Korn Ferry Recruits CHRO for MidMichigan Health

November 10, 2020 – Korn Ferry  has placed Dua’a (Dee) Ibrahim-Weber as CHRO of MidMichigan Health. She will succeed Greg Ghilardi who will be retiring in December after 13 years with the non-profit health system.

“Dee is a results driven leader who cares deeply for employees and is committed to ensuring they have what is needed to care for patients,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, president and CEO of MidMichigan Health. “As the largest employer in most of the counties we serve, it’s critical we attract and retain top talent.”

“Dee brings a wealth of experience and understands the climate and culture of the healthcare industry,” she said. “We are looking forward to her leadership on human resources initiatives, while continuing to foster and grow MidMichigan Health as an excellent place to work.”

Ms. Weber most recently served as senior vice president and CHRO of Southwest General Health System in Middleburg Heights, OH. During her career she has served in international human resources, working for privately, as well as publicly traded organizations. Ms. Weber has led multiple mergers and acquisitions, designed multiple tier healthcare plans, launched a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, chaired several labor contraction negotiations, reduced employee turnover and increased physician group engagement scores, as well as implemented an RN to BSN program at no cost to employees through collaboration with local universities.

As MidMichigan Health’s CHRO, Ms. Weber will lead all aspects of human resources and education across the organization. She will be responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of matrix management, succession planning, talent management, change management, organization and performance management, training and development, labor strategy, benefits, employee relations and compensation. This position also oversees wellness and employee activities.

“Today’s workforce requires innovative and cutting edge human capital strategies,” said Ms. Weber. “A proactive mindset, when dealing with the evolving multi-generational needs, wants and demands, is imperative to the success of the organization.”

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, MI, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the healthcare division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its medical centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home healthcare and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education.

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:

New York City-based executive search Miller Black Associates recently placed Sandra Beckett as CHRO of CITY Furniture in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Joanna Miller led the assignment. “This was an attractive opportunity for a number of HR professionals because of the quality, reputation and culture of the company, as well as their growth trajectory, so the client was able to be quite selective,” said Ms. Miller. “Although CITY Furniture is not a heavy manufacturer, they wanted someone who had been trained in progressive manufacturing systems such as Toyota Way, Lean/Six Sigma and other related methodologies.”

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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