March 22, 2019 – The chief people officer position is still a relatively new title within the HR function. It first appeared about a decade ago. But now, 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.
Recently, to help fill a void in its senior HR team, Apple Federal Credit Union in Fairfax, VA, retained executive search firm D. Hilton Associates to find a chief people officer. Vice president Jessica Jarman is charged with leading the assignment.
Reporting to the CEO, this role will be responsible for the development and execution of departmental strategy in support of organization strategy and goals, said D. Hilton Associates. The role specifically focuses on the areas of culture management, succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and total rewards.
Other duties include directing the credit union’s people and culture and talent management functions by developing and implementing strategies to recruit, retain and develop the organization’s talent and culture, said the search firm. The position also entails advising management on matters related to compensation, benefits, employee relations and people implications. Additional duties involve developing, implementing, and interpreting general employment policies and procedures, as well as ensuring compliance with applicable employment laws.
“This position will also provide strategic leadership by articulating human capital management needs and plans to the executive management team and the board of directors,” the search firm said. A bachelor’s degree with a concentration in HR management, organization development or a related field, plus a minimum of 15 years human resources experience at a management level is required. A masters degree and/or SPHR or SHRM-SCP is preferred.
Serving Northern Virginia
Since 1956, Apple Federal Credit Union has been a not-for-profit, member-owned financial services cooperative. It has a membership of nearly 210,000 and assets surpassing $2.8 billion with more than 20 branches across Northern Virginia. The credit union offers a wide variety of quality products, including free online and mobile banking, the full range of individual and commercial banking services, and access to more than 53,000 ATMs nationwide.
Founded in 1985, D. Hilton Associates specializes in the credit union industry. Over the past several months, the firm has recruited new CEOs for Greylock Federal Credit Union, First Financial Federal Credit Union of Maryland, Cascade Community Credit Union in Roseburg, OR and the ORNL Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge, TN. The firm also recently filled marketing positions for Cascade Community Credit Union, Langley Federal Credit Union and Sharon Credit Union.
Ms. Jarman specializes in executive recruiting with an emphasis on placing information technology, retail delivery, finance and audit/compliance executives within the credit union industry. As a member of the D. Hilton senior team, she brings a wealth of experience in identifying and placing CEO candidates on a regional level by utilizing extensive online research campaigns.
Chief People Officers
In recent months, search firms have helped companies find new chief people officers across the nation. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Recently, Vetted Solutions placed Annemarie McDonald Oxman as the new chief people officer of the National Business Aviation Association in Washington, D.C. Holly Clark retired in January after more than 12 years in the job. Jim Zaniello, Vetted Solutions’ president and founder, led the search. Previously, Ms. Oxman served as director of HR for the American Petroleum Institute.
Philadelphia-headquartered Howard Fischer Associates recruited Deborah Josephs as chief people officer of NCC Media, the national television and video advertising sales, marketing and technology company owned by Comcast Corp., Charter Communications and Cox Communications.
Polachi Inc. recently placed Stephanie Baker Lucey as the new chief people officer of NASDAQ-traded Bottom Line Technologies in Portsmouth, NH. “We know Steph’s experience navigating organizational complexities will make her a great fit for our client Bottomline Technologies,” said search firm partner Charley Polachi, who spearheaded the assignment.
With the assistance of search firm Howard Fischer Associates, Jack Morton Worldwide, a global brand experience agency, has chosen Melissa Rose to be its new chief people officer. Previously, Ms. Rose held positions at Hill Holliday, ISM, Carat and iProspect. Most recently, she served as VP of HR at Anaqua, a global intellectual property software company.
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