June 8, 2020 – Former Asurint executive Pamela Noble has joined The Christopher Group (TCG) leadership team as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and managing partner. She brings over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to the firm.
“Pam brings a global, diverse and very progressive HR perspective to TCG,” said founder and CEO Tom Christopher. “She is passionate about building world-class HR capabilities, has exceptional executive assessment skills and can help organizations develop outstanding HR solutions for real business problems.”
Ms. Noble’s perspective will play a key role in defining and implementing new people policies, processes and trainings at TCG while working directly with clients on their targeted searches, interim HR leadership, executive coaching and consulting project initiatives, said the firm.
Previously, Ms. Noble 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. Her efforts helped the company win the NorthCoast99 Award, which recognizes great places to work for top talent.
Ms. Noble has also served as global director of organizational development and internal communications at Lincoln Electric; global vice president of HR at AkzoNobel; SVP 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 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.”
For these reasons and others, the TCG team voted unanimously to bring Ms. Noble on board as an equity partner and member of the firm’s leadership team. Ms. Noble is currently pursuing her doctorate in transformational leadership and coaching from Wright Graduate University, where she earned her master’s degree. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Howard University.
Recruiting During a Pandemic
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, Pepsi, Progressive Insurance and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is a leading 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. Its client list includes some of the world’s most respected companies across all industries and verticals.
With the global COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on businesses all around the globe, companies and their recruiters have been forced to find new ways to operate, said Mr. Christopher. “This global pandemic has really turned things upside down,” he noted. “There has been a definite slowdown in certain sector activity,” said Mr. Christopher, “while other sectors are charging forward,” with business. Some clients are using this as a great opportunity to conduct opportunistic hiring, he said. “They are going after the hard-to-recruit, high performance/ high potential talent who now may be more willing to listen.”
Mr. Christopher said he expects some long-term effects from the pandemic on the executive search industry. “We are hearing more discussion around digital processes and remote work arrangements,” he said. “Clients who may have been apprehensive before are pleased to see such innovative sourcing and work arrangements working so well.”
In the end, he said, the search business is all about people. “Y2k was about technology, 2009 was about finance/banking, but this global crisis is all about people. Distancing has created voids of communication, culture, alignment and teaming. Forward thinking HR teams are rising up and providing exceptional communication and engagement support to ensure their people feel informed, connected, aligned, and engaged. Great opportunity for HR leadership!”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media