March 20, 2019 – Anyone with the ties to the human resources function knows how much it has evolved in recent years – and with it the role of the chief human resources officer (CHRO). The biggest shift has been in how the CHRO has progressed from fighting for a seat at the table to playing a key role on the executive team. According to executive recruiters who place some of the best talent in the field, a great CHRO can be among the most vital strategic human assets a company can have – closely partnering with the CEO and CFO.
Recently, the Koblentz Group was retained by NASDAQ-traded PRGX to conduct a national search for a new CHRO. Partner Jeff Neppl is charged with leading the assignment.
Candidates must have public company experience as a CHRO with a global perspective, said the Koblentz Group. They must also have experience in business to business or professional services industry.
Based in Atlanta, PRGX is a global leader, operating in 30 countries, providing technology enabled recovery audit and spend analytic services with its source-to-pay business processes. Under its CEO, Ron Stewart, and board, the company is seizing market opportunity and is well positioned for accelerated growth.
“We are seeing considerable activity broadly in recruitment of CHRO roles,” said Mr. Neppl. “This search is indicative of other CHRO searches that we have conducted recently as clients seek to align leadership and their talent more closely with their paths to value.”
“In that respect, in an era of asymmetrical and transformative events, clients, beyond the necessary functional experience and competences, are seeking strategic human resource leadership that is flexible and agile, and who appreciate operational cadence and think about the function from an outside-in perspective,” said Mr. Neppl.
Candidates for today’s CHRO positions must bring more to the table than the attributes of yesteryear. “Our forward minded clients seek individuals who are courageous about embracing change and who, via their actions, encourage their companies to act faster,” Mr. Neppl said. “CHROs that are geared to strategic diligence and who achieve tangible outcomes are the only ones on our radar.”
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The Koblentz Group is an executive search firm specializing in recruiting C-level leaders and board directors. The firm was founded by Joel Koblentz in 2002. His practices, as developed over the last 30 years, can best be described as “at the value creation level” for publicly traded companies and private equity concerns. He advises corporate boards on succession and recruitment of new board members, the recruitment of CEOs and executive leadership. Mr. Koblentz’s typical clients are boards of directors, chief executives or controlling shareholders. Previously, he was a senior partner at Egon Zehnder
Mr. Neppl specializes in C-level, officer and board of director searches for public and private clients in operations, technology, sales, finance, marketing and business development. He has experience operating in very large multi-national companies as well as C-level experience in VC and PE backed deals. Mr. Neppl began working with the Koblentz Group when he was leading A.I. Partners, an Atlanta-based retained search organization. A.I. and the Koblentz Group worked together under a strategic partnership arrangement. After a period of time in that structure, both A.I Partners and the Koblentz Group formally merged the two organizations under the Koblentz Group brand.
CHRO Recruiting in the News
Koya Leadership Partners recently placed Lorraine Goffe as the new vice president for human resources and CHRO of Penn State. She succeeds Susan Basso, who left the college for a position at Ohio State University. Managing director Liz Neumann and vice president Beth Schaefer led the assignment.
Oak Brook, IL-based-executive search firm Kensington International has placed Stephanie Hasenbos-Case as the new CHRO of Black & Veatch. Ms. Hasenbos-Case comes to Black & Veatch from Grant Thornton International. There, as partner and global practice leader for people and culture and CHRO she led human resources…
Chicago-based Hanold Associates has kicked off its search for the National Football League’s next CHRO. “The NFL is continuing to transform and elevate the caliber of talent at all levels,” Jason Hanold said. “The league needs a seasoned HR leader who is accustomed to driving tough conversations, and can balance their strategic perspective with an analytical capability and the ability to execute …
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media