October 22, 2019 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. Other organizations sometimes refer to their top HR executive as chief human capital officer or chief people officer.
Greenwich Harbor Partners recently placed HR leader Bruce Ennis as chief human capital officer of Capital Partners, a differentiated private equity investor focused on building and growing private companies with business owners.
Mr. Ennis is an experienced human resources leader with an international background, known for assisting organizational development, blending strategy into tactics and implementing diversity and talent management programs.
As the chief human capital officer, Mr. Ennis focuses on advising and assisting portfolio company management on organizational development, recruiting, training and employing human capital best practices. He also assists Capital Partners’ investment teams in assessing management teams and human resource policies and procedures of potential acquisition opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Ennis was vice president of human resources at Bigelow Tea. Prior to that, he was human resources client manager at Sikorsky Global Helicopters. In this role, he led HR for Sikorsky’s Global Helicopter business and Sikorsky’s integrated marketing department. Before that, Mr. Ennis served as director of human resources at Pepperidge Farm. He also held various human resource leadership positions at Citizens Communications (now Frontier). Before moving to the U.S., he was recruited in the U.K. by Cadbury Schweppes to their accelerated management development program for human resources. Mr. Ennis has a master’s degree in human resources and counseling from the University of Bridgeport and a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Nottingham.
Changing the World, One HR Leader at a Time
Valerie Frederickson, founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based Frederickson Partners, has forged a reputation not only for finding great HR talent but for her commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging. Let’s take a closer look at this fascinating and highly dedicated search leader.
Capital Partners is a private investment firm founded in 1982. Its principals have invested in more than 100 platform and add-on acquisitions. The firm’s focus primarily on manufacturers, value-added distributors and business service companies.
Greenwich Harbor Partners’ principals have worked in industry as general managers and investors and have direct professional experience with the types of issues that face their clients. The firm’s client roster includes IBM Cloud Services, Media General, Marlin Equity Partners, DIRECTV, SpinMedia, ReelzChannel TV and Keurig Green Mountain, among others.
Ms. Pryor has over 20 years of senior executive search experience. She has recruited board directors, CEOs and their direct reports, as well as partners for private equity firms. In addition to her board seat with the New York Pops, she serves as an advisory board member for Constellation Ventures. A veteran of the internet space since the early ’90s, she has deep experience in digital media, entertainment and private equity.
Mr. Pryor focuses on senior-level assignments for general management, sales, marketing and digital transformation. He specializes in recruiting executives using his four years as CFO and CEO of a venture-backed start-up, 10 years at General Electric Capital and 20 years in international finance and investment banking. Mr. Pryor has served on public, private and non-profit boards and chaired the audit committee for the Boston Celtics. In executive recruiting, he has focused on business services, digital marketing, e-commerce, ad sales, place-based advertising, communications and customer service for growth companies and large national brands.
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