Kristen Ludgate

Kristen Ludgate is Chief People Officer at HP Inc. She leads the company’s people and culture strategy and its global People Organization, including workforce and organization effectiveness, total rewards, recruiting and onboarding, people and leadership development, global diversity, equity and inclusion, people and work experience, business partnership, and HR global operations. 

Kristen Ludgate

Since joining HP in July 2021, Kristen has led initiatives to evolve HP’s culture, enhance talent and reward strategies, support employee wellness, boost career and succession planning, advance inclusion, and create development experiences that attract and prepare employees for the future of work. Kristen is an Executive Leadership Team (ELT) champion of the Racial Equality & Social Justice Task Force and of HP’s Sustainable Impact priorities and has worked with the task force to embed DEI commitments into core People Organization operations and priorities. She is also a member of the HP Foundation. 

Kristen joined HP from 3M, where she was Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. As a member of 3M’s executive leadership team, she architected its People and Culture strategy and led enterprise organizational, talent and culture transformation initiatives. She was also President of the 3M Foundation and was responsible for progressing 3M’s DEI, philanthropy, and social justice agenda.  Prior to becoming CHRO, Kristen led 3M communications and enterprise services as Senior Vice President, reporting to the CEO, and chaired 3M’s crisis action team. A licensed attorney, Kristen also held a number of leadership roles in 3M’s legal organization. 

Kristen graduated summa cum laude from both the University of Minnesota Law School and Bowdoin College.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the CHRO Board of i4CP. Kristen is a frequent speaker on leadership, future of work, culture, ESG and other workplace and business trends.  She splits her time between HP headquarters in Palo Alto and her family home in St. Paul, Minnesota.