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HRO Today Association Update: Thought Leadership—Unlock Your Potential

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By D. Zachary Misko

Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success. We certainly have a great group of thought leaders and innovators involved in our association, as demonstrated by the outstanding group of HR executives, industry experts, and best-selling authors who speak at our Thought Leadership Councils (TLCs), as well as the people who attend them.

The HRO Today Association provides members with the opportunity to connect with other professionals, share best practices and content on our website, and discuss and set industry standards within the HR and outsourcing industry. Learning through our TLCs continues to be a member favourite and attracts a following via live webcasts and our on-demand TLC library. The TLC functional categories are designed as a member benefit to facilitate networking and engagement, and to strengthen the association’s relevance to HRO Today, our events, and the HR outsourcing industry in general. The following monthly TLCs support this effort and are held the second week of each month:

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Editor’s Note: Making Pay Equality Stack Up

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By Debbie Bolla

Pay transparency has been making headlines in recent months—and is a good reason our Editor-at-Large Simon Kent reports on the impact of the UK’s gender pay gap reporting regulations in this issue’s cover story Decreasing the Gap.

Pay transparency was also named one of 2019’s top four trends by this year’s LinkedIn Global Talent Trends survey. In fact, the survey found that 53 per cent of talent professionals rate it as very important trend to the future of HR and recruiting. Breaking down the feedback from more than 5,000 professionals in 35 countries, the survey shows the importance of pay transparency by geography, including Spain (64 per cent); France (50 per cent); UK (50 per cent); and northern Europe (44 per cent).

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TrueBlue Names Jeff Dirks Chief Information and Technology Officer and Carl Schweihs President of PeopleManagement

Company Focused on Leading the Industry in Technology-Powered Staffing

Tacoma, WA – June 6, 2019 – TrueBlue, a global leader in specialized workforce solutions, announced new appointments to its senior executive team as the company works to redefine the staffing experience and underscore market leadership. High-tech industry veteran and innovator Jeff Dirks was named TrueBlue’s Chief Information and Technology Officer, overseeing the company’s digital transformation. Carl Schweihs, an accomplished business leader known for accelerating growth, will serve as the President of People Management, a core division of TrueBlue.

Dirks, who is replacing the retiring CTO Carole McCluskey, has spent nearly three decades developing cutting-edge technology solutions that help businesses and people. He will lead the expansion of TrueBlue’s AI-powered technologies that are bringing new possibilities to staffing and recruitment process outsourcing, including its popular JobStack and Affinix offerings.

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HRO Today Announces Winners of Annual Awards in APAC

Philadelphia, PA – June 4, 2019 – The winners of the annual HRO Today Talent Acquisition Team of the Year Award and the HRO Today Association Awards were announced at the HRO Today Forum APAC.

The Talent Acquisition Team of Year Award recognizes an HR team that has exceled in driving talent strategy and transforming the ways that their organization recruits, retains and develops its employees. The HRO Today Association Awards honor HR professionals for thought leadership, technological innovation, and excellence across the HR disciplines. The awards were presented on June 3 during a special reception at the HRO Today Forum APAC at the Novotel Century Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China.

The 2019 Talent Acquisition Team of the Year Award winner in APAC is:

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CareerBuilder Deepens Investment in Customer Experience and Satisfaction with the Appointment of Sasha Yablonovsky to President

Recent new business wins highlight Yablonosvky’s impact on the end-to-end talent acquisition leader.

Chicago, IL – May 30, 2019 – CareerBuilder, a pioneer in Talent Acquisition media, technology and services, announced today Sasha Yablonovsky has been appointed President, underscoring the company’s commitment to leading with a customer-first approach. A leader in innovation for nearly 25 years, CareerBuilder provides HR solutions to help employers find, hire and onboard great talent, and helps job seekers build new skills and progressive careers as the modern world of work changes.

“Sasha is a proven, innovative leader. With her successful track record of building high-performing teams, growing businesses, and a customer-first mindset, she is the ideal person to lead these efforts on a global scale,” said Irina Novoselsky, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Sasha’s ability to be the voice of our customers will allow her to positively influence our innovations and deliver even stronger solutions back to the customer.”

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Orion Novotus Acquires Accolo

Austin, TX – May 23, 2019 – Success can be measured in many different ways, whether through an acquisition to create something stronger, or by data and metrics that capture a snapshot of growth in a program.

This week, Orion Novotus announced the acquisition of Accolo, a fellow Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) company, to expand its industry leading middle-market RPO capabilities. “With the acquisition of Accolo, we will be able to continue our pattern of steady growth and provide even better service to both our customers and candidates,” says Cory Kruse, President of Orion Novotus.

Kruse recently partnered with Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA) and talent acquisition leaders John Younger of Accolo and Pam Verhoff of Advanced RPO to bring you the Panel Discussion: Key Recruiting Metrics for Measuring Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Success.

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HRO Today Announces Winners of the Most Admired Employer Brand Awards in North America

Philadelphia, PA – May 9, 2019 – HRO Today is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Most Admired Employer Brand Awards in North America.

The Most Admired Employer Brand Awards were presented at a breakfast hosted by PeopleScout on May 8 at the HRO Today Forum North America at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The winners were announced in the following categories: healthcare, best use of imagery, and overall most admired.

The winners of the Most Admired Employer Brand Awards in North America are:

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Simon Blockley Becomes CEO of Guidant Global

Impellam elevates Simon Blockley to CEO of workforce solutions provider Guidant Global to further drive strategic growth.

London, UK – January 28, 2019 – Simon Blockley, managing director of European operations at Guidant Global, has been promoted to chief executive officer with immediate effect in a strategic move by the brand’s parent company, Impellam Group, to drive future growth.

With over 20 years of experience in resourcing and managed service recruitment, Blockley originally joined Guidant Group in 2014. He was promoted from client service director to managing director in 2017, and following the launch of Guidant Global in October 2018 when existing Impellam Group businesses, U.S.-based Bartech and UK-headquartered Guidant Group, came together, he took on the position of managing director, EMEA.

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Guidant Global Announces New Leadership Line-up to Drive Further International Expansion

Guidant Global, part of Impellam Group, is delighted to announce changes to its executive team as the global leader in talent acquisition and managed workforce solutions continues to make rapid progress in expanding and transforming its portfolio across international markets.

Former Senior Vice President of Global Solutions Karen Gonzalez is stepping into the newly created role of chief sales officer where she will become immediately responsible for overseeing global sales across North America and in the UK.

For more than 20 years, Gonzalez has dedicated her career to helping clients find better ways to manage their workforces. She was appointed to her former role, overseeing the company’s sales organization, in 2015. In her first year she led the sales team to achieve more than $650 million in spend under management, a figure which has now risen to more than $1.5 billion.

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