Versique Search and Consulting Adds HR Veteran to Lead Client Partnerships

April 30, 2021 – The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Minneapolis, MN-headquartered Versique Search and Consulting has expanded with the addition of former HR leader Jenna Estlick to be the firm’s managing director of client partnerships. In her role, she will be responsible for leading the human resources client partnerships team and providing solutions to the HR community through best-in-class consulting services.

“We are so thrilled Jenna will be leading our HR consulting – client partnership division,” said Chris Dardis, president of consulting services at Versique. “Her values and personality are a wonderful match for our company, and her tremendous professional experience will be a great benefit to our team, our clients, and our candidates. Having known Jenna for a number of years, I am personally excited to partner with her to continue to grow our company and provide our unique service to the local HR community.”

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Ms. Estlick joins Versique as an HR practitioner with more than 13 years of experience in corporate human resources. Prior to joining Versique, she served as vice president and head of human resources for Radisson Hotel Group, Americas. She was responsible for leading the HR and responsible business teams across the Americas and developing and delivering HR business strategies and results related to the company’s five-year plan. Ms. Estlick previously served as Radisson Hotel Group’s senior director, human resources, where she provided HR business partner support and led the corporate and managed hotels HR business partner teams. Prior to joining Radisson Hotel Group, Ms. Estlick held several HR business partner roles at Target.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a talented team with a proven track record of truly understanding their clients’ needs and culture and delivering HR solutions,” said Ms. Estlick. “I really admire the culture Versique has created and feel fortunate to be joining a company whose vision and core values align with mine, specifically winning through service and trust.”

Versique specializes in contract, direct hire and executive search. With a blend of functional, industry and recruiting experience, its team of search consultants has experience in delivering talent acquisition solutions. The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in its pronunciation: ver-seek.

HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters

For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the crossover skills required in the search business are nearly identical, and Hunt Scanlon Media has recently tracked a number of successful transitions. We have taken note of the trend among top-ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:

Platinium Executive Search added former HR executive Céline Daubresse as a partner. We are very pleased to welcome Céline here at Platinium Executive Search, as her international HR track record in various EMEA HR roles is both contrasting and complementary to ours,” said Olivier Bouhoulle, founder of Platinium Executive Search. “I’m certain that having someone on board who has been on the other side of the table for years, and who understands perfectly the daily constraints and objectives of our key HR director clients, is a huge asset to our company.”

McDermott + Bull expanded with the addition of former HR executive Alisa Nagle as a managing director to drive the firm’s global industrial, automotive and mobility practice. Based in Detroit, she will also play a critical role in launching the firm’s office in the region. Ms. Nagle has spent over 25 years as a human capital leader and transformation business partner. As a former chief human resources officer and head of HR, she excels in identifying and assessing top leadership talent to achieve game-changing transformation, growth, and success for her clients in the industrial sector.

Protis Global has added Cheri Ehrlich Eisen as its SVP of business development. In her extensive 20-plus years of talent acquisition and HR leadership experience, she has partnered with major entities in the entertainment space, including Walt Disney Television and NBC Universal. Ms. Eisen currently serves as president of RAZR Recruiting + Consulting, which was launched in 2015 to help businesses find key talent for their organizations. Before that, she was senior director of human resources and talent acquisition for Fusion, an ABC – Univision joint venture.

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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