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Morant Executive Search Opens Doors

The executive search industry is being disrupted by the entrance of a multitude of new players offering advanced business models and new technologies. The latest: Morant Executive Search has been launched in Zurich by veteran search consultant Sabine Morant. Morant Executive Search offers customized search solutions with a focus on identifying individuals with transformational skills. The firm

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Nearly Half of Employers Plan to Ramp Up Hiring

U.S. businesses are expecting hiring to pick up this year, with 40 percent of employers planning to add full-time employees and 47 percent looking to recruit part-time workers, according to a newly released report by CareerBuilder. Those numbers are on par with last year’s report, which forecast 44 percent and 51 percent increases, respectively. There

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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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ManpowerGroup Posts Nine Percent Revenue Decline

ManpowerGroup / (NYSE:MAN) posted third quarter revenues of $5 billion, a decrease of nine percent from the same period a year ago. The results beat Wall Street expectations. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $4.92 billion in revenues. Financial results in the quarter were also impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared to the prior year period. U.S. revenue fell 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Revenue also decreased 9.1

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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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Kennedy Executive Search Adds Unterberger & Partner as Member Firm

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Unterberger & Partner, which has offices in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as its newest member firm. This provides the organization with further access to the German-speaking markets in Europe. Established in 2007, Unterberger & Partner is led by industry veteran Markus Unterberger and operates

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Recruiters Find New Ways to Add Value for Clients

Technology has changed the game in executive search, making it imperative for recruiters to find new ways of creating value for clients. “With platforms such as LinkedIn providing readily available information on candidates, we’ve seen a disintermediation in the industry,” said John Ellis, CEO of U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group, in a new report by Invenias,

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Odgers Berndtson Strengthens Sports Recruiting Practice

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Jamie Crittenberger as a partner in its U.S. sports practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C. “We’re very excited to welcome Jamie to the Odgers team,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “He’s a gold standard recruiter and has more than 20

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Slone Partners Finds CEO for Epic Sciences

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Lloyd Sanders as the new CEO of Epic Sciences in San Diego, CA. He replaces Murali Prahalad, who stepped down after six years at the helm to pursue new opportunities. Dr. Prahalad has been appointed to Epic’s board of directors. Leslie Loveless, partner and CEO, led the search along with Kim

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Hanold Associates Seeking CHRO for Myers Industries

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Myers Industries retained Hanold Associates to find its next CHRO. Partners Keri Gavin, Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra are leading the assignment. “Reporting to Myers Industries’ CEO, David Banyard, the CHRO is a close strategic partner

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Search Solution Group Promotes Three to Key Roles

Staffing and recruitment firm Search Solution Group has promoted three members of its team to key roles within the organization. Eric Fehr becomes vice president of operations. Josh Mangum was named senior director of corporate strategy. And Ashley Goldberg was chosen to lead the contract staffing group and was appointed president of the staffing division.

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Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for the San Francisco 49ers

The NFL and its teams continue to look to specialist recruiters to fill top C-suite roles. Recently, Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, placed Alex Chang as chief marketing officer of the San Francisco 49ers. Managing director Diana Busino led the search along with recruiter Allie Crone. The 49ers wanted a proven marketing leader with a

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Korn Ferry Lands CEO for Recording Academy

Following an extensive search, Korn Ferry has recruited Deborah Dugan, CEO of the non-profit AIDS organization RED, to succeed Neil Portnow as the Recording Academy’s president and CEO. The board now must approve her compensation package before the appointment becomes official. Reportedly, Ms. Dugan is expected to commence her new role in July. Ms. Dugan has been New York City-based RED’s CEO

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Spencer Stuart Finds Board Members for MEDNAX Inc.

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Carlos A. Migoya and Michael A. Rucker to stand for election to the board of directors at MEDNAX Inc., a publicly traded health solutions partner specializing in neonatology, anesthesiology, radiology, maternal-fetal medicine, other pediatric services and management services. While conducting the searches, Spencer Stuart evaluated the board’s composition and identified additional director

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Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Former BP HR Leader to Staff

The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives and other top corporate executives looking for a career change. Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates recently named veteran HR executive Helena Fyda as a consultant in the firm’s corporate officers’ practice. Based in Houston, Ms. Fyda will work closely with C-suite-level executives to help drive

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EMA Partners Opens New Office in Colombia

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. Recently, EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, strengthened its presence

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Why Your Board Needs a CHRO

Few would argue against the vital importance of a strong business strategy in establishing direction and planning growth for a company. Strategy, however, represents only half the formula for corporate success. Without a forward-looking human resources plan – a subset of the business strategy designed to maintain and engage the people required to execute the

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Academic Search Seeks President for Athens State University

In a search spearheaded by education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search, Athens State University in Alabama has narrowed the choices for its next president to four finalists. Senior consultants John W. Garland and Eric Richtmyer are leading the assignment for the Washington, D.C.-based search firm. The school’s previous president, Robert Glenn, resigned last year to accept the

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Morris & Berger Recruits CEO for World of Children

The non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing areas within executive search today. Recently, Morris & Berger, a recruitment firm that specializes in searches for non-profit organizations, placed Stefaan Poortman as executive director of World of Children in Irvine, CA. “After conducting a nationwide executive search, it is an honor and a privilege to welcome Stefaan

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20/20 Foresight Names Leader of New York Offices

Chicago-based 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing have announced the appointment of Rebecca Wilson as managing director, leading the sister companies’ New York offices. Ms. Wilson has more than 25 years experience working for top financial services companies specializing in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. She previously held senior roles with Citibank, First USA Bank (acquired

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Recruiting Consortium TalentLaunch Appoints President

TalentLaunch, a network of independently-operated recruitment firms, has named Doug Dandurand as its president. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall strategy and growth of its network of recruiting firms. “We are excited to have Doug as president of the TalentLaunch network,” said Aaron Grossman, founder and CEO of TalentLaunch and co-founder

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Reskilling: A Game-Changing Opportunity for Search Firms

Skills shortages are a well-documented hurdle for executive search firms. Those firms surveyed by Bullhorn cited the challenge as their top challenge in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but the problem appears to be getting worse. Unemployment is at historic lows — for the first time in the history of labor statistics, there are 6.7 million openings for

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Taps Lindauer to Find Development Chief

Boston-based recruitment firm Lindauer has been selected by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to find a new chief development officer. Vice president Libby Roberts is leading the assignment. Now in its 138th season, the organization wants someone with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience and demonstrated success setting and exceeding ambitious philanthropic goals, said the search

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Scion Executive Search Seeks CEO for the Historic Trust in Washington State

Scion Executive Search, which specializes in the non-profit sector, has been selected to find a new president and chief executive officer for the Historic Trust, a Vancouver, WA preservation group. Gregory Goode, who served in the role less than four months, abruptly stepped down last month. Board member Mike Williams is currently serving as interim

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Boyden Names Leader of Cross-Sector Global CEO and Board Services Practice

Boyden has named Roger T. Duguay, managing partner of the Montréal office, as leader of its cross-sector global CEO and board services practice. He succeeds Tom Flannery, who will continue as managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office and as the North American leader of the CEO and board services practice. Mr. Duguay will continue as a managing

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PRAXI Alliance Adds New Office in Oslo

Global executive search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search recently added a new office in Oslo, Norway. The PRAXI Alliance global network now spans four continents, with more than 30 countries and 70 offices worldwide. Lasse Berner and Rune Repstad, partners of PRAXI member firm Academic Search International, will manage the location. The consortium said that it will be

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What Are the Traits of an Ideal Executive?

From biotech and machine learning to cryptocurrencies and ride-sharing, our economy is in a state of flux. As such, it’s critical to recruit executives that possess the right qualities to steer businesses through uncharted waters. The best leaders have a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills that enable them to keep responding to fluctuating market demands. Perhaps

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Phillips Oppenheim Tapped to Find New Leader for Museum for California Art

Museums are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. As these positions grow more sophisticated and complex, the hunt for top-flight talent to fill these roles becomes all the more important. With that, search fees across the space are rising substantially, according to recruiters. Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim was recently selected

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Summit Search Solutions in Hunt for Diversity & Inclusion Chief for Southern Oregon University

Executive recruitment firm Summit Search Solutions has been enlisted to find a chief diversity and inclusivity officer for Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Senior consultants Stephanie Fowler and Sona Andrews are leading the assignment for the firm. The CDIO is charged with leading the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives

StevenDouglas Opens Office in San Diego

Executive search firm StevenDouglas is continuing its recent expansion with opening an office in San Diego, CA.  It will be the eighth office opened in less than two years. The firm has named Bradley Swisher to join the new office as managing director of technology search. A big part of the firm’s recent growth is attributed

Norman Broadbent Continues On With Expansion

U.K.-headquartered recruiter Norman Broadbent has announced a series of appointments across its executive search, senior interim management, solutions and research & insight teams. Neil Pilkington joins the firm’s TMT & digital practice to specialize in the CTO / CIO market. During his 20 year search career, Mr. Pilkington has handled assignments across insurance, construction, FMCG, retail,

Korn Ferry Posts Double Digit Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2017 fiscal third quarter revenues of $381.9 million, an 11 percent increase compared to revenues of $344.2 million a year ago. Wall Street expected revenues of $382.3 million. The company’s growth was primarily driven by the acquisition of Hay Group. Executive search revenues at Korn Ferry were essentially flat at $152.8 million for the quarter.

Big Data & Analytics Sector Turning Into Big Business for Recruiters

IQ Workforce, a talent provider focused on the analytics space, has added Sharad Dabral as a managing director to further expand its search capabilities for analytics professionals. She will be based in New York and serve clients nationally. Ms. Dabral comes with a wealth of experience in the analytics area, having focused on placing executive level analytics

Bespoke Partners Lands CEO for P2 Energy Solutions

Executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed J. Scott Lockhart as chief executive officer of P2 Energy Solutions. Partner Carissa Clark in the firm’s Austin office led the search. Mr. Lockhart will lead P2’s energy-sector software and geospatial data businesses, driving the company forward as it helps upstream oil and gas companies around the globe optimize

Witt / Kieffer Leading Chief Nursing Officer Search for Bayhealth Medical Center

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bayhealth Medical Center to lead its search for a senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO). Rachel Polhemus, senior partner at the firm, is leading the search. Bayhealth’s CNO will be a key senior leader and member of the medical center’s executive leadership team. The incoming chief nurse will be responsible for

Search for Technology Leaders Heating Up

Technology Executive Group (TEG) has strengthened its search staff with the addition of Marci Nigro as a partner. Ms. Nigro brings to TEG over 20 years of executive search expertise and a vast network of relationships across the technology, financial services, media, software, and private equity industries. In her new role, she will serve as an advisor to

Millennials Choose Career Over ‘Being Boss’

Instead of climbing corporate ladders, Millennials are focused on learning technical and personal skills to ensure long-term career security as they seek to build a ‘career for me,’ according to a report released by ManpowerGroup. Just 17 percent of American Millennials rank aspiring to leadership roles as a top career priority. This figure includes: managing others

Jobplex and Microsoft Extend Commitment to Hiring Veterans

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR International, has renewed a contract with Microsoft to lead the placement of U.S. military veterans who graduate from the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA). The MSSA program prepares active duty U.S. service members with job skills to meet the IT industry’s high demand. Graduation from MSSA is planned so that

Turnkey Search Seeking HR Leader for Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have retained Turnkey Search to lead the organization’s search for a new vice president of human resources. Turnkey will search for and screen qualified candidates for the role, guiding the franchise to the next phase of growth of its business operations team. The incoming HR executive will provide comprehensive human resources leadership for the Raiders,

Waterhouse Executive Search Lands CFO for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Waterhouse Executive Search has placed Jerome Quenneville as vice president and chief financial officer of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in Ontario. During a roughly 90-day-plus search process, Chatham-Kent considered a number of prospective candidates, selecting Mr. Quenneville, who’s been serving in this role on an interim basis since November. He brings extensive executive experience having served as

Young Mayden Opens Dallas Office

Executive search firm Young Mayden has opened a new office in Dallas which will be led by attorney and legal recruiter Amber Shockey. Ms. Shockey brings a strong background in that area, particularly in the Texas energy sector. Since early 2015, she has served as co-leader of Crosby Shockey Consult + Search, LLC. She is also founding principal

Will Most Talent Acquisition Roles Be Eliminated Over the Next Decade?

While technology will never be able to replace the human factor in human resources, it will likely take over certain functions on talent acquisition and management teams. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that 72 percent of employers expect that some roles within talent acquisition and human capital management will become completely automated within the next

University of Tennessee Taps Turnkey Search for Director of Athletics

Sports recruiter Turnkey Search has placed John Currie as director of athletics and vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee. He replaces Dave Hart, who announced his retirement on August after six years with the school. Mr. Currie has spent the last eight years as athletic director at Kansas State. He begins his duties at UT next month. Before

Kittleman & Associates Leading Director Search for Plumbing Manufacturers International

Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been retained by Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) to lead its search for a new executive director. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will be responsible for directing the operational activities of the association and supporting its strategic and financial goals. The incoming director will work with the board

Newly Launched CyberOne Adds Recruiting Specialist

After opening its doors this past October, specialist cybersecurity and IT recruitment consultancy CyberOne has named Vince Warrington as non-executive director. Mr. Warrington will provide expert specialist IT advice and guidance on recruiting IT and data security talent to help businesses safeguard against escalating cyber crime and meet stringent, new EU data regulations that are set

Hudson Global Posts Notable Revenue Decline

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted 2016 full-year revenues of $422.7 million, an 8.7 percent decrease from revenues of $463.2 million a year ago. The New York-based recruiting company recorded a net loss of $8.8 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, the prior year.

Academic Sector Pumping Big Fees Into Search Firms

Academic institutions continue to pump big fees into the coffers of executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business, in fact, has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels, and if there’s any slowdown coming it is to be found at the talent

Hilmar & Ross Recruits Sales & Marketing Leader for J.R. Simplot

Boutique leadership provider Hilmar & Ross in conjunction with Yellow Folder Research has recruited Greg Schlafer as senior vice president of sales and marketing for J.R. Simplot’s Food Group. Ken Smuland, chief executive officer of Hilmar & Ross, led the assignment. Mr. Schlafer previously served as president of Lamb Weston, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods. Before that, he

Recruiters See Heightened Demand for Private Equity Portfolio Leaders

Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, has appointed Chris Shaw to regional partner of private equity services. In this new capacity, Mr. Shaw will be responsible for maximizing prospective portfolio companies and building relationships with private equity groups in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Mr. Shaw brings 16 years of financial experience,

Decoupled Search Launches Recruiting Tools Aimed At Leadership Teams

Las Vegas-headquartered executive search firm Decoupled Search has launched three new products intended to help improve the executive search process: RosterGenius provides an empirical basis for senior managers to determine the opportunity cost of retaining an existing executive; a data-driven interim executive validation tool called InterimConfirm; and DepartureRecovery, a cost-effective means available to manage an unexpected executive departure. Pat

Spencer Ogden Opens New Office In Germany

London-headquartered search firm Spencer Ogden has launched a new office in Mannheim, Germany. The firm has appointed Thilo Grams to serve as director of Germany and lead the new office, which will focus on providing recruitment services for the renewables, power, built environment, technology and R&D sectors. Mr. Grams brings over 13 years of international recruitment experience and throughout his career

Talent Needs Spark Concern … and Opportunities

In every industry around the country, one problem persists: landing top flight talent. For the construction sector, the challenge to find the right people is magnified. In its not-so-distant past, building projects were field-driven by tough men in hard hats, and promotion to leadership positions came after one worked his way up through the ranks. Today, operations in the

Search Firms Focused On Growth & Expansion Acquire Rivals

Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has launched McDermott & Bull Europe B.V. via the recent acquisition of Amsterdam-based Interconsultants Executive Search. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Interconsultants was founded by Jetse Reijenga in 1984 and has completed hundreds of search assignments for European and global clients, including Ricoh, Avery Dennison, Samsung,

Detroit Housing Commission Turns to Gans, Gans & Associates for New Leader

Executive search firm Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Detroit Housing Commission to lead its search for a new executive director. Executive recruiter Diane Martin-Johnson is leading the assignment. The incoming executive director will serve as chief executive officer for the Detroit Housing Commission. The chosen leader will plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive program

PFM Executive Search Recruits CEO for Vancouver Children’s Society

PFM Executive Search has placed Bernice Scholten as chief executive officer of the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centers. Ms. Scholten brings an outstanding set of credentials and track record of working in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, having held senior leadership positions at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Western Canada), Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Heart

Morgan Samuels Appoints Emerging Products Practice Co-Leader

L.A.-based executive search firm Morgan Samuels has named Udo Eberlein as senior client partner and co-leader of its emerging products practice. Leveraging his experience in scaling technology companies, Mr. Eberlein will partner closely with partner Monica Bua. He will be based out of Sausalito, CA, and will continue to expand Morgan Samuels’ presence in the Silicon Valley market. Silicon Valley is home to

Heidrick & Struggles Posts Strong Global Revenue Gains

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International / (NASDAQ:HSII) has posted 2016 global revenues of $582.4 million, a 9.6 percent increase from revenues of $531.1 million the year before. “We finished 2016 with solid fourth quarter results that reflect a return on the strategic investments we have made in the business over the

Search Firms In ‘Hiring Mode’ In San Francisco

Executive search firm ON Partners has appointed John Morrow as a partner and leader of its San Francisco office. Mr. Morrow, a search consultant focused on recruiting technology sector leaders, brings over a decade of experience to his new role. He has led hundreds of senior executive assignments for clients that range from early stage startups and

Wheless Partners Leading Provost Search for Texas Tech

Executive search firm Wheless Partners has been tapped by Texas Tech University to lead its search for a new provost. Past provost Lawrence Schovanec left the post to become the 17th president of the university. Michael Galyean, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, is currently serving as the school’s interim provost. Mike (JR) Wheless is leading the

Krauthamer & Associates Recruits CEO for Alexandria Transit Company

Executive search firm Krauthamer & Associates (K&A) has placed Josh Baker as general manager and chief executive officer of Alexandria Transit Company. He took over the helm of the award winning DASH Bus System earlier this month, replacing long time CEO Sandy Modell, who retired after leading the system for the past 28 years. The board was looking

IIC Partners Expands Member Base Around the Globe

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has expanded its global base of member firms in Amsterdam, Dubai, Milan and Washington, D.C. Currently, the organization has 53 offices in 35 countries. Holtrop Ravesloot, located in Amsterdam, has appointed Boudewijn Vellinga as an associate partner. Mr. Vellinga has spent nearly 15 years in the financial services sector and specializes in

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