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R. William Funk & Associates Assists Florida International University with President Search

R. William Funk & Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Kenneth A. Jessell as the sixth president of Florida International University (FIU). “In Dr. Jessell we have found the best possible leader for FIU at this moment in its history,” said Dean C. Colson, chair of the university’s board of trustees. “His passion, vision,


ON Partners Recruits CFO for Achronix Semiconductor Corp.

Fast-growing executive search firm ON Partners has helped to place semiconductor industry veteran Mahesh Karanth as the new CFO of Achronix Semiconductor Corp., a leader in high-performance FPGAs and eFPGA IP. He will take over for Howard Brodsky, who is retiring after 16 years at Achronix. The assignment was spearheaded by Brad Westveld, the search firm’s co-founder and partner. “Mahesh is

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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.


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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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?


BoardWalk Consulting Recruits New Leader for the Sierra Club

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has assisted in the recruitment of experienced civil rights leader, community organizer,  and coalition builder Ben Jealous as the new executive director of the Sierra Club in Oakland, CA. Mr. Jealous will be the seventh executive director since the position was created in 1952 and the first person of color to serve in


Kristie Nova to Lead Bespoke Partners’ CEO Practice

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has just announced that founding partner Kristie Nova will lead the firm’s dedicated practice placing high-impact chief executive officers in private equity portfolio companies. “I’m thrilled to return to my roots and lead our search practice to bring exceptional CEOs to our clients. The CEO plays the most


ON Partners Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Nutrient Survival

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. Fast-growing executive search firm ON Partners recently


Salveson Stetson Group Recruits Top HR Executive for Colorcon

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has assisted in the recruitment of Valerie Nizard as global human resources leader of Colorcon in Harleysville, PA. “We recently had the honor of partnering with Colorcon in an executive search to find their new global human resources leader, and we are pleased to share that Valerie Nizard will be joining their


Kingsley Gate Partners Expands in London

Private equity-backed Kingsley Gate Partners has expanded in London with the addition of Amanda Pitt as a partner. “We are truly excited to welcome Amanda into the team,” said Francesca d’Arcangeli, global chief operating officer for Kingsley Gate Partners. “Amanda builds on our strength in technology and digital, bringing a wealth of experience in multiplatform marketing


Coulter Partners Appoints Executive Director

Life sciences recruiting specialist Coulter Partners has expanded with the addition of Hannah Musisi as executive director based in London. She will support the firm’s work in the digital health sector, working closely with Ian Coyne, executive director. “As part of our broad offering across science, technology and innovation, we have been working more and


The Biggest Challenges Facing Leaders Now

Being a leader in 2022, whether that’s a CEO, a recruiter or a manager, has come with a whole host of new obstacles to navigate. The world has undergone a significant change in the last few years, and on top of this, the way that workers think about their careers has changed. There are more


Bryant Group Fills Top Marketing / Communications Post for University of Washington

Dallas, TX-based Bryant Group has assisted in the recruitment of Jack Martin as vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Washington (UW). “I came to the search as an internal candidate and Bryant Group’s John Toolan provided vital guidance on how to present myself in a way that would allow the interviewers to


ZRG Partners Assists Carlin Consumer Health with CEO Search

ZRG Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Scott Chapman as the new CEO of Carlin Consumer Health, in New York City. Thomas Fuller was the lead on this assignment, along with Helga Long, Rich Herman, and David Hart. “We are thrilled to welcome Scott as Carlin’s first CEO,” said Andrew Goldman, managing partner of Hildred Capital Management. “As


KEES Places Chief Development Officer for the Maryville Academy Foundation

Executive search and non-profit consulting firm KEES has placed Michelle Jimenez as the first chief development officer of the Maryville Academy Foundation in Des Plaines, IL. This was the first search partnership for KEES and Maryville Academy Foundation, following a competitive selection process to identify a search partner. The comprehensive search attracted several qualified candidates from


Leathwaite Opens Office in Singapore

London-based executive search firm Leathwaite has expanded in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore. “Having also recently set up its Asia advisory board – to provide regional senior advice through a strategically critical period of expansion and growth – the firm is well placed to partner with its clients across the region,”


Top Strategies for Sudden Executive Transitions

In a perfect world, executive succession planning for executive departures is an orderly process. Organizations work with key leaders to plan out departures, and successors are groomed and ready to go. But, as we all know, executive departures do not always cooperate with this planful approach. A new report from LHH Knightsbridge Search says that


Sheffield Haworth Acquires Symbiosis Search

Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. The latest: Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has acquired Symbiosis Search, an executive search consultancy for leadership roles across fast-growth enterprise software and SaaS companies. Financial terms of the transaction were


The Christopher Group Recruits Chief People Officer for Vervent

The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions recruiting firm, has placed Pam Johnson as the new chief people officer of San Diego, CA-based Vervent. Tom Christopher and Pam Noble led the assignment. “Pam Johnson is a transformational leader passionate about unlocking the potential of people, organizations and brands to achieve


Cook Silverman Search Seeks New Leader for Morgan Autism Center

Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been retained by the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose, CA, to lead its search for a new executive director. Victoria L. Silverman, managing founder, is heading the assignment for the non-profit-focused search firm. Morgan Autism Center seeks an experienced, visionary, dynamic, and passionate executive director to lead the


The Rise of the Great Counteroffer

Most people have heard about the “Great Resignation” or the “Great Reshuffle,” but Grey Search & Strategy, among other search providers, say many organizations are now experiencing what they call the “Great Counteroffer.” The number of counteroffers has increased over the last year as employers are throwing everything they can (money, incentives, titles, etc.) at


Caldwell Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for PRT Growing Services

Jay Millen and Jeff Freeborough of Toronto-based Caldwell recently assisted in the recruitment of Collin Phillip as the new chief commercial officer of PRT Growing Services. Mr. Phillip was previously country manager, Canada for AgVend. In this role, he was responsible for building out the Canadian-based team for this leading B2B agtech company. He was accountable for supporting


CarterBaldwin Recruits Chief Growth and Strategy Officer for Feed the Children

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Colleen Ridenhour as chief growth and strategy officer of global non-profit Feed the Children. “After an extensive global search, I am thrilled to welcome Colleen to our organization,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO for Feed the Children. “She is an exceptional leader who has the


Kevin Chase Tapped by Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice to Find New Leader

Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been enlisted to find the next executive director for the Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice (LACLJ). Leading the assignment are Kevin Chase, managing partner, and Catie DiFelice, senior consultant. The executive director will assume primary operating and oversight responsibility for LACLJ and will work closely with board, staff,


Odgers Berndtson Boosts Plan to Expand in Spanish Speaking Countries

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has boosted its strategic plan for Latin America with an expansion into Spain. The firm currently has offices in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. The incorporation of Spain into Odgers Berndtson’s strategic plan for LATAM was signed at the London headquarters by Kester Scrope, CEO of


For Diverse CEOs, Progress Comes Slowly

Despite an overwhelming percentage of executives who consider diversity to be more important to their organization than it was just three years ago, the number of both women and racially and ethnically diverse CEOs among the Fortune 100 remains low at roughly one in four, according to the “Route to the Top 2022” report recently released


HR’s Strategic Role in a Time of Inflation/Contraction

Despite election year gloom and doom assertions, gross domestic product in the second quarter of 2022 was revised higher and consumer sentiment moved up a bit as well. Q2 corporate profits rebounded (rising 6.1 percent in the quarter, after falling 2.2 percent in Q1), headline and core inflation moderated slightly, and two new regulations (the


Lindauer Places Chief Advancement Officer for Deerfield Academy

Lindauer recently assisted in the recruitment of Charles “Chuck” Ramsay as chief advancement officer for Deerfield Academy, a Massachusetts co-educational preparatory school. The assignment was spearheaded by Libby Roberts, senior vice president, and consultant Chandra Montgomery. Mr. Ramsay brings over 27 years of experience in the advancement profession to his work at Deerfield and, as


Sportsology Group Assists Atlanta United FC in Recruiting New CEO

New York City-based Sportsology Group has placed Garth Lagerwey as the new president and chief executive officer of Atlanta United FC,  a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Georgia. Mr. Lagerwey, most-recently general manager and president of soccer of the professional soccer league’s Seattle Sounders and a former general manager for Real Salt Lake


Jobplex Names Four New Partners

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR Global, has named four new partners – Shea Jaenicke, Steve McClellan, Jill Pantano, and Kara Rae Linn–to its ranks. Mr. Jaenicke, based in Los Angeles, joins the firm in the advanced technology practice group. With more than a decade of experience in search, he works primarily with founders

TalentoHCM Acquires De Forest Search

TalentoHCM has acquired De Forest Search, a Los Angeles-based executive search firm known for its 28-year history with Fortune 500 companies in consumer products, media and entertainment, alongside deep functional experience in sales, marketing, creative, product, ecommerce, human resources, finance and supply chain. Together, the combined organizations offer a broader human capital services menu and

20/20 Foresight Acquires Saenger Associates

Chicago-based 20/20 Foresight has acquired Saenger Associates, a retained search firm focused on serving clients in the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain of the industrial products, aerospace and defense, and consumer products verticals. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Saenger Associates will operate under its new name, ‘Saenger Associates, a 20/20 Foresight Company,’ and will continue

Spencer Stuart Selected by Blue Apron to Find Next CFO

According to recruiters, the pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant. That has made finding the best ones big business for executive recruiters. Just recently, Blue Apron Holdings retained Spencer Stuart to replace its outgoing CFO, Timothy S. Bensley, who resigned to pursue another opportunity. Mr. Bensley will continue to serve

Rush & Company Names Kimber McFadden Vice President

Rush & Company, a national executive search firm focused on the textile industry, has named Kimber McFadden as vice president of nonwovens and industrial textiles. “Kimber has been a tremendous addition to Rush & Company, going back close to a decade,” said Rick Rush, founder, and president. “She has been instrumental in building our nonwoven

The Good Board Expands Search Team

U.K.-based executive search and leadership consultancy firm The Good Board has appointed five new team members. Jo Sands joins as leader and director of interim and executive search, Lexie Sims as director of search and diversity, equity and inclusion; Veronica Linares as director of leadership development; Shivani Patel as a research manager; and Sian Gatenby

Finding the Right Leaders, Step by Step

In business, recruiting the right leaders at the right time is a competitive advantage. A new book, ‘Leadership Recruiting’ is an authoritative guide to doing so, every step of the way, for rapidly growing small companies to global 100 conglomerates. The book is intended for all executives, from candidates for new positions to managers responsible

Hobbs & Towne Assists Impossible Foods in Recruiting Chief Scientific Officer

Executive search firm Hobbs & Towne has assisted in the placement of Vanderbilt University biochemistry department chair John D. York as chief science officer at Impossible Foods. CEO Andy Towne led the assignment along with partner Ryan Houder for the search firm. Dr. York, whose first day at Impossible Foods will be Jan. 4, will serve on the senior

RM Nephew and Associates Fills Board Position for Watts Water Technologies

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. Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates’ board diversity practice recently placed Michael J. Dubose as new

Online Talent Platform Assembles $32 Million Funding Round

Turing.com, which describes itself as an automated platform that enables companies to use and manage remote software developers, has assembled $32 million Series B funding. The capitalization round was led by $3.3 billion fund WestBridge Capital. The round includes a number of high-profile investors, including Foundation Capital, which led Turing’s seed round. Altair Capital, Mindset Ventures, Frontier

AltoPartners Appoints Global Chair

AltoPartners, an international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, has elected Sonal Agrawal as its new global chair. Ms Agrawal has served on the global board for AltoPartners since its inception in 2006 and has been at the forefront of various initiatives across governance, geographic expansion, and marketing strategy over the years. Ms

Isaacson, Miller Called in by Harvard Business School 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

Five Tips to End the Year Strong

COVID-19. Racial unrest. Remote work. Job insecurity. It’s been a long, strange, difficult and angst-ridden year, for sure. After everything that has happened in 2020, no one would be blamed for wanting to shut down and coast into the new year. However, according to a just released report by Korn Ferry, such an approach won’t

JDG Associates Tapped by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body to Find New CEO

Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has been retained by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) to lead its search for a new CEO. Principal Paul Belford is spearheading the assignment. Reporting to the board of directors, the CEO will staff and supervise CMMC-AB’s C-suite executives. The individual will have responsibility for the following functional areas:

Acertitude Assists PE-Backed Turkey Hill in CIO Search

Executive search firm Acertitude has assisted in the placement of Julie Rafferty as chief information officer for private equity-backed Turkey Hill, the fourth largest-selling premium ice cream brand. Co-founder and managing partner Rick DeRose and principal Jessica Tvelia led the assignment. The search was completed in just 76 days. Ms. Rafferty brings a demonstrated track-record working for diverse, global

RETS Associates Opens Dallas Office

Executive search firm RETS Associates has expanded with the opening of a new office in Dallas. The firm has tapped Chase Fryhover as director and leader of the new office. With a decade of recruiting experience including almost eight years of commercial real estate recruiting success, Mr. Fryhover emerged as the ideal choice to launch this

Americans Continue to File for Unemployment as COVID-19 Cases Rise

The Labor Department reported this morning that 853, 000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 725,000. First-time claims for unemployment insurance totaled 853,000, an increase from the 716,000 total a week before. This was the highest weekly total since Oct. 10 and reflects

Bridge Partners Recruits Chief Diversity Officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City-based Bridge Partners has placed Lavita McMath Turner as the first chief diversity officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The search firm’s founders Tory Clarke and Larry Griffin led the assignment. “Lavita McMath Turner has an exceptional record of success promoting equity throughout her career in cultural and higher education institutions, and she will

Myers McRae Assists the University of West Georgia in Provost Search

Following a comprehensive national search, Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has recruited Jon Preston as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of West Georgia (UWG). Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, president, led the assignment. The search team evaluated hundreds of candidates and ultimately brought five finalists to the Carrollton

Raines International Appoints Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Practice Co-Leader

New York-based Raines International has named Mercedes LeGrand as managing director and co-leader of the firm’s aerospace, defense and government services practice. Based in Washington, D.C., she will co-lead the practice with Patrick Gray, who formerly led the aerospace and defense practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Gray joined Raines in March. “Mercedes is an extremely driven

Boyden U.K. Partners with Aleto Foundation to Drive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Competitive companies, organizations and government agencies know that diversity matters. Simply put, the demographics of the nation must mirror the workforce. Research shows that organizations that unleash the potential of diverse talent innovate faster and see better business results. According to executive recruiters, it starts by attracting proven talent with diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions,

How to Become a Great Pandemic Era Leader

What does it look like to lead in a pandemic era, with COVID-19 raging on, civil unrest all around, and a global shift in health, perspective, and politics? To answer this question, Comhar Partners’ Bernard Layton and J. James O’Malley spoke with leaders in a range of industries to share how their leadership has changed since the

JM Search Launches Dedicated Financial Officers Practice

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, has formed a dedicated financial officers practice to assist public and private equity-backed companies in identifying and recruiting financial leaders. The firm has a 40-year track record placing CFOs and other senior finance and accounting executives into investor-backed and public

Lindauer Seeking EVP of Racial Equity and Social Justice for Fenway Health

Lindauer has been called in by Fenway Health to lead its search for an executive vice president of racial equity and social justice. Faith Eutsay is spearheading the assignment. The incoming leader will be expected to create and lead a process of transformation toward becoming an anti-racist organization. The newly created position reports to the CEO

Coulter Partners Forms Alliance with BioInnovation Institute

Life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has formed a partnership with BioInnovation Institute (BII), the international incubator in Denmark for research-based innovation and entrepreneurship. The firm has been engaged to provide support for BII across three workstreams: providing assessment, coaching and development for the CEOs of start-up businesses in BII’s portfolio under the Creation House

RSR Partners Combines Family-Owned and Family Office Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has combined the firm’s family-owned business and family office practices to jointly offer clients a full range of services related to governance, executive recruiting and succession planning. “The COVID pandemic has challenged many of our family-owned business clients to better plan for leadership succession,” said Thames Fulton, a member of the RSR’s board recruiting practice. “No one wants

View from London: The Year-Long Journey of a Search Firm Through COVID-19

As disconcerting as the COVID-19 crisis has been, executive search firms have found that not everything this past year has been dire. In fact, there have been valuable lessons learned and successes won over the course of 2020. One firm, U.K.-based Per Ardua Associates, a high-end firm specializing in financial services recruiting, has seen its

StevenDouglas Continues with Growth & Expansion Plans, Hires New Practice Leader

Executive search firm StevenDouglas has expanded its search staff in recent months and named Angelica Chadwick as head of its technology search practice in central Florida. She joined the firm to help establish and build the firm’s technology practice in the Tampa Bay area, furthering both StevenDouglas’ Florida and national capabilities. “In response to the economic downturn

SPMB Recruits Chief Product Officer for Magnifi

SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of Tom Van Horn as the first chief product officer of Magnifi, a TIFIN Group company and natural-language powered investment marketplace. Partner Jon Landau led the assignment. “We are delighted to have Tom join Magnifi’s leadership team,”

Summit Leadership Partners Names Head of New Products & Innovation

Product development expert Kevin Impelman has joined Summit Leadership Partners to lead the firm’s consulting products and services practice. “Our business and team have been growing rapidly and we’re fortunate to welcome such an experienced and forward-looking thought leader like Kevin to help us develop and launch a new lineup of innovative products and services

The Chason Group Recruits CEO for Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia

The Chason Group has placed Christie Moore as the new president and chief executive officer for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce in Valdosta, GA. Tim Chason and Randy Cardoza spearheaded the assignment for the recruitment firm. The organization’s board of directors voted unanimously to name Ms. Moore to the position effective Jan. 4. Ms. Moore,

Six Sourcing Strategies for Recruiting Passive Candidates

The job market as we know it has changed as the world adjusts to the strange year that 2020 has been. Earlier this year, college graduates entered into the worst job market since the Great Depression, with the unemployment rate at 14.7 percent in April. “This number is thankfully improving as the year comes to a close,

Cielo Acquires Talent Function to Expand Service Offerings

Brookfield, WI-based Cielo, a strategic recruitment process outsourcing firm, has acquired Talent Function to strengthen its market leadership and expand its service offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition formalizes the strategic partnership between Cielo and Talent Function that was announced in October.   “Talent Function boasts impressive capabilities and expertise in consulting,” said Sue Marks, founder and CEO of Cielo. “We’re

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