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Boyden Opens Office In Ukraine

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Challis & Company Leading Executive Producer Search for ABC

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IIC Partners Forms Alliance With CoolBrands

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Futurestep Launches Academic Healthcare Practice

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The Execu | Search Group Forms Alliance With New Heritage Capital

New Heritage Capital, a Boston-based private equity firm, has made a significant investment The Execu | Search Group. Financial details of the funding was not disclosed. New Heritage Capital is a private equity firm with a boutique practice of investing in owner-managed and operated businesses. Under terms of the deal, Execu | Search will retain operational control,

Prodigy Sports Recruits Business Operations VP at TD Garden

[Executive search firm Prodigy Sports has placed Louise Murray as senior vice president of business operations at TD Garden in Boston. Founder and chief executive officer Scott Carmichael led the search. The Position In her new role, Ms. Murray will maximize the event schedule strategy and growth, overseeing and supporting innovative technology initiatives to leverage visible and strategic

Lapham Group Recruits CEO for Insurance Information Institute

[Executive search firm The Lapham Group has placed Sean Kevelighan as president and chief executive officer of The Insurance Information Institute (III). Craig Lapham, managing partner and CEO, led the assignment. In his new role, Mr. Kevelighan will provide strategic oversight for the organization and act as a key spokesperson for the P&C insurance industry as a

TRANSEARCH Expands In Dubai

[TRANSEARCH International has strengthened its presence in Dubai with the additions of Philip de Waal and Peter Greaves as partners. Mr. de Waal has worked in recruitment and executive search since 2007. He has developed a track record in senior level assignments across the Asia Pacific region, ranging from searches for regional leadership and technical leadership roles in E&P

One In Five U.S. Employers Will Hire In Q1 2017

[U.S. employers are cautiously optimistic about hiring plans going into the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest ‘Manpower Employment Outlook Survey,’ released today by ManpowerGroup. Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the Net Employment Outlook for the first quarter is +16 percent, a decline of two percentage points compared to the

Perpetual Insights Snags Sotheby's Talent Acquisition Leader as Part of Expansion

[Consumer brand recruitment firm Perpetual Insights has strengthened its search staff with the additions of James Thomas as a principal and Scott Barrett as a director. Both are based out of the firm’s Darien, CT and New York offices. Mr. Thomas will lead the firm’s finance & accounting search practice with an exclusive focus on senior-level finance assignments (CFO,

CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for Redeemer City to City

[CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed Steve Shackelford as chief executive officer of Redeemer City to City (CTC). The board’s selection comes after an extensive five month search conducted by CarterBaldwin founding partner Price Harding. Mr. Shackelford currently serves as president and chief financial officer with Corporate Capital Trust, which has assets of approximately $4.3 billion and is one

Chrisman & Company Leading CEO Search for First NBC Bank

[New Orleans-headquartered First NBC Bank has retained executive search firm Chrisman & Company to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Longtime leader and founder Ashton Ryan Jr. has stepped aside as CEO. The bank is separating the roles of CEO and president; Mr. Ryan will continue on as president. Founding partner and principal Timothy Chrisman is

HW – Global Talent Partner Names CEO

[U.K.-based executive search firm HW – Global Talent Partner has tapped Spencer Jinks to serves as its new chief executive officer. He takes over from founding director John Wakeford, who headed the business for six years and will now concentrate on growing the firm’s financial services, CFO and chair & NED practice. Mr. Jinks has been with the

Wage Increases Slowing Globally

[A forecast just issued by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry reveals that, adjusted for inflation, workers around the world are expected to see real wage increases of 2.3 percent, down slightly from last year’s 2.7 percent. The study found that North America is predicted to see slower salary increases than other global regions, with only a

Vaco Acquires Two Boutiques

Talent solutions firm Vaco has acquired Pivot Point Consulting based in Seattle and boutique executive search firm Greythorn in Bellevue, WA. Financial teams of the deal were not disclosed. The new acquisitions bring together more than 50 employees and 250 consultants across the nation. “Expanding our team to include Pivot Point and Greythorn enhances Vaco’s extensive healthcare network

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