BSG Team Ventures Recruits Chief Learning Officer for Human Capital Institute

July 27, 2016 – Executive search firm BSG Team Ventures has placed Courtney Vital as chief learning officer at Human Capital Institute (HCI). Todd Hand, a managing director at BSG Team Ventures, led the search.

In this role, Ms. Vital will lead the growing function that provides professional development, certification, and training to HCI’s individual and corporate members around the world. Her team oversees all aspects of educational strategy, program development, instructional design, delivery platforms, faculty management, and operational execution.

Prior to joining HCI, Ms. Vital spent over 10 years at the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD). There she led and expanded ATD Education into a global training operation that has developed more than 80,000 learners to date.

HCI is a global association for strategic talent management and new economy leadership, and a clearinghouse for best practices within the sector. Its network of practitioners, Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 corporations, government agencies, global consultants and business schools contributes a stream of constantly evolving information.


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Founded as Boston Search Group in 1997 and rebranded in 2008, BSG Team Ventures focuses on identifying senior level leaders. BSG serves a wide range of clients, including public companies and not-for-profit organizations, but the greatest concentration of its work is with private equity firms and their portfolio companies to expand or upgrade management, and with venture capital firms and entrepreneurs to build teams for early stage businesses.

Mr. Hand’s vertical practice areas include the full spectrum of education markets that include distance learning, SES and EMO, administrative and curricular technology solutions, assessment, teacher professional development, for-profit college and K-12 operations, postsecondary educational technology, and corporate training.

Searching for chief learning officers (CLO) has become a growing business for executive recruiters. The position today is the highest ranking corporate officer in charge of learning management and are in rising demand. CLOs can be experts in corporate or personal training, with degrees in education, instructional design, business or similar fields. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 2,200 results.

“In this case, the chief learning officer drives content and courses — online, onsite at corporations, seminars, conferences, webinars, white papers, anything that might be directed at professionals in a specific industry,” said Mr. Hand. “Think of this as an editorial role similar to what the editor of a magazine or newspaper might do in choosing articles for publication.” Companies that provide high level content toward professional development, he said, have been seeking out these individuals in record numbers.

“Chief learning officers head up their company’s educational division,” Mr. Hand said. “This could be a VP content, chief content officer, VP editorial, VP curriculum—something that relates to content creation.”

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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