March 14, 2019 – The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. For chief human resources officers, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over skills required in the search business are nearly identical.
Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates recently named veteran HR executive Eren Rosenfeld as chief human capital officer. Based in New York, she will lead the firm’s global talent strategy, new talent development and human resources functions.
“Eren’s experience in creating and executing global talent strategies at some of the world’s largest financial institutions to realize business outcomes is critical for organizations to adeptly respond and compete within the fast pace of transformation in business today,” said Clarke Murphy, CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates.
“Eren’s ability to develop strong talent and leaders has been fostered by her vast understanding of professional services in global industries,” he said. “Her insights into key trends in leadership, recruitment, retention and development are a significant asset and differentiator for our firm.”
Ms. Rosenfeld was previously the global head of talent development at BlackRock. In this role, she was responsible for the training, leadership development, coaching and assessment of BlackRock’s 14,000 employees across the globe. She also oversaw the creation of key strategic initiatives to scale and systemize learning and career development, deepen and diversify leadership, enable managers, drive innovation and improve meetings.
Ms. Rosenfeld’s prior work includes serving as a leadership development executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong for close to 10 years. During her tenure, she specialized in talent planning, performance management, team development, onboarding, organizational design, diversity and inclusion, and learning. Ms. Rosenfeld also spent 13 years serving clients in the human performance practice at Accenture. In addition, Ms. Rosenfeld sits on the board of trustees of Children’s Aid and is an inventor on 15 patents in the area of learning and simulations.
Firms Appointing HR Leaders
A handful of top executive search firms in recent months have strengthened their HR function. Heidrick & Struggles recently named Sarah Payne as its new chief human resources officer. Rick Greene, Heidrick’s CHRO, moved into the Heidrick Consulting business as a partner. Ms. Payne had served as vice president of human resources – global executive search at Heidrick, where she worked closely with the firm’s global HR team and regional leadership teams “to create employee-focused solutions that have supported the company during a period of significant growth and innovation,” the firm said. According to the search firm, she has demonstrated her ability to effectively align people and business strategies and will bring nearly 20 years of HR experience and leadership into the CHRO role.
“As we continue to grow and evolve into a data-driven leadership advisor and people solutions provider, strong leadership and collaboration with our human resources teams will remain integral to our success,” said Heidrick CEO Krishnan Rajagopalan. “Sarah’s proven leadership record and experience with total rewards, employee engagement and development, talent management and acquisition will be critical in the ongoing growth and development of our global workforce.”
Witt/Kieffer also strengthened its HR function by appointing Tiffany Morris as its CHRO. As a member of the firm’s senior leadership team, Ms. Morris is charged with supporting the overall achievement of the firm’s goals and managing the life cycle of the employee experience.
“We welcome Tiffany to the firm and are confident that her breadth of experiences across the HR spectrum, coupled with her engaging style, will serve as an asset to our growth and development,” said CEO Andrew P. Chastain. “We look forward to the invaluable guidance she brings to the firm.” Ms. Morris has decades of senior leadership experience in culture building, talent management and organizational development. In her previous position as a strategic consultant at High Ground, a technology service provider. In this role, she focused on creating value enhancing programs across engagement, talent management, learning and people analytics. Prior to that, Ms. Morris spent more than 15 years with Sears Corp. in roles such as VP of HR and VP of talent management.
“I am excited to bring my skill-sets to Witt/Kieffer and further develop its thriving culture and commitment to values,” said Ms. Morris. “As an active leader, I’m excited to build out and oversee the Witt/Kieffer employee experience, from recruitment and training to performance management and engagement.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media