January 7, 2016 – Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has been retained by Aleris Corporation to find its new chief human resources officer (CHRO). The position is based in suburban Cleveland and will report to the president and chief executive officer of the company, Sean M. Stack.
Mike Bergen, managing partner & global practice leader (human resources), and Matt Healey, managing director, are leading the search for Allegis.
Mr. Bergen said Aleris’ evaluation of executive search firms was a highly competitive process. He, along with managing director, Cher Murphy, is also assisting The Children’s Place to find its next CHRO.
Demand for C-level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function, as upbeat U.S. hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for potential talent shortages.
Recent hiring trends show that a full one-third of companies polled said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, including CHRO. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.
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According to a just released survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, the need for HR expertise increases dramatically with company size. Just one percent of small companies (those with one to 99 employees) are recruiting for HR positions, according to the summer 2015 survey results. On the other end of the spectrum, nearly two thirds (65 percent) of employers with 25,000 or more workers are now hiring for HR jobs.
This research concurs with findings from Hunt Scanlon CHRO surveys which indicate that as large companies bring their more significant executive recruiting work in-house, there is a developing need for top-flight CHROs who can oversee the entire corporate personnel spectrum, from top to bottom.
To meet this demand, Allegis Partners has been bolstering its HR search practice. In October, the firm named Robert Lambert as a managing director in the practice at its Orange County office. He joined the firm from Morgan Samuels, where he was a senior client partner.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media