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Caldwell Creates Blockchain Advisory Council

Toronto-based Caldwell has launched a blockchain advisory council aimed at driving the understanding, integration and implementation of blockchain technologies. The new offering for clients is in partnership with blockchain consulting firm, BTblock. “Blockchain technologies carry the potential for substantial impact within our client’s organizations, as they can enable the strategic reorganization of workflows and related structures,”

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Vlaad and Company Expands to U.S. with New York City Office Launch

Toronto-based Vlaad and Company, a financial services executive search firm, has expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York City.  The expansion increases the firm’s North American presence and helps both American and Canadian firms find top-tier talent in a very tight marketplace, said the firm New York remains

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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.

Trends

10 Reasons to Consider External Candidates

More companies have been looking outside for new leaders, an indication that hiring an outsider has become more of an intentional leadership choice than a necessity. Outsiders accounted for 22 percent of all CEOs brought in via a planned succession between 2012 and 2017, up from 14 percent in the 2005 to 2007 period, according

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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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Phillips Oppenheim Seeking CEO for the Museum of the American Revolution

Boutique executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been chosen to find the next president and chief executive officer for Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. Mark J. Tarnacki and Adelaide K. Jones are leading the search. The museum’s previous leader, Michael C. Quinn, stepped down last March after six years of steering the

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RSR Partners Names Head of Sports and Entertainment Leadership Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has promoted Dany B. Berghoff to managing director. Mr. Berghoff, who took over as head of the firm’s global sport and entertainment leadership practice from Joe Bailey in May, will focus on working with clients across the sports, media and entertainment industries. He is also a member of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice. Mr. Berghoff has

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How to Best Balance Work and Summer Holiday Time

Nearly two-thirds of professionals (63 percent) say they have cut short vacations because of occupational demands and pressure to perform at work, according to a new Korn Ferry survey. The study also found that nearly three quarters (73 percent) said they would prefer a higher salary over more vacation days. According to the survey, staying in

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City of Pasadena Taps Teri Black & Company for Police Chief

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

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Heidrick & Struggles Appoints Venture Capital Recruiting Practice Leader

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International has named San Francisco-based partner Scott Atkinson to lead its venture capital practice. He succeeds Rebecca Foreman Janjic, who earlier this year was appointed the global practice managing partner for the firm’s global technology and services practice. “Heidrick & Struggles has a rich and deep history working with venture

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Using Artificial Intelligence for Making Unbiased Hires

While diversity and inclusion initiatives have become a “must-have” for 21st century employers, actually making them work depends on having a clear plan and framework that resonates with diverse talent and aligns with overall business goals. “Whether it is speaking at a conference, or consulting to help develop strategies that align their talent functions with

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Odgers Berndtson Continues U.S. Expansion

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Nicole Phillips as a partner in the firm’s retail and consumer practices. She will be based in the New York City office. “We’re delighted to have Nicole with us,” said Diane Lavietes, head of Odgers Berndtson’s retail and consumer practices in the U.S. “As we

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PFM Executive Search Lands Chief Development Officer for Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Cynthia Kinsella as chief development officer of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS). “With Cynthia’s proven success of mentoring effective teams and implementing process improvements throughout her career, she will be a valued member of GVFBS’s executive team,” PFM said. Ms. Kinsella has had a 28-year career in

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How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

When it comes to successful hiring and retention, pay rules, according to Adecco’s “2018 U.S. Workforce Report: Attracting Talent and Retaining Employees.” The report, which surveyed over 1,000 American workers from coast to coast, said that remuneration is easily the most important job factor. Employees told Adecco that their top job factors were: salary/wages (42

Launches

Caldwell Creates Blockchain Advisory Council

Toronto-based Caldwell has launched a blockchain advisory council aimed at driving the understanding, integration and implementation of blockchain technologies. The new offering for clients is in partnership with blockchain consulting firm, BTblock. “Blockchain technologies carry the potential for substantial impact within our client’s organizations, as they can enable the strategic reorganization of workflows and related structures,”

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Vlaad and Company Expands to U.S. with New York City Office Launch

Toronto-based Vlaad and Company, a financial services executive search firm, has expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York City.  The expansion increases the firm’s North American presence and helps both American and Canadian firms find top-tier talent in a very tight marketplace, said the firm New York remains

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Hiring Looks Strong Heading Into Second Half of 2018

As employers grapple with a highly competitive hiring environment that is causing prolonged job vacancies across the U.S., workers will reap the benefits. According to CareerBuilder‘s ‘Midyear Job Forecast,’ a full 63 percent of employers plan to hire in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year. A substantial percentage of employers said

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DRG Search Finds Leader for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have

M&A

Harvey Nash to be Acquired by Investor Group in $100 Million-Plus Deal

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The Power of Talent Ltd (Bidco), an entity owned and controlled by investment funds managed by DBAY Advisors, has made a £98.7 million bid to acquire London-based recruitment firm Harvey Nash. The deal must now be approved by 75 percent of the firm’s shareholders to be

Trends

Women Board Director Appointments Reach Record High

In a significant shift from a year earlier, women have made substantial progress in the boardroom, according to Heidrick & Struggles‘ 2018 Board Monitor Report. The report found that women accounted for 38 percent of incoming board directors at Fortune 500 companies, a substantial rise from the previous year’s 28 percent. The findings suggest that

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RH Perry Leading President Searches for Alvernia University and Quincy University

RH Perry & Associates is leading searches for new presidents at Alvernia University and Quincy University. The Alvernia opening comes with the announcement that Thomas F. Flynn, who has led the Catholic university since 2005, will be stepping down next June. The Reading, PA-based school’s next president will have the opportunity to build upon the

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Hudson Global Posts 14.7 Percent Revenue Increase

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted second quarter revenues of $17 million, up 14.7 percent in constant currency, from a year ago. By region, Hudson Asia Pacific led the charge, recording a revenue gain of 39.2 percent and Hudson Europe experienced revenue growth of 3.7 percent. Hudson America, meanwhile, struggled, posting a revenue decrease of 15.7 percent. The New

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Are Leaders Really Prepared to Take on the Job of CEO?

For all the confidence that CEOs tend to convey, most of them have faced greater struggles in the top job than might be evident. Participating anonymously, leaders in a new study by Egon Zehnder revealed that while they did feel ready for the strategic and business aspects of their roles, they felt much less prepared

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Academic Search Places General Counsel at Brown University

For many academic recruiting specialists, business has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply. Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search, for one example, recently placed Eileen Goldgeier as vice president and general counsel of Brown

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Ventura Partners Expands Sports Recruiting Practice

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has expanded with the addition of sports industry veteran Katy Young Staudt as managing director in its sports & entertainment practice.  Ms. Staudt will open a Ventura office in Phoenix. “We are thrilled to have someone of Katy’s experience and respect on our team,” said Chad Chatlos, leader of the firm’s sports and

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Employers added 157,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The July gain is the 93rd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people rose to 6.3 million. The results fell short of the forecasts of analysts, who expected 190,000 jobs to

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Diversified Search Lands CEO for EvergreenHealth

Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has placed Amy E. Beiter as the new CEO of Kirkland, WA-based integrated health system EvergreenHealth. She replaces Bob Malte who announced his planned retirement from the organization this spring. Zack Reynolds, a managing director in Diversified’s healthcare services practice, led the assignment.

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Bullhorn Acquires Invenias

Bullhorn Inc., which provides cloud-based customer relationship management and operations solutions for the staffing industry, has acquired Invenias, a U.K. provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition is great news for Invenias customers and prospects,” said Peter Linas, EVP of corporate development and international

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JDG Associates Finds New President for Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Rockville, MD-based search firm JDG Associates has placed J. Lee Covington as the new president of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA). Lynn M. Schubert, the group’s current president, announced in December that she would be retiring at the end of this year. Paul Belford, principal at the recruitment firm, led the search. “In the past 22 years,

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Durakis Executive Search Lands Leader for Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

Museums are among the non-profit organizations that are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. Recently, Crownsville, MD-based Durakis Executive Search placed Kris Hoellen as the new executive director of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. She replaces Courtney Wilson, who led the museum for 20 years. “Kris brings the ideal

FIND Executive Consulting Launched New York

FIND Executive Consulting Launched in New York

FIND Executive Consulting recently opened its doors in New York City. The firm was launched by former Martens & Heads! search consultants Kate Benson, Theresa Fuchs-Santiago and Jennifer Puckett. FIND’s industry focus spans the worlds of fashion, beauty, retail, luxury and lifestyle. “We launched FIND to apply our global expertise and decades of experience and pair

HVS Forms South Asia Partnership

Global hospitality consulting firm HVS Executive Search and India-based real estate services firm Anarock Property Consultants and have formed a partnership to serve South Asia. HVS Anarock will focus on brokerage, feasibility studies, operator searches, appraisals, executive search and other hospitality sector consulting and advisory services throughout the region. Anuj Puri, chairman of Anarock, will assume

How to Attract and Keep Talent from Jumping Ship

Finding ways to attract the right, talented employees for their organizations remains a major concern and a challenge for the world’s human resources professionals. But today, with the economy making it easier for many employees to land another job, HR departments are also worrying about how to keep their best talent from jumping ship. According

Alexander Group Joshua Brumm CFO Kaleido Biosciences

The Alexander Group Finds New CFO for Kaleido Biosciences

Houston-based executive search firm The Alexander Group has placed Joshua Brumm as chief financial officer of Kaleido Biosciences, a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in Bedford, MA. Managing director Beth Ehrgott led the assignment. “We are excited to welcome Josh to our executive team at Kaleido,” said Michael Bonney, chairman and CEO. “He has a proven

McCormick Group Leads CEO Search for Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, has been selected by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce to spearhead the search for its next president and CEO. Jim Corcoran, who has led the organization since 2010, will be leaving the chamber by July. Leading the assignment for the McCormick Group are senior vice president Lyles Carr,

HireVue Acquires MindX

Utah-Based HireVue Acquires MindX

South Jordan, UT-based HireVue, which develops and provides AI-driven assessment and video interviewing solutions, has acquired MindX, a game-based assessments company in London. MindX’s game-based assessments are designed to speed the hiring process and quickly identify cognitive traits in job candidates. Integrating the latest advancements in psychometrics, Big Data and machine learning from MindX into

Boyden Budapest Judit Szalóky Tóth

Boyden Expands in Hungary

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire recruiters and open more locations. Among them, Boyden has relaunched its Budapest operations with the addition of Judit Szalóky Tóth as a partner in Hungary. Boyden plans additional expansion in Budapest to meet

Here’s How Recruiters are Evolving Alongside Social Media

Over the last 50 years, technology has fundamentally changed the way people live. With every new medium, the scope and impact of technology becomes broader and more pervasive than before. Today, the combined effect of mobile communications and the availability of the internet have made it so that we feel an urgency to be connected

Major, Lindsey & Africa Leads General Counsel Search for American Red Cross

Legal recruiting has largely been booming this year. Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) was recently engaged by the American Red Cross to select a new general counsel to be based out of the non-profit’s Washington, D.C. location. Veteran legal recruiter Deborah Ben-Canaan, a partner and leader of MLA’s in-house practice group, is leading the search, assisted by director Elizabeth

Stanton Chase opens Office Memphis

Stanton Chase Opens Office in Memphis

Stanton Chase International has continued its strategic expansion to support the business environment in Tennessee with the addition of three new directors and a new office in Memphis. Veteran executive search consultants Deadrick Baker, Roxana Svensson and Ken Nimitz have joined the firm as directors, enhancing practice group specializations in the healthcare, financial services, industrial and

Chad Harrison International Launches Technology Practice

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiters Chad Harrison International (CHI) has expanded with the launch of a global technology division. The new division will be headed by executive search professional Alison Smith. The division brings together the expertise of numerous CHI consultants with significant experience and diverse perspectives. “With backgrounds in pharmaceutical, life sciences and print technologies, they bring a unique

Peter Alan Rabinowitz Dies at 74

Search Veteran Peter Alan Rabinowitz Dies at 74

Peter Alan Rabinowitz, founder of executive search firm PAR Associates, died on Saturday in Boston. He was 74 years old. Over the course of his career, Mr. Rabinowitz worked closely with senior corporate officers and boards to evaluate their business needs, define leadership roles and governance structures and ultimately, assist in the selection of key

Ebb and Flow of Stock Market Dictates Whether Senior Leaders Stay or Go

Competition among recruiters in the financial sector has always been fierce, and that’s no less true in 2018. Although the Great Recession is receding further away in the rearview mirror and things may soon be looking up in terms of regulations easing, search firms still have their work cut out for them in terms of

Korn Ferry Leads CEO Search for American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has selected Korn Ferry to work alongside a search committee tasked with selecting its next CEO. The assignment is underway and is expected to be completed by late summer. Shalom Jacobovitz, who led the organization for five years, left the college in January to head a new biopharmaceutical company. Leading the search

Onstott Group Finds Chief Strategy Officer for Mimecast

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, has placed Christina Van Houten as chief strategy officer of Mimecast Limited, an email and data security company. Managing director Scott Tucker led the assignment. “Almost every organization is struggling to build truly sustainable cyber resilience,” said Peter Bauer, CEO of Mimecast. “Maintaining security, governance and operational resilience across an evolving

Optimum Talent Ryna Young Chris Heselton Angus McComb

Optimum Talent Expands Executive Search Practice

Optimum Talent has announced the addition of three new recruitment professionals to its executive search practice. Ryna Young, Chris Heselton and Angus McComb further strengthen the lineup of the Toronto-based firm. “Attracting established executive search professionals like Ryna, Chris, and Angus to Optimum Talent says a lot about our firm’s growing reputation,” said Peter Zukow,

Kennedy ES Carl Lens Managing Director EMEA

Kennedy Executive Search Appoints Managing Director EMEA

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has named Carl Lens as managing director EMEA. Mr. Lens is co-founder and owner of Kennedy’s Dutch partner office Lens, Executive Search based in Amsterdam. Before founding his firm, he was global head of healthcare for London-based recruitment firm Nicholson. Prior to his

Hanold Associates CHRO

Hanold Associates Undertakes Five CHRO Assignments

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers (CHRO) and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why is there such pent-up demand for top flight

TillmanCarlson CIO Wintrust Financial

TillmanCarlson Lands New CIO for Wintrust Financial

Executive search firm TillmanCarlson has placed Tony Buttrick as the chief information officer for Wintrust Financial Corp. in Chicago. Mr. Buttrick previously served as the CIO of Flagstar Bank for three years preceded by 10 years with Bank of America in several global technology and risk management positions. Before joining B of A, he spent three years

Davies Park Executive Search CEO, CFO Fort McKay First Nation

Davies Park Executive Search Seeks CEO, CFO for Fort McKay First Nation

Canada-based Davies Park Executive Search has been enlisted to find both the next chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN), an Indian government in Alberta. Davies Park partner Allan Nelson and senior consultant Sonny Kapoor are leading the searches. As the most senior management employee within the corporate structure,

Summit Recruitment Search Kama Kazi Africa Merge

Summit Recruitment & Search and Kama Kazi Africa Merge

Summit Recruitment & Search and Kama Kazi Africa Ltd. have merged to become the largest recruitment firm in East Africa, offering staffing solutions across the African continent at all levels. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Summit has primarily conducted executive search assignments in a large variety of specialized sectors, serving clients across East Africa, South Africa

The Q Works Group Acquired Veteran Search Consultant

The Q Works Group is Acquired by Veteran Search Consultant

Acquisitions continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases playing out this year. The Q Works Group Inc., an affiliate of MRINetwork, was recently acquired by veteran search consultant Michael Clegg. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Joe Woerner, the founder and previous president of Q Works, retired

CHRO Influence Expands in Promoting Corporate Diversity

Plenty of organizations say they are looking to change the makeup of their workforce in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and age, but in the end many fall far short. It’s 2018, and the view from the C-suite and boardroom still looks nothing like the ethnically and racially diverse world outside. Statistics provided by

University of Kansas Picks Korn Ferry to Find New Athletics Director

The University of Kansas has turned to Korn Ferry to help find its next director of athletics. Sheahon Zenger was recently relieved from his duties. Jed Hughes, who leads Korn Ferry’s sports practice, is heading the assignment. Sean Lester, the school’s deputy athletics director, will serve as interim director while the search is being conducted. “Athletics continues

Hobson Leavy Places CEOs for Dairy Goat Cooperative and My Food Bag

New Zealand executive search firm Hobson Leavy recently placed chief executive officers for two organizations, finding leaders for the Dairy Goat Cooperative (DGC), which manufactures goat milk nutritional formula for infants, and My Food Bag, a meals home delivery service. David Hemara won the top job at Hamilton, New Zealand-based DGC, replacing Tony Giles, who

Coulter Partners Continues Global Expansion

Global executive search firm Coulter Partners recently made eight new appointments in the U.S., Denmark and at their London headquarters. In the U.S., Noah Parekh joins as client partner in Cambridge, MA, while Lisa Pieper has been appointed consulting partner in Palo Alto, CA, and Adrienne Slutzky joins as project coordinator in Short Hills, NJ. In London,

WilsonHCG Executive Search EMEA Phil Brakewell

WilsonHCG Appoints Executive Search Leader for EMEA

Global talent solutions provider Wilson Human Capital Group Inc. (WilsonHCG) has expanded its executive search division with the appointment of director Phil Brakewell. He will serve as leader of the EMEA region. Mr. Brakewell has more than 14 years of talent acquisition leadership experience and most recently served as head of executive search for ResourceBank. Prior to that,

Want to Attract Talent? Follow These Top Guidelines

In today’s digital age, it’s easy for anyone to become a company’s advocate or critic. No matter your industry, the internet has given a new voice to the masses. When thinking about your company’s hiring practices, it’s crucial to consider the experience your candidates are having from start to finish. There will come a time

Harris Search CIO Amy Belew University of Tennessee

Harris Search Associates Lands CIO for the University of Tennessee

Universities have long depended on executive search firms to help with their leadership needs, but these days the higher education sector is broadening its efforts to find more specialized leaders. As a result, search firms have expanded their niche offerings in the sector, identifying diversity officer, athletic directors, coaches and any number of other top

Pekarsky & Co. Tapped by the Calgary Airport Authority to Find General Counsel

The Calgary Airport Authority has tapped recruiting firm Pekarsky & Co. to lead its search for a new general counsel. Founding partner Adam Pekarsky is heading the assignment. Reporting to the authority’s vice president of finance and the CFO, the general counsel will be responsible for the delivery of internal services and managing the delivery of

IMSA International Executive Search Adds Three European Members

IMSA International Executive Search, a global search network, has added three new member companies. The firms, based in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Norway, will strengthen IMSA’s presence in Europe and fulfill its growth strategy for this year. IMSA Czech Republic will be represented by Nováček & Partners, a consulting company focusing on executive search, candidate

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