Case Study:

Outdoor Research (OR)

The Challenge

Michelle Wardian, President of the rapidly growing sportswear company Outdoor Research, needed to find a VP of HR for a newly created role. More than simply needing a traditional HR Generalist for an existing position, Michelle sought an entirely different skill set for this vital role—one involving long-term strategic planning at a transformative inflection point for the company.

The Big Wave Approach

During her hunt for an HR recruitment expert who could handle such a demanding search, Michelle acted on the advice of a trusted Organizational Consultant, and brought in Big Wave’s Chris Englin. Chris carefully studied the culture of the organization, and applied her well-honed intuition in understanding OR’s business needs.

The Results

Via Big Wave, Outdoor Research secured its ideal candidate. And thanks to Chris’ thoroughness, Michelle found the entire hiring process so much smoother than expected. “She really took the burden off us,” says Michelle. “Chris has a way of making what is not a very fun search into something very comfortable, swift and pleasant.”

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