March 15, 2016
Acertitude Recruits Kevin Holland as Chief Human Resources Officer for Brightstar Corp.
Proven leader selected to guide Human Resources for global wireless distributor
New York, NY, March 15, 2016 – Kevin Holland has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Brightstar Corp. In his new role, Holland will direct the comprehensive human resource function and serve as a member of the executive team in crafting business strategy and guiding the operational activities that support it.
The world’s largest distributor of mobile phones, Brightstar provides a complete circle of wireless distribution and service, from new devices and accessories to the collecting, refurbishing and re-distribution of devices to satisfy the explosive global demand for wireless products. The company operates on six continents, serving more than 200 mobile network operators, 40,000 retailers and 15,000 enterprise customers around the world, with revenues exceeding $10 billion.
The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner of Acertitude. With more than 25 years’ experience in global talent consulting, Mr. O’Neill has conducted over 500 senior executive and c-level searches in consumer, life sciences, industrial, and private equity practices. He was supported by Partner Christopher Knipp, a former human resources executive and CHRO who applies 30 years’ experience building high-performance cultures and leading organizational transformations to deliver exceptional search results on behalf of the firm’s clients.
“Mr. Holland has shown an exceptional ability to see the power of a committed workforce in delivering the steady flow of innovative products and responsive service customers demand in today’s marketplace,” said O’Neill. “He knows not only how to unite people across geographies in a shared effort to achieve goals, but also how to instill the culture of continuous constructive change that has made Brightstar a global leader in their field.”
Holland previously held a range of senior human-resource positions and leadership roles with some of the most well-known names in the international business community, including Molson Coors Brewing Company, FedEx Kinko’s, Gateway, Abbott Laboratories and the Frito-Lay Division of PepsiCo. Most recently, he spent nearly a decade as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Chiquita Brands International, where he was a key member of the executive leadership team guiding major relocation and transformation of the organization.
"The secret to Brightstar’s considerable success is a remarkable ability to foster a culture of exceptional achievement,” said Chris Knipp. “They thrive on achieving through continuous change for the better. Kevin is the consummate human resource executive who has seen it all and done it all. He understands Brightstar’s approach. He lives it, and communicates it well to others. He will fit into the leadership team quickly and contribute in important ways to their success for a long time to come.”
Holland holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Rhode Island, and is a former captain in the U.S. Army.