Wednesday, February 23, 2011

8546: IPG HR FYI.

Adweek reported on moves being made at the top of Human Resources at IPG. However, it’s hard to decipher exactly what’s happening. The Chief Human Resources Officer is being replaced by someone whose current title is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Relations. But the memo from IPG Chief Michael Roth announced the evp’s reassignment before noting the former chief’s retirement. And of course, there’s no mention of the Chief Diversity Officer or patronizing commitments to inclusive hiring. Not sure why any of this is newsworthy. In fact, MultiCultClassics apologizes for posting about it.

Chief HR Officer Out at IPG

Current evp Krakowsky takes on duties

By Noreen O’Leary

Tim Sompolski, chief human resources officer, is leaving Interpublic Group of Companies. Philippe Krakowsky, currently evp, strategy and corporate relations, succeeds him as he assumes the new position of IPG’s evp, chief strategy and talent officer.

The holding company is still determining Sompolski’s exit date. Sompolski, who joined Interpublic in 2004 when he was 52, had not worked in the ad industry previously. He came to the job after working at Altria Group, parent of Philip Morris USA, where he had been svp, human resources and administration. He had also worked in HR and compensation at Kraft Foods, McGraw Edison Co. and Quasar Electronics Co. (a unit of Matsushita Electronics).

In an internal memo announcing the change, IPG chief Michael Roth wrote:

“Philippe has a keen grasp of our industry’s trajectory, as well as trusted relationships with our operating unit leaders, which will be vital in ensuring that our strategies and the people who implement them are fully aligned. He will of course continue to work closely with me and other members of the senior corporate team to drive IPG’s success at this time of great change and opportunity for providers of marketing services. In a related development, Tim Sompolski has informed me that he is retiring.”

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