Human Resources Officers

CEOs increasingly recognize that talent is the most critical lever of business success. Standing at the intersection of strategy and execution, the human resources (HR) executive of today anticipates the business needs of tomorrow in order to drive the organization’s objectives through the acquisition, development and retention of the right human capital.

Heidrick & Struggles’ Human Resources Officers Practice experts understand that HR leaders face a confluence of trends that will shape the workforce of the future and change the very nature of work itself including:

  • The accelerating rates of disruptive change;
  • The rise of emerging markets;
  • An increasingly borderless, multi-generational, global and cross cultural workforce;
  • The impact of the independent worker;
  • A limited supply of top talent;
  • Asymmetrical growth opportunities combined with significant skills / needs gaps in many regions; and,
  • Exponentially greater complexity in operations, technology and big data, and risk and compliance.

Our HR executive search team works with clients to ensure that HR leaders and their teams are equipped with the right qualifications to lead and manage in this rapidly changing environment, with the adaptability, insight and operating skills to have impact on business results. Similar to any line function, these roles demand strong business acumen, strategic and market insight, financial savvy, operational capabilities, and the ability to exploit data and technology.

The HR executives of the future will have the credibility and advisory skills to interface with the board and to partner with the entire leadership team. They will be tasked with a complex challenge, to build culture and value, mitigate risk, and plan for the future state of their organizations – leveraging an integrated talent management approach and anchored by deep functional and technical knowledge. 

Through our work, we advise boards, senior management teams and HR executives themselves on how to identify and select the best leadership for the function, and align with our Leadership Consulting colleagues in helping to optimally shape the HR organization. We view our work as essential to the success of today’s increasingly global organizations, providing a true and lasting competitive advantage.


Lisa B. Baird Lisa B. Baird Partner

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