October 15, 2015 – Global search firm Wilton & Bain has appointed Tim Kemp and Chloe Watts as partners.
Mr. Kemp, who joins the firm to lead HR search mandates, is an experienced HR and search professional who specializes in human resource searches across industries and covering HR disciplines from generalist roles to reward to talent management and beyond.
Previously, he spent more than two years with CTPartners where he served as a partner and led the firm’s European HR practice. Prior to that, he was a senior partner with Korn Ferry for more than five years and before that served as a partner with Towers Watson. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kemp served in various HR roles over a 25-year period.
Ms. Watts joins the firm as partner in WBMS, Wilton & Bain’s management solutions division, to focus on providing people management solutions to organizations undergoing transformation activity. Her expertise is in providing commercial organizations with interim managers across management disciplines but with a specialization in sourcing HR interim executives.
She most recently was managing consultant and head of the HR interim practice at Alium Partners Ltd. In addition, she gained experience as a consultant with Courtenay HR, where she established its interim management business.
Headquartered in London, Wilton & Bain specializes in the information technology, CFO/CIO, HR, media and professional services industries. The firm has additional offices in Amsterdam, Singapore, San Francisco, Germany and New York.
Hiring HR functional specialists has been a growing priority not just at search firms, but among their client companies. Recent trends show that a full one-third of companies polled said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, including CHRO. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.
According to a just released survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, the need for HR expertise increases dramatically with company size. Just one percent of small companies (those with one to 99 employees) are recruiting for HR positions, according to the summer 2015 survey results. On the other end of the spectrum, nearly two thirds (65 percent) of employers with 25,000 or more workers are now hiring for HR jobs.
This research concurs with findings from Hunt Scanlon CHRO surveys which indicate that as large companies bring their more significant executive recruiting work in-house, there is a developing need for top-flight CHROs who can oversee the entire corporate personnel spectrum, from top to bottom.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media