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Boyden Elects Chairman and CEO to New Terms, Appoints New Board Members

In a series of key leadership decisions, Boyden will largely be staying the course as it looks to continue its growth moving forward. Jörg Kasten has been re-elected to a third term as chairman and Trina Gordon won another term as president CEO, through 2021, the firm said. Three new members, meanwhile, are joining Boyden’s global

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Gerard Daniels Appoints Leaders for London and Sydney Offices

Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels has appointed Rajesh Raj as partner Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and head of its London office and Ryan Mason as practice leader and head of the firm’s Sydney office. Mr. Raj has worked with large global corporations and privately-held entrepreneurial start-ups in the U.K. He has also worked with

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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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Pearson Partners International Names President

Women gaining top roles at executive search firms seems to be an increasingly refreshing phenomenon. Dallas-headquartered Pearson Partners International recently appointed Renee Baker Arrington to the position of president and the newly created post of chief operating officer. She has been with the firm for 13 years, is a member of the board of directors and

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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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Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice. Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial

Trends

A Look at the Age-Agnostic Workplace

Multinational corporations are already aware of the importance of attracting and retaining a gender- and ethnically-diverse workforce to improve innovation and financial performance. Many have implemented policies to encourage this. What is less well-established as a competitive advantage is the idea of an age-diverse workforce, says Jackie Bernard of U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven. “This low

Performance

Korn Ferry Records Nine Percent Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2019 fiscal year-end revenues of $1.92 billion, a nine percent increase from $1.767 billion a year ago. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – also reported fourth quarter revenue of $490.8 million, an increase of three percent. All three of its business lines were up. The results

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Spencer Stuart Places CEO at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Following an extensive national search, Spencer Stuart has recruited veteran retail and omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new CEO of home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are thrilled to have Allison coming aboard,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman. “She has a proven track record in building an omnichannel business with excellence. I know she will be

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Pauly Group Enlisted to Find President for Northwestern Michigan College

Pauly Group, an academic search firm, has been chosen to find the next president for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI. Senior consultant Marsi Liddell is leading the assignment. NMC wants a president who can lead a complex, regulated organization to meet the changes of the future, while respecting the college’s history and

M&A

IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore. Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the

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Workers Remain Optimistic, but CEO Confidence Falls

American worker confidence is at its highest level in four years. Following a slight dip at the end of the last quarter, the national Worker Confidence Index (WCI) rose 3.6 points to 110.7 in its most recent quarter, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception. The Worker Confidence Index is a survey of U.S.

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Heidrick & Struggles Selected by Washington State Investment Board to Find Chief Investment Officer

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) to lead its search for a new chief investment officer. Gary Bruebaker is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the investment business. Lyndon Taylor, partner in charge of

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Leaders International Executive Search Lands President for Deer Park College

Leaders International Executive Search has placed the new president of Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta, Canada. Peter Nunoda, president of Vancouver Community College, will start in his new role on Sept. 3. He succeeds Joel Ward, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During an extensive search that lasted more than 15

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Ward Howell Expands Global Travel & Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Jim Theodore as a partner in its global travel and hospitality practice. Based in Boston, Mr. Theodore joins Ward Howell with more than 30 years of experience in retained search. He has worked in the hospitality and leisure industries serving clients of all

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Amrop Names New CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Global recruiting organization Amrop has appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaces José I. Leyún as CEO. “The organization extends its gratitude to José for his

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The Benefits of Strategic CEO Succession Planning

About five years before the chief executive officer of a major European insurance company planned to retire, the board began considering potential candidates to fill his role. Eight internal executives rose to the top, and subsequently went through in-depth assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and psychometric profiles. A year before the end of this process,

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Caldwell Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Gigster

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Recently, Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell recruited Jennifer

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LandrumHR Acquires HR-Focused Search Firm hrQ

LandrumHR, a Pensacola, FL-headquartered full-service human resources firm, has acquired executive search firm hrQ in Denver. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The human resources sector is hrQ’s bailiwick. The firm focuses exclusively on providing HR professionals for short- or long-term contract assignments and full- time hires as well as offering expertise on a

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Lambda Legal Taps Two Search Firms to Find New CEO

New York-based Lambda Legal has retained the services of LGBTQ search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, to lead its search for a new CEO. Lambda Legal, a non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living

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Boyden Opens New Office in Saskatchewan

Boyden has expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It will be led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “Our new office in Saskatchewan and the appointment of Dan supports our strategy in Canada and globally to provide clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions,” said Trina Gordon, president

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

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Evolv Technologies Turns to TillmanPartners to Find CFO

Backed by an impressive group of investors including Bill Gates, Evolv Technologies, a technology start-up addressing the active shooter threat, has retained TillmanPartners to find a CFO. “When I launched TillmanPartners this year, I set out to serve an exclusive group of clients and assist CEOs and investors to achieve breakthrough performance,” said Rob Tillman,

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Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets. “I wish

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Prestige Scientific Opens First Office in Europe

Milford, MA-based life science executive search firm Prestige Scientific recently opened its first European office in Amsterdam and appointed Brandan Sweeney as director of the new location. The expansion to Amsterdam is largely in response to the European Medicines Agency’s recent relocation there, said the firm. Mr. Sweeney is charged with leading the expansion of the

M&A

SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search Join Forces

M&A activity, in many cases with the support of private equity firms, continues to heat up in the executive search industry. The latest: New Zealand-headquartered search firms SWR Group and Rothley Executive Search have merged. Under the agreement, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. Rothley founder and managing director Sean Brunner will be based in

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The Current State of Diversity and Inclusion

Although most respondents to a new study by talent acquisition firm GQR Global said they feel they have a commitment from their company’s leadership to pursue the business case for diversity and inclusion, there was an overwhelming feeling among them that diversity within their companies is not reflected in executive teams. Increasingly, the human capital

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Lindauer Seeks Chief Philanthropy Officer for Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends

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Russell Reynolds Associates Recruits CEO for U.K. Ordnance Survey

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Steve Blair as the new chief executive officer of U.K. mapping authority Ordnance Survey (OS). Patrick Johnson, the search firm’s country manager for the U.K., led the assignment. “The board of OS is delighted that ministers have appointed Steve Blair as CEO of Ordnance Survey,” said Kieran Murphy, chairman at Ordnance Survey. “He

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Finlay James Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, U.K.-headquartered search firm Finlay James has appointed Andrew MacAskill as its chief commercial officer. Mr. MacAskill will also join the technology-focused firm’s board of directors alongside owners John and Sara Gaughan and managing director James May.

Unemployment Rate Dips Again As Job Growth Accelerates

Employers added 235,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. During the month, the number of workers unemployed also dropped to 7.5 million. February marked the 75th straight month of job growth in the U.S. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected the

Prosperity Found Among Recruiting Boutiques That Merge

One look at this year’s recruiting industry statistics reveals one clear trend line: double digit growth and expansion is taking place among the sector’s boutique specialists. As a group, they are far outpacing their Big Five rivals. Many have accomplished this by taking a page out of the big firms’ playbook, extending their brands into

Opportunity Resources Searching for Columbia Museum of Art Leader

Executive search firm Opportunity Resources has been selected by the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) to find it a new executive director. The position’s current occupant, Karen Brosius, informed board members and staff late last year that she was leaving to become president of Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. Lynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at

Strategic Government Resources Retained by Arlington Police Department

The Arlington, TX police department has retained executive search firm Strategic Government Resources to find its new chief administrative officer (CAO). Senior vice president Tommy Ingram is leading the assignment. Candidates for the position should be exceptional leaders, capable of planning and directing personnel activities for the department’s technology program, accreditation, budget, grants, and internal affairs. The incoming executive

CDI Corp. Posts Revenue Losses

CDI Corp. / (NYSE:CDI) posted 2016 revenues of $864.4 million, a decline of 8.7 percent from revenues of $985.5 million the previous year. The company reported a loss of $31.6 million, or $1.66 per share. At MRINetwork, the company’s executive search subsidiary, revenue fell one percent from $53.1 million to $50.2 million. During the fourth quarter, CDI recorded revenues

Five Ways to Navigate Your Career In the C-Suite

Not surprisingly, CEOs are some of the oldest and longest-tenured corporate executives compared with other prominent C-suite roles, this according to new analysis just released by Korn Ferry. By contrast, the study found chief marketing and information officers sit at the other end of the spectrum and are the youngest and shortest-tenured top professionals in the

ZRG Partners Launches Orca Talent

Executive search firm ZRG Partners has named Mark Cusick to head up a new division at the firm called Orca Talent. As president, he will lead this growing sales optimization business, which is addressing the global problem of sales force hiring and productivity. Mr. Cusick brings a unique skill set to the role, having worked with global

EFL Associates Recruits CIO for the Colorado Retirement Association

Executive search firm EFL Associates has placed Amy C. McGarrity as chief investment officer of the $44 billion Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association. Ms. McGarrity has held investment positions in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was a global equities product specialist with William Blair & Company in Chicago. Before that, she was with the Colorado

R. William Funk Lands New Leader for University of Arizona

Just as Elon University gets its president search off the ground with the help of a recruiting boutique, the University of Arizona has selected its 22nd president with assistance from R. William Funk & Associates. The firm recently presented two finalist candidates: Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of Texas Medical Center, and Sethuraman Panchanathan, Arizona State University’s VP

DHR International Appoints North America Healthcare Leader

DHR International has named Scott Sette as North American leader of the firm’s healthcare services & solutions practice. He joins Robin Singleton, who serves as the firm’s global healthcare group leader. Since joining DHR in 2014, Mr. Sette has been a leader in the practice, filling key executive level positions at prestigious healthcare organizations across the country, as

Why Tending Your Career Is a Lifelong Pursuit

It’s easy to get comfortable in your career, especially when all is going well. But James G. Ward, an executive coach, corporate consultant, and author of ‘New Directions,’ a newly published guide to career management, said that could be a big mistake. Gone are the days when someone might spend decades perhaps even an entire career, at a single company. And if any lessons were learned in

Vanderbloemen In Hunt for First United Methodist Church Youth Minister

Executive recruiting firm Vanderbloemen Search Group has been selected by First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, AR to lead its quest to find a new youth minister. The organization is seeking an individual who is “devotional” and has strong leadership skills. Vanderbloemen has carved out a unique recruiting niche helping churches and ministries find mission-driven leaders.

Spencer Stuart Helping Fred’s Inc. Round Out Board of Directors

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has assisted Fred’s Inc. (Fred’s Pharmacy) in adding Christopher W. Bodine, Peter J. Bocian, and Michael K. Bloom to its board of directors. The directorship placements are part of an ongoing reconstitution process at Fred’s in which the board has been actively engaged, with the assistance of Spencer Stuart. Mr. Bodine brings to the

Buffkin / Baker Acquires MusicRowSearch

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has acquired Nashville, TN-based MusicRowSearch, an executive recruiting operation specializing in the entertainment industry, to expand its service lines and leverage future growth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. MusicRowSearch will retain its name under the Buffkin / Baker brand. As part of the agreement, WHO KNEW —

Norman Broadbent Continues On With Expansion

U.K.-headquartered recruiter Norman Broadbent has announced a series of appointments across its executive search, senior interim management, solutions and research & insight teams. Neil Pilkington joins the firm’s TMT & digital practice to specialize in the CTO / CIO market. During his 20 year search career, Mr. Pilkington has handled assignments across insurance, construction, FMCG, retail,

Korn Ferry Posts Double Digit Revenue Gain

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted 2017 fiscal third quarter revenues of $381.9 million, an 11 percent increase compared to revenues of $344.2 million a year ago. Wall Street expected revenues of $382.3 million. The company’s growth was primarily driven by the acquisition of Hay Group. Executive search revenues at Korn Ferry were essentially flat at $152.8 million for the quarter.

Big Data & Analytics Sector Turning Into Big Business for Recruiters

IQ Workforce, a talent provider focused on the analytics space, has added Sharad Dabral as a managing director to further expand its search capabilities for analytics professionals. She will be based in New York and serve clients nationally. Ms. Dabral comes with a wealth of experience in the analytics area, having focused on placing executive level analytics

Bespoke Partners Lands CEO for P2 Energy Solutions

Executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed J. Scott Lockhart as chief executive officer of P2 Energy Solutions. Partner Carissa Clark in the firm’s Austin office led the search. Mr. Lockhart will lead P2’s energy-sector software and geospatial data businesses, driving the company forward as it helps upstream oil and gas companies around the globe optimize

Witt / Kieffer Leading Chief Nursing Officer Search for Bayhealth Medical Center

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bayhealth Medical Center to lead its search for a senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO). Rachel Polhemus, senior partner at the firm, is leading the search. Bayhealth’s CNO will be a key senior leader and member of the medical center’s executive leadership team. The incoming chief nurse will be responsible for

Search for Technology Leaders Heating Up

Technology Executive Group (TEG) has strengthened its search staff with the addition of Marci Nigro as a partner. Ms. Nigro brings to TEG over 20 years of executive search expertise and a vast network of relationships across the technology, financial services, media, software, and private equity industries. In her new role, she will serve as an advisor to

Millennials Choose Career Over ‘Being Boss’

Instead of climbing corporate ladders, Millennials are focused on learning technical and personal skills to ensure long-term career security as they seek to build a ‘career for me,’ according to a report released by ManpowerGroup. Just 17 percent of American Millennials rank aspiring to leadership roles as a top career priority. This figure includes: managing others

Jobplex and Microsoft Extend Commitment to Hiring Veterans

Jobplex, the Chicago-based partner company of DHR International, has renewed a contract with Microsoft to lead the placement of U.S. military veterans who graduate from the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA). The MSSA program prepares active duty U.S. service members with job skills to meet the IT industry’s high demand. Graduation from MSSA is planned so that

Turnkey Search Seeking HR Leader for Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have retained Turnkey Search to lead the organization’s search for a new vice president of human resources. Turnkey will search for and screen qualified candidates for the role, guiding the franchise to the next phase of growth of its business operations team. The incoming HR executive will provide comprehensive human resources leadership for the Raiders,

Waterhouse Executive Search Lands CFO for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Waterhouse Executive Search has placed Jerome Quenneville as vice president and chief financial officer of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in Ontario. During a roughly 90-day-plus search process, Chatham-Kent considered a number of prospective candidates, selecting Mr. Quenneville, who’s been serving in this role on an interim basis since November. He brings extensive executive experience having served as

Young Mayden Opens Dallas Office

Executive search firm Young Mayden has opened a new office in Dallas which will be led by attorney and legal recruiter Amber Shockey. Ms. Shockey brings a strong background in that area, particularly in the Texas energy sector. Since early 2015, she has served as co-leader of Crosby Shockey Consult + Search, LLC. She is also founding principal

Will Most Talent Acquisition Roles Be Eliminated Over the Next Decade?

While technology will never be able to replace the human factor in human resources, it will likely take over certain functions on talent acquisition and management teams. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that 72 percent of employers expect that some roles within talent acquisition and human capital management will become completely automated within the next

University of Tennessee Taps Turnkey Search for Director of Athletics

Sports recruiter Turnkey Search has placed John Currie as director of athletics and vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee. He replaces Dave Hart, who announced his retirement on August after six years with the school. Mr. Currie has spent the last eight years as athletic director at Kansas State. He begins his duties at UT next month. Before

Kittleman & Associates Leading Director Search for Plumbing Manufacturers International

Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been retained by Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) to lead its search for a new executive director. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will be responsible for directing the operational activities of the association and supporting its strategic and financial goals. The incoming director will work with the board

Newly Launched CyberOne Adds Recruiting Specialist

After opening its doors this past October, specialist cybersecurity and IT recruitment consultancy CyberOne has named Vince Warrington as non-executive director. Mr. Warrington will provide expert specialist IT advice and guidance on recruiting IT and data security talent to help businesses safeguard against escalating cyber crime and meet stringent, new EU data regulations that are set

Hudson Global Posts Notable Revenue Decline

Hudson Global Inc. / (NASDAQ:HSON) posted 2016 full-year revenues of $422.7 million, an 8.7 percent decrease from revenues of $463.2 million a year ago. The New York-based recruiting company recorded a net loss of $8.8 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, the prior year.

Academic Sector Pumping Big Fees Into Search Firms

Academic institutions continue to pump big fees into the coffers of executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business, in fact, has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels, and if there’s any slowdown coming it is to be found at the talent

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