James & Co. Recruits Worldwide ERC Chief Executive

March 31, 2020 – New York City-based executive search firm James & Co. has assisted in the placement of Lynn Shotwell as the new president and chief executive officer of Worldwide ERC, a trade association for talent management and global mobility knowledge and innovation.

“The leadership team, board of directors and I are thrilled to work with an executive and proven CEO of Lynn’s caliber and have complete confidence in her ability to drive our organization forward in a rapidly changing environment,” said Ed Hannibal, chairman of the board at Worldwide ERC. “Talent, mobility and duty of care strategies are more important now than ever. We look forward to working closely with Lynn to continue supporting our members and partners with the tools and knowledge needed for success.”


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As an accomplished association executive, Ms. Shotwell brings a track record of successfully leading global workforce and talent mobility organizations to her new role. With more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of migration, economics and human capital, “she will drive innovation for Worldwide ERC as the organization supports mobility professionals encountering challenges and opportunities in today’s global economy,” Worldwide ERC said.

Ms. Shotwell previously served as senior vice president and head, global outreach and operations for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society. In that role, she served as co-chair of the business mechanism of the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the board of trustees of World Education Services, drawing on her more than two decades of experience helping top organizations create global workforces. Earlier in her career, Ms. Shotwell served as executive director at the Council for Global Immigration/American Council on International Personnel, where she drove significant growth and led the organization’s merger with SHRM in 2018. Ms. Shotwell has also provided mobility policy expertise as a lecturer and media spokesperson and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

“I step into this role with a singular focus: to ensure our members have the resources they need to support the communities they serve,” said Ms. Shotwell. “Now is the time for us all to pull together and confront this global challenge. Ours is an industry with a long of history of supporting people in the workplace — no matter where they are or where they work. You can be sure Worldwide ERC and its members will be doing our part to aid in the global response to COVID-19.”

Connecting and Educating Workforce Mobility Professionals

Worldwide ERC is a global organization committed to connecting and educating workforce mobility professionals across the globe since 1964. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Shanghai, the organization is the source of global mobility knowledge and innovation in talent management from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to Asia and across the Americas.

Established in 2002, James & Co. is an executive search firm specializing in C-level searches for the media, entertainment, sports and digital consumer technology sectors. Founded by Michele James and Roysi Erbes, the firm is a woman-owned business and diversity supplier. “It is important for us to have these growing relationships with candidates,” Ms. Erbes told Profile Magazine. “It’s the best of both worlds—placements who we have a relationship with can introduce us to new talent and communicate trends they are seeing in the marketplace. There is also the possibility of them becoming the client in the future depending on where their career takes them.”

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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