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Hunt Scanlon’s Top 15 Search Assignments of 2017

In a year that dazzled with intriguing searches across all industries, Hunt Scanlon took on the challenge of finding the Top 15. In a bountiful year, we picked the best of the best search assignments. Let’s take a look back at a remarkable year for recruiters.

Herbert Mines Associates’ placement of Hal Lawton as President at Macy's is named one of the Top 15 Search Assignments of 2017 by Hunt Scanlon Media. Read more below from Hunt Scanlon Media about the impressive year of search work across the industry.

As the year now draws to a close, it turns out that when we looked back through our archives 2017 was, simply put, a remarkable year for first-rate search assignments. Hunt Scanlon Media tracked hundreds of them. From CEO placements to those covering the bandwidth of the C-suite, our editorial team gleaned the best from every industry sector and functional discipline to create this year’s 15 most interesting list.

For search firms of every kind, it was a very good year. Important assignments for renowned clients are always a plus. But the variety of searches for such an impressive array of organizations speaks volumes about the recruitment industry’s impact on businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, sports organizations and government agencies of all kinds.

The big firms brought their reputations and sizable teams to the fore. Korn Ferry, for one, won attention for finding the first woman African-American athletic director at a Power Five School, the University of Virginia. Egon Zehnder found a new CEO for insurance giant AIG. And it was hard to miss that upstart ride service Uber turned to Heidrick & Struggles to help replace its troubled CEO.

But the boutiques won an unprecedented number of assignments that not long ago would have gone to the Big Five. Lacking so many of the potential conflicts of interest that the big firms carry, not to mention a nimbleness that the bigger firms find hard to match, the boutiques were big and clear winners this year. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank tapped Spencer Stuart to find its next president, but it was hard to miss that Bridge Partners was also asked to join in that hunt. Shelli Herman and Associates, meanwhile, found the CHRO for the San Diego Zoo. And Koya Leadership Partners was engaged to help place Easterseals’ new leader. And those are just a few examples.

While it is nearly impossible to pick just 15 of the most interesting search assignments over a full year, that’s exactly what we’ve tried to do here. So, in case you missed any of these stories during the course of a very busy year, or if you’d like to reread what are likely some of your own favorites, here are our 15 best picks for 2017. Happy reading . . . and Happy New Year from Hunt Scanlon Media!

Herbert Mines Associates Recruits President for Macy’sCincinnati-based retail giant Macy’s named an eBay executive as its new president. The company tapped the services of New York-based retail-focused executive recruiter Herbert Mines Associates. Several recruiting boutiques play in the retail space, but Herbert Mines has a lock on C-

level recruiting work in this domain, placing presidents, chief operating officers and CEOs at a number of branded retailers, including Fred’s; Neiman Marcus; Payless ShoeSource; Ulta Beauty; Mama Rosa’s Pizza; Oregon Ice Cream Co.; Fender; Black Diamond; and Bare Snacks, among others.

Read the full article here: https://huntscanlon.com/top-15-search-assignments-2017/

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