February 25, 2021 – The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, has launched an HR consulting services division. The firm named Pam Noble as president of the new unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice, which will now be part of the consulting services division. In addition, Tobin Anselmi joins the firm as the unit’s talent management practice leader.
The new service offering was designed to help institutions with systems, tools and processes to deliver effective human capital solutions and leadership enabling them to retain, motivate, engage, develop and compensate the highest performing professionals, said the search firm. The new unit will work with leaders and teams to transform their organization enabling greater efficiencies, lower costs, improved agility, expanded innovation, and significantly improved individual and collective performance. “The reality is that we have been providing these services in a demand-pull capacity to our clients for many years and it was time to formalize the offering and practice,” said Tom Christopher, founder and CEO. “The big consulting houses are all excellent firms but when we spoke to our clients there has been a longstanding frustration with the quality of the consultants actually doing the work, the never-ending cost escalations, poor responsiveness, and ‘one-shoe-fits-all’ approach.”
Within the consulting services division, TCG practice specialties will include HR audit, compliance, labor/employee relations; DEI&E; talent management and organizational effectiveness; total rewards and HRIS; talent acquisition; and the CHRO Academy.
A Star Performer
“With a soft launch in 2020, a global pandemic sweeping the globe, and little to no marketing for the consulting services division, we were able to witness the concept establish itself as a star performer and high growth engine for the firm” said Mr. Christopher. “We are most excited about the leaders who will run the division, the respective practice areas, and the incredible consultants that have joined our team. Our goals are going to be simple; we are going to provide better, faster, and far more cost-effective human capital solutions than any of the ‘big box’ competitors. Period!”
In her new role, Ms. Noble will be responsible for the overall strategy and fulfillment of the division and leading the intellectual property, research, and fulfillment of assignments within the new unit’s DEI&E practice specifically.
Ms. Noble, who joined the firm a year ago, brings over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to The Christopher Group. Prior to joining TCG, she was senior vice president of human resources and chief engagement officer at Asurint, responsible for designing and delivering the company’s human capital strategy focused on energizing the employee experience and driving business outcomes. She has also served as global director of organizational development and internal communications at Lincoln Electric, global vice president of human resources at AkzoNobel, senior vice president of talent, succession and performance management at National City Bank, director of human resources at Agilysis, and vice president of strategic staffing, training, and management at Citibank.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Pam on several significant consulting projects. She is selfless and a great fit with our company culture of servant leadership,” said Nat Schiffer, recruiting services division co-president and managing director. “Additionally, Pam has dedicated her career to diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement initiatives as evidenced by her hard work and pursuit of her doctor of education degree from Wright Graduate University in transformational leadership.”
A Gifted Leader
Mr. Anselmi, who will report to Ms. Noble, has held a variety of leadership roles with companies such as Aon Consulting, Frito-Lay, Dell, Microsoft, and Materion. Most recently he was the vice president, global talent management at Diebold Nixdorf, where he led the talent acquisition, learning and development, and talent management teams.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Anselmi has served as a consultant to organizational leadership on human capital management issues such as talent selection, performance management, development, and movement, organizational effectiveness, change management, and leadership development.
“I have had the honor of knowing Tobin for over 10 years and I am thrilled to announce he is joining the TCG consulting services division,” said Ms. Noble. “He is a gifted talent management and organizational development leader with global experience. Additionally, his expertise in the areas of talent assessment, performance management, and succession planning, organizational effectiveness, and change management is unmatched. More importantly, at his core, he is a true servant leader.”
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. The firm has offices in Willoughby, OH; Sarasota, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
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