May 31, 2016 – Atlanta-headquartered Sapeare Executive Search has added Jim Thorsten to its team to lead the firm’s human resources practice division.
Mr. Thorsten has over 25 years of experience in the search, sales and management industries. He was previously with recruiting firm firstPRO where he focused on attracting talent within the supply chain and engineering sectors. Before that, he was a vice president at Advantage Resourcing. He has also held various roles with Global Employment Solutions, Gulf States Paper Corporation and Westvaco Corporation.
“We are pleased to add someone of Jim’s caliber as a practice leader on our team,” said managing director Steve Dawson. “With its increasing complexity and demands, the human resources field requires someone with Jim’s expertise and insight to identify quality candidates.”
“I am looking forward to contributing my skills and experience in attracting the best in local and national professional talent as part of Sapeare,” said Mr. Thorsten. “With the continuing demand for skilled talent, it’s critical to develop and maintain key relationships in multiple business environments to make valuable connections between people and companies.”
Sapeare Executive Search finds C-level talent for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 market leaders. The group focuses primarily on five practice areas: Information technology; sales and marketing; human resources; accounting and finance; as well as manufacturing (including engineering and logistics).
With the recent rise in demand for HR leaders, a number of executive search firms have bolstered their HR practices. Here’s a sampling:
- Johnson Executive Search named Carol Crawford to lead the firm’s newly established HR division. With Ms. Crawford’s two decades of HR leadership experience, the firm will now expand its service offerings to include human resources, recruiting and talent management positions;
- Canadian boutique firm Yacoub Elite Search appointed Kim Forgues as a member of the executive search team and president of its new Yacoub Elite HR division. An extension of the firm’s executive search practice, the new human capital division will provide end-to-end HR consulting services in talent management, coaching and leadership development, organizational design, change management, total rewards, diversity and inclusion and access to experienced HR professionals on an as needed basis;
- Odgers Berndtson recently acquired Charleston Partners, an executive search and talent advisory firm that exclusively recruits HR professionals and advises on human capital management issues. Francis Luisi, founding principal of Charleston Partners, now leads Odgers’ U.S. HR practice;
- DHR International added Kenneth Schwenke to the firm as a partner and member of the firm’s board & CEO and human resources practice groups. Mr. Schwenke is an experienced consultant in finding executive talent, having conducted more than 400 searches for employers and clients across a wide range of industries and in roles ranging from public company board members and C-suite executives to senior functional and operational leaders;
- Allegis Partners named Robert Lambert as a managing director in the firm’s human resources practice at its Orange County office. He joined the firm from Morgan Samuels, where he was a senior client partner.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media