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Protis Global Finds President for INDUS Holding Co.

Executive search firm Protis Global has placed Joe Bayern as president of INDUS Holding Co. Mr. Bayern will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Salinas, CA-based cannabis company, reporting to Robert Weakley, founder and chief executive officer, and the board of directors. Mr. Bayern joins INDUS from global beverage company VOSS of Norway. In his eight years

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InveniasPartners Appoints President

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: InveniasPartners, a Chicago-based healthcare executive search and talent advisory services firm, named Joseph E. Fournier as vice chairman and president. He joined the firm as a partner and chief people

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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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Lantern Partners Launches Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Names New Sector Leader

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Recently, Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Lantern Partners launched a new healthcare

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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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InterSearch China Opens New Office in Qingdao

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 consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Recently, InterSearch China announced the opening of ZW HR Consulting’s new office in Qingdao.

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Robust Hiring Expected for Another Year

Economists foresee ongoing economic expansion for at least the next 12 months and companies expect to continue hiring, according to a business conditions survey released by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). All survey respondents said that they expect the U.S. economy, as measured by the change in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP), to

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Myers McRae Chosen to Find Methodist University Provost

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is seeking a new provost for Methodist University. Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president, are spearheading the assignment. The Fayetteville, NC university wants a provost who will be a partner in moving its academic offerings into the future, said Myers McRae. The new

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The Insight Group Recruits CEO for Millennium Services Group

After a comprehensive recruitment process, Sydney-headquartered executive search firm the Insight Group recently placed Darren Boyd as managing director and chief executive officer of Millennium Services Group Limited. He takes over from Millennium’s acting CEO, head of Millennium subsidiary Airlite Group Steve Willis, who was appointed following the departure of Millennium’s previous CEO, Craig Hanley. Millennium

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Savannah Group Partners with Psychometric Assessment Expert to Create New Tool

Drawing on insights from providing executive talent to over 1,000 businesses on short and long-term transformation projects, U.K.-headquartered executive search and interim management specialist Savannah Group has partnered with Alan Bourne of Sova, one of the leading innovators in the design of psychometric tools, to create a new psychometric assessment tool called the Pillars of Transformation.

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Royer Thomson Expands Organizational Performance and Leadership Transition Practice

Royer Thompson has expanded its organizational performance and leadership transition practice with the addition of veteran human resources leader Amanda Penney as senior director. Ms. Penney brings 15 years of human resources leadership to the firm, most recently as director of human resources with private sector company the Shaw Group during a time of business

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Finding the Right Leaders for Private Equity Companies

Some people like to compare a private equity investment to a marriage. Many steps are necessary in order to build a strong foundation and to be aligned for the future. PE investors and leaders strongly depend on one another to achieve returns and value within an agreed period of time. If the arrangement proves unsuccessful,

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TillmanPartners Recruits CIO for American Woodmark

Scottsdale, AZ-based search firm TillmanPartners has recruited Bill Waszak as chief information officer for NASDAQ-traded American Woodmark in Winchester, VA. “American Woodmark is a well-established industry leader with a strong company culture and a commitment to invest in technology and drive continued innovation in the business,” said Rob Tillman, CEO, who handled the search. “Bill

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Gail Nessel Colglazier Places Two Leaders for Cape Cod Museum of Art

New Hampshire-based executive search firm Gail Nessel Colglazier has helped to place two top leaders for the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA) in Dennis, MA. The non-profit reportedly started seeking a lone executive director 16 months ago, but in the end opted for two leaders. Benton Jones becomes the non-profit’s director of arts and Susan

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EFL Associates Recruits Executive Director for WorldDenver

Denver-based search firm EFL Associates has placed Tiffani Lennon as the new executive director for WorldDenver, a non-profit community organization dedicated to understanding world affairs and cultures. She succeeds WorldDenver’s founder Karen de Bartolomé, who is retiring after having created the organization seven years ago. Daniel J. Cummings, the firm’s senior vice president and managing director led

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The Pi Group Rebrands to Perpetual

The Pi Group (Perpetual Insights, Pi Executive and Perpetual Ambition), a boutique recruitment and talent advisory firm for consumer brands, has rebranded. As Perpetual, the company reinforces its commitment to offering a full range of solutions clients require along the entire talent journey. “From talent acquisition to talent development to talent analytics, Perpetual is dedicated

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Win the War of Talent with Job Security Over Pay

Amid fast-paced innovation and global competitiveness, employees are facing more professional choices than ever. Attracting talented people to grow businesses remains extremely difficult for employers. Holding on to people proves to be an increasing challenge for organizations worldwide as well. Compensation continues to be regarded as very important, but it is also clear that if

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National Restaurant Association Turns to Spencer Stuart to Find CEO

After suffering a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the travel, restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry continue to rebound. Last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added more than 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). Overall, the industry is estimated to generate an economic impact of $6.5

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Slone Partners Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Epic Sciences

Executive search firm Slone Partners has placed Richard Wenstrup as the chief medical officer of Epic Sciences. “Dr. Wenstrup’s decades-long experience in oncology leadership and clinical work will add substantial value to Epic Sciences in developing exciting new diagnostic tests that advance the mission of precision medicine,” said Tara Kochis-Stach, president of Slone Partners. In his new role,

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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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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,

Russell Reynolds Associates Conducting C-Suite Searches for Cambridge Teaching Hospital

Russell Reynolds Associates has been tapped by internationally renowned teaching hospital Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to find a new chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Cambridge University Hospitals is one of the leading teaching hospitals in the U.K., recognized as a center of excellence and innovation. With an income of more than $900

Montclair Public Library Turns to Bradbury Miller to Find Next Leader

Executive search firm Bradbury Miller Associates, formerly known as Gossage Sager Associates, has been retained by the Montclair Public Library to find a new director. David Hinkley has informed the board of directors that he will be retiring at the end of the year. Dan Bradbury, Bradbury Miller managing partner, is leading the search. His firm placed Mr. Hinkley into

Frazer Jones Appoints Head of HR Recruitment for North Asia

Executive search firm Frazer Jones, part of The SR Group, has named Michelle Jackson as head of HR recruitment for North Asia. Based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, she will be focused on building the Frazer Jones brand throughout the region. Ms. Jackson has strong experience placing senior HR executives – typically up through Asia Pacific

Boyden Continues Pittsburgh Expansion

Executive search firm Boyden has added Gary Claus as a partner in its Pittsburgh office. Mr. Claus is well known for his expertise in financial and professional services recruiting. Most recently, he served eight years as a managing director with Jade Group LLC, an executive search and consulting firm specializing in assignments for senior level executives

Analytic and Assessment Tools Gain Traction Among Headhunters

Search firms continue to expand into new areas whether it be via acquisition, alliance or launching new services. The trend has been seen at large recruiters and small boutiques alike as recruiters hope to provide clients with best-in-class services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior level talent. The latest meeting of the minds?

Diversified Search Acquires Life Sciences Specialist BioQuest

Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has acquired San Francisco-based BioQuest, a recruiting boutique specialist serving healthcare innovators in the life sciences market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under the terms of the agreement, BioQuest will operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary within Diversified

FelCor Taps Spencer Stuart to Lead Its CEO Search

Spencer Stuart has been retained by FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Richard A. Smith, the company’s former president and CEO, has retired. Troy A. Pentecost, FelCor’s long-time chief operating officer and a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been appointed to the additional positions of president and interim

Taylor Winfield Recruits President and CEO for Farm Foundation

Executive search firm Taylor Winfield has placed Constance Cullman as president and chief executive officer of Farm Foundation. Ms. Cullman will be the seventh leader to serve as president since the organization was founded in 1933. She succeeds Neilson Conklin, who has served as president since 2008. In 2015, Mr. Conklin announced his plans to retire. Previously, Ms. Cullman

IMD International Adds Member Firms in Palo Alto and London

IMD International Search Group has added Palo Alto, CA-based Fortra Executive Search and London-headquartered Hill Coates Associates as its newest member firms. Fortra Executive Search is a boutique firm specialized in the specific niche of the venture-funded and private equity technology market in San Francisco. Andy Grosso, who has a background of 11 years in executive search and

In a Three Generational Workforce, Baby Boomers Provide the Backbone

Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are still some the most motivated and driven members of the workforce, according to a newly released survey by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry. Interestingly, the survey revealed that Baby Boomers will be working for far longer following the global recession. As a result, businesses should

University of Arizona Taps R. William Funk to Recruit Next President

Executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates has been selected by the University of Arizona to finds its next president. The board of regents has previously announced UA president Ann Weaver Hart’s decision not to seek an extension to her current contract as president. Recruiting firm founder and president R. William Funk will lead the assignment. His

ON Partners Recruits Director to ADTRAN

Executive search firm ON Partners has recruited Jacqueline Hourigan Rice as a new member of the board of directors at NASDAQ-listed ADTRAN, Inc. Partner Matthew A. Mooney led the search on behalf of ON Partners. Ms. Hourigan Rice is executive vice president and chief risk & compliance officer at Target. At Target, she is responsible for managing enterprise and vendor risk, corporate security

Kingfisher Talent Launched to Serve Life Science Companies

Kingfisher Talent has been launched to provide executive search services to life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The company is a Boston-based consortium of six luminaries who are experts in their respective fields. Leading the team is Lucy Watson-Baker, an executive search veteran in the life sciences industry. Ms. Watson-Baker has worked in executive search and talent acquisition for over 15 years. She was previously a

Conroy Ross Partners Names Toronto Managing Partner

Executive search firm Conroy Ross Partners has named Peter Zukow as managing partner of its Toronto office. Mr. Zukow brings to the firm over 20 years of executive search experience recruiting senior talent to a wide cross section of industries, including consumer goods, retail, industrial, pharma / biotech, insurance, and financial services. Previously, he served as

Top Hurdles for Finding and Retaining Top Talent

Low pay is the top reason why applicants turn down jobs, while lack of advancement opportunities is the main reason employees leave jobs, according to a just-released survey of businesses released by Express Employment Professionals. The report was designed to reveal the hurdles that stop applicants from accepting jobs, as well as the top reasons employees

Heidrick & Struggles Begins CEO Successor Search for Ruby Tuesday

The board of directors of Ruby Tuesday has retained Heidrick & Struggles to begin a search for a permanent president and CEO, following the resignation of James J. “JJ” Buettgen. The company has appointed F. Lane Cardwell Jr. as interim president and CEO while the search is being conducted. According to industry sources, the board called

Korn Ferry Names Financial Services Sector Leaders

Korn Ferry has made multiple leadership moves within its global financial services practice. Eric Pikus, who previously served as the firm’s sector leader for asset management as well as consumer and commercial banking in its New York office, will now serve as head of North America, global financial market for the firm. Throughout his career, Mr.

Caldwell Partners Recruits CFO for Academic Partnerships

Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has placed Jeff Dawson as chief financial officer of Dallas-headquartered Academic Partnerships. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, head of Caldwell Partners’ private equity and venture capital recruiting practice, led the search. Mr. Dawson comes to Academic Partnerships after more than eight years with Match.com where he held multiple leadership positions. Mostly recently, he was CFO of dating at Match and just

Witt/Kieffer Appoints IT Practice Co-Leaders

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has named principals Hillary Ross and Chris Wierz as co-leaders of its information technology practice. Ms. Ross, based in Oak Brook, IL, is an experienced healthcare information technology executive search consultant. She specializes in the recruitment of senior level physicians and other clinicians, and conducts searches for chief medical information officers and chief health informatics officers.

Finding Leaders to Inspire and Direct In the Digital Age

An explosive new recruiting mandate has been emerging for executive search consultants keen on offering innovative expertise to their clients and finding new avenues to growth: finding leaders who can inspire and direct companies in the digital age. It is the latest directive to be placed in the lap of executive recruiters by companies eager to

Korn Ferry In Hunt for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO

Korn Ferry has been retained by the influential Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey has headed the $10 billion private foundation since 2003. Established in 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest U.S. philanthropy focused solely on health. The foundation’s goal, through the

Egon Zehnder Recruits CEO for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Egon Zehnder has recruited Olivier Chavy as chief executive officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. Jean-Gabriel Pérès had previously announced his intention to retire after 17 years of leadership. The company sought a new CEO that could “drive value-accretive initiatives” which include the development of commercial activities and the delivery of system integration, enhanced distribution and active yield management, according

TRANSEARCH Opens New Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town

TRANSEARCH International has opened two offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Johannesburg team is headed up by Zinhle Matentji, who will serve as chief executive officer of the new location. She has a strong focus on financial services, consumer, retail, petrochemical, logistics /supply chain, mining and chemicals. With over 16 years of experience in the executive

Chief Marketing Officers Gaining Momentum As Business Game Changers

Many view Amazon as the most recent talent raiding case in point. The company is seen as a breeding ground for innovative talent — and hanging on to people has created a logistical nightmare for Jeff Bezos, the company’s CEO. In one recent raid, Chicago-based DHR International lured Amazon’s head of worldwide mass and brand marketing to sports

CEO Outlook Shows Moderate Hiring Heading Into the Elections

CEOs expect roughly unchanged plans for hiring and nearly flat plans for capital spending in the third quarter of 2016, according to the recently released Business Roundtable ‘CEO Economic Outlook Survey.’ Overall, the results suggest that the American economy is likely to continue to experience lackluster growth, although moderate expansion has been reported by other less

Diversified Search Recruits President for March of Dimes Foundation

Executive search firm Diversified Search has placed Stacey D. Stewart as president of the March of Dimes Foundation. She becomes the organization’s first black president. The search was led by Andrew Wheeler, managing director and practice leader of the firm’s education and not-for-profit practice. The search was a six month long process of seeking input from senior management, volunteers, donors and other key

Norman Broadbent Receives Funding and Plans Expansion

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Norman Broadbent has raised more than $3 million from new and existing equity investors to fuel future growth plans. The investment comes from a range of high profile investors, including Miton and City Financial Investment. Backing was also secured from existing investors, including Jon Moulton (a substantial shareholder of the firm), Downing LLP and Ennismore

Calibre One Launches Purpose-Driven Recruiting Practice

Search firms continue to expand into new areas, hoping to provide clients with the best services for finding, assessing, onboarding and keeping their senior level talent. Calibre One has followed suit by launching what it calls a ‘purpose-driven’ search practice to be led by partner Venesa Klein and backed by a team of specialists. The new practice area

Georgia Tech Selects Turnkey Search to Find AD

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has been retained by Georgia Tech to lead its search for a new director of athletics. Mike Bobinski, the school’s past athletic director, has left his position to take on the same role at Purdue University. DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader, Glenn Sugiyama, led that assignment. The hunt for

Workers Looking to Jump Ship for Better Career Opportunities

The global labor market is warming up and active job seeking is on the rise, according to CEB, a best practice insight and technology company. In their latest report, global talent monitor data is drawn from CEB’s ‘Global Labor Market Survey,’ which is made up of more than 20,000 employees in 40 countries. Employees have long believed that

Russell Reynolds Associates Names Region Head for the U.S.

Russell Reynolds Associates has appointed Constantine Alexandrakis as region head for the U.S. He takes over the role from Mark Adams, who remains a managing director with the firm. Mr. Alexandrakis joined Russell Reynolds as a consultant in 2004 and has led its Chicago and Minneapolis offices since 2012 and 2014, respectively. He has served on the

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