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Case Study

Chief of Staff & Chief of Human Resources

The Challenge

A publicly traded cannabis company was experiencing hyper-growth and needed to hire a Chief of Staff to ensure its successful openings and operations of dispensaries. They also needed a Chief Human Resource Officer to create and implement a comprehensive talent strategy, while also addressing the existing talent and culture gaps. The prospective leaders had to understand how to operate and scale an organization, and they had to align with a growth-focused, hard-driving, and fast-paced corporate culture. The client required that they either live in North Florida or be open to relocating there. But most importantly, the leaders had to be unabashedly passionate about building a business in the cannabis industry.

The Solution

We worked closely with the CEO, COO, CFO, and HR Director to understand the DNA of the organization. We learned that the company is a driving force in the cannabis industry, and as a result, they expect a lot from their employees. Successful candidates had to have high energy, intellectual savvy, and fierce dedication, so we started the search by focusing on million and billion-dollar businesses and/or publicly traded companies. We honed in on performance-proven leaders who had a history of driving results and implementing innovative ideas. And we reached out to each prospective candidate with targeted questions to assess their competency and culture compatibility.

The Results

Y Scouts identified a candidate for the COS position whose role was recently eliminated due to the pandemic. He had an incredible experience early in his career, leading multi-site retail operations with an annual turnover of $500M. Then, he went on to build high-performing retail teams that increased store profitability by 55%. He had nearly a decade of global experience in a highly-regulated, complex environment. The client was happy with the match, so we provided an offer and without ever visiting Florida, the candidate turned down other competitive offers and accepted our client’s position as Chief of Staff. 

We also identified a candidate for the CHRO position who had experience with several publicly traded companies, including Lowe’s, Sprint, Starbucks, and Walmart. She had the perfect mix of both corporate and field HR experience, and she had a track record of implementing innovation and improvements across entire organizations. She aligned with the fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture and actually left her previous role for startup experience. Plus, she came from a diverse background, which added incredible value and insight to the leadership team. The offer process had a few bumps along the way with the reporting structure, but we were able to mitigate the situation and come to an agreement that made everyone happy. Soon after, the prospective leader accepted the position and started as the new Chief Human Resources Director.

Legally, we need you to know this:

Y Scouts and our client does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.
We support workplace diversity.  

...and we want to add this:

Inclusion and diversity contribute to a healthy culture and broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to stronger organizations, better products, and greater positive impact. We work hard to help our clients increase the diversity of teams and we actively encourage everyone to actionably support inclusion and diversity.

Y Scouts is connecting people to work that matters and helping organizations hire on purpose.