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Diversified Search Assists DairyAmerica in CEO Search 

Julie Kanak of Diversified Search has recently assisted Fresno, CA-headquartered DairyAmerica in the recruitment of Patricia Smith as its new president and CEO. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the past 20 years in the dairy processing and food ingredient industry. “DairyAmerica sits at the forefront of one of the

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Korn Ferry Posts Flat Year-End Revenues; Q4 Down 10.2 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2020 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, flat from a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, a decline of 10.2 percent. The firm reported restricting charges of $40.5 million in its fourth quarter. Net income

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Caldwell Fills Key Posts for PE-Backed Episerver and Tricentis

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top level talent, including chief people officers who are becoming central to organizations grappling with the human resource impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, as businesses become more complex as a result of the ongoing pandemic, marketing activities are

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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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DiMarchi Partners Places CEO at Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Grand Junction / Boulder, CO-based DiMarchi Partners has recruited Brian McGuire as the new CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, a producer of certified organic bread. “All vetting, interviewing and evaluation were done remotely through ZOOM, SKYPE and other formats,” said Paul DiMarchi, founder and president of the firm. “This shows a leap of faith by all parties, as well as how efficiently critical

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Raines International Expands Asset Management Practice 

New York-based Raines International has expanded with the addition of Engy Lamour as senior vice president of its asset management practice. Based in New York City, Mr. Lamour has more than 10 years of experience in the asset management and alternative investments industry and is recognized for his extensive subject matter expertise and vast executive network. As a member

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When is the Right Time to Change Jobs?

Leaving a job is stressful under any circumstances. It is hard enough to do when times are normal. And 2020 is hardly normal. Everything is in ­flux, and even more challenging, those changes are largely happening remotely, this according to a new report authored by Richard Stein, chief growth officer at Options Group. “It’s good to remember, therefore,

Bishop & Company Seeking CEO for Hawaii Tourism Authority

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has contracted with Honolulu-based executive search firm Bishop & Company to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The assignment is being spearheaded by Erinn N. Tomlinson, the search firm’s director of executive recruitment. The organization’s current leader, Chris Tatum, announced last month that he would be

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The Mom Project Announces $25 Million in Funding

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with an artificial intelligence component. Just recently, The Mom Project, a talent marketplace, closed a $25 million series B funding round, bringing total funding at the Chicago-based company to $36 million. The Mom Project aims to connect women, including mothers, with employment opportunities. Its platform has amassed

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Cejka Search Assists Iowa Clinic in CEO Search

Cejka Search has placed Ben Vallier as the new CEO of the Iowa Clinic. He succeeds Ed Brown, who helped found the clinic in 1994 and led the organization for more than 25 years before announcing his plans to step down from the top job last September. The assignment was led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president

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Hanold Associates Launches Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice

Hanold Associates has launched a global diversity, equity and inclusion practice and named Keri Gavin as practice leader. As one of the nation’s top C-suite HR leadership providers, the search firm has led dozens of critical chief diversity and inclusion officer searches for clients such Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, MGM Resorts International, Major League Baseball,

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Diversified Search Assists DairyAmerica in CEO Search 

Julie Kanak of Diversified Search has recently assisted Fresno, CA-headquartered DairyAmerica in the recruitment of Patricia Smith as its new president and CEO. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the past 20 years in the dairy processing and food ingredient industry. “DairyAmerica sits at the forefront of one of the

performance

Korn Ferry Posts Flat Year-End Revenues; Q4 Down 10.2 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2020 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, flat from a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, a decline of 10.2 percent. The firm reported restricting charges of $40.5 million in its fourth quarter. Net income

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ZRG Recruits President for AccelerātUM

ZRG has recruited Brett Feddersen as the president of AccelerātUM, a new entity founded by the former head of the FAA and industry colleagues to advance the unmanned air mobility industry. Managing directors Samantha Foster and Craig Sabina led the assignment. “ZRG managing directors Craig Sabina and Samantha Foster were instrumental in Brett’s recruitment,” AccelerātUM

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Versique Search and Consulting Names CFO

Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has promoted Erik Fortier to chief financial officer. In this role, he will oversee the company’s finance operations as well as HR, IT and office administration functions, and will focus on maintaining Versique’s continued growth and helping to drive its strategic initiatives. “Erik has brought a whole new level

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.1 Percent; Another 1.4 Million Jobless Claims Filed

Employment surprisingly rose by 4.8 million in June as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. These improvements in the labor market reflect a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March, April and May due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and

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Higher Education Leadership Recruits Business Dean for Arkansas Tech University

Following a nationwide search, C. Wayne Alderman and Alan Medders of Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search have completed the search for the new dean of the college of business for Arkansas Tech University (ATU). K. Russell Jones will start in his new role with the university on Monday. “Dr. Jones is an experienced academician and administrator who is

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20/20 Foresight Strengthens Search Staff

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Mitch Ornstein as managing director. Mr. Ornstein, who will work from the firm’s Chicago office, brings more than 15 years of executive search experience in placing senior leaders across all functions to his new role. He will serve as 20/20 Foresight’s functional expert in the CFO

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How to Retain Executive Mothers During and After COVID-19

In January 2020, women constituted more than 50 percent of the American workforce. Six months and 15 million jobs later, this may not be the case, according to a new report by Odgers Berndtson and co-authored by Catherine Bass Black and Lisa DeConto. “It’s been widely recognized that women in the United States are being disproportionately affected

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McDermott & Bull Recruits CEO for NEXT for AUTISM 

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed former American Montessori Society executive Timothy Purnell as the new CEO for NEXT for AUTISM. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led the assignment. Mr. Purnell has a proven track record as an innovative leader, strategic planner and inspiring educator. He transitioned

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Hightech Partners Adds Technology, Digital Executive

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Jean-Christophe Legrand, a senior executive in technology and digital, to help develop the firm’s international business. His appointment strengthens HTP’s strategy as a global leader in the field of digital executive-level recruitment, but also as advisor to clients on the talent aspects of digital

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Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted the Detroit Pistons in the recruitment of former Roc Nation executive Mike Zavodsky as its new chief business officer. The role is a new position for the professional basketball organization. Mr. Zavodsky begins work with the NBA team on Wednesday. He will report to Pistons vice chair Arn Tellem.

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Focus Search Partners Creates Interim Executive Services Practice 

Top experts in talent management and leadership recruitment agree that filling an interim leadership position can be a significant opportunity for an organization. Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of talent solutions provider Vaco, recently launched an interim executive services practice to leverage the firm’s 20-year history. The firm tapped C-suite talent veteran Monica Foster to lead the

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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has strengthened its global presence adding VIPJOBS LLC as a new member firm in Russia. The organization says that Russia is a market with significant talent and strong demand for leadership capabilities. “With IRC Russia, our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,”

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Leading Through & Beyond COVID-19; Best Practices for an Unprecedented Time

Leaders may automatically default to the bottom line and focus on the financial damage that COVID-19 is causing—and for good reason. But many employees place greater emphasis and importance on the support they are receiving from leadership, according to a new report from Robinson Resource Group. “People need to know that even though their leader is

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The Christopher Group Places CHRO for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Christopher Group has placed Michelle Jones as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The search was completed by founder and CEO Tom Christopher, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “Partnering with TCG and Jeff specifically was absolutely fantastic,” said Ms. Jones. “COVID-19 hit during the process and

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DHR International Adds Partner to Financial Officer Practice 

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has expanded with the addition of Rob Tillman as managing partner of its global financial officer practice. He will also serve as a key leader in the firm’s private equity and advanced technology practices and will work closely with DHR’s advisory services team, Elevate Partners. Mr. Tillman has served with three of

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Bespoke Partners Recruits Technology Officer for Clearlake Capital-backed Provation

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has assisted in the placement of Linda Buan as chief technology officer of Clearlake Capital Group-backed Provation. Ms. Buan had been serving as the company’s vice president, product development and operations. “Innovation, quality and service have long been defining characteristics of Provation’s software solutions, and our chief technology officer

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Westmont Search Selected to Lead Chief Nursing Officer Search for Essentia Health

As the healthcare sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most

Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.1 Percent; Another 1.4 Million Jobless Claims Filed

Employment surprisingly rose by 4.8 million in June as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. These improvements in the labor market reflect a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March, April and May due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and

Robert Half Posts Three Percent Revenue Gain Citing COVID-19 Impact on Results

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted first quarter revenues of $1.507 billion, up three percent from the same period a year ago beating Wall Street’s expectations. This compares to year-ago revenues of $1.47 billion. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company recorded net income

The COVID-19 Impact on Executive Search

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on every business sector, executive recruiting included, costing organizations billions of dollars in lost revenue. Goldman Sachs estimates that economic growth around the world will be zero in 2020 thanks to the virus. To many, even that seems grossly underestimated. But the coronavirus is causing far more than just

Lindauer Tapped to Find Alumni Relations Director for Seoul Foreign School

Boston-based Lindauer is spearheading the search for a new director of alumni relations for the Seoul Foreign School (SFS) in South Korea, one of the leading international schools in Asia. Heading the assignment is vice president Carmel Napolitano. “The Seoul Foreign School is seeking an adventurous and energetic alumni relations and development professional to join

Odgers Berndtson Opens Salt Lake City Office

Odgers Berndtson has continued its rapid expansion in the U.S. by opening an office in Salt Lake City, UT. The location will be led by Evan McClure, a partner in the firm’s life science practice, who joined Odgers Berndtson last year and leads search engagements for CxO, vice president and board positions across the life

Executive Recruiters Roll Up Their Sleeves as COVID-19 Crisis Unfolds

In mid-March, just as the full impact of the coronavirus crisis was starting to take shape for search firms and other businesses across the nation, Kenneth Vancini, founder of Innova International, an advisory firm for the executive recruitment industry, had a flash of inspiration. Mr. Vancini had been on the telephone with chief executive officers

Herbert Mines Assists Sprouts Farmers Market in Chief Marketing Officer Search

Following a nationwide search, New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed Gil Phipps as the new senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sprouts Farmers Market in Phoenix, AZ. President Brenda Malloy led the search along with managing director Alison Weil and vice president Caitlin Kenefick. “We’re extremely pleased

Kingsley Gate Partners Opens New Office in Madrid

Kingsley Gate Partners is continuing its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Madrid. Spain. Rocío Rufilanchas and Alberto Terron have joined the firm as vice presidents in the new office. “Despite the difficult times Spain and the rest of the world are currently going through, the expansion in Madrid demonstrates Kingsley Gate Partners’ commitment to growth and to

Another Tough Week for Workers as Pandemic Crisis Sends Millions More into Unemployment

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed for unemployment benefits in historic numbers within the last seven days, with the Labor Department reporting this morning a new surge of 4.4 million claims. Over 26 million people have now filed for unemployment benefits over the past five weeks. Economists were predicting 4.5 million jobless claims

Naval Postgraduate School Taps Reffett Associates to Find New Provost

Reffett Associates has been selected by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to assist with the search for its next provost. The assignment is being led by William Reffett, managing partner and founder, with assistance from Marshall Reffett, managing director. “We are pleased to have been selected by the provost search committee to work with the

ManpowerGroup Revenue Declines Eight Percent Citing COVID-19 Impact

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted first quarter revenues of $4.6 billion, a decrease of eight percent from the same period a year ago. The company said it is focused on managing costs and is withholding guidance given the uncertainty when governments will ease stay-at-home restrictions. The Milwaukee-based recruiting company recorded net earnings of $1.7 million for the quarter,

Leveraging Existing Response Plans to Tackle COVID-19

While the world continues to face the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate, academic and government leaders are examining the long-range questions of “What’s next?” and “How do we respond?” If your organization has yet to have a pandemic response and recovery plan in place, it may be time to take what is in place

Library of Congress Taps JDG Associates to Begin Search for Register of Copyrights

Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has been engaged to conduct the search for a Register of Copyrights for the Library of Congress. Leading the assignment is Darren DeGioia, president of the search firm. The incoming leader will be responsible for administering the provisions of copyright and related laws set out in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

LifeSci Search Opens Office in San Francisco; Expands Health Technology and AI Expertise

New York City-based life sciences-focused executive search firm LifeSci Search has opened a new office in San Francisco. The location will be led by managing partner Elena Liapounova. “Having a presence in San Francisco gives us an opportunity to provide a more personalized approach to clients on the West Coast,” said Andrew Cronin, president and co-founder

Companies Planning Big Comeback Post-Pandemic Crisis

As the global, interconnected business community confronts unprecedented challenges manifested by the COVID-19 pandemic, the interdependence of the world’s economies has never been more obvious or so uniformly tested. “In the face of our collective battle to endure and overcome, there will rise up great strength of resolve, new innovations, and a shared effort to

Frederickson Partners Finds Director of Employee Engagement for The Nature Conservancy

Frederickson Partners, a global HR executive search firm, has placed Alia Ayer as director of employee engagement at The Nature Conservancy. Beth Ann Namey, a partner for executive search, led the assignment for the firm. Ms. Ayer, who will be based in the San Francisco Bay area, was previously principal and head of data strategy at Stop

Ridgeway Partners Strengthens Asset / Wealth Management Team

Boston-headquartered executive search firm Ridgeway Partners has expanded with the addition of Michael Fitzgerald as a partner in its Boston office. He specializes in asset management and has a strong track record of recruiting senior leadership positions in distribution, marketing, product, investments as well as building new business lines. “We are truly excited to have Mike join Ridgeway Partners,” said Charles Preusse,

Solomon Page to Donate Quarterly Profit to COVID-19 First Responders Fund

Executive search firm Solomon Page has announced a charitable initiative to support COVID-19 frontline workers. In conjunction with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the First Responders Fund, the recruitment provider will donate five percent of its quarterly margin to the New York City-based fund. With its corporate headquarters based in the global epicenter of the

Academic Search Seeks New President for California Lutheran University

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search  has been enlisted to find the next president for California Lutheran University. Jay Lemons, president and senior consultant; Stuart Dorsey, senior consultant; and Jennifer Kooken, associate consultant, are leading the assignment. Last fall, Chris Kimball, who has held the job for 12 years, announced that he would be stepping down at

SearchPath Global Appoints President as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

Executive recruitment organizations have made a number of top leadership appointments over the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Recruiting and interim executive franchise system SearchPath Global has named executive search veteran Jonathan Bartos as its new president. In his new role, Mr. Bartos will support existing franchises and grow franchise

Isaacson, Miller Seeks New Leader for the Mystic Seaport Museum

Museums are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. As these positions grow more sophisticated and complex, the hunt for top-flight talent to fill these roles becomes all the more important. With that, search fees across the space are rising substantially, according to recruiters. And that is something to think

Christopher Group Seeks CHRO for American Hotel and Lodging Association

The Christopher Group (TCG) has been retained by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) to lead the organization’s chief human resources officer search. Founder and CEO Thomas Christopher, recruiting manager Kristen Pace, and senior operations manager Matthew Duda are leading the assignment. “The Christopher Group is pleased and honored to launch our second chief human resources officer search for

Novare Executive Search Recruits CEO for Live Nation Sweden

Stockholm-headquartered Novare Executive Search has placed Mattias Behrer as the chief executive officer of Live Nation Sweden, the largest organizer of concerts, tours and events in Sweden. He starts his new position on August 10. It is very gratifying to welcome Mattias to the team,” said John Reid, president of Live Nation Europe concerts. “With his broad background

Pandemic Crisis Sends Another 5.2 Million Americans Into Unemployment

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed for unemployment benefits in historic numbers within the last seven days, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a new surge of 5.245 million claims. Over 22 million people have now filed for unemployment benefits over the past month. Economists were predicting five million jobless claims for the

PFM Executive Search Finds President for B.C. Marine Terminal Operators Association

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Stephanie Jones as president of the B.C. Marine Terminal Operators Association (BCMTOA). Partner Shaun Carpenter and consultant Matthew Bell led the assignment. Ms. Jones will work on behalf of the BCMTOA board of directors and members as the voice of marine terminals operating at British Columbia Ports and Canada’s

P. Jason King Associates Appoints EVP, Preparing for Industry Rebound

Travel and hospitality unemployment fell by 459,000 in March. This employment decline nearly offset gains over the previous two years. While many companies within these sectors are not hiring as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, one search firm that focuses on these industries sees an opportunity. Skyland, NC-headquartered executive search firm P. Jason King Associates recently

CEO Confidence Falls to Lowest Levels Since 2008 Great Recession

Amid the fallout from COVID-19, confidence among U.S. CEOs has declined sharply. The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence decreased from 43 in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 36 in the first quarter of 2020. In addition, a follow-up survey from late March to early April showed a further decline to 34. (A reading of

Acertitude Places CIO for Enlivant

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Justin Sheppard as chief information officer for Enlivant, one of the nation’s largest senior living owners and operators with a presence in 27 states across the U.S. Co-founder and managing partner Rick DeRose spearheaded the assignment. As CIO, Mr. Sheppard has strategic oversight for all aspects of technology and is responsible

Naughtin Group Expands Senior Leadership Team

Naughtin Group, a woman-owned national executive search firm based in Minneapolis, MN, has expanded its senior leadership team with the addition of Heidi Dodd as partner. While some firms continue to focus solely on hiring revenue generators to drive the top line, CEO Terri Naughtin saw the importance of making a strategic investment in operations

On the Talent Front Line: COVID-19 and the Consumer Industry

Herbert Mines Associates is a veteran search firm serving retail and consumer clients, and that expertise is giving them a unique vantage point in seeing the impact that COVID-19 is having across a wide range of industries, including: grocery; home, apparel and other retail; restaurants, hotels and other hospitality; digital pureplay; fitness and other consumer

Bridge Partners Seeks CFO for Accion Opportunity Fund

New York City-based Bridge Partners has been enlisted to find an EVP and chief financial officer for Accion Opportunity Fund in the San Francisco Bay area. The non-profit organization spearheads the development of a national microlending strategy to meet the credit needs of small businesses. Bridge Partners’ founders Tory Clarke and Larry Griffin are leading

Bedford Consulting Group Extends Talent Offerings

Toronto-based executive search and talent management solutions provider Bedford Consulting Group has added Val Cambre of Teal & Co. as the firm’s newest partner. Ms. Cambre will lead the design of competitive strategies on talent identification, talent development and establishing a talent culture for optimizing education processes within the academy movement. “Val has a deep knowledge and expertise

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