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Chief AI Officer Recruiting Seen as Top Priority for Most Companies

Organizations looking to attract artificial intelligence talent are finding such professionals scarce and the competition to land them fierce. Beyond the big tech companies, AI leadership is quickly becoming a necessary investment regardless of industry. A recent study, in fact, identified 400 discrete use cases for AI and analytics. Sixty-one percent of executives said their

Caldwell Posts 24.2 Percent Q3 Revenue Gain

Caldwell Posts 24.2 Percent Q3 Revenue Gain

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted third quarter revenues of $18 million (Canadian), a 24.2 percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $14.4 million. During the quarter, U.S. professional fees rose 22.8 percent to $13.5 million (Canadian); however, they increased 28.9 percent excluding the effect of exchange rates. Canadian professional fees rose 10

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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.


Things to Know About Hiring a Search Firm

Hiring top executives who can both effectively manage and lead an organization is a major challenge. When a company makes vital senior-level appointments, the risks are high. For top roles, the base salary is typically more than $150,000. When searching, organizations will be looking for the most suitable candidate who checks off all the boxes, including

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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?


AMN Healthcare Appoints Leadership and Search Solutions President

AMN Healthcare Services, the largest U.S. healthcare staffing provider, has named Kelly Rakowski as president for leadership and search solutions. The recent addition follows a wave of growth at AMN. Ms. Rakowski will be responsible for leading the company’s interim leadership, physician permanent placement, recruitment process outsourcing and executive search solutions services. She will report

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UPMC Taps Carrington & Carrington to Find President

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to find its next president for the UPMC Cole hospital in Coudersport, PA. “Aside from having the skill level and experience, the candidate who stands out will be one who can epitomize UPMC’s mission, vision and core values in their


The Impact of Failing to Focus on Recruiting Upcoming Generations of Leaders

Business leaders are concerned about their ability to attract and retain Millennials and Gen Z workers, and the impact of failing to do so, according to a new report from talent solutions provider Allegis Group. Compounding the problem, said the study, few businesses are doing much to improve their results. Forty-nine percent of the more

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Wheless Partners Finds CEO for Rainy Lake Medical Center

Following a national search, executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners has placed Robert Pastor as the new CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center, a level 4 trauma center and community health organization in International Falls, MN. Bonnie Erickson, who served two stints as CEO, will be retiring at the end of August. “After an exhaustive search to meet the


RM Nephew and Associates Forms Alliance with Dublin-Based Search Firm

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has formed a partnership with Cronin Partners International Search, a retained executive search firm headquartered in Dublin. “Having a trusted partner based in Ireland will enable us to significantly improve our offerings to clients with needs in the European and international markets,” said Bob Nephew, the firm’s managing partner. “We


Women Remain Lacking in the C-Suite

Despite the advances women have made in today’s workplace, they still account for just a small share of top leadership posts. That’s true in politics and government, academia, the non-profit sector and particularly business. Women held only about 10 percent of the top executive positions (defined as chief executive officers, chief financial officers and the next three highest

Kensington International CFOs LGM Pharma and United Medical Systems
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Kensington International Finds CFOs for LGM Pharma and United Medical Systems

CFOs 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. Recently, Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International placed Keith Lavery and Paul Hajjar as the new CFOs for LGM Pharma and

ZRG Partners Financial Officer Blockchain Practice Heads

ZRG Partners Names Financial Officer and Blockchain Practice Heads

ZRG Partners has named Rahul Kapur as managing director and leader of the firm’s newly launched blockchain unit and Bruce J. Robertson as managing director and head of ZRG’s financial officer practice. The new blockchain practice will help the firm’s financial services, fintech and healthcare clients as well as those in emerging blockchain-centric industries meet

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Spencer Stuart Recruits CEO for U.S. Olympic Committee

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Sarah Hirshland as the 12th CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, CO. She brings a unique and proven set of skills and experiences to the USOC at a time of transformation and change for the organization. “The USOC is at a critical time in


Standish Executive Search Opens Office in New Hampshire

Providence, RI-headquartered Standish Executive Search has opened a new office in Bedford, NH in an effort to better serve clients throughout northern New England. Principal Kelley Small, a long-time New Hampshire resident, will lead the firm’s Granite State office. “Mid-size and smaller businesses located in New Hampshire that are addressing growth, change or succession challenges


Vanderbloemen Search Group Adds Vice President of Candidate Relations

Houston, TX-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has added Sutton Turner as its new vice president of candidate relations. Previously, Mr. Turner led five different businesses across three different countries as CEO (U.S., Qatar and Abu Dhabi). In 2008, he served as founding CEO of Khidmah (“service” in Arabic), currently

Chief AI Officer Recruiting

Chief AI Officer Recruiting Seen as Top Priority for Most Companies

Organizations looking to attract artificial intelligence talent are finding such professionals scarce and the competition to land them fierce. Beyond the big tech companies, AI leadership is quickly becoming a necessary investment regardless of industry. A recent study, in fact, identified 400 discrete use cases for AI and analytics. Sixty-one percent of executives said their

Caldwell Posts 24.2 Percent Q3 Revenue Gain

Caldwell Posts 24.2 Percent Q3 Revenue Gain

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted third quarter revenues of $18 million (Canadian), a 24.2 percent increase from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $14.4 million. During the quarter, U.S. professional fees rose 22.8 percent to $13.5 million (Canadian); however, they increased 28.9 percent excluding the effect of exchange rates. Canadian professional fees rose 10

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Higher Education Leadership Search Finds New Provost for Northeastern State University

Higher Education Leadership Search has helped place Debbie Landry as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, OK. Dr. Landry served as the interim provost for nearly a year. Consultants Bill Meehan and Alan Medders led the assignment. “For over 13 years, Dr. Landry has served


CEO Confidence Dips Slightly But Remains Positive

The Conference Board’s latest measure of CEO confidence, which had increased in the first quarter of 2018, declined slightly in the second quarter. The measure now reads 63, down from 65 in the first quarter of 2018. A reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses. “CEO Confidence declined slightly in the

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Coulter Partners Lands CEO for Ovizio Imaging Systems

Global executive search firm Coulter Partners has placed Emilie Viey as the new CEO of Ovizio Imaging Systems, a life science imaging technology company. Philip Mathuis, who co-founded Ovizio, recently stepped down. Philipp Buis, Coulter’s executive director, led the assignment. Dr. Viey will lead Ovizio’s further development as solution provider for imaging applications in life sciences.


RSR Partners Expands Asset Management Practice

Greenwich, Conn.-based RSR Partners, a retained executive search and leadership consulting firm, has expanded its asset management practice with the addition of industry veteran Michael D. Fitzgerald. In his role as a managing director, Mr. Fitzgerald is charged with launching the firm’s presence in Boston, a strategically important expansion of RSR Partners’ geographical reach. “Mike


An Up-Close Look at the Transformational Role of the CHRO

The HR role has transitioned tremendously over the past 20 years, as the function has gained in stature and prominence. But evolution in such a role does not necessarily come about by major changes and careful planning for the future. Even minor shifts can trigger a chain of events that have significant long-term impact on

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Jorgenson Consulting Seeking CEO for Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority

Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting is leading the search for a new president and CEO for the Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority in Brunswick, GA. Mel Baxter, the organization’s current leader, announced in March that he would be stepping down. He said he will stay on until his replacement is in place. Todd Jorgenson, the

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SpenglerFox Appoints Country Manager for Poland

London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named Maciej Kotowicz as country manager for Poland. “It is with great pleasure that I announce our latest addition to the SpenglerFox Group, Maciej Kotowicz,” said Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox. “Maciej will be based in Warsaw, one of our firm’s strategic hub locations and drive further growth in Central Europe as part of


A Look Into Who is Driving the Gig Economy

Today’s business environment is vastly different from just five years ago. Success is no longer measured by a company’s longevity or headcount. Today, the business currency is agility and innovation. Technology has forever transformed how work gets done, and the flexible workforce has changed who does it. Flexibility has evolved from being singularly defined as


Workers Prefer Age-Diverse Organizations 

Eighty-six percent of global workers surveyed prefer working in a multi-generational team environment, according to the newly-released Q2 Randstad Workmonitor study. Age-diverse organizations allow them to come up with more innovative ideas and creative solutions, they said. Collaboration between generations is considered mutually beneficial at their company, said 85 percent of the participants. With regard

Allegis Partners CHRO PAR Technology Corp.
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Allegis Partners Finds New CHRO for PAR Technology Corp.

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why is there such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts?


U.S. Hiring Remains Strong, Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

 Employers added 213,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to four percent from an 18-year low of 3.8 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The June gain is the 92nd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people rose to 6.6 million. The results surpassed the forecasts of

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Spelman Johnson Seeks New Police Chief for Tulane University

Higher education recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been selected to find the next police chief for Tulane University in New Orleans. The search is being led by search associate Heather Larabee. The school’s previous chief, Joey Bishop, resigned this spring in the wake of a local television station’s revelations that the police department had tried

Jordan Search Consultants Seeks Chair for Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants has been selected to find the next chairperson for the Department of Family and Internal Medicine at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM). Reporting to the dean of the medical college, the new department chairperson will be responsible for executing functions related to the administrative, educational

Kingsley Gate Partners Lindsey Burton VP

Kingsley Gate Partners Continues Expansion

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Lindsey Burton as a vice president. She is based in the firm’s New York office. As a member of the firm’s financial services practice, Ms. Burton also supports business development and candidate identification across financial services and technology. Ms. Burton has a background

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New Zealand Search Firms Join Forces

New Zealand-headquartered executive search firms SandriWalsh Limited in Wellington and Rosenberg Executive Search Limited in Auckland have merged to create SWR Group NZ Limited. SWR covers all leadership roles, permanent and contract, from directors and C-suite on down. Directors Graeme Sandri and Tony Walsh as well as research consultant Suzannah Moller are based in Wellington,

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Older Workers Continue to Postpone Retirement . . . Here’s Why

Although the economy has vastly improved, older workers are still hitting the brakes on their retirement plans. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 53 percent of workers aged 60 and over say they are postponing retirement, with 57 percent of men putting their golf game on hold compared to 48 percent of women. Four in 10

Noetic Search Recruits New Leader for Santa Barbara Humane Society

Executive search firm Noetic Search recently recruited animal welfare veteran Kerri Burns as the new executive director of the Santa Barbara Humane Society (SBHS). After leading the organization for more than a decade, Peggy Langle was fired last year after the board reportedly lost confidence in her performance. Rhyan Zweifler, Noetic’s founder and president of Noetic, and vice president

RSR Partners CEO New Olympic Museum

RSR Partners Lands CEO for New Olympic Museum

Executive recruitment firm RSR Partners has placed Christopher Liedel, a former head of a Smithsonian Institution division, as CEO of the new United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. He will start in his new role on May 15. “Chris Liedel is the perfect combination of experienced leader, entrepreneur and strategic thinker that

NextOPP Search Launches Program to Aid Domestic Violence Survivors

NextOPP Search, a Stamford, Conn-based executive recruitment firm, has launched a new social responsibility platform in which the firm provides employment services to a survivor of domestic violence for every candidate it places. “Hire One Help One,” as the program is known, is an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, said the firm.

Inspired-Search Expands Switzerland

Inspired-Search Expands to Switzerland

Amsterdam-headquartered executive recruiting firm Inspired-Search has opened a new office in Geneva. The Swiss office will be managed by Jan Paul Olijslager, who has more than 15 years of experience working in different countries and in different positions in the transport, logistics and supply chain industry “We’re extremely pleased with Jan Paul joining Inspired-Search and with

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Employers added 164,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a 19-year low of 3.9 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The April gain is the 91st consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people dipped to 6.3 million. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to drop to

Fisher Leadership CEO Multiple Sclerosis Ltd.

Fisher Leadership Seeking CEO for Multiple Sclerosis Ltd.

Australian executive search firm Fisher Leadership has been enlisted by Blackburn, Victoria-based Multiple Sclerosis Ltd. to lead its search for a new CEO. Managing partner Liz Jones is spearheading the search for someone to “lead the organization through its next significant stage of transformation and growth,” said the recruitment firm. The new CEO will be

Spencer Stuart Board Members Noble Group

Spencer Stuart Seeks New Board Members for Noble Group

Spencer Stuart has been enlisted by Noble Group in Hong Kong to find new board members including a chairman and four or more independent non-executive directors. Noble Group said in a statement that it expects Spencer Stuart to recruit “world-class talent to oversee the recovery to the business, provide governance and administer risk management.” The

Heidrick & Struggles Disruptive Innovators Team

Heidrick & Struggles Launches Disruptive Innovators Team

Heidrick & Struggles has launched a “disruptive innovators team” to “advise companies on the cusp of rapid growth, breakthrough innovation and market disruption.” Tim Alexander Lüdke has been named leader and global managing partner of the firm’s new practice. “The disruptive innovators team will serve as a catalyst leveraging expertise from practices throughout the firm to help a

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de JAGER Executive Search Partners with Interim Specialist

Australian-headquartered de JAGER Executive Search has formed an alliance with Interim Executive Search in Sydney. Kris de Jager, founder and managing director of de JAGER Executive Search, said he was excited about joining forces with Interim Executive and its founder, Phil Tuck. “Our firms are extremely aligned, in terms of the values we share and our

For Most Women CEOs, Simple Encouragement Showed the Way to the Top

Two-thirds (65 percent) of the 57 leading women CEOs interviewed and assessed for a new Korn Ferry Institute study had no idea they could become the head of their company until a boss or mentor encouraged them. Before that, they gave less attention to moving their career forward and more to meeting business targets and

SearchWide Seeking New CEO for Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling

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Livingston James Recruits CEO for the Scottish Football Association

The sports and entertainment field is one of the most active and fast-growing sectors for executive search businesses, with many C-suite-focused recruiting firms having been drawn to it. Recently, Livingston James placed Ian Maxwell as the new CEO of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). He replaces Stewart Regan, who resigned three months ago. Douglas Adam,

Riviera Partners merges with Alpha Advisors

Riviera Partners and Alpha Advisors Join Forces

Search firms continue to join forces. The latest: San Francisco-headquartered Riviera Partners has merged with Alpha Advisors, a boutique search firm specializing in senior information technology and quantitative talent for financial services and technology clients. Its founder and executive search veteran Jeff Campbell has joined Riviera to drive continued expansion. He will lead Riviera Partners’ new Atlanta

Caldwell Appoints Financial Services Practice Co-Leader

Executive search firm Caldwell, which recently dropped the word “Partners” from its name, expanded its global financial services practice leadership team by appointing Glenn Buggy to join Paul Heller as co-leader of the practice. With over two decades of executive search experience, Mr. Buggy focuses on recruiting senior executives in financial services legal, compliance, anti-financial crimes, regulatory risk, and

C-Suite Leaders Not Collaborating Effectively

We are witnessing seismic changes in the workforce, the workplace and the technologies used in the world of work. Amid concerns about automation, the need for new skills, an aging workforce and tightening labor markets, the make-or-break issue facing companies this year is the need for realignment in the C-suite to focus on business’ evolving

Ventura Partners Leading AD Search for University of Utah

University of Utah president Ruth V. Watkins has confirmed that Ventura Partners has been chosen to lead its search for a new athletic director. Chris Hill recently announced that he plans to retire this spring after 31 years on the job. Chad Chatlos, sports practice leader at Ventura Partners, will work closely with Ms. Watkins and

The Clark Partnership Completes Searches for Criteo

The Clark Partnership, a Monaco–based search firm, continues to fill important roles for Criteo, a global technology company that enables brands and retailers to connect with shoppers. The latest positions filled: Connor McGogney as SVP of corporate development, Jen Whelan as SVP of marketing and Mike Peralta as EVP of central sales & operations. Simon Clark, co-founder and

Tyler & Co. Marion Spears Karr VP

Tyler & Co. Adds New Vice President

Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Co. has added Marion Spears Karr, who has more than 27 years of experience in healthcare recruiting, as a vice president and senior healthcare consultant. Mr. Karr brings in-depth experience leading successful recruitment teams that specialize in nursing leadership, C-level, vice president and senior director-level searches. He has developed

David Winch managing director Miramar Talent

Miramar Global Names Managing Director of Miramar Talent

U.K.-based Miramar Global Executive Search has continued its expansion, adding David Winch as managing director of its recently launched service offering Miramar Talent. Miramar Talent is an extension of Miramar Global’s “executive search methodology to the layers below senior leadership,” said the firm. The goal is to “positively impact customers deeper in their organizational structures to

The Importance of Candidate Referencing During the Search Process

Too many search consultants and their clients treat finalist candidate referencing as little more than a checklist item to be completed as opposed to a valuable exercise in and of itself, with the potential to yield insights of lasting value, according to a new report by McCracken Executive Search. Recruiters generally view the completion of

Turnkey Leading Search for Maryland’s Next Athletic Director

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has been enlisted by the University of Maryland to lead its search for a new athletic director. Founder and CEO Len Perna, as well as managing director Gene DeFilippo, formerly Villanova’s athletic director, are leading the assignment. The previous AD, Kevin Anderson, took a six-month sabbatical and then, as many expected, resigned in

Buffkin / Baker Places Chief Revenue Officer at ShutterShock

The role of chief revenue officer has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. Buffkin / Baker recently

Founder Returns to Lead Gaines International

Founder Donna Gaines has returned to Gaines International as managing partner to lead the Chicago-based executive recruitment firm. Gaines International, which serves the architecture, interior design, engineering, construction and real estate development industries, was acquired by top 40 management consulting firm Allen Austin four years ago. “The growth in the AEC sector in the last several years

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PRAXI Adds Paris-Based Firm to Network

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. Global executive search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search recently added Paris-based executive search firm

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Why Workers Still Prefer Going to the Office

Despite the shift toward a more flexible workplace, 62 percent of employees prefer going to the office, according to Randstad’s latest Workmonitor survey, which tracks employee confidence and captures how likely an employee is to change jobs within the next six months. The percentage is higher among young workers, challenging the widespread perception that Millennial

Witt/Kieffer La Jerne Cornish Provost Ithaca College

Witt/Kieffer Places Provost at Ithaca College

The hunt for university leadership has been heating up, especially with searches for provosts. Ithaca College recently named La Jerne Cornish as its new provost and SVP for academic affairs. Witt/Kieffer was enlisted to conduct the assignment. Dr. Cornish joins the school in July, succeeding Linda Petrosino. “La Jerne Cornish’s rich experience as a leader in

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Blinkhorn Recruits CEO for WTTW

Blinkhorn LLC, a Greenwich, Conn-based executive recruitment firm, has helped to place Sandra Cordova Micek as the new president and CEO of Window to the World Communications Inc. (WWCI), parent organization of WTTW, a Chicago public television station, and WFMT, a classical radio broadcaster in the city. Ms. Micek, who officially starts work tomorrow, will

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