R/GA announced today that Angela Hannam will join the company as its new global chief talent officer.
Hannam formerly served as vp, global chief of staff at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where she worked closely with that agency’s outgoing CEO Lori Senecal. She brings nearly two decades of experience to the new role, including a stint with healthcare provider DaVita and several talent-focused positions within the CP+B organization.
She will relocate with her family from Boulder, Co. to New York, where she starts at R/GA on Sept. 25.
“In a talent role, you constantly focus on everyone else’s growth, [and] earlier this year, I started thinking of my own,” she said. Coincidentally, R/GA contacted her around the same time regarding the chief talent role, and, as she put it, “when R/GA calls, you pick up the phone.”
Moving forward, she will manage 25 recruiters working across R/GA’s offices around the world while collaborating with the human resources, regional operations and resource management teams.
“Identifying, hiring, and retaining top talent is one of the most challenging aspects of our industry,” said agency founder, chairman and CEO Bob Greenberg in a statement. “With her proven track record of bringing in high-level strategic and creative talent while maintaining and growing a strategic team of recruiters, Angela is the ideal person to help R/GA reinvent how the industry attracts and retains the best talent.”
During her time with the CP+B organization, Hannam helped develop recruitment strategies for its 10 offices while restructuring the network’s employee referral program, which has since become its top source for new talent.
“I started my industry career with CP+B, and when I interviewed I remember thinking this company is changing culture and innovating like nothing I’ve ever seen. When I interviewed with R/GA, I felt that exact same way,” Hannam said in explaining the move. “The difference between the two is, R/GA has diversified their business model,” she added, referring to the recent launch of a in-house consultancy practice and an increasing focus on technology.
The incoming chief noted that her top priority will be “taking a proactive approach versus a reactive approach” to talent acquisition and retention when former agency leaders are increasingly entering the tech, social media and startup worlds. “These companies used to scare any new graduate … but there’s a changing mindset in terms of what motivates talent in general,” she said. “Across the globe, every market is different, and we have to have plans catering to each.”
Hannam succeeds Andre Chambers, who became the agency’s first chief talent officer last November after working at EA Sports. He departed after only a few months, and Hannam brings a more traditional agency background to the role.
CP+B also announced today that Erik Sollenberg of Forsman & Bodenfors would succeed Senecal as global chief executive officer. Hannam said that news of the change and her move to R/GA were unrelated, adding, “For me this is the next move in my career. Timing is what it is.”