Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) starts hunt to replace outgoing director-general Geoff Armstrong

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has officially begun its search for a new leader to replace retiring director-general Geoff Armstrong.

The £200,000-a-year, plus benefits and bonuses, role will have the new title of chief executive. An advertising campaign has begun, with executive search company Whitehead Mann also enlisted to hunt for suitable candidates.

The recruitment process is being led by CIPD president Vicky Wright, as well as other members of the institute’s remuneration committee.

The ideal candidate will act as “a highly visible leader for CIPD membership and a prominent voice in the world of work”, according to the job ad.

The new person will also have to demonstrate “exceptional” communication and influencing skills, and be an “inspirational leader, aware of the changing needs of HR professionals”, the ad says.

Senior human resources directors touted for the role include Angela O’Connor, Vance Kearney and Keith Cameron.

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