May 9, 2016 – Global executive search firm Allegis Partners has placed Tami Polmanteer as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Aleris Corporation. 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), Matt Healey, managing director, and senior associate Laura Pyne led the search for Allegis.
Ms. Polmanteer brings more than 28 years of human resources experience to her new role at Aleris, with a background spanning both U.S. and international organizations that includes knowledge of manufacturing, supply chain, and sales and marketing departments.
Previously, she was CHRO at Daymon Worldwide, where she was instrumental in leading the organization through a period of change and restructuring. She previously spent 17 years working for the Kellogg Company, most recently as vice president of HR, international.
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“Tami’s diverse industry background, breadth of international experience and deep understanding of the manufacturing and supply chain space, made her stand out as an exemplary candidate who will bring a wealth of knowledge to Aleris,” said Mr. Bergen.
Aleris, one of the largest private companies in the U.S., is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminum rolled products, with approximately 14 facilities in three geographically aligned business units in North America, Europe and China.
Allegis Partners provides sector specializations covering financial services, insurance and technology along with three functional areas including human resources, technology and finance. The firm has offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco and Sydney. Just recently, Allegis Partners recruited the top HR post at retail chain The Children’s Place.
The role of the CHRO has changed dramatically over the years, say recruiters specializing in the sector. Once a mid-level staff position, the head of human resources today sits at the elbow of the CEO and maintains one of the most influential positions within senior management. The job now plays an integral, strategic part in driving a company forward.
“CHROs are truly being asked to define a ‘new world order’ that will look dramatically different in 10 years’ time as it relates to the workforce and its relationship with businesses,” said Mr. Bergen. “The leading HR thinkers will have to align their thinking around what their organizations need most critically from the HR function in tomorrow’s economy in order to compete and win. They need to think about how to stretch the typical expectations of their CEOs with regard to the HR function — that takes some courage especially for CHROs who have grown up in the old paradigm.”
Mr. Bergen said “the brave CHROs” will be willing to tell their CEOs and boards that the relationship they have with their workforce needs to change dramatically. “The power balance will shift, giving employees more opportunity to customize and personalize their work experience,” he added.
“Ultimately, today’s CHROs hold a lot of responsibility to lead by example and extend the conversation to define the future HR organization beyond their own functional HR teams,” Mr. Bergen said. “The dialogue must include CEOs, boards, academics and executive search professionals to define, educate, identify and continually develop HR leaders of tomorrow.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media