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  How Do You Hire an HR Executive in Today’s Market?  
  As we approach fall, the global hiring market is hotter than ever—-and for employers the war for talent is as fierce as I’ve ever seen it. If you’re a CEO needing to hire a Head of HR or other HR executive, how can you successfully find and hire that critical strategic executive in this wild market? See my thoughts below. Enjoy the last weeks of summer!  

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Pre-IPO Cryptocurrency
(very high growth)
Computer Hardware
& Software
Vice President of
HR / People
South San Francisco, CA
Chief People Officer
VP, Global
Head of EI&D
San Jose, CA
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Aerospace Startup
(High Growth)
Enterprise SaaS Enterprise SaaS
Head of People
Long Beach, CA
SVP, People and Productivity
Austin, TX
Vice President of People
Seattle, WA
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Premium Delivery Services
(High Growth)
Financial Services Venture Growth Investment
Head of People
Palo Alto, CA
Vice President,
Talent Management
Salt Lake City, UT
Human Resources Director
Menlo Park, CA
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Software / Fintech Education Technology Cybersecurity
Vice President of TA
San Mateo, CA or U.K.
Head of People
San Francisco, CA
Director of Comp
and Benefits
Washington D.C
or Remote
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Health Insurance Software Hardware and Software
Head of HR Business
Partners Remote
Learning &
Development Lead
San Francisco, CA
Vice President of HR
Western U.S.
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Food Biotech Fintech / Payment Solutions Software
Head of People
San Francisco, CA
Vice President of HR
Pleasanton, CA
HRBP, Business
San Francisco, CA
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Mobile Gaming Real Estate Investment Tech
Global Head of
Talent Acquisition
Barcelona, Dublin, London
Senior Director of HR
Glendale, CA
VP of People
San Francisco
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Sustainable Nutrition / Food Biotech Mobile Gaming Fintech / Agro
Head of People
New York, NY or San Francisco, CA
Senior Director of
Total Rewards
Los Angeles, CA
VP of People
Los Angeles, CA
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  SaaS / Fintech   Software   EdTech
  Chief People Officer
West Coast
  HRBP, Engineering
San Francisco, CA
  Chief People Officer
East Coast or Remote
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This month in our HR Advisory practice we are recruiting for the following Advisory job roles:

  • Senior Human Resources Advisor
  • Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Vice President of Total Rewards
  • Senior Compensation Advisor

Interested? Please contact us to learn more at

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Head of Total Rewards
Draper, UT
Chief Human Resources Officer
Santa Clara, CA
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Global Director, Talent Acquisition
New York, NY
Senior Director of People and Talent
Emeryville, CA

Cello Health is a global, science-centered healthcare advisory firm focused on improving patient health by accelerating and optimizing access to medical advances.


We worked with Cello Health to place Dave Reagan as Global Director of Talent Acquisition. In the role, Reagan will design and implement consistent, cross-functional approaches to identify, engage and hire the best talent for Cello Health and each of their core businesses as the company embarks on rapid growth.

Reagan joins Cello Health from Accenture, where he served as Head of TA–Life Sciences, leading recruiting for all senior and management level positions, building out the company’s first College Recruiting Program and helping relaunch their Employee Referral Program. Previously, Reagan worked at Sungard Availability Services for 11 years, performing different roles within the talent acquisition function. He held earlier positions as Recruiting Manager at Coldwell Banker Preferred and Technical Recruiter and Account Manager at Main Line Personnel Services. Reagan holds a degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College.

Congratulations Dave on joining Cello Health!


Maze Therapeutics is a biotechnology company navigating the complexities of human genetics to create precision medicines that fight disease and help patients in need.


We partnered with Maze Therapeutics to place Marian Gamboa as Director, Human Resources. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Marian will drive critical talent and leadership development initiatives, as an essential support to Maze’s excellent workforce and leadership.

Marian joins the company with 15 years of experience as a learning and development leader as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategist. Most recently she was the Global Learning Lead and prior to that was the Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Gilead Sciences. Previously she served in the Executive Office of the President (The White House) as Chief Learning Officer for the Office of Management and Budget. Her earlier roles included Learning and Development Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration, Program Manager/Team Lead for Peace Corps Headquarters and Health and Community Development Specialist for the Peace Corps Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Marian earned an M.A. from George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. from Rutgers.

Marian, congratulations and welcome to Maze Therapeutics!


  • CentralSquare has welcomed Mandy Clark as the company’s new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Clark brings over 20 years of HR experience to CentralSquare. She most recently served as CHRO for Sierra Nevada Corporation and has held HR roles at companies including PepsiCo, Cargill, General Electric, CoreLogic and Optimizing You. (Announcement)
  • Impossible Foods announced the appointment of Leilani Gayles as Chief People Officer. Gayles brings with her outstanding HR expertise and knowledge, having spent the last nine years at the San Francisco Giants as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief People Officer. Earlier in her career she held HR executive roles at Silicon Valley Bank and Hewlett-Packard, among other organizations. (Announcement)
  • Nordstrom has promoted Farrell Redwine to the role of CHRO. Redwine has held multiple leadership roles during her five-year tenure with the company, most recently as SVP of HR. Prior to Nordstrom, she held HR executive roles at companies including Exxon Mobile, Time Inc, Warner Media and Barclays Capital, among others. (Announcement)
  • Appfire has appointed Jagdish Chugani as Chief People Officer. Chugani joins from PlanSource where he served as SVP of Talent. Previously he worked at UnitedHealth Group where he held the Human Capital Leader role. Other companies where he has held HR roles include ECI Telecom, CEI, and DHL. (Announcement)
  • Seismic announced the appointment of Linda Ho as Chief People Officer. Ho brings with her exceptional HR experience, with a 14-year tenure at Autodesk, most recently as Vice President of Culture and Capability. Earlier in her career she served as HR Business Partner (HRBP) at Thermo Fisher Scientific. (Announcement)
  • Clariant welcomed Tatiana Berardinelli as CHRO and Head of Group HR. Berardinelli joins from PPG Industries where she has held global HR roles, most recently Global Head of People Operations. An expert in both HR and the chemicals industry, she has worked at companies including Eastman Chemical Company, The Dow Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas. (Announcement)
  • FuelCell Energy has appointed Andrea Jones as the company’s Chief People Officer. Previously Jones served as VP of HR for Bigelow Tea and as VP of HR Latin America for TC Transcontinental. Earlier in her career she worked at the Danaher Corporation as Global HR Director and at GlobalFoundries as HRBP. (Announcement)
  • Cloudmed has appointed Tiffany Lewis as Chief People Officer. Lewis brings more than two decades of experience in HR leadership roles to Cloudmed, her most recent at Elsevier as SVP of HR. Almost half of her career was built at LexisNexis where she held various HR executive roles during her 11 years at the company. Other companies she worked with include Bank of America, A.T. Kearney and SoundView Technology Group. (Announcement)
  • Anthology has welcomed Dr. Melissa Harts as its new Chief People Officer. Dr. Harts joins Anthology after acting as SVP of Technology and Distance Education and Chief Information Officer for Pasco-Hernando State College, where she also served as Dean of Institutional Technology. She is a U.S. Army veteran who has also held administrative roles in K-20. (Announcement)
  • Certara announced Nicolette Sherman as its new CHRO. Sherman brings exceptional HR expertise to Certara, recently serving as Chief People Officer for Oyster Point Pharma. Previously, she worked at Sanofi for 12 years holding HR executive roles, as well as at AT&T and Schering-Plough. (Announcement)
  • Zipari has welcomed Kerry Unflat as CHRO. Unflat joins Zipari from HealthCareSource, after five years at the company in talent management roles and most recently as CHRO. Previously, she worked at WGBH, Harvard University Police Department and The Booking Group. (Announcement)

Valerie Frederickson

Founder & CEO

  Q&A — How Do You Hire an HR Executive in Today’s Market?  
  As a veteran of the tech market, I’ve learned in over 26 years working with this industry to survive and thrive in any economic situation.  
  In conversations with many CEOs, and executive leaders just recently, in a range of businesses—from hyper-growth, pre-IPO startups to Fortune 500 global companies—I’ve addressed the questions below. Here’s my best advice for CEOs needing to hire a Head of HR.  
  What’s the market like?  
  This is the worst hiring market I’ve seen in my life. Candidates are accepting offers, but may then back out, for example, over the weekend when a former manager offers them more money, less stress and work-from-anywhere. In-demand candidates are taking a few days to consider up to four offers at a time. Open requisitions may sit vacant for months. In this market you need to assess and tune your tactics if you want to win.  
  I really need to hire our Head of HR now but heard that searches are dragging on. What should I do to speed this along?  
  • Start with a list of what your company’s needs are in the eyes of the managers and stakeholders. Conduct listening sessions and then translate those needs (and wants) into specific action items.
  • Use this list to create a job description, being sensitive to what you can outsource. For example, if you’re in a startup and you need someone who can recruit and communicate while also managing culture, assume that you might need to outsource HR areas like compensation or compliance management. This will widen the candidate pool.
  • Share the job description with everyone internally so that they feel listened to, and then interview candidates. Have your top candidate meet the rest of the team but make sure the team understands that it’s your hire and your decision.
  • Move quickly. The early bird gets the worm.
  We’ve been searching and interviewing for months but can’t find anyone good enough.  
  Get practical about what skills and knowledge you must have versus what’s nice to have. Be ready to hire someone who can’t do everything, but who can do what is most important. They can outsource the rest.  
  Now is not the time to wish for a zebra-monkey-fish or a purple unicorn. Do you need someone who can set up talent acquisition (TA) and super-charge recruiting? Then find someone who’s done that and can roll up their sleeves. Want more culture? Break that goal into pieces and select and recruit for each part. For example, it should include communications, performance management, onboarding and diversity and inclusion (D&I). Want someone who can put in systems and processes for high growth? Find someone who knows how to use those systems and has worked to put them in place before. You don’t need to hire a new best friend or a 20-year HR partner. Find someone who can do the job now, for the next 24 to 36 months.  
  Don’t view hiring an HR leader as hiring someone who will be at your organization forever. Hire someone for now who can get you from 75 employees to 200, or from 500 to 1,200. Think shorter-term and focus on the benefits of getting someone in today, versus spending another day without the leader you need.  

Frederickson Partners, a Gallagher company is a market leader in retained executive search since 1995. As one of the top-rated HR executive search and C-suite recruiting firms, we have expertise in placing Chief People Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Legal Officers and many other senior leaders. We draw on a broad network of rising and established executives and leaders, and a 28-year reputation as a talent acquisition and HR Advisory provider.

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