Newell Brands appoints Fiona Laird as chief human resources
Ms. Laird is joining Newell Brands following a 25-year career at Unilever. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Human Resources, for Global Categories, Marketing, Communications, and R&D, based in London.
Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications for Unilever’s North and Latin American geographies. After beginning her career at Unilever as a lawyer in the United States, Fiona moved into HR and communications, and progressed through roles of increasing scope.
Ms. Laird brings to Newell Brands extensive experience in organizational change gained through numerous business integrations at Unilever, including those of Bestfoods and Alberto Culver.
She also has broad expertise in HR strategy development, talent management, organization design, total rewards, and engaging employees through multiple communication channels.
Since 2013, she has also served as a Non-Executive Director of N Brown Group PLC, a clothing, footwear, and household goods retailer based in the United Kingdom, where she is currently Chair of the Remuneration and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees.