Chief Talent Officer (CHRO) Ogilvy & Mather
I am Ogilvy & Mather’s Worldwide Chief Talent Officer. From Ogilvy’s headquarters in New York, my team and I oversee human resources and talent management efforts globally.
Since I joined Ogilvy in March of 2015, I have led a number of crucial changes to our agency from a talent perspective. In that time, we have transitioned from a regionally-based human resources function into an integrated, global operation. We have implemented a global talent acquisition system, and brought together our agency’s worldwide network into an integrated learning and development function.
In 2016, we had a major transition in global leadership, as John Seifert became Worldwide Chairman and CEO; we continue to actively support Mr. Seifert’s “Next Chapter” agenda from a talent perspective, redesigning everything from our company’s, structure and jobs, to our career advancement initiatives and more.
I am tremendously proud that Ogilvy has been named one of Working Mother’s Top 100 Companies to Work For for three years running. We have also received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index over that time. My objective every day is to position Ogilvy as a worldwide employer of choice, a desirable destination for the best talent from around the globe across a wide range of expertise. These awards are a reflection of our efforts.
During my 25-year career, I have overseen multiple functional areas, including generalist organizations, people development, total rewards, shared services, talent acquisition, diversity and organizational effectiveness. I have had the privilege of working with similar iconic brands, including Neiman Marcus, CNN Worldwide and Turner Broadcasting. But I have always found the greatest reward in helping individuals and teams achieve their fullest potential.
Many of David Ogilvy’s writings inspire me, but this quote continues to act as a guiding principle: “I admire people with gentle manners who treat other people as human beings.”