Spencer Stuart Partners with AI Provider Qlu.ai

February 13, 2024 – Spencer Stuart has formed a strategic alliance with artificial intelligence (AI) company Qlu.ai. Founded by Fahad Jalal in 2020, Qlu is an innovator in using AI to automate the discovery of new companies and talent. “Qlu rapidly deploys new AI models that will integrate with industry leading technology platform and discovery processes used by Spencer Stuart’s search professionals as they help clients address their evolving talent and leadership needs,” the search firm said.

“We are excited to partner with Qlu,” said David Baruch, chief information officer of Spencer Stuart. “The power and efficiency of Qlu’s AI complements the expertise and market insights of our best-in-class search team and our proprietary platform. This strategic partnership will enhance our ability to identify great leadership talent and deliver even more impactful outcomes to our clients and candidates – and will no doubt inspire further innovation to help our clients and the entire industry.”

“Our collaboration with Spencer Stuart will benefit our ability to accelerate how the executive search and leadership consulting industry uses AI,” said Mr. Jalal. “Their team’s input will help inform our product development going forward and Qlu’s platform will enable Spencer Stuart to improve the timeliness and impact of their client service.”

Privately held since 1956, Spencer Stuart focuses on delivering knowledge, insight, and results through the collaborative efforts of a team of search professionals — now spanning 56 offices, 30 countries, and more than 50 practice specialties. The firm helps boards and leaders address their leadership needs in areas such as senior-level executive search, board recruitment, board effectiveness, succession planning, in-depth senior management assessment and many other facets of organizational effectiveness.

Partnerships with AI Specialists

A number of executive search firms have partnered with AI-focused companies in recent months. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Korn Ferry has formed a partnership with Yoodli to provide professionals with private and real-time communication coaching using artificial intelligence (AI). “We’re pleased to partner with Yoodli to help professionals upskill themselves at their own pace,” said Bryan Ackermann, head of AI strategy and transformation, Korn Ferry. “Communication skills are one of the consistent enablers of professional success—from promotion conversations to boardroom presentations. This partnership lies at the heart of our strategy to bring cutting-edge generative AI and personalized coaching to our partners worldwide.” Yoodli, a Seattle, WA-based company, helps individuals improve their communications skills using AI. Users can get coaching during online meetings, or they can practice for an upcoming speech, conversation, or interview with AI. Yoodli will then generate feedback on their content, conciseness and speaking attributes such as their executive presence, reliance on filler words, and pacing.

Newland Associates has formed a strategic partnership with Finland-based Pandatron, a provider of artificial intelligence micro coaching solutions. Through this collaboration, Newland Associates will introduce Pandatron’s AI micro coaching solution to its clients in the U.S. and assist Pandatron in expanding its reseller partnerships across multiple continents. “The bottom-up approach and unparalleled pricing structure make the program extremely affordable, yet powerful,” said Robert Newland, CEO of Newland Associates. “If little league players to C-suite executives benefit from coaching, we know the only thing keeping organizations from offering coaching to all employees is cost. Pandatron solves that.” Pandatron’s AI micro coaching is new approach to employee engagement and development, offering 30-minute weekly sessions and optional daily five minute follow-ups, all facilitated by an AI coach. By collecting anonymized responses, the platform also provides real-time insights into employee sentiment, helping organizations to enhance employee engagement, refine leadership strategies, and drive improved business outcomes.

Related: Leveraging AI for Executive Search Success

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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