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Valerie Frederickson
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  Helping with Today: Our HR Advisory Practice  
  When we kick off a human resources executive search, on the initial planning call almost 45% of our clients tell us that they need their new People leader “yesterday.” By the time they’ve decided to hire an HR leader, gained buy-in, assessed their own network and finally ended up in a kickoff meeting with us, some critical and time-sensitive HR issues have smoldered and are now on fire.  
  The most pressing HR needs these CEOs have are:  
  • Placing an interim head of HR who can step in immediately and help with planning, the performance review cycle, learning and development (L&D) plans for leaders, executive-level hiring and a myriad of other activities while the executive search is underway
  • Developing a compensation philosophy and all the programs for both cash compensation and equity, often using Compensia’s and Radford’s data to flesh out programs and gain approval
  • Reviewing all existing HR systems and processes against the company’s strategic plan, and recommending process changes and upgrades
  • Defining requirements for a human resources information system (HRIS), recommending the selection and then managing the implementation of a new HRIS
  • Planning for what the workplace will look like after Covid in terms of office space, company philosophy, employee desires and office assignments
  • Evaluating the current talent acquisition (TA) organization and running it temporarily while making recommendations for its future direction
  • Developing new HR programs including performance management, communications, L&D, compliance, workforce planning and many other HR areas
  HR Advisory services are close to my heart because in providing them, we get to help organizations through times of high growth and great change—and make a real difference at a time of need. For me personally, hearing about all the problems a company is having and knowing that with some fast recommendations and introductions I can make a real difference is so rewarding. Just as with executive search and outplacement services, who doesn’t like to be able to swoop in and be a hero?  
  Speaking of swooping in, have you seen the Avengers video of President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris? Whether you voted for them as I did, or hoped for a different outcome, I think that we can all agree that we need leaders now who are kind, moral, responsible, experienced, action-oriented, and who will work to reunite us all, to keep us alive, safe and healthy, and do everything possible to ensure that our world is able to sustain us.  

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Enterprise SaaS
(huge IPO coming up)
Pre-IPO Cryptocurrency
(very high growth)
Pre-IPO Fintech
(very high growth)
Chief Experience
(People) Officer
Utah or Seattle, WA
Head of People Experience & Board
Anywhere in the world
Global VP of
Talent Acquisition
Miami, Atlanta, NY, etc.
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Pre-IPO Enterprise
Financial SaaS
Pre-IPO Fintech Enterprise Public SaaS
Head of
Talent Acquisition
San Mateo, CA
Sao Paulo, Brazil
HRBP and L&D
Seattle, WA
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Pre-IPO Enterprise Financial SaaS Not-For-Profit
(high growth)
Enterprise Public SaaS
San Mateo, CA
Silicon Valley
Senior Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA
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Public SaaS Cybersecurity Pre-IPO Fintech Financial Services
Portland, OR
Global Head of TA
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sr. Director HRBP
Milwaukee, WI
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Cloud & SaaS Enterprise Security
Enterprise Software
VP of People
East Coast U.S.,
preferably Orlando, FL
Head of People/
HR Director
New York City
Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA or
San Francisco, CA
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Healthcare Services Cloud & SaaS Real Estate
Dir. Total Rewards
Mountain View, CA
Head of TA
Sunnyvale, CA
VP of HR
Los Angeles, CA
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Internet & Digital Marketing Semiconductor Cloud & SaaS Software
Head of HR
Portland, OR,
or Seattle, WA
Head of Total Rewards
Ann Arbor, MI
HRIS/Comp Exec
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HealthTech Cloud & Saas Software Healthcare Services
Head of D&I
Silicon Valley
VP People, or VP Talent
Los Angeles, CA
White Plains, NY
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Fintech   Internet & Digital Marketing   Cloud & SaaS
VP Talent
Boston, MA
  Head of People
San Francisco, CA,
or Omaha, NE
  Head of Total Rewards
Sunnyvale, CA
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Enterprise Public SaaS SaaS High-Growth Software  
HRBP (2)
Sr. Dir. L&D
Seattle, WA
  Chief People Officer
Pacific Northwest
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Klaviyo – Head of Total Rewards, Boston, MA


Global company StockX, a Detroit-based technology leader, is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the world. StockX’s platform connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, apparel, accessories, collectibles, and electronics using the dynamic pricing mechanics of the world’s stock markets.


In October, we placed Leander LeSure in the role of global chief people officer at StockX. LeSure will be a key player in the executive team working to enable StockX’s corporate growth strategy. He brings the deep experience in technology, consumer products and financial services required to define and execute on the people strategy for the company, supporting its unique mission and culture.

LeSure has over 20 years of global HR experience, previously as executive vice president and CHRO at Herman Miller, a globally recognized furnishings provider, and as senior VP and CHRO at Getty Images. He has also held executive HR roles at Western Union, American Express, Marsh & McLennan and PwC, and served as a communications specialist in the U.S. Navy

LeSure earned a master’s degree in HR and Industrial & Labor Relations at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, also winning a Weyerhauser Fellowship, and a bachelor’s in Industrial Relations from Northern Kentucky University.


Softbank Investment Advisors helps drive today’s information revolution, investing in growth capital and innovative startup companies that provide technology ranging from internet-of-things (IoT), AI, robotics and telecoms to biotech, cloud technology, fintech and mobile apps.


This year we were delighted to work with SoftBank to fill the role of vice president, US human resources business partner (HRBP), placing Lana Djuric. As VP US HRBP, Djuric acts as a thought partner to the US Head of HR to drive HR strategy. While parent company SoftBank Group resides in Tokyo, Japan, the Vision Fund of SoftBank is based in California and works with portfolio companies to enter new markets and achieve sustainable growth. Notable investments include Slack, Doordash, Compass, Tenex and 10X Genomics.

As an HR executive, Djuric previously served nine years at Kaiser Permanente as a senior physician HR generalist, and over five years at Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo as an HRBP and in other HR functions. She holds a master’s degree from San Jose State University in Mexican-American and Comparative Ethnic Studies, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley.


Some recent notable job moves and promotions by C-level and senior HR executives in the industry include:

  • Instacart has appointed Christina Hall as its first CHRO. Hall has over 20 years of experience in HR executive roles at technology companies, most recently as CPO at LinkedIn, and previously in key HR roles at Facebook and Intuit. (Announcement)
  • Brookline Bancorp, Inc. has promoted Jayntra Brooks to the position of CHRO and member of the executive team. Prior to joining the company, Brooks has had a 15- year career as an HR executive in healthcare, technology and gaming industries. She succeeds Sandra Jenkins, who retired from the role October 1. (Announcement)
  • Boardriders, leading action sports and lifestyle company, has hired Lynette Jamison as director of global total rewards, HR and payroll. Jamison previously held executive HR roles at Scopely, Beachbody, Masimo Corporation, Hyundai Motors America, Abraxis BioScience and Pacific Sunwear.
  • Stitch Fix has hired Denise Novosel as VP of Recruiting. Novosel has held executive HR and TA roles at Nike, Microsoft and Washington Mutual.
  • BigPanda, Inc. in San Francisco, CA has hired Matt Morgan as CPO, as part of its future growth plan. Morgan was previously a consultant at CityBlock Health, VP of employee experience at Pandora, and CPO for nearly three years at Blend. (Announcement) (Announcement)
  • New Green Power, the Taiwanese solar energy firm, has hired Claire Lin as CHRO. NGP was recently acquired by BlackRock Real Assets to expand solar business in Asia Pacific. Lin previously served as director of TA and overseas HR operations at TAL Education Group in China.
  • Fluor Corporation announced appointment of Teri P. McLure as board director. McLure has retired from a 25-year career with UPS, most recently as CHRO and SVP of labor, and serves on the boards of GMS, JetBlue Airways and Lennar Corporation. (Announcement)
  • Lyft has lost a people business partner, Kyle Berkley, who was appointed VP of HR at Bailard, an independent wealth and investment management firm headquartered in San Francisco. (Announcement)
  • The Millenia Companies in Cleveland, OH have promoted Debra Moore to VP of HR, from her previous role of director of people and culture. Moore has also served in leadership positions at Hoover, Max-Wellness and OfficeMax. (Announcement)
  • T. Rowe Price has hired Raymone Jackson as global head of diversity and inclusion. Jackson joins the company from Morgan Stanley, where he previously served as executive director, WM national diversity officer. (Announcement)
  • Varicent Software, the Toronto-based provider of sales performance management software, has appointed Alison Elworthy as independent member of the board of directors, expanding its board to six directors. Elworthy also currently serves as SVP of customer success at HubSpot. (Announcement)
  • Cognizant lost its leader of inclusion and leadership development, Maureen Greene James, who joined FTI Consulting as its VP of global diversity, inclusion and belonging. James’s extensive experience includes 12 years in HR executive roles at PwC, and a Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award for Florida by the National Diversity Council. (Article)
  • Hilton, based in McLean, VA promoted chief talent officer Laura Fuentes to the role of CHRO. Fuentes was previously at Capitol One Financial in corporate strategy and HR roles, and at McKinsey & Co. in Madrid, New York and Washington D.C. (Announcement)
  • Auth0 in San Francisco, CA, an identity platform for application builders, has hired Carolyn Moore as SVP of people. Moore has run her own consulting company and held previous HR executive roles at Mercedes-Benz, Apple and Samsung Electronics. (Announcement)
  It is interesting to speak to our friends and coworkers, and to self-reflect on our own behavior, in dealing with the effects of an unexpectedly long Covid pandemic that has no defined end in sight. Early on, I fantasized that the day Covid was over my neighborhood would hold a block party. I even kept a few bottles of champagne for that day.  
  Now it looks like the end of Covid will be a slow roll. As of this writing, it’s just been announced that by the end of this year we should have vaccines for health providers and some others at high risk, and 1.3 billion vaccine doses next year. But the world has almost eight billion people, and if Pfizer’s vaccine is only 90% effective that will leave some people unvaccinated (so there’s more work needed to meet the global need).  
  I, and most of you reading this, have a better situation than 99% of the world but I know that I still struggle in dealing with Covid. Yes, I have home schooling nailed for the twins this year with our Little School, but I still feel bad about my son not being able to play football and about neither kid being able to do an indoor playdate with children other than the few in our school. I personally miss being able to fly to Mexico for a week during the holidays where I can feel the warm sun on my face and watch beautiful sunsets. I miss being able to eat in a restaurant, take my kids indoor rock climbing, or have friends over and invite them inside. My family is extremely compliant with masks and social distancing practices, but it does get old. Halloween was fine—we had the last pool party of the season—but now we may be looking at a looong winter.  
  How are you keeping yourselves positive and upbeat? I’d love to hear.  
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