McDermott + Bull Expands with Hiring of Former CHRO

July 29, 2020 – The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Recently, Irvine, CA-based search firm 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.

“Her extensive knowledge and experience in this space, paired with McDermott + Bull’s global network and capabilities, will effectively meet the unique and dynamic leadership needs of the evolving industry,” the firm said.

“We are excited to welcome Alisa onboard as we continue to grow the mobility practice at McDermott + Bull,” said Rod McDermott, co-founder and CEO of McDermott + Bull. “Her decades of experience driving talent strategies for leading mobility corporations in a variety of human resources leadership roles will greatly benefit the clients she serves at the firm.”

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 human resources, she excels in identifying and assessing top leadership talent to achieve game-changing transformation, growth, and success for her clients in the industrial sector. Ms. Nagle has lived and traveled around the world and has held global human resources leadership roles at Ford Motor Co., Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Johnson Controls Inc. and Stoneridge Inc.

“I’m excited to join a passionate and dedicated team that is committed to delivering exceptional results for our clients,” said Ms. Nagle. “Our Lean Six Sigma processes are truly world class and enable us to efficiently coordinate our firm’s capabilities — our clients know that we consistently deliver impressive leadership and talent solutions at nearly half the time of the industry average.”

Ms. Nagle received her bachelor’s degree in business and human resources at Ohio State University and her master’s degree at Central Michigan University. She was featured in SAE International’s The Road to the Top is Not on the Map: Conversations with Top Women of the Automotive Industry. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University’s College of Business and is an active community volunteer supporting organizations that service the youth and animal welfare.

McDermott + Bull serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech and life sciences, retail and professional services sectors. Since the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, the firm has met both the permanent and interim needs of its clients. The firm has served a range of domestic and global mobility clients, including MNX Global Logistics, AAA, Panasonic Corp., United Pacific Industries, Hyundai Capital America, Denso, Mitsubishi Motors, Delta Electronics and SAIC Motor.

HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters

For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over 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:

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.

Cognitive Talent Partners expanded with the addition of former CHRO Ajay Bakshi as senior client partner. Mr. Bakshi is a CEO /CXO-level executive coach, board-level human resources professional and strategic business advisor. With more than 25 years of experience, he has held senior-level HR and board-level positions as a chief human resources officer with Vodafone Global Services, Prudential Global Services and Sterlite Technologies & Power.

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

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