CarterBaldwin Recruits Chief People Officer for Shoals Technologies Group

December 5, 2023 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resource officers play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, the chief people officer typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies. The focus instead is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with more emphasis on culture, which includes values, ethics, and mission. As companies look to build internal brand awareness and set their sights more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue. And executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find new chief people officers.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of James Hart as chief people officer for NASDAQ-traded Shoals Technologies Group in Portland. TN. Associate partner Derek Broyard led the assignment.

Mr. Hart joins Shoals from Cardlytics, where he served as vice president of people, leading the people and culture function for the organization. He began his career at Southwire Company, serving in multiple human resources roles over 13 years with the largest divisions in the company.

Shoals Technologies Group is a provider of Electrical Balance of Systems (EBOS) solar, energy storage, and eMobility solutions. Since its founding in 1996, the company has introduced innovative technologies and systems solutions that allow its customers to substantially increase installation efficiency and safety while improving system performance and reliability. Shoals is a leader in the renewable energy industry, deploying solutions on over 20 GW of solar systems globally.

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CarterBaldwin is an executive search firm that partners with corporate, nonprofit, and academic clients to build leadership teams. They pride themselves on having an experienced staff, an unrivaled search process, and an exceptional client and candidate experience. The firm is listed among a variety of rankings published by Hunt Scanlon Media, including its Top 50, Private Equity Power 100, and Top 50 Higher Education Search Firms.

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Mr. Broyard has been with CarterBaldwin for more than 15 years and has a history serving clients across multiple industries, including manufacturing, technology, and B2B services. He has earned a strong reputation for client service by being involved in every step of the search process and supporting each of the stakeholders involved to ensure a successful outcome. Mr. Broyard has recruited and placed C-level, VP and director level leaders across North America. In addition to his responsibilities as an associate partner, he has been the leader of CarterBaldwin’s recruiting and research functions, and serves as the key driver of the firm’s proprietary search process and search technology platform.

Past Chief People Officer Search

Last year, CarterBaldwin helped to recruit Beth Ward as chief people officer for CMSPI, an independent global payments consultancy based in Manchester, U.K. The assignment was led by partner Jennifer Sobocinski and consultant Ted Wieber. Ms. Ward, who is certified as a senior professional in human resources, is CMSPI’s first CPO and will lead out of the company’s North American headquarters in Atlanta. She joins the company from Alvaria Inc., an enterprise SaaS company, where she was an HR business partner. Prior to Alvaria, she held HR leadership roles at global tech firms including Sage, OutSystems Inc, First Data Corp., and BlackBerry.

With offices in Atlanta, Dusseldorf, Dubai, and Manchester, England, CMSPI is one of the payments industry’s fastest-growing independent global payments consultancies that works with merchants to optimize their payments supply chains and reduce their overall payment costs. CMSPI was founded in 1991 by finance executive Brendan Doyle and is backed by London’s Inflexion Private Equity Partners.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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