AKRON — Citing his experience in organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, and talent management, Smithers Group has hired Rick Arnold as human resources business partner for its Materials Science and Engineering Division.
Smithers, a global supplier of testing, consulting and compliance services with operations in North America, Europe and Asia, said Mr. Arnold joins the company after 13 years in a similar HR role at Wickliffe, Ohio-based Lubrizol Corp., a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial and consumer markets.
In addition to specialty chemicals, Mr. Arnold also has worked in the manufacturing and financial industries.
"With the resources of a big company and the personal touch of a small business, Smithers is an excellent place for experienced and diverse professionals and new-in-career individuals to develop their skills, expertise and reputation," Mr. Arnold said. "I am very eager to help shape the future of Smithers by envisioning possibilities, engaging our talent base, and supporting the success of both current and future employees and leaders."
Jim Popio, vice president of North America operations for Smithers' Materials Science and Engineering Division, said Mr. Arnold's forte is in the development of technical leaders in the industries served by Smithers.
"With his rich career background and his passion for coaching and organizational development, Rick will play a valuable role in our ongoing mission to deliver premier expert guidance and support to our valued clients," Mr. Popio said.