HRO Today Announces Winners of the 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA

Philadelphia, PA – November 13, 2018 – HRO Today has announced the winners of its 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA.

The leaders of distinction and individual award winners were announced at an awards gala on November 5, 2018 at the HRO Today Forum EMEA in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Individual awards were presented in the following categories: innovation, for-profit, and sustainable workforce.

The 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA winners are:

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AVANGRID, Inc. Appoints Peter Church Chief Human Resources Officer

Orange, CT – November 12, 2018 – AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, today announced the appointment of Peter Church as Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Church will oversee Human Resources, Information Technology and General Services.

Reporting to AVANGRID CEO James Torgerson, Church will be responsible for developing and executing human resource strategies in support of the overall company business plan and strategic direction of the organization.

“Peter is a great addition to the AVANGRID management team as we think about the AVANGRID culture and employer brand reputation,” said James Torgerson, CEO of AVANGRID. “He brings a great balance of practical HR process experience and big picture thinking around workplace culture and employer brand.”

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CSS Inc. Launches New Service Compliance Plus

A new service intended to provide “360 degree” attention to the various background check related legal issues that employers face.

November 6, 2018, Gibbsboro, NJ — As the background screening industry for employers continually evolves based on new legislation and regulation, CSS is now offering its clients access to legal advice from one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the United States via its new service, CSS Compliance Plus. Littler Mendelson, P.C., with more than 1,500 attorneys, provides clients with representation and daily advice on virtually all areas of labor and employment law.

With states and locales establishing new legislation such as “ban the box”, “salary history ban” and other regulations geared towards the type of information that hiring employers can and cannot ask on applications, it has become critical that organizations have the resources to be regularly updated on these changes.

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Alight Solutions names Colon McLean CHRO

Lincolnshire, IL – October 25, 2018 Alight Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled health, wealth, and human capital management solutions, today announced that Colon McLean has joined the company as CHRO, reporting to CEO Chris Michalak.

“Our colleagues are at the core of what makes Alight a Great Place to Work and are fundamental to our ability to serve our clients and their people with excellence,” said Chris Michalak, CEO of Alight. “Colon’s expertise as a strategic HR leader will help Alight build on the incredible culture we’ve already established that enables our people to thrive while growing our organization.”

Colon brings more than 30 years of human resources experience to Alight including experience leading and integrating acquisitions, major system implementations, global engagement and talent strategies. Most recently, Colon served as CHRO at The Warranty Group. In addition, he held a variety of HR leadership roles at Career Education Corporation and Duke Energy.

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HRO Today Services and Technology Association Announces 2018 North America Awards Winners

Philadelphia, PA – October 18, 2018 – The HRO Today Services and Technology Association has announced the winners of its annual awards in North America.  The winners in the following categories were announced at an awards reception on October 18, 2018, at the HRO Today Membership Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 2018 HRO Today Services and Technology Association Awards Winners in North America are:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Excellence: AMN Healthcare
  • Engagement Strategy Excellence: MVM, Inc.
  • Innovation in HR Technology, Provider: Cielo
  • Innovation in HR Technology, Practitioner: Johnson & Johnson
  • Learning and Development Excellence: Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Partnership in Recruiting Excellence: AMN Healthcare and Memorial Health System
  • Recruitment Team of the Year: Allegis Global Solutions – University of Maryland University College Team
  • Thought Leadership: Kinetix
  • Executive HR Champion of the Year: Mary Welsh, Chief People Person, Clarity Voice
  • HR Excellence – Rising Star: Dina DeMarco, VP of Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Hueman People Solutions

The 2018 HRO Today Services and Technology Association Awards Finalists in North America included the following organizations and individuals: Allegis Global Solutions – HSBC Bank Canada Team; Atlassian; Steve Rudolf, Vice President of HR Operations, Baptist Health; Businessolver; Corestream; Fusion Recruiting Labs, Inc.; Global Upside; GoodHire; HireRight; Hueman People Solutions – Baptist Health System of Northeast Florida Team; Greg Maras, Vice President, Human Resources, Meadville Medical Center; Qualtrics; and State of Florida Department of Management Services, People First Division

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CEO’s Letter: HR and Corporate Responsibility—Perfect Together

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

In this month’s cover story, we profile one of our CHRO of the Year Award winners Kevin Silva of Voya Financial. Kevin Silva is an extraordinary example of a CHRO who owns responsibilities beyond the HR suite and who drives the Voya culture in a unique way. By culture I mean not only HR programming, but also the company’s entire corporate responsibility (CR) program. At HRO Today, we love that idea.

Last year, we divested our ownership of Corporate Responsibility Magazine to a friendly rival, 3BL Media, with whom we had areas of competition and partnership. It was the right decision for the shareholders of SharedXpertise Media LLC, the parent company of HRO Today. However, this transaction did not fundamentally signal a change in our philosophy. There are so many synergies between CR and HR, it is unfortunate that more organizations do not combine these executive roles.

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Editor’s Note: Hungry for Culture

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Kevin Silva has a pretty solid understanding of what today’s employees are looking for: a sense of inclusion and purpose, a diverse work environment, expanded benefits offerings that include financial wellness, and opportunities to grow. With this in mind, the CHRO of Voya Financial led a cultural transformation at the organization, designing a “One Voya” culture that has earned the company recognition as a certified Great Place to Work®. And now more than ever, leading candidates are looking to contribute to an employer of choice.

“We don’t fill boxes at Voya—we bring people in for careers and grow them across the organization,” Silva says. “We look at their aspirations and challenge them, and this approach helps create a ‘One Voya’ concept.”

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HRO Today Services and Technology Association Announces 2018 North America Awards Finalists

Philadelphia, PA – October 18, 2018 – The HRO Today Services and Technology Association is recognizing the achievements of human resources professionals with its annual awards in North America.

This year’s finalists are a group of twenty-one organizations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in several areas, including: recruitment, engagement strategy, diversity and inclusion, thought leadership, innovation in HR technology, and learning and development.  The winners will be announced at an awards reception on October 18, 2018, at the HRO Today Membership Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 2018 HRO Today Services and Technology Association Awards Finalists in North America are:

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HRO Today Membership Summit Highlights the Importance of Standards and Practices in HR

Philadelphia, PA – October 17, 2018 – HRO Today will host the HRO Today Membership Summit on Thursday, October 18 in Philadelphia, PA, bringing together HR services and technology providers, analysts and practitioners for a day of interactive best practice discussions, expert-led sessions on trending industry topics, and networking opportunities.

The HR services and technology industry has companies filled with professionals committed to premium service.  HRO Today and the HRO Today Services and Technology Association are committed to helping great providers stand out from the crowd.  The focus of this conference and training retreat will be on engaging providers and practitioners in conversation, with the goal of establishing an industry-wide standard of ethics and performance.

Highlights from the agenda include:

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Despite advances in HR tech, employers believe human touch still an important part of hiring process

82% of U.S. employers believe smart technologies allow recruiters to focus on more interpersonal and knowledge-based work

ATLANTA, September 5, 2018 — Employers are increasingly using HR technology to help attract and hire the best talent. Despite the widespread adoption of these tools, many businesses leaders indicate they still want a human touch for critical moments during the recruitment process, according to a report released today by global talent solutions firm Randstad Sourceright.

Based on a survey of more than 800 human capital leaders, Randstad Sourceright’s Talent Trends research found that when it comes to tasks such as searching for talent, half  (51 percent) of employers believe initial screening should be mostly or completely automated. Similarly, the same percentage feel that automation is useful for tracking HR data/metrics and for the creation and management of HR analytics.

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