January 28, 2016 – Executive search firm Miller Black Associates has placed Kerry Tehan as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Lydall, Inc. She will head up the company’s global human resource, benefits and compensation teams.
Lydall is a New York Stock Exchange listed company headquartered in Manchester, Conn. with global manufacturing operations producing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.
Joanna Miller, managing director of Miller Black Associates, led the search. Ms. Tehan was selected from a long slate of well-qualified candidates the firm presented.
Prior to joining Lydall, Ms. Tehan was the vice president of human resources for Medtronic, a global healthcare products company. In this capacity, she led the HR team supporting manufacturing operations for over 20,000 employees in 42 plants worldwide. Her focus included the delivery of comprehensive succession planning, performance management, competency assessment and development planning to drive positive business results.
Prior to her time at Medtronic, Ms. Tehan served as director of human resources at Aspect Medical Systems, where she worked closely with management on creating an effective global employee relations program and integrated domestic and international programs to create improved delivery systems.
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Miller Black Associates is a boutique executive search and coaching firm specializing in helping clients attract, develop and retain mid- and senior-level talent across functions, with particular expertise in human resources, marketing, finance, and general management. The firm’s clients include American Express, Guardian, MassMutual, Pitney Bowes, Prudential, Tyco, and Towers Watson, among others.
Demand for C-level HR executives is rising, according to recruiters specializing in the function, as upbeat U.S. hiring forecasts point to a growing sense of urgency within the HR community to prepare and plan for potential talent shortages.
Recent hiring trends show that a full one-third of companies polled said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, including CHRO. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media