Vetted Solutions Recruits Chief People Officer for National Business Aviation Association

March 11, 2019 – Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets.

At most companies, the chief human resource officer has come to play 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. Instead, the focus is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with greater emphasis on culture, which includes values, ethics and the company’s mission.

Recently, Vetted Solutions placed Annemarie McDonald Oxman as the new chief people officer of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, D.C. Holly Clark retired in January after more than 12 years in the job. Jim Zaniello, Vetted Solutions’ president and founder, led the search.


“We are fortunate to have Annemarie, a consummate professional, join our leadership team,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “She comes to NBAA with extensive association experience and a proven track record of successfully managing all aspects of HR functions. We welcome her enthusiasm for implementing innovative HR initiatives that support the strategic direction of NBAA.”

HR Veteran

Ms. Oxman has a wide-ranging portfolio of experience including in the human resources specialties of employment law and compliance, training and development, performance management, employee relations, talent management and retention, benefit and compensation, and reward and recognition programs, among others.

Previously, Ms. Oxman served as director of HR for the American Petroleum Institute, where she provided leadership and management for all HR functions of the organization, which has more than 300 employees, 100-plus retirees, six allied organizations and four international offices. Before that, she was director of HR at Best Practices Inc., an emergency medical services staffing company. Ms. Oxman has also served as SVP of HR at the Consumer Electronics Association, where she was a member of the executive team responsible for helping to define organizational goals and strategies to maximize the success of the 150-employee trade association.

“Annemarie has nearly 25 years of human resources experience, much of it in trade association leadership, which makes her ideally suited for her responsibilities at NBAA,” said Mr. Bolen. “I am confident she will be a great asset to our organization.”

The National Business Aviation Association has been part of 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 that the firm has conducted include recruiting the CEO for SOCAP Internationalplacing the president for El-Hibri Foundation and recruiting a chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives. Vetted solutions 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:

Philadelphia-headquartered Howard Fischer Associates recruited Deborah Josephs as chief people officer of NCC Media, the national television and video advertising sales, marketing and technology company owned by Comcast Corp., Charter Communications and Cox Communications. 

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.

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

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