The Christopher Group Places Head of TA at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

RICHLAND, WA – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a world-class research institution, has appointed Kris Gauntt as their Head of Talent Acquisition.  This critical search was led and placed by Managing Partner, Ayla Maloney and Recruiting Director, Kat Kilkenney.

Gauntt will report to the Chief Human Resources Officer and will be responsible for planning, designing, implementing, and administering a talent acquisition program strategy for PNNL. She will research and bring an in-depth understanding of external best practices and innovative trends to apply to talent acquisition practices and technologies. She will also be responsible for developing and driving strategies to attract top talent and meet Lab growth targets. 

“It’s always such a pleasure working with the team at PNNL because of how incredibly talented and down to earth their people are,” said Ayla Maloney “Kris fits right in!  She is truly wonderful to work with and brings a loaded tool-belt of well-rounded HR knowledge as a previous generalist, as well as in-depth expertise and experience in the talent acquisition space.  We’re so happy for all of them!”

Gauntt has enjoyed a stellar 6+ year career at Providence where she worked in a variety of roles such as a Human Resources Business Partner and Manager of Talent Acquisition. Prior to that, she enjoyed an extended career at Kadlec.

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.