October 19, 2018 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. The chief people officer, on the other hand, typically goes beyond overseeing an organization’s people policies. The focus, instead, is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with greater emphasis on culture, which includes values, ethics and the company’s mission.
Recently, executive search firm Lucas Group named Carolina King as the firm’s first people officer. In a broad survey of search firms, it is a role seldom found in the industry but one that is seen as needed as strategy and development come more into focus.
“Carolina understands the ever-growing strategic role that HR, and talent development in particular, plays in our business,” said Andi Jennings, CEO. “Her vision has transformed our corporate HR department into a vital partner in the associate development process. Carolina’s promotion to CPO reflects our commitment to ensuring Lucas Group is a leader in nurturing and attracting top talent.”
Since joining Lucas Group in 2014, Ms. King has restructured the corporate HR department, bringing a holistic view of talent development and performance management to the department’s day-to-day operations. She has also built out a new operations team to support Lucas Group’s growing contract placement business. Ms. King also oversees continued associate and leadership development. Her team employs a data-driven approach, developing new performance metrics for proactively supporting associates during their onboarding and continued training process. She is located in the firm’s Atlanta office.
With a broad background in HR, Ms. King is adept at organizational development, human capital management, and performance improvement, said Lucas Group. She has provided expert organizational and leadership development for top global companies including CNN, AT&T and Siemens Energy & Automation. Prior to joining Lucas Group, she served in various HR roles with Turning Broadcasting, MarketSource and Fiserv.
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“HR is the engine that drives a business like Lucas Group, where our product is our people,” said Ms. King. “Supporting them is our first priority. My goal is for our training and development programs to ensure every associate reaches their potential by providing a strong foundation, proactively identifying individuals who drive team success and empowering these individuals to be even more effective,” she said.
Lucas Group works with mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients in consumer products, energy (oil, gas, chemicals, and alternatives), aerospace & defense, call center and customer services, global supply chain management, industrial products, food & beverage, and biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device services. In addition to serving the legal sector the firm’s practice groups includes accounting & finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, legal, sales & marketing and military transition. It has more than 300 affiliate recruiters in offices throughout the U.S.
Earlier this year, Lucas Group opened a new Mid-Atlantic contract legal division based in Baltimore. It is led by senior partner Karissa Hayko and serves the growing needs of U.S. corporations and law firms for temporary legal talent in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding region. The new division provides law firms and corporate in-house legal departments with attorneys, paralegals, legal support and compliance professionals on a temporary contract, temporary-to-hire and long-term basis. The practice serves mid-tier to Fortune 500 companies ranging from boutique to global 100 law firms.
Ms. Hayko, who joined Lucas Group last year, has 15 years experience in the legal field, including a decade providing outside support to corporate legal departments and law firms. She was previously senior manager of business development for Deloitte Services in Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media