September 7, 2016 – Michael Bergen, global practice leader of Allegis Partners’ human resources practice, will take on additional responsibility as managing partner of the firm’s U.S. operations.
Mr. Bergen has more than 17 years of experience placing executives across all industries, geographies and functional areas of expertise within the HR profession. Prior to joining Allegis Partners in 2015, he was senior client partner in the human resources practice at Korn Ferry, and before that role he founded the Bergen Briller Group, an executive search and talent consulting firm that he led for more than 12 years.
With an emphasis on building consultative relationships with his clients, as well as a focus on conducting thorough evaluative assessments to identify and inventory premier talent at all levels in the human resources marketplace, Mr. Bergen has built long-term partnerships with premier HR organizations and leaders. Currently, he serves as an advisory board member for CHREATE (The Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent, and the Enterprise), which is dedicated to the future of HR and the advancement of HR leaders.
Over the past several months, Mr. Bergen has placed top human resources executives at Aleris Corporation and The Children’s Place. He is also currently conducting the search for a new global head of HR for GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group).
Re-Defining a Category
“I am excited to take on this additional leadership responsibility within Allegis Partners,” said Mr. Bergen. “We’ve made tremendous progress building an innovative executive search business with an intense focus on very specific practices, including board, CEO and leading with the market’s finest human resources practice.”
Mr. Bergen said that he and his team are working “to re-define this category with a high-touch, content-deep, partnering approach that allows the client to lean on us for consultative support, whether there is a role to fill or not.” He said that clients get to manage his firm’s performance throughout a search engagement—a somewhat unique, but expanding, concept in the search industry. “The response in the market,” he added, “has been incredibly positive thus far so we look forward to the future.”
Allegis Partners, which is part of the Allegis Group, delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. The firm provides an entire range of related recruitment services as part and parcel of its standard search mandates, which includes succession planning, talent mapping, compensation benchmarking, assessment, and market intelligence. Mr. Bergen said his firm even facilitates on-boarding of new leaders as part of its normal search process.
Beyond the Here and Now
Mr. Bergen is a noted expert at recruiting chief human resource officers (CHROs) — a wildly expanding sector in the search business, but one fraught with challenges. “As businesses have become increasingly holistic,” said Mr. Bergen, “the CHRO role has evolved away from just administrative and transactional responsibilities. Indeed, the job now plays an integral, strategic part in driving a company forward.”
One finds CHROs, he added, in constant interaction with the chief executive officer, members of the executive team, and the board of directors. “They do more than recruit talent: They have a deep understanding of the direction and aspirations of their organization, can work across leadership to inform and shepherd decision-making, and help bring aboard those individuals who will contribute to a company’s success far beyond the here and now.”
Allegis Partners provides sector specializations covering financial services, insurance and technology along with three functional areas including human resources, technology and finance. The firm has offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco and Sydney.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media