Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers fell to 41,557 in September, 22.3% lower than the 53,480 announced in August. This is the second lowest monthly total in 2019, according to a report released Thursday from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last month’s total is 24.8% lower than the 55,285... more

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago


Our SVP Pete Tzavalas and his fellow National Human Resources Association Los Angeles board members celebrated three dynamic senior Human Resources professionals at the Annual HR Executive of the Year Awards. Taking the Top Honor was Dina Barmasse of The Cheesecake Factory. Jay Schwanz of Regal Medical and Lalita Norquist of Stamps.com were also... more

Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago


This 9/11, our Tracey Kearny sponsored a Gathering to Remember, an event hosted by the National Business Development Association (NBDA), in partnership with Combined Arms and the Travis Manion Foundation.

"On 9/11 and throughout the year, it's important that we celebrate our veterans and first responders' impact on our local communities -... more

Posted 2 months 4 weeks ago

Despite a record number of hiring announcements for the holiday season last year, Retailers added the lowest number of jobs since 2009, 625,600 in the final quarter of 2018, according to an analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by global outplacement and executive and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray... more

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Posted 3 months 21 hours ago


CEO John Challenger

Challenger showed appreciation to all employees by chartering a boat for an afternoon on Lake Michigan! Numerous awards were... more
Posted 3 months 22 hours ago

Increased churn continues at the chief executive position, as employers at U.S.-based companies announced 159 chief executive officer changes, the highest monthly total on record, according to a report released Wednesday by global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last month’s total was 28% higher... more

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Posted 3 months 4 days ago


Last week, Heather Dolan had the privilege of co-hosting a dynamic, interactive event for 50 HR leaders in NYC. Elliott Nelson and Telma Viale from Kennedy Fitch consulting led the full day workshop centered around the future of work and employee experience. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an active experiential learning session,... more

Posted 3 months 5 days ago

James E. Challenger, founder of the outplacement industry and champion of discharged workers, died on August 30th at his home outside Chicago. He was 93.

He was raised in Park Ridge, IL and graduated from Harvard in 1947 and Northwestern Law in 1951. In 1961, he was dismissed from his law firm position for taking time off. Though he found a new law... more

Posted 3 months 1 week ago

U.S.-based employers ramped up the pace of downsizing in August, as companies announced plans to cut 53,480 jobs from their payrolls. This is up 37.7% from July’s total of 38,845, according to the latest report on job cuts released Thursday from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Despite some indicators pointing to a potential downturn, such as the slowdown in manufacturing and automotive, lower business investment, and waning market confidence, the labor market remains tight and companies everywhere are looking to attract and hire talent. This Labor Day, job seekers would be wise to map out a way to update their skills to align with the current skills shortage,... more

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