April 28, 2016 – Korn Ferry has recruited Emily Skor as chief executive officer of Growth Energy. She succeeds Tom Buis, who assumed a new role as co-chairman of Growth Energy’s board of directors last summer.
Korn Ferry worked alongside a search committee, including Growth Energy board members from Front Range Energy, Green Plains Inc., Marquis Energy and Poet.
Ms. Skor most recently served as vice president for communications of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation. At CHPA, a member-based trade association advocating for consumer healthcare products and serving as leader on regulatory and scientific issues for the industry, she oversaw public affairs campaigns, integrating strategic communications into legislative campaigns and coordinating ally development.
Before this, Ms. Skor served as SVP at Dezenhall Resources, a nationally recognized crisis communications and issues management firm. For more than a decade, she helped Fortune 500 companies and industry associations manage issues affecting brand confidence and corporate reputation through media, advocacy, coalition building and consumer education campaigns.
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“As the ethanol industry continues to evolve — facing new opportunities and challenges — Emily is poised to lead Growth Energy as our next generation leader for next generation fuels,” said company co-chair Jeff Broin. “Emily brings a new perspective on policy, reputation management and communications to the organization during this dynamic time for the industry.”
“Emily’s successful track record integrating policy and communications into strategic campaigns and leading cross-functional organizations make her a natural successor to lead Growth Energy into the future,” said Mr. Buis. “I look forward to working with her in my role.”
Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic wellbeing and create a healthier environment. The organization believes ethanol is America’s best renewable and reliable fuel.
Korn Ferry’s energy sector offers a range of talent solutions designed to fit the energy sector — from strategic search services, competency-based assessments, and interactive high-potential leadership development programs to one-on-one coaching, strategic talent design, and succession planning. Richard Preng serves as global sector leader for the practice. His expertise includes finding talent for electric and gas utilities (upstream, midstream and downstream) as well as the oilfield services sectors.
A report issued by ManpowerGroup, ‘Strategies to Fuel the Energy Workforce,’ found that 58 percent of energy executives said they struggle to find the talent they need and 74 percent believe the problem will worsen over the next five years. Job categories identified as being in greatest demand included field workers, skilled trades, and highly educated professionals.
The study also found that the talent shortage may already be slowing growth and expansion throughout the sector. By some estimates, there will be three million energy sector jobs by 2020. In the utilities subsector, where half of the workforce is already over the age of 40 — 100,000 net new jobs are projected. Many of the positions, according to recruiters, will require tech-savvy candidates to keep pace with future developments.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media