August 20, 2020 – New York City-based executive search Miller Black Associates has placed Josh Christian as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) of RHA Health Services in Asheville, NC. Joanna Miller led the assignment.
“Because of the quality of the company, their growth prospects and their important mission, there was a high level of interest in this position from a number of well-qualified candidates,” said Ms. Miller. “Josh’s blend of healthcare industry experience and consulting to companies across industries was a real differentiator pulling him to the top of the slate. He is also a great culture fit with RHA Health Services.”
Mr. Christian was most recently senior director and chief for University of Virginia Health. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to support major initiatives and projects across UVA Health (UVA School of Medicine, UVA School of Nursing, UVA Medical Center, and UVA Physician’s Group). Previously, he was a consultant with HRD Strategies, an HR consulting, training and organizational development firm serving mid-size to global companies. Earlier in his career, he held senior HR positions at Wake Forest Baptist Health Center and Evergreens Senior Healthcare.
RHA Health Services, a portfolio company of Blue Wolf Capital Partners, is a provider of community-based health services focused on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health needs and substance use challenges.
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Miller Black was founded in 2010 by Ms. Miller around the principle of putting limited client engagements underway at any one time. This allows the team to offer flexible, efficient and cost-effective services, according to the search firm, without compromising quality. Functional specialties include HR, finance, marketing, operations and general management, in financial services, professional services, industrial, consumer and not-for-profit. Miller Black’s services include retained executive search, talent advisory, competitive intelligence, succession planning, compensation studies, independent external referencing and executive coaching.
Ms. Miller has over 25 years of executive search experience with top-tier global search firms, including serving as a partner at Russell Reynolds Associates, Korn Ferry and Horton. In addition to her search practice, she also led a management assessment practice. Ms. Miller’s client work has mainly focused on senior positions in human resources and other corporate functions in a variety of industries including consumer products, financial services and non-profit.
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Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates just placed Maurice Wiggins as the first chief human resources officer of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Shelli Herman, president of the recruitment firm, led the assignment along with her associate, Krista Haley. “With this hire, our client was really looking for someone who put people and culture first,” said Ms. Herman. “The Whitney Museum has a long and robust history of hiring and mentoring great people who are deeply passionate about the work and enormously committed to mission.”
Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Mayank Parikh, Lisa Butkus and Jason Hanold have placed former Coca-Cola Co. executive Shane Smith as CHRO of Tailored Brands. Moderna Therapeutics, a company racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, is also partnering with the Chicago-based search firm for multiple HR leadership searches. Hanold Associates is also partnering with Cambridge, MA-based Moderna Therapeutics on multiple human resources leadership searches. Ashley Schiele, Katrina Prospero, Kile Hanold, Sandra Peña and Mr. Hanold are leading those searches.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media