Founder & CAO
Tom and Paula Christopher are the founding members of The Christopher Group, established in 1998. Paula is currently the Chief Administrative Officer and Managing Partner. Her personal practice is focused primarily at the Director, VP, SVP, and CHRO levels. Having an extensive network in the area, she has been instrumental in developing our Organizational Development specialty practice. Paula has successfully completed executive HR searches for a diverse set of clients across multiple industry verticals including but not limited to Pepsi, Honeywell, USAA, PPG, Kraft, US Foods, Land O’Lakes, Ingersoll-Rand, CDW, Verizon, Petco, Eastman Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, and many others.
With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Executive Search, Paula has worked with some of our countries top business leaders to deeply understand what they need from their Human Resources teams. She takes a very personal and thorough approach, along with keen assessment skills, to be a true business partner with her clients.
Prior to establishing TCG in 1998, Paula held multiple HR leadership roles across diverse organizations and industries. Starting her career at Progressive Insurance in their Management Development Program, she grew to support both operations and sales as the Human Resources Manager for the Ohio Division. She continued at Apex Supply Company as the Human Resources Manager for corporate and field locations before working as an independent HR Consultant for PepsiCo (Pizza Hut Division), ultimately leading to building TCG from the ground up.
Paula earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Organizational Communication from Cleveland State University. She has been a guest lecturer at Stetson University and an advisor to many young professionals seeking a career in Human Resources. Paula, alongside her husband Tom, is passionately committed to creating a truly exceptional and unique company experience for their clients, candidates, and beloved TCG teammates. They are very active in their communities and have taken aggressive philanthropic positions with a broad range of charities, schools, and foundations. Paula, Tom, and their two daughters (Emily and Megan) split their time between our offices in Willoughby, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida.