Calibre One Adds Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Veteran 

October 6, 2021 – Executive search firm Calibre One has named John Staines as partner based in Los Angeles. “John’s personal and professional desire for driving business results through a culture of belonging really resonated with our own culture at Calibre One,” said Tom Barnes, managing partner. “In fact, our Culture Quotient initiative plays directly into his impressive goal of helping employers improve their workplace by inspiring all employees to be themselves as they come together to drive innovation, new products, a more focused go-to-market strategy and improved profitability.”

Mr. Staines brings global human resources experience with a body of work focused on talent management, leadership development, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. He will draw upon and leverage Calibre One’s proprietary measurement tool, Culture Quotient to help his clients achieve alignment between developing an inclusive culture, having a DE&I strategy that is tied to the business strategy and finding leaders who add to the company culture.

2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruiting Report:
Building a Balanced and Diverse Workforce

Hunt Scanlon Media’s latest market intelligence recruiting report – this time focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – will be available later this fall! The nation’s top executive recruiters are resetting expectations and looking for new ways forward to build balanced and diverse workforce teams for their clients.

According to executive recruiters, DE&I should not just be a priority, but an integrated part of every company’s leadership goals. Some companies have even tied DE&I metrics to executive compensation. But it’s more than that.

Part of building strong, diverse hiring teams means asking yourself: “Who is my company culture going to attract – and how will it engage people who are here?” This question can be very difficult to answer if you assume everyone feels welcome already just because you do. Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations is more than just the right ethical decision. “It is one of the best business decisions a company can make,” said Keri Gavin, a partner with Hanold Associates and leader of the search firm’s Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practice. Hanold Associates is a proud sponsor of this year’s report. This report will help organizations prioritize DE&I as a business imperative that drives greater competitiveness, innovation and business results. Get it now! 

A global human resources and talent acquisition leader with over 30 years’ experience recruiting and optimizing global leadership teams, Mr. Staines has advised clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in such industries as consumer, healthcare, technology, supply chain and more. Before joining Calibre One, he worked as a managing partner at ZRG Partners in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he held senior roles with PepsiCo, Mattel, The Gap and Cigna. He was founder and CEO of Global HR Solutions, a global consulting firm, providing strategic HR solutions to companies such as Owens Corning, British Petroleum, Hyatt Hotels, Amway and more, again with emphasis on developing inclusive leadership teams to maximize business growth and profitability.

“My true passion is working with leaders to help them structure and build exemplary teams poised to achieve outstanding business results,” said Mr. Staines. “And I will always emphasize the fundamental importance on developing a culture of belonging while hiring authentic leaders to inspire employees throughout a business.”

International Recruiters

An international recruiting boutique specializing in working with technology-centric businesses at all stages of development, Calibre One’s client list includes AMEX, Flex, eBay, Expedia, NetSuite, Monster, TripAdvisor, Symantec and Fiserv & Hearst. Established in 1999, the firm has offices in San Francisco, London, New York and Singapore. Calibre One specializes in managing high-level executive searches for software, hardware, business services, communications, cleantech and internet businesses. The firm also works with leading investors in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Israel.

Calibre One recently named Victoria Lakers as a partner based in San Diego. Ms. Lakers is a dual specialist in C-suite placements for innovative mission-driven consumer businesses and investor-backed B2B software companies. She was previously a partner at boutique search firm The Lancer Group focused on C-suite and board placements for private equity-backed portfolio companies, where she also led its diversity practice.

“Victoria’s rigorous search process is complemented by her broad experience in private equity and as a successful entrepreneur. She leverages this perspective to truly understand the challenges executives face in scaling investor-backed organizations,” said Mr. Barnes. “She’s skilled at accurately gauging the capabilities and competencies needed for the next stage of growth for her clients.”

Related: Calibre One Assists Equals Group with Non-Executive Director Search

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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