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Diversity Recruiting . . .What Does That Actually Mean?

Diversity hiring and recruiting is accelerating in importance and is an expanding focus for many organizations. Diverse organizations have many benefits in terms of perspectives, talent and culture, according to Steven Landberg, managing director of Claymore Partners, in a new report. But what does diversity mean for an organization and recruiting? “In my experience, it varies


Valor Partners Recruits Head of Talent Acquisition for Starburst Data

Doug Johnson of Roanoke, VA-based executive search firm Valor Partners has placed former Datastax executive Jenna Connell as head of talent acquisition for analytics company Starburst Data in Boston. Mr. Johnson said that his client wasn’t necessarily looking for someone with Ms. Connell’s qualifications to fill the role. “They were looking for someone at a

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De Forest Search Finds Top Sales Executives for Ja-Ru Toys and Rehrig Pacific Company

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search has placed Steve Sandler as executive vice president of sales at Ja-Ru Toys and Marc Scott as vice president of environmental sales at Rehrig Pacific Co. “Marc has been a joy to work with,” the search firm said. “His larger than life and engaging personality makes you want to be his friend.

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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?

Boyden Expands Presence on West Coast

Boyden has expanded with the addition of Liesl Forve, who will serve as a partner and attend to clients throughout California. Boyden has seen strong growth in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast. The firm has doubled the number of partners there in the last six months. “Liesl is a major asset for Boyden and our clients, bringing geographic


Layoffs Remain Elevated as Pandemic Persists Across U.S.

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 1.2 million more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the 20th week in a row that the figure has risen to well over one million. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 1.42 million.


Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for Major League Baseball

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Michele Meyer-Shipp as chief people and culture officer for Major League Baseball. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment along with partner Keri Gavin. “Michele is an exceptional leader and an inspirational person,” said Mr. Hanold. “She will have an incredibly positive impact on


AlbertHall&Associates Seeks Executive Director for Second Stage Theater

Not-for-profit-focused executive recruitment firm AlbertHall&Associates has been selected to find the next executive director for Second Stage Theater, one of New York’s leading non-profit theaters. Leading the assignment are managing partner Thomas Hall and principal Christine O’Connor. “Second Stage’s next executive director will be an individual who shares this deep commitment to celebrating the work of 21st


Hudson Global Posts Seven Percent Revenue Loss; Americas Down 44 Percent

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted first quarter of $24.6 million, down seven percent from a year ago. This surpassed the Zacks consensus estimate by 6.84 percent. By region, Hudson Asia Pacific was up 14 percent, while the Americas and Europe were down 44 percent and 27 percent, respectively. The Old Greenwich, Conn.-based recruiting firm posted a net loss of $0.8 million, or


Agilium Worldwide Adds New Member Firm in Nigeria

Global executive search consortium Agilium Worldwide has added Michael Stevens Consulting in Lagos, Nigeria, as a member of the international network. Led by Francis Kudayah, Michael Stevens Consulting is an international multi-disciplinary company and has extensive activities in executive search and selection as well as other human capital consulting services. It provides expert advice in the fields of multi-disciplinary management,


Why the True Cost of a Poor Hire Can be Steep

A bad hire can be the most expensive mistake a business could make. A bad hire at the senior level, in particular, can wreak havoc on a business’ reputation, among other hard-to-fix problems. “What can be costlier than a faulty product or poor budgeting is the price of repeatedly hiring underqualified, short-term employees,” says the


B.E. Smith Seeks CFO for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. B.E. Smith, a healthcare-focused executive search firm, was recently called in by non-profit Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to lead its search a new CFO. Ann Terry is heading the assignment. The CFO provides strategic


CohenTaylor Executive Search Assists Children’s Cancer Research Fund in CEO Search

Minneapolis-based CohenTaylor Executive Search has placed Daniel Gumnit as the new chief executive officer of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). He succeeds John Hallberg, who retired in July. “Daniel has exceptional experience as a leader and true passion for the vital role of science and medical research in our communities,” said Michelle Johnson, board chairperson. “He is the right person


True Search Launches Edtech Practice 

Haddonfield, NJ-based executive recruitment firm True Search has launched an edtech practice to support the rapidly evolving world of technology-supported education. Having worked with numerous global companies, True has developed deep experience in the space and a talent network of executives who understand what’s needed to keep edtech moving forward. From VC-backed start-ups to established organizations, True has


Jobplex Announces Expansion

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR International, has expanded with the additions of Frank Morogiello as a managing partner in the firm’s industrial and consumer practice groups; Renato Amador as a partner in its advanced technology, HR and non-profit practice groups; and Jacob Humbert as partner in the business and professional services practice group. Mr. Morogiello, who is based in Joblex’s Dallas office, has a primary focus on the aviation and


Diversity Recruiting . . .What Does That Actually Mean?

Diversity hiring and recruiting is accelerating in importance and is an expanding focus for many organizations. Diverse organizations have many benefits in terms of perspectives, talent and culture, according to Steven Landberg, managing director of Claymore Partners, in a new report. But what does diversity mean for an organization and recruiting? “In my experience, it varies


Valor Partners Recruits Head of Talent Acquisition for Starburst Data

Doug Johnson of Roanoke, VA-based executive search firm Valor Partners has placed former Datastax executive Jenna Connell as head of talent acquisition for analytics company Starburst Data in Boston. Mr. Johnson said that his client wasn’t necessarily looking for someone with Ms. Connell’s qualifications to fill the role. “They were looking for someone at a


Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search Seeks Founding Dean for School of Nursing at Emory & Henry College 

Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search has been chosen by Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA to find a founding dean for its new school of nursing. Reporting to the vice president for health sciences, the dean of nursing will be charged with creating and fostering a collegial and collaborative environment that promotes innovation and excellence in


APA Search Forms Partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association

In the world of mobility, organizations that develop and produce automotive vehicles, components and related technologies that move people, goods and materials face unprecedented competition from established players and new entrants. Accelerating electrification of vehicles, autonomous vehicle innovation and entirely new value propositions centered on connectivity require that organizations rethink their approach to leadership and


NPAworldwide Adds Five New Member Firms

Five independent recruitment firms joined member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide in recent months. These search outfits seek to increase revenue through NPAworldwide’s cooperative placement model. NPA now has 550 member offices across six continents. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network, these recruitment firms have the ability to


How COVID-19 is Transforming Healthcare Recruitment

As health systems recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face an ever-worsening provider shortage. Last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicted the U.S. would see a shortfall of up to 122,000 physicians by 2032. Now, lost revenue due to the pandemic has caused many hospitals to furlough employees and slowed, or completely delayed, recruitment efforts,


Perrett Laver Recruits Provost for Worcester College University of Oxford

The hunt for university leadership continues to remain strong, especially with searches for provosts. Sarah John, co-managing partner of Perrett Laver, recently placed David Isaac as the new provost for Worcester College University of Oxford. Mr. Isaac’s experience and expertise proved to be the perfect fit as the college steps up its commitment to equality,


Phillips Dipisa Seeking Medical Officers for St. Mary Medical Center and Milford Regional Medical Center

Phillips, DiPisa & Associates, an executive search firm serving the healthcare and life sciences sectors, has been enlisted to find chief medical officers for both St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA and Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, MA. Consultants Stephanie Odorisio Arriviello and Erika Warren are leading the assignments, respectively. St. Mary Medical


Right Executive Search Offers New Resource for Women Returning to Work

Mahwah, NJ-based Right Executive Search (RES) is now offering a new, low-cost resource for women returning to work after years of family leave. On Her Way Back is a new e-book to help “returners” navigate today’s job-search process, co-authored by Elisa Sheftic, president and managing partner of RES, and Melanie Donus, vice president of diversity


Direct Recruiters Appoints Partners

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has named Kasey Fahey Kaiser and Josh Olgin as partners. “Both have been dedicated, top-performing members of our team, and have exemplified our core values throughout their years at DRI,” the firm said. Ms. Fahey Kaiser began at DRI over seven years ago and has played an integral role in the success of the


Christopher Group Tapped by HarperCollins to Recruit VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Thomas Christopher, Pam Noble and Matthew Duda of The Christopher Group have been enlisted by HarperCollins Publishers to find a VP of diversity, equity and inclusion. “The Christopher Group is honored to be partnering with one of the top publishing companies as they look to build and embrace all aspects of their growing business,” said Ms.


EFL Associates Seeks Executive Director for City of Manchester (NH) Employees’ Contributory Retirement System

Executive search firm EFL Associates has been selected to find the next executive director for the City of Manchester (NH) Employees’ Contributory Retirement System (MECRS). Leading the assignment is Daniel J. Cummings, senior vice president and managing director. The executive director, who serves as chief executive officer, is responsible for directing the comprehensive administration of all


Cook Silverman Seeking New Leader for SAVE

Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been selected by SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) to lead its search for a new executive director. Victoria L. Silverman, co-founder of Cook Silverman, is heading the assignment. The executive director works to achieve SAVE’s mission and ensure the organization’s continuing presence as a leader in the domestic violence movement,


Korn Ferry Forms Partnership With SAP

Korn Ferry has joined the SAP PartnerEdge program. As organizations seek to compete, thrive and even just survive in today’s disruptive environment, Korn Ferry will collaborate with SAP to improve how organizations develop, engage, motivate and inspire their workforces. It is another recent move by the world’s largest search firm to move further beyond its

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Human Capital

On the wisdom that it’s better to rip the Band-Aid off fast, let’s get the bad news out of the way quickly: The global consulting industry is in a tailspin. According to a report by Tatum’s Richard Wilcox, the mega-billion dollar sector is forecast to experience a 19 percent drop in fees in 2020, which

R. William Funk & Associates Recruits Provost for College of Charleston

R. William Funk & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for roles in higher education, has placed Suzanne Austin as the new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the College of Charleston. R. William Funk, president of the Dallas-based recruitment firm, led the assignment. “Suzanne Austin is an incredible addition to the College of

Caldwell Strengthens Insurance Practice

Toronto-based Caldwell announced a major enhancement to its recruiting capabilities in the insurance sector with the return of Peter Reed as managing partner of the firm’s insurance practice, and a member of the firm’s Stamford, Conn. and New York offices. “Peter has more than 25 years of experience leading board and C-suite searches across the insurance

Recruitment Firms Land Big West Conference Commissioner Using Virtual Technology

As the coronavirus pandemic alters the way executive recruiters conduct business, collegiate athletics consultants College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker have teamed up to place Dan Butterly as commissioner of the Big West Conference. He will start on June 1 to transition alongside Dennis Farrell, who will officially step down one month later. Mr. Farrell is retiring after

As Global Sage Expands in London, New Hire Offers Update on COVID-19 Recruiting Climate

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain the financial services industry, one search firm that focuses on the sector sees an opportunity. Hong Kong-headquartered executive search firm Global Sage has hired financial services recruiter Simon Barzilay as managing director in London. Mr. Barzilay has over 30 years of capital markets and executive search experience and

HARTZ Search Chosen to Find CHRO for JPS Health Network

Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has been enlisted to find a chief human resources officer (CHRO) for the JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. President and CEO Michael Hartz is leading the assignment for the recruitment firm. The senior vice president and CHRO will report to the senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, said

U.S. Labor Dept. Delivers Springtime Gut Punch

Employment fell by 20.5 million last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent low, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. The changes in these measures reflect the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. The number of unemployed currently stands at 23.1 million.

Kaplan Partners Recruits CHRO for Provident Bank

Kaplan Partners, which specializes in conducting searches for C-level executives primarily in the financial services, corporate financial, private investor and technology sectors, has placed Carolyn Powell as chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Provident Bank. Ms. Powell, who will also hold the title of executive vice president, will be based in the bank’s Iselin, N.J.

Hudson Global Posts 49 Percent Revenue Gain; Adverse COVID-19 Impact Expected in Q2

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted first quarter revenues of $24.1 million, up 49.1 percent from a year ago. By region, Hudson Asia Pacific led the charge, recording a revenue gain of 109 percent. Revenue growth in Asia-Pacific was driven by the start of a significant contract in Australia to manage a portion of the contingent workforce for a

Surge in Unemployment Filings Continues

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed for unemployment benefits in historic numbers within the last seven days, with the Labor Department reporting this morning another surge of 3.2 million claims. More than 33 million people have now filed for unemployment benefits over the past seven weeks, representing nearly 20 percent of the U.S.

Quick Leonard Kieffer Recruits Chief Talent Officer for Atrium Health

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields and even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic many within the sector continue to hire, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. What’s more, human resource professionals and particularly heads of talent – the very leaders

Slone Partners Secures Chief Medical Officer of OmniSeg

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Roger D. Klein as chief medical officer of OmniSeq. Dr. Klein will support OmniSeq in its continued development of innovative products that help oncologists identify the best precision medicine options for their patients. “Dr. Klein is a highly accomplished leader in the innovative fields of molecular pathology, oncology and precision medicine,” said

When the Mask Comes Off: Job Hunting in a Post Pandemic World

Search professionals continue to adjust to new ways of doing business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite growing unemployment numbers, recruiters are finding new pathways to work through the crisis. From the jobseeker standpoint, however, many mid- to senior-level professionals are unsure how to proceed with their job searches. A new report by

TowerHunter Tapped by UMOM New Day Centers to Find New CEO

Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Recently, Phoenix, AZ-headquartered executive search firm TowerHunter was selected by UMOM New Day Centers to lead a national search for a new chief executive officer. UMOM New Day Centers is Arizona’s largest provider of services for individuals and families experiencing

Integrated People Solutions Partners with High Potential Inc. to Offer Outplacement Services

Over the years, executive search firms have expanded into an array of new business offerings, from leadership development and training to executive coaching and management assessment. Now, one search firm is offering career transition services to the tens of millions of employees suddenly laid off or furloughed as a result the economic devastation brought on

Conducting a Job Search During a Global Pandemic

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis continue to file for unemployment benefits in historic numbers sending millions of people looking for new jobs. With many organizations under hiring freezes, these are tough times to be seeking a new position. “As we find ourselves in unprecedented times, many mid- to senior-level professionals are unsure how to

Phillips Oppenheim Seeking President for Bennington College

New York City-based executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been enlisted to find the next president of Bennington College. Mariko Silver, who held the job for six years, stepped down last summer to become president and chief executive officer of the Henry Luce Foundation. Isabel Roche, who had been provost and dean of the Vermont college, is

Benchmark Executive Search Expands Cybersecurity Advisory Board

Benchmark Executive Search, a boutique provider of cybersecurity talent, has expanded its advisory board with the addition of former CIA executives Sue Gordon and Constantine M. Saab as new members. To address the growing need for a full spectrum of enterprise risks in corporate boardrooms, Benchmark is expanding its network of experts ranging from cybersecurity,

The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era

COVID-19 is only the latest example of a seismic global event upending sophisticated organizations. For no one does this matter more than for talent managers, who ­find their every process now up for grabs, according to a new report, “The Future of Work and the Workforce in the Post-Pandemic Era,” authored by Richard Stein, chief

Museum of Modern Art Picks Major, Lindsey & Africa to Find Next General Counsel

Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move in recent months, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of

Heidrick & Struggles Launches New Diversity & Inclusion Practice

Competitive companies, organizations and government agencies know that diversity matters. Why? The demographics of the nation must mirror the workforce. Why diversity? It’s the customer; it’s the worker; thus, it must be the executives. Research shows that organizations that unleash the potential of diverse talent innovate faster and see better business results. It starts by

Leading Through Uncertainty and Fear

We are living in unprecedented times in which fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic are having a tremendous impact on our lives. Matters are further complicated by having to live in isolation, all the while hearing from 24/7 news outlets about the rising numbers of infections and deaths. As the global economy all

CFA Society New York Taps Vetted Solutions to Find CEO

Washington, D.C. based executive recruitment firm Vetted Solutions has been enlisted to find a chief executive officer for CFA Society New York (CFANY), a financial services forum and provider of professional education and career development to Wall Street. The group’s previous CEO, Daniel Dagen, stepped down at the end of March. Peter Rush of Kellen,

Raines International Opens Office in Washington, D.C.

New York-based Raines International has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., and named Patrick Gray to oversee it as a managing director. He will also serve as head of the firm’s diversified industrials practice. “Patrick is an extremely impressive professional with excellent credentials and a unique background that will be invaluable to our clients, now and in

Jobless Claims Reach 30 Million in Six Weeks

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis again filed for unemployment benefits in historic numbers within the last seven days, with the Labor Department reporting this morning another surge of 3.839 million claims. More than 30 million people have now filed for unemployment benefits over the past six weeks, representing roughly 18.6 percent of the U.S.

BrainWorks Assists Hollander Sleep Products in COO and CFO Searches

New Providence, NJ-based executive search firm BrainWorks recently assisted in the placements of James Hill and Kim Mattoon as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Hollander Sleep Products, a Centre Lane Partners backed company. Eric Frickel, leader of the recruitment firm’s private equity search practice, led the assignment. “The engagement started in August

Beaumont Bailey Appoints Head of Leadership Development

London-based specialist executive search firm Beaumont Bailey has expanded with the addition of Robin Landsman as head of leadership development. “We are delighted to have Robin join our team at Beaumont Bailey,” said director George Dobbins. “She has outstanding experience which will be invaluable to our clients and strengthens our wider leadership offering. Her presence amongst our

Conducting Executive Searches During a Pandemic

Steve Caliger opened The Loring Group earlier this year and since then times have changed dramatically for all businesses, including executive search firms. “The reason we started The Loring Group was to deliver higher quality work,” Mr. Caliger said. “Our partners were leaders for technology, banking, healthcare and professional services companies before becoming recruiters. We

Hanold Associates Recruits Head of People Analytics for Capital Group 

Sandra Peña and Ashley Schiele of Chicago-based Hanold Associates have teamed up to place Erin Urwin as people analytics senior manager for Capital Group, a private financial services company headquartered in Los Angeles. “Erin is an influential leader who will be a transformative addition to Capital Group’s People Analytics team,” said Ms. Peña, a partner with the search firm. “She is

Comhar Partners Recruits CEO for Embrace Living Communities

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has placed Ralph Gaines as the new chief executive officer of Embrace Living Communities, an Oak Brook, IL-based non-profit which owns and operates housing communities for seniors and people with special housing needs in Illinois, Missouri and Florida. Managing director James O’Malley along with Bernard Layton and Nick Layton led the assignment

Heidrick & Struggles Posts Flat Revenues as COVID-19 Impact Continues

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) posted first quarter revenues of $171.5 million, flat from revenues during the same period a year ago surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.32 percent. The firm has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters. “We generated revenue in the upper

Greenwich Harbor Partners Recruits CFO for Warburg Pincus-Backed Petplan

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies, especially private equity-backed outfits. Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners placed David Zollenberg as the new CFO for Petplan, a Warburg Pincus portfolio

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