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Valerie Frederickson
Founder & CEO

  We all have reasons why we work, rather than golfing or growing runner beans or perfecting our windsurfing foil. For me, the reasons include that I get to be generous and share my wisdom, help my clients grow, and make a difference in people’s lives. My job combines excitement, teamwork, hard work and gratification all wrapped up into one. It’s satisfying as my twins would say.  
  This last month it was especially so, because my Search team placed a truly one in a million HR executive, Leander LeSure, in the top People role at Stockx, a hot company with one of the best CEOs I’ve ever worked with, Scott Cutler. In the area of non-profits, it’s been very satisfying helping one of the nation's largest food banks build out their HR team to help deal with hunger for hard working families. Among other searches, we've also been finding the first Head of People for a new startup co-founded by two of the most successful tech executives in the world. We're helping my long-term friend Kat Weslock build out the HR team at Avalara, and helping Jenny Dearborn, a rockstar HR executive and board member, build the HR team at Klaviyo. Additional, very exciting news is that we’re conducting the chief experience officer search for what will be one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year. And we're partnering with Tipalti, who just raised $150M in new funding, now at a valuation of over $2B, and doing a search for a super-smart engineering executive now running a major cyber security company in Oregon.  
  So in summary, a big thank you to all the clients, candidates, friends and acquaintances of me and my firm. Next month I'll share news of our HR Advisory practice, and what's going on in that world.  
Entertainment Enterprise SaaS
(huge IPO coming up)
Pre-IPO Cryptocurrency
(very high growth)
Head of People
Los Angeles, CA
Chief Experience
(People) Officer
Utah or Seattle, WA
Head of People Experience
Anywhere in the world
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Pre-IPO Enterprise
Public Enterprise SaaS
(high growth)
Pre-IPO Fintech
(very high growth)
Interim VP People
Sunnyvale, CA
Seattle, WA
Global VP of
Talent Acquisition
Miami, Atlanta, NY, etc.
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Pre-IPO Enterprise Financial SaaS Computer & Network Security Pre-IPO Fintech
Head of
Talent Acquisition
San Mateo, CA
Head of People/ HR
DirectorNew York, NY
Mexico City, Mexico
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Public Fintech Pre-IPO E-Commerce
Marketing Automation
Pre-IPO Analytics
Chicago, IL
Head of Total Rewards Boston, MA or
anyway in US
Global VP People
Orlanda, FL
Fluent Spanish
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Confidential Software Pre-IPO Enterprise Financial SaaS
Head of Compensation
San Francisco, CA
Head of Diversity
and Inclusion
Washington, DC
San Mateo, CA
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HealthTech Fintech Not-For-Profit
(high growth)
Phoenix, AZ or
San Diego, CA
Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley
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Public, Enterprise SaaS Enterprise Public SaaS Pre-IPO B2B
Senior Director, HRBP
Seattle, WA
All over the US
Head of HR for EMEA
London, UK
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Pre-IPO SaaS Fintech
(high growth)
Public SaaS
Public Enterprise SaaS
VP of Total Rewards
and HR Operations
Anywhere in the US
Portland, OR
VP Talent Acquisition
Anywhere in the US
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Pre-IPO Enterprise
Head of Global Talent
Head of Total Rewards
Sunnyvale, CA
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Northwestern Mutual StockX
Senior Director, HRBP
Milwaukee, WI
Chief People Office
Detroit, MI

Arm is a global technology company that is rapidly advancing to IoT software to allow for a more interconnected world.


We’re excited to announce we’ve recently completed Arm’s search for a Director Global People Business Partner, placing Arusha Berry. This is a high-profile, strategic role within a company that is pushing the boundaries of what AI and machine learning can accomplish. Arusha brings to the role broad HR executive experience in technology, pharma and consulting, most recently at Novartis where she served as HR Solutions Business Partner, and previously as Talent Management and Organizational Development Manager. Arusha also held HR executive roles at Infosys and WNS. She has an MBA in Human Resources from S.P. Jain School of Global Management, and a B.E. from Manipal University of Technology.

Arusha is certified as a senior HR professional by HRCI and was recognized by CII as a Rising Star in HR in 2017.

We’d like to congratulate Arusha and welcome her to Arm!


This month we’d like to start sharing notable job moves and promotions by C-level and senior HR executives in the industry. Recent announcements include:

  • StockX has hired Leander LeSure as its first global chief people officer (CPO). He has more than two decades of HR leadership experience and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
  • Shutterstock announced Sara Birmingham is joining the leadership team as chief human resources officer (CHRO). Birmingham last served as a global head of HR at Thomson Reuters. (Announcement)
  • Amazon Operations Japan welcomes Michael Baumgartner as head of Human Resources, moving from being head of HR for Japan/Korea at Amazon Web Services.
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. will promote Carmen Fernandez to senior vice president (SVP) and CHRO from her deputy CHRO role; during her 15 years at the company she has served as CHRO of Guy Carpenter and in multiple HR executive roles at Mercer. Fernandez replaces Laurie Ledford who will retire at the end of 2020. (Announcement)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond has appointed Anu Gupta to a new position as chief strategy and transformation officer. Gupta was previously chief operating officer at Jyve Corporation and serves on the board of directors for H&R Block. (Announcement)
  • AIG has lost four senior Black leaders, including Vievette Henry, global head of inclusion and organization effectiveness, and executive Walter Hurdle, global head of inclusion and early-career recruiting. AIG will promote Ronald Reeves to chief diversity officer. (Article)
  • HSBC Bank USA appointed Ralph Jardine as its head of inclusion and culture, a newly created role reporting directly to Michael Roberts, president and CEO, and Maureen Gillan-Myer, head of HR. (Article)
  • Lyft announced Nilka Thomas is returning as CPO. She will succeed Emily Nishi, who served as Lyft CPO for three years. (Announcement)
  • Nerdwallet welcomed Lynee Luque as its new VP of People; Luque joins from Envoy as VP and head of People, having also led global HR teams at Twitter, Mozilla and Intel. (Announcement)
  • Fastly named Doniel Sutton as CPO. Her most recent role was SVP of People at PayPal. (Announcement)
  • Procore announced Michelle Greer retired as SVP of People, and Pat Wadors from ServiceNow and previously LinkedIn will join as CPO. (Announcement)
  • RingCentral welcomed Gunjan Aggarwal as CPO, moving from her position as EVP & CHRO at RELX Group PLC in London, U.K. (Announcement)
  • Klaviyo appointed Jenny Dearborn as CPO. Dearborn is a bestselling author, founder of Actionable Analytics Group and co-founder of Silicon Valley Apprenticeship Consortium, and has held many HR executive roles including serving at SAP as chief talent officer and EVP-HR.
  • Avalara has hired Kathleen Weslock as its new CHRO. Weslock is an award-winning executive who brings over two decades of experience leading global HR at public and private companies including Cisco, Deloitte, FIS (formerly Sungard Data Systems) and more. (Announcement)
  Covid-19 and Halloween  
  What are you doing for Halloween? As it falls for the first time in years on a Saturday, parents don’t have to worry about it being a school/work night. (Can we have a campaign promise about making it always the last Saturday in October?) Yet due to Covid-19, here in California health officials have told us all not to go trick-or-treating.  
  Whether you have sad reactions to this—and stages of denial, bargaining and acceptance—seems to depend primarily on whether you have school-aged kids. Parents of the afore-mentioned almost 100% plan on decorating, having a small outdoor party and perhaps doing just a little trick-or-treating. Those whose kids are grown say that it’s no big deal to skip one year. I haven’t figured out exactly what I’ll do. We normally get many trick-or-treaters at our house and though I’m not worried about people touching candy, the prospect of a thousand little mouths breathing in close quarters does give me goosebumps.  
  So we’ll decorate our front yard with a non-scary Candyland theme (since this year’s scary enough); boo some neighborhood kids and classmates; and have a small daytime party with our little school pod. I’ve asked everyone I know to decorate because I love driving around to see Halloween decorations. We have a few toddlers and preschoolers who like to come to our house every day, swing, and move around the Easter rabbit decorations I now permanently keep out for them. I’m tempted to ask their parents if perhaps just a few could come over in costumes, for candy hidden in the front yard. It’s a nice thing to think about.  
  Covid Meme of the Month  

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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