McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Wynnie Phipps as the Vice President of Human Resources at Valence Surface Technologies, LLC. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Wynnie will ensure business success through developing a human capital strategy that decreases employee turnover, increases employee engagement, and ensures skills and talent are available at all levels of the organization. She will serve as the catalyst in creating a positive, inclusive, and engaging work environment, while embracing the company’s mission, vision, and core values. Additionally, she will improve marketing and communications among current and prospective employees with enhanced corporate culture and a focus on employee growth.

Wynnie possesses a strong background in human resources and has served within multiple executive leadership teams. She began her career as a Human Resources Representative with Reyes Beverage Group, where she was promoted five times and served as Division Human Resources Director at the end of her 11-year tenure. She then transitioned to BEHR Paint as the Senior Director of People Services before moving into her most recent role as Head of Culture + People at Oakley, Inc. She brings her strategic vision and insight to each role which has allowed her to significantly impact the organizations she has led. She received her Bachelor of Arts in human resources management from National University, her Master of Arts in human resources management from Webster University, and her MBA from Pepperdine University. 

Valence Surface Technologies is a full-service surface finishing company specializing in the commercial aerospace, defense, space, and satellite industries. With nine strategically located centers of excellence across the United States, Valence provides a start to finish solution from NDT and chemical processing, to paint and sub-assembly. Currently headquartered in Houston, Texas, Valence is positioned for growth and is highly acquisitive. 

ATL Partners was formed in 2014 to make private equity and certain preferred securities or debt investments in the aerospace, transportation, and logistics (ATL) sectors principally in North America. ATL’s investment professionals and the members of its Executive Board believe these sectors will continue to benefit from the impacts of increased globalization on the demand for cargo transport, the continuing evolution of complex supply chain requirements most efficiently met by sophisticated logistics providers, and the growth of GDP per capita in emerging markets driving demand for air travel and for imported goods at rates that exceed the growth in GDP in those markets.

With $153.4 billion of managed assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is a leading provider of investment management services to British Columbia’s public sector and one of Canada’s largest asset managers. They generate the investment returns that help their institutional clients build a financially secure future. With their global outlook, BCI seeks investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet their clients’ risk/return requirements over time. BCI’s private equity program, valued at C$13 billion, is focused on direct investments in industrials, technology, consumer/retail, healthcare, as well as financial and business services. 

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Co-Founder and Managing Partner Chris Bull, Senior Executive Recruiter Sara Pizarro, and Director Anne Terry.