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Pedersen & Partners Names Country Manager for Thailand

Dubai-headquartered executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has appointed Nisit Krutkaew as the country manager for Thailand. “We are over the moon with having Nisit join our leadership team in ASEAN,” said Gary Williams, CEO of Pedersen & Partners. “Nisit will add a tremendous amount of value to clients with his depth and breadth of executive search experience working

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Korn Ferry Posts 12 Percent Revenue Loss

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $435.4 million, a 12 percent decrease from the same period a year ago. The decrease across executive search, consulting, and RPO & professional search, was primarily due to a decline in demand for Korn Ferry’s products and services due to the impact of COVID-19. The decline

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Randstad US and Udemy Form Alliance

Randstad US and Udemy have partnered to offer free educational courses to American workers either already placed or currently looking for roles through Randstad’s job network. The alliance focuses on providing access to the skills needed to increase career mobility in primarily technical sectors. “We have partnered with Udemy to ensure that our talent has access to the fresh

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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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CyberSN Expands in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyber attacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions could be. This

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What Companies are Looking for in a CEO During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of how companies view themselves, from their purpose to their workforce, as well as how they perform under pressure and in the face of uncertainty. With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, companies delayed leadership transitions, appointing CEOs with proven track records and deprioritizing diversity of experience

recruiting

Ventura Partners to Lead Search for South Carolina Head Football Coach

Chad Chatlos of Ventura Partners has been selected by the University of South Carolina to help athletics director Ray Tanner and South Carolina president Bob Caslen find their next head football coach. The school fired Will Muschamp after the team’s third consecutive lopsided loss and a record of 28–30 under his leadership. The Gamecocks named offensive coordinator

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SearchWide Global Recruits CEO for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Executive recruitment firm SearchWide Global has placed the new president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB). Claude Molinari, the general manager of the TCF Center, a convention center in Detroit, will begin his new role on Jan. 1. Senior vice president Kellie Henderson led the assignment for the search firm. Mr.

TestGorilla Raises $1.2 Million as COVID-19 Fuels a Shift to Remote Hiring

Pre-employment testing software company TestGorilla has raised $1.2 million in pre-series A funding from CapitalT and a group of international angel investors. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wouter Durville and former Bain & Company partner Otto Verhage, TestGorilla is an online skills assessment platform that launched this summer. TestGorilla aims to make hiring more efficient and less biased by allowing organizations to use skills assessments at the

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Pedersen & Partners Names Country Manager for Thailand

Dubai-headquartered executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has appointed Nisit Krutkaew as the country manager for Thailand. “We are over the moon with having Nisit join our leadership team in ASEAN,” said Gary Williams, CEO of Pedersen & Partners. “Nisit will add a tremendous amount of value to clients with his depth and breadth of executive search experience working

performance

Korn Ferry Posts 12 Percent Revenue Loss

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $435.4 million, a 12 percent decrease from the same period a year ago. The decrease across executive search, consulting, and RPO & professional search, was primarily due to a decline in demand for Korn Ferry’s products and services due to the impact of COVID-19. The decline

Kelly Acquires Greenwood/Asher & Associates

Troy, Michigan-based Kelly, a publicly-held, global leader in workforce management solutions offering staffing services to top companies, has acquired Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in finding leaders across the academic and higher education sector. The search firm, based in Miramar Beach, Florida, will continue to operate under its own brand. “Across the education landscape,

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Odgers Berndtson Seeks CEO for Earthshot Prize Organization

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has been chosen to find a chief executive officer to develop and lead an organization that will deliver the newly established Earthshot Prizes. Launched globally from the U.K. by Prince William, the £50 million award program will celebrate those who are addressing the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. “The Earthshot Prize

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CarterBaldwin Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Christian Community Credit Union

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted Christian Community Credit Union in the recruitment of Aaron Caid as chief marketing officer of this mission-driven credit union. “We are excited to have Aaron Caid join the Christian Community Credit Union family,” said Blair Korschun, CEO of the financial institution. “Aaron is a man of faith with vast experience in

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AltoPartners Adds New Member Firm in Morocco

AltoPartners, an international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Moroccan search firm Seeliger y Conde Morocco. Headed by Javier Canals, a multilingual search consultant and executive advisor, the firm is based in Casablanca and covers the North Africa region. “We have a significant track-record of

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Executive Recruiters Weigh in On a Biden Presidency

The election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the Presidency promises significant change in Washington, D.C. for the next four years. Many questions remain about whether the incoming administration will be able to achieve its agenda, for better or worse, depending on one’s outlook – and the results of two Senate races still to be

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Hanold Associates Assists The New York Times Co. in CHRO Search

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion

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Egon Zehnder Forms Partnership with Out Leadership

Despite the well-documented benefits of diversity, many companies are still struggling to meaningfully change the makeup of their workforce. Egon Zehnder, the fourth largest search firm globally as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, and Out Leadership, a global platform for CEOs and multinational companies to advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality, recently formed an alliance aimed at promoting LGBTQ+

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Herbert Mines Associates Helps rue21 Secure New CEO

Retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for “unprecedented responses” by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity, according to search consultants. Developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail and the unpredictable pace of change in

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Boyden Names Global Head of Leadership Consulting

Boyden recently appointed João Guedes Vaz as global head of leadership consulting. “Leadership consulting is a strategic priority at Boyden and I am delighted that João has accepted such an important role,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “His drive, commitment and talent will enable us to harness the exceptional understanding we have of our

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As COVID-19 Lockdowns Mount, More Americans Expected to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 742,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 710,000. This was the fifth straight week that claims fell below 800,000. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming

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Exploring the World of Remote Candidates

The ‘new normal’ is still evolving as the nation continues to adjust to COVID-19. One area of change is how businesses continue to be productive and remain safe. With over 40 percent of employees working from home since COVID-19 arrived, organizations have had to adjust quickly to managing remote workforces, says a new report from

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Reffett Associates Seeking IT Leader for the Seattle Mariners

Seattle, WA-based Reffett Associates has been retained to find the new vice president of information technology for Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners. Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, is leading the search along with Tom Young, director of operations. This is a new position for the organization and is part of a growing trend

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PFM Executive Search Places Chief Scientific Officer for Genome BC

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Federica Di Palma as the new chief scientific officer and vice president, sectors for Genome BC, a non-profit research organization. Partners Allison Rzen and Shaun Carpenter led the assignment. Dr. Di Palma brings over 20 years of international experience in science, technology and innovation with an emphasis on understanding complex

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Vaco Opens New Office in Vancouver

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has continued its expansion in Canada with the opening of a new office in Vancouver. The firm has named Nirad Chaudhari as managing partner. “We’ve enjoyed exciting and rapid expansion in the Canadian market in recent years, and a great opportunity for continued growth exists in the Vancouver area,” said Tom Turpin,

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How to Hire 5,000 People in a Day

The job statistics have been dire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of organizations laid off millions of American workers. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming some form of unemployment insurance. And while the unemployment rate stands at 6.9 percent, it stood as high as 14.7 percent this past spring. A recent report

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New State Capital Partners Takes Equity Stake in Klein Hersh

New State Capital Partners, based in Larchmont, NY, has taken an equity investment stake in Horsham, PA-based Klein Hersh International, an executive search firm focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. New State was advised on the transaction by Morgan Lewis (legal), Duff & Phelps (financial), L.E.K. Consulting (industry), and Citizens Bank (M&A advisory).

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Kincannon & Reed Recruits President for the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils 

After a four month search, executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has placed Kailee Tkacz Buller as the new president of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) in Washington, D.C. ISEO is a trade association representing the refiners of edible fats and oils in the U.S. Managing directors Paul Miller and Michael Cooper led the

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ZRG Expands Technology Practice into Austin and Dallas

ZRG Partners has expanded its technology practice into Texas with the addition of managing directors Lisa Hooker in Austin and Tyler Gordon and Kevin Anderson in Dallas. Together, the three have a collective 60 years of experience and assignments spanning a number of sectors within the tech space. They have delivered board and leadership projects for

As COVID-19 Lockdowns Mount, More Americans Expected to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 742,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 710,000. This was the fifth straight week that claims fell below 800,000. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming

Rich Talent Group Forms Alliance With Chief to Increase C-Suite Diversity

Improving diversity is something that most well-run companies and mission-driven businesses are now implementing. Progress is slow and many times it feels as if we are all taking one step forward, two steps back. But no organization is more important to the success or failure of these initiatives than executive search firms. They hold powerful

The Science Behind Professional Business Development

Does your company “follow the science” behind searching for and hiring top talent? Research data around the science of careers and talent acquisition reveals that 75 percent of business professionals have not read a professional development book on their specialty in the past four years. “Trust the science… listen to the science… look at the facts…

Caldwell Recruits Chief Product Officer for Built In

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, along with consultant Gina Barge, recently placed Saurabh Goorha as chief product officer of Built In, a venture-backed leader in the tech recruitment industry. Mr. Saurabh is an experienced chief product officer and general manager for SaaS, B2B and B2C products, and ML

AboveBoard Launched to Provide Recruiting Professionals With More Inclusive Pool of Candidates

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has launched a new executive hiring platform, AboveBoard. True co-founded AboveBoard with the goal of making executive search more accessible, efficient and equitable for its members and the companies who seek them. The diversity-focused startup says it will bring an innovative, transparent solution to the need to bring more women

Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks CEO for U.K. Government Digital Service 

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained to find the next chief executive officer for the U.K.’s Government Digital Service (GDS), which oversees digital transformation and innovation strategies for all of the nation’s government. “The CEO will combine technical excellence and proven delivery experience to set the vision and implementation strategy for GDS,” said Alex Chisholm,

ManpowerGroup Posts Q3 Revenue Decline of 13 Percent

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted third quarter revenues of $4.6 billion, a decrease of 13 percent from the same period a year ago. The company’s U.S. revenue fell 13.1 percent during the quarter. The Milwaukee-based recruiting company recorded net earnings of $10.3 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $146.1 million, or $1.92 per

Talent for the Next Normal

Businesses around the world are entering a “high wire act in a brave new world of work and hiring,” according to a new report from Options Group. For the investment banking divisions of financial institutions in particular, the realities of a radically different operating environment are already bringing significant new challenges to how institutions assess,

Odgers Berndtson Seeks Artistic Director for Abbey Theatre

Mark O’Donnell, managing partner of Odgers Berndtson in Ireland, has been retained by the 115-year-old Abbey Theatre in Dublin to find a new artistic director. The new artistic director will be responsible for the development, articulation, leadership, and realization of the artistic vision of the Abbey Theatre, said Odgers Berndtson. The individual will be charged with

Frederickson Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for StockX

With the coronavirus crisis disrupting the world economy, chief people officers 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. As a recent article in The Economist put it, chief people officers “keep employees healthy;

Calibre One Assists Equals Group with Non-Executive Director Search

Executive search firm Calibre One has assisted in the placement of Sian Herbert as an independent non-executive director of Equals Group, an international payment services provider to the retail and corporate segments of the U.K. market. The assignment was led by Hannah Joyce, a partner in the firm’s London office. “We are delighted to be able to

20/20 Foresight Executive Search Names Pittsburgh Office Leaders

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has named Matt Jagodrinski and Dan Serakowski to lead the firm’s newly established Pittsburgh office. They will hold the title co-managing directors “As the recruiting industry continues to evolve and become hyper-local in today’s rapidly transforming marketplace, 20/20 Foresight is staying true to our mission of hiring knowledgeable, passionate specialists to ensure our company is a trusted

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

Greenwood /Asher & Associates Tapped by State Universities Retirement System of Illinois to Recruit Chief Diversity Officer

Greenwood /Asher & Associates, a Miramar Beach, FL-based executive recruitment firm, has been selected by the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois to find its first chief diversity officer. The assignment is being led by Marion Frenche, team leader and managing consultant, practice leader for diversity, equity and inclusion, and  Julie Holley, senior executive search consultant.

Bullhorn Names AI Business Unit Leader

Bullhorn, a provider of software to recruiting firms, has appointed Jason Heilman as leader of the company’s artificial intelligence business unit as senior vice president, product – automation and AI. Mr. Heilman was founder and CEO of Herefish, a staffing business process automation provider that was acquired by Bullhorn in January. Herefish, a former Bullhorn Marketplace partner,

The Moran Company Recruits CEO for Open Excellence 

The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has placed Seana O’Callaghan as the new CEO of Open Excellence (Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care). Jessica Pratt, who has been acting CEO for the last six months, will continue as chief communications officer. Steven Byers led the assignment. “I am

Randstad Sourceright Appoints CEO

Global talent solutions provider Randstad Sourceright has appointed current EMEA managing director Michael Smith to the role of global CEO of Randstad Sourceright. He will assume the duties of current CEO Rebecca Henderson, effective Jan. 1. “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Michael as our new global CEO,” said Ms. Henderson. “Michael has

COVID-19’s Impact on the Gig Economy

In the months immediately preceding the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. gig economy was stronger than ever. Beyond your typical Uber driver or Instacart deliverer, millions of Americans relied on freelance work to support their families and generate stable sources of income, according to Carl Kutsmode of TalentRise. “From marketers and graphic designers to software developers

Talent Acquisition Success Factors in the Age of COVID-19

Talent acquisition has undeniably changed as we all face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have slowed or halted their addition of talent while others have reduced their size. “The industries we have primarily been serving in banking and insurance have been impacted significantly with only limited additional hiring for banks in risk

Miller Black Associates Recruits CHRO for CITY Furniture

Chief human resources officers have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest

Kincannon & Reed Recruits CEO for California Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has placed Dwight Ferguson as the new president and chief executive officer of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), a non-profit public benefit corporation committed to leadership training and transformational learning experiences. The foundation operates the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP), a major leadership development program. Spearheading the assignment for

RM Nephew and Associates Assists Aspen Technology with Chief Accounting Officer Search

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has placed Christopher Stagno as senior vice president and chief accounting officer of Aspen Technology in Bedford, MA. From 2018 to June of this year, Mr. Stagno served as treasurer of Cognex Corp. a provider of machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information to help automate manufacturing and

ON Partners Assists Papa John’s with CFO Search

Executive search firm ON Partners has assisted in the placement of Ann Gugino as the new chief financial officer of Papa John’s International. Managing partner Tim Conti, co-founder and partner Josh Nathanson and partner Bryan Buck led the assignment. “After a careful search for a candidate whose values, passion and expertise align with Papa John’s core values

Hopeful, but Hurting; Americans Continue to File for Unemployment

The Labor Department reported this morning that 898,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected first-time claims to come in at 830,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The Labor Department changed its methodology from one that used seasonal adjustments to account

Coulter Partners Assists Sequana Medical with Chief Medical Officer Search

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new chief medical officers. In the era of COVID-19 we can expect this to be another burgeoning area for executive search firms. Life sciences-focused search firm Coulter Partners recently assisted Sequana Medical in the recruitment of Oliver Gödje as its new

The Mercer Group Seeking Fire Chief for City of Milton, GA

Executive search firm The Mercer Group has been enlisted to find the next fire chief for the City of Milton, GA. Senior vice presidents Alan Reddish and Lisa Ward are spearheading the assignment. Robert Edgar, who has been with the department for 12 years, is retiring from the job next month. The department’s only chief

NPAworldwide Adds Seven New Member Firms

Seven new independent recruitment firms joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in recent months. 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, these recruitment firms have the ability

Hanold Associates Recruits Global Head of People Experience for Zoom

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted in the placement of Kim Blue Terrell as global head of people experience partners at Zoom. Mayank Parikh, Keri Gavin, Ashley Schiele and Jason Hanold led the assignment. “Zoom has become the ubiquitous solution to allow us to safely attend class, go to work, meet our friends and

AGB Search Selected by University of North Dakota to Find Provost

A number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to steer them through a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization – not to mention a pandemic. One national recruiting outfit, Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, was recently selected by

BoardWalk Consulting Seeks President and CEO for Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting was recently enlisted by Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Kathy Bremer, managing director, and Patti Kish, director of research, are spearheading the assignment. “The CEO will lead PBA into its next era of growth and impact, building from a position of strength,” said

WittKieffer Names Leader of Advancement Practice

Executive search firm WittKieffer has appointed Greg Duyck as leader of the firm’s advancement practice. “Greg’s extensive executive search experience in the field of higher education, as well as his notable expertise in the realm of fundraising, make him well-suited for this key role within our firm,” said Zachary Smith, managing partner and leader of WittKieffer’s education

Vaco Acquires Prodigy Bank of Toronto

In an effort to fuel growth across the Northeast and Canada, Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has acquired technology-focused recruiting firm Prodigy Bank of Toronto. The acquisition complements Vaco’s recent expansions in Canada, following its Lannick acquisition in 2017 and expansion into Montreal last year. “We felt a kindred chemistry with the Prodigy Bank team from the first meeting, and our bond

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