September 9, 2021 – The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, recently assisted in the recruitment of Jim Hazboun as the new chief people officer of ITS Logistics, a premier third-party logistics company. Managing director Nat Schiffer and recruiting director Jim May led the assignment. “I frequently tell our team that every search is unique, and this search and company are a shining example of this,” said Mr. Schiffer. “ITS is a sales organization with an incredibly unique and successful culture. They are America’s fastest-growing logistics company and finding the right chief people officer to be a steward of their culture was imperative. I have no doubt that Jim will be a highly effective addition to their C-suite and help ITS achieve continued success, one billion in revenue, and creating a talent engine to better enable and empower the business.”
Mr. Hazboun brings over 20 years of executive HR experience. Most recently, he was chief human resources officer at Banc of California. His experience also includes roles with Hyundai Capital America, Peritus Consulting, RGP, Indymac Bank, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Toyota Financial Services, Business.com and Electronic Data Systems. In his role with ITS Logistics, Mr. Hazboun will play a key role in the strategic planning and execution activities that set the blueprints for continued innovation and growth. He is expected to be a key driver of organization design and a unifying force to align structure, process, rewards, and talent with the strategy of the business.
2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruiting Report:
Building a Balanced and Diverse Workforce
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“ITS Logistics has an extraordinary leadership team that has developed a high-performing organization and culture,” said Mr. Hazboun. “I especially admire the focus on delivering the highest value to employees, customers, and carriers. The success we’ve had to this point is directly attributable to the high-quality leadership and culture that it has fostered. I’m looking forward to continuing the great work they’ve begun and to help ITS Logistics to become the most admired and valuable logistics company in the U.S.”
Founded in 1999, ITS Logistics offers personalized supply chain solutions with dedicated fleet and asset-lite transportation services that both rank in the top 50 in North America, and innovative omnichannel distribution and fulfillment services with more than 1 million square feet. The company operates daily throughout the U.S.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, PepsiCo, 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 trained search practitioners who use proprietary, scientific, and industry-leading systems, tools and processes. The firm has offices in Willoughby, OH; Sarasota, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
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.
Mr. May joined The Christopher Group as a recruiting manager in 2019 and was promoted to director this year. He is passionate about helping guide individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals. Mr. May currently recruits qualified and high-level human resource candidates for clients across the country. Prior to joining the firm, he spent the past five years of his career focused on recruitment and talent acquisition.
Chief People Officer Recruiting
Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find new chief people officers. Here are a look at few recent searches from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners recently placed Kerry Unflat as chief people officer of Zipari, a modern consumer experience solution. Alex Bossetta led the assignment. “In this moment of continued growth and expansion, it’s more important than ever that we ensure our employees have what they need to succeed, inside and outside the office,” said Mark Nathan, CEO of Zipari. “With over 20 years of human resources and talent management experience – much of it with a fast-growing software company – Kerry is the perfect person for the job. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners has placed Estrella Parker as chief people officer at Cupertino Electric Inc. (CEI), a 67-year-old electrical engineering and construction company based in San Jose, CA. “Estrella brings to CEI the best of both worlds: a track-record of impressive business results and the ability to connect with employees in a way that drives performance and culture,” said Tom Schott, president and chief executive officer at CEI. “We can’t wait to see her broaden CEI’s employer brand to attract more people who are looking for a challenge by building – or supporting – first-of-their-kind projects across the U.S.”
Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been retained by the Museum of Science in Boston to lead its search for a chief people officer. Spearheading the assignment are managing director Beth Schaefer and senior search associate Josyanne Roche. “At this critical time in its history, the Museum of Science is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven leader to serve as the next chief people officer,” said Koya Partners. “The CPO comes to the Museum of Science at an exciting time under new leadership and a renewed commitment to the great opportunity for impact that institutions like the Museum of Science can have in their community and in the world.”
WGNinHR Consulting was recently retained by venture-backed Arena to fills its chief people officer role. Reporting to the CEO, the chief people officer will play a critical partnership role in the company’s growth stages and beyond. The successful candidate will be able to quickly link the business strategy to a newly developed people strategy. She or he will lead major initiatives while ensuring that the company values remain as touchstones that continuously reinforce the desired culture.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media