GattiHR Announces CEO Transition

Tom Connolly to step down as CEO, remain Managing Director & Board Member
J.L. Baker, Managing Director, promoted to CEO


QUINCY, MA – JANUARY 4, 2021GattiHR, a premier talent solutions organization, is pleased to announce that its board of directors has appointed Managing Director J.L. Baker to Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2021. Current CEO Tom Connolly will remain as Managing Director, responsible for the Firm’s TalentBoost™ platform. This announcement is consistent with a succession plan that was developed and executed over the last year.

Connolly joined GattiHR in 2015 and been instrumental in expanding the Firm’s domestic and international geographic footprint and its practice areas, which now includes executive search, workforce analytics, HR technology and advisory services.  Connolly will focus his efforts on continued growth of the Firm’s breakout offerings, including TalentBoost™, social entrepreneurship initiatives and advisory services, as well as growing its global reach through the PRAXI Alliance.

“This is an exciting time for GattiHR. J.L. has already demonstrated his ability to lead the Firm and has the perspective and acumen that we’ll need to take the Firm to the next level,” says Connolly.  “Our TalentBoost™ platform has proved its worth during the pandemic, and I’m looking forward to building on that.”

“I am humbled and honored with this announcement,” said Baker. “I have been fortunate to be part of this great brand revival and to work closely with Tom over the last 4 and a half years.  Tom has been a great mentor, and I am grateful for the opportunities he has provided me. He will remain a key contributor to the Firm and to driving its direction.”  Regarding the Firm’s future, Baker states, “I am excited about the future of our Firm.  In a rapidly changing industry, GattiHR remains synonymous with Quality, Expertise, Partnership and Speed, and these values will always be our foundation. Driven by our exceptional team, incredible clients and the value-added services we provide, we are poised to continue accelerating our growth this year and beyond.”

J.L. has been a key member of the Firm’s Management Committee and been responsible for leading the Chicago office.  His background includes over 15 years combined Corporate HR Leadership and Top Five Retained Executive Search Industry experience.

About GattiHR

GattiHR is the largest full-cycle, HR specialty search firm in the US. With offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Washington DC, the company specializes in retained executive search, workforce analytics, talent optimization and HR technology services.  GattiHR Industrial, a practice area of GattiHR, specializes in identifying outstanding talent for manufacturing, integrated supply chain and engineering organizations.  TalentBoost™, GattiHR’s high velocity recruiting, onboarding and training platform supports the build of instant organizations, from high volume commercial recruitment needs to hiring 5,000 contact tracers, and more.

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