July 10, 2018 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why is there such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts?
According to executive recruiters, corporate leaders are hiring more like-minded sophisticated, proactive, strategic HR individuals with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities just as they would a P&L.
Recruiting such talent continues to be of vital importance for companies. Christine Sobhani and Priscila Bonilla of executive search firm Allegis Partners recently helped recruit Darla Haas as CHRO at PAR Technology Corp. in New Hartford, NY.
“Darla is a proactive, high energy, pragmatic and hands-on business leader who is experienced at leading organizational transformation in a diverse, global business,” said Ms. Sobhani. “She has broad experiences, a wide range of core competencies and depth of mastery in human resources management that will add immediately value to PAR and complement the leadership team.”
Previously, Ms. Haas was vice president of human resources at the Oneida Group in Columbus, OH. Before that, she spent 27 years with Procter & Gamble supporting different business units in a series of increasingly responsible roles.
In her new job with PAR, Ms. Haas is responsible for leading and managing the full scope of HR responsibilities, with a large focus on organizational development, talent management and development, compensation and benefits, employee relations and communications, and safety and health.
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PAR is a $230 million global organization that provides stand-alone point of sales systems that support upwards of 75,000 restaurants and retailers in more than 110 countries. With a workforce of 1,100 globally, PAR has embarked on a transformation from a hardware technology company to a solutions-based software company and has invested considerable resources into redefining its corporate culture.
Full Service Recruiters
Allegis Partners, which is part of the Allegis Group, delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. The firm provides a full range of related recruitment services as part of its standard search mandates. These include succession planning, talent mapping, compensation benchmarking, assessment and market intelligence. The firm also facilitates onboarding of new leaders as part of its usual search process.
As a managing director in Allegis Partners’ New York office, Ms. Sobhani focuses on identifying executives to lead organizations’ HR teams and functions. Prior to joining the firm in September, she served as vice president of global client solutions at Korn Ferry Futurestep.
Ms. Bonilla is an associate in the CEO & board practice. She specializes in identifying high-caliber candidates for C-suite and board engagements. She joined in Allegis Partners in 2015 from the Center for the Advancement of Latino Media & Technology.
CHRO Recruiting in the News
Human Capital Consultants placed John W. Sigmon as the new CHRO of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. The Washington, D.C.-based firm completed the search in less than two months. Mr. Sigmon joined HJF from AARP, where he rose from senior HR business partner to VP, group human resources consulting services, and then to SVP and CHRO.
Chicago-based Hanold Associates recently helped place Lainie Cooney as CHRO for Blue Apron in New York. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the recruitment firm, led the search along with partner Katie Traines. Previously, Ms. Cooney was CHRO for DPI Specialty Foods in Ontario.
WinterWyman Executive Search placed former Nortek executive Liam Weston as CHRO at Hollingsworth & Vose, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery and industrial applications. Senior vice president and partner Beverly Morgan led the search.
Los Angeles-headquartered executive search firm Shelli Herman and Associates placed Rob Spooner as the CHRO of the internationally acclaimed San Diego Zoo. President Shelli Herman led the search along with her associate, Michele Lyons. He will join the organization in June, replacing long time CHRO Tim Mulligan.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media