True Talent Advisory Names Chief People Officer

True Talent Advisory John Foster chief people officer

February 14, 2018 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies the chief human resource officer (CHRO) plays a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce. The chief people officer, on the other hand, typically goes beyond overseeing an organization’s people policies. The focus, instead, is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with greater emphasis on culture, which includes values, ethics and the company’s mission.

True Talent Advisory, a global platform for innovative human capital products and services, recently named John Foster as its new chief people officer. He will work across the True Talent Advisory portfolio of companies to design and develop talent processes that cultivate and support team members with their professional growth. His work is expected to incubate leading edge talent management practices and advance True Talent Advisory’s comprehensive offerings, bringing new ideas and tools to clients.

Mr. Foster previously founded Gamut Labs to advise start-ups on talent and culture and to help them scale successfully. He has worked with dozens of innovative companies including Earnest, Sonos, Razer, Riot Games, Facebook and Gensler. Prior to Gamut Labs, Mr. Foster was CHRO of Hulu, where he helped the company grow from $100 million to $1 billion annual revenue in under five years.

He was also the CHRO at IDEO, overseeing 500 people in nine locations around the world. His broad experience in leading learning and development includes roles such as chief learning officer at Mercury Interactive, head of worldwide organization development at Levi Strauss, and VP of learning and development at both Fidelity Investments and Citibank.


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“We’re doing what we advise our clients to do, investing in what is most important in your organization – the people,” said Brad Stadler, co-CEO of True Talent Advisory. “We’re excited about what John’s strategic vision, broad experience and passion will bring as we continue to grow.”

Mr. Foster said he welcomed the challenges ahead. “I couldn’t be more excited to join True Talent Advisory and serve this amazing team,” he said. “The opportunity to support our continued growth as a full service talent platform makes me feel like I’ve increased my professional impact exponentially.”

Headquartered in Haddonfield, NJ, True Talent Advisory is a global platform for human capital services and products for high-growth tech and tech-enabled organizations. The company is co-led by founders Joe Riggione and Mr. Stadler. The company’s executive search division, True Search, was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 search firms in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon Media.

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In recent months search firms have helped companies find new chief people officers across the nation. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives, along with some great insight from Wendy’s chief people officer.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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