August 12, 2016 – Executive search firm Allegis Partners has been retained by GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) to recruit the company’s next global head of human resources. Mike Bergen, managing partner & global practice leader (human resources), is leading the assignment.
“We believe GLG is positioned to grow significantly as it continues expanding from its strong base among financial and professional service firms to more and more of the world’s leading corporations across sectors,” said Mr. Bergen. “GLG’s new global head of human resources will play an important leadership role in driving success as it invests in talent acquisition and management, and compensation and benefits functions.”
The ideal candidate, said Mr. Bergen, will have the experience and ability to manage and scale a global company and HR team “with a growth mindset and appetite for change.”
GLG is the world’s largest and leading professional learning platform, with 22 offices in 12 countries and more than 425,000 thought leaders and practitioners serving more than 1,400 client companies in 40 countries. The company has been a pioneer in professional learning for more than 15 years providing solutions for clients include phone consultations, meetings, roundtables, surveys, special reports and strategic projects, site visits, learning and professional development, as well as placements.
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Demand for senior level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function. Hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for coming talent shortages. Recent hiring trends data show that a full one third of companies polled said their organizations were hiring for HR positions. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.
According to Mr. Bergen, identifying top-drawer HR leaders is becoming more challenging while the position profile itself is evolving. Finding senior HR leaders with the right mix of business acumen and human resource skills is increasingly a hurdle to cross, he said.
Today, HR heads are strategic executives who are constantly interacting with the CEO, members of the executive team, and the board of directors. “They are business leaders first who happen to lead the HR function,” he noted.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media