Howard Fischer Associates Assists Aryaka Networks in CHRO Search

September 16, 2020 – Philadelphia-headquartered executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates has assisted cloud-first WAN company Aryaka Networks in recruiting Michelle Mitchell as its new chief human resources officer.

“As we accelerate our business growth, focusing on our human talent is top of mind for me, and we needed a high caliber human resources leader,” said Matt Carter, president and CEO of Aryaka. “Michelle’s record of developing top-notch employee experiences and building an engaged, diverse, inclusive and high-performance work culture is very well aligned with Aryaka’s evolution and aspirations as a top destination for human talent. I am thrilled to welcome her to the executive leadership team.”

Ms. Mitchell brings over 20 years of human resources experience to her role as Aryaka’s CHRO. Prior to joining Aryaka, she was vice president of human resources at Yodlee, a publicly traded division of Envestnet, a provider of wealth management solutions to independent financial advisors. Before that, Ms. Mitchell was at Riverstone Networks where she served as vice president of human resources prior to its acquisition by Lucent Technologies.

In her new position, Ms. Mitchell will lead Aryaka’s human resources strategy and operations, including global organizational development, talent acquisition, rewards and benefits, as well as culture strategies.

“I am excited to join Aryaka and bring my extensive background and skills in HR to the leadership team,” said Ms. Mitchell. “When I first spoke with Aryaka, the company was already named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2020. Upon learning more about the company, I was immediately impressed with the culture Aryaka had already established.”

“I look forward to working with Matt and the leadership team to strengthen the company’s values, talent and establish a fun culture during these challenging and unprecedented times,” she said.

Aryaka is a global SaaS solution provider for enterprises. The company’s SD-WAN-as a-Service alters how enterprises connect sites worldwide to business-critical applications to support their digital transformation initiatives. This combines a software-defined, global private network, WAN optimization, application acceleration, multi-cloud connectivity, and visibility in a single solution that is delivered as a service.

Seasoned Search Consultants

Howard Fischer Associates specializes in placing key executives in functional areas, including sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, operations, information technology, human resources, business development and finance. The firm has completed senior-level searches for clients that include: Acacia, Affirmed Networks, Airbnb, Aqua America, Blue Apron, BlueJeans Network, Bonobos, Casa Systems, Cloudera, Comcast, Discovery Communications, GitHub, Jefferson Health, Penn Mutual, Pepsi Cola & National Brand Beverages, RentPath, Rue La, Triumph Group, Twitter and UGI Utilities.

The firm, which also has offices in Silicon Valley, Chicago and Boston, is led by founder and president Howard Fischer. For 35 years, Mr. Fischer has consulted with CEOs, boards of directors and senior executives on the process of identifying, evaluating and attracting leaders.

CHRO Recruiting in the News

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

The Christopher Group (TCG) has been retained by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) to lead the organization’s chief human resources officer search. Founder and CEO Thomas Christopher, recruiting manager Kristen Pace and senior operations manager Matthew Duda are leading the assignment. “The Christopher Group is pleased and honored to launch our second chief human resources officer search for a leading national trade association,” said Mr. Christopher. “This is a very dynamic and exciting organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. whose members include 10 of the largest hotel chains in the world.”

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates just placed Maurice Wiggins as the first chief human resources officer of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Shelli Herman, president of the recruitment firm, led the assignment along with her associate, Krista Haley. “With this hire, our client was really looking for someone who put people and culture first,” said Ms. Herman. “The Whitney Museum has a long and robust history of hiring and mentoring great people who are deeply passionate about the work and enormously committed to mission.”

Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Mayank Parikh, Lisa Butkus and Jason Hanold have placed former Coca-Cola Co. executive Shane Smith as CHRO of Tailored Brands. Moderna Therapeutics, a company racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, is also partnering with the Chicago-based search firm for multiple HR leadership searches. Hanold Associates is also partnering with Cambridge, MA-based Moderna Therapeutics on multiple human resources leadership searches. Ashley Schiele, Katrina Prospero, Kile Hanold, Sandra Peña and Mr. Hanold are leading those searches.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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