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"The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it." Eleanor Roosevelt
 
An article published yesterday in Bloomberg Businessweek about the growth of in-house recruiting and its impact on the executive search profession, as with a similar article published on October 9, 2012 in the Wall Street Journal, fails to put the situation in complete perspective and is highly selective in its use of statistics published by our association, the AESC.
 
This month (January, 2013) LinkedIn announced they now have 200 million members worldwide. With LinkedIn’s influence on the business industry becoming more and more evident, it is increasingly apparent how important having the ‘perfect profile’ is, especially as a senior level executive.
 
The increase in LinkedIn members means an increase in competition for those actively or passively looking for jobs. More than 22 million Americans used social networks to find their most recent job opportunity. What are recruiters for senior level executive jobs looking for? How do they prioritize candidates based on their LinkedIn profile? How can senior level executives stand out and be selected as a candidate?
 
LISBON, December 27, 2012 – Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released its latest issue of the Boyden Leadership Series featuring an in-depth interview with António Mexia, CEO of EDP- Energias de Portugal, SA. EDP is one of the largest energy operators of the Iberian Peninsula, the largest Portuguese industrial group, and the third largest global producer of wind energy.

Mr Mexia discusses energy demand and opportunities in developing markets, partnerships in China and Brazil, lower cost of renewables, energising teams and why great talent overrides a bad crisis.

According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC) Q3 State of the Industry report, the technology sector  held a year-on –year increase of +12.3% in executive searches.
 
BlueSteps spoke to Technology expert Connie Adair, CEO from Taylor Winfield, Inc. to find some industry insights into why technology is booming.
 
BlueSteps: Many thanks for taking the time to speak with the AESC/BlueSteps about technology industry-related trends in executive search. Could you tell us about the search firm you come from and the work you do there?

Connie Adair: Retained; main vertical is technology; C-Suite
"One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality." Allen West, American Politician
 
The Australian Economy is currently thriving in comparison to the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly then, there has been a surge in immigration in past months, regardless of a dip in Australia’s job market.
Retained executive search firms, represented by the worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), discussed the importance of gender diversity at board level, the value which diversity can bring in corporate management and the role played by executive search firms to promote diversity at the AESC’s 16th Annual European Conference “Leading from the Top – Diversity and its Impact on Corporate Management” on November 13th in Berlin.

A research of Fesa, retained executive search consultant company, mapped the profile of the CEOs recently placed in pharmaceutical companies.
 
A recent survey made by Fesa, a retained executive search firm, mapped the profile of recently placed CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry. Approximately 22% of these executives have bachelors degrees in Pharmacy, coming in shortly after those with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (25%). Combining the executives with Pharmacy, Medicine and Biomedicine, bachelor’s degrees that number reaches 50% of CEOs positioned by consulting.
 
'India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model' Abdul Kalam, Ex-President of India
 

Venture capitalists (VCs) are paying more attention to the structure of the marketing teams they invest in and when hiring for CMO jobs. Why? Because marketing plays an increasingly influential role in the success of their portfolio companies.  To ensure that the marketing department can generate the kind of leads that drive sales, they want to see a particular profile in a marketing executives.

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