April 23, 2021 – With the coronavirus crisis still posing a risk to people everywhere, human resources executives are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping their organizations navigate what continues to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Along the way, the importance of people strategy is expanding, and that is keeping executive search consultants who specialize in finding talent across the sector busier than ever.
Of note, WGNinHR Consulting was recently retained by venture-backed Arena to fills its chief people officer role. Reporting to the CEO, the chief people officer will play a critical partnership role in the company’s growth stages and beyond. The successful candidate will be able to quickly link the business strategy to a newly developed people strategy. She or he will lead major initiatives while ensuring that the company values remain as touchstones that continuously reinforce the desired culture.
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Reporting to the CEO, the chief people officer role will play a critical partnership role in the company’s growth stages and beyond. The successful candidate will:
- Translate Arena’s business strategies in the right people strategies and hiring roadmap needed to accelerate company objectives and optimize talent.
- Lead with a data-driven mindset to build business cases, shape and deliver on initiatives which advance Arena’s priorities.
- Assess and diagnose business-driven organizational needs; provide recommendations on optimal team designs.
- Partner with stakeholders to define and develop an employer brand that continually positions arena as an employer-of-choice.
- Reimagine a scalable end-to-end recruiting function that employs strategies and marketing techniques which attract top talent.
- Lead competitive market research to establish a total compensation plan, including bonuses, equity structure and benefits that align with company KPIs.
- Serve as the chief architect of Arena’s diversity and inclusion program, embedding D&I initiatives across the entire people function—from talent pipelines to succession planning.
Arena is on a mission to rewire the labor market around outcomes in service of a world where people and organizations thrive, according to WGNinHR. “Driven by the premise that hiring managers make decisions with limited information – i.e. resume content, anecdotal information, etc., Arena believes strongly that the smart use of data and technology is at the heart of solving those plaguing problems,” the firm said. “They use data to remove bias from the hiring process, helping organizations to outperform their peers on key metrics such as workforce productivity and organizational diversity and financial performance, among others.”
Veteran Talent Management Executive
WGNinHR, founded in 2005, is located in New York and focuses on offering consulting services in a number of areas of expertise, including board/CEO advisory, executive coaching, talent acquisition redesigns, executive search, succession planning, change management, compensation programs and outplacement.
With a 25-year career history, Ms. Rencher is a results-driven business and talent executive. She works with clients across all industries to provide HR and general business consultation. Ms. Rencher has worked at the C-level for major conglomerates, iconic global and domestic non-profits as well as social entrepreneurs. She has broad and deep expertise across all human resource practice areas. Before launching WGNinHR Consulting, Ms. Rencher was chief people officer of the national office of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media