J. Gregory Coleman Group Fills HR Post for NLMK Group

April 1, 2016 – Executive search firm The J. Gregory Coleman Group LLC has recruited Tom Taborek to lead HR for NLMK Group in the U.S. The search was conducted by Greg Coleman, managing principal, along with principal MaryAnne Denniston.

This is a new position reporting to NLMK US president Bob Miller. Mr. Taborek is charged with building, implementing, branding and communicating a dynamic HR model for the company. He will work closely with senior leadership at both the corporate and plant levels to ensure that human resources maximizes employee performance and creates a mutually rewarding and productive work environment across NLMK US.

“NLMK’s investment in HR comes at a critical time for the steel industry and it serves as a testament to the company’s belief that a strong, empowered workforce with a clear vision of corporate strategy and their role in that strategy is key to successfully navigating the current business climate,” said Mr. Coleman.

“Tom Taborek impressed the entire management team with his grasp of this mandate and his ability to articulate how NLMK US can make immediate inroads toward this goal,” he said.

Mr. Taborek joins NLMK US from Gerdau where he spent 15 years, most recently as director of human resources for Gerdau Special Steel North America. There, he had responsibility for 1,900 employees located in three steel mills, six downstream plants and a corporate office which included unionized membership of both the USW and UAW.


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NLMK US, with two locations in Pennsylvania and one in Indiana, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NLMK Group (Novolipetsk Steel). NLMK Group, founded in 1931, is one of the four largest steel companies in Russia and is headquartered there today.

With this search now completed, NLMK has once again retained JGC Group to focus on the recruitment of a human capital component in great demand but in short supply: process automation engineers. “We are proud to have this relationship expanding and look forward to working with NLMK across a broader spectrum of their talent needs,” said Mr. Coleman.

Greg Coleman is no stranger to human resource-focused recruiting mandates. He established the HR practice at Korn Ferry and over the years has placed chief human resource executives (CHROs) and senior functional HR leaders at a number of global financial institutions. He was brought in by the executive committee at Chubb to redefine the role of its global head of HR and to recruit the individual who would lead the HR transformation that followed. He also partnered with senior management at AIG to strengthen and restructure its HR function by bringing the global HR functional expertise to the corporate level. That led to his recruitment of close to 20 senior leaders across the full range of HR functional areas at AIG.

“Insightful senior management at leading institutions understand the critical importance of bringing HR professionals and talent management leaders in as part of the executive team,” said Mr. Coleman. “They recognize that effective deployment of human capital is key to their ability to effectively navigate the turbulent political and economic cycles currently in play on a global basis.”

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

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