October 31, 2018 – 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.
Recently, Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group recruited Catherine Bird as vice president of HR at adult day care services and personal home care provider ActiveDay.
“Due to the growth of their business and importance they place on human capital issues, ActiveDay created a vice president of human resources role on their executive team,” said Sally Stetson, the search firm’s co-founder. “Working closely with the CEO, we identified Cat Bird, who was a key HR leader within the healthcare industry. She had the leadership capabilities to manage the HR team and possessed the passion for the incredible support that ActiveDay provides to its members.”
Ms. Bird has been with DaVita Kidney Care since 2013. In her most recent role as director of HR, she was an HR business partner with a dual role supporting the national VP for DaVita Hospital Services and the SVP for DaVita’s Northeastern operating group. Before that, she was a senior HR generalist for Iron Mountain.
Active Day is a provider of adult day care services and personal home care. Its centers provide engaging therapeutic activities, opportunities for socialization, and expert health and nursing care dedicated to helping its members improve daily functioning or delaying the onset of chronic diseases. The company has 93 centers located in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Veteran Search Consultants
Specializing in $200,000-plus salaried positions, Salveson Stetson Group places executives at organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit entities. It is a multi-specialty search firm which places senior executives in a wide range of business positions, including: general management, sales, marketing, finance, operations and human resources. It has several specialty practices in the functional areas of human resources and finance and also specialty practices in the life sciences and wholesale distribution sectors.
Recruiting HR Leaders in an Evolving Workplace
From people analytics to employer branding, HR departments are evolving at breakneck speed to meet recruitment and retention challenges. No longer is HR about record keeping and rote rule enforcement. Today’s human resource leaders play a critical role improving business performance through employer branding, strategic recruitment and retention, and talent optimization.
Ms. Stetson has more than two decades of experience as an executive search consultant. She has worked across diverse industries, including life sciences and pharmaceutical, healthcare systems, manufacturing, telecommunications, non-profit and professional services. She also serves as practice leader for the firm’s human resources specialty practice.
At the end of last year, human capital consulting company Management Partners Inc. (MPI) acquired Salveson Stetson Group. The firm joined the MPI family of companies, which includes healthcare search firm Furst Group and NuBrick Partners, a leadership consulting firm. Together, the three firms offer clients a wide range of executive search, assessment and leadership solutions.
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