DHR Recruits CHRO for PPL Corp.

March 4, 2016 – DHR International has recruited Tom Lynch as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of PPL Corporation.

The search was conducted by Jerry McGrath, managing partner of the firm’s global human resources practice, along with Joe Huddle, its industrial practice managing partner, and senior associate Christine Pasieka.

“Tom Lynch was the best candidate for the role; he is an experienced energy and power industry veteran,” said Mr. McGrath. “He exhibits and demonstrates a deep knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for HR and the energy business. This, combined with his executive presence, leadership style and demeanor, made him a perfect fit.”

Mr. McGrath said that of all the candidates presented to PPL, the winning candidate “connected” most effectively in the interview process, as well as with CEO Bill Spence and the PPL leadership team. And, he said, “Tom Lynch wanted it the most!”

Mr. McGrath said the ‘portfolio’ of CHROs nowadays is a potent one. “The role is at the very vortex of the key issue companies need to excel at to compete, grow and win in the global marketplace — namely talent.“ The central responsibility of the CHRO is to work with company leadership, he said, “to develop that right mix of approaches, policies and practices that creates the greatest culture and most engaged workforce possible.”

Mr. Lynch is a global human resources executive with 20-plus  years of experience and a record of driving business success through aligned HR direction. He has extensive experience as an HR leader and generalist, with expertise in business transformation, employee engagement, labor and employee relations, performance management, staffing, compensation and benefits, and mergers & acquisitions. Most recently, he was senior vice president of HR at Walter Energy, Inc. Prior to that, he was the VP of HR at NRG Energy.

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Established in 1920, PPL Corporation is a global energy company delivering electricity and natural gas to more than 10.5 million customers in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and the U.K. The company is based in Allentown, PA.

DHR recruits hundreds of human resource professionals annually to its global client roster covering the HR spectrum: compensation & benefits; divisional & geographic generalists; diversity; executive leadership & development; HR information systems & operations; industrial & labor relations; talent management & organizational development; and talent acquisition. In addition to PPL Corp., the firm has completed a number of recent CHRO searches for companies, including Michaels Stores, Delphi and Under Armour.

Demand for C-level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function, as upbeat U.S. hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for potential talent shortages.

This research concurs with findings from Hunt Scanlon Media CHRO surveys which indicate that as large companies bring their more significant executive recruiting work in-house, there is a developing need for top-flight CHROs who can oversee the entire corporate personnel spectrum, from top to bottom.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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