The 10 Biggest Recruiting Assignments of 2016


Hunt Scanlon | December 30, 2016

The Hunt Scanlon article, “The 10 Biggest Recruiting Assignments of 2016," recognized the firm's work with Save the Children as one of the ten biggest recruiting assignments of 2016. The article is excerpted below.​

As the year now draws to a close, it turns out that when we looked back through our archives 2016 was simply a remarkable year for first rate search assignments. Hunt Scanlon Media tracked hundreds of them. From CEO placements to those covering the bandwidth of the C-suite, our editorial team gleaned the best from every industry sector and functional discipline to create this year’s 10 most interesting list.


Save the Children Taps Russell Reynolds for Chief People Officer

Of course, people are the backbone of every company. As such, any C-suite leader overseeing the people function needs a second look. The best search we could find in the Hunt Scanlon Media archives is the one Russell Reynolds Associates was tapped to lead this past spring: chief people officer for Save the Children International. Save the Children is one of the largest and best known international non-governmental organizations that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the U.K. in 1919. The organization has been deluged with help requests and assistance needs from many war torn regions over the last several years, including Syria where some two million children have been caught in the crossfire of conflict — leaving the organization somewhat stressed itself. The chief people officer will be charged with the HR leadership of some 17,000 staff worldwide, with end-to-end responsibility for human capital strategy, including talent attraction, retention, development, rewards and employee relations.

The chief people officer (CPO) position is a relatively new title within the HR function which many companies are using instead of chief human resources officer (CHRO). It first appeared about a decade ago. But as companies look to build internal brand awareness and focus more on establishing and driving their own unique cultures, CPOs are coming more into vogue. Organizations that bring in a CPO are typically looking for more than a leader to oversee its staff and people policies; the focus, instead, is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, and more on culture — which includes values, ethics, mission and creating a working environment in which employees can thrive. Chief people officers, according to recruiters specializing in finding them, foster environments where employees are more productive, loyal and motivated to achieve an organization’s goals. The best chief people officers champion values. And for Save the Children, can we ask for much more than that? Three cheers to Russell Reynolds Associates for handling this assignment and for its tireless work in finding leaders for non-profits around the globe. Great job!

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The 10 Biggest Recruiting Assignments of 2016