Connections: Central Research hires VP of talent acquisition

by Talk Business & Politics staff ([email protected]) 190 views 

Lowell-based Central Research Inc. (CRI) has hired Kenneth Ludden as vice president of talent acquisition.

In the newly created position, Ludden will be responsible for bringing top-level talent to the company, and leading CRI’s employee training and development program.

CRI’s portfolio of financial and management service solutions strategically focuses on a skilled workforce and quality processes. Ludden will lead a strategic program that focuses on recruitment, retainment and development of employees.

For the past 20 years, Ludden has successfully led talent acquisition and leadership development programs for organizations in the U.S., Canada and Australia. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Ludden earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Oklahoma State University and holds a master’s degree in management from Webster University. He is also a Certified Executive Coach.

NEW HIRES
Accounting
Kenny Whitehead
Fort Smith
Employer: Hubbs, Belcher & Co. PLC
Title: partner
Previous employer: Landmark PLC
Previous title: senior accountant

Nonprofit
Brantly Houston
Fayetteville
Employer: Walton Arts Center
Title: senior public relations coordinator
Previous employer: Mitchell Communications Group
Previous title: influencer marketing specialist

Staffing & Recruiting
Taylor Belote
Springdale
Employer: Manpower of NWA
Title: business development manager
Previous employer: Total Quality Logistics
Previous title: national sales recruiter

Information Technology
Kevin Felder
Bentonville
Employer: TeleComp
Title: senior business development manager
Previous employer: AT&T (retired)
Previous title: senior strategic account lead, global energy solutions group

PROMOTIONS
Banking & Finance
Meredith Renfroe
Gentry
Employer: Grand Savings Bank
Title: team lead, Gentry and Decatur branches
Previous title: vice president of branch operations, Benton County

APPOINTMENTS
Healthcare
KC Dupps Tucker
Springdale
Employer: Law Group of Northwest Arkansas
Title: founding partner
Appointment: board of directors
Organization: Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Public Relations
Kevin Trainor
Fayetteville
Employer: University of Arkansas
Title: senior associate athletics director for public relations
Appointment: board of directors
Organization: College Sports Information Directors of America

AWARDS
Nonprofit
Justin Taylor
Fayetteville
Employer: Walton Arts Center
Title: events coordinator
Award: IAVM 30 Under 30
Organization: International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Kyle May
Fayetteville
Employer: Walton Arts Center
Title: Walmart AMP corporate manager
Award: IAVM 30 Under 30
Organization: International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

John Marcy
Fayetteville
Employer: University of Arkansas
Title: extension specialist and professor, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science
Award: 2019 Industry Leader of the Year
Organization: The Poultry Federation

Facebook Comments