April 23, 2018 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers (CHRO) 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. Just recently, Michael Bergen, Christine Sobhani and Lora Martinelli of executive search firm Allegis Partners helped recruit Brydget Falk-Drigan as CHRO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bedminster, NJ. In her new role, Ms. Falk-Drigan is charged with overseeing the bank’s human resources function and building upon the bank’s existing strategic plan, success and growth.
“Brydget’s track record of HR experience in the financial services industry over the past 27 years speaks for itself,” said Mr. Bergen. “She is extremely proficient at organizational development, employee engagement, talent attraction, onboarding, operations, team member communications and possesses best-in-class overall human resources experience.”
Ms. Sobhani said Ms. Falk- Drigan was an ideal fit for the job. “Brydget excels at supporting the various business lines and building a winning corporate culture through attracting, developing and retaining new talent contributing to organizational growth and employee satisfaction,” she said.
Veteran HR Leader
Ms. Falk-Drigan brings to the bank 27 years of human resources experience in the financial services industry with a focus on organizational development, employee engagement, talent attraction, onboarding, operational excellence, team member communications and best-in-class overall human resources experience.
Previously, she was leader for global talent solutions and people operations at Dun & Bradstreet Corp. She spent 14 years in a series of increasingly responsible roles, leading HR operations, systems implementations/enhancements, employment branding, talent acquisition, onboarding and the incorporation of a managed service provider program. Additionally, Ms. Falk-Drigan provided business partner support to the U.S. Dun & Bradstreet sales organization, helping to drive significant growth through the advancement of a strong performance culture. She began her career with Dun & Bradstreet in Canada, serving as VP of HR.
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Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corp. is a New Jersey bank holding company with total assets of $4.26 billion. Founded in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a commercial bank that provides innovative private banking services to businesses, non-profits and consumers, which help them to establish, maintain and expand their legacy.
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.
Mr. Bergen leads Allegis Partners’ U.S. business and is also the global practice leader for the firm’s human resources practice, as well as a member of the CEO & board practice. For nearly 20 years, he has been placing executives and professionals across all industries, geographies and functional areas. Before entering executive search, Mr. Bergen held senior in-house HR roles at GE, Citibank and Cigna.
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. Martinelli is a senior associate with the human resources practice, based in the Minneapolis office. She focuses on sourcing, recruiting, assessing and relationship building with human resources professionals throughout the country. She previously worked for Aerotek, another of Allegis Group’s operating companies.
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, CA.
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. He will join the organization in June. President Shelli Herman led the search along with her associate, Michele Lyons.
Pi Executive recruited Marco A. Leal as CHRO of Ajinomoto Windsor, a top manufacturer of Asian / Ethnic foods. The search was conducted by partner and board member Pierre Trippitelli and assisted by director Katherine MacLane. Mr. Leal brings over 20 years of experience developing world class HR organizations within fast growing consumer goods companies.
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