The Christopher Group is recruiting a Vice President of Human Resources for Telesat
April 22, 2022 – The Christopher Group (TCG), an HR executive search and business solutions firm, has placed France Teasdale as vice-president of human resources at Telesat, an Ottawa-based satellite operator. Tom Christopher and Jeff Wilbanks led the mission.
“Telesat is on a roll. It recently won a $5 billion (Canadian) contract from the Government of Canada to launch 1,600 satellites into low Earth orbit and also completed an initial public offering towards the end of 2021,” Mr. Christopher. “As you can imagine, this, among other things, generates tremendous growth opportunities across the globe. We are proud to entrust France Teasdale with this crucial role. This research highlights the effectiveness of the Christopher recruitment system and our ability to conduct international research,” as Ms. Teasdale will be moving to Ottawa from the United States.
As Vice President of HR, Ms. Teasdale will be responsible for developing and implementing HR programs, strategies and processes in partnership with the business, including compensation, benefits, rewards, budgeting and politics. This includes, but is not limited to, building relationships with employees, establishing and managing interviews, the hiring process, DEI practices and committee, and enforcing the policies and practices of the company during their rapid expansion.
Ms. Teasdale brings over 25 years of experience with Héroux-Devtek Inc., Mecanica Solutions Inc. and, most recently, IDCAD Consulting Inc.
Telesat has become one of the world’s largest satellite operators. They’ve worked with customers for more than 50 years to deliver mission-critical connectivity solutions that solve the world’s most complex communications challenges, delivering powerful benefits that improve their operations and drive growth. Telesat also provides technical consulting and support services to satellite operators, insurers and other industry stakeholders around the world.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former human resources managers at GE, Pepsi, Progressive Insurance and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is one of the leading companies specializing in HR executive search and recruitment solutions. The company is comprised of former HR professionals and skilled research practitioners who use proprietary, science-based, industry-leading systems, tools and processes. The company has offices in Willoughby, OH; Sarasota, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri.
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Mr. Christopher has a personal practice focused primarily on the VP, SVP and CHRO levels. He has conducted HR executive searches, working with a diverse set of clients, across multiple verticals including but not limited to Pepsi, Honeywell, Capital One, BP, Kraft, US Foods, Raytheon, Ingersoll -Rand, Vanderbilt University, Delaware North, CDW, Medco, Citigroup, Johns Hopkins University, Eastman Chemical, Comcast and many more. With over 30 years of experience in human resources and executive search, his deep understanding of business strategy, organizational structures and talent acquisition/assessment/development has made him a partner of Invaluable research and business for senior executives on Fortune 500 organizations.
Mr. Wilbanks joined The Christopher Group in 2013 and has a successful executive search experience in a multitude of industries. He focuses on senior executive searches and is part of TCG’s leadership team. He has held numerous positions for national and international clients such as Stanley Black & Decker, Altria, CDW, Baylor Scott & White, US Foods and Comcast. Most of his recruiting efforts came from the finance and accounting functions where he conducted several CFO searches.
The Christopher Group recently recruited Case McGee as the Director of Human Resources for Clayton Homes Building Group (CHGB), the largest manufacturer of manufactured homes and modular homes in the United States and a Berkshire Hathaway company. “This was some of the most challenging and rewarding research we’ve done in recent memory,” said Nat Schiffer, Managing Director, who led the mission with Tobin Anselmi, Managing Partner. “Clayton Homes has an incredibly successful and defined culture. They are a legendary employment brand in the region and beyond. the right person was more than 80% of the challenge in performing the research Dr. Anselmi and I interviewed dozens of candidates who were technically able to do the job – but finding the right chemical profile to successfully assimilate to the Clayton professional family was the real thing. It’s another example of our ability to meet the needs of the most demanding clients where the stakes of a failed hire couldn’t be higher,” he added. .
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media