Russell Reynolds Associates Adds AOL Executive to HR Search Practice

Russell Reynolds Associates Stephanie Angelini HR

December 6, 2017 – Russell Reynolds Associates has added former AOL HR executive Stephanie Angelini as a member of its human resources officers practice. She is based in New York.

In her new role, Ms. Angelini will leverage her extensive human resources strategy experience to advise clients across a range of industries, with particular expertise recruiting HR leadership for the financial services and tech areas.

“Stephanie has worked for leading global brands in a human resources capacity, including the fast-paced and highly regulated financial services industry,” said Constantine Alexandrakis, leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ U.S. region. “Her experience advising senior executives on cross-cultural and diversity and inclusion initiatives will enable us to assist our clients as they build and develop senior leadership teams capable of navigating global business challenges.”

At AOL, Ms. Angelini was a vice president and HR business advisor for content and consumer brands. She was responsible for designing and leading human resources strategies across a 1,200-person organization. Previously, she was at TIAA-CREF as a senior director of diversity & inclusion for corporate functions. Earlier, she spent nearly 10 years at Bank of America working in progressively senior human resources roles in both the U.S. and Hong Kong.

HR Officers Practice

Russell Reynolds’ human resources officers practice is responsible for recruiting, developing and advising HR executives. The practice has a demonstrated ability to partner directly with senior line executives to ensure complete alignment between human capital strategy and business strategy. The firm has conducted in-depth analyses of the CHRO role, it said, to understand where leading human resources executives come from and what differentiates the best among them.

The practice recently added Tina Shah Paikeday as a consultant. Based in San Francisco, she advises C-suite executives and management teams on executive search and assessment, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

“Tina comes to our firm with a strong background in shaping cultures within large organizations,” said Ms. Alexandrakis. “Her entrepreneurial background, as well as her experience advising senior executives on articulating and driving the diversity and inclusion agenda, position her as a uniquely qualified consultant and excellent addition to the firm.” Ms. Paikeday joined the firm from the Talent Advisory Board, the diversity management consulting and research firm she founded.

HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters

For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over skills required in the search business are nearly identical, and Hunt Scanlon Media has recently tracked a number of successful transitions. We have taken note of the trend among top-ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:

Johnson Executive Search expanded with the addition of former human resources executive Stephanie Owens as a recruiting advisor. Ms. Owens spent 30 years in Silicon Valley recruiting high-value talent. Previously, she served as HR director at DLA Piper for 11 years. Before that, she held HR roles with Exodus Communications and Gary Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

hrQ appointed Brent McCombs as vice president and managing director of its Houston office. Mr. McCombs comes to hrQ from Intermountain Health, where he served as AVP-HR overseeing talent acquisition and workforce optimization.

Grace Blue Partnership named Jean-Michel Wu as its Asia Pacific chief executive officer. In addition, he will join the global board of Grace Blue, which specializes in creative, media, communications, and the marketing sector. Mr. Wu previously served as chief talent officer at McCann Worldgroup.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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