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Hiring the Best in Human Resources

Hugh Martin, Pacific Biosciences

Chairman and CEO of Pacific Biosciences Hugh Martin was quick to hire a top-notch VP of Human Resources – despite the strong objection of his board and his investors. Martin stands behind his unusual decision, and largely credits it with the company’s success. PacBio’s need to hire and integrate a highly-skilled workforce in a short period of time mandated the resources, says Martin, who hired over 1200 people in three years – many of whom were lured from the field’s largest competitors.