February 3, 2022 – The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions recruiting firm, has placed Don Carter as the new executive vice president of people and places at Kiva, an online lending platform. The search was led by managing directors Nat Schiffer and Pam Noble. “Kiva had several critical goals that they wanted to accomplish on this search,” said Mr. Schiffer. “They wanted their stakeholders to really play a leading role in the selection of their next EVP of people and places, and they placed a meaningful premium on DE&I capabilities, global experience and empathy. Given their highly global composition empathy was at the forefront of their needs, they wanted someone who truly connected with the Kiva mission and values.”
Mr. Carter will be responsible for the people function (including recruiting, DE&I, people ops and people business partners) as well as the facilities function that together encompass the entire employee lifecycle. He will drive the vision and strategy of the people and places team along with all related implementation, ensuring Kivans have all they need to deliver on our goals, in service of their mission and long-term vision.
Mr. Carter has had a 30-plus year career, with roles at companies such as United Airlines, Motorola Mobility, BriTay International, Career/Match, US Airways, Navistar, E.ON, Kelly Scott Madison, Zebra Technologies and MatchJack. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Kiva is a mission-driven technology non-profit. The company runs a global marketplace platform for crowd-funded micro-loans to serve the financially excluded in sectors such as education, water, clean energy and refugee resettlement. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with a mission to alleviate poverty. Kiva aims to drive social impact and enable opportunity while providing a borrower-to-lender connection. In just 15 years, Kiva has raised nearly $1.5 billion in loan capital for more than 2 million borrowers in 84 countries. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva’s team has over 100 employees and more than 450 volunteers worldwide.
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 is 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.
Mr. Schiffer has over 30 years of experience in human resources, corporate executive services and executive search. He has a keen understanding of business strategy and operations, organizational structure and talent acquisition/ assessment/ development. This combination of experiences enables him to play a pivotal role in partnering with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms, start-ups, PE-backed as well as private and closely held companies. Mr. Schiffer specializes in all levels of HR search but frequently leads the firm’s most senior-level searches including CHRO, VP and other levels. He has recently completed searches across multiple industries and HR verticals for organizations including Phillips 66, Lamb Weston, Parker Hannifin, Air Products, Altria, SC Johnson, Cal State Fullerton and Acorn start-ups such as OYO Rooms.
In one of the firm’s toughest but most rewarding searches, this HR recruiting specialist placed Case McGee with the largest builder of manufactured housing and modular homes in the U.S. The company’s new chief people officer worked more than 23 years for ADM, most recently as vice president of human resources.
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 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.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media