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Julian, thank you for taking the time to speak with the AESC and BlueSteps about board director career and hiring trends. Can you tell us about the work you do at Heidrick & Struggles?

I lead our firm’s Government Affairs and Trade Association Practices from our Washington, D.C. office. I am also a member of our CEO and Board of Directors Practice. I have personally served on boards of public and private companies.

AESC retained executive search firms all have unique methods, tools and approaches to managing client relations, completing deep market analysis and screening candidates. However, in the same way each member firm of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) adheres to a high level of ethical standards, a common outline for the executive search process is often followed.
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Asians are poorly represented in senior roles across the West. Research by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) shows that a measly 1.9% of senior executives in ASX200 companies were of Asian descent even though they represent 9.6% of the general population. This situation is mirrored in other countries, including the USA and Canada. Asian Americans account for just 1.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 1.9% of corporate officers overall. So what are the causes and what can be done?

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your human resources career, featuring Rick Cannellos, Epsen Fuller Group, and Sally Stetson, Salveson Stetson Group.

Some of the questions asked included:

Executive search consultants are not always the first point of contact executive candidates have in the search process. The first point of contact is often the executive search firm's researcher. At the 2014 AESC Americas Summit, we asked four researchers for their advice for candidates on various topics. In the below videos, Sarah Bowie, from Pearson Partners International, Troy Whittington, from CTPartners, Josh Tanebaum, from Korn Ferry, and Jamie Wenet, from Hayman Associates, Inc., answer questions about the latest trends in executive search.

What Are the Greatest Hiring Demands for Executives?

We live in an increasingly globalized world and one where good talent is of huge value to business success. Long gone are the days when talented individuals were exclusively gobbled up by universities and businesses in London and New York. Now Shanghai, Seoul, Dubai and Sao Paulo, among many others, are well known business locations and truly on the map for candidates seeking relocation. But what about those cities that are less well-known, yet still need to attract talent to grow and prosper? How do they attract executive talent ‘off the map?’

Cybercrime has become a major issue for many consumer products and services organizations around the world. In the United States, security breaches are now a common occurrence for several top retailers, including Target, Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Nike, Walgreens and others. How these organizations will successfully navigate these issues is yet to be seen, but one solution has been to hire new executive talent to lead their cybersecurity and press strategies.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Preparing for a Call from an Executive Search Consultant, featuring Lisa Thompson, from Pearson Partners International, an AESC member firm.

Some of the questions asked included:

While Spain has grabbed headlines for economic troubles and high unemployment rates, there are signs that there is now greater possibility for executive talent


Back in 2008 and 2009, Spain was hit particularly hard by the Global Financial Crisis. It had invested significant amounts in property redevelopment, and when the recession hit the consequences were great. The country, along with many other Southern European countries, struggled with high unemployment rates and public unrest, before being caught up in the Eurozone Crisis.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Search and the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry, featuring John McLean, Managing Partner, Global Life Sciences Practice, at Witt/Kieffer.
 
Some of the questions asked included: