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India-Based Financial Services Firms Merge

India-based executive search firm Vito India Advisors has merged with Altor Executive Search, a search firm based in India, to form VitoAltor Advisors LLP. In a combined statement, Vito and Altor said the new entity will be India’s largest financial services executive search specialist (by market share). It will serve over 200 clients in India

Recruiting Overseas Leaders to U.S. Sports Teams Heats Up

Nolan Partners recently placed former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre as the first CEO of Nashville MLS. “There’s a lot of other leagues and clubs that would find him incredibly attractive,” Nashville MLS owner John Ingram told the Tennessean. “This is a rather unique opportunity. And I feel very fortunate that this was of interest to him.” Mr.

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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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Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge Names C-Suite Advisory Services Leadership Team

Human capital management firm Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge (LHH Knightsbridge) has announced the expansion of its C-suite advisory services leadership team, including its International Center for Executive Options (ICEO) practice. “LHH Knightsbridge has some of the best human capital talent in Canada,” said Jim Mitchell, the firm’s president. “The newest additions to our senior team

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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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Pure Search Names Technology Practice Leader for Singapore

London-based executive recruitment firm Pure Search has appointed Graham Skipworth to lead its technology practice across Singapore and South East Asia. Mr. Skipworth has over 12 years’ recruitment experience within the technology and digital space across the U.K. and Asia. Over the course of his career he has built and led teams, providing both permanent and contract recruitment

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Gerard Stewart Finds CEO for ettain group

Atlanta-based executive search firm Gerard Stewart has placed Trent Beekman as the new CEO of staffing firm ettain group. The company’s past CEO Jeff Harris has taken on the role of chairman. The assignment was led by the firm’s founder and managing partner, Lisa Maxwell. Previously, Mr. Beekman led Modis North America’s retail temporary staffing and permanent

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Armstrong McGuire & Associates Seeks President for Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Non-profit organization management firm Armstrong McGuire & Associates has been selected to find the next president for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation in Durham, NC. Senior advisor Beth Briggs is leading the assignment. The independent, charitable foundation seeks a visionary, strategic professional with proven management and leadership expertise, philanthropic knowledge

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Ferguson Partners Names Vice Chairman

FPL Associates , a global professional services firm specializing in providing executive search, as well as leadership, compensation and management consulting solutions, has elected Jeffrey Hauswirth as its vice chairman based in its Toronto office. “As vice chairman, Jeff will serve in a number of key leadership roles for the firm,” said William J. Ferguson,

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Space Executive Opens Office in Hong Kong

Singapore-headquartered recruitment agency Space Executive has opened a new office in Hong Kong. The firm has brought on veteran recruiter Nick Lambe as managing director to lead the new location. Space Executive will focus on growing its presence across investment banking, capital markets, private equity and funds in Hong Kong. The firm said that it

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Hanold Associates Seeking CHRO for Under Armour

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, report recruiters focused on the space. Why is there such

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10 Tips for Networking with an Executive Recruiter

Employers typically use a search firm when a top job opening is important enough, senior enough and when discretion is at a premium. All three factors warrant the investment of bringing in a search firm. But what about career-minded professionals? When should they turn to a recruiter and what’s the best way to network with

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CBS Taps Korn Ferry to Find Next CEO

CBS has retained the services of Korn Ferry as it begins its search for a new CEO to replace Les Moonves following sexual misconduct allegations. Joe Ianniello, the company’s chief operating officer, has assumed the role of president and acting CEO. The search is expected to take four to six weeks to produce a new leader. The

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Spelman Johnson Seeks Police Chief for Texas State University

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

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SmartRecruiters Launches Talent Sourcing Technology

Talent acquisition platform SmartRecruiters has launched a new talent sourcing and nurturing technology designed to help businesses proactively find and engage pre-qualified candidates while improving overall recruiting ROI. The single-platform candidate relationship management (CRM) and applicant tracking system (ATS), dubbed SmartCRM, is designed to eliminate the lag time from reactive recruiting, allowing organizations to save time

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IRC Global Appoints New Agribusiness & Agriscience Practice Leaders

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has named Patrick Westerburger as the new leader of its agribusiness & agriscience global practice team. He replaces Warren Carter (IRC USA – The QualiFind Group), who is now the Americas practice leader. Monicca Yan (IRC China and Singapore) has become the new Asia Pacific practice leader, and Marco M. Alemagna (IRC

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The Top 3 Perks Most Workers Now Seek

Professionals want more choices about when and where they work, according to new research released by Robert Half. Flexible work schedules, a compressed workweek and the ability to telecommute are the most sought-after non-monetary perquisites the report found. While many companies offer flexible work schedules, however, fewer than one in five offer shorter workweeks or

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National Women’s History Museum Taps Koya Leadership Partners for CEO Search

The National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C., has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new CEO. The organization is seeking a strategic, innovative and engaging executive to provide leadership and direction and fulfill a vision to build a physical museum and expand impact

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Kumabe HR Finds Investment Officer for Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System

Following an extensive national search, executive search firm Kumabe HR has placed Elizabeth Burton as chief investment officer of the $16.3 billion Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System, Honolulu. Vijoy Chattergy, who served in the role since 2012, recently left the organization. “Ms. Burton is dynamic and highly regarded by her peers in the investment community,” said Catherine Chan, chair

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Stanton Chase Adds Search Veteran in Chicago

Stanton Chase International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of veteran search consultant J. James O’Malley as managing director in its Chicago office. He will serve as a senior member of the professional services and financial services practice groups for Stanton Chase. “I am thrilled to welcome Jim to our team in Chicago, he

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Molloy Associates Launches New Executive Search Division

Molloy Associates, a recruiting firm exclusively serving the equipment finance industry, has launched an executive search division. The newly formed unit will be led by Bill Purcell who joins the company as senior vice president and client partner. Mr. Purcell has more than 30 years of executive management experience in the equipment finance industry. He

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How Collaboration and Diversity in the Workplace Promotes Innovation

Having the right talent, with the right skills, is the foundation of success for any business. Regardless of their size, companies are desperate for educated, highly skilled, knowledgeable employees who possess the skill-sets that will ensure the business remains viable and sustainable into the future. At the same time, however, companies must be committed to

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CarterBaldwin Lands Executive Director for Atlanta Land Trust

Atlanta-headquartered CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed former MARTA executive Amanda Rhein as executive director of the Atlanta Land Trust. Associate partner Derek Broyard led the assignment. “Amanda has the strategic leadership skills we need to take the Atlanta Land Trust’s delivery and stewardship of permanently affordable housing near the Atlanta BeltLine and other targeted communities to the next

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PFM Executive Search Places CEO at Fraser Health

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. A number of healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders in recent months. Recently, Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search placed Victoria Lee as president and CEO of Fraser

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Crenshaw Appoints President

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: New York City-based recruiting firm Crenshaw Associates has named talent and workforce industry leader Margaret-Ann Cole as its new president. She will lead new product development, business development and service delivery. “Margaret-Ann is

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Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Washington, D.C.

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Washington, D.C.-headquartered executive search firm TH Bender as its 15th member partner firm. The network now has offices in Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Monaco, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Vienna and Washington, D.C. TH Bender focuses on the executive

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Big Impact on Hiring Expected from Mid-Term Election

As Americans prepare for the mid-term elections tomorrow, a new Korn Ferry survey reveals that executives expect the outcome to have a big impact on the workplace. Seventy-five percent of the executive respondents from across a wide range of industries say the outcomes will affect their company’s future hiring decisions, and nearly a quarter (23 percent) said the results

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Ignite Search Partners Finds CFO for Rockwell Medical

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. Greenwich, Conn-based executive recruiting firm Ignite Search Partners recently recruited Angus Smith as the new chief financial officer of NASDAQ-traded Rockwell

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Ross & Company Recruits CEO at Cota Inc.

Executive search firm Ross & Company has placed Michael Doyle as president and CEO of Cota Inc., a real-world data and analytics company based in New York. “As we continue to scale and deliver on the promise of our technology, the addition of Mike Doyle to lead our team is a significant win for our partners, customers and oncology

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Caldwell Adds Oil and Gas Recruiting Specialist in Houston

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell announced a major enhancement to its recruiting capabilities in the oil and gas sector with the addition of Kenneth Baillie as a partner in its industrial practice, based in Houston. “Kenny is one of the pre-eminent oil and gas executive search recruiters in the market today,” said Dave Winston, managing partner of Caldwell’s industrial practice. “He possesses a

Keeping Talent Pipelines Full In the Academic Research and Health Sciences Fields

While universities have been turning to executive search firms for their leadership needs for years, the higher education sector has been broadening its reach to hunt for more specialized leaders. As a result, search firms have expanded their niche offerings to the sector, identifying athletic directors, coaches, and any number of other top posts for

Options Group Acquires Sydney-Based Broadstreet Global

Global financial recruiting specialist Options Group has acquired Broadstreet Global, a financial services search and strategic consulting firm based in Sydney, Australia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Broadstreet Global specializes in search and consulting for a number of interrelated sectors, including investment banking, capital markets, structured products, alternative asset classes and insurance. Its client

Heidrick & Struggles Taps CEO for ANSYS

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has placed technology industry veteran Dr. Agei S. Gopal as president and chief operating officer of ANSYS, Inc. He will become chief executive officer in January. James E. Cashman, who has served as ANSYS’ CEO since 2000, is stepping down at the end of the year. He will stay with

DHR Completes AD Search for Purdue

Executive search firm DHR International has placed Mike Bobinski as athletic director of Purdue University. He replaces Morgan Burke who announced he would retire next summer after serving in his position nearly 26 years. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. Along with DHR, the search committee consisted of Purdue faculty, athletics administrators and

Kingsley Gate Partners Names Partner in Newly Opened Denver Office

Executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners has named Geoff Hall as a new partner to support the firm’s growing life sciences practice. Mr. Hall will be based out of Kingsley Gate’s newly opened Denver office. With more than 17 years of unique and differentiated expertise in leading cross-functional teams across sales, marketing, operations, legal, finance, quality and engineering, Mr. Hall

Futurestep Names North America President

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has named Bill Gilbert as president of Futurestep North America. In this capacity, Mr. Gilbert will lead the strategy and growth efforts for both its search and solutions businesses in the region. In addition, he will drive the Futurestep strategy across the region and continue to work closely

What Makes A Good CEO?

The average U.S. CEO approval rating stands at 67 percent, according to a new statistical analysis of CEO approval ratings by Glassdoor, which measured CEO quality according to employees. The Glassdoor Economic Research reveals a number of factors that ultimately drive employee perception of CEOs, some of them quite surprising. The study, ‘What Makes a Great CEO?‘ looks

The RSA Group Names New CEO

Life sciences-focused executive search firm The RSA Group has appointed Alex Bennett as its new chief executive officer. He replaces Chris Molloy, who leaves the firm to head up the U.K. Medicines Discovery Catapult. Mr. Bennett comes to RSA with an international track record in senior level life sciences executive search, specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. His most

Academic Search Retained by Wright State to Find New Leader

With the new school year underway, education-focused recruiter Academic Search has been retained by Wright State University in Ohio to lead its search for a new president. David R. Hopkins will retire as president when his contract expires next June. Senior consultants Dr. Jerry M. Israel and Dr. Mac A. Stewart will lead the assignment. “The selection of a highly

Korn Ferry Chosen to Lead CEO Search for Pier 1

Korn Ferry has been retained by home furnishings retail company Pier 1 Imports to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Alex Smith is leaving at the end of the year. His departure comes as the company also said last week that sales fell 6.7 percent in the second quarter. Mr. Smith had a

IRC Adds New Member Firm in Latin America

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Chile-based Inquest Consultores as its newest member firm. Inquest Consultores, led by Pia Puebla Menne and Isabel Walker, has been a key player in the Chilean executive search and compensation management consulting sector for more than 14 years. Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin

Employers Looking to Increase Q4 Hiring

U.S. employers indicate a slight increase in hiring plans for the final three months of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released today by ManpowerGroup. Taking into account seasonal variations, the Net Employment Outlook for the fourth quarter is up 18 percent, which matches the strongest post-recession Outlook since 2007. Hiring plans nationwide improved by three percentage

Major, Lindsey & Africa Recruits Chief Compliance Officer for CONCACAF

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recruited Guilherme Carvalho as chief legal and chief compliance officer of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in Miami. The international search was led by Brian Davis, Rosalind Dodd and Jeffrey Liebster, all based in MLA’s New York office. The organization sought a leader with appropriate legal credentials, extensive work experience in

McDermott & Bull Lands Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Post for Golden 1 Credit Union

Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has recruited Val Scott as chief technology and innovation officer to Golden 1 Credit Union, the nation’s sixth largest Credit Union with $10 billion in assets. The search was led by Brandon Biegenzahn, co-chair of the firm’s financial institutions practice, along with associate consultant Michelle Davis. During the course of the search, 171 candidates were

Benchmark Executive Search Launches New Service to Connect Cybersecurity Experts

Benchmark Executive Search has launched Expert Network, a new service designed to match its network of experts, advisors and consultants with companies seeking to upgrade their corporate asset protection, risk management and cyber strategies. To address the growing need for a full spectrum of enterprise risks in corporate boardrooms and at the C-suite, Benchmark has assembled a

Signium Strengthens Search Staff In the Netherlands

Executive search firm Signium has added Honoré Verbeet as a partner in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Signium currently has 47 offices in 27 countries serving clients in the Americas, Europe / Middle East / Africa and the Asia Pacific regions. The firm delivers talent acquisition and management solutions for global companies across industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial services,

Mixed Salary Growth Persists Eight Years After Great Recession

A new analysis by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry shows mixed salary recovery figures across the world, eight years after the fall of Lehman Brothers signaled the beginning of one of the worst global recessions in history. Pay data is drawn from Korn Ferry Hay Group’s PayNet database, which contains salary and job data for

Egon Zehnder Leading Chairman Search for National Bank of Greece

Following the recent debt crisis in Greece, the country’s second largest lender — the National Bank of Greece (NBG)  — has retained Egon Zehnder to lead its hunt for a new chairman. According to NBG, the new chair must have a good understanding of the environment in which the bank operates (e.g. regulatory, legal, economic), including the

IQ Partners Recruits CEO for Institute of Communication Agencies

Executive search firm IQ Partners has placed Scott Knox as president and chief executive officer of the Institute of Communication Agencies. The combined position is new for the organization. Its previous CEO, Gillian Graham, resigned last March, while former president Jani Yates left the ICA in May to lead Advertising Standards Canada. It was after that departure that a decision was

IIC Partners Launches Professional Development and Training Platform

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has launched the IIC Partners Knowledge Academy. The platform serves to provide IIC Partners members with access to a library of professional development webinars, training and educational resources and collaborative learning tools. Knowledge Academy serves as an opportunity for members to grow their business through the exploration of a wide array of topics

JW Michaels Appoints Head of Partner Placement Division

New York-based executive search firm JW Michaels & Co. has named Richard Zakin as a managing director to lead its national partner placement division. With a decade of experience in practicing executive search and as a former partner for more than eight years with two of The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 firms, Mr. Zakin brings a unique and personal

Hunt Scanlon Launches Recruiting Industry Media Center

Hunt Scanlon Media recently launched its Recruiting Industry Media Center (IMC), a newly-developed service designed to help companies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and other entities with their human capital and talent acquisition needs. As a real-time, high touch product, the IMC allows end users to research and conduct in-depth due diligence on leading search firms and talent

Berkhemer Clayton to Lead CEO Search for Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Berkhemer Clayton has been retained by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game) to recruit its next executive director and chief executive officer. William Flinn, current association executive director, will retire next year after more than three decades with the organization. Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, the search firm’s president and corporate board practice leader,

JDG Associates Recruits Executive Director for Marine Technology Society

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has placed Kevin Traver as executive director of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Principal Paul Belford led the search. Mr. Traver will lead MTS in its mission to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. He will report to the board of directors, primarily through the MTS president, apprising the board on matters critical

Korn Ferry Posts 40 Percent Q1 Revenue Increase

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2017 fiscal first quarter revenues of $392.9 million, a 40 percent increase compared to revenues of $279.3 million a year ago. The growth was primarily due to increases in fee revenue in Futurestep and the company’s recently acquired Hay Group segments. During the quarter, Korn Ferry substantially completed its fiscal 2016 restructuring

Lucas Group Names Manufacturing Practice Leader

Executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded its presence in Southern California with the addition of Jennifer Bowers as managing partner and leader of its manufacturing practice in San Diego. She joins a tenured team of manufacturing recruiters. Ms. Bowers has served in various recruiting roles with Adecco and Eastridge Workforce Solutions. Across California, manufacturing is experiencing a boom as the local economy

As Labor Market Tightens, Hiring Mistakes Take Center Stage

Within the executive, managerial and professional sector, hiring authorities are frequently making key mistakes that are hampering not only their ability to hire, but also their employer brand and retention rates, according to an employment landscape survey just completed by MRINetwork. The report reveals that lengthy hiring practices and misconceptions about what motivates top candidates to make a job

Spencer Stuart Recruits CEO for TESSCO Technologies

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has recruited Murray Wright as president and chief executive officer of TESSCO Technologies. He assumes the role from founder and past CEO Robert B. Barnhill Jr., who will assume the role of executive chairman and continue to serve as the chairman of the board. The appointment of a new CEO comes amid declining revenues and earnings which

AGB Search Leading President Search for Central Connecticut State

Executive search firm AGB Search has been selected by Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to lead its search for a new president. Robert Holyer Ph.D., senior consultant at AGB Search, is leading the assignment. Founded in 1849 as New Britain Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut’s oldest publicly funded university. It is made up of four schools: the Ammon College

Ward Howell Appoints Global Leader of Insurance / Alternative Investments Practice Groups

Executive search firm Ward Howell International has appointed Theodore ‘Ted’ Petrara as partner and global leader of its insurance and alternative investments practice groups. He is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Petrara’s team will deliver executive search and leadership advisory services to insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds, and other originators and investors in the alternative

DHR Names Global Board & CEO Practice Leader

Executive search firm DHR International has named Mike Magsig as managing partner and leader of the firm’s global board & CEO practice group. He replaces Jay Millen, who stepped down late last year; he now holds the same role at Caldwell Partners. Mr. Magsig brings more than 16 years of executive search experience to DHR. During his career, he has

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