, utilities,

StepStone Records Slight Revenue Decline in Q3

StepStone, a London-based provider of human capital management solutions, has recorded revenues of €24.1m for the third quarter of 2009, a slight decline from revenues of €24.7m during the same quarter a year ago. The company delivered underlying adjusted EBITDA of EUR2.6m (Q2 2009: EUR2.9m) and generated cash from operations of EUR1.3m. During the quarter,

IMD International Adds Four New Member Firms

IMD International Search Group has added Australia-based Jo Fisher Executive, ESGI, Ltd. in Hong Kong and New York City, London-headquartered Piedmont, Ltd. and Advantage Partners in Cleveland and Las Vegas, as its newest member firms. These additions strengthen IMD International’s global reach by expanding presence on three continents and adding expertise in key industry verticals

Spencer Stuart to Find CEO for Zygo Corp

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained by Zygo Corporation to lead in its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO J. Bruce Robinson will be retiring and plans to transition from his current role into a non-director consulting position with the company. The transition is expected to occur during the second

Dice Posts 33 Percent Revenue Decrease

Dice, a career website for technology and engineering professionals, has recorded revenues of $26.7 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009, a decline of 33 percent from $39.6 million in the comparable quarter of 2008. The company attributed the decline to a significant decline in recruitment activity which impacted both Dice.com and eFinancialCareers.

TheLadders.com Debut New Features

TheLadders.com, an online service for the $100K+ job market, has debuted new features on its RecruitLadder enterprise recruiting solution. The new site features include redesigned search functionality, detailed candidate profile tools and a new clipboard capability to connect recruiters to its database of $100K+ job seekers. “The new RecruitLadder features are the result of extensive

Interview: 680 Partners’ Ross Freeman Discusses Advantages of Boutique Firms

As founder of 680 Partners LLC, Ross Freeman has specialized in executive search for a wide array of industries over the past decade. Mr. Freeman works in long term partnerships with many top venture capital firms, private equity and LBO funds to help build senior management teams. 680 Partners specializes in recruiting senior executives including:

Coleman Lew & Associates Adds Partner

Charlotte, NC-based Coleman Lew & Associates has named Matthew S. Turner as the firm's 11th partner with responsibility for directing and expanding its Leadership Development Resources (LDR) practice. “We are excited about Matt heading our firm's LDR practice after it posted a 32 percent gain in revenue compared to the same time period in 2008,”

G Alexander and Assoc. Places Director at Blue Grass Airport

Executive search firm G. Alexander and Associates has recruited Eric J. Frankl as executive director for Lexington, KY-based Blue Grass Airport. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport board and Guy Huguelet, president of the executive search firm G. Alexander and Associates, conducted a nationwide, six-month search for its new executive director. Mr. Huguelet held interviews with

Adecco to Aquire MPS Group

Human resource solutions company Adecco has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MPS Group, Inc., a provider of recruitment and business solutions, for $13.80 per common share in a cash transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion. This represents a premium of 24 percent over Monday's closing stock price and a premium of 27 percent

DirectEmployers Makes Employers Jobs Easier to Find

Responding to member requests the DirectEmployers Association is helping member companies and job seekers connect more quickly with each other without the filter and costs of a third party commercial enterprise. “Even in a tight economy there are over 3 million jobs available in the U.S. economy. Job seekers need to be able to locate

Study Highlights Strategies for Most Effective $100k+ Recruiting

Results from a study by the Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global association for talent management, indicates that a growing number of skilled, six-figure earners is requiring employers to rethink their high level hiring strategies, turning to cost effective and time efficient tools to access, source and hire qualified candidates. According to the report, titled

Fairfield Partners Recruits VP of Marketing for Kind Snacks

Fairfield Partners, a Norwalk, CT-based executive search firm specializing in technology and consumer products markets, has placed Eric Berman as vice president of marketing at KIND Snacks. Prior to KIND, Mr. Berman was a director of marketing at Unilever where he led the launch of a multi-brand, multi-benefit healthy beverage platform, including SLIM-FAST and managed

Russell Reynolds Places Investment Officer at Exelon

Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Douglas J. Brown as senior vice president and chief investment officer at Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. Mr. Brownhas spent 26 years with Chrysler LLC, most recently serving as chief investment officer and assistant treasurer. "Today's challenging investment environment and the impact it is having on

Nosal Partners Expands Social Offices

Executive leadership solutions firm Nosal Partners LLC has added Donald Parker and Bob Bellano as senior client partners in its San Diego and Los Angeles offices, respectively. Mr. Parker will conduct senior-level executive search assignments on behalf of clients across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Nosal Partners, he was managing director and

Recruiters Anticipate Increased Demand for Executive Talent

Despite mixed economic reports, recruiters anticipate the demand for executive talent will increase during the next two quarters, according to the results of ExecuNet's Recruiter Confidence Index (RCI). According to September's survey of 165 executive recruiters, 56 percent are confident or very confident the executive employment market will improve during the next six months –

Workstream Posts Revenue Loss

Workstream Inc., a provider of on-demand compensation, performance and talent management software, has posted revenues of $4.2 million for the first quarter fiscal 2010, compared to $5.6 million during the same period last year. Net loss for the period in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., or GAAP, was $359,882 compared to

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

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