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  Happy 2021 – Welcome to a New World  
  What does HR look like for those of you who took a few months off, and are now jumping back into the workforce? This is what we’re seeing as the stock market surges, the virus rages, and a new presidential team spreads sage diplomacy and quick actions on many fronts. Let’s optimistically call this period the Golden Age of Innovation and Healing. A time of renewal, scientific invention, grieving those we lost, reversing global warming, increasing diversity and helping individuals who have suffered financially to get back on their feet.  
  1. Employers are hiring a lot—but this time around, it's more judicious and better-timed.
  2. A new global employer-employee contract to work-from-wherever-you-want. Employers will agree or find their candidate pools diminish.
  3. A focus on local and global diversity and inclusion (D&I).
  4. New total rewards philosophies; technology requirements for everything from HRIS, employee experience, surveys and continuous feedback to remote collaboration tools; and quick compliance solutions for all the states and countries your employees now want to live in.
In both our Executive Search and Advisory services, our clients require experienced, strategic HR leaders who arrive with a playbook and learn each unique culture and subculture of a company. While many HR executives stayed in their jobs through the first part of the pandemic, we’re now seeing both movement to new jobs and increased retirement—-one is not always up for another battle, and sometimes fresh horses are needed. Whatever you choose in 2021, here’s to a great new start.

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Enterprise SaaS
(huge IPO coming up)
Pre-IPO Cryptocurrency
(very high growth)
Pre-IPO Fintech
(very high growth)
Chief Experience
(People) Officer
Utah or Seattle, WA
Head of People Experience & Board
Anywhere in the world
Global VP of
Talent Acquisition
Miami, Atlanta, NY, etc.
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Medical Devices Pre-IPO Fintech Enterprise Public SaaS
HR Director
Union City, CA
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Generalist, HRBP
and L&D
Seattle, WA
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E-Commerce Exchange
(huge growth)
(high growth)
Head of Total Rewards
Silicon Valley
VP of HR
San Diego, CA
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Public SaaS Cybersecurity SaaS Digital Marketing
(high growth)
Portland, OR
HR Director
Boston, MA or open
Senior Director, HRBP
Boston, MA
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Cloud & SaaS Enterprise Public SaaS Enterprise Software
VP of People
East Coast U.S.,
preferably Orlando, FL
HRBP (2)
Sr. Dir. L&D
Seattle, WA
Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA or
San Francisco, CA
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Healthcare Services Cloud & SaaS Real Estate
Director Total Rewards
Mountain View, CA
Head of TA
Sunnyvale, CA
VP of Talent & Culture
Los Angeles, CA
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Internet & Digital Marketing Enterprise Software Cloud & SaaS Software
Head of People
Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA
Director of TA
Santa Monica, CA
HRIS/Comp Exec
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HealthTech Cloud & Saas Software Healthcare Services
Head of D&I
Silicon Valley
VP People, or VP Talent
Los Angeles, CA
White Plains, NY
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  Fintech   Internet & Digital Marketing   Enterprise Software
  VP Talent
Boston, MA
  Head of People
San Francisco, CA,
or Omaha, NE
  VP People Operations
Santa Monica, CA
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Senior Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA
Head of HR
New York, NY
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Senior Director, HRBP
Boston, MA
San Mateo, CA

Tipalti is the leading global payables automation solution, on a mission to elevate the finance function. This fast-growing fintech company just received a round of $150M in funding in October and is now at a valuation of more than $2B.


We partnered with Tipalti in placing Doug Inamine as the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer. As CHRO, Inamine will report to Tipalti CEO and Founder Chen Amit, and lead a 16-person HR team. As a key leader on the executive team, Inamine will provide executive-level strategic leadership and direction to the company across all areas of HR as the organization grows

Inamine joins from Coupang, based in Seoul, South Korea, from where he recently re-located back to the San Francisco Bay Area having served as CHRO and Senior Vice President for over two and a half years. Previously he was Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President at gaming startup Kabam, and CHRO and Senior Vice President at Xyratex. Inamine earlier held HR executive roles at Cisco, Solectron and Seagate Technology. He is also a Board Advisor to Espresa, Inc. and Traditions of the Ancestors.

Inamine holds a B.S. in managerial economics from University of California at Davis.

Congratulations Doug, and welcome to Tipalti!


Northwestern Mutual is a Fortune 100 mutual organization helping families and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. With $290.3 billion in assets, $29.9 billion in revenues and $1.9 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, the company delivers financial security to more than 4.6 million people, and is among the top five independent broker-dealers in the U.S.


We’re excited to partner with Northwestern Mutual to place Ayesha Khan as Senior Director/Senior Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP). In the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based role, she will serve as a member of the leadership team, developing organizational and HR strategies, serving as expert in talent and human-capital planning and advising senior executives. Khan brings over 20 years of HR leadership and experience to Northwestern Mutual. She was previously Executive Director of HR at Advocate Aurora Health, HR Director Chief Transformation Officer at Aurora Health, and for 12 years at GE Healthcare in HR leader roles, including HRBP and Americas Diversity and Engagement Leader.

Khan has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in adult education and career counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.

Welcome Ayesha to Northwestern Mutual!


Some recent notable job moves and promotions by C-level and senior HR executives in the industry include:

  • L Brands, Inc. announced that Deon Riley joined as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Bath & Body Works. Riley leaves Ross Stores, where she spent eight years, most recently as Group Senior Vice President of HR, Culture and Diversity and Inclusion. She previously held HR leadership roles at Abercrombie & Fitch and PepsiCo. (Article)
  • Aviatrix has welcomed Lillian Leaños as Chief People Officer. Leaños leaves her previous role as CPO at Countsy.
  • Iron Mountain Inc. announced that Edward E. Greene has joined as Executive Vice President, CHRO. Prior to Iron Mountain, Greene was CHRO at FactSet Research Systems and Senior VP of HR at Voya Financial.
  • SentinelOne hired Felice Ajlouny (Gibbs) as VP, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion. Aljouny leaves her role as VP, Talent Acquisition at TripActions. She also held HR executive roles at PaperDuty, Salesforce, WorkDay and EMC.
  • Trox, an EdTech solutions provider, welcomes Sean Minner as CHRO. Minner previously served as CHRO at BASIS.ed and BASIS Education Ventures. (Announcement)
  • Sony Music Entertainment appointed Andrew R. Davis as Executive VP and Global CHRO. Previously Davis served as Chief Human Resources and Inclusion Officer for Lennar Corporation, and before that spent more than a decade leading HR teams and strategies at The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Policygenius, Inc. hired Megan Pittman as VP of People, joining from StitchFix where she was Senior Director of HR. Pittman has also held HR leadership roles at Memphis Meats, Blue Bottle Coffee and Haggen, Inc.
  • Dinocrates Group promoted Karen Wynn, LTP to CPO. Wynn was previously HR Director at GMSI, which Dinacrates acquired in 2019, Executive Director of Howard University’s Communications Entrepreneur Program and Director/COO of the National Association of Black Journalists. (Announcement)
  • Stack Overflow expanded its leadership team, hiring Debbie Shotwell as CPO. Shotwell was previously CPO at Saba Software, and is also on the Board of Advisors for Agile Literacy and WorkTribe Dynamics. (Announcement)
  • Castellan Solutions welcomed Tara Davidson as Global Head of People. Davidson previously was Global VP of HR at eVestment, Global VP HR at Scientific Games and VP/Director of HR at Centex Corp.
  • HireVue appointed Andy Valenzuela as CHRO. Valenzuela has led HR organizations in technology companies including Dell, Sunpower and SAP. (Announcement)
  • Wave Life Sciences has welcomed Jonathan Rosin as CHRO. He joins from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals where he also served as CHRO.
  • Heineken N.V. has appointed new CPO Yolanda Talamo. Talamo has been Senior VP of HR at Heineken Americas, and has taken over the role of CPO, replacing Chris Van Steenbergen who has retired as CHRO. Talamo previously held leadership roles at SAB Miller, Cisneros and Proctor & Gamble. (Announcement)
  • Melinta Therapeutics appointed Kristen Allgor as CHRO. Allgor joins from Allergan, where she served as Vice President of HR for the last seven years. (Announcement)
  • Alteryx has hired Jill Bone as Senior VP, Talent. She joins after serving as VP and Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Workday, and previously VP of Recruiting at Salesforce.
  Getting Through a Covid Winter  
  The safe, bucolic Covid bubble we Northern Californians were living in has burst and the virus has increased ten-fold. When I read this news over the holidays, I considered closing our onsite Little School but did not because all the parents have trusted that I would keep their kids safe and have committed to the entire year. A science article proposed that when the virus surges, the answer is to keep schools open and make them safer. I've added new safety measures: disposable paper masks, all windows and doors open, six feet between workstations, Plexiglass dividers and weekly testing (the teacher manages this, setting the appointments and taking the kids). My pride and joy is a bathroom ceiling fan exhaust system suspended from the vaulted ceiling sucking up and out any virus. Hopefully, the four families will get through the year safely.

As the virus has gotten more prevalent, I think that we now all know someone who has passed away from Covid-19. We need to give our teams time to grieve.
  Covid Meme of the Month

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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