November 13, 2018 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. At most companies, the chief human resource officer 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.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, D.C., recently launched such a search for a new chief people officer and selected Vetted Solutions to lead the assignment. President and founder Jim Zaniello is spearheading the search.
The chief people officer provides leadership and strategic direction for the organization’s human capital programs for NBAA staff and serves as a liaison to NBAA’s board of directors with regard to human capital issues and budget, said Vetted Solutions. This position develops and strategically integrates human capital initiatives, policies, programs, and services including recruitment/retention, workforce planning, performance management, organizational and employee development, legal compliance, benefits, compensation, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, employee communications, recognition/incentive programs, employee events and HR technology.
NBAA wants a leader with strong knowledge and experience in human resource functions, including best practices for organizational effectiveness, compensation and benefit programs, leadership development, recruitment and retention initiatives, and performance management solutions. Candidates should have experience effectively working with a diverse workforce and a strong commitment to inclusion, said the search firm.
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The incoming leader must have at least 10 years of senior-level and general management experience in human resources programs and initiatives. Skills in establishing and implementing employee relations programs to create a harmonious and productive working atmosphere with the ability to resolve conflicts are essential, said Vetted Solutions.
The National Business Aviation Association has been serving the business aviation community since 1947. It has been in the forefront of efforts aimed at fairly settling problems related to air space access, airports and aircraft noise. The organization’s mission is to foster an environment that allows business aviation to thrive in the U.S. and around the world
Non-Profit Association Leaders
Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide.
Recent searches undertaken by the firm include recruiting the CEO for SOCAP International, placing the president for El-Hibri Foundation and recruiting a chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives. The firm also helped recruit Daniel Gillison as the executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
Mr. Zaniello has worked for more than two decades in positions ranging from non-profit executive director to publisher of a leading tool for non-profit executive search. He is also said to have an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and non-profits.
Chief People Officers
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:
Polachi Inc. recently placed Stephanie Baker Lucey as the new chief people officer of NASDAQ-traded Bottom Line Technologies in Portsmouth, NH. “We know Steph’s experience navigating organizational complexities will make her a great fit for our client Bottomline Technologies,” said search firm partner Charley Polachi, who spearheaded the assignment.
With the assistance of search firm Howard Fischer Associates, Jack Morton Worldwide, a global brand experience agency, has chosen Melissa Rose to be its new chief people officer. Previously, Ms. Rose held positions at Hill Holliday, ISM, Carat and iProspect. Most recently, she served as VP of HR at Anaqua, a global intellectual property software company.
Human Capital Consultants, LLC has placed Anchal Gupta as chief people officer for ONE Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy and campaigning organization. Ms. Gupta had previously been with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, where she worked for 13 years, most recently as vice president, human resources & administration.
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