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Gabriel & James publishes their Online Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charter

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Gabriel & James publishes their Online Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charter

April 21st 2008
Being a good business means more than providing great products or service. A good business needs to show that it cares about its interaction and impact on the world.
Executive Search firm Gabriel & James already maintains published codes of “Best Practice” and “Diversity”, has added to its reputation as a “Responsible Business” by publishing its “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charter”.

Their Managing Principal said “Our business doesn't exist in isolation purely as a way of making money. Our employees, clients, candidates, suppliers and the local community are all affected by what we do. Although we are a fairly low impact business, our services, and the way we deliver them do impact the environment, from our energy needs to the waste we create”.

He added “This isn’t about being "right on” or going on an eco-mission, it’s about having a responsible commercial attitude, stating our aims to give back to society and minimising our environmental impact. Our CSR thought process allowed us to create metrics to track how we perform against our aims, plan to become a better all round business and achieve more environmental efficiencies”.

Vince Hamford

Gabriel & James - Executive Search and Human Capital Solutions

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When being a “Green” recruiter means being conscious of the environment!

Gabriel & James - Executive Search and Human Capital Solutions

When being a “Green” recruiter means being conscious of the environment!

April 18th 2008
UK based Executive Search and Human Capital firm Gabriel & James shows its green credentials today by confirming their intention for ISO 14001 Certification during 2008 and their exploration into renewable energy sources such as wind and solar as a source of their energy needs.

More than a publicity stunt, the Managing Principal of Gabriel & James believes it makes sound commercial sense as well as making an active contribution to the sustainability of global resources.

He said “We had been for some time actively recycling our waste products and purchasing only recycled or sustainable paper products. We even chose our new commercial printers on the basis that all our printing must be done with 100% biodegradable ink.”

“The next area to look at to in an effort to minimise our impact on the environment was pretty clear. An investment in wind or solar technology would counter increasing supply costs and act as a totally green feed of energy. What’s more what we don’t use will be sold back into the electricity grid to add to the savings we make and help recoup our capital investment.”

“We take our social responsibility very seriously and are acting because it makes us feel good and is the right thing to do, not because it fashionable or cool to do so,” he added.

Vince Hamford

Gabriel & James - Executive Search and Human Capital Solutions

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InterSearch Worldwide, a global network of search firms consistently ranked amongst the largest retained executive search practices in the world by both Executive Recruiter News and search-consult magazines, elected its new Board of Directors during InterSearch's annual conference which was held between March 27-30, 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Patricia Epperlein, Managing Director of Mariaca - InterSearch Brazil, was unanimously approved as the new Chairwoman of InterSearch Worldwide. “We are pleased to recognize Patricia as the first female executive to lead InterSearch Worldwide. Through this appointment, she becomes part of an elite group of women to have led a major global executive search organization”, commented the former Chairman Giuliano Viani.

Patricia has 16 years of experience in executive search, specializing in recruitment for start-up operations, boards of directors and the media/entertainment, market research, and electrical/electronic technology industries. She holds a Master's Degree in International Hotel Management from Surrey University, England and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from King's College of London University, and obtained all schooling in Germany and the UK, including training experience in the Human Resources Department of the Edwardian Group of Hotels in London (Radisson Group). Patricia was formerly Project Development Manager of Conceito Assessoria Hoteleira in São Paulo, Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and German.

The InterSearch Board of Directors consists of Patricia, Giuliano Viani (Italy), Peter Waite (Australia), Frank Schelstraete (Belgium) and Andras Lipcsei (Hungary).

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Carla Calvo ( +39 335 7429756 calvo.c@intersearch.it )


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Public Clean Tech Company Taps Polachi for Top Executive Leadership

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 14, 2008 – Polachi, the leading provider of Access Executive Search™ services to technology, life sciences, clean tech, venture capital and private equity clients, today announced the recruitment of Richard P. Eno to the position of Chief Executive Officer at Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBLX), a clean tech company focused on developing clean, sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy.

Mr. Eno replaced Jay Kouba, Ph.D., who had served as the company's interim CEO while a search was underway. Dr. Kouba will remain as Chairman of the Board.

“Rick’s strategic vision, combined with his strong knowledge of the chemical and energy sectors, made him the ideal candidate to lead an emerging clean tech company like Metabolix,” said Jim Poe, Partner. “His ability to provide leadership as the company successfully commercializes its technology and enter new markets while positioning Metabolix for substantial long-term growth will be a tremendous asset to the company as it continues to evolve as a leader in this nascent industry.”

With more than twenty five years of professional experience in the chemicals and energy business, Mr. Eno has held operating roles or led clients through challenges in nearly every aspect of these industries, including: corporate strategy development, technology management and commercialization; sales and marketing; organizational design and optimization; cost reduction and profitability improvement; and transaction support.

Most recently, Mr. Eno served as Vice President, Leader Global Oil & Gas Sector at CRA International (formerly known as Charles River Associates), a leading provider of management consulting services and economic and financial expertise to global companies. At CRA International, Mr. Eno helped lead the substantial growth of CRA's Chemicals and Petroleum Practice over the last five years.

Mr. Eno holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

About Metabolix

Founded in 1992, Metabolix, Inc. is an innovation driven bioscience company focused on providing sustainable solutions for the world's needs for plastics, chemicals and energy. The Company is taking a systems approach, from gene to end product, integrating sophisticated biotechnology with advanced industrial practice. Metabolix is now developing and commercializing Mirel(TM) bioplastics, a sustainable and biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Mirel is suitable for injection molding, extrusion coating, cast film and sheet, blown film and thermoforming. Metabolix is also developing a proprietary platform technology for co-producing plastics, chemicals and energy, from crops such as switchgrass, oilseeds and sugarcane.

Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) are commercializing Mirel through a joint venture called Telles. The first commercial scale Mirel production plant is being constructed adjacent to ADM's wet corn mill in Clinton, Iowa. The plant is expected to begin operations in late 2008 and is designed to produce up to 110 million pounds of Mirel annually. Mirel will reduce reliance on petroleum and decrease environmental impacts relative to conventional petroleum-based plastics.

For more information, please visit www.metabolix.com. (MBLX-G)

About Polachi

Polachi (www.polachi.com) provides Access Executive Search™ services to technology, life sciences, clean tech, venture capital and private equity clients. The firm’s partners and principals, all search industry veterans with decades of experience, understand that leading companies deserve access to the absolute best talent on the planet. While traditional executive search firms limit candidate access due to “off-limits” protocol, and newer search firms lack the breadth and depth of connections, Polachi’s Access Executive Search™ model, coupled with unmatched agility, delivers the most accelerated results. Polachi is a sponsor of the New England Clean Energy Council (NEIC). For more information please call 508-650-9993 or visit www.polachi.com.


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Don't Let a Background Check Knock Out Your Candidacy

Don't Let a Background Check Knock Out Your Candidacy

Forget about Big Brother. Your next prospective employer is likely to take an uncomfortably close-up look at you.

In this post-9/11 and corporate-scandal age, 'employers want to know exactly who's working for them,' says Mark Esposito, a managing partner in the financial-services practice at executive-recruiting firm Christian & Timbers. So companies are checking more often and digging deeper into the professional and personal lives of potential employees.

Last year, 80% of employers did criminal-background checks on potential hires, up from 51% in 1996, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, and 35% did credit checks, up from 19% in 1996. In addition, 79% checked previous work history. For top-level positions, employers asked for as many as 10 references, not the four or six they might have wanted before Sept. 11, 2001, says Mr. Esposito.

There are abundant anecdotes and statistics illustrating why companies are being so careful. There were more than 18,500 arrests for embezzlement in the U.S. in 2002, the most recent numbers available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, Christian & Timbers looked at 7,000 executive resumes that same year and found exaggerated or flat-out false information on 23% of them.

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Kerson Joins LIM Board

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
By Vicki M. Young

Robert E. Kerson, chairman of executive search firm Kerson Partners, has been named to the board of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York, and will be a special adviser to LIM president Elizabeth S. Marcuse."
Kerson Joins LIM Board

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Cook Associates Places CEO At Lone Star Fasteners

Cook Associates Places CEO At Lone Star Fasteners

Chicago-based executive search firm Cook Associates has placed Charles Wolley as chief executive officer of Lone Star Fasteners, a Trinity Hunt Partners portfolio company. For more than 45 years, Lone Star Fasteners has been a manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of commercial, specialty and exotic alloy fasteners for the energy, military and aerospace industries. Mr. Wolley was most recently a division president with Centrilift, a $1 billion division of Baker Hughes, an oilfield service firm. John Olson, executive vice president, with Cook Associates Executive Search conducted the assignment. Cook Associates, Inc. is a retained executive search and M&A advisory services firm.

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Futurestep Appoints Country Leader In U.K.

Futurestep Appoints Country Leader In U.K.

Futurestep, the middle-management focused online recruitment unit of executive search firm Korn/Ferry International, has named Leslie Parsons as country leader in its business in the U.K. In her new role, she will be responsible for advancing Futurestep's Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) strategy there. Ms. Parsons has 15 years of experience with a focus on RPO and business consulting. She was most recently managing director for Kelly Services' outsourcing and consulting business in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. "We are delighted to welcome Leslie to our leadership team," said Didier Bonnefoy, president, Futurestep Europe. "We look forward to leveraging her deep recruitment and consulting experience to further grow Futurestep's RPO business in the key U.K. market."
Hunt-Scanlon Corporation

Maloney named new Payzone CEO

Maloney named new Payzone CEO

Embattled e-payments firm Payzone has named former BT COO Mike Maloney as its new chief executive.

Maloney served for 12 years with BT Ireland, having stepped down as the telco's chief operations officer earlier this year. He joins Payzone at a time of significant upheaval for the firm.

His predecessor John Nagle was removed from his position alongside chief financial officer John Williamson after a near two-month battle to oust the pair from office. Having suffered defeat in the High Court, Payzone's board was forced to resort to holding an EGM of shareholders in order to finally remove Nagle and Williamson last month. On Monday Payzone also announced that Nigel Bell, currently the group's financial controller, would fill Williamson's former role.

The firm's chairman Bob Thian also stood down on Monday as part of the restructuring process. Thian will be replaced in the short term by Peter Smyth, the current deputy chairman of Payzone, in an interim role and Smyth will lead the search for a new chairman. Another director, Jerome Misso, has also stood down following the disbanding of the firm's Board Operations Committee.

The boardroom shake-up reflects what has been a choppy period for Payzone. Shares in the firm have been suspended on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) since January and the future of the firm, which was formed out of the merger of Irish payments firm Alphyra and Cardpoint, has looked shaky to say the least.

Despite having to negotiate rough seas, including facing new competition from Cash which is a new firm set up by former Cardpoint front man Mark Mills, Maloney said he is confident Payzone can rebuild and be successful. "Payzone has strong market positions throughout the EU and I am confident that these market positions can be developed further to create significant future shareholder value," he said.

Words won't be enough to raise market confidence after a particularly painful run for Payzone but there have been some positives in recent times which the payments systems firm can point to. In February Payzone announced that shareholders, including the firm's largest shareholder Balderton Capital, had agreed to provide the company with EUR8 million in new funding. For the new management this kind of support will be necessary if they are to turn around the firm' fortunes.

2 former Korn/Ferry workers indicted

2 former Korn/Ferry workers indicted

A former top manager and an employee at the world's largest executive search firm have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that they stole the company's proprietary information to start a competing firm.

David Nosal and Becky Christian, formerly of Korn/Ferry International, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that they illegally used the company's trade secrets and clients to help launch Nosal's competing executive search firm.

Their indictment brings to four the number of former Korn/Ferry employees who have been charged in federal court as a result of an FBI investigation.

The two other defendants, Jacqueline Froehlich-L'Heureaux, Nosal's former executive assistant at Korn/Ferry's Redwood City office, and Mark Jacobson have each pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and are to be sentenced in May.

In a statement Friday, Nosal said he plans to "vigorously fight" the charges. "I was in no way involved in any criminal activity and expect the evidence to show that. I also challenge the assertion by the federal government that any trade secrets, as defined by the law, are involved in this case."

Federal prosecutors are being pressured and misled by Korn/Ferry, which is "jealous of Mr. Nosal's success," said Sam Singer, a spokesman for Nosal.

Christian's attorney, Steven Bauer, said Friday, "We are confident that when the real story comes out at trial, the jury will find Becky Christian innocent."

In a statement Friday, Korn/Ferry spokesman Michael Distefano confirmed that the company in 2005 found "significant misappropriation of proprietary data by ex-employees." Distefano said the indictment is a matter that "rests between Mr. Nosal, Ms. Christian and the governing authorities."

The company filed a civil suit in San Mateo County Superior Court in 2005, but the complaint was dismissed a year later.

Nosal worked for Korn/Ferry from 1996 to 2004 and rose to a managerial position. He agreed to serve as an independent contractor through 2005 before starting his own company, Nosal Partners in San Francisco. Christian had been a client partner at Korn/Ferry.

Nosal and Christian were indicted on charges of conspiracy to misappropriate, receive, possess and transmit trade secrets, gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer, theft of trade secrets, mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The indictment lists Brian Stretch as acting U.S. attorney, as U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello recused himself from the case, having previously served as Nosal's lawyer.

Federal prosecutors said that in the three months before Froehlich-L'Heureaux left the company in 2005, she helped Nosal, Christian and then-employee Jacobson run searches on at least 1,500 individuals.

Nosal proposed to both Christian and Jacobson that they each would receive 20 percent of revenues for the business they generated, while he would receive 80 percent, prosecutors said.

As part of a conspiracy, Jacobson and others misappropriated Korn/Ferry's trade secrets to "retain clients and place candidates as part of their executive search activities," prosecutors have said in court records.

Froehlich-L'Heureaux performed searches for her former colleagues and copied the files onto CDs titled "ChocChip Cookies" and "Book2 Genesis," authorities said. She also logged on to the company's network using Jacobson's laptop computer and allowed him to search the database and download information, authorities said.

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
E-mail Henry K. Lee at hlee@sfchronicle.com
San Francisco Chronicle

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by Bill Radin

If you've never experienced a recession, here are 10 things you should know:

1. Jobs that made you rich in good times can make you poor in a recession. This is especially true with mid-level positions, in which duplications in skill sets or job titles exist within a single company.

2. You may need to switch from a "delivery" business model to a "value-added" model. If your business depends on delivering mass quantities of average-quality candidates or you do little to add value, you'll find it harder to compete.

3. Some job markets and desk specialties will be spared. Case in point: After 9/11, when job cuts were rampant across the board, certain job markets, such as defense contracting, construction and legal services, actually thrived. If you can identify the markets left standing, they can be your lifeline.

4. The greater the supply of "active" candidates, the more valuable "passive" candidates become. Since layoffs flood the job boards with unemployed or marginal candidates, you'll need to brush up on your cold calling skills and find creative ways to source top-flight candidates who are currently employed.

5. Employers are more cost conscious. As a result, you can expect more pressure to reduce your fees, and for hiring cycles to slow to a crawl. And as more recruiters fight over fewer jobs, you'll need to tighten up your "ownership" rights to candidates, otherwise you'll fight more frequent battles over who gets paid.

6. Candidate marketing will become more common. Most employers will throw out the rule book if you bring to their attention a candidate who can make an immediate, positive impact. If the candidate has enough sizzle, employers will find a way to make the hire, even if they have to create a special position.

7. Your time management becomes more critical. With fewer positions to work on, you'll need to be highly selective about which assignments will give you the greatest return on your investment of time.

8. Weaknesses in your selling skills are more exposed. Recessions leave little margin for error. The better you are at qualifying, closing, handling objections and making presentations, the more efficient you'll be with respect to converting activities into income.

9. A recession is the best time to be in the recruiting business. I know this sounds counterintuitive. But look at it this way: When times get tough, the weaker recruiters will wash out with the tide. If you can weather the storm and find ways to gain market share and build your reputation, you'll be positioned to grow as the market recovers.

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AESC Adds Three New Member Firms

AESC Adds Three New Member Firms

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), a global professional organization for retained executive search, has added Kenniff & Racine in Canada, Kerridge & Partners in New Zealand and TKJ Associates in the U.S. as its newest member firms. Kenniff & Racine was founded in 2003 by Patrick Kenniff and Robert Racine. From its offices in Montreal and Toronto, the firm provides executive search services to the finance, government & non-profit, manufacturing, technology and service industries. Kerridge & Partners was founded in July 2005 by Peter Kerridge. Based in Auckland, the firm operates in New Zealand, Australia, and abroad with an executive search and coaching practice that serves most sectors with expertise in the utilities, infrastructure, financial services, professional services, telecommunications, technology and agribusiness. TKJ Associates is a retained executive search firm located in Westport, Connecticut. Founded by Tammy Jersey in 2004, this boutique firm serves multiple industries including media and entertainment, consumer goods/services, retail, financial services, management consulting, healthcare and retail services.
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Polachi Executive Search


Public Hydrogen Fuel Cell Manufacturer Chooses Polachi to Identify New Leader

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 10, 2008 – Polachi, the leading provider of Access Executive Search™ services to technology, life sciences, clean tech, venture capital and private equity clients, today announced the recruitment of Andy Marsh to the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable on-site energy solutions.

“Andy’s solid record of results-oriented leadership, combined with his prior success in commercializing new products, made him an ideal candidate to meet the objectives set forth by Plug Power’s Board,” said Charley Polachi, Partner.

Mr. Marsh, 52, brings 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry to Plug Power. Most recently, he was a co-founder of Valere Power where he served as CEO and Board member from the company’s inception in 2001 through its sale to Eltek ASA in 2007. Under his leadership, Valere grew into a profitable global operation with more than 200 employees and $90 million in revenues derived from the sale of DC power products to the telecommunications sector.

Prior to founding Valere, Mr. Marsh spent almost 18 years with Lucent Bell laboratories where he held a variety of sales and technical management positions. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Temple University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

About Plug Power Inc.
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), an established leader in the development and deployment of clean, reliable on-site energy solutions, integrates fuel cell technology into backup and primary power products for telecommunications, material handling, utility and uninterruptible power supply applications. The Company is actively engaged with private and public customers in targeted markets throughout the world, including North America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, South Africa and South America. For more information about how to join Plug Power’s energy revolution as an investor, customer, supplier or strategic partner, please visit www.plugpower.com.

About Polachi

Polachi (www.polachi.com) provides Access Executive Search™ services to technology, life sciences, clean tech, venture capital and private equity clients. The firm’s partners and principals, all search industry veterans with decades of experience, understand that leading companies deserve access to the absolute best talent on the planet. While traditional executive search firms limit candidate access due to “off-limit” protocol, and newer search firms lack the breadth and depth of connections, Polachi’s Access Executive Search™ model, coupled with unmatched agility, delivers the most accelerated results. Polachi is a sponsor of the New England Clean Energy Council (NEIC). For more information please call 508-650-9993 or visit www.polachi.com.

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Jacobson Executive Search Taps CFO For StanCorp Financial Group

Jacobson Executive Search Taps CFO For StanCorp Financial Group

Chicago-based Jacobson Executive Search has placed Floyd Chadee as chief financial officer for StanCorp Financial Group Incorporated and its subsidiary, Standard Insurance Company. Mr. Chadee brings nearly 20 years of insurance experience to his new role at StanCorp Financial. Most recently, he served a substantial tenure as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Assurant Employee Benefits. “Mr. Chadee not only offers StanCorp Financial great depth in the core skills expected from a CFO performing at this level,” said Doug Terry, Managing Director of Jacobson Executive Search, who led the engagement, “he provides personal and leadership qualities that are aligned with the values and mission of the enterprise.” Jacobson Executive Search specializes in senior-level executive search assignments for the insurance, healthcare and financial services industries.
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Monster And msnbc.com Enter Recruitment Services Agreement

Monster And msnbc.com Enter Recruitment Services Agreement

Online career site Monster.com and msnbc.com today announced an agreement which designates Monster as the exclusive job services provider featured in msnbc.com's marketplace - including the popular TODAYshow.com site as well as msnbc.com's Local News section. Consumers can easily access job resources through a new co-branded link at: http://msnbc.monster.com. Under the terms of the relationship, Monster will be the exclusive provider of career tools and services in msnbc.com's marketplace properties through co-branded recruitment channels, where job seekers can access Monster's advanced search and match capabilities as well as hundreds of thousands of job openings nationwide. A resume builder, a salary information center and a portfolio of job search management tools will also be at their disposal. Employers benefit from added exposure before more than 35 million unique visitors who frequent msnbc.com, according to Nielsen Online. "Joining forces with msnbc.com builds upon our business strategy of expanding the points of distribution for our market-leading career management resources through strategic alliances," said Joan Blackwood, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Monster. "By aligning with brands such as msnbc.com, we're able to provide employers with an even greater audience of active and passive job seekers. In addition, visitors to msnbc.com's properties will benefit from having easier access to Monster's industry-leading tools and services."
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Heidrick & Struggles Adds New Partner To Consumer Practice

Heidrick & Struggles Adds New Partner To Consumer Practice

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has added Mark A. Dacey to its New York office as a partner in the consumer practice, specializing in the media and entertainment sub-practice. Mr. Dacey, joins Heidrick & Struggles from Korn/Ferry's media and entertainment practice. Prior to joining that firm in 2003, he spent a decade with VNU in numerous executive positions, including president of the marketing/media and retail division, which publishes Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek. "In keeping with our practice-driven focus, Mark's hiring will help us capture market share in the media and entertainment sector, a priority growth area within our global consumer practice," said Torrey Foster, managing partner of the Heidrick & Struggles’ global consumer practice. Heidrick & Struggles, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the world’s largest executive search firms.
Hunt-Scanlon Corporation

Egon Zehnder International Picks Manager for Czech Republic and Slovakia

Egon Zehnder International Picks Manager for Czech Republic and Slovakia

Choice of experienced German Partner underscores increasing importance of local markets to the world’s largest privately held executive search firm.

Prague, Czech Republic, April 10, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Egon Zehnder International, the world’s largest privately held executive search firm, has appointed Partner Dr. Nicolas von Rosty to the position of Office Manager for Czech and Slovak Republics.

Mr. von Rosty, 45, had overseen the Prague office of Egon Zehnder International (EZI) for about a year. He is now taking full responsibility for both Czech and Slovak operations. Prague is one of the 62 wholly-owned offices the firm operates in 37 countries.

In Germany, Mr. von Rosty had led the country’s service practice group for the industrial sector, which also forms the backbone of both Czech and Slovak economies. Placing him at the helm of the Prague office points to the increasing importance of these two markets to the global firm and also underscores its long-term commitment to serving clients in both Czech and Slovak Republics.

“A shortage of skilled professionals, not only at senior management level, is a relatively new phenomenon in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The lack of top talent puts a strain on management resources, and is a factor in raising the importance of our consulting services in these two markets,” said Mr. von Rosty, who will broaden his focus to include all aspects of business life in the two countries.

EZI is renowned for its client-first vision and the One Firm approach globally. Its single-profit centre partnership structure and highly collaborative corporate culture are unique to the executive search profession.

In the Prague office, Mr. von Rosty joins management consultants Robert Fekete and Pavel Lhotka in identifying, assessing and recruiting talented business leaders for both global and local clients. EZI has also on the world stage pioneered a professional service to help its clients evaluate the “human capital” and the Prague team is interested in rolling out the firm’s Management Appraisal consulting practice in the Czech and Slovak Republics as well.

Mr. von Rosty joined Egon Zehnder International in 2000 as a consultant in the Hamburg office. Previously, he worked as Managing Director at Thyssen A.G. in Mexico City, Legal Counsel at Thyssen Group in Düsseldorf and as an Attorney at Law with White & Case, Feddersen in Berlin. He has a PhD degree in Law from Universities of Hamburg, Heidelberg and New York.

About Egon Zehnder International

Egon Zehnder International (EZI) entered the Czech Republic in 1990 and opened an office in Prague in 1994 to serve clients in both Czech and Slovak Republics. The firm established resident presence in Bratislava in 2005.

EZI was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place the clients' interests first and to lead the profession in creating value for clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. In addition to executive search, the firm provides assessment and talent management services for leading companies across the globe.

The most fundamental expression of EZI’s client-first vision resides in its structure, which is unique to the profession. The firm’s 370 consultants, operating from 62 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between EZI’s offices. It allows EZI to operate seamlessly when engagements call for the firm to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region.

As a result of this unique culture, EZI has the highest professional staff retention rate for a global firm in the profession. A feature pioneered by EZI - and still distinctive in today's marketplace - is the firm’s fixed fee policy. Since the firm’s fees are agreed in advance, irrespective of the candidate's ultimate salary, there is no incentive for EZI to recommend those with higher salaries or exclude potential candidates from within the client's own organization.

EZI’s clients range in size from the world's largest corporations to emerging growth companies, in addition, to government and regulatory bodies and major educational and cultural organizations.

For clients operating in selected industries, EZI has sector specialists organized into global practices. These include Financial Services, Consumer, Life Sciences, Technology & Telecoms, Industrial, Services and Private Capital.

Contact Information
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Marek Petrus
+420 221 111 737

Pax Gabriel Introduces the Executive Search Industry’s Most Comprehensive Reporting Method for Today’s Corporations.

Pax Gabriel Introduces the Executive Search Industry’s Most Comprehensive Reporting Method for Today’s Corporations. Better Results Through Better Data

Pax Gabriel answers the need for more, better reporting to corporations during search the executive search process.

Atlanta (PRWEB) April 8, 2008 — Filling a position at the highest level of a corporation is critical to maintaining productivity, and making the wrong decision can be costly. Corporations that partner with an executive search firm are not only looking for the ideal candidate, but also utmost accountability and higher return on their investments during the process. Atlanta-based retained executive search firm Pax Gabriel is raising the bar on accountability and ROI with the industry’s most comprehensive reporting method. Its 30/60/100-Day Review process doubles the contact and reporting practices of traditional search firms, presenting a safer and more equitable investment for today’s corporations.

“Corporations know that identifying, vetting and choosing the best candidate for their leadership team takes time. But in order to make the right decision, they need a completeness and transparency of information during the process that they are not getting from traditional search firms,” said Pax Gabriel CEO, Founder and Managing Partner Bob Van Rossum. “We are closing the information gap and also guaranteeing placement of top level talent in less time than it takes traditional firms, or our clients pay less.”

Through the exclusive 30/60/100-Day Review process, a Pax Gabriel executive contacts a corporate client’s hiring manager at critical junctures—after 30 days and again 60 days into the search process—to ensure the firm and its Search Consultant managing the search on a daily basis have been accountable in all commitments. The same Pax Gabriel executive contacts the hiring manager again 100 days after the chosen executive is hired, to assess his or her success level. The new reporting process is in addition to the ongoing reporting of the Pax Gabriel Search Consultant, and provides corporations a solid feedback loop outside of the Consultant responsible for executing the search.

In addition to the new reporting process, Pax Gabriel was also the first executive search provider to introduce performance-based pricing. The pricing model guarantees that if a search is not completed within 100 days, the shortest average amount of time it takes to place a senior executive in today’s market, Pax Gabriel reduces its fee by 25 percent.

Pax Gabriel conducted research among senior-level human resources executives at corporations with greater than $1 billion in revenue, which have used traditional retained executive search firms. Sixty-seven percent of respondents revealed they are not satisfied with their current providers due to weaknesses among the respondents’ top four most vitally important attributes of an executive search: top quality talent, speed of search execution, reporting and return on investment. Pax Gabriel is bringing the executive search industry up to speed with the 21st Century by focusing on the attributes and services that are most important to today’s corporations, using the most advanced methods and technologies, and an organizational structure focused on execution.

About Pax Gabriel
Pax Gabriel is the next generation executive search firm focused on strategic identification and placement of C-Suite and senior level executives. The company’s mission is to give today’s corporations what they need most from an executive search firm: the highest quality talent in a shorter period of time, backed by the industry’s first performance-based pricing guarantee. Pax Gabriel combines top executive search professionals, advanced methodologies and technology to drive better overall results for clients. More information is available at www.paxgabriel.com.

Executive Recruiter News Ranks Herbert Mines Associates Tenth Largest Recruiting Firm in U.S.

Executive Recruiter News Ranks Herbert Mines Associates Tenth Largest Recruiting Firm in U.S.

NEW YORK - (Business Wire) Herbert Mines Associates (HMA), a leading executive search firm providing senior-level services to the retail, fashion, and consumer products industries, today announced that it has been ranked as the tenth largest executive search firm in the U.S. by Executive Recruiter News (ERN) for 2007. ERN ranks recruiting firms according to their total revenue.

Herbert Mines Associates reported the highest revenue per partner or consultant of the top ten executive firms listed in the ERN U.S. Search Rankings. The nine partners and consultants at HMA each produced an average of $2.1 million in revenue.

In light of this challenging economy and competitive landscape, we are honored to be the tenth largest executive recruiting firm in the U.S., said Hal Reiter, Chairman and CEO of Herbert Mines Associates. I believe that HMAs outstanding revenue performance is a testimony to the commitment of our people, and the creative approaches they use to discover talent for our clients.

Executive Recruiter News, published by Kennedy Information LLC, is the leading source of information for executive searches and has been conducting its industry rankings since 1970.

About Herbert Mines Associates

Founded in 1981, Herbert Mines Associates is the leading executive search firm for the retail, fashion, beauty and consumer products industries. Operating as a boutique firm, the company provides senior-level attention and expertise to leading retail and consumer products companies including Neiman Marcus, Macys Inc., Liz Claiborne and Pier 1 Imports. Over the past five years, Herbert Mines Associates has experienced significant growth by recruiting executives from outside the fashion and apparel industries and expanding into new sectors such as consumer packaged goods. For more information, please visit the companys web site at www.herbertmines.com.

Berns Communications Group, LLC
Stacy Berns/Amy Kover, 212-994-4660


Atlanta Executive Search Firm CarterBaldwin Taps Dave Sobocinski As Managing Partner

Atlanta Executive Search Firm CarterBaldwin Taps Dave Sobocinski As Managing Partner

Inc 500-listed search firm underscores its focus maintaining its leadership as the retained search leader for C-level executive positions and targets sectors in biotechnology and energy to expand its capabilities.

Our goal is to be in the top 20 in the next 5 years without compromising our service standards

Roswell, GA (PRWEB) April 1, 2008 -- CarterBaldwin Executive Search, a leading provider of retained executive search services, announced today that it has appointed Dave Sobocinski as Managing Partner. The firm focuses on placing C-Suite executives, officers and board directors in industries including healthcare, retail, consumer products, biotech, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing and non-profit sectors. CarterBaldwin was recently named for the second year running to the prestigious Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing privately held companies. The firm cites among its strategic advantages the fact that the majority its partners have C-level and board experience, so searches for C-suite executives are captained by experts who are intimately familiar with what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.

SNews Imageobocinski began his executive search career with a top ten firm in Atlanta and progressed to Partner with responsibility for company-wide operations in Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C. He was selected as managing partner at CarterBaldwin in part for his impressive record of fast-growth entrepreneurship as one of CarterBaldwin's three founding partners. In six years, the executive search firm has grown from one of 6,000 ranked executive search firms to one of the top 50 in the U.S.

Sobocinski has plans for further expansion. "Our goal is to be in the top 20 in the next 5 years without compromising our service standards," said Sobocinski. "Of course we want measured, sustainable growth, not growth for ego's sake. This goal is attainable through our proven search methodology and a great track record. When you can call any of our clients and get uniform advocacy and even impassioned confidence, especially in a service business where variables abound, you've really accomplished something."

Founding partner Price Harding III, shares Sobocinski's optimism. "I'm excited about our future and the direction we're going," states Harding. "Dave has the leadership skills for managing our fast-paced growth, the industry knowledge to expand our core abilities into new industries, and the clear understanding of executive search dynamics to continue to drive further growth. He really understands customer satisfaction, and that truly enthusiastic client advocates are essential to our growth."

Sobocinski will lead a partnership team with over 50 years of combined executive search consulting experience. A CarterBaldwin hallmark is that a partner is always an essential component of each executive search. A partner remains personally involved in each search from creation of the search profile and its ensuing strategy, through candidate sourcing, interviewing, assessing and the final negotations. 40% of CarterBaldwin's client roster comes from the Fortune 500, including Newell Rubbermaid, EchoStar, Dover Corporation, General Dynamics and Comcast. Other clientele include large privately held companies as well as a myriad of private equity firms and their holdings, such as American Capital Strategies, Unisource Worldwide, and Southwire, as well as a multitude of not-for-profit and venture funded pre-profit startups.

Under Sobocinski's leadership, CarterBaldwin is setting sights on developing a larger client roster in biotechnology and energy executive placement, and plans on expanding both geographically and through strategic verticals.

About CarterBaldwin
CarterBaldwin is a retained executive search firm managed by a partnership team with more than 50 years of combined experience. The company was named for the second year running to the prestigious Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing privately held companies. With extensive industry knowledge, a clear understanding of nuances in creating strong management teams, and a hands-on approach, CarterBaldwin stands as a leader in the executive search industry. The company is headquartered just north of Atlanta. Additional information is available at CarterBaldwin.com.


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