HR in the Boardroom: The HR Professional's Guide to Earning a Place in the C-Suite

HR in the Boardroom: The HR Professional's Guide to Earning a Place in the C-Suite

by W. Wright

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This unique guide explores how senior HR executives can build strong working relationships with the CEO, other members of the executive team, and the board of directors. With case studies and interviews with HR professionals from a range of industries and locations, this is truly the first book of its kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349497133
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lance Wright is managing partner and CEO of Lance Wright & Associates, LLC a management consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wright has broad global business experience and has lived and worked in the USA, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. He has authored several articles on corporate leadership including the white paper that led to the global ANSI standard used to develop the desired profile for corporate chief security officers.

Immediately prior to starting his firm, Mr. Wright was senior vice-president human resources and administration for USEC Inc., a global energy company whose core business is enriching uranium for use in commercial power plants. USEC is also the principal agent of the US government in a program known as 'Megatons to Megawatts' in which Russian nuclear warheads are down-blended into fuel that can be used to generate energy for peaceful purposes. In addition to serving as USEC's chief human resources officer, Mr. Wright was also responsible for the corporation's highly sensitive and classified information technology and security functions. As a direct report to the chief executive officer and member of the USEC executive committee, Mr. Wright helped shape USEC's business strategy and its response to the complex and highly competitive environment in which the corporation operated.

Before joining USEC, Mr. Wright served briefly as a vice-president and principal of a major executive search firm. The bulk of Mr. Wright's career was spent in the international oil and gas industry. Mr. Wright served as director of human resources for Mobil's upstream operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East while based in London. He also held senior HR positions for Mobil in Brussels, Rotterdam, and at corporate headquarters in New York and later Fairfax, VA. Following announcement of the Mobil and Exxon merger, Mr. Wright was appointed to an international joint task force of the two companies and played a key role in developing the human resources policies that would be used by the merged company - ExxonMobil.

Mr. Wright joined Mobil following employment with the Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco) where he was a senior human resources generalist based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He joined Saudi Aramco as a direct hire in the late 1970's as a pension specialist. He progressed through a series of assignments and promotions while with Saudi Aramco that helped hone his general management skills.

Early in his career, Mr. Wright was a Wall Street based financial services consultant with Johnson & Higgins (now part of Marsh and McLennan). Prior to joining Johnson & Higgins, he had been an institutional counselor with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). Mr. Wright began his career as employment manager for his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University.

Mr. Wright holds a B.S. in political science and economics from Eastern Michigan University. He also holds a MSc. in industrial relations and personnel management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He and his wife Shelly are parents to two adult daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. What CEOs Really Think About Most HR People And Why 2. How To Earn A Seat At The Executive Table 3. You've Got a Seat at the C-Suite Table – Now What? 4. What's The Share Price Today? – Knowing The Business Front To Back 5. Helping The Executive Team With Its 4 Rs – Recruit, Reward, Retain And Retire Talent 6. Succession Planning – How To Be An Honest Talent Broker 7. Coaching The CEO And The Executive Team 8. Pros And Cons Of Being The CEO's 'Trusted Advisor' 9. Navigating Executive Team Wars 10. The Board, The C-Suite, And HR Conclusion

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