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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

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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.

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Vaco Enters Three New U.S. Markets

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has recently expanded into Denver, Pittsburgh, and Winston-Salem/Greensboro, NC. As executive partners, Vaco’s Renee Fisher and Kevin Witt help chart the strategic course in the firm’s many local markets. “Vaco is thrilled to extend our national footprint and bring our consultative approach to talent and solutions to Denver, Pittsburgh and Winston-Salem/Greensboro,” said Ms. Fisher. “Vaco was built to be a

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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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IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added People & Performance A/S in Denmark as its newest member firm. “Denmark is an important market with many international knowledge-intensive companies with cross-border recruitment needs, and with IRC Denmark our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,” said IRC. People

Egon Zehnder Partners with Leadership Development Firm Mobius

Now more than ever, the world needs great leaders. But for leaders to best transform their organizations, they must first embrace their own transformation and continually work on self-improvement. In response, global search firm Egon Zehnder has formed a partnership with leadership development firm Mobius Executive Leadership. The alliance combines the firms’ proprietary methods for

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Russell Reynolds Associates Finds New CEO for State Employees Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

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Michelle Whiting & Associates Tapped to Find CEO for Pacific Chorale

Michelle Whiting & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for non-profit organizations, has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Costa Mesa, CA-based Pacific Chorale, a professional choir. “The successful CEO will have an unprecedented opportunity to have a significant impact on the financial stability of a flourishing and increasingly high profile arts

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Gray Scalable Names Head of Executive Search

New York-headquartered executive search firm Gray Scalable has named Eric Tenety as head of executive search. For over 17 years, Mr. Tenety has served venture capital and private equity portfolio companies as well as publicly-listed businesses undergoing transformation through the acquisition of innovative talent. He has worked with a number of founders, operators and investors

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Gerard Daniels Names Alison Gaines as CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels has appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting

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Leathwaite Appoints Head of Americas to Focus on Growth and Branding

Veteran executive search consultant Paul Groce has joined Leathwaite as head of the firm’s Americas region in an effort to increase its reach and further expand its brand outside the U.K. “The continued expansion of our U.S. business is central to Leathwaite’s future international growth strategy, and we are absolutely delighted to have hired Paul Groce to

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SearchWide Global Seeks New Leader for Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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

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Korn Ferry Finds CEO for American College of Cardiology

Following a six-month nationwide search, Korn Ferry placed Timothy W. Attebery as the new CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Shalom Jacobovitz, who led the organization for five years, left the college in January to head a new biopharmaceutical company. Thomas Giella, chairman of Korn Ferry’s healthcare services practice, and Lorraine Lavet, sector leader for associations,

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Sports Group International Appoints New Leadership

Sports Group International, an executive search firm serving the sports industry, has named Julie Yochim as its new president following the retirement of Joe White. Ms. Yochim joined the firm five years ago as an executive search consultant. She focuses on providing leadership and a technical expertise that will serve SGI’s clients in an ever-changing

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SpenglerFox Names New Regional Practice Group Leader, Other Appointments

London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named a new regional practice group leader for Middle East Africa, family businesses and technology. Based in Dubai, Eva Wuellner will support the firm’s clients in both executive search assignments and human capital services projects, such as leadership development, assessment centers and HR organization, among others. In her work for multinational

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Diversified Search Places CEO at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Executive search firm Diversified Search has placed Mary C. Daly as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dale E. Jones, the recruitment firm’s president and CEO, led the assignment along with board practice head Veronica Biggins. Effective Oct. 1, Ms. Daly will replace outgoing CEO John C. Williams who recently left the

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ArtCenter College of Design Taps Witt/Kieffer for Chief Diversity Officer

Chief diversity officers are now considered part of every competitive organization’s senior management team, and institutions of all types are lining up to bring these highly sought-after leaders on board. Search firms are well equipped for their role with extensive networks throughout the space. Witt/Kieffer was recently retained by the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena,

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McDermott & Bull Opens Office in Vancouver

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded in Canada with the addition of a new office in Vancouver. Paul Gibbons, a 20-year search and talent acquisition executive, joins the firm as managing partner and will lead the firm’s expansion throughout Canada. “The No. 1 complaint I hear from businesses who deal with search firms is the time

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Boyden Names Global Industrial Practice Leader

Global executive search firm Boyden has named Francesca d’Arcangeli, a managing partner of Boyden United Kingdom, as its new global industrial practice leader. She succeeds Robert Travis, a managing partner in the U.S. and Canada who was re-elected to Boyden’s global board in May. “Francesca is the right leader at the right time for Boyden’s Global Industrial Practice,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO

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La Fosse Associates Continues Expansion with Opening of New York Office

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates continues its expansion in the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York. The opening builds upon the success of the firm’s first U.S. practice, in Los Angeles, which opened in 2016. With an already established executive network and strong track record in the New York

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Meeting the Challenges of Employee Churn

Like it or not, workforce transformations are often a way of life in business. For company leaders, it is critical to look beyond the moment and keep the long view in mind. When layoffs are a necessity, leaders must pay heed to the employees who remain as well as doing right by those who have

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Academic Search Adds Three Former HBCU Presidents to Roster

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has expanded its ability to attract top leadership talent to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with the addition of the founders of TM2 Education Search to the firm. TM2 was established in 2016 to identify and place candidates in top administrative posts at HBCUs. John Garland, Dorothy Yancy and Sidney Ribeau,

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Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Medical Officer for CalvertHealth

CalvertHealth, a Prince Frederick, MD-based healthcare system, has enlisted executive search firm Buffkin / Baker to find its next chief medical officer. Brenda Doherty, partner and head of the healthcare provider practice, is leading the assignment. The ideal candidate will be a progressive physician leader that can drive clinical excellence, best practices and quality initiatives in order

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Next Leader for Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. The individual will also serve as vice president for diversity, inclusion and health equity for the institute’s parent organization, the American Hospital Association (AHA). The assignment will be conducted

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Friisberg & Partners International Adds New Member Firm in South America

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 organizations, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Friisberg & Partners International recently added Argento Consultores in Chile as its newest member

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Recruiters Now Balancing Technology and Human Touch

While they won’t sport bionic arms and legs, recruiters will be empowered like never before by technology that makes them smarter, more efficient and connected. The recruiter of the near future will be able to find the right talent with the push of a button and possess the people skills to engage and convert top

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The Verriez Group Places CFO at Farm Mutual Re

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. Ontario-headquartered executive search firm the Verriez Group recently recruited Amy Butler as senior vice-president and chief financial officer for Farm

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Reffett Associates Seeks New President for the Naval Postgraduate School

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been selected by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to assist in selecting its next president. The search is being led by Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, with assistance from Thomas Young, director of operations. “We are pleased to have been selected by the board of

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RETS Associates Opens New Office in Denver

RETS Associates has opened a new office in downtown Denver. Having dedicated office space in Colorado’s capital city will enable the firm to best serve new and existing clients’ growing demand for real estate talent in the region, said the firm. Joining the new office is Jessica MacNaughton, who recently started at the firm as

CurzonTrinitas Broadens Sector Coverage

Executive recruiters CurzonTrinitas has strengthened its staff with the addition of Robbie Paterson as a partner. Mr. Paterson previously served as partner and head of the renewable energy and utilities practice at Korn Ferry. In that role, he led the placement of CEOs, managing directors and other C-suite roles for businesses across the renewable energy, utilities

Ward Howell, Iconic Search Brand, Returns to U.S. Market

The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America with revenues of $8 billion and 22,000 global employees, has expanded its business relationship with executive search firm Ward Howell International. A significant portion of Ward Howell’s recruiting work for Hershey’s has been conducted on a global basis in some 25 far flung markets for more

Robinson Resource Group Recruits Executive Director for Folds of Honor Foundation

Executive search firm Robinson Resource Group has placed William Klinowski as president and executive director of the Folds of Honor Foundation. Managing director, Scott Robinson, led the search. Since its inception in 2007, the Folds of Honor Foundation has had the singular mission to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes, while giving hope to the

Major, Lindsey & Africa Expands Into Baltimore

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has named Randi S. Lewis as a director to launch and lead its Baltimore recruiting office. She will specialize in recruiting and placing law firm partners and associates within the Baltimore market and surrounding areas. In her new position, she also will focus on helping law firms with strategic practice acquisitions and planning. Ms. Lewis joins

Pedersen & Partners Names Consumer Products and Retail Head

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has added Jan Großmann to its German team as a client partner and head of consumer products and retail. Mr. Großmann brings a wealth of expertise to the firm, with more than three decades of substantial management and leadership experience in the executive search, FMCG, retail, and media industries, and

Recruiting Private School Leaders Growing Sector for Search Firms

Executive search firm Brigham Hill Consultancy has placed Dr. Sarah Pelmas as head of the Winsor School, a top 50 girls’ college prep school based in Boston. She succeeds Rachel Friis Stettler, who retired this month after 12 years of service in the position. The search was led by Brigham Hill founder Linc Eldredge and consultant Jessica

Arts Consulting Group Leading CEO Search for Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Executive search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has been retained by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Dale Hedding, vice president at ACG, is leading the assignment. Reporting to the board of directors and working in partnership with the principal conductor, the top post will likely

McDermott & Bull Names Retail Practice Head

Irvine, CA-based executive recruiter McDermott & Bull has named Stu Leibach as principal consultant and leader of its retail practice. Mr. Leibach has over 25 years of executive retail experience in both private and publicly held companies. He began his career as co-founder of eSpecialty Brands, based in Chicago, which he sold to a public company. After that,

David Barrett Partners Recruits First Chief Investment Officer for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

David Barrett Partners, a boutique specialist search firm which recruits senior and C-level professionals for the investment and wealth management sector, has placed Jack Mahler as the first chief investment officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Bethesda, MD-based foundation had more than $3.65 billion in investment assets as of December 31, 2014, according to financial statements. Mr. Mahler most recently served as head of equities

Calibre One Expands In San Francisco

Executive search firm Calibre One has added Douglas Gladstone and Ryan Polich as vice presidents in its San Francisco offices. “Our selections of Douglas Gladstone and Ryan Polich were the results of extensive search efforts to find the right vice presidents to maintain our momentum as well as add significant insight and value to our

Boyden Adds HR Specialist In Pittsburgh

Executive search firm Boyden has added Tracy Grajewski as a partner in its Pittsburgh office. Ms. Grajewski previously founded Laurel Summit Insights, a consulting firm geared to the business needs of clients undergoing transformation. Before that, she served as senior vice president of human resources at integrated delivery insurer Highmark Health, where she led an

Mike Hammond Resigns as CEO of Sheffield Haworth

After presiding over a three-year rapid expansion at Sheffield Haworth, Michael Hammond resigned recently as its CEO, reportedly over strategic differences he had with the firm’s founding chairman, Tim Sheffield. His decision to leave was based fundamentally upon a disagreement over the valuation concerning a management buyout of the firm. Mr. Sheffield, chairman and now interim CEO,

Folger Shakespeare Library Taps Diversified Search for Chief Advancement Officer

Diversified Search has been retained by the Folger Shakespeare Library to lead its search for a chief advancement officer (CAO). Managing director Gerard F. Cattie is heading the assignment. The Folger Shakespeare Library houses the world’s largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare. The library is home to a world renown collection that supports scholarship

CES Partners Recruits CEO for CAHME

Chicago-based executive search firm CES Partners has placed Anthony Stanowski as president and chief executive officer of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Dr. Margaret Schulte recently retired as the organization’s president and CEO. Barry Cesafsky, CES Partners president and CEO, led the assignment. Most recently, Dr. Stanowski served as vice president of Applied Medical Software, where

DHR International Adds Financial Services Specialist

Executive search firm DHR International has added Patrick Slater as a partner in its financial services practice group. Mr. Slater has more than 30 years of experience, including the last 15 years in executive search. He has extensive experience developing and managing client relationships as well as executing senior level executive search assignments. He serves clients in the banking,

Human Capital Group Opens Offices In Austin and Houston

Brentwood, TN-based The Human Capital Group has opened new offices in Austin and Houston, TX. Senior consultant Jon Schober has been appointed to lead the Austin office while senior consultant Mike Blake will guide the efforts for the firm in Houston. Mr. Schober has more than 20 years’ experience inside the technology industry and brings large merger and acquisitions experience.

Allen Austin Breaks Ground In Cuban Executive Search Market

Executive search firm Allen Austin has expanded into the Cuban market and assigned search consultants Manuel Corsino and Clement Wigger to lead the firm’s growth in the region. In anticipation of Cuba experiencing robust growth in technology, telecommunications and tourism, Allen Austin’s Latin American search practice is partnering with global companies that are establishing their footprint on the

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading CEO Search for World Education Australia

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by World Education Australia Limited (WEAL) to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The new CEO will replace the group’s founder Guy Winship, who is retiring from his role. Managing director Heidi Mason is the point person for Russell Reynolds. The organization’s CEO is responsible for strategy, business development, operations,

Seiden Krieger Search Underway to Find Board Directors for Covisint

Executive search firm Seiden Krieger Associates has been chosen by publicly traded Covisint Corporation to identify qualified candidates to serve as independent members of its board. “While Covisint has a strong board of directors composed of highly-qualified directors who are proven leaders with solid expertise in a variety of areas that are critical to the

Lois L. Lindauer Names Chief Operating Officer

Executive search firm Lois L. Lindauer Searches (LLLS) has appointed Deb Taft as its chief operating officer. With over 20 years of senior level development experience, Ms. Taft is widely known throughout the profession as a strategic visionary and creative innovator. She will play a key leadership role at LLLS, reporting directly to CEO Lois L. Lindauer. She

An Inside Look at Recruiting In the Global Payments and Big Data Sector

Many executive recruiters work in well-defined and traditional business sectors which have attracted thousands of qualified consultants over the years. But with the advent of technology and its continual expansion, new sectors have emerged that are as much of the organization fabric as any others. One such area is the payments and digital sector. It

Spencer Stuart Offers Up Blueprint for CEO Succession

CEO succession is inherently difficult, and according to executive recruiters, very few boards excel at it, yet investors and other stakeholders expect their boards to have full command of the process. A new report by Spencer Stuart and authored by Jonathan Smith, a member of the firm’s European CEO & board practice, looks at steps boards can take

Buffkin Group Recruits CEO for Tennessee Kidney Foundation

Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has placed Heather Corum Powell as chief executive officer of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF). Roland Lundry, a partner with the firm, led the search. As the TKF’s new CEO, Ms. Corum Powell’s top priority will be to build awareness in Tennessee about the vital kidney care resources provided by the TKF. As the

Egon Zehnder Bulks Up Private Equity Practice

Egon Zehnder has added Justine Gordon to the firm’s New York office as an executive recruitment consultant and talent strategy advisor. With deep experience in private equity and alternative investments, she joins the firm’s private equity practice. Ms. Gordon was most recently a managing director at AlpInvest, a Carlyle Group fund in New York, where she

Lochlin Partners Lands CHRO for Franklin Square Capital Partners

Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Ania Mikson as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Philadelphia-based Franklin Square Capital Partners. In her new role, Ms. Mikson will design and deploy innovative and impactful education, performance, recruiting, compensation and benefits programs that will drive growth, change, adaptability and improvement. She joins Franklin Square after

EXEC Adds Partner In Sao Paulo

Brazilian executive search firm EXEC has added Alexandre Zuvela as a partner it its Sao Paulo office. Mr. Zuvela is an actuary and in the last five years has worked for relevant search companies in Brazil, responsible for the insurance and financial services practices. Most recently, he served as vice president and partner with Fesa Global Executive Search

Job Seekers Remain Hesitant About On-Demand Economy

Job seekers are hesitant to pursue the growing number of independent contractor opportunities with on-demand companies, such as driving for Uber or performing jobs through TaskRabbit, according to a new study released by career network Beyond. The ‘gig’ economy is the new approach to business structure and employment. Traditionally, employees have a set schedule, received weekly /

Korn Ferry Recruits CEO for Wounded Warrior Project

Executive search and leadership solutions provider Korn Ferry has recruited Michael S. Linnington as chief executive officer of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Mr. Linnington will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations and set strategic vision to guide the organization forward. He will be responsible for ensuring that WWP’s free, direct programs and services continue to have the

Elliot Group Forms Equity Investment Agreement With Lockton Companies

Executive search firm Elliot Group has entered into a strategic investment agreement with Steve Lockton, executive vice president and owner at the Lockton Companies, a privately held insurance broker and risk management consulting firm. Under terms of the agreement, Mr. Lockton has made an undisclosed equity investment in Elliot to further advance both firm’s ability to leverage

Key Corporate Services Recruits CEO for AmericanHort

Executive search firm Key Corporate Services has placed Ken Fisher as president and chief executive officer of AmericanHort. David Savoia, former interim president and CEO of the company, stepped down from his position to pursue other interests. Todd Downing, a partner at Key Corporate Services, led the assignment. “The search committee has worked very hard in conjunction with our search

Shilton Sharpe Quarry Joins Forces With Austria-Based Legal Recruiter

Shilton Sharpe Quarry (SSQ), an international legal search consultancy, has joined forces with Vienna-based executive search firm lawyers & more [L&M]. SSQ has worked in Austria and the wider central and eastern European region for some time but through this formal relationship the business is looking to increase its activity by working with lawyers & more to

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