Private Equity-Backed Park Place Technologies Picks Christopher Group for CHRO Search
February 8, 2021 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to executive recruiters. CEOs in particular want their HR leaders to proactively recommend a host of forward-thinking initiatives that will provide a competitive advantage.
Park Place Technologies, a global third-party maintenance leader for server, storage and network hardware, recently selected The Christopher Group to lead its chief human resources officer search. Managing director Nat Schiffer and managing partner Pam Noble are leading the critical C-suite search. “Park Place is seeking a CHRO that brings a wealth of M&A and cultural integration experience, building a human capital playbook that will continue to allow the company to scale globally and an HR professional that has done so previously in high growth environments,” said Mr. Schiffer. “This role will be located in Cleveland, which in my opinion is one of the great Midwestern cities for all lifestyles.”
The Christopher Group said that the CHRO will be a highly experienced and results-oriented professional who will support the company’s global growth and development. This role will work very closely with the CEO and other senior team members to help drive and implement a customer-centric and results-oriented people strategy that will guide the evolution of the company in line with the strategic direction, according to the firm.
Park Place Technologies simplifies the management of complex technology environments worldwide. The company’s network of parts to support data centers is stored regionally, locally and on-site to allow for fast parts distribution and service to drive Uptime. Park Place created a new technology service category – Discover, Monitor, Support, Optimize (DMSO) – a fully integrated approach to managing critical infrastructure. Its industry-leading and award-winning services include ParkView™ Managed Services, Entuity software, and its Enterprise Operations Center. Park Place Technologies’ global reach supports over 21,500 customers more than 110,000 unique data centers in over 154 countries. It enjoys a 94 percent customer satisfaction rate, employees 2,300 and counts 445 Fortune 500 companies as customers. Park Place is a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners and GTCR.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, Pepsi, Progressive Insurance and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is a boutique HR executive search and staffing solutions firms. It is a highly specialized organization, staffed by former HR professionals and highly trained search practitioners who use proprietary, scientific and industry-leading systems, tools and processes.
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Its client list includes Kraft, Whirlpool Corporation, Pepsi, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Welch’s, Nationwide, SC Johnson, Walgreens, USAA, Verizon, Penn State University, Honeywell, Hanes, Allstate, Delta Dental, BP, Capital One, Comcast, Dish, Exxon Mobil, First Energy, Goodyear, Johnson & Johnson, Goodyear, Parker Hannifin, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Lamb Weston, Meijer, Petco, Air Products and many more.
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Mr. Schiffer has over 30 years of experience in human resources, corporate executive services and executive search. He has a keen understanding of business strategy and operations, organizational structure and talent acquisition/ assessment/ development. This combination of experiences enables him to play a pivotal role in partnering with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms, start-ups, PE backed as well as private and closely held companies.
He specializes in all levels of HR search but frequently leads the firm’s most senior-level searches including CHRO, VP and other levels. He has recently completed searches across multiple industries and HR verticals for organizations including Phillips 66, Lamb Weston, Parker Hannifin, Air Products, Altria, Sc Johnson, Cal State Fullerton and Acorn start-ups such as OYO Rooms.
Ms. Noble joined The Christopher Group leadership team herself as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and managing partner in June. She has over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to the firm. “Pam brings a global, diverse and very progressive HR perspective to TCG,” said Mr. Christopher. “She is passionate about building world-class HR capabilities, has exceptional executive assessment skills, and can help organizations develop outstanding HR solutions for real business problems.” Previously, Ms. Noble was senior vice president of human resources and chief engagement officer at Asurint.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Pam for over 20 years,” said Mr. Christopher. “She is one of the finest and most capable HR executives nationwide. Additionally, her expertise in the areas of culture, change management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and executive coaching is truly outstanding. Finally, she is a true servant leader.”
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media