People + Strategy Journal

Spring 2021

Chief of Everything Else

Leadership roles are typically well-defined. Yet over the last few years, the lines have been blurred for the CHRO. Remote work, employee well-being, DE&I, ESG goals and more are now creating a Chief of Everything Else. Here we dive into the challenges and opportunities this jump in responsibilities presents. 


HR Leaders’ Role as Chief of Scenario Planning 
Tracey Marsh, ESCO Division of The Weir Group

The Chief of Transformation
Brian McNamee, formerly Amgen

Christy Lake, Twilio

Sandra Sims-Williams, Nielsen

The Chief of Well-Being
Donna Morris, Walmart

Chief of ESG:
Launching an Office of Sustainability During a Pandemic

Francis Hyatt, Liberty Mutual

Julie Currie, Amplitude

Joanne Wright, IBM

Excelling in the Role of Chief Player/Coach
Ted Bililies, AlixPartners


Message from the President 
The New “CEO”—Chief Empathy Officer
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
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From the Executive Editor 
Adaptive Capacity and the “Chief of Everything Else”
David Reimer

The Big Question
Lead Differently to Stay Effective
Matthew Breitfelder, Paula Coughlan, Kathleen Weslock

In First Person

Linking Theory + Practice
Stephen F. Young, Jean Brittain Leslie, Ramya Balakrishnan
and Brad Winn

Directors Roundtable
Moderator: Adam Bryant
Participants: Beth Comstock, Helene Gayle, George Barrett