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Collegiate Sports Associates Finds Head Basketball Coach for University of Georgia

Universities continue to turn to search firms to fill their top coaching vacancies. Recently, Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) placed Tom Crean as the new men’s head basketball coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He replaces Mark Fox who was fired at the end of the season after nine years with the school. The search firm was

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B.E. Smith Places CEO at Avera Health

As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts and whatever changes are coming. This has produced a high demand

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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.


Vaco Enters Three New U.S. Markets

Brentwood, TN-headquartered recruiting firm Vaco has recently expanded into Denver, Pittsburgh, and Winston-Salem/Greensboro, NC. As executive partners, Vaco’s Renee Fisher and Kevin Witt help chart the strategic course in the firm’s many local markets. “Vaco is thrilled to extend our national footprint and bring our consultative approach to talent and solutions to Denver, Pittsburgh and Winston-Salem/Greensboro,” said Ms. Fisher. “Vaco was built to be a

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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?


IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added People & Performance A/S in Denmark as its newest member firm. “Denmark is an important market with many international knowledge-intensive companies with cross-border recruitment needs, and with IRC Denmark our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,” said IRC. People

Egon Zehnder Partners with Leadership Development Firm Mobius

Now more than ever, the world needs great leaders. But for leaders to best transform their organizations, they must first embrace their own transformation and continually work on self-improvement. In response, global search firm Egon Zehnder has formed a partnership with leadership development firm Mobius Executive Leadership. The alliance combines the firms’ proprietary methods for

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Russell Reynolds Associates Finds New CEO for State Employees Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

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Michelle Whiting & Associates Tapped to Find CEO for Pacific Chorale

Michelle Whiting & Associates, which specializes in recruitment for non-profit organizations, has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Costa Mesa, CA-based Pacific Chorale, a professional choir. “The successful CEO will have an unprecedented opportunity to have a significant impact on the financial stability of a flourishing and increasingly high profile arts


Gray Scalable Names Head of Executive Search

New York-headquartered executive search firm Gray Scalable has named Eric Tenety as head of executive search. For over 17 years, Mr. Tenety has served venture capital and private equity portfolio companies as well as publicly-listed businesses undergoing transformation through the acquisition of innovative talent. He has worked with a number of founders, operators and investors


Gerard Daniels Names Alison Gaines as CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels has appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting


Leathwaite Appoints Head of Americas to Focus on Growth and Branding

Veteran executive search consultant Paul Groce has joined Leathwaite as head of the firm’s Americas region in an effort to increase its reach and further expand its brand outside the U.K. “The continued expansion of our U.S. business is central to Leathwaite’s future international growth strategy, and we are absolutely delighted to have hired Paul Groce to

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SearchWide Global Seeks New Leader for Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, hotel and hospitality industry continues to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is likely to increase this year as global tourism and traveling in

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Korn Ferry Finds CEO for American College of Cardiology

Following a six-month nationwide search, Korn Ferry placed Timothy W. Attebery as the new CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Shalom Jacobovitz, who led the organization for five years, left the college in January to head a new biopharmaceutical company. Thomas Giella, chairman of Korn Ferry’s healthcare services practice, and Lorraine Lavet, sector leader for associations,


Sports Group International Appoints New Leadership

Sports Group International, an executive search firm serving the sports industry, has named Julie Yochim as its new president following the retirement of Joe White. Ms. Yochim joined the firm five years ago as an executive search consultant. She focuses on providing leadership and a technical expertise that will serve SGI’s clients in an ever-changing


SpenglerFox Names New Regional Practice Group Leader, Other Appointments

London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named a new regional practice group leader for Middle East Africa, family businesses and technology. Based in Dubai, Eva Wuellner will support the firm’s clients in both executive search assignments and human capital services projects, such as leadership development, assessment centers and HR organization, among others. In her work for multinational

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Diversified Search Places CEO at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Executive search firm Diversified Search has placed Mary C. Daly as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dale E. Jones, the recruitment firm’s president and CEO, led the assignment along with financial services practice leader Julie Kanak and board practice head Veronica Biggins. Effective Oct. 1, Ms. Daly will replace outgoing CEO

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ArtCenter College of Design Taps Witt/Kieffer for Chief Diversity Officer

Chief diversity officers are now considered part of every competitive organization’s senior management team, and institutions of all types are lining up to bring these highly sought-after leaders on board. Search firms are well equipped for their role with extensive networks throughout the space. Witt/Kieffer was recently retained by the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena,


McDermott & Bull Opens Office in Vancouver

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded in Canada with the addition of a new office in Vancouver. Paul Gibbons, a 20-year search and talent acquisition executive, joins the firm as managing partner and will lead the firm’s expansion throughout Canada. “The No. 1 complaint I hear from businesses who deal with search firms is the time


Boyden Names Global Industrial Practice Leader

Global executive search firm Boyden has named Francesca d’Arcangeli, a managing partner of Boyden United Kingdom, as its new global industrial practice leader. She succeeds Robert Travis, a managing partner in the U.S. and Canada who was re-elected to Boyden’s global board in May. “Francesca is the right leader at the right time for Boyden’s Global Industrial Practice,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO


La Fosse Associates Continues Expansion with Opening of New York Office

U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates continues its expansion in the U.S. with the opening of a new office in New York. The opening builds upon the success of the firm’s first U.S. practice, in Los Angeles, which opened in 2016. With an already established executive network and strong track record in the New York


Meeting the Challenges of Employee Churn

Like it or not, workforce transformations are often a way of life in business. For company leaders, it is critical to look beyond the moment and keep the long view in mind. When layoffs are a necessity, leaders must pay heed to the employees who remain as well as doing right by those who have

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Academic Search Adds Three Former HBCU Presidents to Roster

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has expanded its ability to attract top leadership talent to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with the addition of the founders of TM2 Education Search to the firm. TM2 was established in 2016 to identify and place candidates in top administrative posts at HBCUs. John Garland, Dorothy Yancy and Sidney Ribeau,

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Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Medical Officer for CalvertHealth

CalvertHealth, a Prince Frederick, MD-based healthcare system, has enlisted executive search firm Buffkin / Baker to find its next chief medical officer. Brenda Doherty, partner and head of the healthcare provider practice, is leading the assignment. The ideal candidate will be a progressive physician leader that can drive clinical excellence, best practices and quality initiatives in order

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Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Next Leader for Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. The individual will also serve as vice president for diversity, inclusion and health equity for the institute’s parent organization, the American Hospital Association (AHA). The assignment will be conducted


Friisberg & Partners International Adds New Member Firm in South America

Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting organizations, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Friisberg & Partners International recently added Argento Consultores in Chile as its newest member


Recruiters Now Balancing Technology and Human Touch

While they won’t sport bionic arms and legs, recruiters will be empowered like never before by technology that makes them smarter, more efficient and connected. The recruiter of the near future will be able to find the right talent with the push of a button and possess the people skills to engage and convert top

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The Verriez Group Places CFO at Farm Mutual Re

CFOs continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies. Ontario-headquartered executive search firm the Verriez Group recently recruited Amy Butler as senior vice-president and chief financial officer for Farm

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Reffett Associates Seeks New President for the Naval Postgraduate School

Executive search firm Reffett Associates has been selected by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to assist in selecting its next president. The search is being led by Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, with assistance from Thomas Young, director of operations. “We are pleased to have been selected by the board of


RETS Associates Opens New Office in Denver

RETS Associates has opened a new office in downtown Denver. Having dedicated office space in Colorado’s capital city will enable the firm to best serve new and existing clients’ growing demand for real estate talent in the region, said the firm. Joining the new office is Jessica MacNaughton, who recently started at the firm as

Heidrick to Search for Technology Chief

Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Siluria Technologies to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Ed Dineen has announced he is stepping down from the CEO role. Erik Scher, currently executive vice president and company co-founder, is serving as interim CEO. Siluria Technologies is a San Francisco-based company which has developed methods for converting natural gas into products such

Ballinger | Leafblad Taps Director for Intermedia Arts As Non-Profit Sector Looks for Leaders

Executive search firm Ballinger|Leafblad has placed Eyenga Bokamba as the new executive director for Intermedia Arts. Ms. Bokamba will provide leadership to advance the organization’s mission to be a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art and will serve as chief development and fundraising officer. She comes to Intermedia from Sprockets, St. Paul’s nationally recognized out-of-school-time network, where she has

Amrop Names Six New Global Hires

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 83 offices in 57 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, has made six new hires thought Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. Murat Ayberk has been appointed as a senior consultant in Vienna. He has a long track record in the telecommunications sector as a

More Companies Using Social Media to Reject Job Candidates

More than one-third of companies have disqualified a job candidate in the past year because of concerns about information found on public social media or an online search, according to survey results just released by the Society for Human Resource Management. Candidates were disqualified for illegal activity and discrepancies with job applications, among other reasons. However,

Benchmark Expands Board Director Practice As Hunt for Cyber Security Leaders Intensifies

Benchmark Executive Search has launched a newly expanded board of directors practice which will now serve Fortune 1000 clients. In coming months, the firm will be adding new recruiting consultants to the practice group. Founded by Jeremy King eight years ago, Benchmark focuses on helping startups, emerging growth and mid-cap companies recruit leaders with government or private/public sector

Witt/Kieffer Recruits CEO for International Association of Fairs and Expositions

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has placed Marla Calico as president and chief executive officer of International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). Past IAFE CEO Jim Tucker had announced his retirement after 15 years at the helm. Jennifer Biehn, a consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s not-for-profit practice, and Gregory R. Santore, principal and sports leadership practice leader, led the search. IAFE sought a leader who appreciates

CES Partners Retained by CAHME to Lead CEO Search

Chicago-based executive search firm CES Partners, Ltd. has been selected by the Washington, D.C., area Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The announcement was made by Daniel J. West Jr., PhD, chair of the CAHME board of directors, following the notice that current

TRANSEARCH Expands In the Middle East

TRANSEARCH International has added Vanessa Fisk and Jack Khabbaz to its Middle East team as search consultants. Ms. Fisk, who joins TRANSEARCH in Dubai, has extensive experience across the financial services sector, holding a variety of C-suite positions in a number of global institutions in both advanced financial centers as well as emerging and underdeveloped markets. She is also an

Employers Remain Confident on Hiring Plans for 2016

U.S. employers remain confident in their hiring plans as they embark on a new year, with 36 percent of employers planning to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to hire temporary or contract workers. Workers can also expect to see higher starting salaries,

Curry College Taps Isaacson, Miller for CHRO Search

Curry College has retained Isaacson, Miller to lead its search for a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Vice president Alan Wichlei is leading the search with managing associate Liz Vago. Reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of the college’s senior leadership team, the CHRO will implement an innovative and comprehensive HR program and systems.

Egon Zehnder Appoints Boston Office Leader

Egon Zehnder has named Lisa Blais as leader of the firm’s Boston office. She is assuming the role from Jamie Satterthwaite, who has led the office for the past five years and oversaw significant growth for Zehnder in the New England market. Ms. Blais has served as head of the firm’s North American industrial practice, where

Lochlin Partners Recruits CEO for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Boutique executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Paul Wiedefeld as general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Managing director Patrick Friel led the search. Mr. Wiedefeld brings to the WMATA  30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience, formerly serving as CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where

Kincannon & Reed Appoints Managing Director

Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has added Alan Temple as a managing director where he will serve clients in the produce and food sectors. Mr. Temple’s background includes a two decade long career with B&W Quality Growers, Inc., a producer and distributor of branded and wholesale leafy greens with international distribution. As president and CEO of

2015 Was Second-Best Year for Hiring Since 1999

The labor market continued to grow at a healthy pace in December as employers added 292,000 jobs and the U.S. unemployment rate remained at five percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Currently there are 7.9 million people unemployed in the U.S. For the year, total job growth totaled 2.7 million, the second-best year

SR Group Acquires Maximum Management Corp.

London-based specialist recruiter The SR Group has acquired Maximum Management Corporation (MMC), a boutique HR recruitment firm based in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition gives SR Group its first office in the U.S. and complements global offices in the U.K., Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. As well as expanding the

Polachi Taps CFO for NewStore

Executive recruiter Polachi Inc. has placed Joel Abdinoor as chief financial officer of NewStore, Inc. He will oversee finance and operations while working across the organization to optimize the business for growth. Charley Polachi, managing partner, led the assignment. Mr. Abdinoor is an experienced leader in building, restructuring, transforming and increasing the profitability of companies in a diverse

ZRG Partners Expands Industrial Search Practice

ZRG Partners has added Leslie Sharp as a managing director and member of the firm’s industrial recruiting practice. She brings expertise in the utilities and energy sectors. Ms. Sharp brings more than 15 years of executive search experience to ZRG. For the past six years, she has been supporting clients in the sector as practice leader,

Russell Reynolds Associates Adds to Energy / Natural Resources Practice

Russell Reynolds Associates has expanded its Houston office with the appointments of Brian Bayne and Stuart Vardaman. They join the firm’s energy and natural resources search practice. In addition to serving in the energy and natural resources practice, Mr. Bayne will also serve as a member of the firm’s corporate officers practice. With more than 17 years of experience

Success In Recruiting Now Depends On Change and Innovation

A great shift is underway in the executive search field – and few industry professionals have witnessed more change than Steven B. Potter. As managing director of U.S. operations at Odgers Berndtson, the sixth largest international search firm, Steve has captained numerous C-suite and board director searches, with a special expertise in financial services. He

Caldwell Posts 13 Percent Revenue Rise

Caldwell Partners International posted first quarter revenues of $13.9 million (Canadian), up 12.7 percent from revenues of $12.4 million a year ago. Revenue in the U.S. for the quarter rose 22.5 percent, while Canadian revenues dipped 20.8 percent. “Despite absolute revenue growth, we are disappointed in our first quarter results,” said CEO John Wallace. “Our revenue was

CarterBaldwin Recruits VP HR for Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed Jim Matte as vice president of human resources for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. Managing partner David Clapp led the search. Based in Charlotte, Coca-Cola Consolidated is the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Mr. Matte has 25-plus years of experience in human resources leadership and labor law. At Coca-Cola Consolidated he will have responsibility

AMN Healthcare Services Finalizes Acquisition of B.E. Smith

AMN Healthcare Services, a provider of healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, has completed its acquisition of healthcare-focused executive search firm B.E. Smith for $160 million in cash. The transaction is immediately accretive to AMN’s earnings and is structured to allow AMN to realize tax benefits having an estimated net present value of approximately $25 million. The purchase price is being

Heidrick & Struggles Names LA Office Leader

Carlos Garcia has been named head of the Los Angeles office of Heidrick & Struggles. He will continue to be active in the firm’s supply chain & operations search practice and work  with clients in its healthcare and life sciences practice sectors. Mr. Garcia recruits senior leaders in sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, quality, logistics, distribution, customer service, and integrated supply chain areas. He joined Heidrick

More Workers Looking to Switch Jobs In 2016

More than one in five employees (21 percent) say they will leave their current employers in 2016, a five percent increase since last year (16 percent), according to a survey by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder. Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30 percent) expect to

Allen Austin Launches Clean Tech Practice As Sector Demand and Funding Soar

Global leadership advisory firm Allen Austin has launched a new power & clean technology practice. Managing partner Jim Thompson will lead the new practice and he will be joined by fellow managing partners Mary Campagnano and Gary Payne. Allen Austin’s new sector orientation  will be focused on critical growth areas, including solar, wind, fuel cells, energy storage,

Diversified Search Taps President for Triple/S Dynamics

Diversified Search has recruited Chris Rippee as president of Triple/S Dynamics. The search was led by managing director Lauren E. Smith. Triple/S Dynamics, headquartered in Dallas, is a manufacturer of equipment for the process industries, including the Slipstick Horizontal Motion Conveyor and the Texas Shaker Vibrating Screen. It is part of the KMC Global group of companies. Mr. Rippee began his

Allegis Partners In Hunt for CHRO

Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has been retained by Aleris Corporation to find its new chief human resources officer (CHRO).  The position is based in suburban Cleveland and will report to the president and chief executive officer of the company, Sean M. Stack. Mike Bergen, managing partner & global practice leader (human resources),  and Matt Healey, managing

Korn Ferry Expands Aerospace & Defense Search Practice

Korn Ferry has added John F. Weigold as senior client partner in its aerospace & defense practice. He will be based in the firm’s Stamford office. Mr. Weigold currently serves as a reserve Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. He focuses his efforts on the aerospace, defense, government and aviation sectors, and conducts specialized work in

Cleveland Browns Turn to Korn Ferry for Head Coach

The Cleveland Browns are the latest professional sports team using the services of an executive search firm, this time Korn Ferry, to find its next head coach. Jed Hughes, the firm’s vice chairman and global sports sector leader, is heading the assignment. The new hire will be the 16th full time head coach in the organization’s franchise history. Mike Pettine was

Russell Reynolds Taps CEO for Zensar Technologies

Russell Reynolds Associates has placed Sandeep Kishore as chief executive officer of India-headquartered Zensar Technologies, a provider of technology services to global clients in the manufacturing, retail and financial services verticals. It offers end-to-end capabilities in Oracle implementation and maintenance. Known as a results-driven, innovative leader, Mr. Kishore served as corporate vice president of life sciences healthcare and

Heidrick & Struggles Names Chicago Office Leader

Lyndon A. Taylor has been appointed head of the Chicago office of Heidrick & Struggles. He will continue to be active in the firm’s financial services and CEO / board practices. Mr. Taylor rejoined Heidrick & Struggles in 2014. He had spent the previous decade at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he focused on C-level executive search and assessment assignments at

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