2007 | Case No. E279
In this fictional case, Jennifer Gaston, founder and CEO of mid-sized luxury jewelry company Aquamarine, was managing a couple of key hiring issues that had recently cropped up. In just six months, Gaston had brought in a new COO and was about to finalize a multi-month search for a CFO. Although she had nearly completed the transformation of her executive team, she still needed to thoroughly check references on the CFO candidate and extend a formal offer. A lot was riding on these positions and, despite the help of an executive search firm, hiring for them had not been easy. Students are asked to evaluate several aspects of hiring and prepare role plays for them.
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