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Economic Climate Creating Challenges for Recruiters

After years of shifting economies and a move towards candidate-centric strategies, many people believe we are at the dawn of a new era of recruiting. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, reaching a record low point not seen since 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It may be a

Gonzaga University Picks Academic Search to Lead Provost Search

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has been selected by Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, to lead its search for a provost. President and senior consultant L. Jay Lemons is heading the assignment along with senior consultant Ann Die Hasselmo and consultant Christopher Butler. This is a new role for Gonzaga, which is revamping its administrative structure.

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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.


RSR Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Rebecca Holland New as a managing director, leading the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. She is based in Raleigh, NC. Ms. New brings more than 20 years of extensive experience advising senior management on transitional and growth, talent and human capital strategies and was recently recognized as one of 2018’s Fiercest Women in

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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?


Savannah Group Expands With Two More Partners

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group has expanded with the addition of Simon Musgrave and Phil Coulter as partners within the firm’s industrial and digital & technology practices, respectively. “These latest acquisitions see Savannah expand its depth of capability within the digital and industrial arenas,” the firm said. Mr. Musgrave will be leading Savannah Group’s energy and industrial


Getting the Right Senior Level Candidates on the Radar

When discussing recruiting, the term “key selection criteria” simply refers to the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications that a job candidate needs to succeed in a role. In theory, a hiring manager would find someone who meets all of the requirements, make an offer and take off running. But when it’s an executive role that


Odgers Berndtson Names Head of U.S. Marketing

Building on its explosive growth in the U.S. last year, global search firm Odgers Berndtson has brought in Soh Won Cha as head of U.S. marketing. She joins the firm from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she was senior marketing manager of the Americas. “We’re very excited to welcome Soh Won to the Odgers team,” said Steve Potter, CEO


Sucherman Group Creates Sports Entertainment Practice; Looks to Global Expansion

New York-based Sucherman Group has named Simon Pollock as managing director, international, based in London, and Charles Gould as managing director, sports, based in New York. These newly-created roles mark the official launch of the firm’s sports entertainment and international practices and follow closely on the heels of the firm’s expansion to Silicon Valley and Silicon

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Koblentz Group Places CEO at Genomind

Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Koblentz Group has recruited Shawn Patrick O’Brien as the new chief executive officer of personalized medicine company Genomind in King of Prussia, PA. He replaces Thomas Hess, who had been serving as interim CEO in addition to his regular role as CFO. Joel Koblentz and Jeffrey Neppl led the assignment. “Shawn’s impressive background

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Vanderbloemen Search Group Seeks Pastor for Christ Church Nashville

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has been retained by interdenominational Christ Church Nashville in Tennessee to lead its search for a new senior pastor. The senior pastor for Christ Church Nashville will hold a primarily spiritual office, said Vanderbloemen Search Group. The individual must demonstrate godly character, competence and knowledge


6 Global Workforce Predictions for the New Year

The workforce continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid rate as transformations in society, government, culture, technology, communications and law impact employers. As we look forward to the year ahead, low unemployment, a rise in concern over how technology is shaping the future of work and a series of movements giving power to the people are

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Storbeck/Pimentel Recruits Provost for Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines, commonly known as Mines, with the assistance of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, one of the nation’s leading boutique providers in the higher education space, has named Richard Holz as its next provost. Mr. Holz is currently dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University and will join Mines


Heidrick & Struggles Taps Business Talent Group’s Pool of Independent Professionals

Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has entered into an exclusive agreement with Business Talent Group (BTG) to offer its clients access to the high-end online job platform’s pool of independent business professionals, on demand, for critical, project-based assignments. “Once reserved for temporary backfill work or emergency support, independent professionals

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PFM Executive Search Lands CEO for Fraserway RV

Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search has placed Stephen Simms as the new CEO of Fraserway RV. PFM partners Shaun Carpenter and Shelina Esmail led the assignment. Mr. Simms brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience with Fortune 50 companies and a diverse business background in accounting, operations, merchandising, loss prevention and human resources. He spent the


Lucas Group Strengthens Accounting and Finance Practice

Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded with the addition of Madison Berney as managing partner for its accounting and finance practice in Denver, CO. She will lead a team of accounting and finance recruiters as they look to meet the evolving demand of clients and candidates in the booming Denver job market. According


The Top 10 Emerging Talent Trends for 2019

If 2018 was all about who was getting jobs, 2019 may be about how jobs work. Indeed, this may be the year that organizations start retooling how they find, evaluate and even pay employees. Chalk up the shifts to, among several factors, the tight labor market and a massive influx of data, according to a new talent report

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Slone Partners Places Chief Medical Officer at Goldfinch Bio

Executive search firm Slone Partners recently placed Frank Czerwiec as chief medical officer at Goldfinch Bio, a Cambridge, MA-based biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing precision medicines for the treatment of genetically-driven kidney diseases. “Goldfinch Bio is the leading life sciences and precision medicine company working passionately on kidney diseases which now affect over 800 million people

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Spelman Johnson Seeks Police Chief for Mount Holyoke and Smith College Police Department

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been selected by Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges to find a chief for their shared police department. Search associate Heather J. Larabee is leading the assignment. A third institution, Hampshire College, recently left the collaborative police department. The Mount Holyoke and Smith police department is responsible for the safety


Witt/Kieffer Names Managing Director of Global Operations

Executive recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer has continued its recent expansion with the addition of C.J. Bolster as managing director of global operations. Based in London, he is responsible for driving the firm’s growth and expansion in international markets. Mr. Bolster has over 30 years of experience as a highly regarded senior executive in management consulting and executive search, working with


Talentsoft Secures $50 Million in Funding

France-based Talentsoft, a cloud-based human resource software solutions provider for talent management learning, has raised $50 million in a financing round which it says will boost continued growth via innovation and international market expansion. Francisco Partners leads the new investment, alongside existing investors Bpifrance and Goldman Sachs who are strengthening their capital. The total funding round


4 Hiring Strategies When Talent Markets are Tight

Everyone is readying their horses at the starting gate for the 2019 race to hire the best people in the market. But with a list of tasks distracting recruiters from delivering results in an increasingly tight hiring market, many may be at their wits’ end to find quality talent. A new report by IQTalent Partners offers four

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Nolan Partners Recruits CEO for USA Cycling

Chad Biagini, managing director of North America for Nolan Partners has placed former New Balance Athletics executive Rob DeMartini as the new CEO of USA Cycling in Colorado Springs, CO. “Our entire board and management team enthusiastically welcome Rob as our new CEO,” said Bob Stapleton, USA Cycling chairman of the board. “His passion and ambition for both the

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Phillips Oppenheim Seeks New President for Newberry Library

Executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim has been retained by the Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago, to lead its search for a new president. Principal Susan L. Meade and founding partner Jane Phillips Donaldson are leading the assignment. The new leader of the Newberry, as the library is commonly known, will succeed David Spadafora, who


Buffkin / Baker and College Sports Solutions Form Partnership

Executive search firms College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker have formed a new partnership. Under the strategic alliance, the two firms will combine their executive search services to better serve universities and colleges, intercollegiate conferences and collegiate athletic organizations. The two organizations will collaborate in all areas of the executive search business at many of the nation’s


AIMS International Adds New Member Firm in Argentina

AIMS International has strengthened its presence in Argentina with the addition of professional coaching and executive search firm Vistage Argentina. Juan Luis Crespin, chairman of the firm, joins as managing partner, AIMS International Argentina, along with Laura Martinez who becomes a partner. Mr. Crespin and his team said it is “their great pleasure to join AIMS International,


6 Reasons Why Executive Search is Ready for Disruption

The executive search industry continues to be in flux, and as a result search firms have been uncertain or wary about what their next move should be. To what extent will digitalization affect the industry? What about AI? How best to price and stay competitive? Should one offer diversified services? These are just some of


Amid Recent Growth Caldwell Posts 5.6 Percent Revenue Gain

Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has posted first quarter revenues of $15.9 million (all dollar figures Canadian), up 5.6 percent from a year ago when the firm recorded revenues of $15.05 million. Net earnings before tax were $388,000 ($0.10 per share, compared to net income was $410,000 ($0.20 per share) in the comparable period a year earlier. “Though

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Chelsea Partners Finds New Leader for United Cerebral Palsy in California

Chelsea Partners, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, has placed the new president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA). Lori Anderson, chief operating officer and vice president of residential services for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, steps into her new role on Jan. 21. Andy Knox, the search

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Korn Ferry Recruits New Head Coach for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the NFL regular season over and the Super Bowl approaching, a flurry of coaching and general manager activity has been underway. And Hunt Scanlon Media has been tracking it all. Korn Ferry recently assisted in placing Bruce Arians as the 12th head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He takes over from Dirk Koette, who

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

Job Search Activity Rising for Mid-Market Employees

Fortune 100 and middle market job search activity increased in the first quarter, according to Hudson’s Q1 2016 ‘Job Seeker Pulse’ report, which analyzes the online job search activity of Fortune 100 and middle market company employees. The report found when comparing both market segments in aggregate, the middle market was much more active. The study

DHR International Recruits Athletic Director for University of Vermont

Executive search firm DHR International has recruited an insider, Jeffrey Schulman, as athletic director at the University of Vermont (UVM). He succeeds Dr. Robert Corran, who will complete his 13th year of service in the position upon his official retirement at the end of June. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader

Career Partners International Names CEO

Career Partners International (CPI) has appointed Douglas J. Matthews as its new president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Mr. Matthews will provide full leadership responsibility to drive CPI’s brand visibility nationally and globally. Building on CPI’s strengths, he will work to grow global marketshare and competitive differentiation of CPI’s services. “We could not be more

McLean Consulting Lands COO for NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes

Chicago-headquartered executive search firm McLean Consulting has placed Stephen Merrick as senior vice president and chief operating officer of NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC, a newly created position within the company. Mr. Merrick will oversee day-to-day operations at NorthStar – including engineering, production and customer service – as the company advances toward U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Plymouth Search Partners Appoints Managing Director In Boston

Plymouth Search Partners – Signium has named Mike Steyer as its new managing director in Boston. Mr. Steyer was previously principal and owner of LEV Recruiting. Before that, he worked for Mediatum US in Boston as managing director where he established the office, corporate infrastructure and had full P&L responsibility. During this time there, he

Korn Ferry Survey Looks at Finding Purpose & Meaning at Work

A vast majority of executives indicated that a focus on both personal and organizational purpose is key to productivity and financial success, according to new global survey released by Korn Ferry. More than two thirds of respondents (70 percent) agreed to a great extent that there is a long term financial benefit to companies that make

Russell Reynolds Associates Acquires Norway-Based Amrop AS

Russell Reynolds Associates has acquired Norway-based leadership consulting and executive search firm Amrop AS. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to the firm, client demand for an expanded Nordic hub has grown, as Scandinavian markets have taken leading positions in global industries, including energy, aquaculture and shipping. Norwegian funds in the region have also become

Witt/Kieffer Selected By DePaul University to Find Next President

Witt/Kieffer has been retained by DePaul University to lead its search for a new president. After 13 years of leadership, The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider will step down from his position as president at the end of the 2016 – 2017 academic year. The transition in leadership occurs after a decade of significant growth at the university,

Searchlight Recruitment Taps Insider to Lead Soundstreams

Executive search firm Searchlight Recruitment has recruited Ben Dietschi as executive director of contemporary music company Soundstreams. Following a rigorous recruitment process, Soundstreams determined that an insider who possessed intimate knowledge of every facet of the company, and who had more than three years of experience under his belt with the organization, made the best

NPAworldwide Adds Six New Member Firms

Member-owned recruitment network NPAworldwide has added six new member firms. This follows the network gaining nine new member firms across Asia Pacific and the U.S. last month. NPA now has close to 500 member offices across six continents. Membership in the network allows independent recruiters to serve their clients and candidates by partnering with other member firms on a split-fee

As Employee Turnover Grows, Talent Shortage Remains Problematic

The inadequate supply of qualified and skilled talent is the second-biggest threat to U.S. companies’ ability to meet revenue or business performance targets, second only to “increased competitive pressures,” according to the Randstad ‘U.S. Workplace Trends’ report. Meanwhile, increasing turnover rates are exacerbating the challenge, with four-in-10 companies (41 percent) indicating their turnover rate increased in

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO and CMO for Fortis Private Bank

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Gaurav Sehgal as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and David Sarjantson as chief marketing officer (CMO) at Denver-based Fortis Private Bank. Headquartered in Denver, Fortis offers a comprehensive suite of banking, private wealth management, and investment management services. As a key member of the Fortis leadership team, Mr. Sehgal will partner with

Myers McRae Recruits University Foundation Fundraising Head

Executive search firm Myers McRae has placed Paul Kettering as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Columbus State University Foundation. Established in 1958, CSU, located in Columbus, GA, enrolls more than 8,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 90 academic disciplines. Mr. Kettering, who starts his new role

Reflektive Secures $13 Million In Funding

Reflektive, an HR analytics and employee engagement platform, has secured $13 million in series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Reflektive will use the new funding to accelerate development of its platform, enhance customer success and hire across all departments to support its mission to revolutionize performance management. Existing investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, participated in the round,

Egon Zehnder NewsPoint: Walking the Tightrope of Executive Succession

Scrutiny on CEO succession has reached a new intensity. Combine regulatory and activist pressure for more detailed – and better disclosed – succession plans with a handful of high profile CEO illnesses, and you’ve got a recipe for deeper and deeper dives into how new CEOs are selected. In a disrupted business environment, the notion

Korn Ferry Posts $1.3 Billion In Revenue Bolstered By Acquisitions, Organic Growth

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) today posted 2016 fiscal year end revenues of $1.303 billion. The acquisition of Hay Group last December, Pivot Leadership — which was acquired last March, and organic growth seen in its executive search and Futurestep businesses all helped to contribute to a record year at the world’s largest leadership solutions and talent acquisition provider.

Koya Tapped to Recruit Human Rights Network Director

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has been tapped by The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) to lead its search for an executive director. Melissa Madzel, director of executive search, is leading the search assignment for Koya. The organization’s executive director incumbent is expected to be a collaborator, building upon a diverse group of grassroots organizations to

Alder Koten Acquires OCE Consulting

Executive search firm Alder Koten has acquired OCE Consulting, a Houston-based management consulting firm. OCE Consulting focuses on helping clients achieve successful deployment of their business strategies, through culture deployment and the effective application of change management techniques. The firm’s list of clients includes a wide array of companies in different industries and regions of the world – including

Russell Reynolds Associates Leading Houston Police Chief Search

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected Russell Reynolds Associates to find the city’s next chief of police. Chief Charles McClelland announced he is retiring after 39 years with the Houston Police Department. Stephen Newton, area manager for the Dallas and Houston offices of Russell Reynolds, is leading the search, which reports say is being done pro bono. Mr. Newton told the

Expand Executive Search Opens First U.S. Office

U.K.-headquartered Expand Executive Search has launched its first U.S. office, establishing a presence in New York City. Executive search consultant Ollie Shipp has been appointed to head up the new location; he is relocating from the U.K. The firm has been supporting clients in North America since 2011, so setting up across the pond is a natural

Looking Beyond the Obvious to Uncover Right-Fit Candidates

A hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate, and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to decide who the best person is for the job. Research from MRINetwork, the executive search subsidiary of CDI Corp., shows that more often than not, hiring executives pick someone whose qualifications most closely

Spencer Stuart Recruits Chief Communications Officer for Aetna

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed Kathryn Metcalfe as chief communications officer of Hartford, Conn-based insurance giant Aetna. She takes over the lead communications role from Tom Sanford, who left the company to pursue other opportunities. Ms. Metcalfe’s core responsibilities include internal and external communications, crisis response, CSR, public affairs, social media, and integration communications. Her

Korn Ferry Fills Top Post for Clark Art Institute

Korn Ferry has recruited Olivier Meslay as the new director of the Clark Art Institute. He becomes the organizations fifth director and succeeds Michael Conforti, who led the institution for more than 20 years. Naree Viner led the assignment. Ms. Viner is an expert in museum leadership recruitment and has placed directors in the last six months at

Sucherman Group Appoints Head of Tech Practice

Sucherman Group, an executive search firm dedicated to finding leaders in the media and entertainment space, has expanded its media tech expertise to the Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest with the addition of Greg Sherman as executive vice president and tech practice head. He will be based in San Francisco. Mr. Sherman is a seasoned

Not Actively Looking Partners With Dillistone

Dillistone Systems, a global supplier of software for executive recruiters, has formed an integration partnership with Not Actively Looking, a U.K.-based global matchmaking platform for senior executives and executive search firms. The alliance will allow Dillistone’s 1,600-plus executive search firm clients to access the Not Actively Looking platform. Users of Dillistone’s FileFinder system that also subscribe to become

Stable Hiring Plans to Continue Through Third Quarter

U.S. employers indicate stable hiring plans for the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower ‘Employment Outlook Survey,’ released today by ManpowerGroup. Of the more than 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 23 percent anticipate increasing staff levels during the third quarter. This is a one percent increase from the second quarter, and a one percent decrease

Storbeck/Pimentel to Find President for Sweet Briar College

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has been chosen by Sweet Briar College to lead the search for its next president. In April, the school announced that president Phillip Stone would return to retirement, effective next July. Partner Anne Coyle will lead the Sweet Briar search for Storbeck. “We are excited to have such an accomplished firm guiding us in this important process,

UniCredit Board Turns to Egon Zehnder to Find Next CEO

Egon Zehnder has been retained by UniCredit to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Past CEO Federico Ghizzoni agreed to step down last month as investors demanded a change in management. According to sources, Korn Ferry, Spencer Stuart and Russell Reynolds Associates were also considered for the search with Egon Zehnder getting the nod.

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