April 11, 2016 – Canadian boutique firm Yacoub Elite Search has named Kim Forgues as a member of the executive search team and president of its new Yacoub Elite HR division. As extension of the firm’s executive search practice, the new human capital division will provide end-to-end HR consulting services in talent management, coaching and leadership development, organizational design, change management, total rewards, diversity and inclusion and access to experienced HR professionals on an as needed basis.
Ms. Forgues brings decades of senior HR and global business expertise, as well as her own experience at the C-suite level in diverse industries, including aerospace, financial institutions, technology, manufacturing and retail.
Previously, she was chief human resources officer (CHRO) of D+H. Reporting to the CEO she was responsible for all aspects of the people function, including talent management, succession planning, learning and development, talent acquisition, executive and total compensation, employee engagement, change management as well as communications. Prior to that, she was vice president of HR for The Home Depot in Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Forgues held various HR roles with CIBC, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney and Empire Maintenance Industries.
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“Ms. Forgues will be an integral member of our executive search division,” said founder and CEO Jocelyn Yacoub. “The decision to launch a new HR-focused division is the direct result of her plan to diversify the business and provide the highest level of excellence to organizations, while focusing on the employee experience.”
Ms. Forgues said: “My decision to move from industry to executive search and launch Yacoub Elite HR was made straightforward when taking the firm’s stellar reputation into account. I look forward to building on our already successful executive search practice and leading our new human capital division, which will allow our clients to leverage our unique ability to recruit and manage their executive talent in addition to providing strategic HR solutions.”
Headquartered in Toronto, Yacoub Elite Search specializes in recruiting for clients in finance and accounting, tax, human resources, and operations. For over a decade, the firm has worked with Fortune 1000 companies placing talent in a wide range of positions. The company has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media