Human Capital Consultants Places CHRO at Henry Jackson Foundation

Human Capital Consultants John W. Sigmon CHRO Henry Jackson Foundation

December 10, 2017 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers (CHRO) and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. The best HR chiefs are seen as integral strategic advisors to the C-suite, and the ones in demand are those who are sounding boards for CEOs. Why is there such pent up demand for top flight HR experts?

According to executive recruiters, corporate leaders are hiring more like-minded sophisticated, proactive, strategic HR individuals with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities just as they would a P&L.

Recruiting such talent continues to be of vital importance for companies. In the latest instance, Human Capital Consultants has placed John W. Sigmon as the new CHRO of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF). President and CEO Milton Hall led the assignment. The Washington, D.C.-based search firm completed the engagement in under two months.

“With nearly two decades of experience chiefly focused on placing advanced HR executives nationally, our network is vast and chock full of high quality diverse candidates,” said Mr. Hall.

Vast Experience

Joseph Caravalho, president and CEO of HJF, said Mr. Sigmon will play a vital role for the foundation. “Our people are the heart and soul of HJF,” he said. “With his vast experience in leading world-class teams and his dedication to fostering innovation and excellence, John will leverage our talented men and women for both individual and organizational success. I expect he will soon make HJF the organization of choice for talented professionals wishing to make a difference for the good of our nation’s warfighters.”

Mr. Sigmon joins HJF from AARP, where he rose from senior human resources business partner to vice president, group human resources consulting services, and then to SVP and CHRO. In his most recent role, he was responsible for a human resources enterprise of more than 2,200 employees that spanned all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before that, he worked in human resources at the U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Federal Election Commission, Government Accountability Office, Department of Health and Human Services and the National Naval Medical Center.


AARP is now seeking a Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer (SVP & CHRO) to act as its principal strategic advisor on human capital and HR directives and initiatives. This role partners with key leadership teams throughout the AARP enterprise to develop, implement, and maintain effective human resources strategies, functions, and systems. Apply Now!


As one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation employs more than 2,200 individuals across the U.S. An additional 450 employees work internationally. The organization was established in 1983 and authorized by Congress to support medical research and education at Uniformed Services University and throughout the military.

Human Capital Consultants, founded in 2003, places advanced talent nationally. It has established a strong record of identifying and placing leading talent in both HR and the C-suite. Its clients are progressive corporate and non-profit organizations. The firm, which works across industries, has partnered with clients in technology, healthcare, biopharma, finance, energy, legal, insurance, education, consulting, research, think tanks, advocacy, government contracting, and others.

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:

Chicago-based Hanold Associates recently helped place Lainie Cooney as CHRO for Blue Apron in New York. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the recruitment firm, led the search along with partner Katie Traines. Previously, Ms. Cooney was CHRO for DPI Specialty Foods in Ontario, CA.

WinterWyman Executive Search placed former Nortek executive Liam Weston as CHRO at Hollingsworth & Vose, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery and industrial applications. Senior vice president and partner Beverly Morgan led the search. 

Los Angeles-headquartered executive search firm Shelli Herman and Associates placed Rob Spooner as the CHRO of the internationally acclaimed San Diego Zoo. He will join the organization in June. President Shelli Herman led the search along with her associate, Michele Lyons. 

Pi Executive recruited Marco A. Leal as CHRO of Ajinomoto Windsor, a top manufacturer of Asian / Ethnic foods. The search was conducted by partner and board member Pierre Trippitelli and assisted by director Katherine MacLane. Mr. Leal brings over 20 years of experience developing world class HR organizations within fast growing consumer goods companies. 

Boyden recruited Heather Laychak as CHRO of The Aerospace Corporation. Tim McNamara, managing partner of Boyden’s Washington, D.C. office and a leader in the firm’s aerospace, defense & intelligence and global transportation sectors, led the search. 

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

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