Remember when people in human resources didn't have fancy titles and were, you know, titled for what they actually did rather than the far more fancy vernacular of today? But really, human resources director?
Yuck. That sounds like herding human flesh from one cube farm to another rather than stroking the egos of insecure "talent" who, God forbid, see themselves as a lowly
No. Now we have chief talent officers because, you know, there aren't already enough ridiculously titled CxO individuals in an agency already. What's next? Chief Reception Officer?
Teaming together, Arnold Worldwide and Havas Media Boston have hired Minnie Damle as their chief talent officer. In this role, Damle will help both Arnold and Havas Media improve the integration of their talent across creative and media as well as oversee a team that will support talent hires, performance management, employee relations and cultural initiatives for Havas Village Boston, specifically, Arnold Worldwide in Boston and New York and Havas Media Boston.
On joining Arnold and Havas, Damle said, "I am delighted to be joining a team that truly sees the merits of integration and I look forward to further driving a collaborative culture in which our people and agencies can flourish."
No word on whether or not Damle will, you know, hire people to do jobs.
Damle will work within the Havas Village model which is said to meet the evolving needs of today's clients, and brings all communications offerings under one roof. Which, of course, is wicked new because no one's ever done the integrated agency thing before. 1988 is calling and wants its glory days back.
Havas Village Boston comprises creative agency Arnold Worldwide, media agency Havas Media Boston, healthcare communications agency H4B and performance marketing agency Havas Edge. There are more than 45 Havas Villages around the world.
Prior to joining Arnold and Havas, Damle was VP of human resources (wait, what, no fancy title?) at social/digital agency VaynerMedia and oversaw the doubling of the agency's size in a year.
Before VaynerMedia, Damle worked at Omnicom's The CDM Group where she designed a program to help integrate the healthcare communication company's downtown group of specialty providers enabling each to attract talent most relevant to their unique cultures. So, in English, she hired the right people for the right job.