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 Valerie Frederickson, Founder and CEO, Frederickson Partners


Founder and CEO

“Each board member, CEO and Chief People Officer has a unique vision and different requirements. If you ask the same questions and look for the same pivot points with 20 clients, you can construct 20 unique sets of specifications, desires and cultural fits. There’s no better feeling than determining what HR solutions clients need and what kind of HR or People and Culture executive will be the best for them now and in the long term.”

Valerie Frederickson is a globally recognized human resources thought leader and entrepreneur. She founded Frederickson Partners in 1995 to address a growing need for strategic human resources leadership almost unknown at the time. With her first clients Genentech, IBM and Electronics for Imaging, and later Facebook, Gilead, Google, Renovo, ServiceNow and Workday, Valerie quickly gained a reputation for identifying and developing cutting edge HR talent for leading Silicon Valley and global employers. She evangelized and documented the rise of the Human Resources Business Partner function and modernized corporate America’s Diversity and Inclusion practices.

Valerie is also founder and CEO of Frederickson Ventures, whose value-add investments include Upwork where she provided strategy and recruited the Chief People Officer; Vector Laboratories, now part of Maravia Life Sciences where she developed the HR roadmap and provided HR advisory; ShipServ, headquartered in London, the largest maritime e-commerce platform where she developed the HR strategy and recruited the executive team; and Annai Systems, the leading genomic data analysis company committed to developing cost-reducing innovations that accelerate scientific discovery, maximize statistical power, and optimize data control, where she consulted on HR strategy.

Considered an HR thought leader, Valerie has been quoted by every major global news outlet including the Wall Street Journal over 30 times, Hunt Scanlon, New York Times, Elle Magazine, Business Week, HR Magazine, NPR, Wired and TLNT, and been quoted in several management books. She has also been featured on television and radio, and spoken at dozens of conferences including HR Star and SHRM, moderating panels on topics such as Strategic HR Management, the CHRO’s influence at the board level, Career Development for HR Executives, and AI and Automation’s Impact on HR. Her newsletter which she has written for over 20 years is read by over 15,000 readers.

Valerie and her family live in Menlo Park. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development, twice attended the Directors College through Stanford University’s School of Law, is a licensed Career Management Fellow, and is fluent in Spanish and French. She serves on the advisory board of SurpriseHR, and on the board of the North Carolina-based insurance company, Search Guarantee Corporation.

Frederickson Partners, a Gallagher company is a market leader in retained executive search since 1995. As one of the top-rated HR executive search and C-suite recruiting firms, we have expertise in placing Chief People Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Legal Officers and many other senior leaders. We draw on a broad network of rising and established executives and leaders, and a 28-year reputation as a talent acquisition and HR Advisory provider.

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