WinterWyman Places CHRO at Excelitas Technologies

October 9, 2018 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation.

Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts?

Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to executive recruiters. CEOs, in particular, want their HR leaders to proactively recommend a host of forward-thinking initiatives that will provide a competitive advantage.

Recently, WinterWyman Executive Search placed Marc Reuss as the new CHRO at Excelitas Technologies, a global technology leader delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions. Senior vice president and partner Beverly Morgan led the assignment.

Mr. Reuss is a veteran HR executive with a track record of building and leading world class organizations across aerospace, financial services, high technology, medical devices, vaccines and genetics sectors.

Previously, he was executive vice president and CHRO for London-based Convatec Group, a global medical products and technologies company. Before that, he was global head of HR at Novartis following a similar role with their vaccines and diagnostics division. Mr. Reuss also held several senior roles with Boston Scientific, including vice president, HR, international; vice president, HR, inter-continental region; and director, HR, microvasive group. Earlier in his career, he held HR management roles with Millipore Corp. (now Merck Millipore, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA) and the former BankBoston Corp.

New Position

As CHRO, Mr. Reuss will be responsible for developing and executing HR strategies in support of Excelitas’ overall business plan and strategic direction. He will also provide global strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive leadership team and the board of directors, said WinterWyman. “In close coordination and collaboration with the other members of the executive leadership team, and with the support of the human resources organization and management, Mr. Reuss will ensure that the business attracts, develops and retains a talented and engaged workforce that will achieve the company’s business objectives and drive results to the next level,” the search firm said.


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Excelitas has about 6,000 employees in North America, Europe and Asia, serving customers across the world. The firm is owned by AEA Investors, which is headquartered in New York City.

Veteran Consultants

WinterWyman, based in Waltham, MA, has been advising an expanding client base for more than four decades. The firm supports leading organizations, from start-ups to some of the most recognized global brands.

Ms. Morgan has been a resource for top human resources and leadership talent for over 20 years. She has established herself as an advisor and business partner to CEOs, CHROs and VPs who rely on her to help interpret cultural fit as well as for her understanding of how HR evolves within different industries. She has completed more than 500 searches for clients like NetScout, Anaqua, Monster, NewStar Financial, Brightcove, Osram Sylvania and others, from start-ups to multi-national corporations.

CHRO Recruiting in the News

Hunt Scanlon Media has tracked a number of CHRO search assignments in recent months. Here’s a sampling taken from the company’s daily newswire archives:

Christine Sobhani and Priscila Bonilla of executive search firm Allegis Partners recently helped recruit Darla Haas as CHRO at PAR Technology Corp. in New Hartford, NY. “Darla is a proactive, high energy, pragmatic and hands-on business leader who is experienced at leading organizational transformation in a diverse, global business,” said Ms. Sobhani. 

Human Capital Consultants placed John W. Sigmon as the new CHRO of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. The Washington, D.C.-based firm completed the search in less than two months. Mr. Sigmon joined HJF from AARP, where he rose from senior HR business partner to VP, group human resources consulting services, and then to SVP and CHRO.

Chicago-based Hanold Associates recently helped place Lainie Cooney as CHRO for Blue Apron in New York. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the recruitment firm, led the search along with partner Katie Traines. Previously, Ms. Cooney was CHRO for DPI Specialty Foods in Ontario.

Los Angeles-headquartered executive search firm Shelli Herman and Associates placed Rob Spooner as the CHRO of the internationally acclaimed San Diego Zoo. President Shelli Herman led the search along with her associate, Michele Lyons. He will join the organization in June, replacing long time CHRO Tim Mulligan. 

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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