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ZRG Appoints Digital, Data, Analytics, and AI Practice Leader

ZRG has expanded with the addition of Lisa Peacock-Edwards as managing director and leader of its digital, data, analytics and AI practice. “Lisa’s track record of success spans countries and continents,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “As a member of the ZRG team and leader of the digital, data, analytics and AI practice, I’m confident in


Cornerstone International Group Names Managing Partner for Middle Eastern Region

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has unveiled a new executive search and leader advisory team in the Middle East with the addition of Stelios Pigadiotis as managing partner and founder of Cornerstone Dubai. “We are delighted to welcome Stelios to Cornerstone International Group,” said Simon Wan, chairman. “Stelios is

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Beloit Snappers Tap Marquee Search in Hunt for New President

Gateway Management Group and the Beloit Snappers have tapped the services of Portland, OR-based Marquee Search to lead a nationwide search to select a company president to oversee all operations at the brand-new, multi-purpose stadium being built in downtown Beloit, WI. The president of Gateway Management will lead the Beloit baseball team as well as

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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 Onstott Group Expands Search Team

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has expanded with the addition of Christine Venditti as managing director. Ms. Venditti over 20 years of executive recruiting experience scaling private equity and VC funded and public technology companies including CFO, CEO and CMO roles. Her background includes in house experience on Apple’s internal search team


Jobless Claims Fall as Election and Pandemic Second Wave Add to the Misery

The Labor Department reported this morning that 751,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the lowest total since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 778,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The total reflected a decline of 40,000


Academic Career & Executive Search Finds Dean for Texas A&M University

West Hartford, Conn.-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Debra Feakes as the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University – San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. “Co-chairs Vijay Golla and Bill Bush sought to find a dean who could proactively take the lead in solidifying and implementing the


Furst Group Recruits CFO for Baystate Health

Following a national search, Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, assisted Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, in the hiring of Raymond McCarthy as treasurer and chief financial officer. Mr. McCarthy has served as interim CFO since March. “Ray has worked tirelessly and skillfully to keep our health system financially stable during the pandemic and the


Harvey Nash Acquires Latitude 36, Expands to U.S. Market

Recruitment firm Harvey Nash has acquired technology focused executive search firm Latitude 36 as part of its strategic expansion in the U.S. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am extremely excited about Latitude 36 joining the Harvey Nash Group family,” said Jason Allen, CEO of Harvey Nash technology recruitment division Northern Europe, Australia and


Handshake Receives $80 Million in Funding

Handshake, a jobs platform for college students and recent graduates, has received an $80 million financing round led by GGV Capital with participation from EQT Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital and True Ventures, along with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Emerson Collective and Imaginable Futures. “Since its founding, Handshake has been laser focused on delivering on its


Bain & Company and Hunt Scanlon Launch Talent Intelligence Partnership

Bain & Company, the leading global advisor to the private equity industry, and Hunt Scanlon Media, the leading talent intelligence provider to the human capital and private equity sectors, have entered into a partnership to gather data to better understand current PE portfolio company executive talent issues and their link to investment performance. “With more detailed insight


B.E. Smith Seeks CFO for Ohio-Based Fairfield Medical Center

Healthcare-focused B.E. Smith has been enlisted to find a new chief financial officer for Fairfield Medical Center, an independent, not-for-profit, community-based health system in Lancaster, OH. Senior executive consultant. The previous CFO, Sky Gettys, announced early this year that he would be retiring after nearly 20 years with the organization. As a key member of


Bishop & Company Assists the Hawaii Tourism Authority with CEO Search

Honolulu-based executive search firm Bishop & Company has assisted the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) in the recruitment of John De Fries as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. He is the first Native Hawaiian appointed as HTA’s president and CEO. Past leader Chris Tatum recently retired. The assignment was spearheaded by Erinn N. Tomlinson,


ZRG Appoints Digital, Data, Analytics, and AI Practice Leader

ZRG has expanded with the addition of Lisa Peacock-Edwards as managing director and leader of its digital, data, analytics and AI practice. “Lisa’s track record of success spans countries and continents,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “As a member of the ZRG team and leader of the digital, data, analytics and AI practice, I’m confident in


Cornerstone International Group Names Managing Partner for Middle Eastern Region

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has unveiled a new executive search and leader advisory team in the Middle East with the addition of Stelios Pigadiotis as managing partner and founder of Cornerstone Dubai. “We are delighted to welcome Stelios to Cornerstone International Group,” said Simon Wan, chairman. “Stelios is


Heidrick & Struggles Posts Steep Q3 Declines; Records $48 Million Restructuring Charge

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) has posted $143.5 million third quarter revenues, down from $182.2 million during the same period a year ago. The reduction in net revenue was primarily due to the impact of the pandemic on its global business. Executive search net revenue was $129.2 million compared to $166.5 million in


The Christopher Group Recruits VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at HarperCollins Publishers

Thomas Christopher, Pam Noble and Matthew Duda of The Christopher Group (TCG) have placed Gisselda Nunez as vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at HarperCollins Publishers. “It was an honor and a privilege to work directly with the HarperCollins leadership team as they continue to build an inclusive and diverse workplace,” said Ms. Noble, the search firm’s chief human resources


Buffkin / Baker Assists the Blues Foundation with CEO Search

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker recently assisted in recruiting Patricia Wilson Aden as the new president and CEO of the Blues Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring, preserving and promoting the musical form known as the blues. She succeeds Barbara Newman who recently retired. Nat Sutton and Tom Truitt, partners from Buffkin / Baker, executed the search. “On


McDermott + Bull Names Chief Operating Officer

Top leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull recently appointed Angela Anderson to chief operating officer, where she will continue to build and scale the firm’s infrastructure and support its expansion. “Angela has worked side by side with me for most of her 11 years


AltoPartners Spain and WFS Talent Form Partnership with Johan Cruyff Institute

AltoPartners Spain, an international consultancy firm specializing in executive search, and WFS Talent, which provides human resources solutions for the sports industry, have formalized an agreement with the Johan Cruyff Institute to strengthen the institute’s career services offerings. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the Johan Cruyff Institute provides online and on-campus study programs in sport management,


Workplace Diversity Through Recruitment

Diverse companies have 19 percent higher revenue, and according to Harvard Business Review, are 70 percent more likely to capture a new market. With diversity hiring a top priority for employers, the first step to building a diverse workforce is straightforward: Hire more diversified candidates. Sounds simple — but sometimes what sounds simple can be vexingly complex,


RH Perry & Associates Assists College of Mount Saint Vincent

Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has assisted the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY, in the recruitment of Susan R. Burns as its sixth president. Managing partner Matthew Kilcoyne and senior consultant Kathy Krendl led the assignment. Last year, Charles L. Flynn Jr. announced that he would be stepping down after 20 years as


Herbert Mines Assists Bob’s Discount Furniture with CEO Search

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


True Search Launches Gaming, Media & Entertainment Practice

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has launched a new practice dedicated to the growing gaming, media and entertainment industry. “Our team’s deep heritage within the industry, coupled with our ability to find talent that enables growth in rapidly evolving creative sectors, made our global launch of the gaming, media and entertainment practice a natural next step,” said


Robert Half Posts 23 Percent Revenue Dip

Robert Half International Inc./(NYSE:RHI) posted third quarter revenues of $1.19 billion, down 23.3 percent from the same period a year ago, surpassing the consensus mark by 2.48 percent. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company recorded net income of $46 million, or $.67 per share,


Continuity Planning: Why It Matters in Times of Crisis

Planning is critical in succession strategy, but it is neither foolproof nor a guarantee that a transfer of power will go smoothly. Succession planning is a process that ensures your next generation of leaders is capable and the transition of power is seamless. It is a journey that every company should take, including both family-owned and


CarterBaldwin Executive Search Tapped by Pepperdine University to Find Chief Diversity Officer

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities across the country. It has, in fact, become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. Pandemic or not, higher educational institutions need talent and these roles are now seen

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for The Big Ten

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Omar Brown as chief people and culture officer for the Big Ten Conference, the nation’s oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference. Jason Hanold, Lisa Butkus and Mayank Parikh led the assignment. “Commissioner Kevin Warren is an exceptional leader who is bringing business sophistication to a 125-year-old conference powerhouse,” said Mr. Hanold.


Arts Consulting Group Finds New Leader for Connecticut Landmarks

Boston-based search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has placed Aaron Marcavitch as executive director of Connecticut Landmarks, an organization that restores and operates significant historic house museums in Connecticut. “ACG congratulates Aaron Marcavitch on his placement as executive director at Connecticut Landmarks,” said Wyona Lynch-McWhite, senior vice president at Arts Consulting Group. “His vast experience in historic preservation

Jobless Claims at Lowest Level Since Early Days of COVID-19

The Labor Department reported this morning that 898,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the lowest total since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 875,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The Labor Department changed its methodology from

Good Karma Brands Selects Christopher Group for Head of HR Search

Good Karma Brands has selected The Christopher Group to lead its search for a head of human resources. The assignment is being spearheaded by managing director Nathaniel Schiffer, recruiting director Jeff Wilbanks and senior operations manager Matthew Duda. “The Christopher Group’s recruiting services division is proud to partner with Good Karma Brands, ESPN’s  best-in-class local operator,” said Mr.  Schiffer. “Being from Cleveland

Higher Education Leadership Search Seeks Dean for Auburn University at Montgomery

Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected by Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in Alabama to lead the search for a dean for its college of sciences. Consultant Alan Medders is heading the assignment. The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and reports directly to AUM’s provost and senior vice

Macrae Names Chief Operating Officer

Global legal executive search firm Macrae, formerly known as Mlegal, has appointed Laurie Caplane as chief operating officer. She will be based in New York. “Laurie, whom I’ve known and greatly respected in a professional capacity for many years, is a natural fit to take on this vital role as Macrae continues to execute on an ambitious growth

EMA Partners International Opens Bangkok Office

EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of a new office in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai office is led by managing partner Santi Campanella. Mr. Campanella and his team have extensive experience in executive search, leadership and organizational assessment across several industries, such as

Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4 Percent

Employment rose by 1.4 million in August as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. That’s down from a peak of 14.7 percent in April, but still far above the 3.5 percent rate in February before the coronavirus pandemic led to mass

Academic Search Assists California Lutheran University in President Search

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has placed Lori E. Varlotta as the first woman president of California Lutheran University. Last fall, Chris Kimball, who held the job for 12 years, announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the academic year. Jay Lemons, president and senior consultant; Stuart Dorsey, senior consultant; and Jennifer Kooken, associate consultant, led

Jorgensen Consulting Recruits CEO for Chamber of Commerce

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting has helped place Jerald Mitchell as the first black president and CEO of the Greater Columbus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Mitchell was previously vice president for economic development for the Atlanta BeltLine, a development corporation for a $4.5 billion redevelopment project in Atlanta, one of the largest in the country. “Jerald has

DHR International Opens Miami Office

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has opened a new office in Miami with the addition of Lizette Ibarra as managing partner. She becomes a member of the industrial, consumer and retail practice groups and will help strengthen the firm’s presence in Latin America. “Lizette brings a deep understanding of the geography, executives and needs of the Latin

AltoPartners Adds Colombian Search Firm to Network

AltoPartners, the international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Colombian search firm Executive Connection. Founded in 2011, Executive Connection is a professional services firm with offices in both Bogota and Cali. The founding partners have experience working in global organizations and are able to

Americans Continue to File for Unemployment In Big Numbers 

The Labor Department reported this morning that 881,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. This exceeds analyst expectations and marks the lowest weekly total since the pandemic began. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a total of 950,000. Nevertheless, the latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market The

Korn Ferry Posts 29 Percent Revenue Drop; Recruiting Revenues Dive 36 Percent 

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal third quarter revenues of $344.1 million, a 29 percent decline.The results missed Wall Street expectations. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $357.4 million. For the quarter, professional search was down 36 percent (35 percent at constant currency) and RPO was down 23 percent (22 percent at constant currency), both compared to the

Higher Talent Executive Search Recruits CEO for American Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, D.C.-based Higher Talent Executive Search has placed Torey Carter-Conneen as the new chief executive officer for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Mr. Carter-Conneen had been chief operating officer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). “On behalf of the executive committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are thrilled to

Odgers Berndtson Opens Office in Bogotá, Colombia

Odgers Berndtson has opened a new office Bogotá, Colombia to help meet a growing demand from organizations in the Andean region for executive search expertise. In conjunction, Odgers Berndtson will also launch its interim executive arm, Odgers Interim, in Colombia. Odgers Berndtson Colombia will be led by managing partner Roberto Hall, a veteran of the Colombian executive

Recruiting Firm Vetted Opens Doors 

Recruitment industry veteran Tim Walsh has launched Vetted, a boutique recruitment and outplacement firm focused on supporting Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem. “We want to help companies navigate this new world of talent acquisition, where remote hiring and the renewed importance of diversity hiring have come to the forefront,” said Mr. Walsh. “With all that’s happened

Seven Steps to Successful Family Office Hiring

With all of the unique challenges that running a family office pose, it is imperative that families attract and retain the right executives for key leadership roles in the organization. Doing so enables them to achieve their long-term goals and objectives and to support family sustainability. Without a proven process, however, many such searches fail, says

Creating a Company Culture to Boosts Creativity

High pressure work environments are the norm in many professions, especially in today’s times, as organizations push their employees to perform and produce. Although this strategy might be an effective short-term approach, it usually leads to a negative work culture and burnout among employees, according to a new report by Christopher Rios of Blue Rock Search.

RH Perry & Associates Seeking President for National Catholic Educational Association 

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has retained Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Managing partner Matthew Kilcoyne and senior consultant Sue Dewine are leading the assignment. The president/CEO reports to the board of directors and is responsible for fulfillment of NCEA’s mission to enhance the vitality and

Reilly Partners Recruits Two Board Members for Cresco Labs 

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Recently, Chicago-based executive search firm Reilly Partnersplaced Carol Vallone and Michele Roberts as new members of the board

August Leadership Adds Partner 

Executive recruitment firm August Leadership, which changed its name from Ward Howell USA earlier this year, is expanding with the addition of Jerry McGrath as a partner. He manages searches for human resources leaders across a vast array of industries and organizations, and his clients benefit from his three decades of global experience in both corporate

Transforming Corporate Culture and Driving Performance in the New Workplace

As organizations begin to look at the matter of if, when and how they will transition back to traditional workplaces, leaders are fielding a number of questions: What will the office look like? Will it be safe? Will it ever be the same again? Can we have a high-performance culture with so many people working

Vetted Solutions Seeks CEO for Financial Planning Association

Vetted Solutions, which specializes in executive recruitment for the non-profit and association sector, has been enlisted to find the next chief executive officer for the Denver, CO-based Financial Planning Association (FPA), the premier membership organization for financial planning practitioners. “The next CEO will ideally have helped transform organizations to increase the value proposition for those they serve,” said the Washington,

Human Capital Group Recruits CIO for Hensel Phelps

Brentwood, TN-based executive search firm The Human Capital Group | a Gallagher Company has placed Dolores Quezada-Mears as the new chief information officer at Hensel Phelps in Greeley, CO. “Our client has reinforced that they are thrilled with the process and outcome,” said Steve Hayes, senior managing director. “We presented a slate of vetted finalists within 20 business

Elevate Partners Expands in San Francisco 

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has added Jonathan Hoyt to Elevate Partners, its advisory services line of business, as a partner based in the firm’s San Francisco office. “We are pleased to welcome Jonathan to DHR’s Elevate Partners,” said Christine Greybe, president of Elevate Partners. “A trusted advisor and executive coach, he brings a strategic mindset to his work guiding clients

Platinium Executive Search Adds Veteran HR Executive 

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Recently, Platinium Executive Search added former HR executive Céline Daubresse as a partner. “We are very pleased to welcome Céline here at Platinium Executive Search, as her international HR track record in various EMEA HR roles is both contrasting

U.S. Employers Planning Workforce Reductions Heading Into 2021 

Nearly half of U.S. employers who have opted to furlough or lay off staff as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are considering making additional workforce reductions in the next 12 months, according a new survey released by Randstad RiseSmart. The survey was conducted online by a third-party survey provider and respondents included more than 250 human

Perrett Laver Seeks COO for European Society of Endodontology 

Perrett Laver is leading the search for a new chief operating officer for the European Society of Endodontology (ESE), which focuses on the study of dental pulp and tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. Consultant Emi Saliasi is leading the assignment for the search firm. ESE wants a COO to ensure that the organization’s mission, aims, objectives

Holden Richardson Recruits CFO for Unique Fabricating

According to recruiters, the pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily; bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants; answering constant calls from investors and board directors; and, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. Chicago, IL-headquartered executive

Kensington International Appoints Financial Services Practice Leader

Oak Brook, IL-based executive search firm Kensington International Inc. has named Steve Goering as partner and practice leader for financial services. He will lead search assignment within asset management, wealth management, real estate and fintech. “We are excited to welcome Steve back to Kensington International and believe he and the rest of our second-generation leadership will be instrumental in

The Loring Group Fills Senior Finance Role for XP Power 

San Francisco, CA-headquartered executive search firm The Loring Group recruited Gerardo Adame as vice president of finance at XP Power. Managing partner Steve Caliger led the assignment. “We learned many valuable lessons during this search that was impacted by COVID-19 that will benefit XP Power and others we work with going forward during the pandemic,” Mr. Caliger

Some Leaders are Creative Forces, Others Excel at Delivering on Big Ideas

Is there a difference between a visionary and a leader in any given organization? If you posed the question to a C-suite professional who’s led by a so-called “visionary leader,” they might say that a visionary and a leader are one in the same; any individual can exhibit both qualities. While this is certainly true,

accelHRate Recruits First Chief People Officer for NACD

With the coronavirus crisis upon us, 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: “They must keep employees healthy; maintain their morale;

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