Eric Severson


Eric Severson
EVP & Chief People Officer
Neiman Marcus

Eric Severson is a 25-year HR veteran known for building leading edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. Eric is currently the EVP & Chief People Officer at Neiman Marcus. Previously, he was the Chief People Officer at DaVita Kidney Care, a Fortune 500 health care provider with over 2500 clinics and 70,000 teammates. Eric's innovations in HR include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity; the largest implementation of the Results Only Work Environment in the world; and the first publication of gender pay statistics by a Fortune 500 corporation. 

Coverage of the leading edge talent practices Eric and his team implemented have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and in the books Pull: The Power of Magnetic Leadership, The True Happiness Recipe: How to Stop Your Job From Killing You and Create Work-Life Harmony Everyday, Why Work Sucks and What to Do About It, and Why Managing Sucks and What to Do About It. Eric is also Director on the Board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest nonsectarian non-profit. In his 14 years at Felton, Eric helped lead a robust people strategy that includes an annual CEO evaluation process, employee engagement survey, leadership competencies, a talent review and succession planning process, 360 degree evaluations, and management training. Eric is also on the advisory board of Brighter Ventures Inc., an employee engagement and communications solutions provider. Based on Eric's track record of innovation in talent management, in 2014 he was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to a 2-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Eric holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in English from Arizona State University.