DHR International Recruits CHRO for PGi

April 4, 2019 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Chicago-based search firm DHR International placed talent management veteran Francoise Caraguel as chief human resources officer of PGi, the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration solutions. The search was led by managing partners Christopher Knipp and Ed Flowers.

Ms. Caraguel is an industry recognized HR business executive with over 20 years of experience in all functional areas. Previously, she served as global chief talent officer and vice president of human resources at CSM Bakery Solutions in Atlanta. Ms. Caraguel was recruited there by the CEO and board of directors to develop and implement a world class HR organization, restructure the business to move the company, significantly increase the talent base and cover talent management processes and drive one set of cultural values throughout the organization. She led a team of more than 150 employees.

PGi is the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services. For more than 25 years, the company’s broad portfolio of products has served the end-to-end collaboration needs of enterprises. PGi’s collaboration solutions—accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device—drive productivity and teamwork for about 45,000 customers around the world.

Since 1989, DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of its client base.

Mr. Knipp serves as managing director for DHR’s Dallas office. Over the course of more than 30 years as a prominent human resources executive, he has completed hundreds of executive-level searches while building best-in-class HR functions, shaping high-performing cultures and leading organizational transformations for renowned blue-chip businesses at the top of the Fortune list. These include: ExxonMobil, Hostess Brands and Centex Homes, as well as private equity-funded, high-growth and turnaround organizations.

As a leader in DHR’s Atlanta office, Mr. Flowers has helped to grow the firm’s presence across Greater Atlanta. He joined DHR after serving as chief people officer for World Kitchen (Corelle Brands). In this role he provided human resources leadership globally with a primary focus on executive compensation, total rewards, talent management, organizational capability and employee engagement strategies to ultimately provide a competitive human capital advantage.

CHRO Recruiting in the News

Hunt Scanlon Media has tracked a number of CHRO search assignments in recent months. Here’s a sampling taken from the company’s daily newswire archives:

Recently, Domino’s Pizza retained Hanold Associates to find its next CHRO. He is joined by partners Keri Gavin, Ashley Schiele and Sonia Nagra. “The new CHRO must be excited for this challenge and to partner with the Domino’s management team to enable the organization to achieve its vision through innovative and sustainable people practices,” Hanold Associates said.

The Koblentz Group was retained by NASDAQ-traded PRGX to conduct a national search for a new CHRO. Partner Jeff Neppl is charged with leading the assignment. Candidates must have public company experience as a CHRO with a global perspective, said the Koblentz Group. They must also have experience in business to business or professional services industry.

Koya Leadership Partners recently placed Lorraine Goffe as the new vice president for human resources and CHRO of Penn State. She succeeds Susan Basso, who left the college for a position at Ohio State University. Managing director Liz Neumann and vice president Beth Schaefer led the assignment. 

Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International has placed Stephanie Hasenbos-Case as the new CHRO of Black & Veatch. Ms. Hasenbos-Case comes to Black & Veatch from Grant Thornton International. There, as partner and global practice leader for people and culture and CHRO she led human resources in a dual role devoted to creating and implementing successful people and client experience strategies.

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has kicked off its search for the National Football League’s next CHRO. “The league needs a seasoned HR leader who is accustomed to driving tough conversations, and can balance their strategic perspective with an analytical capability and the ability to execute – all this while they continue to build the requisite infrastructure to support a significant transformation.

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

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