Melanie Hughes on the evolving perception of CHROs across sectors and their increasing involvement on boards.

March 2022

CHROs are fast becoming a critical strategic resource for boards across industries and regions. What is their role in the evolution of compensation committees to human capital committees? Do HR leaders make for good non-executive directors on boards and what are the skills required?

Senior Partner and North America Region Leader, Mike Bergen, sits down with Melanie Hughes, Former CHRO for Moody’s Corporation, and Andy Davies, Senior Partner at Kingsley Gate Partners to get their views and much more! Listen to their conversation on the changing perception of CHROs across sectors and their increasing involvement on boards in the UK and Europe and the US.

About Melanie Hughes

Melanie Hughes is a transformation executive who has been in C-suite roles for the last 20 years. She has experience in operational and human capital roles across several different sectors including Technology, Financial Services, Media, and Retail. She is also a global citizen, having lived in 6 countries with experience in Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America.

Most recently, she was CHRO for Moody’s overseeing the Human Capital function and driving culture & organizational realignment to support a change in strategy for the firm. She also oversaw a successful CEO transition. At Gilt Groupe, Melanie joined the firm during its infancy and supported its growth to a $1 billion valuation, responsible for operations including, sales operations, offshoring, creative/studios, real estate, facilities, and building the executive team. When at Tribune she was responsible for Human Capital, driving culture change as the company emerged from bankruptcy, restructuring the company through a spinoff of the publishing business, doubling the size of the broadcast business through acquisition, and building the digital arm of the media organization.

Melanie joined DoubleClick at the height of the dot-com boom, building the talent infrastructure, managing through the restructuring in response to the technology crash, and changing the culture to facilitate the success and regrowth of the company, resulting in the initial sale to Hellman & Friedman and eventually Google.

Over the last 20 years, Melanie has managed the Governance & HR committees of the board, setting the agenda through times of change. She is seasoned in presenting to the board on a range of issues and has been a trusted advisor to the Committee chairs. She has had board experience on the Moody’s Foundation board, and the Truth in Aging and Nourish Snacks advisory boards. She has also had not-for-profit experience in Nicaragua, where she has set up educational and dental programs for the community, where she has a residence.

Watch the full conversation between Mike Bergen, Andy Davies and Melanie Hughes in the video above!

Mike Bergen
Senior Partner and North America
Region Leader
Andy Davies
Senior Partner
Andy Davies
Senior Partner
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