Kelliher & Wald Widens Scope

Seeking to expand into international markets, Kelliher & Wald has added Marcia Caldirola to the communications recruitment company.

Caldirola joins Carol Lee Kelliher, president of the Boston-based company. Kelliher has been running Boston operations since the firm’s inception in 1997; she decided to bring Caldirola on after the pair met last year.

“When I met [Cald i rola] last fall through mutual friends, we clicked,” said Kelliher. “We shared the same philosophy on how we approach recruiting.”

Caldirola worked as a creative re cruiter during 2001 at EMDS Con sulting in Boston, an international recruiting company headquartered in Belgium. Before EMDS, she helmed her own recruiting firm, Caldirola International, in Cape Town, South Africa, between 1998 and 2000.

“I have an expanded [inter national] network to bring to Boston,” said Caldirola. Prior to working in South Af rica, she ran her business from Singapore for two and a half years. Cald i rola is from Seattle, where she last worked at the Art Institutes International as director of career services.

“Marcia not only brings her extensive recruiting experience in placing creatives in positions on both coasts, but also her working knowledge of Asia, Africa and Europe to our company,” Kelliher said.

Caldirola noted that, since joining the firm, her chemistry with Kelliher has served as an asset in the sagging economy. She said that although the job market is challenging, people still seek them out. “People still come to us. We feel like we’re a light at the end of the tunnel for some people,” said Caldirola.

Kelliher & Wald works with agencies on both coasts. The agency has placed top creative executives at major New England agencies such as Arnold, Mullen and Allen & Gerritsen.

Perhaps most notably, Kelliher two years ago placed West Coast creative directors Marty McDonald and Rob Stewart at Boston’s Holland Mark. Mc Donald and Stewart oversaw Holland Mark’s creative output until the shop closed its doors last fall.

Kelliher, who was director of creative services at Arnold, Boston, before making her entry into the recruitment business, feels that giving career advice as well as matching executives with agencies is part of her job description.

“It’s not just [about] job placement,” she said.