July 18, 2022 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resources officers play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, the chief people officer typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies. The focus instead is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with more emphasis on culture, which includes values, ethics, and mission.
As companies look to build internal brand awareness and set their sights more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue. ON Partners’ Lenny Vairo recently helped recruit Jeanne Cordisco as the first chief people officer of O’Reilly Media, a source for insight-driven learning on technology and business. “Jeanne’s background as an HR leader is incredibly impressive, but she brings more to the table than simply experience. Jeanne understands that people are a company’s most valuable asset, which is in perfect alignment with O’Reilly’s business and our company ethos,” said Laura Baldwin, president of O’Reilly Media. “We’re only as strong as our people, and under Jeanne’s leadership, O’Reilly will remain the world-class employer it has always been, even as our business expands around the world.”
Ms. Cordisco comes to O’Reilly with over 20 years of extensive HR and business management expertise across technology, sales, global retail, and more. She previously served in leadership roles at several major companies, including as the deputy head of HR for Fannie Mae’s finance, enterprise risk management, and audit divisions and as the HR business partner director for Under Armour North America. Ms. Cordisco is recognized as a strategic business partner, consultant, and advisor on all aspects of employee experience, workforce planning, organizational effectiveness, and the employee life cycle.
O’Reilly has hired 71 new employees in 2022 to date, adding talent across its sales, engineering, product, and marketing teams. As O’Reilly continues to execute on its goal of growing its employee base by more than 20 percent in 2022, Ms. Cordisco’s efforts will help the company build a strong remote, people-first culture. She will lead the formalization of O’Reilly’s employee programs and enhance the company’s manager training, career tracks, and approach to global hiring.
“O’Reilly is known around the world for being an innovative and welcoming company that has always enabled remote and hybrid work,” said Ms. Cordisco. “The company’s next chapter as a ‘remote-first’ organization opens many more doors for talent acquisition and retention, not to mention how we think about corporate culture in this new normal. I’m energized by the opportunity to lead O’Reilly’s people team as we navigate this next exciting period of growth.”
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With a primary focus on technology, consumer, industrial, and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-level and board talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. Founded in 2006, the firm’s consultants work from offices in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Menlo Park, CA; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco; and New York. ON Partners is one of the fastest growing search firms and this year is ranked as one of the Top 20 recruiting platforms in the nation by Hunt Scanlon Media.
Mr. Vairo has 25-plus years in retained executive search recruiting CEO, C-level and senior executives across a range of industry sectors including technology and enterprise, industrial, and life sciences. He has experience in private equity and public companies.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media