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Hightech Partners Strengthens Search Team

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has announced that Elly de Vrijer, founder and owner of Dutch executive search firm Hill Consulting, will be joining HTP as a partner while still operating her own firm. This collaboration, said HTP, will help the firm strengthen its international reach. “Hightech Partners is delighted about the cooperation with Elly,”

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Bank of England Picks Sapphire Partners to Lead Search for Governor

The U.K. government has hired Sapphire Partners, a London-based executive search firm, to help find a new governor for the Bank of England. The recruitment firm, which focuses on finding diverse talent, is the first agency ever hired to find someone for the governor role. Enlisting Sapphire Partners raises the likelihood that that the U.K.

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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.

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Pearson Partners International Names President

Women gaining top roles at executive search firms seems to be an increasingly refreshing phenomenon. Dallas-headquartered Pearson Partners International recently appointed Renee Baker Arrington to the position of president and the newly created post of chief operating officer. She has been with the firm for 13 years, is a member of the board of directors and

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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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Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice. Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial

Trends

A Look at the Age-Agnostic Workplace

Multinational corporations are already aware of the importance of attracting and retaining a gender- and ethnically-diverse workforce to improve innovation and financial performance. Many have implemented policies to encourage this. What is less well-established as a competitive advantage is the idea of an age-diverse workforce, says Jackie Bernard of U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven. “This low

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Korn Ferry Records Nine Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2019 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, a nine percent increase from $1.767 billion 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, an increase of three percent. All three of its business lines were up. The results

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Spencer Stuart Places CEO at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Following an extensive national search, Spencer Stuart has recruited veteran retail and omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new CEO of home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are thrilled to have Allison coming aboard,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman. “She has a proven track record in building an omnichannel business with excellence. I know she will be

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

M&A

IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the

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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15

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Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all

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Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his

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The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

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LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living

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Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,

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Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish

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Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the

M&A

SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search Join Forces

M&A activity, in many cases with the support of private equity firms, continues to heat up in the executive search industry. The latest: New Zealand-headquartered search firms SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search have merged. Under the agreement, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. Rothley founder and managing director Sean Brunner will be based in

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The Current State of Diversity and Inclusion

Although most respondents to a new study by talent acquisition firm GQR Global said they feel they have a commitment from their company’s leadership to pursue the business case for diversity and inclusion, there was an overwhelming feeling among them that diversity within their companies is not reflected in executive teams. Increasingly, the human capital

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Lindauer Seeks Chief Philanthropy Officer for Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends

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Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits CEO for U.K. Ordnance Survey

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Steve Blair as the new chief executive officer of U.K. mapping authority Ordnance Survey (OS). Patrick Johnson, the search firm’s country manager for the U.K., led the assignment. “The board of OS is delighted that ministers have appointed Steve Blair as CEO of Ordnance Survey,” said Kieran Murphy, chairman at Ordnance Survey. “He

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Finlay James Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, U.K.-headquartered search firm Finlay James has appointed Andrew MacAskill as its chief commercial officer. Mr. MacAskill will also join the technology-focused firm’s board of directors alongside owners John and Sara Gaughan and managing director James May.

Reffett Associates Recruiting Deal With Department of Veterans Affairs

Reffett Associates Inks Recruiting Deal With Department of Veterans Affairs

Reffett Associates has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a national effort to recruit clinical executives and medical personnel. The assignment includes recruiting for medical center and network director positions, as well as physicians, nurses, specialists, and other healthcare providers in the department’s 1,233 healthcare facilities, which includes

McDermott & Bull placed Eric Wilson as CIO at SAFE Credit Union

McDermott & Bull Taps CIO for SAFE Credit Union

McDermott & Bull has placed Eric Wilson as chief information officer (CIO) with SAFE Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in California. The search was led by Brandon Biegenzahn, president of the firm and co-chair of its financial institutions practice, along with associate principal consultant Michelle Davis and senior recruiting associate Shree Thakarar. “Eric brings

SRi Names Mike Rigg Global Football Advisor

SRi Names Global Football Advisor

Executive search firm SRi has named former Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg as global football advisor. Mr. Rigg will focus on working with the firm’s growing list of football clients in North America, Europe, the U.K. and Asia. Mr. Rigg has been at the forefront of global football for more than 30 years at both youth

Spencer Stuart Explores Global Cybersecurity Talent Needs

The threat of cyber attacks, and the damage they can cause, continues to grow. As technology develops and companies evolve, cyber hoodlums find more ways into the systems of organizations, raising the potential to wreak havoc. What took years to build can be destroyed in just a short time. The costs on so many fronts

Heidrick & Struggles Finds CEO for the National Association of Realtors

Bob Goldberg has been named chief executive officer of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The organization enlisted Heidrick & Struggles to find its new leader. Mr. Goldberg succeeds Dale Stinton, who is retiring after 36 years at NAR, including 12 as CEO. After an extensive national search, the organization turned to an internal candidate. Mr.

Robert Half Q2 Revenue Falls 2.7 Percent

Robert Half International Inc./ (NYSE:RHI) posted second quarter revenues of $1.31 billion, a 2.7 percent decrease from revenues of $1.34 billion during the same quarter last year. This matched Wall Street expectations. The Menlo Park, CA-based recruiting company recorded a second quarter profit of $80 million, or 64 cents per share, compared to earnings of $92 million, or 71 cents per share, last year.

How to Build Client Relationships One by One

Building a relationship with a new client starts with a conversation. That sounds obvious and simple enough. Yet that conversation is a significant event. Maybe it is the beginning of a single transactional assignment. Or maybe it is the start of a rewarding partnership that will go on for years. In either case, said Greg

JDG Associates Finds New Leader for COPAFS

Executive search firm JDG Associates has placed John H. Thompson as executive director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS). He succeeds Katherine Smith Evans, who led the organization since 2012. Principal Paul Belford headed the assignment. Mr. Thompson comes to COPAFS from the U.S. Census Bureau where he served as director since 2013. Previously, he spent

Stanton Chase Names Dale Zankl Head of Natural Resources and Energy Practice In Dubai

Stanton Chase Names Head of Natural Resources and Energy Practice In Dubai

Stanton Chase International continues its recent expansion with the addition of Dale Zankl as the director of its natural resources and energy practice for the Middle East. He will be based out of the firm’s offices in Dubai, where he will consult with new and existing clients on their leadership challenges in regard to natural

Catalyst Advisors Completes Three Biopharma CEO Searches

In the biopharma industry, the evolution from clinical trials to regulatory approval and taking a product to market is perhaps the biggest inflection point in a growth company’s trajectory, even more so, in some cases, than an IPO. Because this shift demands a new set of organizational competencies, experience and structure, companies preparing for commercialization

Russell Reynolds Associates Names Financial Services Practice Co-Leader

Russell Reynolds Associates has named Mary-Caroline Tillman as co-leader of its global financial services practice. Based in New York, Ms. Tillman works closely with chairpersons, chief executive officers and senior leadership teams in the financial services industry. She has led CEO search and succession projects across different countries and regions, including Australia, Asia, Europe, the U.K.

ManpowerGroup Records Global Q2 Revenue Gain; U.S. Drops Seven Percent

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted revenues of $5.17 billion, an increase of three percent, compared to revenues of $5.1 billion a year ago. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.03 billion. French revenue rose 11 percent in constant currency. The country is ManpowerGroup’s largest single market. Meanwhile, Italian revenue increased 25.2 percent in constant currency, and Mexican revenue jumped

Heidrick & Struggles Records Q2 2017 Revenue Gain

Heidrick & Struggles Records Q2 Revenue Gain; Launches Heidrick Consulting

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International / (NASDAQ:HSII) has posted revenues of $152.2 million for the second quarter, an increase of 2.3 percent from the same period last year. Executive search net revenue increased 2.9 percent year over year, or $3.8 million, to $134.5 million from $130.7 million in the 2016 second quarter. Search revenues increased two

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Phillips Oppenheim Recruits Director for Obama Presidential Museum

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has placed Louise Bernard as the director of the Barack Obama Presidential Museum in Chicago. Principal Sarah James and partner Becky Klein led the search. Ms. Bernard is looking to play a crucial role in helping former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama firm up and design the programming

TeamJobs' Sally Bennett to Head Newly Created Executive Search Division

TeamJobs Names Head of Newly Created Executive Search Division

U.K.-headquartered recruiting company TeamJobs has appointed search veteran Sally Bennett to head its new executive search division. Ms. Bennett, a former executive recruitment director with 13 years of industry experience, will spearhead the firm’s advance into executive recruitment, sourcing candidates from senior manager to board level, both nationally and internationally. “TeamJobs is fast establishing itself as a

Generation X Remains a Dynamic Workplace Phenomenon

With so much attention directed at upstart Millennials, employers may be overlooking their employees from the 40-something generation. New research out of the U.K. shows that employees from Generation X mirror many of the workplace trends of their younger counterparts in terms of switching jobs, demanding diverse skill-sets and forging careers or part-time gigs from

Storbeck/ Pimentel Leads President Search for Indiana State

Storbeck/Pimentel Leads President Search for Indiana State

Executive search firms continue to reap the benefits of an active education sector, which many academic recruiters say has never been busier. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. If any slowdown is coming, it most likely will be found at the talent identification stage. With so much

TechnoPro Holdings Acquires Boyd & Moore Executive Search in Japan

TechnoPro Holdings Acquires Boyd & Moore Executive Search

TechnoPro Holdings has acquired Tokyo-based Boyd & Moore Executive Search. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boyd & Moore is a global executive recruitment firm operating primarily in the technology sector, serving multinational clients. The agency also offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and market mapping. With $1 billion in revenue and more than

U.S. employers expect more hiring for rest of 2017

U.S. Employers Expect More Hiring for Remainder of 2017

A record number of hiring managers in the U.S. anticipate bringing aboard more employees in the next six months, according to the semi-annual hiring survey from DHI Group, an online career resource and talent acquisition platform for technology professionals and other select professional communities. The expected rise in hiring comes at a time when unemployment is

Koya Lands New Leader for National Wildlife Refuge

Top leaders for non-profit concerns remain in demand and Koya Leadership Partners has the latest big catch in the sector. Molly Brennan, a founding partner at the firm, has recruited Geoffrey Haskett as the president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The organization was seeking an experienced, dynamic, and strategic leader to guide it through a time

True Search appoints Austin Krissoff as Cybersecurity Practice Leader

True Search Names Cybersecurity Practice Leader

With cybercrime costing industry around the world hundreds of billions of dollars each year, funding for cybersecurity companies could break records this year. Just recently, executive recruiter True Search, which was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 search firms in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, named Austin Krissoff to lead its cybersecurity practice from its Boston office. The

Fewer Women Fill Seats on Boards, Heidrick & Struggles Study Reveals

For those who have been striving for women to achieve their fair share of seats on corporate boards, a recent Heidrick & Struggles report – ‘Board Diversity at an Impasse?’ – was no doubt disheartening. In 2016, the report said, Fortune 500 companies filled 421 vacant or newly-created board seats with independent directors, a new

Cejka Finds New CEO for the Oregon Clinic

As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to current reform efforts, and whatever changes President Donald J. Trump may produce. This

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading CFO Search for Energizer

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In one recent assignment, Russell Reynolds Associates was tapped by Energizer Holdings to lead its search for a new CFO. Brian K. Hamm, the current CFO, is leaving the company to pursue

Witt/Kieffer Announces Promotions

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has announced 10 promotions in its expanding search practices. These promotions follow the appointment of Andrew Chastain to CEO, replacing Charles “Chuck” W.B. Wardell. “During this time of unprecedented change across industries, we are thrilled to recognize these professionals who have helped our clients to build successful, thriving leadership,” said Mr. Chastain. “They each bring a

Signium Continues Expansion

Executive search firm Signium U.K. has named Andrew Dawson as director of its industrial practice, Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting, and Dominique Graham as global head of legal and professional services. “The recognition of Paul’s international expertise in leadership consulting is a real compliment to the impact he has made in less than 12 months

Seven Points That Best-In-Class HR Functions Have In Common

Identifying what companies have the best HR functions is no simple task. The needs of businesses vary depending on everything from size and complexity, to the culture of the organization, to whether a company is run as one overall entity or a collection of autonomous divisions. Egon Zehnder, the third largest executive recruitment firm in

ZRG Partners Acquires HM Long Global Partners

ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has continued its aggressive expansion with the acquisition of life sciences specialist HM Long Global Partners. As part of the asset acquisition agreement, Helga Long, formerly the chair and CEO of HM Long/ RSVP Group, is joining ZRG Partners. Ms. Long is considered one of the

Association Strategies Seeking New Leaders for Non-Profits

Non-profit recruiting specialist Association Strategies has been tapped by the Dredging Contractors of America and the Forging Industry Association to lead in searches for an executive director/ CEO and a president respectively. Founded in 1986, Association Strategies provides executive search, organizational assessment and transition management services exclusively to non-profit organizations. The firm also offers succession planning, board

Jordan Search Consultants Finds CEO for Medical Group

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants recruited Ray Williams

Cognitive Talent Partners Opens to Serve Private Equity Companies

Anuj Dhawan, former director and partner at Positive Moves Consulting, an angel investor in a Seattle-based healthcare IoT business, has founded executive search firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP. Based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the firm provides executive search services to private equity funds, banks, consumer lending clients and global technology corporations. Mr. Dhawan said he started

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