ICM Partners Taps Cindy Ballard as Chief Human Resources Officer (Exclusive)

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In the newly created role, the former Tronc exec will report directly to managing director Chris Silbermann

ICM Partners has hired Cindy Ballard as chief human resources officer, elevating the position to the C-suite, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Ballard, who previously served as chief HR officer for Tronc, replaces longtime ICM HR head Karen Abrams, who announced her retirement in November. In the new role, Ballard will be one of managing director Chris Silbermann's few direct reports, an indication that mindfulness of corporate culture is a priority for the agency. The move is also part of ICM's 5050by2020 pledge, a commitment to reach gender parity in two years.

"The modern workforce demands a top-caliber human resources executive who understands the complex, ever-evolving demands of the business landscape today," Silbermann said in a statement. "Cindy's proven track record of excellence, her impeccable relationships throughout the entertainment business, and her laser-sharp focus on the ways in which a company's culture directly fuels business results uniquely suit her to this new role, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome her to ICM."

Last year the Los Angeles chapter of the National Human Resources Association named Ballard L.A. Human Resources Executive of the Year, and in 2016 the California Diversity Council recognized her as one of the state's Most Powerful & Influential Women. Prior to joining Tronc in 2015, Ballard served as senior vice president of worldwide HR at 20th Century Fox.