Michael PilnickAtlanta, Georgia, United States
- Commercially-focused Global HR Leader with proven record of driving financial results, business growth, and asset value through development and delivery of human capital strategies, systems, operations, and best practices.

- Extensive experience in high growth, established, and turnaround environments and in Fortune 500 organizations, private equity and “Big 5” consultancies across a variety of industries including information services, software and technology, media, and HR Outsourcing.

- Culturally astute executive who has lived/worked abroad and excels in finding/optimizing executive talent on a global level. Particular expertise in AsiaPac and India.

- Strategic business partner and expert in maximizing returns on human capital investments. Able to elevate employee performance while delivering significant cost savings.

- High energy innovator with reputation for moving businesses into the future through organizational transformation, and effective driver of breakthrough business results by challenging the status quo. Highly accountable to end results.

- Trusted advisor, pragmatic executive coach, and persuasive influencer who builds confidence in CEO’s, senior management, and employees alike.

- Highly effective leadership, relationship building, and communication skills with a passion for building high performance teams and organizational cultures.

- Thought leader and sought after public speaker on human capital topics including human capital metrics, outsourcing partnerships, and HR shared services.

HR & Business Strategy Alignment - Business & Organizational Transformation - Change Management - Global Talent Management - Organization Design - People Strategies - Organizational & Staff Development - Shared Service Centers - HR Operations - Offshoring & Outsourcing Strategies - Executive Coaching & Mentoring - Mergers & Acquisitions - Global & Executive Compensation - Total Rewards - Succession Planning
Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources
First Advantage Corporation
Mar 2013 - Current
First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company, acquired Lexis Nexis Screening, merging two market leaders into the largest global talent, trust, and screening provider.Key member of the executive team building strategy to aggressively grow revenue in emerging and unsaturated markets and off-shoring back office functions. Initially retained as HR Consultant while at GDG Consulting and subsequently hired as Head of Human Resources where:✔Integrated all human capital functions and processes of the merged organization.✔Built the company’s overall accountability culture and human capital strategy and planning process.✔Increased company revenue per FTE & overall span of control in a large global union free environment.✔Created and implemented HR shared services organization now centralized in Bangalore.✔Rebuilt the talent management strategy and process.✔Rebuilt US benefits strategy and variable compensation strategy from executive and management incentive plan to variable sales compensation.✔Developed back office synergies with private equity owners.✔Built talent pipeline for critical functions inside the business.
GDG Consulting LLC
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
Worked with C-suite executives in helping to integrate organizations as a result of mergers and acquisitions, build high performing senior leadership teams, aligning senior teams with the business strategy and accelerating their transitions into new leadership roles. Trusted advisor to senior executives, coaching them through organizational and individual change, key business challenges, and career and role transitions. Also focused on recruiting process outsourcing and the strategic repositioning of talent acquisition for both efficiency and overall effectiveness in a range of organizations that are reevaluating their overall strategy and cost structure.
Chief Human Resources Officer NA & ASPAC
Wolters Kluwer
Jan 2008 - Jan 2012
Global financial, tax, health, and legal software/services provider with offices in 45+ countries.Served on C-level executive team, directing strategic planning and daily operating leadership for human capital across profit centers and their shared services organization within North America and Asia Pacific Rim.Led HR operations, talent acquisition, compensation, U.S. benefits, HRIS, divisional HR generalists and HR Center of Excellence leaders.✔Built HR structures and teams in existing and emerging economies (China, India, and Malaysia).✔Decreased cost-per-hire and time-to-hire by 31% and 18%, respectively. Repositioned resources of talent acquisition team, deployed newly improved selection process, and strategically applied savings to focus on acquiring A-caliber marketing / sales talent (which in turn resulted in revenue growth).✔Saved $50M+ annually and improved service throughput after leading restructuring program. ✔Redesigned and right-shored back-office functions of HR, IT, legal, and procurement to create a global shared services model.✔Strengthened credibility and control over the management / measurement of HR services and costs by creating quarterly HR scorecard and efficiency metrics.✔Increased cost efficiencies and optimized employee-to-HR ratio. Brought metrics in line with industry benchmarks by reorganizing transactional HR activities to a call center environment.
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Harcourt Education
Jan 2006 - Dec 2007
Division of Reed Elsevier, a leading worldwide publisher and information provider, sold in 01/08 to become Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Member of Reed Elsevier’s Corporate HR Management Committee and its Global Compensation and Benefits Committee responsible for setting HR policies and developing HR best practices. Member of the Harcourt Executive Board, reporting to the CEO. Managed HR budget for 5,200 employees globally with offices throughout North America, UK, EC, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. ✔Improved/expedited delivery of HR services by transitioning HR operations from a tactical, activity-driven organization to a strategic, results-driven business partner.✔Brought HR costs and spans of control in line with Saratoga and CLC benchmarks, and strengthened efficiencies by developing human capital dashboard.✔Repositioned Harcourt Education Group for significant market share gain and ultimately, for sale.
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Columbia House
2000 - 2005
A Blackstone Group portfolio company until 7/05, when sold to Bertelsmann Direct. Member of the Executive Council reporting to the CEO. Led and managed all strategic and tactical elements of HR, facilities, and internal communications for corporate headquarters in NYC, back-office operations in Indiana and Canadian business in Toronto. Oversaw compensation/benefits; employee relations/ engagement; off-shoring activities; labor relations; and all talent acquisition/management activities. Managed HR budget for 2,000 employees. Reformed the culture, recruited the talent needed to reengineer the business model and positioned the company for sale.
Exerienced Manager
1998 - 2000
Led business development and organizational design consulting, executive coaching, program/project planning, and change management for firm’s Energy and Chemicals practice. Also directed recruitment, performance management, and career counseling within Accenture’s internal consulting community.
Owner and Consultant
The Global Development Group LLC
1991 - 1998
Founded, managed, and grew consulting practice focused on performance/change management, compensation, organizational design and HR generalist projects specifically working with Japanese organization in the US and UK.
Gill St Bernards
High School
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Cultural Anthropology and US History
New School University
Master's degree, Human Resources Management and Services
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