September 17, 2021 – PFM Executive Search has formed a partnership with ViRTUS Inc., a leadership development and strategic planning firm. “At ViRTUS, their purpose is to make a difference in the lives of others,” PFM said. “They build respectful, empathetic and productive leaders, who are aware of their impact on the world. ViRTUS helps senior teams create strategies that are inspiring, executable and that drive real outcomes.” Mike Desjardins is the CEO of ViRTUS. He focuses on strategy, growth and vision for ViRTUS. He is passionate about leveraging his team, he engages them all in co-creating ViRTUS’ future vision and determining their role in it.
“At PFM, our purpose is to help our clients build strong, cohesive, and diverse teams,” the search firm said about the partnership. “We are committed to working creatively to unearth incredibly talented individuals, who become invaluable leaders for the organizations we partner with. Our success is fueled by the unique approach our team takes to establish an in-depth and meaningful understanding of what keeps our clients up at night, as well as their vision of what can be achieved through inspirational leadership and innovative ideas. We’re looking forward to supporting each other’s clients in finding and developing the most impactful leaders in the market.”
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Reveal Market Forecast
The pandemic caused an unprecedented disruption to executive search activity in 2020. Executive recruiters spent the better part of last year resetting expectations in the midst of an unprecedented interruption to their business. But according to recruiting industry leaders interviewed for this report, the search business is turning a significant corner.
We take a critical look back, examine search firm performance, and uncover fresh market opportunities. Leading executive recruiters offer up their viewpoints, and forecasts, for 2021. The good news: optimism reigns. And that means we could be in for one of the biggest growth spurts the executive search sector has enjoyed in years. Here’s our latest thinking. A special thanks to our co-sponsor: N2Growth! Buy your copy today!
PFM Executive Search, based in Vancouver, B.C., serves a wide range of industries, working with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations to fill senior-level executive positions. Among the roles that the firm has recently filled include: president and chief executive officer, Provincial Health Services Authority; chief financial officer, PCI Developments and Warrington PCI Management; chief financial officer and vice president, finance and corporate, B.C. Lottery Corp.; and executive director, B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Partnerships and Mergers
Executive search firms have seen a rise in partnerships in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, and The Amrop Partnership, have formed a strategic alliance that will see both companies expanding their offerings for their clients as well as growing their respective global reach. “We are very excited about our alliance with Amrop,” said John Marshall, chief executive officer of JM Search. “Our two firms share many of the core personal and professional values that have enabled us to hire great people and work with many of the leading private equity, private and public companies around the globe.” He said both firms a similar philosophy and dedication to search quality and efficiency. “We look forward to extending our new global reach to our existing U.S. based clients.”
Search firm Opus Partners has integrated the executive search business of CBO Partners Recruiting, a Charlottesville, VA-based human-capital management firm, into its national higher education and healthcare practice. Jay Scott, CBO’s founder and president, becomes an associate partner at Opus in the firm’s Charlottesville, VA office.
London-based SpenglerFox and Cowley Brown Recruitment, located in Dublin, formed a strategic alliance aimed at growing and expanding both firms’ search business in Ireland. The alliance will target the retained executive search business in the Irish market with an initial focus on C-suite roles in life sciences and related sectors.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media