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Despite the evidence that equality at the senior level improves the bottom line, a disparity remains in representation at the C-suite level, across all sectors. Female Executive Search, a recruitment platform that matches the world’s top female leadership talent with progressive businesses and organizations that value gender diversity, recently named France Dequilbec as its new managing

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IRC Global Executive Search Partners has added Charlotte, NC-headquartered Hunt Executive Search as its sixth member firm in the U.S. “The U.S. is such a key market for IRC, and it is great to have another leading search firm join the IRC family,” said Rohan Carr, president of IRC. “We further strengthen our capacity to

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London Search Firms Merge, Supported by PE Investment

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Coulter Partners Fills Board Position for Nanotechnology Company Nanoform

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QTI Group Seeks President for Unity Point Health-Meriter Foundation in Wisconsin

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Stanton Chase Appoints U.K. Financial Services Leader

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Signal Partners Appoints Leader of Boston Office

Signal Partners, a Santa Monica, CA-based search firm serving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, has appointed Andrew Goodman as partner to lead its Boston office. In this role, Mr. Goodman will assist investors and their portfolio companies to recruit “force-multiplying leadership.” Mr. Goodman brings experience as both an operator and a talent advisor. Before joining Signal, he

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Spelman Johnson Recruits Athletic Director for Connecticut College

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Following a competitive national search, Spelman Johnson has placed Maureen White as the next director of athletics and chair of physical education at Connecticut College. As the first woman to serve as director of athletics at the school, Ms. White will take the

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The companies that many of us take for granted and make use of day-to-day are tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Netflix. These businesses have scaled quickly, innovated and beat their competition to become the gold standard for what they do. “This growth and success didn’t happen in a vacuum — it happened because they

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Heidrick & Struggles Recruits CEO for San Diego Zoo Global

Heidrick & Struggles has recruited Disney executive Paul Baribault as the new president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. Current president and CEO Douglas Myers announced his retirement earlier this year after 34 years in the organization’s top post. “Working closely with the premier executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles on an international search, we looked for

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Aspen Leadership Group Seeking CEO for Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. Senior consultant Anne Johnson is conducting the assignment. “The president and chief executive officer of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

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Holden Richardson Expands Reach With New Addition

Holden Richardson, an executive search firm based in Chicago, IL, has expanded with the addition of Patrick Andress who will advise clients across the consumer products and services, durables, retail and omni-channel, and industrial goods verticals. Based in Chicago, Mr. Andress brings to the search firm deep experience in the consumer and financial officers sectors.

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Vaco Opens Office in Montreal

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has opened new office in Montréal, which will be led by managing partner, Sean Bartunek along with partners, Eloi Poudrier, Sebastien Lamarche and Olivier Moureaux. They have been leading the Montréal market in the field of technology recruitment for the past 15 years. “Vaco endeavors to be the most consultative, relationship driven

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London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain has expanded with the addition of Jonathan Guest as a partner in its professional and technology services practice. “We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to the team,” said David Heron, CEO of The Wilton & Bain Group. “He is someone we have known for some time, and we are thrilled that he has

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Harris Rand Lusk Recruits CEO for Stupid Cancer

New York City-based executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk has placed Alison Silberman as the new CEO of Stupid Cancer, a non-profit that serves young adults with cancer. Matthew Zachary, the cancer group’s founder and CEO for 12 years, recently transitioned out of the role. Managing partner and CEO Jack Lusk led the assignment, along with Elly

Ventura Partners Lands New CEO for Boa Technology

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has recruited Shawn Neville as chief executive officer of Boa Technology Inc. Bob Damon, a partner at Ventura, led the assignment. Mr. Neville joins Boa following his tenure as CEO and chairman of the footwear company Aerosoles Group. He began his career at Procter & Gamble and Visa USA. His career

Cook Silverman Seeking Advancement Leader for California State Parks Foundation

Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been selected by the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to lead its search for a director of advancement. Victoria L. Silverman, co-founder of Cook Silverman, is heading the assignment. The advancement leader reports directly to the executive director. The individual is expected to work with the board, staff and

RISE Talent and Sports Trade Group Join Forces

In an effort to tap into more sports-and-fitness related clients, executive search firm RISE Talent Acquisition announced that it has formed a partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Silver Springs, MD-based trade group. “The partnership is a long-term working relationship where RISE Talent Acquisition is born from the industry, and works

Signium Names Practice Group Leaders

Executive search firm Signium U.K. has named Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting and Dominique Graham global head of legal and professional services. Mr. Surridge takes over the position from Kin Chong U, who remains with the firm as managing partner of Signium Management Consulting. Mr. Surridge is an experienced management consultant, specializing in talent and

Baby Boomers, Millennials and the Value of Mentorship

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in the U.S. as the largest living generation, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Defined as those born roughly between 1983 and 2000, Millennials are poised to make up a majority of the global workforce by 2020. One result has been increased mentoring between Millennials and Baby

DHR International Places Chief Procurement Officer at Tata Motors

On the heels of finding Tata Motors’ new CEO, DHR International has recruited former Ford executive Tom Flack as chief procurement officer for the company. He will report directly to CEO Guenter Butschek. Frank Smeekes, DHR’s European managing director, led the assignment. “I am more than happy with the performance of Frank Smeekes and the DHR

Russell Reynolds Associates Places First Non-Jesuit President at Fairfield University

A number of top schools around the country are looking for high-profile leaders to take them into the future. In most cases, executive recruiting firms have had a hand in some aspect of the search and selection process. Fairfield University recently named Mark R. Nemec, Ph.D., as its ninth president, the first non-Jesuit to lead the school. Assisting with the

DF Brown & Associates Keeps It a Family Affair With New Hire

Lawrenceville, GA-based DF Brown & Associates has expanded with the addition of Garrett Brown as vice president and principal. It’s a move that the 19-year-old executive search firm is touting as the arrival of a “second generation” of leadership since Mr. Brown’s father, David, is its founder. In addition to more than 10 years of

PRAXI Alliance Adds Member Firm in Madrid

Global search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search has added Madrid-based executive search firm Development Systems SA as a member firm. The PRAXI Alliance global network now spans four continents, with more than 30 countries and 70 offices worldwide. Development Systems serves clients in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. The firm is led by CEO

Papa John’s Pizza Enlists Pollard Search Group to Find CMO

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, a chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, according to recruiters. But executive search firms are having no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. The latest instance: Papa John’s Pizza

Nolan Partners Drafts CEO for British Swimming

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games on the horizon, executive search firm Nolan Partners has assisted British Swimming in the placement of Jack Buckner as chief executive officer. He succeeds David Sparkes, who retired after 23 years with the organizations. Partner Andy Taylor led the search. Mr. Buckner, who is currently CEO of

Savannah Group Launched by Former Boyden U.K. Team

The U.K. office of global search firm Boyden has launched a new executive search and interim management business called Savannah Group. The firm said that companies increasingly want to support and enhance their in-house capabilities by aligning them with specific parts of the search process. “In the last 12 months, we have spent a lot of

Witt/Kieffer Names Co-Leaders of Healthcare Practice

Recruiter Witt/Kieffer has named Paul Bohne and Donna Padilla as co-leads of the firm’s healthcare practice, effective July 1. They succeed Andrew P. Chastain, who was promoted to CEO in March. “Our work helps strengthen and improve communities by helping build successful, thriving healthcare organizations,” said Mr. Bohne. “Alongside Donna and with our outstanding team, we plan to continue

Mlegal Group Expands in San Francisco Bay Area

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of government require legal services to meet the expansion of global economies. This has led to search firms in the sector being in full growth mode. Recently, executive search firm Mlegal Group expanded

Companies Are Ill Prepared for Digital Transformation

Driven by the ongoing digital revolution as well as demographic, political and social forces, almost 90 percent of HR and business leaders rate building the organization of the future as their top priority. In its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, ‘Rewriting the Rules for the Digital Age,’ Deloitte issues a call-to-action for companies to

Quick Leonard Kieffer Lands President for North Carolina Hospital Association

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. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, executive recruiters Quick Leonard Kieffer placed Stephen J. Lawler as president

Spencer Stuart Places CEO at SHRM

After an extensive search, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has named Johnny C. Taylor as president and CEO. The organization enlisted Spencer Stuart to find its new leader. Since 2010, SHRM has been led by Henry G. Jackson, who announced his retirement this past January. Mr. Taylor is the second attorney to lead the organization and the

Search Inc. Establishes Education Practice

New York-based Search Inc. has launched an education practice that will be led by two individuals whom the firm said will bring “fresh perspectives in the fast changing educational market.” The team of Elisa Calabrese and Wendy Weiler will be supported by researchers and recruiting professionals with more than 20 years of search experience. Dr. Calabrese,

InterSearch Announces New Board Members

InterSearch Worldwide, a global network of executive search firms, has expanded its board with the additions of Frank Schelstraete, Micheál Coughlan, Andrea Magnabosco and Samantha Robinson as directors. Peter Waite will continue to serve as chairman of the board until May 2018. “I’m delighted that some of the next generation with excellent executive search experience

Financial Advisory Firms Struggle to Attract and Keep Young Talent

Even with strong demand, the wealth management industry is having trouble attracting and retaining top performers, especially younger talent. For every eight advisors that retire, in fact, only three are trained to replace them, according to one study. “It has never been more important to build a pipeline of next generation advisors, but Millennials generally

Senn Delaney Names Chief Customer Officer

Customers matter. It sounds simple, and obvious. But these days, companies are coming to better accept and understand that concept and weave it into their strategic vision. So it is that businesses of all kinds are increasingly bringing aboard chief customer officers (CCO), the most effective of whom wield influence across an organization and into

Hanold Associates Places CHRO at Vulcan

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers (CHRO) 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 such pent up demand for top flight

Caldwell Partners Places Chief Data Officer at eHealth

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has assisted in the placement of Ian Kalin as chief data officer of eHealth. John Blank, co-leader of the recruiter’s life sciences and healthcare practice, led the search along with consultant Mark Dillard. “I’m very pleased to announce Ian’s appointment as chief data officer, a role well served by his extraordinary

Foster & Associates Extends Executive Coaching Services

Mike Mimnaugh has joined Westport, CT-based executive search firm Foster & Associates as a managing director, where he will conduct senior executive coaching assignments including on-boarding, executive assessments, outplacement services, as well as executive search assignments. Mr. Mimnaugh is an experienced consultant who is recognized for leading and guiding senior executive and cross-cultural teams during

Unemployment Rate Falls to 16-Year Low

Employers added 138,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, the lowest since 2001, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed dropped to 6.9 million. May marked the 78th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists polled by Reuters had

McDermott & Bull taps CCO for Technology Credit Union

McDermott & Bull has placed Mike Floyd as executive vice president, chief credit officer with Technology Credit Union (Tech CU), which serves upwards of 80,000 members in the San Francisco area. Conducting the search was Brandon Biegenzahn, president of the Irvine, CA-based search firm and co-chair of the financial institutions practice; Michelle Davis, an associate

RPA Inc. Recruits Two University Presidents

As the academic year winds down, a number of colleges and universities across the country are already preparing for September. For many of them, that means opening searches that will deliver high profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, more often the case, globalization. Among the latest, executive search

Wilton & Bain Secures Funding

London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain has secured investment from Beechbrook Capital to fund a management buyout as the firm targets further domestic and international growth. The amount of funding was not disclosed. As the firm expects demand for its services to grow in the coming months, Wilton & Bain plans to further expand its global

NGS Global Opens New Office in Norway

Executive search firm NGS Global has expanded its reach into the Scandinavian region by opening an office in Norway. The location will be overseen by managing partners Stig-Rune Reese and Hard Olav Bastiansen. Previously, Mr. Reese and Mr. Bastiansen were founding partners of A`HEAD Search & Selection. They have both worked with executive positions in the private

Job Seekers Divided On Future Job Prospects

Finding a new job can be tough, and it’s been even tougher this year, according to almost half (46 percent) of the employees surveyed for the “2017 Job Seeker Nation Study,” recently released by recruiting software firm Jobvite. But that’s hardly the entire story. In many ways, how well people fare in their job search

SRi Tapped to Find New Leader for Sydney FC

The Sydney Football Club has retained executive search firm SRi to lead the hunt for its next chief executive officer. Managing partner Jonathan Harris is spearheading the assignment. With CEO Tony Pignata leaving at the end of the season, the Sydney FC board is looking for a leader to help the organization move forward. “Our aim

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