February 9, 2022 – Professional services firm The Judge Group has acquired Chicago-based Slayton Search Partners. The Judge Group is a provider of consulting, learning and talent services with over 50 years of experience. The acquisition of Slayton Search Partners brings retained executive search capabilities to Judge’s extensive portfolio, the company said. “The acquisition of Slayton combines two leading search service providers with decades of experience and expertise,” said marty judges, CEO of The Judge Group. “Slayton’s reach, depth and expertise in executive search, combined with a dedication to creating impactful customer experiences, make them an ideal partner. Together, we will leverage our collective expertise to build new business relationships, develop deeper partnerships with existing customers, and expand into untapped markets. »
Founded in 1985, Slayton Search Partners focuses on finding executive talent in the consumer, retail, financial services, insurance, industrials and private equity sectors. The company said its network of industry leaders invariably leads it to opportunities outside of its core practice areas. Changing markets, emerging technologies and changing consumer habits have impacted all industries, the research firm said, and the need for strong leadership talent is significant.
“We are very pleased to have Slayton Search Partners join The Judge Group,” said Richard Slayton, managing partner and CEO of the recruitment firm. “As we looked for ways to grow our business, it became clear that it was time to expand our reach by merging with an organization that shares our dedication to customer satisfaction. Through The Judge Group, Slayton will now be able to offer its clients a full range of professional services while continuing to provide industry-leading executive search capabilities.
The Judge Group will continue to operate Slayton Search Partners under this name. Stephen Green, President of Judge Inc, will add Mr. Slayton to his leadership team.
Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make headlines in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Here is an excerpt from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
True, a global executive talent management platform based in Haddonfield, New Jersey, has acquired climate technology and sustainability executive search firm Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (HTI). Led by Andrew Towne and Robert Hobbs, HTI will continue to serve its mission-focused customers and deliver a greater range of capabilities under True. Admittedly, one of the fastest growing search companies of the past decade, reported global revenues of $116.5 million last year. The company ranked #7 in the Ranking Hunt Scanlon’s Top 25. Hobbs & Towne ranked No. 24 and was crowned the fastest growing research company of the year, posting a growth rate of 59%.
ZRG Partners, a leading research firm backed by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, has acquired boutique strategy consulting firm Brimstone Consulting Group LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The complementary nature of our business has made Brimstone an obvious partner for ZRG as we continue to expand our portfolio of talent advisory solutions,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Further ensuring a new CEO succeeds with Brimstone’s proven process will create a new paradigm for CEO transitions.”
Korn Ferry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lucas Group. “This combination is the right decision at the right time,” said Korn Ferry CEO Gary D. Burnison. “Today’s work landscape is changing before our eyes – people working anywhere, anytime, anywhere. Professionals move. Baby boomers are retiring and career nomads are looking for change – early and often. We take this opportunity to help our clients find the right talents who are highly agile with specialized skills and expertise to help them drive superior performance.
Research firm Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) and Orlando, Fla.-based healthcare-focused Tyler & Company have merged their business operations. The unified organization will operate under the Kirby Bates Associates brand. “Tyler & Company provides an exciting opportunity for Kirby Bates to strengthen its service and reach in healthcare executive leadership,” said Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, President of Kirby Bates Associates and Tyler & Company. “With its high-profile customer base and services expertise, Tyler & Company’s complementary offerings are perfectly aligned with Kirby Bates’ strategy to lead the market by expanding services across the entire C-suite. and across the continuum of care.”
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media