love working in human resources…I really get excited about the potential of
building an infrastructure that supports business needs,” said Ghotbi, who took
over the HR helm last week and has wasted little time immersing herself in the
massive role of spearheading a staff of nearly 1,300 employees for one of the
largest privately owned substance abuse companies in the United States.
new role, Ghotbi will be in charge of all aspects of HR functions and
strategies at Solid Landings, which will include employee relations,
organizational design, workforce planning and recruitment, talent management
and development, compensation design, as well as culture. Moreover, she will
work closely with Chief Cultural Officer, Elizabeth Perry, to ensure Solid
Landings continues to evolve with workplace satisfaction at its forefront.
are extremely pleased that Ellie has agreed to join the Solid Landings family,”
said Solid Landings CEO Steve Fennelly. “I really don’t think we could've found
anyone more qualified to take over this extremely important position. She is a
proven leader, and she clearly has the vision and skill set to help Solid
Landings continue to grow and fulfill our aspirations of continuing to make
this a great company for which to work.”
casual observer, it would appear that Ghotbi has her hands full, having taken
over a key department for a company on an explosive growth trajectory. But she
doesn’t seem fazed in the slightest. After all, she just spent nearly four
years as a key HR strategist for one of the largest health care conglomerates
on the planet. And while Ghotbi speaks respectfully of her former employer,
which at last count had more than 180,000 employees and raked in about
$150 billion in the last fiscal year, she admits working for a mega-corporation
like UnitedHealth Group had some challenges.
have always liked linking my work to a mission,” said Ghotbi. “Working at CHOC
(Children’s Hospital of Orange County), I was able to see a direct link between
our work and the children we served. I see the same mission and vision here at
Solid Landings. Their dedication to the health and safety of their clients is
unsurpassed in the industry. Likewise, their commitment to their employees is
quite impressive. Their vision for growth and development of their employees is
not only thoughtful and purposeful, but visionary.”
is clearly at the top of her game in the HR field and is highly respected by
her peers and colleagues. But the road to this point of her career is far from
a conventional one.
who grew up in Orange County, attended the University of California, Irvine,
and set off on the path to become a scientist, having graduated with a degree
in biology. But she admits that four years of science classes took its toll. So
Ghotbi did what all aspiring scientists do…she went to law school.
four years of intense science courses I was burnt out,” she says, with a
sheepish smile. “I thought law school wasn’t a bad way to go. I completed law
school (Western State University College of Law) and proceeded to get hired by
a national entertainment law firm. I was an HR manager and that was the start
of my HR career. I guess the rest is history.”
Ghotbi clearly likes to laugh and have fun, it’s also pretty evident that she
takes her job quite seriously. She is very adamant that a company’s success is
a direct reflection of its employees’ engagement in their jobs. But she is
insistent on the premise that good companies foster a culture in which their
employees continue to blossom throughout the path of their careers.
strategic business decision has a direct effect on workforce and people. ,”
Ghotbi said. "Putting in processes in place that helps the company grow as
quickly as they need to to without shifting a lot in the HR department. HR
leaders need to have a seat at the executive table. There’s lot of planning.
When i view HR, I think about the support system/infrastructure that
needs to be in place in order to help the business’ current and forecasted
needs. It is an exciting time to be a part of an incredible and dynamic company
and in the center of all this success are the dedicated people that are work