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Hunt Club Secures $40 Million in Funding

Chicago-headquartered referral recruiting service Hunt Club has raised $40 million Series B round co-led by WestCap and Sator Grove. The investment round follows Hunt Club’s $10 million Series A financing in October 2021, and will fuel the company’s national expansion, technology platform enhancements, and broaden its community of over 20,000 business leaders who help connect the


Korn Ferry Posts 14 Percent Revenue Increase

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2023 second first quarter revenue of $727.8 million, an increase of 14 percent from the second quarter of last year. Revenue increased in all lines of business except executive search which was down about seven percent compared to the same period a year ago. The acquisitions of Lucas Group, Patina and Infinity

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Executive Search Firms Shatter Growth Records According to Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media has released its annual rankings of leading executive search firms. In the U.S. and globally, billions of dollars poured into the high-end recruiting sector in 2021, a result of pent-up demand for executives and their key reports.


Klein Hersh Recruits CFO for Apogee Therapeutics

Horsham, PA-based Klein Hersh International, an executive search firm focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries, has placed Jane Pritchett Henderson as chief financial officer of biotechnology company Apogee Therapeutics, which provides therapies for immunological and inflammatory disorders. Ms. Henderson has an extensive track record in financial and corporate strategy leadership, including financing private

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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?


Jensen Partners Opens New Office in Miami

Jensen Partners, a women-owned executive search and corporate advisory firm that enables data-driven talent solutions for the asset management industry, has continued its expansion with the opening of a new office in Miami. “As Miami grows into a major global financial center, it is important for our firm to be strategically located to serve our growing


How to Address Quiet Quitting

Quiet quitting. What began as a viral video has become one of the most talked about (and written about) topics this year. Is it a valid phenomenon, or is it nothing more than catchy clickbait? To a certain degree, the answer to that question does not matter, says executive search firm Prestige Scientific in a


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Selects Spencer Stuart for CEO Search

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has retained Spencer Stuart to lead in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Wendy Guillies recently retired after leading the Kansas City, MO-based organization for eights years of her 22-year career with the foundation. Trustee Susan Chambers will continue in her interim role as president and CEO,


Greenwich Harbor Partners Recruits Board Members for Soho Rep

Greenwich Harbor Partners assisted in the recruitment of Ken Ebie, Aretha Marshall, and Anne O’Grady as new members of the board of directors with Soho Rep, an off-Broadway theater company in New York City. “This moment of growth for Soho Rep and systemic change in the American theater presents an ideal time for us to


Eastward Partners Names Head of Deal Advisory Practice

New York-based Eastward Partners has appointed Lindsey Webb as associate partner and head of the deal advisory practice signaling expansion plans for the firm across the private equity human capital market. “Lindsey’s addition to our leadership team is a major milestone for our firm,” said Joe Carbone, founder and CEO. “It demonstrates our dedication to expanding


RefAssured Secures Funding

Recruiting software start-up RefAssured has secured pre-seed funding led by Bullhorn Ventures, along with several other recruiting industry entrepreneurs. RefAssured’s mission is to show recruiting and talent agencies how to maximize the value reference checking while building new client and talent relationships. “Bullhorn Ventures is so excited to be an early investor in RefAssured, not only


Demand for Top Talent in the Private Equity Sector Continues

While financial engineering, inorganic growth, and market expansion remain important tools in the private equity toolbox, talent has emerged as key to growing companies and achieving the investment thesis, according to a newly released report from Bespoke Partners. Yet unlike strategic assets, intellectual property, or other resources that fuel growth, talent can be notoriously difficult


What to Expect in 2023

2022 was another trend-setting year in the workplace, and there’s still a lot in motion as we begin the new one. Derek Gracey of search firm Charles Aris has highlighted four key talent trends the firm expects in 2023 in a just released report. “It might seem hard to believe, but candidate compensation expectations continue to rise,


The Lapham Group Places SVP of HR for New Jersey Resources

The Lapham Group has placed Lori DelGiudice as senior vice president of human resources for New Jersey Resources (NJR), an energy services company. Ms. DelGiudice, a career HR professional with more than 20 years of experience, is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing NJR’s human capital management strategies and programs. Her responsibilities will include labor


ON Partners Recruits CEO for ETQ

ON Partners’ Lenny Vairo recently helped recruit Vick Vaishnavi as chief executive officer of ETQ, a provider of quality, EHS, and compliance management software in Burlington, MA. He succeeds former CEO Rob Gremley who led the company through an era of private-equity backed growth and SaaS-driven modernization, ultimately leading to ETQ’s acquisition by Hexagon AB last April. “I’ve had


Solomon Page Expands Accounting and Finance Division

New York City headquartered executive search firm Solomon Page has expanded its accounting and finance division with the addition of Daniel Clark as vice president. Based in Orlando, FL, he will focus on growing the firm’s footprint throughout Central Florida. Reporting to managing director Howard Hecht, Mr. Clark will be working with clients on direct hire placements


The Importance of CISOs in the Boardroom

In a new report that anticipates the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) finalizing new rules for boardroom cybersecurity accountability and expertise, DHR Global is raising concerns about the lack of such protections at public companies of all sizes. “Where entire boards have cyber oversight, it’s a nightmare as directors struggle to learn the evolving cyber


Sustainability’s Impact on Talent Teams

The demand for sustainability in business is driven by broad awareness of the danger of climate change. But also, corporate decision-makers are beginning to recognize the business benefits sustainability practices can provide. Leadership teams now have a responsibility to prioritize sustainability in their sourcing, operations, and partnerships. This is driven by customer expectations, a changing


Russell Reynolds Associates Seeks Lab Director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Russell Reynolds Associates has been enlisted to find the next lab director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in east Tennessee. Last July, Thomas Zacharia announced his retirement after more than five years in the role and 35 years with ORNL. Jeff Smith, who was ORNL’s chief operating officer from 2000 to 2021, has been


ZRG Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for Digital Turbine

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resources officers play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, the chief people officer typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies. The focus instead is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with


Talentor International Adds New Member Firm in Australia

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters, and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Executive search consortium Talentor International recently expanded its presence in Australia with the addition


How to Onboard Senior Executives

You’ve invested significant time and resources to find and hire the executive expected to deliver impactful results to your business. But your work is not done when they show up on their first day. In fact, some of your most important work is still to be done to help make them a successful hire, according


How Gratitude Makes for Better Leaders

Negativity and fearfulness can be paralyzing for anyone, but especially for those in positions of leadership. When we are not grateful in the present moment, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to view the future with hope and excitement. Approaching our work from a place of gratitude, however, enables us to be


Caldwell Recruits CEO for Dr.Evidence

Jim Bethmann and John Blank of Toronto-based Caldwell has placed Rose Higgins as the new chief executive officer of Dr.Evidence, a medical intelligence platform for life sciences companies. She will take over from co-founder and CEO Bob Battista. Mr. Battista has led the company since its founding in 2004 and will remain on the board


Cooper Coleman Recruits COO for AIDS United

Following a national search Chicago-based Cooper Coleman LLC  has recruited Brad Kiley as vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based AIDS United. Johnny Cooper, founder and CEO of the firm, led the assignment. “We are thrilled to have Brad join AIDS United as our next chief operating officer,” said Jesse Milan, CEO. “He is an


Amrop Expands in the U.K.

Amrop, a global leadership advisory and executive search partnership, has expanded with the addition of Tim Hammett as a partner in the U.K. “Tim Hammett is joining us during an exciting period of diversification and growth,” said Adam Saunders, managing partner Amrop U.K. “His experience in the executive search market enables us to deepen our


A Varied Outlook for the Year Ahead

The executive search industry has been extremely strong over the last two years. After the initial shock of the pandemic, organizations looked to grow and recover, and they needed executive talent with new skills to lead the way. This led to a heightened war for talent, with salaries increasing dramatically. We are now approaching a


2023 Business, Leadership, and Executive Search Outlook

In many ways, 2022 was a year of extremes. War dramatically escalated in Europe with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Inflation is still rampant in many geographies, and is showing few signs of abating, despite central banks trying to rein in escalating consumer prices and living costs. At the same time, the unemployment rate


Kincannon & Reed Finds CEO for SyAqua Group

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently placed Fred H. Kao as chief executive officer of SyAqua Group, a leader is applying genetics and biotechnology to shrimp breeding. The assignment was led by managing partners Michael Whitney and Phillip Osborne. With a 20-year history in the


ZRG Partners Recruits Chief Technology Officer for Kantata

ZRG Partners, a leading search firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, recently assisted in placing Ken Ringdahl as the new chief technology officer for Kantata, a global supplier of purpose-built technology for professional services. Lisa Hooker, ZRG’s managing director and technology practice leader, led the assignment along with Kevin Anderson, managing director. “Ken’s

Prodigy Search to Recruit CHRO for FIFA World Cup 2026

Over the last quarter century, the sports sector has grown into a formidable global industry. Historically, professional sports teams operated on a relatively modest level, with league officials, team owners, managers, and coaches surrounding themselves with people they knew and trusted from their own small worlds. College sports teams relied on in-house search committees and

Executive Search Firms Adapting to the New Normal

2020 was an unprecedented year in most respects, and a challenging year for many in the executive search industry. Senior executives across the sector, however, are generally optimistic in their outlook for the year ahead. According to two leading reports, one from Bullhorn and the other from Hunt Scanlon Media, optimism reigns supreme. According to

How Investors are Coping With Talent Demands During Uncertain Times

What is one of the top concerns keeping PE investors and executives up at night? Talent. Great executive talent is one of the most important factors driving company performance, and during an unprecedented era of uncertainty there is even more pressure and competition on PE firms and executives to staff their management teams with top-tier leaders.

Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Sisu

Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, managing partner of the private equity and venture capital practice at Caldwell, recently placed Sun Lee as the new chief marketing officer of augmented intelligence solution company Sisu in San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Lee will report directly to founder and CEO Peter Bailis and lead all marketing functions. “Sun’s combination of creativity and pragmatic

LPGA Taps Spencer Stuart to Find New Commissioner

Spencer Stuart has been enlisted to find a new commissioner for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Last month, Mike Whan announced that he would be leaving the tour this year after 11 years in the top job. He will stay with the association through the search. The LPGA board of directors is directing the

IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in Russia

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has added ZOOM Executive Search & Leadership Consulting in Russia as its newest member firm. ZOOM Executive Search & Leadership Consulting was founded in 2013 and provides professional services for the search and development of top managers and board members for Russian and international companies. The company has a team of 10

A Look at the Current State of Private Equity Recruiting

The past year has brought a degree of challenge to private equity that surpasses industry events that have confronted the very best fund and portfolio operators over the last several decades. The spreads between winning and losing decisions have increased dramatically and the variance across verticals and industries are both volatile and more difficult to

Bespoke Partners Recruits Operating Partner for Thoma Bravo

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms and their portfolios across the nation find top-level talent, including chief executives, chief people officers, CFOs and other C-suite roles – all seen as key players as organizations grapple with the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Just recently, San Diego, CA-headquartered executive

Preng & Associates Assists Independent Oil and Gas with COO Search

Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently placed David Gibson as the new chief operating officer of Independent Oil and Gas (IOG), an oil and gas company focused on the U.K. North Sea. “David has extensive relevant North Sea engineering and project management experience over a near 30-year energy industry career, culminating in a number

WittKieffer to Offer Bias Training as Part of Assessment Tools Package

WittKieffer has introduced a new implicit bias training package as part of its LeaderVerse suite of services. LeaderVerse, introduced in March of last year, combines executive assessment tools with enhanced leadership consulting capabilities to support the long-term success of executives and their organizations, through services including executive onboarding, coaching and succession planning. LeaderVerse helps organizations to tap

Kennedy Executive Search Appoints New President

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has elected Pablo Perella-Berdun as its new president and Frank Knudsen as vice president. The election is a consequence of the network’s economic interest group (EIG) structure. In an EIG, all partners become equal stakeholders and together elect their leadership each year.  “It’s been an

Diversity Hiring to Accelerate in Post-Pandemic Era

The Labor Department reported this morning that 793,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. That was above the Dow Jones estimate for 760,000 but a slight decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised total of 812,00. The feds have now reported about 77 million initial jobless claims over the course of the

The Bowdoin Group Recruits COO for PE-Backed PrimeRevenue

The Bowdoin Group recently placed Gavin Cicchinelli as the new chief operating officer at PrimeRevenue, a provider of working capital financial technology solutions and backed by private equity investors Battery Ventures and Brown Brothers Harriman. Jim Urquhart, managing director, fintech, and Paul Manning, managing director, software and technology, led the assignment. “Gavin is a strong and dynamic executive with a career

Anthem Executive Seeking CEO for Jewish Federation

Executive recruitment firm Anthem Executive has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA). Leading the assignment are co-founders and consultants Michael Ballew, Mike J.R. Wheless, Scott Watson and senior client service partner Florene Stawowy. “The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is

Recruiting and Hiring Trends Expected for 2021

Undoubtedly, companies will continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 and its effect on hiring strategies for the new year and beyond. Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021, the International Executive Search Federation’s Victor Carulla outlines key forecasts in executive search and highlights top hiring trends to expect. “Because of COVID-19 projects were

Marquee Search Recruits President for Gateway Baseball

Portland, OR-based Marquee Search has assisted in the placement of Jeff Jurgella as president of Gateway Management Baseball and the Beloit Snappers. He will oversee Beloit Baseball and the new riverbend stadium in downtown Beloit, WI. “The response we received from interested candidates about the opening was even stronger than we expected,” said Jeff Yocom, president of Marquee Search. “We conducted

5 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2021

While executives have long recognized that well-being is important, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home how significant it really is. Work and life, health, safety and well-being became inseparable in 2020. Amid unprecedented workforce disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are enacting radically new ways of working and operating – and the C-suite is taking action to

Hobbs & Towne Assists Smart Wires in CEO Search

Executive search firm Hobbs & Towne has recruited renewable energy and power industry veteran Peter Wells as the new CEO of Smart Wires in Union City, CA. The company is backed by 3×5 Partners and Lime Rock New Energy. Founding partner and CEO Andy Towne and vice president Tom Watchko led the assignment. “We are thrilled to

The Human Capital Group Recruits CEO for Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative 

Brentwood, TN-based executive search firm The Human Capital Group | a Gallagher Company has placed Pete Suerken as the new president and CEO for Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (QSCC) in Dublin, OH David Alexander, a managing director with The Human Capital Group, led the assignment. “We were honored to serve as Wendy’s partner for this search, and

Level 5 Partners Opens Doors

Thomas Aprill, a seasoned human capital executive, has launched Level 5 Partners, a Chicago-based consulting-driven executive search firm. “Level 5 Partners was formed to help our clients achieve their goals by delivering industry-leading executives across the globe who align with their culture, principles and values,” said Mr. Aprill. “We believe that the best executives are sourced

GoodJob Raises $3 Million in Funding to Expand Across the U.S.

Investors are pouring money into recruiting solutions businesses, especially those with a psychology and data science component. GoodJob, a platform that aims to use psychology and data science to match workers with jobs, recently raised $3 million to increase marketing and sales efforts in major markets across the U.S. “GoodJob’s solution is ideal for today’s market,” said Stephen

PE Executives and Portfolio CEOs Identify Vital Attributes for Success in Turbulent Times

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the other social and economic issues that are top of mind for people in 2021, has created an environment of uncertainty for CEOs and their organizations. Effective leadership from CEOs, therefore, is more important than ever before. So, what are the keys to success for today’s business leaders, and how

PAC-12 Conference Taps TurnkeyZRG to Lead Commissioner Search

The PAC-12 Conference has selected TurnkeyZRG to support the conference in the search for its next commissioner. The PAC-12 announced on Jan. 20 that its governing executive committee, its presidents, and commissioner Larry Scott mutually agreed that the current commissioner would not seek a new contract following an 11-year tenure. Mr. Scott agreed to continue

Westmont Search Recruits COO for Chase Cancer Center

Executive search firm Westmont Search placed Joel Helmke as the new chief operating officer for Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Managing partner Peter Blau led the assignment. Mr. Helmke will be in charge of directing clinical and business operations for Fox Chase. “By bringing industry best practices and new perspectives, he will help us refine our

Sheffield Haworth Names New Head of Middle East and North Africa

Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has promoted Abhishek Vats to the role of managing director and head of the Middle East and North Africa region. Mr. Vats has been with Sheffield Haworth for over five years. Based in Dubai, he focuses on senior executive searches in partnership with a range of clients

True Search Recruits CEO for Ancestry

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed firms across the nation find top-level talent, including chief executives, chief people officers, CFOs and a plethora of C-suite roles – all seen as key players as organizations grapple with the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Haddonfield, NJ-based

Private Equity-Backed Park Place Technologies Picks Christopher Group for CHRO Search

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to

FMG Leading Adds Talent Optimization Expert

To further support organizations across the U.S. looking to maximize the value and impact of their people, human capital advisory firm FMG Leading has added talent optimization expert Darryl Smith. “The events of 2020 awakened many to long-standing inequities that not only serve as barriers to achieving a more just society, but prevent organizations and the

Modern Executive Solutions Launches in Atlanta

Mark Oppenheimer, former CEO Americas for Marlin Hawk in New York, has launched Modern Executive Solutions in Atlanta. He co-founded the new search outfit with his wife, Michelle Domanico, who serves as chief financial officer. Modern’s purpose, according to Mr. Oppenheimer – who serves as chief executive – is to improve “diverse representation within leadership

New Essential Skills Required to be an HR Leader

Business owners carry an unimaginable load of responsibilities on their backs. Aside from building their initial vision, they juggle financial growth, operational strategies, legal compliance and partner relations on a daily basis. To manage all these tasks, delegation becomes vital to achieve corporate success. And in turn, hiring the right leadership team becomes mission critical.

Achieving Diversity in Private Equity

Diversity is a major topic of conversation in the private equity community, and many leaders think it is a long over-due, wakeup call to action. There simply are too few women and people of color serving in lead investment roles across the industry. A study by the data analysis firm Preqin, for example, found that

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for PE-Backed Cynosure

Private equity is one sector that seems to be immune to the current global health crisis. As deal making rages on, leaders will be needed in droves – particularly those focused on the human resource and talent functions within portfolio organizations. To that end, Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Kellie Teal-Guess as the new chief

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