November 21, 2016 – Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has recruited Chris Casler as chief people officer at New Century Health. The assignment was conducted by principal consultants Bill Brewer and Scott Meyer, along with senior recruiting consultant Laurie Henderson.
Mr. Casler spent the past nine years with Broadcom where he served as vice president of human resources supporting a $4.5 billion business group as well as corporate wide G&A functions. He initially joined Broadcom as the company’s director of talent acquisition. Prior to this, Mr. Casler worked for Baxter Healthcare as director of talent acquisition, and finally as director of Latin America leadership & organizational effectiveness. Earlier in his career, he worked in various roles for Bank of America, Motorola, MicroAge, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to New Century Health with his background in technology and healthcare,” said Mr. Brewer. “He is well suited to help New Century Health scale in size with anticipated growth. Chris will also partner well with the CEO, Atul Dhir MD, in championing a corporate culture of cooperative success.” Mr. Brewer added: “Chris is a business leader first who has an expertise in human resources.”
New Century Health is a national cancer and cardiology care management company that provides innovative solutions to ensure the highest healthcare quality. Serving over 8,000 physicians, the company’s value-based technology platform, combined with specialist-to-specialist physician consultation, enables patients, payers and physicians to benefit from the selection of evidence-based, cost-effective therapies.
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McDermott & Bull is the 29th largest executive search firm and was recognized as this year’s fastest growing talent provider on Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 recruiter rankings. The firm serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech & life sciences, retail, and professional services sectors.
Just a few months ago, McDermott & Bull placed George Myers as chief human resources officer (CHRO) with Golden 1. The search was also led by the same McDermott & Bull team.
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CPOs Coming Into Vogue
The chief people officer (CPO) position is a relatively new title within the HR function which many companies are using instead of a chief human resources officer (CHRO). It first appeared about a decade ago. Now, as companies look to build internal brand awareness and focus more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue.
Scott Weisberg, chief people officer at Wendy’s, the $10 billion global fast food chain, said that talent acquisition strategies at many large companies are now as complex as their balance sheets. And while CHROs play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, “it is the chief people officer who typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies.”
A handful of search firms have been placing CPOs in recent months or are currently leading searches for these C-suite HR executives at various organizations. Here is a look at just a few from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- Tower Consultants, Ltd. has been retained by FARO Technologies to lead its search for a CPO. Tower Consultants president, Chris Rose, is leading the assignment. According to Ms. Rose, FARO Technologies is seeking a candidate with international agility to partner with a technical / engineering workforce of 1,500 employees.
- FaithSearch Partners has been selected by Denver-based Centura Health to lead its search for an SVP and chief people officer. “Centura Health will need an exceptional, experienced human resources leader with an enthusiasm for this culture,” said Ed Fry, president of FaithSearch Partners.
- Russell Reynolds Associates has been tapped by HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC) to lead its search for a new CPO. The executive will responsible for the people agenda across HMRC. The position is said to be pivotal to delivering the large-scale workforce planning, leadership and skills elements of HMRC’s transformation and will be a critical driver of HMRC’s “Building Our Future” program. Russell Reynolds is also leading Save the Children International’s chief people officer (CPO) search. The CPO incumbent at Save the Children will be a critical member of the organization’s senior leadership team, with responsibility for the HR leadership of approximately 17,000 staff worldwide.
- Miller Black Associates recruited Andrea Carter as chief people officer of Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta. Managing director Joanna Miller led the search. Ms. Carter most recently served as global vice president of human resources at Ralph Lauren. According to Ms. Miller, Habitat for Humanity was looking for someone with distinct prerequisites, including: a sitting chief HR officer or very senior No. 2 in a large organization.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media