World's Most Influential Headhunters

BusinessWeek has introduced its exclusive database of the world's most influential headhunters, with comprehensive information on 100 of the top global executive recruiters. So what is it that separates these executive recruiters from the rest? BusinessWeek considered a number of factors in selecting these 100, including their individual reputations; their years of headhunting experience; the global scope of their recruiting practices; their accessibility and responsiveness; their high visibility within the client markets they serve; the recognition they enjoy within their firms and/or global executive search communities. It is important to note that their individual reputations are often the most important reason that corporations engage these headhunters.

Sylvia MacArthur
President, Madison MacArthur

Web site: www.mmsearch.com
Address: 150 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 1J9
Phone: 800-506-7797
E-mail: sylvia@mmsearch.com

Advice: Lead by example and take the high road in all endeavours. Listen to your customers, clients and your most valuable assets—your team members.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: A demonstrated track record of having brought real vision to previous companies/organizations. Creativity of thought and the ability to quantify results in past roles. A combination of the technical skills required in the industry/role as well as demonstrated skills in people development/management.

Job function specialization: General Management, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Human Resources, Operations

Geographical Focus: Primarily North America with some Global search as well

Education: York University, HBA, 1969

Employment history: Madison MacArthur, President, 1994-present ; Mandrake Management Consultants/Consultant, 1993-1994; Co-Owner, Canadian Tire Franchise, 1985-1993; Richard Foster Associates/Executive Search Consultant, 1982-1985; BBDO (formerly McKim Advertising)/Management Supervisor, 1980-1982; Kert Advertising, Vice-President, 1973-1980; Sears Canada/Advertising-Fashion Group, 1971-1973; Odeon Rank/Advertising Supervisor, 1970-1971

Other interests: Art, Reading, Cooking

Professional/Membership Affiliations: IRC Recruitment (Board Member) , HRPAO (Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario), MRIA (Market Research & Intelligence Association), IACPR (International Association for Corporate and Professional Recruitment), SLF (Strategic Leadership Forum, CWC (Canadian Women in Communications), CMA (Canadian Marketing Association), WXN (Women's Executive Network), IABC (International Association of Business Communicators)

Experience in executive search consulting: 20 years

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Movement to force compliance and transparency in all capital markets worldwide and "greening" the planet.