October 7, 2020 – Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has appointed Heath Henson as its chief people officer. He brings to the firm a track record of driving positive business outcomes, cost savings and performance improvements through his deep expertise in human capital solutions and commitment to strategic partnership.
“As a collaborative leader and consensus builder, Heath excels at advising key stakeholders on the complex human capital challenges facing today’s organizations,” said Randy Marmon, CEO of Lucas Group. “His proven ability to deliver innovative HR solutions and drive transformative change will be vital to supporting our ambitious growth plans in the coming years.”
Mr. Henson has more than 20 years of human resources experience at large global organizations across a wide range of industries, leading strategic partnerships that align human capital management, technology solutions and business intelligence. Previously, he served as vice president of HR at Randstad NA, where he shaped human capital strategy in the areas of organizational alignment, talent acquisition, performance management, global relations, predictive analytics, and employee development and engagement for over 20 operating companies and business lines. Prior to Randstad, Mr. Henson was general manager, HR, for Porsche Cars North America.
In his new position with Lucas Group, Mr. Henson will build on the firm’s HR foundation, serving as a business partner and strategic advisor shaping the workforce of the future.
“Lucas Group is nationally recognized for impacting the lives of those they interact with, and it’s a tremendous privilege to join such a respected firm,” said Mr. Henson. “I’m energized by the incredible leadership team at Lucas Group and excited to partner with them to drive organizational improvement.”
“I’m driven by curiosity– a desire to explore ambitious solutions to business challenges, to understand employee needs, and to advocate for the best possible employee experience,” he said. “This has been a year with unexpected challenges for many companies, and there’s no time like the present to focus on opportunities for innovation and future growth.”
Lucas Group works with mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients in consumer products, energy (oil, gas, chemicals and alternatives), aerospace and defense, call center and customer services, global supply chain management, industrial products, food and beverage, and biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device services. In addition to serving the legal sector the firm’s practice groups includes accounting and finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, legal, sales and marketing, and military transition. It has more than 300 affiliate recruiters in offices throughout the U.S.
HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters
For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the crossover skills required in the search business are nearly identical, and Hunt Scanlon Media has recently tracked a number of successful transitions. We have taken note of the trend among top-ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:
McDermott + Bull expanded with the addition of former HR executive Alisa Nagle as a managing director to drive the firm’s global industrial, automotive and mobility practice. Based in Detroit, she will also play a critical role in launching the firm’s office in the region. Ms. Nagle has spent over 25 years as a human capital leader and transformation business partner. As a former chief human resources officer and head of HR, she excels in identifying and assessing top leadership talent to achieve game-changing transformation, growth, and success for her clients in the industrial sector.
Protis Global has added Cheri Ehrlich Eisen as its SVP of business development. In her extensive 20-plus years of talent acquisition and HR leadership experience, she has partnered with major entities in the entertainment space, including Walt Disney Television and NBC Universal. Ms. Eisen currently serves as president of RAZR Recruiting + Consulting, which was launched in 2015 to help businesses find key talent for their organizations. Before that, she was senior director of human resources and talent acquisition for Fusion, an ABC – Univision joint venture.
Positive Moves, based in Gurgaon, in India, expanded with the addition of former CHRO Gautam Anand as a partner. Previously, Mr. Anand served as CHRO at Airtel, where he led the people agenda during a period of intense industry disruption and proved instrumental in guiding the company to become a digital products company.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media