Maja Pawinska Sims 26 Aug 2021 // 11:00AM GMT
NEW YORK — Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Laurie Rosenfield as its global chief people officer, with a brief to lead the firm’s human capital strategy across a network spanning 77 offices in 43 countries.
Until last year, Rosenfield served as the first global chief people officer at CBS Corporation, where she reported to the CEO and board of directors as the company worked through a high-profile controversy to restore its reputation and re-establish trust.
Rosenfield will report to H+K’s global chairman and CEO AnnaMaria DeSalva and will join the agency’s Global Leadership Council. The agency's previous global chief people officer, Kate Augustine, left the agency around four months ago to lead executive talent for worldwide consumer and technology at Amazon.
DeSalva said: “Laurie is an accomplished leader with a unique combination of experiences spanning human resources, executive search, talent strategy, P&L leadership and operational expertise. She is a passionate talent strategist with a keen commercial sense. She is also a respected advisor to management teams and boards focused on innovation, transformation, and growth.
“I believe her energy and expertise is ideally suited to the ambitious development of Hill+Knowlton currently underway. I’m very eager to start partnering with her to take our employee experience to new levels of fulfilment and to become the preeminent destination for talent in our industry.”
At CBS, Rosenfield transformed the human resources function to support the business as the company expanded its digital strategy, improved the employee experience and talent development strategy, and guided key strategic and operational matters related to its merger with Viacom in 2019.
Prior to her tenure at CBS, Rosenfield held business leadership, talent acquisition, and advisory roles at MediaLink, Wolters Kluwer, TiVo, Twentieth Century Fox, and the William Morris Agency.
Rosenfield currently serves as an advisor to Modern Health, a start-up providing mental health care for companies to offer employees, and The Forem, a seed-funded career development platform for women and the BIPOC community that is addressing barriers to advancement.
She is a board member of STRIVE, a workforce development organization focused on equity through employment, and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded the New Haven Chapter of Frontline Foods/World Central Kitchen, which supported local restaurants and served 27,000 meals to frontline workers at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Rosenfield said: “Hill+Knowlton has such a rich history and strong global network, but I am most excited about the firm’s vision for the future of the communications discipline. I look forward to partnering with AnnaMaria and the entire leadership team to build on today’s momentum and ensure Hill+Knowlton is the best place to work – a place where all colleagues can bring their whole selves to do their best work, grow and thrive.”