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Using Artificial Intelligence for Making Unbiased Hires

While diversity and inclusion initiatives have become a “must-have” for 21st century employers, actually making them work depends on having a clear plan and framework that resonates with diverse talent and aligns with overall business goals. “Whether it is speaking at a conference, or consulting to help develop strategies that align their talent functions with


Odgers Berndtson Continues U.S. Expansion

Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Nicole Phillips as a partner in the firm’s retail and consumer practices. She will be based in the New York City office. “We’re delighted to have Nicole with us,” said Diane Lavietes, head of Odgers Berndtson’s retail and consumer practices in the U.S. “As we

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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.


N2Growth Adds New Global Practice Chair for Board and CEO Services

N2Growth, a King of Prussia, PA-based management consulting and executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of Thomas Brattle Gannett as global practice chairman of board and CEO services. Mr. Gannett is a results-oriented executive and board candidate with more than 20 years experience in strategic, operational and fiscal leadership, said the firm. He has

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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?


Direct Recruiters Adds Two Team Members

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has announced two additions to its team. Logan Payton is the new director of the firm’s HR solutions group and Shawna Rosner is director of the legal solutions group. Ms. Payton brings over 10 years of HR experience to her new role, and deep understanding of the function. Previously,


Help Wanted: Well-Rounded C-Suite Business Leaders

Leaders who bring both specific technical expertise and general strategic business acumen to the table are in short supply in our current economic environment, according to David Clapp, managing partner of search firm CarterBaldwin. In a recent report that he authored, Mr. Clapp found that smart organizations are looking for and hiring well-rounded business leaders

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Slone Partners Find New CMO for Sera Prognostics

Executive search firm Slone Partners has recruited Garrett K. Lam as the new chief medical officer for Sera Prognostics in Salt Lake City, UT. “Slone Partners worked closely with Sera as we conducted this important search,” said Greg Critchfield, chairman and chief executive officer of Sera. “They paved the way for great conversations between candidates and the entire Sera leadership team. Slone

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Wikimedia Foundation Retains Bridge Partners to Find Talent and Culture Chief

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, has tapped Bridge Partners to find a chief of talent and culture. Partner and co-founder Tory Clarke is leading the search along with partner Janet Albert. “This is one of the highlights of 2018 both for me and my


Apotheker Search & Advisory Opens Doors

An array of new recruiting firms have launched around the world this year. The latest: Apotheker Search & Advisory, an executive search and advisory firm specializing in the life sciences industry, recently opened for business in New York City. Suzana Farah Rahman serves as the firm’s managing director. Apotheker’s  primary fields of focus include but are


Meridian Partners International Adds Member Firms in Argentina and Brazil

Meridian Partners International has added executive recruiters in Argentina and Brazil as its newest members. Buenos Aires-based South Star Human Capital Solutions will represent the network for Spanish speaking countries in South America. São Paulo-based Reciprhocal Management Consulting, and its sister company, Profile Executive Search and Assessment, will represent serve Meridian for the Brazilian market.


Competition for Talent Causing Major Shifts in Corporate Strategy

As unemployment remains at record lows, a new study by global RPO provider Cielo finds that competition for talent is causing major shifts in corporate strategy. As a result, business function leaders are having significant disagreements about their companies’ approaches to finding, recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees. Nearly 70 percent of business leaders surveyed

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DHR Recruits Chief Development and Marketing Officer for U.S. Humane Society

Chicago-based search firm DHR International has recruited John Vranas as the new chief development and marketing officer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Partners Debbie Graf and Kara Teising led the search. “John brings the total package to a critical role like this one,” said Ms. Teising. “It’s very difficult to find a leader with a skill-set

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Heidrick & Struggles Seeks CEO for Jacksonville Public Utility

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected to find a new chief executive officer for JEA, the city of Jacksonville, FL’s public electric, sewer and water utility. The job opened up earlier this year when Paul McElroy, who had been CEO for six years, unexpectedly stepped down. Nine candidates are under consideration for the position, according


ZipRecruiter Lands $156 Million in Funding

Jobs website ZipRecruiter has just lined up $156 million in investment capital. The company said the series B financing will be used to accelerate its growth and further develop its artificial intelligence-powered matching technology and mobile apps. Wellington Management Co. and returning investor IVP co-led the investment, which included participation by other existing investors. ZipRecruiter’s


Vanderbloemen Names COO

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has appointed Sutton Turner as its chief operating officer. He brings a combined 23 years of business and ministry experience to his role. “We have been fortunate to have seen many years of repeated and robust growth, and our work is at an unprecedented size and scope,”


Employers Continue Adding Jobs, But Middle-Wage Opportunities Stagger

A new study from CareerBuilder points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin. Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8.3 million jobs (5.08 percent growth) from 2018

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Gold Hill Associates Seeks New Leader for Temple College

Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates has been selected to find the next president for Temple College in central Texas. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment. The Temple College board of trustees was unanimous in choosing the Jackson, MS-based firm. “Gold Hill has experience and an extensive network in Texas and

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Battalia Winston Finds Chief Sales Officer for Clean Harbors

Finding qualified C-suite sales executives continues to be an issue for companies. According to the ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Report, sales positions have been some of the most difficult to fill in recent years. And it has not been an attractive role to new generations of workers. New York City-headquartered executive search firm Battalia Winston recently recruited Robby Speights


Koya Strengthens Staff with Diversity Pioneer

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Maureen Alphonse-Charles as managing director. Based in Boston, Ms. Alphonse-Charles is expected to help strengthen the firm’s work across non-profits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between non-profits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. She sits on the boards of Boston University, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston


Alexander Hughes Names President of Recruiting Subsidiary

Executive recruiters are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Didier Simon de Bessac was recently named president of Managers by Alexander Hughes,


Benchmark Metrics to Guide Your Recruitment Strategy

The growing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate mundane operational tasks is creating new efficiencies that are freeing up recruiters’ time to focus on relationship building and nurturing passive candidates, according to a new report by Jobvite. The percentage of job interviews that resulted in offers climbed from 17 percent in 2015

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Wheless Partners Retained by the University of Colorado to Find New Leader

With the new academic year underway, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. The University of Colorado board of regents recently tapped executive recruitment firm Wheless

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Major, Lindsey & Africa Seeks General Counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance

Executive search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recently been selected to find new general counsels for DuPage Medical Group and UPC Insurance. Located in Downers Grove, IL, DuPage Medical Group is one of the largest independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. Backed by the large PE firm Ares, the organization is physician led, enabling it to provide


Quantum Search Partners Names Digital Security & Risk Practice Leader

Cybersecurity might well might the greatest challenge facing corporate America today. The threat to reputation, private information and dollars — both from immediate theft and the cost of repairing the damage of a cyber-attack — can be staggering. Yet too few companies have taken adequate measures to protect themselves. No one can deny that it is


Bailey Montago Executive Search Names Two Practice Leaders

London-based Bailey Montagu Executive Search continues its expansion with the appointment of Rupert Channing as leader of the firm’s financial services search practice and Lee Cooper as head of its consumer and retail practice. Bailey Montago’s financial services search practice is focused on identifying, attracting and appointing high-caliber executives. Mr. Channing has worked in executive search


Spencer Stuart Names Ben Williams CEO

Spencer Stuart has appointed Ben Williams as its new CEO, succeeding Kevin Connelly, who served two three-year terms as the firm’s leader after previously serving six years as its chairman. In addition, the firm elected David Daniel as its new chairman. He takes over from Edward Speed, who served two three-year terms in the post. Both appointments were effective at

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Korn Ferry Tapped by Vanderbilt to Find New Athletic Director

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. With the announcement that Vanderbilt University’s current AD, David Williams, plans to retire in May, the school recently turned to Korn Ferry to find his replacement. Jed Hughes, who leads Korn Ferry’s sports practice, is heading the assignment alongside senior associate Kyle Bowlsby.

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Hanold Associates Recruits Head of Talent at PepsiCo

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recruited Anita Roggendorf as PepsiCo’s director of talent attraction & engagement. Partners Ashley Schiele, Keri Gavin and Katie Traines led the assignment for the role, which is based at the consumer product giant’s global headquarters in Purchase, NY. Ms. Roggendorf previously worked for American Express. In her new role, she will


Taylor Strategy Partners Adds Leader to Fuel Growth

Executive search firms continue to look for more ways to drive growth — and manage it. Recently, Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners added Angie Aldinger as vice president of business development. Ms. Aldinger will lead business development efforts across all business lines at the firm, including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive & professional search, consulting & assessment

Habitat for Humanity Taps Miller Black for Chief People Officer

Executive search firm Miller Black Associates has recruited Andrea Carter as chief people officer of Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta. Managing director Joanna Miller (pictured) led the search. Ms. Carter most recently served as global vice president of human resources at Ralph Lauren, based in Greensboro, NC. She previously held senior HR positions with

Odgers Berndtson Launches In Houston

Odgers Berndtson has opened a Houston office with the addition of three new partners who will service the leadership needs of clients in the energy and industrial space. Jim Thompson, Gary Payne, and Mary Campagnano, all formerly managing partners at Allen Austin, have joined the firm in its new location. Mr. Thompson will serve U.S. industrial

Eastern Michigan University Turns to Witt/Kieffer for Chief Diversity Officer

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to lead its search for a chief diversity officer. Oliver Tomlin, a senior partner in Witt/Kieffer’s education and healthcare practices, is leading the search along with senior associate Jennifer Bauer. The chief diversity officer will serve as advisor to the president, administration, faculty, staff and students

Argyll Scott Adds Sales & Marketing Search Specialist

Executive search firm Argyll Scott has added sales and marketing specialist recruiter Bradley Feller as a director in its U.K. office. He will launch the new specialty practice for the firm. With over 20 years of recruiting experience, Mr. Feller worked for international recruiter Hudson for a decade before joining Hamilton Bradshaw. Most recently, he

Americans Uncertain About the Future of Work

Seventy four percent of employees are open to a new job – despite the fact that many of them are satisfied in their current one, according to the latest 2016 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study released by Jobvite. Thirty-nine percent of respondents report that it is more difficult to find a new job this year than in 2015, while 19

University of Minnesota Puts Out Search for Athletic Director

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has been selected by the University of Minnesota to lead its search for a new athletics director. Beth Goetz has served as interim AD since Norwood Teague resigned in August after allegedly sexually harassing colleagues. “We are lucky to have a woman who’s been a good interim AD,” said Eric Kaler,

accelHRate Lands CHRO for Service King

HR executive search and management consulting firm accelHRate has placed Sean Huurman as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Service King. Kimberly Shanahan, president and chief executive officer of accelHRate, led the search. As CHRO, Mr. Huurman will oversee all administrative operations and lead the department’s efforts across Service King’s national footprint. He joins Service

TalentRISE Expands Search Staff

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE has added Deborah Snow Walsh as a managing director. Ms. Walsh has spent more than 25 years in numerous revenue generating consulting roles within insurance, banking and financial services, holding positions of increasing responsibility in client management, business development, talent strategy and talent management. Most recently, she was as a managing director at

Plymouth Search Partners Expands Business Offerings

Plymouth Search Partners – Signium has named Uli Mueller in its Fort Collins, CO and New York City offices. The firm also announced that it has expanded its services to include leadership development, organizational effectiveness and executive coaching. Mr. Mueller brings more than 20 years of progressive HR leadership experience in growth oriented multinational corporations. He joins Plymouth

Pay for Performance: Not Everyone Agrees On CEO Value

Public company directors give CEOs considerable credit for corporate success, believing that 40 percent of a company’s overall results, on average, are directly attributed to the CEO’s efforts, according new research released by Heidrick & Struggles and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Seventy-one percent of directors polled believe that CEOs are

Adecco to Acquire Penna Consulting for $149 Million

HR solutions company Adecco has acquired U.K.-based Penna Consulting Plc for $149 million as it seeks to strengthen its services outside the U.S. market. The company agreed to pay a 62 percent premium for Penna, according to industry sources. The deal is expected to close sometime later this quarter. Adecco CEO Alain Dehaze said both

Perdue Farms Taps Gaia for Sustainability Chief

Executive search firm Gaia Human Capital Consultants has recruited Stephan Levitsky as vice president of sustainability for Perdue Farms. In his role at Perdue, Mr. Levitsky will be responsible for advancing Perdue’s progress in achieving sustainable growth, fostering working relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders at the federal, state and local level, and serving as Perdue’s

Work&Partners Lands Marketing Chief for Clarity Solution Group

New York based Work&Partners LLC has recruited Mark Lewis as the first chief marketing officer for Clarity Solution Group, LLC. Alan J. Work led the search; he was retained to conduct the assignment in early December. Mr. Lewis was formerly the practice lead at Slalom Consulting where he led marketing and development of the company’s products. Prior to that, he was strategy

Focus Search Acquires Charlson Partners

Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of Vaco, has acquired San Francisco-based search firm Charlson Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move enables Focus Search to expand into the technology sector. Charlson Partners conducts senior executive search assignments for enterprise technology and service companies. Its client base includes some of the largest

Further Signs of Tightening In U.S. Labor Market

The aggregate average amount of job applicants per open job declined from 24 in the first quarter of 2015 to 21 in the fourth quarter of last year, consistent with the tighter labor market indicated by data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is according to iCIMS, Inc.’s just released quarterly ‘U.S. Hiring Trends’ report, which

Diversified Search Recruits Chief Nutrition Officer for Herbalife

Diversified Search has placed Dr. John Agwunobi as chief health and nutrition officer for the global nutrition company Herbalife. The search was led by John Mestepey, managing director of the firm’s Miami office, and Lorena Keough, a managing director in its life sciences, chemical, industrial and diversity practices. Dr. Agwunobi brings an accomplished background and a wealth of experience to Herbalife as

American Museum of Natural History Taps Battalia Winston for Controller

Executive search firm Battalia Winston has been retained by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to lead its search for a new vice president and controller. Dale Winston, Battalia Winston’s chairwoman and chief executive officer, and principal Gwyn Anderson, are leading the search. “As one of the largest natural history museums in the world, it’s critical

Warren Partners Launches Technology Search Practice

Executive recruiters Warren Partners has added Ian Mullett and Sarn Terry as directors to launch the firm’s new technology practice. Both join the firm from Harvey Nash, where they specialized in technology and professional services. Mr. Mullett has amassed more than 20 years of U.K. and international search experience and specializes in enterprise software, telecoms

Boyden Expands Staff in Montreal

Executive search firm Boyden has named Sébastien Zuchowski as a partner in its Montreal office. His focus will be on senior level assignments in the technology, media, telecommunication and industrial sectors. Before joining Boyden Montreal, Mr. Zuchowski worked for over 20 years as a client facing executive at several high tech software, hardware and professional services companies, including GURUS Solutions,

Hiring Outlook Mixed At Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Shifts in the economic and employment outlooks of America’s small to mid-sized business sector (SMB) have generated a mixed set of market trends, according to a new report just released by executive recruitment firm Lucas Group. The Q4 2015 “SMB Job Generation Outlook’ found that an average of 92 percent of leaders at small to medium-sized companies

Allegis Partners Fills Top HR Post for The Children’s Place

Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has placed Leah Swan as senior vice president of human resources at The Children’s Place, a retail chain carrying a range of trendy clothing, accessories & footwear for babies and kids. The position is based in Secaucus, NJ and reports to Jane Elfers, chief executive officer. The search was led by Mike Bergen, managing partner &

Slone Partners Lands Chief Science Officer for Metamark Genetics

Slone Partners, an executive search firm dedicated to the diagnostics, life science tools, healthcare information technology, and laboratory testing industries, has placed Peter Maimonis Ph.D., as senior vice president and chief science officer of Metamark Genetics. Dr. Maimonis brings extensive experience in oncology research and development, as well as specific proficiency in oncology biomarkers in the

Boston Remains Hot Spot for Executive Recruiters

Stanton Chase International has recently added Dickson Smith, John DiBenedetto and Robert Mulligan to its Boston office. The move comes as the city and its outlying suburbs become attractive hubs for companies and the search firms that service their talent needs. Mr. Smith, who becomes managing director, has 25 years of executive search experience specializing in the recruitment of

Futurestep Expands Advanced Technology Practice

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has expanded its advanced technology practice with the additions of Joanne Cumper and Ian Mosby as managing consultants in its London office. Ms. Cumper, who will work within the firm’s digital business across EMEA, brings nearly two decades of experience, working predominately in the technology,

Hyperloop Taps Rosenzweig & Co. for Ambitious Talent Buildout

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a futuristic ground transportation business that claims it will one day ferry people and cargo at nearly the speed of sound, has retained Rosenzweig & Company to lead its search for a number of board and executive level positions. Founding partner, Jay Rosenzweig, is spearheading the assignment. Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed

Grace Blue and SI Partners Form Alliance

Grace Blue, an executive search firm focused on the communications sector, and SI Partners, a global consultancy and M&A advisor, have formed a strategic alliance to advise companies in the creative communications and digital technology space on M&A and leadership. Ian Priest, Grace Blue’s CEO, and Charles Fallon, a partner at SI Partners, will lead the effort

Key Corporate Services In Search for AmericanHort CEO

Executive search firm Key Corporate Services, LLC, has been retained by AmericanHort to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. David Savoia, former interim president and CEO of the company, has stepped down from his position to pursue other priorities. Todd Downing, a partner at Key Corporate Services, is leading the search. AmericanHort is currently operating under

Heads! International Names Global Diversity Practice Leader

Global executive search and advisory firm Heads! International has named Elspeth Renshaw as a partner based out of its Hong Kong office. She will lead diversity initiatives for the firm’s global clients. Ms. Renshaw will support the executive search firm on gender diversity specific assignments and will lead Heads’ global gender diversity advisory business. Prior to joining Heads! International, she ran her own global consultancy for three years,

Hudson Global Posts 20 Percent Revenue Decline

Hudson Global Inc./(NASDAQ:HSON) reported 2015 full-year revenues of $463.2 million, down 20.3 percent (9.7 percent in constant currency), from $581.2 million in 2014. The results excluded the Americas IT and the Netherlands businesses which were sold during the second quarter of 2015. The New York-based recruiting company record net income of $2.3 million, or $0.07 per

CEO Sentiment Suggests Hiring Caution Through Year End

For the fourth quarter in a row, CEO expectations on the economy remain mixed, indicating an economy performing below its potential, according to the Business Roundtable’s first quarter ‘2016 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.’ The report found that 29 percent of CEOs expect their company’s U.S. employment to increase in the next six months, but that is down from 35

Heidrick to Lead Search for Unilife CEO

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Unilife Corporation to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Unilife founder Alan Shortall has resigned as CEO and chairman, though he will remain with the company as a paid consultant. John Ryan, a senior vice president at Unilife, will serve as interim president and CEO. “Unilife has developed an industry-leading portfolio of injectable

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