News: Heidrick & Struggles names Sarah Payne as its CHRO


Heidrick & Struggles names Sarah Payne as its CHRO

Sarah Payne replaces Heidrick & Struggle's current CHRO, Rick Greene who now moves into Heidrick Consulting business as a Partner.
Heidrick & Struggles names Sarah Payne as its CHRO

The global executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles elevates current Vice President, Human Resources, Global Executive Search, Sarah Payne and names her the new Chief Human Resource Officer of the firm. 

Sarah joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2015 as VP Global Compensation & HR Americas. Since then she has worked closely with the firm’s global Human Resources team and Regional Leadership Teams to create employee-focused solutions that have supported the company during a period of significant growth and innovation. She has demonstrated her ability to effectively align people and business strategies.

Now as Heidrick & Struggles continues to grow and strong leadership and collaboration with Human Resources teams forms an integral part for business and Sarah seems to be a good fit for taking this responsibility.

Krishnan Rajagopalan, President and CEO, Heidrick & Struggles said, "Sarah's proven leadership record and experience with total rewards, employee engagement and development, talent management and the acquisition will be critical in the ongoing growth and development of our global workforce."

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Sarah worked as the Director of Global Executive Compensation at Bunge, a global agribusiness company. Earlier she has also played the role of Global Director of Compensation and Benefits at PanAmSat, a satellite communications company that was later acquired by Intelsat.   

Sarah replaces Rick Greene who will now re-join Heidrick Consulting as a Partner to help drive the growth of the firm's consulting business. In his new role, he would be focusing on bringing the firm's full set of leadership and culture shaping solutions to CEOs and C-suite leaders who are looking to accelerate business performance and drive transformational change. 

"In his role as CHRO, Rick has been a valued member of the executive leadership team, as well as a trusted mentor to many throughout our firm,” shares Krishnan. Now, for Rick’s new role, he reflects his trust on his capabilities and expects him to bring a wealth of global, cross-functional experience to the growing Heidrick Consulting business.

Rick with his great people practices like promoting new diversity and inclusion initiatives and introducing important changes to the firm's performance management, compensation and professional development programs has set a good example for his successors. Therefore, the responsibility of leading the people agenda for Heidrick & Struggles in its next phase of growth now comes on Sarah, who has to take the foundation built by Rick to another level and take talent decisions to create positive business impact.  

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