November 3, 2016 – Executive search firm Tower Consultants, Ltd. has been retained by FARO Technologies to lead its search for a chief people officer (CPO). Tower Consultants president, Chris Rose, is leading the assignment.
According to Ms. Rose, FARO Technologies is seeking a candidate with international agility to partner with a technical / engineering workforce of 1,500 employees.
“The newcomer will create and build a full range of HR initiatives, harmonizing programs across the Americas, EMEA and APAC,” said Ms. Rose. “Notably, Faro seeks a dynamic change agent that is disruptive with a healthy disrespect for boundaries and the status quo.” The entrepreneurial environment at FARO, she suggested, “embraces employees who are goal oriented and expected to ‘play to win’ externally in the marketplace, while also thriving in a dynamic environment of team spirited, smart, data-driven individuals.”
A Champion of HR
The incoming head of people will lead the company’s global human resources function, support achievement of its business strategy and objectives, and lead talent efforts across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. Importantly, the executive will serve as a key advisor and business partner to define strategic initiatives, including the organization design and succession planning required to assist FARO in moving forward with wide-scale change and planned growth.
It is imperative that the CPO elevate and champion the function, said Ms. Rose, “and unleash the organization’s energy and leverage its worldwide human resources function as a source of competitive advantage.” The CPO will also be challenged to marry business strategy with HR strategy and ensure that careers are developed for both profitability and employability.
The Right Fit
The winning candidate will possess an ability to work with a highly technical and global workforce as well as experience in total rewards, executive compensation, talent acquisition design and implementation. The ideal candidate must have an entrepreneurial bent, a drive and passion for technology, solutions, and results, and a willingness to think independently, according to the company.
FARO Technologies is a source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. The company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software.
Established in 1988, Tower Consultants operates primarily in executive search exclusively for identifying senior level human resource professionals and consultants. These include senior level corporate and field generalists; executive, sales and incentive compensation specialists; employee benefits leaders; organizational effectiveness and talent management leaders; training managers; talent acquisition professionals; and service delivery, payroll and HRIS leaders.
CPOs Coming Into Vogue
The chief people officer (CPO) position is a relatively new title within the HR function which many companies are using instead of a chief human resources officer (CHRO). It first appeared about a decade ago. Now, as companies look to build internal brand awareness and focus more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue.
Scott Weisberg, chief people officer at Wendy’s, the $10 billion global fast food chain, said that talent acquisition strategies at many large companies are now as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resource officers (CHRO) play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, “it is the chief people officer who typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media