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HR Now Available in our Chicago Office

Salo ChicagoWe are thrilled to announce our service offerings in Chicago have expanded to include human resources.

Our Chicago office opened in 2010, primarily offering finance and accounting services. Now, we look forward to using that 10 years of market experience to expand our HR offering.

We know Chicago’s talent pool offers a rich depth of senior-level HR professionals and by choosing a career path as consultants, they could have the benefits of being part of an organization, a flexible work schedule and a proven track record of success. We see the opportunity to connect this type of talent to c-suite and executive-level interim roles and project leadership within organizations of all sizes. The flexible and relationship-driven approach we offer will allow each consultant and organization to get exactly the engagement they need – because there is no one-size-fits-all service offering.

We are excited to be a bigger part of the diverse and ever-changing Chicago market. To help us build this HR offering, we have welcomed John Flayter and Kelly Garst, two experienced Chicago HR leaders, to the team.

John FlayterJohn Flayter is our new managing director, HR. Flayter will shape the overall leadership, vision, guidance and management of the business unit. Prior to joining Salo, Flayter provided HR leadership with IQVIA, Alight Solutions and Stericycle.

With more than 20 years of corporate and management consulting experience, Flayter is a knowledgeable voice across many human resources functions including talent acquisition, employee relations and strategic communications.

He shared, “I’m eager to put my past experience in building engaged teams and working with Chicago clients and consultants to place the best people possible in each position. Opportunities abound in Chicago, making it a great fit for a fast-growth business like Salo. It feels like a natural next step from Minneapolis, and I hope to be able to replicate and build upon the success we’ve seen already with their human resources offerings there.”

hr manager talent solutionsKelly Garst is our new business development director, HR. Garst will drive business development efforts, build meaningful relationships within the community and work to support the continued growth of Salo. Prior to joining Salo, Garst provided HR leadership with TranSystems, FTD and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

An experienced human resources leader, Garst has a diverse background across industry sectors in many human resources functions including leadership consulting, talent management and organizational development.

Our president Lisa Brezonik shared, “Business leaders need counsel to help solve complex problems. John Flayter and Kelly Garst are excellent leaders to provide them with those solutions. They both embody our values, and we are thrilled to have their leadership and drive on our team.”

If you are interested in learning more about joining our team as an HR consultant—or, if you are a business looking for HR support—check out our HR services or connect with John or Kelly today to have a conversation.

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Salo is now part of Korn Ferry

Salo connects senior finance, accounting, and HR professionals with organizations that need their expertise. Joining Korn Ferry’s Interim Executive & Professional practice enables us to continue our twofold, people-focused approach: connecting people with meaningful careers where they can make a positive impact and offering innovative and customized business solutions for clients looking to tackle big challenges. Together with Korn Ferry, we are committed to putting people first, to build a world that works better together.

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Explore meaningful careers

Salo specializes in connecting finance, accounting, and HR experts with meaningful work. We know that being empowered to pursue work that matters means endless career possibilities. Therefore, we find roles tailored to your interests and goals, whether you want to advance your career, mentor and lead teams, innovate and collaborate with new partners, or work with clients of all sizes across industries. Find out how we can be your career partners.

Looking for a meaningful career? Learn more here.

Solve business needs

Combining Korn Ferry’s global reach with Salo’s customized client approach means we’re able to deliver world-class service to organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Because our people have functional backgrounds in finance, accounting, and HR, we have a holistic understanding of your business needs and challenges. Our pool of executive and professional talent is uniquely motivated to do the best work they can. No matter your business talent need, we are your trusted partner.

Looking for interim talent? Learn more here.