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Global CEO Confidence Falls to Two-Year Low

Global CEO confidence fell in the third quarter to its lowest level in two years, but chief executives remain confident about growth prospects in the U.S., according to the Conference Board. The overall measure of CEO confidence decreased to a level of 55 from 63 in the second quarter. A reading of more than 50

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WinterWyman Places CHRO at Excelitas Technologies

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

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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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Catalyst Advisors Opens Office in Cambridge, Names Partner

Persistent talent shortages and the need to develop and retain employees with critical business and technology skill-sets will continue to challenge global life sciences companies for the foreseeable future, according to Deloitte’s global sector outlook on life sciences. Navigating this new world of work requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent and human resources.

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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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LinkedIn Closes On Acquisition of Glint

Social networking website LinkedIn has closed on its acquisition of Glint, the Redwood City, CA-based employment engagement platform. The acquisition, which reportedly might have cost as much as $500 million, was announced last month. Glint produces software that helps businesses better understand how their teams are functioning and responding to their employer. “Glint has an

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Why 360 Degree Reference Audits are Gaining Traction

Reference audits are a vital part of the executive search process. They illuminate characteristics about a candidate that aren’t always obvious or visible through the interview process. They also directly speak to a prospect’s potential to be successful in a role and fit within your company’s culture, answering questions about how the candidate works with

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Odgers Berndtson Strengthens Technology Practice, Adding Three Specialists

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has expanded the size of its technology practice with the additions of Kevin Anderson and Doug Gladstone as partners and Lauren Claypool as a principal. “We’re excited to be increasing our footprint in this critical area and to be expanding our presence in San Francisco, Dallas and D.C.,” said Steve Potter, CEO. “Doug,

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Reffett Associates Recruits President for the Naval Postgraduate School

Following a nationwide search, executive recruiting firm Reffett Associates placed Ann Elisabeth Rondeau as the 50th president of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She replaces outgoing president vice admiral (retired) Ronald Route, who has led the organization since 2013. The search was led by Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, with assistance from Thomas

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Lincoln Executive Search Seeks New Leader for Pieta House

Lincoln Executive Search has been selected by Pieta House, a suicide prevention group in Dublin, Ireland to find a new CEO. Managing director Shay Dalton is leading the assignment for the search firm, which is also in Dublin. The incoming CEO will be charged with building upon the strong foundations already laid, and lead the

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StevenDouglas Extends IT Division

Executive search firm StevenDouglas has moved to consolidate its IT division in South Florida under one leadership structure to streamline resources in an effort to better support its clients. Leading the effort internally is Jamie Javorsky, who has been appointed SVP of IT, overseeing the search, staffing and consulting practices. StevenDouglas’ IT division now has expanded capabilities to service niche

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Poor Succession Planning Leading to High CEO Turnover

CEO transitions have always been challenging, but never more than in today’s high-stakes business environment. To gain a sharper sense of the demands posed by CEO successions and transitions, as well as the risk involved, Russell Reynolds Associates reviewed the member companies of the S&P 500 (as of August) and analyzed their CEO tenure and

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Spencer Stuart Scores CEO for the Premier League

Jonathan Smith of Spencer Stuart has recruited the former leader of Discovery Communications, Susanna Dinnage, as the first female CEO of the Premier League. As head of the English soccer league, Ms. Dinnage becomes one of the most prominent women in professional sports. She starts her new role in early 2019, taking over from Richard

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RH Perry & Associates Tapped to Find Sixth President for Harper College

Harper College, a Palatine, IL community college, has retained RH Perry & Associates to lead its search for a new president. Ken Ender, who has served as president since 2009, will be retiring next summer. Senior consultants Jesse M. Thompson and Joanne Bashford are heading the assignment. The college evaluated eight recruitment firms. Pat Stack,

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The Hennessy Group Partners with Norland Associates 

The Hennessy Group has partnered with Shanghai-based executive search firm Norland Associates to extend life sciences executive search services to East Asia markets. “Our clients in the life sciences industry have seen incredible growth over the past few years,” said Bob Hennessy, founder and CEO. “We felt the time was right to boost our efforts further

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Harvey Nash Appoints President of Technology Solutions for North America and APAC

London-based recruitment firm Harvey Nash has named Anna Frazzetto as its president of technology solutions for North America and APAC. She will continue to serve in her role as chief digital technology officer. In her new role, Ms. Frazzetto will expand her focus on the overall profitability of the North America and APAC regions, particularly in Australia, where

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11 Things You Need to Know About Generation Z

Generation Z. It is the first generation to know only a digital world. Its members grew up playing on their parents’ mobile devices, and many had their own smartphone as early as elementary school. Now that they’re on the brink of entering the job market, older workers are wondering how these ‘digital natives’ will impact the

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Waverly Partners Leading CEO Search for Tri-ED

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) has enlisted executive search firm Waverly Partners to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Eric Peterson, managing director and principal in Waverly Partners’ Cleveland office, and Harrison Turnbull, managing director and principal in the Charlottesville, VA office, are heading the search. Tri-ED,

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B.E. Smith Selected by Bon Secours Mercy to Find Group CFO

Bon Secours Mercy in Cincinnati, OH, is seeking a group CFO to lead financial operations for the Great Lakes Group, which is composed of 14 hospitals in Ohio. The organization has tapped executive search firm B.E. Smith to lead its search. Recruiter Ann Terry is spearheading the assignment. The group CFO will be expected to provide

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Korn Ferry’s Tech Practice to Offer Contract Services

Korn Ferry has expanded its services by adding a new area of expertise within its technology practice. In response to client needs beyond executive, vice president and director levels, the firm will now offer search services and contract placements for individual contributor roles. With areas of expertise spanning data/analytics, cloud, web, information/cyber security and software design,

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NPAworldwide Adds 10 New Member Firms

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. Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added 10 new member locations as it continues to

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Economic Climate Creating Challenges for Recruiters

After years of shifting economies and a move towards candidate-centric strategies, many people believe we are at the dawn of a new era of recruiting. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, reaching a record low point not seen since 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It may be a

Gonzaga University Picks Academic Search to Lead Provost Search

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has been selected by Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, to lead its search for a provost. President and senior consultant L. Jay Lemons is heading the assignment along with senior consultant Ann Die Hasselmo and consultant Christopher Butler. This is a new role for Gonzaga, which is revamping its administrative structure.

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Caldwell Posts 16 Percent Revenue Jump

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted third quarter revenues of $18.7 million (all dollar figures Canadian), an 18.9 percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $15.8 million. Full year revenues rose by 15.7 percent, from $57.8 million last year to $66.5 million. Fourth quarter professional fees in the U.S. were up 35.7 percent

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John Keister & Associates Close to Finding New Leader for Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Search firms that service the library sector are busier than ever. Vernon Hills, IL-based search firm John Keister & Associates, for one, is nearing the final stages of finding a new executive director for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Mike Driskell, the library’s director of administration, has been serving as interim executive director. The library’s board

Launches

Stanford Search Opens its Doors

An array of new recruiting firms have launched around the world this year. The latest: London-based boutique firm Stanford Search has been founded by Jake Tapsell in partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur. The new firm will be working on front-office positions across private equity, investment banking and broader alternative investments. Stanford Search is designed to identify

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U.S. Boards Seen as Slowly Evolving

Responding to rapidly changing business challenges, emerging risks and increasing attention to director relevance and quality by investors and other stakeholders, Standard & Poor’s 500 boards are adding directors with new skills, qualifications and perspectives. S&P 500 boards appointed 428 new independent directors in the 2018 proxy year, up eight percent from last year, and

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University of Oregon Taps Parker Executive Search to Find New CHRO

Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been enlisted by the University of Oregon to help find a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Laura Wilder, the firm’s president, is leading the assignment along with vice president of higher education Porsha Williams. Over the past month, the school’s vice president for finance and administration conducted several listening

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Tyler & Company Retained by The Deaconess Associations to Find CFO

The Deaconess Associations Inc. in Cincinnati, OH, has tapped Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Senior consultant Charlotte Tinsley is heading the assignment. The CFO for Deaconess Associations Inc. is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the non-profit, to include the

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Chason Group Adds Former Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce CEO

Executive search firm the Chason Group recently expanded with the addition of veteran chamber of commerce and economic development professional Mike Gaymon. He will focus on executive recruiting for non-profit organizations. “Mike’s knowledge of the industry sectors that we focus on is significant,” said Tim Chason, founder of the Chason Group. “He has the capacity to evaluate

SearchWide Leading Top Search for Visit Sun Valley

Executive recruiting firm SearchWide has been tapped by Visit Sun Valley to lead its search for an executive director. Vice president Nicole Newman is leading the assignment. SearchWide said that Visit Sun Valley is looking for someone with leadership experience in brand strategy, strategic planning, budgeting, research and analysis. The Position The executive director role is responsible for the

Steven Douglas Associates Launches Latin America Search Practice

Executive search firm Steven Douglas Associates has launched a dedicated Latin America search practice and added Juan Moreno as vice president for the region. Mr. Moreno brings extensive executive search experience with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting and impacting Latin America. His background includes building management teams for a wide variety of companies in the

Watermark Search Launches New Interim Practice

Sydney-based executive recruiters Watermark Search International has launched a new interim search practice in Melbourne and appointed Jacinta Whelan as its leader. The practice focuses on interim appointments in both public and private sectors with a particular emphasis on CEOs and COOs, senior executives in IT, human resources specialists, project and program management experts and business

Hiring to Hold Steady In Fourth Quarter, Paychecks to Increase

Seasonal and permanent workers are expected to take home bigger paychecks in the fourth quarter as the push for better wages and the increased competition for skilled labor remain hot issues for employers. According to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 ‘U.S. Job Forecast,’ 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay for seasonal workers in Q4. Of those hiring

Character is One Key In Cross-Border Leadership Hires

Character, chemistry and cultural sensitivity are key criteria that C-suite leaders look for when identifying and onboarding leaders at their global operations. This is the conclusion of CEOs and international search executives who met recently in Cleveland at the annual meeting of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF), hosted recently by ASLON Group. Formed in 2002, the

Witt/Kieffer In Search for Law Dean At University of Oregon

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by the University of Oregon to lead its search for a new dean of the School of Law. Principal Werner Boel and consultant Suzanne Teer are leading the assignment. The dean post reports to the provost and senior vice president and is the academic leader, fundraiser, and chief executive of

BSG Team Ventures Recruits Marketing Chief for Human Capital Institute

Executive search firm BSG Team Ventures has placed Robert Birdsong as chief marketing officer at Human Capital Institute (HCI). In this role, Mr. Birdsong will lead the strategy and execution of all marketing functions, positioning the HCI brand as a source of thought leadership for talent management leaders. His team will oversee all aspects of

Signium Opens New Office In Argentina

Executive search firm Signium has opened a new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lead by Rubén Heinemann, SIGNIUM Argentina will provide focused executive search services across a number of industries, including industrial, financial, business & professional services, as well as oil & gas throughout Argentina. Mr. Heinemann has over 30 years of cumulative C-suite and executive recruiting experience

Odgers Berndtson Adds Sector Specialists, Doubles In Size

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has launched a new higher education practice in the U.S. and strengthened its life sciences and healthcare practices. In the process, the firm has added four executive search industry specialists – Nick Brill, Allen Reed, Jennifer McDonough and Ora Smith. Mr. Brill joins Odgers as a partner and will head its U.S. higher

Futurestep Launches Dedicated Credit Union and Community Banking Recruiting Practice

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has established a dedicated credit union and community banking recruiting practice area and has named Mike Juratovac as sector leader. The practice falls within Futurestep’s North America financial services practice. Mr. Juratovac brings with him more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, with a specific focus

Heidrick & Struggles Opens In Calgary

Heidrick & Struggles has strengthened its presence in Canada, particularly among clients in the financial services, mining and metals, and oil & gas sectors. “Heidrick & Struggles is building new momentum in Canada to serve clients across many sectors with the leadership solutions they need in uncertain and often challenging operating environments,” said Andrea Waines, managing partner of the firm’s Toronto office.

Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits Save The Children U.K. Leader

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Kevin Watkins as the new chief executive officer of Save the Children UK. Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK since 2010, announced he was leaving the charity earlier this year. Tanya Steele, executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications, had been serving as interim CEO. Mr. Watkins assumed his new duties two weeks ago. The

Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Chief Legal Officer at Union Pacific

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recruited Rhonda S. Ferguson as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Union Pacific. The search was led by partners Paul Williams and Michael Sachs. Ms. Ferguson joins Union Pacific from FirstEnergy Corp., where she was vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer since 2007. In addition to leading FirstEnergy’s corporate,

Caldwell Partners Latest Recruiter to Offer Assessment Services

The list of executive search firms offering leadership assessment services is expanding — rapidly. Caldwell Partners International is now the latest to enter the fray, forming a partnership with Caliper, a research-based talent management consulting firm focused on assessment and leadership development. The agreement will integrate Caliper’s assessment and onboarding services into Caldwell Partners’ research-based executive search process

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for Acceleron Pharma

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Habib Dable as president and chief executive officer of Acceleron Pharma Inc. He succeeds John Knopf who has announced his retirement. Catalyst John Archer and Sara Hagar led the search. Mr. Dable joins Acceleron from Bayer AG, where he most recently served as president of pharmaceuticals for Bayer in the U.S. In this role, he was

Gilman Partners Launches Real Estate & Economic Development Practice

Executive search firm Gilman Partners has formed a new commercial real estate / economic development recruiting practice led by partner Karen Finan. Ms. Finan joined Gilman Partners after a career with Duke Realty Corporation and Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED).  After years of conducting local and regional searches in the sector, the firm decided to formalize the practice, and

Egon Zehnder and Korn Ferry Tap Insider as Pharma Giant CEO

In one of the biggest search assignments in British business this year, Egon Zehnder and Korn Ferry have engaged to support the CEO succession and recruitment process at GlaxoSmithKline by tapping company insider Emma Walmsley as its new chief executive officer. She becomes the first woman to lead the pharmaceutical giant and GSK will be the first top-tier

Cornerstone International Group Continues Asia Pacific Expansion

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has named Sonia Vaswani as a managing director in its Hong Kong office. She has more than 15 years in human resource management and is particularly adept at executive search & selection in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific. A seasoned business executive and

Job Market In Full Swing As Economy Improves at Modest Pace

Employers added a modest 156,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The number of workers unemployed was essentially unchanged at 7.9 million. This report follows the addition of 151,000 jobs added in August.  Job growth has averaged 178,000

JDG Taps CEO for Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Executive search firm JDG Associates has recruited Tracy Petrillo as chief executive officer of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). Principal Paul Belford led the assignment. Following a national executive search process, Dr. Petrillo was unanimously selected for the position by the Academy board of directors and search committee. Dr. Petrillo is a 15-year veteran of non-profit

Spencer Stuart Seeking New Board Members for New York REIT

New York REIT has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart as it seeks to identify potential new independent members for its board. In connection with this search, the committee has confirmed that it has engaged in discussions with Michael L. Ashner, Steven Witkoff, and their jointly owned entity, WW Investors LLC. The committee will consider candidates proposed by

Amrop Continues Global Growth

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 76 offices in 54 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, has expanded its staff with the addition of five new recruiters to its global team of search consultants. Lanre Fisher becomes the managing partner for Amrop West Africa. He also serves as head of the firm’s private equity

Private Equity Recruiting: Finding Leaders Who Make Impact

There is no other sector that demands such top end service from its search partners than private equity. Portfolio companies represent some of the most innovative, well-funded and high-growth concerns in all of business. As a result, much of the talent that private equity firms seek are highly-charged change agents — a professional breed getting more

Game Changing Assessment Tools Coming to a Recruiter Near You

Organizations everywhere are looking for better ways to recruit and retain good quality people to drive effectiveness, and performance, in their business. Executive search firms are stepping up with an array of leadership assessment services that are starting to make massive strides in the field of predictive analytics. But not all of them have candidate

Benchmark Executive Search Recruits Cybersecurity Leader for Accenture

Benchmark Executive Search has recruited Ira “Gus” Hunt to lead the cybersecurity practice at Accenture Federal Services (AFS). Benchmark president Jeremy King led the search. Mr. Hunt formerly served as chief technology officer for the CIA from which he retired in 2013 after a 28-year career. As CTO, he set the CIA’s information technology strategic direction, accelerated adoption of new technology and led

ZRG Partners Names Country Manager for Germany

Executive search firm ZRG Partners has added Philipp Sturm as a managing director and country head of Germany. He will work out of the firm’s office in Frankfurt and will also serve as a member of the firm’s global industrial practice. Mr. Sturm brings a decade plus of solid and relevant executive search experience to ZRG. Prior

Turnkey Search Recruits New AD for Georgia Tech

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has placed Todd Stansbury as the new athletic director for Georgia Tech. He replaces Mike Bobinski who left the position to take on the same role at Purdue University. DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader, Glenn Sugiyama, led that assignment. The search was led by senior executive director Gene

Horton International Expands Global Life Sciences Practice

Horton International – North America, a principal partner of Horton International, has appointed Molly A. Robb as a managing director for its global life sciences practice. She will be based in the U.S. and be responsible for expanding the firm’s life science practice sectors, including: biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostics/tools and web-enabled healthcare technology. Throughout her 20

Carrington & Carrington Recruits Chief Diversity Officer for McDonald’s

In arguably the most important global chief diversity officer search to come along in years, executive search firm Carrington & Carrington has snared Major League Baseball‘s diversity head, Wendy Lewis, to serve as vice president and global chief diversity officer for McDonald’s. She replaces Patricia Harris who is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years

Nobilis Health Taps Tyler & Company for Chief Nursing Officers

Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been retained by the Nobilis Health Corporation to lead its search for chief nursing officers (CNOs). Assistant vice president Kyle Wiederhold is leading the searches. The Positions Nobilis Health is seeking CNOs for the First Surgical and Hermann Drive Surgical Hospitals. The CNOs will report to the CEO for each hospital,

Diversified Search Names Healthcare Practice Leader

Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has appointed Martha Hauser as the new leader of its healthcare practice. She will based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Ms. Hauser is a well-known thought leader with more than two decades of experience recruiting leaders in healthcare and higher

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