VCA Selects TCG for Head of Total Rewards Search

LOS ANGELES, CA – VCA Hospitals has selected The Christopher Group to lead their Head of Total Rewards search. Managing Partner, Nat Schiffer, Recruiting Manager, Kathleen Kilkenney, and Senior Operations Manager, Matthew Duda are leading the search.

“TCG is honored to continue to serve and support VCA on their executive searches,” says Nat. “Berry Carpenter, Head of HR at VCA, is building an exceptional HR team as their organization is experiencing exponential growth. They have also been a member of the Mars Family of Companies since 2018. As such, I don’t see either of these trends declining anytime soon. The luck candidate for this role will have the opportunity to build in a very big way!”

Founded in 1986, VCA owns, operates, and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary clinical reference laboratories in North America, with 1,000+ animal hospitals located in the 49 states in the United States and 5 Canadian provinces, and more than 55 clinical laboratories. VCA is a leading supplier of diagnostic imaging equipment to over 18,000 independent hospitals in the veterinary industry, as well as operating a franchisor of premier dog daycare facilities.

The new Head of Total Rewards will report to the Head of Human Resources and provide strategic leadership to elevate the total rewards function while strengthening an already high performing team. This person will also be responsible for assessing and executing a “Total Rewards Road Map”, and more broadly the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of all compensation and benefits programs to achieve the organization’s business and growth objectives. Particularly as is it continues to acquire complementary assets.

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

Founded in 1998 by Thomas and Paula Christopher (former HR Executives with GE, Pepsi, Progressive Insurance, and Citigroup), The Christopher Group (TCG) has become one of the nation’s largest and most respected boutique HR Executive Search and Staffing Solutions firms. They have created a highly specialized organization, staffed by former HR professionals and highly trained search practitioners, that utilize proprietary, scientific, and industry-leading systems, tools, and processes. As a result, 92% of all TCG searches are filled in the first two slates of candidates. With a client list that includes some of the world’s most respected companies across all industries and verticals, they are frequently asked, “What makes TCG so different and successful?”

“Our Technology, Systems, Tools, Processes, and HR Experienced Team provide a most precise and highly efficient service delivery model,” responds TCG Founder & CEO, Thomas Christopher. TCG conducts targeted searches of high performing/passive candidates, sourced from client requested companies/industries, all while completing extensive assessments and vetting to ensure an optimal fit. From search commencement to the first day of employment, every TCG client and candidate will enjoy unparalleled, comprehensive, professional, scientific, and stress-eliminating executive search services to ensure the very best search experience. In an industry-leading move, TCG backs all their work with full performance guarantees, in writing.