December 13, 2021 – Pam Noble and Jeff Wilbanks of The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, have placed Lisa Arnesen as the new vice president of people analytics and operations at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), a financial services corporation dedicated to investor protection and market integrity. “FINRA has the drive to continue towards the growth and advancement of an inclusive community,” said Ms. Noble. “It was a pleasure to work directly with EVP, CHRO Rainia Washington, on this critical search for her first external leadership hire as she continues to build her team. Lisa will be a great addition in leading teams to support the overall HR systems.”
Ms. Arnesen will partner to provide strategic and administrative support for all HR systems, people-focused data analytics and reporting, and employee relations. She is responsible for leading a team of HR skilled professionals as well as data analytics, technical and employee relations experts, this enterprise-level mission-critical role designs and deploys the strategic direction – compliant with applicable regulatory requirements and closely aligned with FINRA’s internal and external strategic priorities and core values.
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Ms. Arnesen brings over 23 years of experience to FINRA. She has held previous roles at Constellation, and most recently, Erickson Senior Living. In that role, she was responsible for oversight of HR shared services functions including benefits and compensation, HR technology, HR policies and standards, payroll, leave management and HR strategy. She also led efforts to transform the employee experience through the implementation of Workday.
Founded in 2007 in Washington, D.C., FINRA is passionate about protecting investors and ensuring financial markets remain fair by writing and enforcing the critical rules and regulations that govern more than 3,700 firms and 630,000 brokers across the country. The organization’s ultimate goal is to foster robust, but fair and orderly, markets in which America’s 90 million investors can feel confident. With more than 3,500 employees nationwide, FINRA is committed to a diverse, high-performance workplace.
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, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
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 & 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