Hay Group

Hay Group or The Hay Group is a global human resources management consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices worldwide. It was founded in 1943 by Edward N. Hay. In 1984 the firm was purchased by Saatchi & Saatchi, but returned to private ownership in 1990 after a management buyout.

Company history

In 1943, Edward N. Hay and Associates, Management Consultants, was established as a sole proprietorship in space rented from First Pennsylvania Bank. Its first major compensation project was with General Foods. Edward N. Hay purchased "Personnel Journal", which provided a platform for his views on work, people, and the work place. Hay incorporated as E. N. Hay and Associates, Inc in 1946. In 1958, Edward N. Hay died at age 67 and E. N. Hay Associates became a partnership with co-managing partners (Milton Rock and Dale Purves). In 1966, Dale Purves died, and Milton Rock became Managing Partner.

In 1984, Saatchi & Saatchi Company, PLC, acquired the business of Hay Group, and Milton Rock was named Chairman of Saatchi Consulting. Hay Group combined with Saatchi-owned McBer & Company, a human resources planning and redevelopment firm. In 1985, Milton Rock retired, and Charles Fiero became Hay Group CEO. Robert Rock succeeded Fiero as CEO in 1986, and Chris Matthews was appointed as CEO in 1987.

In 1990, internal Hay Group management bought Hay Group.

The first office outside of Philadelphia was established in 1960 in Toronto, Canada, the first overseas consulting operation was established in London in 1963, and the second U.S. office opened in San Francisco in 1965. By 2006, Hay Group had expanded to 88 offices in 47 countries.


Hay Group published "Men and Management," a one-page thought piece for executives on current issues. Hay Guide Charts were invented by Dale Purves in 1951. Hay started Compensation Survey Comparisons in 1954. In 1997, Hay Group conducted the first annual survey of "The World's Most Admired Companies" for "FORTUNE Magazine". In 1999, Using Hay Group research, Daniel Goleman published "Working With Emotional Intelligence" In 2005, Hay Group conducted the study for "Chief Executive" magazine's "Best Companies for Leaders."

Transforming Learning

An extension of Hay's extensive consulting practice, the Transforming Learning group promotes and sells assessment and development tools to organizations, academic institutions and other consultancies. Formerly known as Hay Resources Direct, Transforming Learning has offices in Boston, London and Melbourne that provide products and services globally. The diagnostic and off-the-shelf tools sold through this division are designed to help people and organizations initiate change in a research-based, practical and affordable way. Transforming Learning also offers accreditation programs that certify qualified individuals to administer assessments and deliver feedback. The tools offered by Transforming Learning are supported by years of research by Hay Group consultants and industry experts including David A. Kolb, Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis. Among these tools are the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory, an emotional intelligence instrument.


[http://www.haygroup.com/ww/About/Index.asp?id=499 "About Hay Group: Our History"]
[http://www.haygroup.com/tl/About_Us/Default.aspx "About Transforming Learning"]

External links

* [http://www.haygroup.com Hay Group Official web site]
* [http://www.haygroup.com/tl Hay Group Transforming Learning]

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