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WilsonHCG Appoints Executive Search Leader for EMEA

Global talent solutions provider Wilson Human Capital Group Inc. (WilsonHCG) has expanded its executive search division with the appointment of director Phil Brakewell. He will serve as leader of the EMEA region. Mr. Brakewell has more than 14 years of talent acquisition leadership experience and most recently served as head of executive search for ResourceBank. Prior to that,


Want to Attract Talent? Follow These Top Guidelines

In today’s digital age, it’s easy for anyone to become a company’s advocate or critic. No matter your industry, the internet has given a new voice to the masses. When thinking about your company’s hiring practices, it’s crucial to consider the experience your candidates are having from start to finish. There will come a time

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

Bespoke Partners Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Personify

Executive search firm Bespoke Partners has recruited Scott Adkins as chief revenue officer of Personify. Founding partner, Kristie Nova, led the search. Mr. Adkins brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in the software industry, extensive expertise in enterprise software sales management, and an abundance of experience working with non-profit organizations. He most recently served as

ChampionScott Partners Opens Office in New York City

ChampionScott Partners has opened a new office in New York City as part of its effort to develop and expand in strategic business centers globally. Stephanie McGuire, a principal in the firm, has relocated from Boston and will spearhead client engagement, executive search activities and business development in New York. Ms. McGuire is responsible for the qualification, assessment

What Companies Are Looking for In Younger Workers

As Millennials continue to populate workplaces around the country, hiring and then developing this latest generational talent demographic has not been a straightforward process for hiring managers at many companies around the nation. What Millennials seem to value over pay, it seems, is experience — but according to a number of recent studies they’re unwilling, generally-speaking, to

Heidrick & Struggles Recruits CEO for Hanover Insurance Group

Heidrick & Struggles has recruited Joseph M. Zubretsky as president and chief executive officer of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. He succeeds Frederick H. Eppinger, who announced his intention to retire. Mr. Zubretsky is an accomplished leader with more than 35 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries. He joins The Hanover after almost nine

Calibre One Posts 28 Percent Revenue Gain

Executive search firm Calibre One has posted U.S. revenues of $11.5 million, an increase of 27.8 percent, for 2015. The firm now ranks as the 21st largest search firm in the Americas region, according to the latest statistics report released from Hunt Scanlon Media. Calibre One currently has 10 consultants working from offices in San Francisco, Menlo Park, Stamford,

Reffett Associates Recruits COO for HAC

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has placed Marc Jones as chief operating officer of HAC, Inc., parent of Homeland Grocery Stores. This is a new position within the organization. The search was conducted by Reffett Associates team members Angel Rodriguez, managing director of the firm’s Dallas office, and Marshall Reffett, managing director in its Seattle office.

NPAworldwide Adds Nine Member Firms Across Asia Pacific and U.S.

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added nine new member firms across Asia Pacific and the U.S. Membership in the network allows independent recruiters to serve their clients and candidates by partnering with other member firms on a split-fee basis. “Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network, these recruitment firms

HR Leaders Remain Optimistic About Hiring Plans for 2016

Eighty-four percent of HR leaders say they are hiring for full-time positions, according to the recent industry trends report released by recruiting services company LaSalle Network. The survey also found that 70 percent of respondents feel optimistic about the economy for the remainder of 2016. While most industries reported plans to hire, leaders within the healthcare,

Korn Ferry Leading CEO Search for USA Rugby

Korn Ferry has been selected by USA Rugby to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Over 150 applications for the position have been submitted to Korn Ferry and the firm is now screening candidates to determine those best suited to move on to the interview stage of the hiring process. A CEO

accelHRate Recruits CHRO for Engility Holdings

HR executive search and management consulting firm accelHRate has placed Susan Balaguer as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Engility Holdings, Inc. Kimberly Shanahan, founding president and chief executive officer, led the search along with vice president Kelly McPherson. Engility Holdings, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated solutions and services for the U.S. government,

Egon Zehnder Names New York Office Leader

Egon Zehnder has appointed Al Prieto to lead the firm’s New York office. He succeeds Patrick O’Brien, who will now focus on executive and board search in financial services. In addition, Mr. Prieto continues as co-leader of the firm’s global health practice, which serves a comprehensive range of enterprises spanning the health sector. Mr. Prieto leads

Kincannon & Reed Expands In Latin America

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has added Juan Pablo Buc Calderon as a managing director covering Chile and Peru. Within the region, he will serve the firm’s agribusiness and food clients throughout Latin America. Prior to joining Kincannon & Reed, Mr. Buc Calderon worked extensively in Chilean agriculture, occupying key executive positions in recognized companies in the fruit export

Universities Step Up Efforts to Find New Leaders

As another academic year winds down around the country this month, colleges and universities are ramping up efforts to fill their C-suites at a time when the sector’s top leaders move on to new positions or enter retirement. Many schools, in the process, have been turning to executive search firms to assist them. Kansas State

GF Parish Group Expands Boston Office

Executive search firm GF Parish Group has added Scott Wennerholm as vice president and senior consultant. In his new role, he will establish and manage the firm’s Boston office and take the lead in expanding its Boston-based practice, in addition to fulfilling general management responsibilities. Mr. Wennerholm brings over 25 years of financial services experience. He formerly served as

Kensington International Recruits President for Dohmen Life Science

Executive search firm Kensington International has placed Joe Nolan as president of Dohmen Life Science Services (DLSS). Executive vice president Mary Jane Schermer led the search. Mr. Nolan joins DLSS with more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as chief commercial officer and senior vice president of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, a

Resonate Search Names Orchestra President As Non-Profit Practice Leader

Toronto-based executive search firm Resonate Search Group has added Charles Owens as an executive search consultant and head of the firm’s non-profit search practice. He will be based in Rochester, NY. His practice focuses on the non-profit performing arts sector, including symphony orchestras; opera, ballet and theatre companies; performing arts centers and other presenting venues. Mr. Owens

Leadership: It Starts and Ends With Trust

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself,” said Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of GE. “When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Mr. Welch’s sentiment on leadership resonates as much today as it did when he first made that comment more than a decade ago. But

Job Satisfaction Rates Hit Highest Mark In a Decade

More U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs than at any time since 2005, according to new report issued by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). ‘The Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey’ found that 88 percent of employees said they were satisfied overall with their job, with 37 percent reporting they were very satisfied and 51

Help for Heroes Turns to Russell Reynolds for CEO Search

Russell Reynolds Associates has been selected by Help for Heroes to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Founder Bryn Parry has decided that the time has come to find a successor. Founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in 2007, Help for Heroes has grown to become one of the best known charities in the

Marlin Hawk Names Two New Partners

Executive search firm Marlin Hawk has promoted John-Claude Hesketh and Lisa Peacock-Edwards to serve as partners. Mr. Hesketh is responsible for the financial services & insurance practice at the firm across the U.K., Europe and Asia. His practice delivers senior level mandates across technology, operations, risk, finance, digital, customer experience and senior executive leadership (CEO, business and product head). His

Spencer Stuart In Hunt to Replace Longtime Chief at Tessco

Spencer Stuart has been retained by TESSCO Technologies, Inc. to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The incoming CEO will replace longtime leader Robert Barnhill, who has been chairman and CEO at TESSCO since re-founding the former electronic equipment company as a mobile radio industry supplier in 1982. With fiscal 2016 year-end revenues of $530.7 million, TESSCO is

Allen Austin Continues Expansion

Global leadership advisory firm Allen Austin has recently opened offices in Minneapolis, Miami, and Mexico City, with an additional office scheduled to open next month in Buenos Aires. The firm has added five new partners to its team as a part of a strategy to broaden its industry and functional expertise and geographic coverage. Ron Woessner, who will operate from the

Companies Look to Temporary Workers to Fill Talent Shortages

In an increasingly competitive market for skilled workers, hiring temporary and contract employees can help businesses sidestep talent gaps and remain nimble, according to a new report released by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International. The study shows more companies will be tapping into this labor segment, with temporary employment expected to add 173,478 jobs from 2016

Heidrick & Struggles Names European CEO Practice Head

Heidrick & Struggles has named Sylvain Dhenin (pictured) as head of Continental Europe for its global CEO and board practice. He is based in the firm’s Zurich office and will report to Bonnie Gwin and Jeff Sanders, CEO practice group co-managing partners. Mr. Dhenin will continue in his leadership role as managing partner of Western Europe.

Lochlin Partners Recruits American India Foundation CEO

Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Alex Counts as president and chief executive officer of the American India Foundation (AIF). He succeeds M.A. Ravi Kumar, who has served in the role since 2012. As CEO, Mr. Counts will continue to build and scale AIF’s presence by leveraging its global networks as well as ensuring that AIF

Caldwell Partners Lands CEO for Academic Partnerships

Caldwell Partners has recruited Carl Sparks as chief executive officer of Dallas-headquartered Academic Partnerships. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, head of Caldwell Partners’ private equity and venture capital recruiting practice, led the search. Mr. Sparks is the former president and CEO of online travel company Travelocity. Previously, he was president of Gilt.com, general manager of Hotels.com, and chief marketing officer and senior

Robinson Resource Group Expands Search Staff

Executive search firm Robinson Resource Group has appointed Chris Lacy (pictured) as its vice president of search operations. He brings over a decade of search experience to the firm. While Mr. Lacy has particularly deep experience in the industrial sector, he has also executed searches in private equity, consumer products, insurance, and finance. His functional expertise includes

How Prepared Are Companies When a CEO Suddenly Dies?

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained by Cardiovascular Systems Inc. to lead its search for a CEO. Recent CEO and med-tech industry veteran, David Martin, died nine days ago due to stomach cancer. He was 51. As chief executive, Mr. Martin led a major expansion at the company into the coronary artery disease market. Cardiovascular

DHR to Lead Athletic Director Search for Purdue

DHR International has been selected by Purdue University to lead the search for its next athletic director. Current Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke announced he would retire in July 2017 after serving in his position nearly 26 years. The search is being led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. Along with DHR, the

AGB Search In CEO Hunt for Roosevelt Presidential Library

Executive search firm AGB Search has been selected by the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation to lead the search for its first chief executive officer. The search is being led by AGB Search consultant Dr. Vance T. Peterson. The T.R. Library CEO will lead the creation, funding, building, and operation of a new presidential library honoring the 26th

J. Johnson Executive Search Names HR Division Head

Johnson Executive Search has tapped Carol Crawford (pictured) to lead the firm’s newly established HR division. Johnson focuses on the placement of marketing, business development and public relations candidates into professional services organizations on a national scale. With Ms. Crawford’s two decades of HR leadership experience, the firm will now expand its service offerings to include human resources, recruiting and

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