Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Selects TCG for Head of TA Search

RICHLAND, WA – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a world-class research institution, has selected The Christopher Group to lead their Head of Talent Acquisition search. Managing Partner, Ayla Maloney, and Recruiting Director, Kat Kilkenney are leading the critical search.

Ayla Davis“TCG is so excited to be partnering with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory again this year,” said Ayla Maloney. “PNNL’s HR leaders are honestly some of the most wonderful people we get to work with; eccentric, positive, real, and not afraid to move the needle of HR.  Their future Head of Talent Acquisition is seriously in for a treat in working within this team. TA is a critical component to their business and growth strategy, so this is an extremely visible and important thought leader and strategy-driver opportunity.” 

The Head of Talent Acquisition reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for planning, designing, implementing, and administering a talent acquisition program strategy for PNNL. This position will research and bring an in-depth understanding of external best practices and innovative trends to apply to talent acquisition practices and technologies. The selected individual will be responsible for developing and driving strategies to attract top talent and meet Lab growth targets.

To learn more about this opportunity and/or The Christopher Group please contact Kat Killkenney at

About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on its distinguishing strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology, and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address challenges in sustainable energy and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

About The Christopher Group

Through its award-winning, customized HR solutions, The Christopher Group (TCG) delivers critical human capital solutions in the area of executive HR search, interim HR leaders, and HR consulting. Since 1998, TCG has served clients across all industries, locations, company sizes, and verticals. Staffed by former HR professionals and highly trained search practitioners who have sat in the job, TCG has been named one of the Fastest-Growing and Best Non-Profit and Diversity Executive Recruiting Firms by Hunt Scanlon as well as Forbes’ 2019, 2020, & 2021 list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms.