Appoints Patrick Rooney, Matt Charney to Key New Roles

Jacksons Point, Ontario, Canada ( Thursday Jan 6, 2022 @ 5:00 AM Central —, the world’s leading social network and online community for human resources (HR) professionals, has announced two key strategic hires as the company continues its focus on growth and innovation.

Patrick Rooney will lead business operations as the General Manager, Corporate Services and Member Engagement, and Matt Charney has joined as the Talent Acquisition Community Advocate. Both roles are new to the organization.

These strategic appointments signal a shift in’s approach to better meet the needs of both employers and employees, including increasing engagement with members of the rapidly growing community.

As General Manager, Rooney will be responsible for general business management. He will work closely with the executive team to help the organization set strategic goals and create a roadmap for augmenting’s initiatives to provide value-added HR-related products and services to help HR professionals grow and manage their careers and organizations to equip their workforces with the skills and knowledge needed to compete today and into the future.

Charney will be key to driving member and industry engagement through thought leadership and subject matter expertise; and will be responsible for the strategy, and oversight of the talent acquisition community, including developing research studies, advisory boards, editorial education, and events to position the company as the go-to source for career enrichment and guidance for talent acquisition and recruiting leaders.

“Patrick and Matt share a common goal – to disrupt the talent industry while transforming the human resources function and enabling people leaders to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently,” said Deb McGrath, CEO of

“They both have a passion for HR, and care deeply about helping our members, and our industry, find long term success and professional development. We are excited to have both Patrick and Matt on the team and feel confident they will play critical roles as we continue our record growth in the months and years to come,” McGrath said.

Rooney joins with over 25 years of experience driving outcome based digital transformation, creating and bringing new products to market, and helping high growth companies achieve success at scale. Most recently, Rooney served as the CEO and founder of Seventh Echo, a consulting firm working with small and midsize technology and professional service firms to accelerate revenue growth through customer advocacy. Previously, he co-founded the social media and digital marketing firm Zocalo Group (acquired by Omnicom Group) followed by QUEsocial, an employee advocacy technology platform (acquired by Symphony Technology Group).

“I’ve been working with and its team extensively in previous projects and roles, and I’ve constantly been impressed by not only the reach and impact of their world class content and community, but more importantly, by their people,” said Rooney. “ has a unique chance to help shape the future of human resources and the world of work, and I couldn’t be more excited to help lead this business forward.”

Matt Charney, who most recently managed product marketing for SmartRecruiters, has extensive experience with the recruiting and talent technology verticals. He has over 15 years of experience leading marketing and thought leadership at global talent organizations such as Monster, CornerStone OnDemand, the Allegis Group, and Recruiting Daily where he has been a partner since 2014 and previously served as the site’s Executive Editor. Charney began his career in corporate talent acquisition as a recruiter and sourcer for companies like Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Company.

“I’ve worked in the talent acquisition and recruiting space for several years, and I’ve always been familiar with and their reputation as being the premier community and online destination in the HR and recruiting industries,” said Charney. “ has consistently demonstrated its value to its members, which is why its reach and relevance for human resources and hiring practitioners remains unrivaled in our industry. I’m excited to help add my voice and experience to the biggest brand in the business.”

At, we are committed to educating HR professionals and helping them build meaningful careers. When it comes to HR, we connect them with everything they need. Close to 2 million HR pros all over the world rely on the community as the foremost, trusted resource for education, career development, networking, and compliance.

Offerings include the largest network of HR executives, leading-edge industry research from the HR Research Institute, 13 HR-themed ePublications, innovative HR education including 250+ annual webcasts, the most comprehensive HR certification exam preparation that guarantees passing SHRM and HRCI certification, as well as valuable HR tools, and legal compliance updates. has the largest knowledge base of HR practices globally and offers unparalleled training and networking for HR professionals all over the world, in real time, all the time.. Visit to maximize your potential.

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