January 12, 2022 – 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.
The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions recruiting firm, has assisted in the recruitment of Miguel Perez as the new head of HR for Nordson Corp., a multinational adhesive dispensing equipment manufacturer. The search was led and placed by managing director, Pam Noble and managing partner, Jeff Wilbanks. “We were thrilled to work with Nordson as they realigned their organization and moved from a centralized to a decentralized HR structure,” said Ms. Noble. “Perez brings a unique set of capabilities with a strong focus in business leadership that will be a great asset to Nordson.”
Mr. Perez brings over 17 years of experience to Nordson Corp. Previously, he was head of HR for the business group functional organizations at Honeywell, where he managed more than 3,000 people across finance, legal, IT, M&A, transformation, and commercial excellence for an 11 billion Honeywell strategic business group.
Mr. Perez will partner closely with the executive officer and the segment’s global leadership team to develop workforce and talent strategies as well as global HR solutions in areas such as organization and workforce effectiveness, talent and leadership development, and employee engagement to meet business goals. He is responsible for the HR strategy of one of Nordson’s two business segments.
Founded in 1954 in Westlake, OH, Nordson is a global team of 7,500 employees in over 40 countries. The business engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials; for fluid management; for test and inspection; and for UV curing and plasma surface treatment. Nordson serves numerous consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing.
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. The 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; and Kansas City, MO.
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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.”
Mr. Wilbanks joined The Christopher Group in 2013 and has a record of successful executive search experience across a multitude of industries. He focuses on senior-level executive searches and is a part of the TCG leadership team. He has filled numerous roles for both domestic and global clients such as Stanley Black & Decker, Altria, CDW, Baylor Scott & White, US Foods, and Comcast. Most of his recruitment efforts came from the finance and accounting functions where he led several CFO searches.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media