Miller Black Tapped by Hilton Foundation to Recruit VP Talent & Culture

February 22, 2017 – Executive search firm Miller Black Associates has been retained by the Agoura Hills, CA-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to lead its search for a vice president of talent and culture. Managing director Joanna Miller is leading the assignment.

Reporting to the organization’s president and CEO, the VP of talent and culture is the highest ranking human resources officer position in the Foundation; its primary focus is to lead the strategic planning and development of human capital resources in preparation for future growth and expansion.

“The Foundation is seeking an HR leader from either the corporate or not-for-profit sector, who is passionate about the Foundation’s mission, and who will help continue to build their culture of service and dedication,” said Ms. Miller.

The Hilton Foundation was established in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The organization currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters.


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Turning Away Business

Miller Black is a boutique executive search and coaching firm specializing in helping clients attract, develop and retain mid- and senior-level talent across functions, with particular expertise in human resources, marketing, finance, and general management.

The firm has recruited top HR executives at a number of concerns, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Church & Dwight, Kipp Foundation, Liberty Bank, Brown Brothers Harriman, Hanover Insurance, and the Habitat for Humanity International.


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With business brisk heading into 2017, Ms. Miller said the firm will be adding a new managing director, Julia Knowlton, next week to expand the firm’s specialties in other corporate enabling functions, including legal, compliance, finance, strategy, corporate development, security and risk management, and related senior executive positions.

Until recently, Ms. Knowlton served as director of executive talent acquisition and management at The Hartford. Prior to that, she spent four years with Sheffield Haworth. Her previous career background was with CitiGroup. “We are delighted to welcome Julia to Miller Black,” said Ms. Miller. “I have known her for a number of years, and often thought that if I ever expanded the firm, it would be with Julia.” She said the addition will allow the firm to accept searches it has been turning away due to capacity constraints.

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

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