November 4, 2016 – As Hunt Scanlon reported last week, women continue to dominate the CHRO role across corporate America. Hanold Associates, a specialist in the field, has just recruited two more, placing Ana Rodriguez and Annie Seibold Drapeau as chief human resources officers (CHROs) of Sterigenics International LLC and Moderna Therapeutics, respectively. Jason Hanold, managing partner of Hanold Associates, led both searches.
In her new role, Ms. Rodriguez will work intimately with the CEO and senior leadership to set the human capital agenda and drive a culture based on collaboration, results and performance. She previously served as SVP and CHRO at PolyOne Corporation where she was the key executive responsible for establishing and executing a global human capital strategy and overseeing the operations of the global human resources function. Prior to that, she served as the SVP of global human resources at Molex Incorporated.
“Ana is a special talent and a uniquely qualified leader with her collective experiences in progressive HR and legal functional environments. Above all, Michael B. Petras Jr., CEO] and Ana forged a fast, trusted partnership,” said Mr. Hanold.
Sterigenics, along with its affiliates, is a global leader in outsourced contract sterilization services, laboratory services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes, and is the only vertically integrated sterilization company in the world. Operating out of 48 facilities in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, Sterigenics provides contract sterilization and ionization services for the medical device, pharmaceutical, food safety and high-performance materials industries.
In her new position at Moderna, Ms. Drapeau will lead the company’s talent and organizational strategy to support its continued growth and advancement of its mRNA drug pipeline. She previously served as an operating partner at Bain Capital Private Equity where she partnered with companies across the private equity portfolio on a range of talent and organizational capability initiatives. She formerly served as executive vice president, strategy and talent at Iron Mountain.
“Annie is an outstanding executive and human resources leader who possesses the very best of competencies and capabilities of today’s contemporary HR leader, and she happens to be a wonderful person above all,” said Mr. Hanold.
Moderna Therapeutics, ranked No. 1 on CNBC’s Disruptor50 List, is a clinical stage biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics™ to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.
Female CHROs Continue to Dominate Role
“The gender of the CHRO is often a product of the CEO’s preferences when selecting their key confidant and strategic talent partner,” said Mr. Hanold. “Typically, male CEOs prefer the approach and capabilities that a talented female brings to the HR leadership role. Since most CEOs today are male, that preference likely helps drive the preponderance of females occupying the senior-most HR leadership role in most companies.”
According to Mr. Hanold, the ratio is higher in the industries where there tend to be more males within the executive committee composition (financial services, technology, energy and industrials), whereas there is more balance in the consumer and life sciences sectors, where there tends to be more female senior level executives to begin with.
“Another contriving force is that the natural discussions about talent and HR tend to pivot on diversity, which elevates awareness, which drives outcomes in hiring,” said Mr. Hanold. Among the women Hanold Associates has recently recruited into the CHRO position nationally: Barbara Bolender into the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA); Sharon Quiles to Riddell; and Lisa Jacoba into CPI Card Group.
Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments, serving clients such as REI, Patagonia, Nike, UFC, Moderna, Marvin Companies, Medtronic, Fiat-Chrysler, Godiva, eBay, Northwestern, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Northwestern Medicine, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media