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Polachi Finds Chief People Officer for Bottom Line Technologies

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. The chief people officer, on the other hand, typically goes beyond overseeing an organization’s people policies. The focus instead is on building talent

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RSR Partners Finds Executive Director for Race Team Alliance

Greenwich, Conn-based executive search firm RSR Partners has placed Jonathan Marshall as executive director of the Race Team Alliance (RTA), an association of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Principal Dany B. Berghoff spearheaded the search. Mr. Marshall is former chief operating officer and general counsel of the World Surf League. He has also worked

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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.


Heidrick & Struggles Launches Cross-Industry Innovation Network

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has launched a new cross-industry corporate innovation network that it is calling the Game-Changer Collaborative (GCC). The GCC enables members to collaborate around emerging technologies, external innovation opportunities and approaches to accelerating innovation in their organizations, said the Chicago-based firm. The GCC includes several

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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?

Executive Search Veteran Stephanie Pinson Dies

Executive Search Veteran Stephanie Pinson Dies

Stephanie Pinson, president of executive search firm Gilbert Tweed International, has died. Ms. Pinson, born May 23, 1936, had been with the New York City-based recruitment provider since 1981 and was a member of its board of directors. She had in-depth experience as a search consultant to the highly complex insurance industry, where she specialized


How Predictive Analytics Promotes Better Decision Making and Efficiency

At most major corporations, it is critical for the head of HR to be an extremely strong strategic and trustworthy adviser to the CEO, the board of directors and senior management. That means not just filling leadership positions with the current needs of the organization, but being able to look to the future in terms

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McDermott & Bull Leading Two Chief Officer Searches for Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee, one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the specialty coffee business, has retained Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull to lead its search for a new chief commercial officer and chief development officer. The search is being conducted by what is known as the fit practice at the recruitment firm, which includes partner

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Ratliff & Taylor Seeks Next President for Leadership Akron

Independence, OH-based executive search firm Ratliff & Taylor has been chosen to find the next president for Leadership Akron. The search is being led by senior consultant Patti Shumay and senior vice president and practice leader Linda J. Gray. The non-profit’s previous leader, Mark Scheffler, departed earlier this year to become executive director of the

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MediaLink Names Leader of Executive Search Division

MediaLink, an Ascentia-owned advisory company, has appointed Trish Shortell as managing director, executive search, based in its New York office. In her role, she will lead the firm’s executive search practice and will report to Michael Kassan, MediaLink’s chairman and CEO. “Trish is widely sought-after in our industry for her thought leadership and counsel on

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Amrop Appoints Leader of Costa Rica Operations

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 75 offices in 48 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, remains in growth mode with the addition of Adrián Chinchilla as leader of its operations in Costa Rica. He assumes the title of partner and general manager and will lead the search for senior executives and


Korn Ferry Stock Surges to Record High on Close of Fiscal Year Report

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2018 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.767 billion, an increase of 12.9 percent from $1.57 billion in 2017. The organic growth was driven by all three lines of business with Futurestep growing 22.1 percent, executive search expanding 14.8 percent, and Hay Group increasing 8.4 percent. It’s been an amazing run for Korn Ferry

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Polachi Finds Chief People Officer for Bottom Line Technologies

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. The chief people officer, on the other hand, typically goes beyond overseeing an organization’s people policies. The focus instead is on building talent

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RSR Partners Finds Executive Director for Race Team Alliance

Greenwich, Conn-based executive search firm RSR Partners has placed Jonathan Marshall as executive director of the Race Team Alliance (RTA), an association of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Principal Dany B. Berghoff spearheaded the search. Mr. Marshall is former chief operating officer and general counsel of the World Surf League. He has also worked


Kincannon & Reed Appoints New Practice Leaders

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed continues its global expansion with the addition of five managing partners, bringing its partner group to 12 members. The new managing partners join a partner team that includes Gregory Duerksen, Jon Leafstedt, Fred Medero, David Turner, Ellen von Fange, Gary Weihs and Michael Whitney. “We are thrilled and delighted that these

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Pedersen & Partners Launches Board Services Practice Group

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has opened a new board services practice group. Alberto Bocchieri, partner and co-head of Iberia & Latin America, has been named its new leader. He previously served as a partner with Neumann International prior to joining Pedersen in 2011. “We are aware that aligning the skillsets of board members with corporate strategy,

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BoardWalk Consulting Finds New Leader for Presbyterian Mission Agency Board

Following an expansive national search, Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has placed Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett as the new executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB), one of six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The search was led by managing director Kathy Bremer. “Diane is a multi-dimensional leader and author whose decades


CEOs See Highest Compensation Increase Since Great Recession

In an environment of double-digit growth in shareholder return and corporate income, CEOs at the largest companies in the U.S. last year received the highest compensation increases since the recession, according to a new report by Korn Ferry. “Even with the anticipation of the CEO pay ratio disclosure mandate, so far we haven’t seen it


Caldwell Launches Value Creation Advisory Services

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has announced the launch of an offering that pairs clients with agile executive talent on an as-needed basis. The firm describes its new Value Creation Advisory Solutions offering as a unique, flexible and cost-effective approach to creating value and solving core business challenges that require external expertise. It is part of

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KL2 Connects Seeks New Head of Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron

The Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in Akron, OH, has retained the services of executive search firm KL2 Connects to find its next executive director. The organization is reportedly paying the Asheville, NC-based recruiter $42,500 to conduct the search. RTA fired past executive director Richard Enty in January following an ethics investigation and accusations of harassment

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Lisberg Executive Search Expands to Serve Real Estate Sector

Despite setbacks in certain locales, the real estate industry has bounced back from many of its problems in recent years. But a dire need for executive talent in the field still remains. In particular demand, recruiters say, are executives who survived the last downturn and who now have a vision for better times ahead. To


Summer Hiring Expected to Heat Up

U.S. employers are expecting hiring to pick up in the third quarter, with 24 percent of employers planning to add staff, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors are looking for headcount to grow. The upbeat forecast indicates that the uncertain political climate continues to

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Howard Fischer Places Chief Revenue Officer at Scott Exchange

The role of chief revenue officer has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. One recent assignment:

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Credit Union Resources Finds CEO for Telco Plus Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

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Kingsley Gate Partners Appoints Global HR Practice Leader

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners continues its recent expansion with the addition of Mike Bergen as a senior partner and global human resources practice leader. He will be based out of the firm’s New York office. Mr. Bergen brings nearly three decades of retained executive search and HR experience to Kingsley Gate Partners. His expertise spans

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TalentRISE Adds Technology and Analytics Expert

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE has expanded with the addition of John Meyers as senior director of technology operations. “John possesses a unique blend of technical, business process and analytical skills and know-how,” said Rick Gray, CEO of TalentRISE. “He will help us more effectively manage, measure and scale our operational infrastructure and client service delivery while identifying how

Recruiting HR Leaders Evolving Workplace

Recruiting HR Leaders in an Evolving Workplace

From people analytics to employer branding, HR departments are evolving at breakneck speed to meet recruitment and retention challenges. No longer is HR about record keeping and rote rule enforcement. Today’s human resource leaders play a critical role improving business performance through employer branding, strategic recruitment and retention, and talent optimization. A new white paper

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Korn Ferry Finds New Leader for MOSERS

Executive search and leadership solutions provider Korn Ferry has placed Ronda Stegmann as the new executive director of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS). Senior client partner Michael Kennedy led the assignment. The pension fund’s previous executive director, John Watson, recently stepped down and Ms. Stegmann had been leading the $8.1 billion pension fund on an interim basis. Executive

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Coleman Lew + Associates Seeks Leader for Gardner-Webb University

Charlotte, NC-based executive recruitment firm Coleman Lew + Associates has been selected to find the next president for Gardner-Webb University (GWU), a private, Christian institution in Boiling Springs, NC. A. Frank Bonner is retiring early next year after close to 14 years in the top job and nearly 32 years with the school. Gardner-Webb’s president

Optimum Talent Acquires Vézina Nadeau Labre

Optimum Talent Acquires Vézina Nadeau Labre

Toronto-headquartered Optimum Talent has acquired Vézina Nadeau Labre (VNL), an organizational development, coaching and career transition firm. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. VNL has been recognized by business leaders and organizations across Quebec and Canada for its outstanding service and human approach, said Optimum Talent. “Its team has worked with clients across all industries and

For Most Women CEOs, Simple Encouragement Showed the Way to the Top

Two-thirds (65 percent) of the 57 leading women CEOs interviewed and assessed for a new Korn Ferry Institute study had no idea they could become the head of their company until a boss or mentor encouraged them. Before that, they gave less attention to moving their career forward and more to meeting business targets and

SearchWide Seeking New CEO for Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling

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Livingston James Recruits CEO for the Scottish Football Association

The sports and entertainment field is one of the most active and fast-growing sectors for executive search businesses, with many C-suite-focused recruiting firms having been drawn to it. Recently, Livingston James placed Ian Maxwell as the new CEO of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). He replaces Stewart Regan, who resigned three months ago. Douglas Adam,

Riviera Partners merges with Alpha Advisors

Riviera Partners and Alpha Advisors Join Forces

Search firms continue to join forces. The latest: San Francisco-headquartered Riviera Partners has merged with Alpha Advisors, a boutique search firm specializing in senior information technology and quantitative talent for financial services and technology clients. Its founder and executive search veteran Jeff Campbell has joined Riviera to drive continued expansion. He will lead Riviera Partners’ new Atlanta

Caldwell Appoints Financial Services Practice Co-Leader

Executive search firm Caldwell, which recently dropped the word “Partners” from its name, expanded its global financial services practice leadership team by appointing Glenn Buggy to join Paul Heller as co-leader of the practice. With over two decades of executive search experience, Mr. Buggy focuses on recruiting senior executives in financial services legal, compliance, anti-financial crimes, regulatory risk, and

C-Suite Leaders Not Collaborating Effectively

We are witnessing seismic changes in the workforce, the workplace and the technologies used in the world of work. Amid concerns about automation, the need for new skills, an aging workforce and tightening labor markets, the make-or-break issue facing companies this year is the need for realignment in the C-suite to focus on business’ evolving

Ventura Partners Leading AD Search for University of Utah

University of Utah president Ruth V. Watkins has confirmed that Ventura Partners has been chosen to lead its search for a new athletic director. Chris Hill recently announced that he plans to retire this spring after 31 years on the job. Chad Chatlos, sports practice leader at Ventura Partners, will work closely with Ms. Watkins and

The Clark Partnership Completes Searches for Criteo

The Clark Partnership, a Monaco–based search firm, continues to fill important roles for Criteo, a global technology company that enables brands and retailers to connect with shoppers. The latest positions filled: Connor McGogney as SVP of corporate development, Jen Whelan as SVP of marketing and Mike Peralta as EVP of central sales & operations. Simon Clark, co-founder and

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Tyler & Co. Adds New Vice President

Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Co. has added Marion Spears Karr, who has more than 27 years of experience in healthcare recruiting, as a vice president and senior healthcare consultant. Mr. Karr brings in-depth experience leading successful recruitment teams that specialize in nursing leadership, C-level, vice president and senior director-level searches. He has developed

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Miramar Global Names Managing Director of Miramar Talent

U.K.-based Miramar Global Executive Search has continued its expansion, adding David Winch as managing director of its recently launched service offering Miramar Talent. Miramar Talent is an extension of Miramar Global’s “executive search methodology to the layers below senior leadership,” said the firm. The goal is to “positively impact customers deeper in their organizational structures to

The Importance of Candidate Referencing During the Search Process

Too many search consultants and their clients treat finalist candidate referencing as little more than a checklist item to be completed as opposed to a valuable exercise in and of itself, with the potential to yield insights of lasting value, according to a new report by McCracken Executive Search. Recruiters generally view the completion of

Turnkey Leading Search for Maryland’s Next Athletic Director

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has been enlisted by the University of Maryland to lead its search for a new athletic director. Founder and CEO Len Perna, as well as managing director Gene DeFilippo, formerly Villanova’s athletic director, are leading the assignment. The previous AD, Kevin Anderson, took a six-month sabbatical and then, as many expected, resigned in

Buffkin / Baker Places Chief Revenue Officer at ShutterShock

The role of chief revenue officer has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. Buffkin / Baker recently

Founder Returns to Lead Gaines International

Founder Donna Gaines has returned to Gaines International as managing partner to lead the Chicago-based executive recruitment firm. Gaines International, which serves the architecture, interior design, engineering, construction and real estate development industries, was acquired by top 40 management consulting firm Allen Austin four years ago. “The growth in the AEC sector in the last several years

PRAXI Alliance adds FSC Group Paris

PRAXI Adds Paris-Based Firm to Network

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Global executive search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search recently added Paris-based executive search firm

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Why Workers Still Prefer Going to the Office

Despite the shift toward a more flexible workplace, 62 percent of employees prefer going to the office, according to Randstad’s latest Workmonitor survey, which tracks employee confidence and captures how likely an employee is to change jobs within the next six months. The percentage is higher among young workers, challenging the widespread perception that Millennial

Witt/Kieffer La Jerne Cornish Provost Ithaca College

Witt/Kieffer Places Provost at Ithaca College

The hunt for university leadership has been heating up, especially with searches for provosts. Ithaca College recently named La Jerne Cornish as its new provost and SVP for academic affairs. Witt/Kieffer was enlisted to conduct the assignment. Dr. Cornish joins the school in July, succeeding Linda Petrosino. “La Jerne Cornish’s rich experience as a leader in

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Blinkhorn Recruits CEO for WTTW

Blinkhorn LLC, a Greenwich, Conn-based executive recruitment firm, has helped to place Sandra Cordova Micek as the new president and CEO of Window to the World Communications Inc. (WWCI), parent organization of WTTW, a Chicago public television station, and WFMT, a classical radio broadcaster in the city. Ms. Micek, who officially starts work tomorrow, will

Faith-Based Search Firms Merge

Two Faith-Based Search Firms Merge

FaithSearch Partners, an executive search firm for faith-based organizations, has merged with Halftime Talent Solutions, a recruitment firm that serves mission-motivated non-profit and for-profit clients. The union creates a wider resource base through their combined networks. Based in Dallas, the new search firm will operate under the FaithSearch Partners brand. “We are delighted, excited and blessed

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INSIST Executive Search Opens Doors in India

An array of new recruiting firms has been launching around the world in recent months. The latest: INSIST Executive Search was recently launched in India by veteran search consultant R. Suresh. “INSIST primarily focuses on servicing Indian conglomerates for hiring global top league talent and supporting PE invested turnarounds in Indian landscape and highly specialized R&D

Wage Growth Seen in Most Recent Quarter

Overall wage growth increased by 2.9 percent year-over-year across all industries in the first quarter, according to the latest ADP ‘Workforce Vitality Report.’ The report tracks the same set of workers over time, which provides a more insightful picture of wage growth than overall wage growth. The growth, down from 3.1 percent annual growth as of December,

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Axis Bank Taps Egon Zehnder to Replace Outgoing Leader

Mumbai, India-based Axis Bank has enlisted executive recruitment firm Egon Zehnder to find its next chief executive officer. Shikha Sharma, who has headed India’s third largest private lender since 2009, had recently asked the bank board to shorten her term to the end of December. Originally, Ms. Sharma’s term was to have ended in June,

MJM Global Search Finds CEO for the National Livestock Producers Association

Denver area-based MJM Global Search has placed Kraig Roesch as the new CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), an association of livestock marketing cooperatives and their captive livestock credit corporations. Scott Stuart, longtime head of the NLPA, recently left the organization to become CEO at Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Jim Harlan, MJM’s president and CEO, led the assignment.

Stanton Chase Opens Office in Seattle

Stanton Chase International is continuing with its growth strategy, recently opening a new office in Seattle. David Kimbro, a senior executive search veteran of almost 20 years, has joined the firm as managing director of the new location. “We are honored to have David’s leadership in our new Seattle office,” said Daniel Casteel, managing director of the Nashville

Kingfisher Talent Partners with Relocation and Real Estate Services Firm

Kingfisher Talent, a Boston-based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development, has partnered with d`Anvers & Co., a bespoke relocation and real estate services company. The two will collaborate to provide a comprehensive offering of settling-in services for human capital managers and top talent. “For our clients here in the Boston biotech hub, this collaboration adds further

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading CEO Search for WPP

Advertising giant WPP has hired Russell Reynolds Associates to find a permanent replacement for its longtime CEO Martin Sorrell, who recently resigned following allegations of “personal misconduct.” Roberto Quarta, chairman of WPP, becomes executive chairman until the appointment of a new leader. Mr. Sorrell will also be available to assist with the transition. Mark Read, CEO of Wunderman and WPP

DHR International Selected to Find President for University of Calgary

DHR International has been tapped by the University of Calgary to lead its search for a new president. In January, Elizabeth Cannon told the school’s board of governors of her decision to step down at the end of the current calendar year. DHR recruiters Shahauna Siddiqui, Jennifer Biehn, Bryan Arthur and Monica Burton are leading the assignment. “The Board of Governors

Bowdoin Group Hires Three Recruiters

Boston-based executive recruitment firm Bowdoin Group has added three veteran recruiters to its fold: Kirk Bukowski, Brad Bauer and Jeff Harris all come to the firm from the Boston office of global search firm Tatum, a Randstad company. “We are excited to welcome Kirk, Brad and Jeff to the Bowdoin family,” said David Melville, founder and CEO

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Coulter Partners Opens New Office in Pittsburgh

Global executive search firm Coulter Partners recently opened a new office in Pittsburgh and brought in research analysts Rachel Matos and Rebecca Russell to work at that location. Coulter Partners’ London headquarters, meanwhile, consolidated its research analyst capability with the appointment of Matthew Dennehy. “We are delighted to be investing in new technologies and skills both in

Robert Half Posts Eight Percent Q1 Revenue Gain

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted first quarter revenues of $1.4 billion, up eight percent from revenues of $1.29 billion during the same quarter last year. The results beat Wall Street expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had forecasted revenue of $1.36 billion. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company recorded first quarter profits of $96 million, or 78 cents per

Despite Drop in Unemployment, Wages Remain Concern for Many Workers

With unemployment hovering at 4.1 percent, many companies face the recurring question of how to attract and retain top talent in a candidate-driven landscape. In order to remain competitive, it is essential for companies to focus on trying to boost wages or reevaluate their benefits packages, according to a new survey from Adecco USA. Nearly

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