June 25, 2021 – 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, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, was recently called in by Success Academy Charter Schools and Marcus & Millichap to find new CHROs.
Founder and CEO Tom Christopher and managing partner Ayla Maloney are leading the chief human resources officer/ head of people services assignment for Success Academy Charter Schools, the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City. “Success Academy is one of the most profound and amazing charter school concepts in the United States,” said Mr. Christopher. “Their platform and results in redefining the way in which K-12 education is delivered. We are profoundly humbled and sincerely blessed to have been selected out of any other firm to lead their CHRO, head of people services search.”
According to The Christopher Group, this head of human resources role is a transformational opportunity to build world-class HR systems, tools and processes, shifting the function from administrative and policing to inspiring, enabling and service-oriented in an incredibly mission-driven organization. This is a key leader and partner to the CEO and the Executive Leadership team to drive the success of the company and its ability to further impact the future of the communities they’re a part of.
Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools operates 47 schools serving 20,000 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Their dual mission is to: Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life, and advocate across the country to change public policies that prevent so many children from having access to opportunity.
Mr. Christopher is also leading the Marcus & Millichap CHRO search along with managing partner Pam Noble. “After considering numerous, nationally renowned firms, it is our sincere honored to have been selected to lead the CHRO search for Marcus & Millichap,” said Mr. Christopher. “Marcus & Millichap is one of the largest and most respected firms in the United States and this opportunity is one of the finest to be launched in 2021. It is TCG’s honor to have been granted this exclusive and most prestigious executive search.”
This head of human resources will be responsible for developing and executing Human Resources strategies in support of the overall Marcus & Millichap business plan and direction, specifically in the areas of Human Resources solutions needed to ensure the company’s human capabilities support the business strategy, business analytics needed to measure both the human capabilities of the organization and the human resources solutions needed to enhance those capabilities and strategic leadership in articulating human resources analytics and solutions to the executive team and the entire organization.
Marcus & Millichap was founded in 1971 with the focus on bringing together specialized market knowledge, the industry’s leading brokerage platform, and exclusive access to inventory to achieve exceptional results. Today they have over 80 offices and nearly 2,100 investment sales and financing professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2020, the firm closed 8,954 transactions with a sales volume of $43.4 billion.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, PepsiCo, Progressive Insurance and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is a boutique HR executive search and staffing solutions firms. It is a highly specialized organization, 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 June. She has 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.”
Ms. Maloney, who serves as the firm’s chief development officer, has been with The Christopher Group for five years and sits on the firm’s leadership team. She has partnered with clients such as Lamb Weston, Phillips 66, Quantum Health, California State University, Altria, Parker Hannifin, and many others on opportunities across the HR spectrum, ranging from heads of HR to specialist roles. She also spearheads off-desk searches for finance, sales, and operations executives.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media