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Business Observer Wednesday, May 1, 2019 3 weeks ago

Recruiting firm names new owner, CEO

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Sarasota-based Search Wizards founder and CEO Leslie O'Connor plans to retire.

SARASOTA — Search Wizards Inc. announced that founder and CEO Leslie O'Connor will retire and ownership of the company will transfer to COO Miranda Hinshaw. 

Hinshaw will also assume the role of CEO, according to a press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Search Wizards focuses on talent acquisition, providing resources in sourcing, recruiting and support roles to complement existing teams and build new teams. 

"It has been an exciting, rewarding and incredible 19-year journey with Search Wizards," says O'Connor in the statement. "What started as a one-woman shop grew into a successful global agency. Miranda has excelled in every role she has held at Search Wizards in the past 13 years, and there remains no doubt that she will continue to do great things in her new role as CEO." 

Hinshaw will oversee day-to-day operations, and O'Connor will remain in an advisory role through April 2021 while transitioning into retirement, the release states. Search Wizards will retain its name, logo and relationships and has no current plans to change its offerings, the release adds.  

"I am honored that Leslie has struck this deal and entrusted me to carry on the company she created," says Hinshaw in the statement. "Along with our exceptional team, we will strive to preserve its foundation and focus on continuous improvement."

Sarasota-based Search Wizards was founded in 2000. 

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