TSI Group Names Leadership Development Practice Leader

June 3, 2021 – Mississauga, ON-headquartered executive search firm TSI Group Inc. has appointed Laurie Wright as leader of its leadership development practice. This move, along with the recent adoption of Teamscope, a data and analytics platform, is part of a larger strategy to deliver more value to our clients. “Our leadership development services enable us to work proactively with the talent that is already existing within organization or coming onboard, ultimately building winning leadership teams for our clients,” said Pamela Ruebusch, TSI Group CEO. “Having Laurie Wright join our team allows us to better understand how to effectively impact businesses through talent development and expand our toolkit.”

Ms. Wright has more than 25 years of experience as a hands-on, pragmatic senior executive. As an experienced HR practitioner, she is passionate about developing and coaching people and teams to perform at their best to achieve business results. Respected for driving cultural transformation, enabling organizational turn-around and improving performance of senior leadership teams.

Ms. Wright formerly served as the chief people officer for VersaCold Logistic Services, a food-first supply chain company with one of North America’s largest cold chain networks. In this role, she was responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive and sustainable human capital, employee relations, labor relations, talent acquisition and organizational development. Prior to that, Ms. Wright was executive vice president, people and culture, for Samuel, Son, & Company.

“I am excited to work directly with TSI, as I have known Pamela for years and respect her vision and hard work within the executive search industry,” said Ms. Wright. “I look forward to working together to drive leadership teams to new heights.”

TSI Group is a boutique search firm that provides executive search, strategic talent acquisition and leadership development to clients throughout North America. Celebrating over 30 years in business, TSI Group utilizes a robust search methodology and strategic approach to deliver optimal hiring and succession planning results.

Serving Canada and North America

The impact of COVID-19 across Canada, of course, has forced executive search firms to make some quick adjustments last year and TSI Group was no exception. “Boutique firms largely have niche areas of specialty and represent professional level hires up to the C-suite,” said Ms. Ruebusch. “Fewer only play at the executive leadership level. Boutique firms continue to dominate the market and success continues to be built on cultivating relationships with clients.” Interim executive search continues to have its place in the market, while many search firms, she said, are differentiating themselves by offering credible leadership assessment, corporate cultural evaluation, and succession planning services “to give clients confidence in their future hiring needs from a strategic value proposition vantage point.”

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COVID-19 has had a big impact on the entire Canadian recruitment industry, slowing hiring and pausing incoming new business for recruiters. “As such, Q2 and Q3 of 2020 seemed most impacted,” Ms. Ruebusch said. “Then, the pendulum began to shift, and hiring is now on its way to returning to pre-COVID-19 levels. The impacts of staff working from home was another adjustment that had to be made and forced the adoption of working remotely which has proved harder for some than others. I expect the second half of 2021 will show a surge in hiring. This will, however, depend on the success of the return-to-work strategies based on vaccines being administered, which is why countries need to make vaccine distribution a top priority.”

“Our manufacturing clients in healthcare and industrial manufacturing continue to hire at the leadership level and for inventory and procurement, sales and marketing, operations, finance as well as GM and president roles,” Ms. Ruebusch said. “Our clients in the integrated supply chain continue to streamline their operations and are active with middle to senior-level hires that will improve people, processes and technology. Some of our third-party logistics clients cannot keep up with hiring at all levels, given the increase in online purchases” that accelerated during the pandemic.

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

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