TOP CHRO LIST – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth and the Stanford Graduate School of Business are pleased to congratulate those individuals named on the 2021 Top CHRO List. This year, we’ve expanded the list to be more inclusive of recognizing the increased contribution that HR leaders create in today’s global marketplace.

In addition to recognizing the best Chief Human Resources Officers, we also note those previously on our CHRO list not ranked this year and new up and comers in our watchlist. While virtually all Human Resources leaders were looking forward to moving beyond 2020, the oft-used predictive admonishment of “be careful what you wish for” has been an accurate foreshadowing of the first nine months of 2021. Leading through transition has always been the hallmark of great people leaders, but 2021 is undoubtedly testing even the best CHROs. HR leaders have found themselves having to navigate a seemingly never-ending talent tsunami.

Rapidly changing social norms and the continued erosion of trust across and between governments, employers, and the workforce at large have further complicated the job of Chief Human Resources Officers. As companies struggle with macro events like the lingering health and economic aspects of the pandemic, “the great exit” (AKA “the great resignation”), political and economic instability, combined with managing the operational impact of distributed and hybrid workforce dynamics, COVID variants, mask and vaccine mandates, travel lock-downs, quarantines, restrictions, and heightened emphasis on ESG and DE&I initiatives, etc. The elasticity of even the most resilient CHRO has been tested. 

“The latest trend in the world of work: the hybrid paradox is being largely addressed by CHROs, and care is the new currency they are working with.”

Microsoft’s Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella 

The net effect is that CHROs are making a more significant difference than ever before. Whether leading an emerging growth company or a large multinational corporation, aside from the CEO, there is arguably no position that has impact and contribution like the CHRO. While Chief Digital/Technology Officers or Chief Marketing Officers are often tagged with the innovator label, the CHRO is the real innovator in 2021. Remember, people and culture enable technology and marketing success – not the other way around. 

We’ve observed a forward-leaning, future-focused growth mindset reflected in the 2021 List of Top CHROs. While many organizations seem stuck in the quagmire of convergent events described above, the best leaders are not going back to work, but have focused on rapidly propelling their companies into the future by moving forward with work

N2Growth has compiled and curated the Top CHRO list since 2015 and began partnering with the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the 2020 Top CHRO list.

The 2021 Top CHRO Award is a list curated by a panel of N2Growth team members including Mike Myatt, Kelli Vukelic, Jeffrey Cohn, and trusted advisors to ensure rigor in our selection process.

In the years that have passed since our inaugural list, we’ve continued to expand and refine the list by looking for CHROs capable of innovating and outperforming their peers, regardless of the current market dynamics in play. These Human Resources leaders represent the top 40 HR professionals shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative people-driven companies.

“What makes a great CHRO, great?  Many things actually.  First, they must know how to scale people, helping key individuals effectively make a massive impact across the entire organization.  Second, they must become a trusted consigliere to the CEO.  Third, they must feel comfortable with a seat at the board room table, debating future strategic options.  And finally, the very best CHRO’s are visionary.  They focus on reinvention, not just replication.” 

Professor Huggy Rao, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Given not all CHROs are created equal, how do you differentiate from those who simply sit in the chair versus those who set the chinning bar for the future of the role? Put simply, how do you judge the success of a Chief Human Resources Officer, and who qualifies for the 2021 Top CHRO List?

Following is the criteria used in selecting this year’s LEADERS40 recipients:

  • Impact, growth, and performance of the organizations they lead.
  • Impact on their industry and in the broader communities they serve.
  • Those recognized on the Top 2021 CHRO List must be engaged, transparent, and accountable – they must care.
  • They are passionate about their people and their well-being.
  • An examination of the talent they’ve helped to attract and retain.
  • General and specific observations of the culture they’ve had a hand in shaping.
  • For members of the 2021 Top CHRO List, DE&I and ESG initiatives are a cornerstone of their work, not an afterthought.
  • Take stock of the progressive development plans and programs they’ve made available to the workforce.
  • Evaluate the creativity, reasonability, and effectiveness of the compensation programs in existence.
  • Look for and find excellent workforce dynamics, engagement, and satisfaction.
  • Build a well-positioned and robust employer brand.
  • Include HR’s hand in everything as an enabler and contributor to operations flowing through to customer and client satisfaction.

While the above list is certainly not all-inclusive, it does start to paint a picture of the critical roles CHROs play in the success of any business enterprise. To be recognized on the 2021 Top CHRO List, the words leadership, team, succession, purpose, culture, governance, and diversity are not just buzzwords – they represent who a CHRO is, what they believe, and where they work every day. The depth and breadth of the skills and talents possessed by this next generation of CHROs have taken them from not having a “seat at the table” too often making them a logical choice as a successor candidate to CEOs.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Top CHRO List is sponsored by Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford GSB's mission is to create ideas that deepen and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world.

1Beth WhitedBeth WhitedEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerUnion PacificTransportation / Logistics
Beth Whited

Beth Whited

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #1 of 40

HQ Location: Omaha, NE

Beth Whited was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in August 2018. In this position, she is responsible for the human resources and labor relations functions and will lead the company’s employee engagement culture initiatives.

Whited served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since November 2016. She previously led the Chemicals business for four years and served as vice president of the railroad’s National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance, and Marketing and Sales, including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.

Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board, Omaha Symphony Board and the Heartland Workforce Solutions (HWS) Board. She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific’s LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women’s initiative. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She and her husband Kelvin have three children.

2Carol SurfaceCarol SurfaceEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerMedtronicHealthcare / Life Sciences
Carol Surface

Carol Surface

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 8 Years, 1 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #2 of 40

HQ Location: Minneapolis MN

Carol Surface joined Medtronic in September 2013 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She leads Medtronic’s human resources strategy for 90,000+ employees worldwide. She also provides leadership for Philanthropy and Medtronic Labs, and serves as the Board Chair of the Medtronic Foundation.

Key focus areas include organizational transformation, enterprise talent management and succession planning, leadership development, inclusion and diversity, executive compensation, reputation management, and community and health initiatives.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Carol served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc., a leading provider of technology products, services, and solutions. Carol also held a series of human resources leadership roles at PepsiCo, including serving as Chief Personnel Officer for PepsiCo International. She has lived and worked in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Carol earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University. She serves as Vice Chair of the HR Policy Association, Co-Chair of Gartner’s CHRO Leadership Board, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of South Carolina Center for Executive Succession. Carol also serves on the Greater MSP Board of Directors in the Minneapolis community. Additionally, she is a member of The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

In 2020, Carol was named by N2Growth as one of the Top 25 CHROs shaping careers, culture, and talent. That same year, she was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), the highest honor granted in the human resource profession.

3Tim HuvalTim HuvalChief Administrative Officer & CHROHumanaHealthcare / Life Sciences
Tim Huval

Tim Huval

Chief Administrative Officer & CHRO

Role Tenure: 8 Years, 10 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #3 of 40

HQ Location: Louisville, KY

Tim Huval is Humana’s Chief Administrative Officer, where his leadership responsibilities have wide-ranging areas of oversight, including, all aspects of Human Resources, Corporate Marketing, Workplace Solutions, Inclusion and Diversity, Safety and Security. Tim is a member of the Management Team, which sets the firm’s strategic direction, and reports to the President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard.

Prior to joining Humana, Tim spent 10 years at Bank of America in multiple senior‐level roles, including Human Resources executive and Chief Information Officer for Global Wealth & Investment Management, as well as Human Resources executive for both Global Treasury Services and Technology & Global Operations. Additionally, he led several large operations organizations, including Global Card Services, where he was responsible for all card operations and customer service, serving more than 40 million customers.

Tim also held numerous leadership roles in operations and Human Resources at Gateway Inc. While at Bank of America, Tim served as chair of the Consumer Banking, Business Banking and Enterprise Client Coverage Diversity & Inclusion Business Council, responsible for promoting an inclusive work environment. He also served as the executive sponsor of the Military Support & Assistance Group which supports efforts to attract, integrate, retain and develop military veterans. Previously, Tim served on the board of directors of Seacoast Banking Corporation and has also contributed to various non-profit boards, including: Family and Children’s Place in Louisville, Delaware United Way, Delaware Children’s Museum, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Technology Council, Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development, Utah Information Technology Association, and Youth Homes, Charlotte, N.C.

Tim earned a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Weber State and an associate degree in business management from Salt Lake Community College. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Salt Lake Community College.

4Teuila HansonTeuila HansonSVP & Chief People OfficerLinkedinTechnology
Teuila Hanson

Teuila Hanson

SVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 4 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #4 of 40

HQ Location: Sunnyvale, CA


Teuila Hanson is the Chief People Officer at LinkedIn. In this role she leads the team responsible for hiring, developing and growing top talent, including all benefits, employee experience and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging programs.

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Teuila was the executive vice president and Chief Strategy and People Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In this role, she led the strategy and people teams and served as chair of the bank’s management committee, creating an engaging workplace by driving bank strategy and integrating best practices in talent management, inclusion and diversity, learning and development, compensation and benefits, employee engagement and corporate culture.

Teuila also held various leadership roles at AECOM Technology Corporation, a global professional services organization. Teuila earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, and her juris doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a licensed member of the California Bar.

5Katarina BergKatarina BergChief Human Resources OfficerSpotifyMedia / Entertainment
Katarina Berg

Katarina Berg

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 7 Years, 11 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #5 of 40

HQ Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Katarina Berg is Spotify’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She oversees all aspects of human resource management and is responsible for developing and executing the people strategy in support of our overall business plan. Ms. Berg serves as a member of the board of directors of House of Education and as member of the advisory board of directors of ToppHälsa, Bonnier Tidskrifter.

Before joining our team, Ms. Berg held human resources roles in various multinational companies, such as Swedbank, 3 Scandinavia, and Kanal 5 (SBS Broadcasting). Ms. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and Development in Behavioral Science from Lund University.

6Lucy Hur | Chief People OfficerLucy HurChief People OfficerSlalom ConsultingProfessional Services
Lucy Hur | Chief People Officer

Lucy Hur

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 6 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #6 of 40

HQ Location: Seattle, WA


As Slalom’s Chief People Officer, Lucy is responsible for leading Slalom’s people strategy to nurture a culture where our people love their work and life and scale the operating foundation to support Slalom’s growth aspirations. An HR leader with almost 30 years of experience in global business, consulting, and HR leadership at several fast-paced and high-growth technology organizations, Lucy joins Slalom from Microsoft, having spent 13 years at Microsoft leading Human Resources for various global businesses/ divisions: consumer channels, advertising and online, marketing, and the worldwide commercial business. Prior to Microsoft, Lucy held HR leadership roles with Starbucks and Nokia, was a management consultant at PwC, and started her career at Procter & Gamble. She earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

7Roseann LynchRoseann LynchCPO & Head of Ralph Lauren Corporate FoundationRalph Lauren CorporationConsumer / Retail
Roseann Lynch

Roseann Lynch

CPO & Head of Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #7 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Roseann Lynch is Chief People Officer and Head of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation. She is responsible for global people and development, which comprises global talent management and acquisition, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, employee benefits and compensation, people practices, health and safety and citizenship. She is also the head of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation. Roseann joined the Company in 2004.

8Mary George OppermanMary George OppermanVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerCornell UniversityAcademia/ Higher ED/ Ed Tech
Mary George Opperman

Mary George Opperman

VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #8 of 40

HQ Location: New York, NY

cornell university

Mary George Opperman serves as the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cornell University, which employs approximately eighteen thousand staff and faculty on campuses in Ithaca, Geneva (NY), New York City and Qatar, as well as dozens of research facilities across the country and beyond.

She is committed to advancing an equitable workplace culture and advances this goal as an advocate for employees, and an ambassador with the local and regional communities.

Her portfolio at Cornell includes oversight of the Division of Human Resources, the Office of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, Institutional Equity and Title IX Compliance, and the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) which she was influential in establishing.

Mary is passionate about creating a culture of belonging at Cornell that values and supports employees as whole persons, and in turn, is mindful of the connection between the workplace, the individual, and the community in which we live. To achieve the vision, “The best faculty and staff in the world choose Cornell,” she challenges the university’s HR community to question the historical definition of human resources and embrace emerging cultural expectations in order to more fully serve the needs of today’s employees.

Mary’s leadership extends beyond her Division activities to support the local and state economies.

She oversees the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA), which leverages academic and industrial assets in New York State to enrich economic diversity. Mary also was a founder in 2014 of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a New York State-funded business incubator in downtown Ithaca; a ground-breaking collaboration with Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Mary is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. She is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a senior professional in human resources. In March 2015, Mary was selected by the editors of Human Resource Executive magazine as one of the 15 most influential women leaders in human resources. She is an active supporter of her community and has served on numerous boards of local and national organizations. She is currently serving on the boards of Tompkins County Area Development, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, the Paleontological Research Institution, the Boyce Thompson Institute, the ILR Advisory Council, the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation and Ithaca College. She is also a member of the Governing Body for the New York HR Leadership Summit.

Prior to joining Cornell in 1996, Mary spent 13 years in the human resource function at Harvard University.

She has her master of science degree in organizational behavior from Cornell University and her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta in political science.

9Russ HageyRuss HageyPartner & Worldwide Chief Talent OfficerBainProfessional Services
Russ Hagey

Russ Hagey

Partner & Worldwide Chief Talent Officer

Role Tenure: 14 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #9 of 40

HQ Location: Boston, MA

Bain & Company

Russ Hagey is a partner, director and the Worldwide Chief Talent Officer of Bain & Company. He is based in Bain’s Los Angeles office. Russ is a leader in the firm’s Healthcare and Consumer Products practices. He advises clients in the medical devices and healthcare services sectors, as well as high technology, wholesale trade and distribution, consumer products and retail.

He holds deep expertise in corporate strategies, growth initiatives, new product development, acquisitions, sales force and distribution issues. His work has spanned large corporate entities in addition to venture and private equity-backed ownership stakes. As Worldwide Chief Talent Officer, Russ oversees the firm’s recruiting, professional development, training and human resources functions for Bain’s global staff. Russ ranked number three on Forbes’s list of the top 10 chief human resources officers (CHROs) in 2015.

Consulting Magazine also named him among the top 25 consultants in its 2007 industry survey. Russ has led non-profit efforts for Bain’s Los Angeles office, where he served as the office’s managing partner for more than 10 years. He serves as Chair for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and sits on the boards of directors for LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after-school program, and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. Russ earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a graduate of University of California at Los Angeles where he received a BA in Economics and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

10Mona MaloneMona MaloneCHRO & Head of People and CultureBMO Financial GroupBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Mona Malone

Mona Malone

CHRO & Head of People and Culture

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 5 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #10 of 40

HQ Location: Toronto, Canada

Mona Malone is Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of People & Culture for BMO Financial Group. As a member of the bank’s Executive Committee, she leads and shapes our efforts to fuel our growth strategy with our most valuable asset – our people.

In this role, she is accountable for the People & Culture agenda at BMO, which includes Human Resources, Corporate Communications, the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, BMO Quebec and the bank’s corporate university, BMO IFL.

Mona has held roles in human resources and in the business over her 20 years at BMO. She was a Retail Banking Sales Leader at BMO in the GTA and VP Product and Marketing Officer at ePost (a joint venture between Canada post and BMO), in addition to a range of senior HR roles such as CHRO of Canada’s Personal and Commercial Banking group and Chief Learning & Talent Officer.

Mona lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service with youth development organizations.

Mona holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey Business School at University of Western Ontario. She is the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, and a member of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors and The Long Run Initiative Board of Governors.

11Jeff StoicheffJeff StoicheffSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesPenske LogisticsTransportation / Logistics
Jeff Stoicheff

Jeff Stoicheff

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Role Tenure: 14 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #11 of 40

HQ Location: Reading, PA


Jeff Stoicheff serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, where he has overall responsibility for human resources strategy and related activities for Penske Logistics. Stoicheff has more than 30 years of human resources experience.

A graduate of St. Louis University, he joined Penske in 1994 as a logistics HR representative. In 1996, he was promoted to human resources manager. In 1998, he was named vice president of human resources at Penske Logistics.

He has also served on Penske Logistics’ senior leadership team since 1999 and has been a champion of leadership development, talent recruitment and diversity. Stoicheff and his wife have two daughters and reside in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

12Monique MathesonMonique MathesonEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerNikeConsumer / Retail
Monique Matheson

Monique Matheson

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 2 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #12 of 40

HQ Location: Beaverton, OR

Monique Matheson oversees and drives the strategic global Human Resources strategy for NIKE, Inc. As Chief Human Resources Officer, she leads business growth and transformation through the lens of people — managing functions including recruitment, succession planning, learning and career development, diversity and inclusion, org effectiveness, employee engagement, pay and benefits, and employee relations. Previously, Mo served as VP, Chief Talent and Diversity Officer.

Since starting at Nike in 1998, she has held roles of increasing seniority, including VP and Senior Human Resources Business Partner for North America, Global Product Creation (Footwear, Apparel and Equipment), Global Finance and NIKE, Inc. Affiliates. Prior to joining Nike, Mo practiced employment law. She holds a JD from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Washington.

13Christine Rogers-RaetschChristine Rogers-RaetschChief People OfficerDuolingoAcademia/ Higher ED/ Ed Tech
Christine Rogers-Raetsch

Christine Rogers-Raetsch

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #13 of 40

HQ Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Christine Raetsch is Duolingo’s Chief People Officer, building the HR and people practices for the company. Prior to joining Duolingo, Christine was a senior executive at Vanguard, where she spent the first 20 years of her career. Most recently she served as Vanguard’s Global Head of Culture and Inclusion.

Christine received her MBA and MA from Villanova University. She currently serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Innovate PGH. In what remains of her free time, she loves being outside – biking, running, and kayaking on all the great rivers in Pittsburgh. She recently got a pandemic puppy (Labradane) and is finding training a humbling experience.

14Kristi Cappelletti-MatthewsKristi Cappelletti-MatthewsChief Human Resources OfficerVSP GlobalBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews VSP Global

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 13 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #14 of 40

HQ Location: Rancho Cordova, CA

vsp global

As VSP Global’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. She oversees compensation, benefits, organizational effectiveness and employee communications, HRIS, talent acquisition and all human resources operations, which includes the HR service center, payroll, wellness, analytics, metrics, special projects and ongoing company-wide leadership efforts.

She has more than three decades of human resources experience, and worked across industries—from healthcare to high tech—with specialized expertise in domestic, sales, executive and international compensation programs. At VSP Global, she put that expertise to work by partnering with the VSP Global Board of Directors Compensation Committee as a Staff Liaison, supporting executive and CEO compensation recommendations, CEO performance evaluations, succession planning, and corporate incentive programs.

She is a certified personal trainer and believes that health and wellness play a critical part in supporting a thriving workforce and living a high-quality life.

15Sven OddensSven OddensEVP & Group Human Resources DirectorJustEat TakeawayConsumer / Retail
Sven Oddens Just Eat

Sven Oddens

EVP & Group Human Resources Director

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #15 of 40

HQ Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sven Oddens is currently Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources Director at Just Eat . He has previously served as Global Director Human Resources at He has also worked with comScore as VP, Human Resources, EU- APAC- LATAM. He holds a bachelors BA, Human Resources, Hogeschool Van Amsterdam.

16Katie BurkeKatie BurkeChief People OfficerHubSpotTechnology
Katie Burke

Katie Burke

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #16 of 40

HQ Location: Cambridge, MA

Katie Burke is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot where she manages the teams responsible for delivering a remarkable and inclusive candidate and employee experience. During her time leading people initiatives at HubSpot, the company has been named the #1 Best Place to Work by Glassdoor, the #1 Best Place to Work for Women by Comparably, and a Best Place to Work for Parents by Fortune.

Prior to her current role, Katie started HubSpot’s culture team and oversaw global communications during the company’s IPO. Before joining HubSpot, Katie was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Athletes’ Performance (EXOS) and a Director at the Glover Park Group. She attended Bates College and holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Katie serves on the board of Paycor, and as an advisor to Biospring Partners and 826 Boston.

17Christina WilburCristina WilburChief People OfficerRocheHealthcare / Life Sciences
Cristina Wilbur

Christina Wilbur

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #17 of 40

HQ Location: Basel, Switzerland

Cristina A. Wilbur serves as Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, Head Group Human Resources of the Company. She holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California Polytechnic University. She served at EG&G as Human Resources and Payroll Manager and later as Human Resources Director. In 2001 she joined PerkinElmer Optoelectronics as Human Resources Director.

In 2002 she joined Roche Diagnostics Corporation as Human Resources Director, where in 2006 she was appointed Vice-President, North America Region Human Resources and Communications. In 2010 she became Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Human Resources at Roche Diagnostics Division. She has been Chair of the Board of Directors at International School Basel Reinach AG.

18Anna FraserAnna FraserChief People OfficerSonosMedia / Entertainment
Anna Fraser

Anna Fraser

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #18 of 40

HQ Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Anna Fraser has served as our Chief People Officer since January 2017. She leads the company’s recruitment, development, engagement, and retention strategies in addition to cultivating the Sonos culture across 15 offices globally. Before joining Sonos, Anna served as Director and Chief of Staff for Google’s People Operations function, responsible for people strategy and employee experience for over 70,000 global employees. Her employee branding and communications programs resulted in Google being recognized eight times as Fortune’s #1 Best Company to Work For. Anna drove industry-leading compensation, retention, and engagement strategies; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and a scientific approach to hiring, management, and well-being. Most notably, she worked to open-source Google’s people practices through the development of the New York Times Bestseller Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, and Harvard Business School’s most-read case study, Google’s Project Oxygen: Do Managers Matter? Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Harvard University, where she was an Academic All-American Swimmer.

19Debra ThompsonDebra ThompsonChief People OfficerCheggAcademia/ Higher ED/ Ed Tech
Debra Thompson

Debra Thompson

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 7 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #19 of 40

HQ Location: Santa Clara, CA

Debra Thompson serves as Chief People Officer since March 2020. Previously she served as Chegg’s Vice President of Total Rewards from April 2019 through March 2020 and as a Director of Total Rewards from April 2013 to April 2019. Prior to Chegg, Debra served as a Director of Compensation, Benefits and HR Operations at Amyris Inc. Ms. Thompson held various management positions at RMS, Inc., CNET Networks and Lucent Technologies (Octel Communications). Debra holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Personnel Administration/Industrial Relations from California State University East Bay – College of Business and Economics.

20Alexandra BrandãoAlexandra BrandãoHead of Human ResourcesBanco SantanderBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Alexandra Brandão

Alexandra Brandão

Head of Human Resources

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #20 of 40

HQ Location: Madrid, Spain

Alexandra Brandao is currently Global Head of Human Resources at Santander. As Global Head of HR at Santander, she want to foster an inclusive work environment through a culture of collaboration and agility that brings together our diverse, motivated, skilled and digitally capable workforce to innovate for our customers and enhances the employee experience. In this fast-changing world, she truly believe that companies will thrive if they can unlock the full potential of their workforce’s talent. Santander is committed to doing that in Simple, Personal and Fair way.

Passionate about people and business, she have always sought to hold roles in management and human resources in an international setting. She started her career in Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Retail and Corporate banking. Her personal development has also taken in talent management and helping people be at their best. She was in charge of Global Knowledge and Development at Santander and led Santander Corporate University. She was also head of HR at Santander Portugal.

Alexandra Brandao has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nova School of Business and Economics in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration from Adolfo Ibáñez University in 2012.

She is a Portuguese national and living between Lisbon and Madrid, supported by his husband and two beautiful, young children. She believe her personal experiences have helped her appreciate diversity and different opinions, which will definitely provide the backdrop for innovation and competition in an ever-changing landscape.

21Kit HerreraKit HerreraSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesDiscovery, Inc.Media / Entertainment
Kit Herrera

Kit Herrera

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 6 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #21 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Kit Herrera holds the Senior Vice President Human Resources position on Discovery Communications’ Human Resources team. As Senior Vice President Human Resources, Kit Herrera is an important member of Discovery Communications’ leadership. Kit Herrera is entrusted with maintaining the happiness of employees, whether it be through perks, benefits, or company outings.

22Ellyn Shook | Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer | AccentureEllyn ShookChief Leadership & Human Resources OfficerAccentureProfessional Services
Ellyn Shook | Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer | Accenture

Ellyn Shook

Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 7 Years, 7 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #22 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, responsible for helping the 624,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment, fueling Accenture’s differentiation in the market and ability to improve the way the world works and lives.

Ellyn is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. She is a strong advocate for diversity and equality, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its equality efforts.

Before being named Chief Human Resources Officer in 2014, Ellyn was Senior Managing Director—Human Resources, and led Accenture’s Human Resources Centers of Expertise and the Human Resources Business Partner Organization. In this position, she was responsible for the design of Accenture’s talent architecture, as well as the company’s total rewards, talent supply chain, and talent development programs.

Between 2004 and 2011, Ellyn was the Global Human Resources Lead for Career and Performance Management, Total Rewards, Employee Engagement, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Earlier in her career, she was Head of Global Compensation, responsible for designing and implementing new executive compensation and equity programs—including equity grants at the time of the company’s IPO in 2001. She also led human resources for the company’s New York office for five years.

Ellyn is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community Foundation Board, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the steering committee of Paradigm for Parity. She also serves on the HR Policy Association’s Board of Directors and is an active member of the HR50 division of World50.

Ellyn joined Accenture in 1988 and became a partner in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.

23Lynne Oldham Chief People Officer ZoomLynne OldhamChief People OfficerZoomTechnology
Lynne Oldham Chief People Officer Zoom

Lynne Oldham

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #23 of 40

HQ Location: San Jose, CA

Lynne brings to Zoom extensive experience driving transformational human resources strategies while overseeing a full scope of local and global initiatives. She is an inspirational and successful developer of talent with a passion for instilling leadership that improves organizational culture, company bench strength, business operations, employee morale, internal communication, recruitment strategy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. While serving as chief people officer for Televerde, Lynne led ongoing organizational reinvigoration efforts through strategic management of people and leadership development, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations/communication, and HR systems. Lynne is credited with influencing an all-around operational and culture shift in a stalled organization, leading to a 30% increase in revenue in under two years. Previously, Lynne ran her own business as founder and chief consultant of Human Capital Dynamics LLC—a consulting firm assisting companies with achieving better business results through effective leadership and alignment of culture, talent, and strategy. Prior, Lynne was senior vice president and global chief human resources officer for Driscoll’s where she was called in to establish HR strategy, processes, and operations to support sustainable growth. Earlier in her career, Lynne held roles as SVP of organizational effectiveness & transformation for Suntrust; CHRO, Americas for BNP Paribas; and director of HR & shared services for Castrol.

24Frank Lopez Ryder System IncFrank LopezEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerRyder System Inc.Transportation / Logistics
Frank Lopez Ryder System Inc

Frank Lopez

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #24 of 40

HQ Location: Miami, FL

Frank Lopez is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Ryder System, Inc., a leading commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this position, he is responsible for leading Ryder’s Human Resources function, which includes talent management, recruiting, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, HR operations, and labor relations. Mr. Lopez is a member of Ryder’s Executive Leadership Team. Most recently, Mr. Lopez was Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources Operations, responsible for leading Ryder’s global field Human Resources for the company’s three divisions. In this role, he was also responsible for labor relations and HR operations. Mr. Lopez joined Ryder in 2002 as Senior Legal Counsel handling labor & employment law. Since then, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including Assistant General Counsel, Group Director of HR and Labor Relations and Vice President of HR. Prior to joining Ryder, he spent four years as an attorney with the national law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Mr. Lopez has a strong record of building high-performing teams and partnering with business leaders to develop talent strategies that drive business success in rapidly changing environments. Mr. Lopez has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.

25Matt Breitfelder Apollo Global ManagementMatthew BreitfelderGlobal Head of Human Capital & Senior PartnerApollo Global ManagementBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Matt Breitfelder Apollo Global Management

Matthew Breitfelder

Global Head of Human Capital & Senior Partner

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 5 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #25 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Matt Breitfelder is Global Head of Human Capital and Senior Partner at Apollo Global Management, a high-growth alternative asset management firm with $475 billion under management. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In this role, Matt focuses on attracting extraordinary talent to Apollo, serving as a strong champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and creating an innovative, high-performance culture that brings out the best in our people.

Prior to joining Apollo, Matt was Chief Talent Officer at BlackRock, as well as a member of the Operating Committee. Previously, he held strategy, talent, and innovation roles at Mastercard, PwC, and CEB/Gartner. Matt started his career as an international trade economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He currently serves on the boards of the Lumina Foundation, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society program, and Georgetown’s initiative on AI, Analytics, and the Future of Work. He is the co-author of a number of Harvard Business School case studies on leadership. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Southern California, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

26Stan DuncanStan DuncanChief People OfficerConde NastMedia / Entertainment
Stan Duncan

Stan Duncan

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 10 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #26 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Conde Nast

Stan Duncan oversees the global people organization. In this role, he leads all HR functions, including talent acquisition and development, diversity and inclusion, employment practices, HR technology and workforce planning, and strategic business partnering. Duncan is recognized as a transformational human resources leader who builds organizational capability and innovates businesses. Previously, Duncan was the chief HR officer for Raymond James Financial, and held various HR leadership roles at Westfield Group, Aramark, Sterling/Eastman and PPG.

27Gloria ChenGloria ChenChief People Officer & EVP, Employee ExperienceAdobeTechnology
Gloria Chen

Gloria Chen

Chief People Officer & EVP, Employee Experience

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #27 of 40

HQ Location: San Jose, CA

As Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Employee Experience, Gloria Chen leads all aspects of people strategy and operations for Adobe, including talent development, diversity and inclusion and all human resources functions. She’s charged with creating an exceptional employee experience for more than 22,000 employees across 75 locations around the globe. In her more than 20 years with Adobe, including most recently as Chief Strategy Officer, Gloria has helped usher the company through some of its boldest, most critical changes, from shaping its ecommerce strategy, building its enterprise business and managing significant acquisitions and integrations. She’s held senior leadership positions in worldwide sales operations, customer service and support and strategic planning. Gloria started her career as a software engineer and was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company before joining Adobe. She holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, an MS in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Gloria serves on the board of The Tech Interactive in San Jose and the Carnegie Mellon Electrical & Computer Engineering advisory council.

28Cordelia AbreuCordelia AbreuSenior Vice President, Human Resources AmericasDHL ExpressTransportation / Logistics
Cordelia Abreu

Cordelia Abreu

Senior Vice President, Human Resources Americas

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #28 of 40

HQ Location: Plantation, FL


Cordelia Abreu As a Human Resources executive with a doctorate in Business Administration, Cordelia combines her analysis skills with a broad business experience to drive organizational change. A strong understanding of business has enabled her to elevate HR to a strategic business partner role influence change and motivate employees at DHL Express Americas. As a Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Americas, she oversee HR initiatives for the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Building relationships with internal and external customers was part of her role, and she strive to deliver customer service excellence. Her role in transforming HR and influencing change with motivated and empowered employees has allowed for significant growth at DHL Express. She enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with people across all cultures and all levels.

29Anne LebelAnne LebelGroup CHROCapgeminiProfessional Services
Anne Lebel

Anne Lebel

Group CHRO

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #29 of 40

Location: Paris, France

Anne Lebel is a group CHRO of Capgemini since July 2020. Prior to joining Capgemini, Anne was Chief Human Resources and Corporate Culture Officer for Natixis and a member of the Senior Management Committee.

She started her career in 1987 at Bossard Consultants as an organization and change management consultant. In 1997, Anne joined Schering Plough France as Human Resources and Training Manager for France before moving to head up HR Organization and Development in Europe.

In 2004, Anne joined Serono France as Head of Human Resources, France. In 2008, Anne moved to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty where she was appointed Head of Human Resources for France, Italy and Spain, and later for Europe and Asia, before becoming Global Head of Human Resources in 2012.

Anne joined Natixis in 2016 as a member of the Senior Management Committee and Chief Human Resources Officer. In 2019 she also assumed responsibility for corporate culture for Natixis. Anne is also Lead Independent Director of Nexans’ Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg and the Institut d’administration des entreprises (IAE) Paris.

30Tracey FranklinTracey FranklinChief Human Resources OfficerModernaHealthcare / Life Sciences
Tracey Franklin Moderna

Tracey Franklin

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #30 of 40

HQ Location: Cambridge, MA

Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna since october 2019. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tracey Frankin leads Moderna’s talent and organizational strategy. She oin Moderna in October 2019 following 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. Most recently, she led Merck’s global talent strategy as Vice President, HR Chief Talent and Strategy Officer. In this role Tracey was responsible for leading the vision, development and execution of the company’s Talent and Workforce Strategy with a focus on evolving the organizational culture and talent for the future. Previous leadership roles included responsibility for HR for all divisions in the European region, head of HR for the U.K. and Ireland subsidiaries of Merck, and HR Operations leader responsible for HR program implementation across Merck’s global footprint. In these various leadership roles, she was based in Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. and served on Merck’s HR Leadership Team.

31Lisa ChangLisa ChangGlobal Chief People OfficerThe Coca-Cola CompanyConsumer / Retail
Lisa Chang Chief People Officer Coca-Cola

Lisa Chang

Global Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 7 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #31 of 40

HQ Location: Atlanta, GA

Lisa Chang is the global chief people officer for The Coca-Cola Company, overseeing the company’s talent and people strategies, culture, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. In her role, which she has held since 2019, she is responsible for leading the company’s global people strategy, aligned to the company’s purpose of refreshing the world and making a difference. Chang and her team are focused on creating an environment where employees can thrive, and equips the organization to win. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Chang served as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for AMB Group, LLC in Atlanta, a privately held sports and entertainment conglomerate. Chang has held HR roles at various companies, including Equifax, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and The Weather Channel Companies. Chang serves on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She also serves as a Board member for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Directors for Frontier Communications. Chang has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Virginia. She earned an MBA from the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University.

32Rich JacquetRich JacquetChief People OfficerCourseraAcademia/ Higher ED/ Ed Tech
Rich Jacquet

Rich Jacquet

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #32 of 40

HQ Location: Mountain View, CA

Rich Jacquet is Coursera’s Chief People Officer. Prior to joining Coursera in 2019, Rich was the Chief People Officer at Gigamon, a network security company with approximately $350 million in revenues. While shaping Gigamon’s culture and employee experiences, he helped take the company public and scale the team to over 800+ people. Rich has also held significant leadership positions at Yahoo!, eBay, Packeteer and Bay Networks. He has an MBA in Organizational Studies from Notre Dame de Namur University and earned his BS in Business from California State University at Chico.

33Brent HyderBrent HyderPresident & Chief People OfficerSalesforceTechnology
Brent Hyder

Brent Hyder

President & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #33 of 40

HQ Location: San Francisco, CA

Brent Hyder is responsible for driving Salesforce’s company wide people strategy and leading all aspects of Employee Success, including the company’s Equality initiatives, equal pay assessment, workforce planning, and talent experience. His team is on the front lines of driving Salesforce’s award-winning culture and is dedicated to hiring and engaging tens of thousands of employees around the world. Before joining Salesforce in September 2019, Hyder spent 15 years at Gap Inc. where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. In this position, he oversaw its human resources efforts, including equal pay, diversity and inclusion, succession planning, and employee engagement and recruiting. While at Gap Inc., Hyder also led communications, global sustainability, and the Gap Foundation. In addition to his more than 20 years of HR experience, he has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Gap Brand and as the Vice President, General Manager and Representative Director of Gap Japan KK. Hyder received his bachelor’s degree in retail management from Brigham Young University. He is also proud to be on the board of directors of Enterprise for Youth, a Bay Area nonprofit that helps under-resourced youth reach their potential through transformative paid internship experiences.

34Abdulaziz Al AliAbdulaziz Al AliExecutive Vice President, Human ResourcesEmirates AirTransportation / Logistics
Abdulaziz Al Ali

Abdulaziz Al Ali

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Role Tenure: 18 Years, 2 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #34 of 40

HQ Location: Dubai, UAE

Emirates Air

Abdulaziz Al Ali joined Emirates in 1986 and has been an integral member of The Emirates Group for 35 years. In July 2003 he became Emirates’ Executive Vice President of Human Resources. In this capacity, Mr Al Ali is responsible for the Group’s HR strategy, manages the overall provision of the human resources function, policies, training and development, hiring and retention. Under his portfolio, he is also responsible for the Group’s medical services department, and Emirates Aviation University. Prior to taking over this position, he was the Director Human Resources since 2002 and Head of Human Resources since 2000. Mr Al Ali graduated with a BA Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Essex, England, and earned a postgraduate degree MSc in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA.

35Stacy GreenStacy GreenEVP & Chief People OfficerSony Pictures EntertainmentMedia / Entertainment
Stacy Green

Stacy Green

EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #35 of 40

HQ Location: Culver City, CA

Stacy Green is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, she is responsible for partnering with our Senior Management Team and leading our People & Organization function as we continue to reimagine our culture and operations to align with today’s rapidly changing marketplace. In particular, Green focuses on fostering an environment that highly values and engages our talent, stimulates our creativity and accelerates our business performance.

Green has over 20 years of experience guiding companies through transformation, playing key roles in initiatives across culture, business strategy, employee communications, organizational design, leadership development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, legal and operations. She has led global human resource functions across television studios, broadcast, cable and digital platforms with her most recent role as Chief People Officer at Group Nine Media, one of the world’s largest digital-first media companies.

Prior to Group Nine Media, she served for five years as EVP, Global HR & Facilities for A+E Networks leading HR for A&E, History, Lifetime, VICELAND, A+E Studios and A+E International & Digital. From 2008 – 2013, Green was at NBCUniversal, where she served in HR leadership roles for NBC News, NBCU Advertising Sales & Client Partnerships and acted as a key member of the transition team during Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU. Before that, Green worked in various capacities at Revlon from 1997 – 2007 transitioning from Senior Tax Counsel to HR leadership during her tenure. Green has a deep passion for Diversity & Inclusion, including terms on the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’ (NAMIC) Advisory Board, the National Cable Television Associations’ (NCTA) Veterans Advisory Council, participating in Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and serving as a founding member of Creative Spirit, an organization dedicated to the employment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Personally, she is an advocate for public education and currently serves on the Executive Leadership Committee of PENCIL, a non-profit focused on creating impactful relationships between corporations and public schools. Green holds an MBA Degree in Finance and Marketing from New York University; an LL.M. Degree in Taxation from New York University; a law degree cum laude from the University of Miami; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

36Donna MorrisDonna MorrisExecutive Vice President, Chief People OfficerWalmartConsumer / Retail
Donna Morris

Donna Morris

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #36 of 40

HQ Location: Bentonville, AR

Donna Morris is executive vice president and chief people officer for Walmart Inc. A member of the executive committee, Donna is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers. Donna has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing and managing teams that operate in an agile way, and helping to build a high-performance culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Donna joined Walmart from Adobe, where she served as chief human resources officer and executive vice president of employee experience. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Donna joined Adobe in 2002 and most recently led all aspects of the company’s human resources, real estate and security operations. She led a number of workplace-friendly initiatives at Adobe, including expanding its family leave policy and simplifying standard HR processes. Donna has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University. Donna holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations. She also serves on the board of directors of Marvell Technology. Donna and her husband, Wayne, live in Northwest Arkansas. They have one son, Kyle, who lives in New York.

37Cathy FraserCathy FraserChief Human Resources OfficerMayo ClinicHealthcare / Life Sciences
Cathy Fraser

Cathy Fraser

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #37 of 40

HQ Location: Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic

Cathy Fraser is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Mayo Clinic. She is responsible for the people strategies and services that ensure Mayo’s current and future workforce delivers patient-centric mission in alignment with the organization’s primary value – the needs of the patients come first. She leads innovative and transformative projects in the people area covering a broadly defined employee life cycle, with keen focus on employee safety and well-being, and workforce diversity. Cathy joined Mayo Clinic in 2016. Previously, she led Human Resources at Tenet Healthcare, a large national healthcare services company. Earlier in her career, she served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, helping clients with organization and human capital opportunities primarily in the retail and consumer industries. She also worked in various finance roles at American Airlines and Sabre, and finance roles at General Motors.

Cathy’s passion is addressing difficult people challenges using data-driven analysis and innovative thinking. She is an expert at improving performance of large organizations that rely on people as their greatest asset, through an employee-centric approach with keen focus on cost and investment. She is particularly interested in the employee as a consumer – a person who makes the choice of where to work by considering a broadly defined value proposition, inclusive of financial, work, and social aspects of life. Cathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She is involved in a number of professional organizations, primarily related to health topics and professional women’s advancement. She currently serves on board of trustees of the American Association of Cancer Research Foundation, and is a member of the Women’s Corporate Directors and Women’s Business Leaders. Previously, she was the Chairman of the Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, an Associate Board member of the Financial Partners Credit Union, and a Board Member of The Board Connection, a Dallas-based organization promoting the advancement of women on public company boards. Cathy is married with a teenage daughter. She works in Rochester, Minnesota and maintains her primary residence in Dallas, Texas.

38Mary BilbreyMary BilbreyGlobal Chief Human Resources OfficerJLLProfessional Services
Mary Bilbrey

Mary Bilbrey

Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #38 of 40

HQ Location: Chicago, IL

Mary’s career in global human resources spans several decades. While earning her master’s degree in industrial relations in human resources from Loyola University in Chicago, she joined Household International – which later became HSBC – in 1987. She went on to hold several leadership roles in HSBC’s London headquarters before taking over as Head of Human Resources for HSBC USA in 2012. Based in Chicago, Mary leads a team of professionals that deliver thought partnership, problem-solving, and tactical support to help drive JLL’s business goals and priorities. She is a member of JLL’s Global Executive Board, which is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction. She also manages JLL’s corporate offices around the world, with a focus on creating spaces that promote engagement, collaboration, and wellbeing. Outside of JLL, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

39Sean WoodroffeSean WoodroffeSenior EVP & Chief People OfficerTIAABanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Sean Woodroffe

Sean Woodroffe

Senior EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 7 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #39 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY


Sean Woodroffe is responsible for TIAA’s human resources strategy and execution for the organization’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. In addition, he oversees the organization’s workplace, real estate and internal communications strategies, which focus on driving innovative solutions and aligning and engaging approximately 16,500 associates. Joining TIAA in 2017, Sean is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at TIAA. Previously, he held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group.

Prior to that, Sean served as the U.S. Head of HR and Associate Communications at Sun Life Financial U.S., and also held senior executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and the United Bank for Africa. He started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. Sean also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo. Sean is an active leader in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Board of the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, the Board of Shaw University and the Gartner CHRO Global Leadership Board. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Shaw University.

40Cheryl LloydCheryl LloydVP, Systemwide HR and Chief Human Resources OfficerUniversity of CaliforniaAcademia/ Higher ED/ Ed Tech
Cheryl Lloyd

Cheryl Lloyd

VP, Systemwide HR and Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #40 of 40

HQ Location: Oakland, CA

University of California

Cheryl Lloyd is the Vice President, Systemwide Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for the University of California’s 10-campus system, including medical centers. As Vice President and CHRO, Ms. Lloyd is responsible for Systemwide Human Resources and programs. This includes Strategic Planning, Employee/Labor Relations, Talent Management, Health & Welfare benefit policies and programs, Senior Management Recruitment, Compensation, Performance Management and ensuring compliance with the University’s Staff Human Resources policies. She has oversight for the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP). In addition, she oversees multiple programs that impact work and life for more than 200,000 people in diverse roles across the UC system.

Ms. Lloyd is an experienced executive with over two decades of University administrative leadership expertise. She began her career in the insurance and risk industry with Chubb Insurance. Prior to joining the University of California in 1998, she was the corporate risk manager for Core-Mark International.

Prior to this role Ms. Lloyd served as the University’s Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all aspects of UC’s Enterprise Risk Management program, including managing employment liability and workers’ compensation, reducing the overall cost of risk, implementing system wide safety and loss mitigation programs, improving claims management systems and developing risk-financing strategies. She also oversaw the University’s Environment, Health and Safety programs (EH&S), business continuity programs, Student Health Insurance Program and emergency management, travel and risk-security programs. She developed UC Care, the University’s self-insured employee health plan, which was transferred to UC Health in 2016 as part of an internal reorganization. She also founded and has served as president of Fiat Lux, the University’s wholly-owned captive insurance company.

Her primary focus is to build upon the human resources organization to add strategic value. She is also charged with leading efforts to continuously improve the function and services it provides. The University has 190,000 faculty and staff across its 10 campuses, five medical centers, Agricultural & Natural Resources (ANR) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ms. Lloyd has a dual degree in Mass Communications and Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Susan Schmitt WinchesterSVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerApplied MaterialsSanta Clara, CA
Sheri BronsteinChief Human Resources OfficerBank of AmericaCharlotte, NC
Arnnon GeshuriChief Human Resources OfficerTeladoc HealthPurchase, NY
Kathleen HoganEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerMicrosoftRedmond, WA
Dierdre O'BrienSenior Vice President, Retail + PeopleAppleCupertino, CA
Dean CarterGlobal Human Resources & Shared ServicesPatagoniaVentura, CA
Sung Hae KimChief People PersonRippleworksRedwood City, CA
Cheryl JohnsonChief Human Resources OfficerCaterpillarDeerfield, IL
Catherine LensonManaging Partner, CHRO & Head of Social ImpactSoftbankTokyo, Japan
Christine DeputyChief People OfficerPinterestSan Francisco, CA
Marissa AndradaChief Diversity, Inclusion & People OfficerChipotleNewport Beach, CA
Julia WeberVP & Chief People OfficerSouthwest AirlinesDallas, TX
Nickle LaMoreauxChief Human Resources OfficerIBMArmonk NY
Gianna DriverCHRO & Chief People OfficerBlueVineRedwood City, CA
Kristina JohnsonChief People OfficerOktaSan Francisco, CA
Jacqueline M. WelchEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerThe New York TImesNew York City, NY
Christy PambianchiEVP & Chief People OfficerIntel CorporationSanta Clara, CA
Pat WadorsChief People OfficerProcore Technologies, IncCarpinteria, CA
Charlene ThomasChief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion OfficerUPSAtlanta, GA
Lynanne KunkelChief Human Resources OfficerVail ResortsBroomfield, CO
2020 RANKNameTitleCompany
1Tim Huval, CAO/CHRO at HumanaTim HuvalChief Administrative Officer & CHROHumana
2Lisa Buckingham, CHRO at Lincoln Financial GroupLisa BuckinghamChief Human Resources OfficerLincoln Financial Group
3Beth Galetti - AmazonBeth GalettiChief Human Resources OfficerAmazon
4Beth WhitedBeth WhitedEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerUnion Pacific
5Ellyn Shook | Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer | AccentureEllyn J. ShookChief Leadership & Human Resources OfficerAccenture
6Carol Surface - MedtronicCarol SurfaceEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerMedTronic
7Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer, MicrosoftKathleen HoganChief People OfficerMicrosoft
8Pat WadorsPat WadorsChief Human Resources OfficerServiceNow
9Christy PambianchiChristy PambianchiChief Human Resources OfficerVerizon
10Mary Bilbrey,Mary BilbreyGlobal Chief Human Resources OfficerJLL
11Lisa Chang, Chief People OfficerLisa ChangGlobal Chief People OfficerThe Coca-Cola Company
12Donna MorrisDonna MorrisExecutive Vice President, Chief People OfficerWalmart
13Matt Breitfelder Apollo Global ManagementMatthew BreitfelderGlobal Head of Human Capital & Senior PartnerApollo Global Management
14Charlene ThomasCharlene ThomasChief Human Resources OfficerUPS
15Dierdre O'BrienDierdre O'BrienSenior Vice President, Retail + PeopleApple
16Monique Matheson NikeMonique MathesonEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerNike
17Jessica NealJessica NealChief Human Resources OfficerNetflix
18Leena NairLeena NairChief Human Resources OfficerUnilever
19Sean WoodroffeSean WoodroffeSenior EVP & Chief People OfficerTIAA
20Ashley GoldsmithAshley GoldsmithChief People OfficerWorkday
21Brian FishelBrian FishelChief Human Resources OfficerKeyBank
22Beth SimonettiBeth SimonettiChief Human Resources OfficerTech Data
23Mary FinchMary FinchChief Human Resources OfficerDXC Technology
24Amy Reichanadter,Amy ReichanadterChief People OfficerDatabricks
25Deborah DevernaDeb DeVernaChief People OfficerOctave Group
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