April 27, 2021 – Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners recently recruited former Avangrid Renewables executive Staci Schwartz as vice president of human resources for Tripwire, a provider of cybersecurity, IT security and compliance automation software. Ms. Schwartz joins Tripwire after a tenure of 20 years as an HR leader with clean energy company Avangrid Renewables (formerly PPM Energy and Iberdrola Renewables).
Starting as HR business partner at PPM Energy, Ms. Schwartz managed HR through exponential company growth from 60 to over 900 employees in a few years. With subsequent acquisitions by Scottish Power and then Iberdrola, she was appointed to managing director of HR at Iberdrola for three years. With the formation of subsidiary Avangrid Renewables, operating in 24 U.S. states, she served as vice president of HR, strategic HR business partner for over eight years, advising the CEO and executive team. Ms. Schwartz additionally held earlier HR positions at Intel and Consolidated Freightways. She has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology, both with a business concentration, from Wake Forest University and a diversity and inclusion certificate from Cornell University. She also attended the IESE Business School and IMD Business School.
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In the role with Tripwire, Ms. Schwartz will report to president Subhajit Bagchi and be responsible for building the people function within the company to support its strategy for U.S. and international growth. She will implement HR processes for employees worldwide, partner with the executive team, and drive a talent strategy that includes recruitment, retention and development of top talent globally, as well as performance management and total rewards.
Tripwire protects organizations against cyberattacks. On-site and in the cloud, its diverse portfolio of solutions finds, monitors and mitigates risks to organizations’ digital infrastructure—all without disrupting day-to-day operations or productivity. Tripwire, a global company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Belden Inc., is headquartered in Portland, OR, with offices in Alpharetta, GA; Maidenhead, UK; and shared offices in Asia-Pacific.
Veteran HR Consultants
Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting and thought leadership.
Based in Menlo Park, CA, the firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, E-commerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors and telecommunications.
Frederickson Partners recently recruited Pam Holmberg as head of people for ThoughtSpot, a leader in search and AI-driven analytics. “Throughout the course of the pandemic, our customers have relied on us more than ever to help them embrace the disruption and change transforming every industry,” said Sudheesh Nair, CEO of ThoughtSpot. “Our people are absolutely essential to making that possible. As we continue to navigate this new, asynchronous working environment, I’m thrilled to have a leader like Pam joining to support our employees as they do the most exciting work of their careers,” he said. “Maintaining ThoughtSpot’s culture of selfless excellence is a top priority as we scale, and Pam is the right leader to foster innovation, diversity and well-being in our team around the world.”
Frederickson Partners recently formed an expanded diversity and inclusion (D&I) recruiting practice. The service is led by chief of staff Ben Taylor, a five-year veteran of the firm, and CEO Valerie Frederickson. The firm reports that in June it saw a threefold increase in companies requesting D&I searches. Fueled by Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., many businesses are committing to creating a more equitable and diverse workplace and now plan to hire their first D&I leader, the firm said.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement, CEOs and boards now aim to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to make right long-standing disparities in opportunity,” said Ms. Frederickson. “The movement has highlighted the critical importance of equal pay and promotion irrespective of race, gender and age. Experienced leaders who can fill a chief diversity office position are a small, highly sought-after pool of executives who have proven they can drive change within an organization and deliver results. We help leading employers find those in-demand leaders.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media