Wanted: HR vice-president, no experience required

By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2005

As a strategic planner in advertising, Siobhan McCarthy has long been adept in an influencing role, deploying a mix of skills — in consumer insight, brand engineering and what she calls “creative pencil sharpening,” which is helping people come up with ideas.

“As a planner, you’re gently surfacing truths. And in my role, I’m still doing things like that,” said McCarthy of her new role as senior vice-president of organizational development.

“I know quite a lot about psychology, and my career for 20 years has been about influencing people. That’s why I was surprised to discover, as I got comfortable in the (OD) role that I was using the same skills — though I’m now doing something different.”