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Eric Salmon & Partners Expands in Singapore

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices and hire new recruiters. Recently, Paris-headquartered executive search firm Eric Salmon & Partners strengthened its office in Singapore with the addition of Brindha Bal as a partner. The office now has six partners on

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Growing Influence of Private Equity Pushing Recruiters to Deliver Value, Not Just People

To thrive in today’s executive search market, recruiting firms must take “extreme ownership” of client needs, said Rick DeRose and Kevin O’Neill, managing partners of the executive search firm Acertitude, in a new report by Invenias, a global provider of cloud-based software for executive search firms. As internal talent teams have grown more sophisticated and capable,

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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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Odgers Berndtson Adds to Boston Team

Building on a period of unprecedented expansion, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Richard Pooley as a partner in its U.S. professional services, technology and CFO practices. He will be based in the firm’s Boston office. “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to the team,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “He has more than

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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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IMD International Search Announces New Board

Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has elected a new board member and prolonged the mandate of two others at its annual general assembly in Paris. Simona Cremascoli, partner at Milan-based member firm Carter & Benson, joins the IMD board as director in charge of internal communication. “I am very satisfied with the long-lasting international

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Succession Plans Lacking in the C-Suite

Companies everywhere are concerned that when a CEO leaves there be candidates who can step in to lead the company. The plans for all those other seats around the executive table, however, are a little murky. Many organizations simply don’t have internal candidates who can step in to be chief financial officers, chief marketing officers

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Whitman College Picks Spelman Johnson to Find Athletics Leader

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been enlisted by Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA to find a new director of athletics and chair of sports studies, recreation and athletics. Dell D. Robinson, search associate with the firm’s athletic practice, and Anne-Marie Kenney, senior coordinator of search services, are leading the assignment. The director of athletics

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Kincannon & Reed Recruits CTO for Calyxt

Waynesboro, VA-based executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has recruited Travis Frey as the new chief technology officer of Calyxt, a healthy food ingredient company in Roseville, MN. Dr. Frey brings extensive knowledge in plant biology and biotechnology to a newly created position at the company. As CTO, he will be responsible for the research and development

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NGS Global Opens Office in Chicago

Executive search firm NGS Global has continued its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Chicago. Todd Wesson has joined the firm to lead the new office as managing partner. “I am delighted that Todd has joined NGS Global to not only head up our Chicago office, but to be a key leader of

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La Fosse Associates Launches Pro Bono Practice

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has launched a new pro bono practice to serve charities and not-for-profit organizations. The practice will place cybersecurity professionals into advisory positions at charities and non-profits that need advice and support, for free. “Care is a founding principle of La Fosse, which includes caring for others, not just our clients

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Why It Can be Lonely at the Top in Executive Search

Layers of complexity are baked into the process of every search for a new executive. From competing agendas, to strong personalities, to internal dynamics – no search is simple. “Specializing in executive search within the human capital industry means being the ultimate in relationship and trust building,” said Lisa Maxwell, founder and managing partner of

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Witt/Kieffer Assists Syracuse University in Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Search

With the assistance of recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer, Syracuse University has chosen Keith A. Alford to be the school’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Consultant Charlene Aguilar and associate Christine Pendleton led the assignment for the firm. Nearly 200 candidates expressed interest in the position, but the committee ultimately recommended the person who had been serving in an interim

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RM Nephew and Associates Places New CFO for InVivo Therapeutics

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has helped to place the new chief financial officer and treasurer for InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp., a Cambridge, MA-based research and clinical-stage biomaterials and biotechnology company. Richard Christopher comes to the role from iCAD Inc. Leading the assignment was search firm partner Denise C. Amari. “Rich’s more than

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humanpredictions Secures $1.16 Million in Funding

humanpredictions, a machine learning technology company, has received a $1.16 million funding round led by Network Ventures with additional investment from Hyde Park Angels, SaaS Ventures and M25. The new capital is targeted to help humanpredictions further grow and invest in its team of engineers and data scientists. “Because of the competitive nature of tech,

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Direct Recruiters Integrates with Sister Company Direct Consulting Associates

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI), an executive recruitment firm, has announced an integration with its sister company, Direct Consulting Associates. The integration is designed to provide project-based, professional staffing and consulting support to Direct Recruiters’ client base. Direct Consulting Associates currently provides recruiting services to the hospital IT and general IT space. Moving forward, the

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5 Questions Candidates Should Ask During the Search Process

There has been much discussion about the key questions to be addressed a search for a new CEO, but what about from the candidates’ side and the questions they should ask during the executive search process. “If you find yourself in front of a search committee, what are the key questions you want to be

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Hanold Associates Finds Head of Diversity for Raymond James Financial

To meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society, many organizations have developed executive positions to guide their diversity agendas. Chief diversity officers have responsibility for guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity. Duties may include affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, or the constituent needs of minorities, women and other social

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Polachi Finds Chief Revenue Officer for Manufacturing Software Company

The role of chief revenue officer has changed dramatically over the last several years. CROs are quickly becoming mission-critical innovators for companies that look to dominate a market first and fastest, according to recruiters. The demand for these financial leaders is growing and executive search firms have been busy filling these roles. Recently, Boston-headquartered executive

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Carmichael Fisher Expands in the U.S.

London-based executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has expanded its operations in the U.S. with the addition of recruiting veteran Samantha Wallace as its global head of practice. She will lead the firm’s technology team in Los Angeles. “Sam’s appointment comes at a time of accelerated growth both for the technology division and for the firm itself,” said Justin Hobday, CEO

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Hightech Partners Strengthens Search Team

Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has announced that Elly de Vrijer, founder and owner of Dutch executive search firm Hill Consulting, will be joining HTP as a partner while still operating her own firm. This collaboration, said HTP, will help the firm strengthen its international reach. “Hightech Partners is delighted about the cooperation with Elly,”

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Bank of England Picks Sapphire Partners to Lead Search for Governor

The U.K. government has hired Sapphire Partners, a London-based executive search firm, to help find a new governor for the Bank of England. The recruitment firm, which focuses on finding diverse talent, is the first agency ever hired to find someone for the governor role. Enlisting Sapphire Partners raises the likelihood that that the U.K.

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Harris Rand Lusk Tapped to Find New CEO for Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer, a non-profit that serves young adults with cancer, has retained New York City-based executive search firm Harris Rand Lusk to lead its search for a new CEO. Managing partner and CEO Jack Lusk is leading the assignment, along with Elly Kirschner, director of healthcare and advocacy. Matthew Zachary, the cancer group’s founder and CEO

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Chartwell Partners Recruits CFO for 8th Avenue Food & Provisions

Executive search firm Chartwell Partners has placed Doug Kooren as the new CFO of 8th Avenue Food & Provisions. Partners Mike Magurany and Scott Cuellar conducted the assignment. Mr. Kooren brings 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, sales, marketing, M&A and business integration. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief financial

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Crenshaw Associates Names Chief Commercial Officer

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. To that end, New York City-based recruiting firm Crenshaw Associates has expanded with the addition of Margaret Gramann as chief commercial officer. Her addition will accelerate and support continued growth with technology-enabled capabilities and new service offerings targeted to leading public, private

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Friisberg & Partners Adds New Member Firm in Ireland

Friisberg & Partners International has added Dublin-based executive search firm Vertex Headhunting as its newest member firm. Shane Collins and Julian Chambers founded the firm last year to find senior executives for Irish companies. Vertex will be rebranding to Friisberg & Partners International in the coming months. The firm is looking to reinforce to clients and its markets

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Technology and the Workplace: Some New Perspectives

As technology’s impact grows, employers and workers alike see the potential for improving work and the workplace, this according to a new study by Randstad Sourceright. But many also worry that technological advances could cost people their livelihoods. Eighty-one percent of employers said that are excited about the opportunities that artificial intelligence will present, said

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Chrisman & Company Recruits CEO for Western Bankers Association

Chrisman & Company, a Los Angeles-based executive search firm specializing in the financial services industry, has recruited Stephen G. Andrews as the new president and CEO Western Bankers Association (WBA). Past CEO Simone Lagomarsino left the company at the end of 2018. Managing partner Michele Gil and founding partner Timothy Chrisman are leading the assignment for

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Pearson Partners Seeks Chief Innovation Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Dallas-headquartered executive search firm Pearson Partners International has been selected by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to lead in its search for a new chief innovation officer. Vice president Lisa Thompson is leading the assignment for this new position within the organization. The chief innovation officer has accountability for product management, business strategy and serving as

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H.I. Executive Consulting Forms Partnership with Teamscope

Global search firm H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC) has formed a strategic partnership with Teamscope, an AI-driven talent analytics platform designed to help companies build high-performing leadership teams. The partnership gives HIEC an innovative tool to deliver more data-driven hiring results for its corporate and private equity clients, informing the way companies identify the right leaders, reducing unconscious

Kensington International Expands Recruiting Team

[Executive search firm Kensington International has named Daniel Feldkamp as executive vice president within the firm’s executive search division. Mr. Feldkamp’s focus is on senior level assignments for the firm’s clients in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. He also handles searches for the North American subsidiaries of European companies with a particular focus on clients from the

CEOs See More Value In Technology Than People

[CEOs face the challenge of making strategic decisions not only about where to invest now but also about where to lay the foundations for their organizations’ future success. That increasingly has required them to seek answers to critical questions about the future of work and about the role people may play in it. A new global

Brigham Hill Recruits Upper School Leader for National Cathedral School

[Executive search firm Brigham Hill Consultancy has placed Dr. Denise M. Brown-Allen into the joint roles of associate head of school and head of the upper school at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She succeeds Dr. Sarah Pelmas, who recently joined Winsor School in Boston as its head, an assignment also completed by Brigham Hill this past spring. The search

i4cp Names VP Talent Acquisition to Newly Formed Search Practice

[The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), a network of HR and business professionals focused on making high-performance organizations unique, has strengthened its staff with the addition of Kate Jackson as vice president of talent acquisition within its new executive search division. Ms. Jackson is a seasoned assessment and recruiting professional who brings a deep understanding of the nuances

hrQ Expands Into San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia

[Executive search and professional services firm hrQ has recently opened new offices into San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia with the additions of Pam Brown, Carrie Magee and Kelly Morello, respectively. The Bay Area Ms. Brown joins hrQ as VP / managing director of the firm’s San Francisco office. She joins the firm with over 15 years of experience

Russell Reynolds Recruits Houston Police Chief

[Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited Art Acevedo as the next chief of police for the city of Houston. He becomes the first Latino to take on the Houston police’s top post. Mayor Sylvester Turner made the official announcement last week. Chief Charles McClelland had announced his retirement after 39 years with the Houston Police Department. Stephen Newton, area manager for the

Egon Zehnder Offers 7 Steps to Improve Diversity

Many boards are now looking for concrete suggestions for making diversity an integrated part of their agenda. There is now broad consensus that having a diverse board, where directors are drawn from both genders and from an array of races and ethnicities, provides the breadth of perspective that is essential in today’s global dynamic environment. But

Spencer Stuart Tapped to Lead CFO Search for Entercom

[Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained by Entercom Communications Corp. to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Steve Fisher will be stepping down as executive vice president and CFO of the company effective in 90 days. “Steve has been an outstanding leader at Entercom, playing a major role in our success over the 18

AETHOS Recruits Chief Asset Merchant for Extended Stay America

[Executive search firm AETHOS Consulting Group has placed Jim Alderman as executive vice president and chief asset merchant at Extended Stay America and its subsidiary, ESH Hospitality, Inc. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Alderman will be responsible for executing the company’s previously-announced “ESA 2.0” asset merchant strategy, including development of its next-generation product through new construction

Norman Broadbent Names Interim Practice Leader

[U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Norman Broadbent has named Angela Hickmore as managing director of Norman Broadbent Interim. Ms. Hickmore has over 25 years in the recruitment industry and an in-depth knowledge of the senior level interim management sector. She previously served as a partner with BrightPool, the sister company to Interim Partners, a specialist recruitment firm operating

Calibre One Adds Partner In San Francisco

[Executive search firm Calibre One has appointed Tom Crawford as a partner in its San Francisco office. Mr. Crawford specializes in the digital media, healthcare, financial services, and software industries and has placed numerous senior level candidates, including CEO, CIO, CTO and VP-level executives, into both publically traded and privately held organizations. He is the co-founder of OTG Partners, a

Building a Better Search Firm

When Julie Ford started Ventura Partners, she wanted to create a search firm that left behind the traditional approach that most executive recruiters employed. Her mission was to jettison the competition between partners and build an environment in which they worked together to best serve their clients. It wasn’t an outlook for everyone in a field that is slow to embrace change, but with

This Feeder Function Puts HR Leaders on Fast Track to CHRO

[In building Tower Consultants, Ltd. into a leading executive search boutique dedicated to human resources with an emphasis in the total rewards sector, Donna Friedman and Chris Rose never deviated from an original blueprint first laid out in 1988. As their specialized recruitment brand expanded, they both have remained true to its roots. Today, a significant portion of Tower Consultants’

Nolan Partners Leading GM Search for San Jose Earthquakes

[The San Jose Earthquakes has hired Nolan Partners, a leading sports dedicated search firm, to help identify the club’s next general manager. Technical director Chris Leitch is currently serving as the Quakes’ interim general manager. In late August, the Earthquakes announced that they had terminated long-serving GM John Doyle after the team made the playoffs only

B.E. Smith Tapped by St. Lawrence Health System to Find Chief Nursing Officer

[Healthcare-focused executive search firm B.E. Smith has been retained by St. Lawrence Health System to lead its search for a new chief nursing officer. Serving as a mentor for clinical leaders, the incoming CNO will be a servant leader and create a culture of accountability and transparency. The executive will be responsible for all activities and functions

ZRG Names Financial Services, Private Equity & Consumer Practices Managing Director

[Executive search firm ZRG Partners has named Sharon Stein as a managing director in its financial services, private equity and consumer recruiting practices. She will work from the firm’s New York office. Ms. Stein brings over 20 years of experience and has recruited leaders in general management, strategy, marketing and analytics. She has served clients across a broad

Cordia Resources Names Executive Search Director

[Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Cordia Resources (formerly Cordia Search) has tapped Marc Zeid to serve as an executive search director and a senior member of the firm’s management team. Based in Rockville, MD, he will be responsible for expanding Cordia Resources among the finance and accounting community. With over 20 years of experience helping clients find

MLB Ends Minority Hiring Partnership With Korn Ferry

[Korn Ferry‘s high profile alliance with Major League Baseball has come to an unceremonious end. On Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who was recruited into his position by Korn Ferry, said his organization’s relationship with the world’s largest talent provider “really shifted.” As a result, the search firm has been sidelined in its efforts to

Heidrick & Struggles Replaces Culture Shaping Leader

[Heidrick & Struggles has said that Jim Hart will retire as head of its culture shaping division Senn Delaney. He will serve as a senior advisor to Heidrick’s leadership team at the beginning of the new year. Michael Marino will succeed Mr. Hart as president and CEO. “Jim has led the growth of the world’s first dedicated culture shaping firm

McDermott & Bull Places Chief People Officer at New Century Health

[Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has recruited Chris Casler as chief people officer at New Century Health. The assignment was conducted by principal consultants Bill Brewer and Scott Meyer, along with senior recruiting consultant Laurie Henderson. Mr. Casler spent the past nine years with Broadcom where he served as vice president of human resources supporting a $4.5

O’Neill Consulting Group Recruits Greater Providence YMCA Chief

[Executive search firm O’Neill Consulting Group has placed Steve O’Donnell as chief executive officer of the Greater Providence YMCA (GPYMCA). The search was co-led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner in Providence, and Doug Rosen, a partner in New York, together with the GPYMCA’s board of directors. Mr. O’Donnell joins the YMCA following a long and

Parker Remick Opens New Office In Portland

[Seattle-based executive search firm Parker Remick has added two new directors, Kelley Pecis and Jeff Markham, to help establish its new office in Portland, OR, a rising hub for global entrepreneurship and technology. “Parker Remick’s Portland office strengthens our Pacific Northwest roots. Kelley and Jeff’s depth of experience with senior executive searches, as well as tech industry knowledge, make them natural

Koya Leading CFO Search for Barack Obama Foundation

[Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has been retained by The Barack Obama Foundation to lead its search for a chief financial officer. Alison P. Ranney, managing director and Chicago office head, is leading the assignment on behalf of Koya. Koya has been advising the Obama Foundation informally and formally since early 2015. Once the Obamas decided to

Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Oddly enough, LinkedIn has been embraced by search firms even as it threatens them. The dirty little secret in the search business is that LinkedIn has made most proprietary databases somewhat redundant. But while LinkedIn has disintermediated and demystified initial candidate identification, it has also accelerated the recruitment process. And it has actually opened up the possibility

DHR International Acquires Calgary-Based Search Firm

[Executive search firm DHR International has acquired Calgary-based executive search firm BluEra. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal brings more than a dozen new employees to DHR and its Chicago-based partner company Jobplex. Founded in 2008, BluEra focuses on executive search, team transformation and executive coaching. It serves a wide array of industries with a

Tyler & Company Appoints President

[Executive search firm Tyler & Company has named Preston Smith as its new president. Janet Jones-Parker and Associates led the search assignment. Tyler & Co is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. It specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine, and health & life sciences organizations. Since 1978, the firm has placed thousands of C-suite

Baylor Picks Eastman & Beaudine to Find Head Football Coach

[Executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine has been selected by Baylor University to lead its search for a new head football coach. Coach Art Briles was fired by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that also cost school president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw their jobs. Mr. Briles went 65-37 during his eight seasons

Why the CEO / CHRO Relationship Is Essential

[In partnership with CEOs, chief human resource officers (CHROs) are playing increasingly critical roles to ensure companies win the war for talent and maximize employee motivation across the globe, according to the ‘Executive Monitor’ report newly released by search firm Boyden. Boyden’s report, “The Rise of the CHRO,’ explores the many challenges CHROs face on

Parker Executive Search Assists MSU in AD Search

[Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has placed John Cohen as the 17th director of athletics at Mississippi State University (MSU). The current MSU head baseball coach and two-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year replaces Scott Stricklin, who was named athletic director at the University of Florida in September. Mr. Cohen will take over an athletic department that has recently

Arts Consulting Group Taps Leader for Seattle Film Festival

[Executive search firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) has recruited Sarah Wilke as executive director of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Most recently, Ms. Wilke held the position of managing director at On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts organization based in Seattle. Throughout her 12-year tenure there, she was responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations

Amrop Names Head of Global Life Sciences Practice U.K.

[Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 76 offices in 54 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, has named Tom Bradley as head of its life sciences search practice U.K. Based in London, Mr. Bradley focuses on executive level searches across the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors on a national and international level. With over

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