The Christopher Group Leading Top Diversity Search for Standard Motor Products  

October 12, 2021 – The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, was recently called in by Standard Motor Products (SMP) to lead the organization’s vice president of talent, diversity and corporate social responsibility search. Managing director Pam Noble and managing partner Jeff Wilbanks are leading the critical assignment. “TCG is honored to have been selected for this prestigious assignment,” said Ms. Noble. “This strategic hire will continue to focus on building upon the solid foundation of human capital that has already been established for the future of SMP. This search will have a keen emphasis on diversity strategy and building a playbook for talent management and acquisition that will greatly empower the organization for continued growth,” she noted.

The vice president of talent, diversity, and corporate social responsibility will manage and enhance all aspects of talent acquisition including but not limited to all external and internal recruitment activities, corporate talent acquisition website, and all vendor relationships. The individual will also be responsible for the development of external programs that promote a positive image of the company, promote the inclusion of existing employees more fully into the work-life of the company, and programs that promote good corporate citizenship, volunteerism, and other involvement in activities and organizations that provide goods and services to disadvantaged groups in the communities in which they operate.

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Established in 1919 and traded on the NYSE, Standard Motor Products is an independent manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of replacement parts for motor vehicles in the automotive aftermarket industry, with a complementary focus on heavy-duty, industrial equipment and original equipment markets. SMP sells its products primarily to automotive aftermarket retailers, program distribution groups, warehouse distributors, original equipment manufacturers and original equipment service part operations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Mexico and other Latin American countries. The company employs about 4,300 people in North America, Europe and Asia.

Veteran Recruiters

The Christopher Group is a boutique HR executive search and staffing solutions firm 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.

Related: Allen Institute Taps Christopher Group for Top HR Search

Ms. Noble is president of the HR consulting services division unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice. She joined The Christopher Group leadership team as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and managing partner last year. She brings over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to the firm. “I have had the privilege of knowing Pam for over 20 years,” said Mr. Christopher. “She is one of the finest and most capable HR executives nationwide. Additionally, her expertise in the areas of culture, change management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and executive coaching is truly outstanding. Finally, she is a true servant leader.”

The Christopher Group recently helped recruit diversity and inclusion executives for Corning Community College, dosist, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kraft Heinz and Life Technologies, among others.

Related: The Christopher Group Places CHRO for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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

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