Interim HR Management Case Study: Cartamundi


Cartamundi has been making playing cards since 1765. Well known in Europe, the company has made inroads in the US by positioning itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of board games, collectible cards, and card games within the toys and games sector of the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry.

“What we needed to accomplish as we strived to be an employer of choice and financially healthy was significant. A strong HR partnership was critical in making this happen. BEST not only delivered on the tactical work, they partnered with us to drive a culture of change management and innovation, allowing us to drive focus on our opportunity for future success as a Team.”
– Sandi Mauro
Vice President of Human Resources at Cartamundi N.A.


The core scope of the project included:

  • Complete Open Enrollment – Interim HR Advisor to oversee with the Payroll/HRIS Coordinator to complete.
  • Send Open Enrollment packets to remote employees.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning effort and execution of the RIF and reorganization with the North American Executive Team.
  • Identify and coordinate an off-site meeting for the RIF strategy to be revealed and finalized with plant leadership.
  • Attain FTE headcount goal and Temp staffing goal.
  • Research and review staffing agencies to replace the current agency.
  • Achieve evidence of momentum towards a positive plan and continuous improvement in production.
  • Legal compliance with the minimal risks from an HR standpoint.
  • I-9 Audit of both the facility and the current primary staffing agency.
  • Performance evaluation of current Payroll/HRIS Coordinator.

For the full project scope, implementation, and results, download the entire case study PDF.


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