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CHRO Reflections: Path to the C-Suite

Insights from top HR leaders on their career paths and leading in times of disruption.

Throughout 2020, we spoke with chief human resources officers from Fortune 500 companies about their career paths, the traits of successful leadership and their experiences leading through the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest. Our conversations formed the basis of this interview series featuring highlights from our conversations with these CHROs.

From generalists who advanced through the function over the years to business leaders whose experience as managers piqued their interest in leading the HR function, there was no single path to the position. But the CHROs shared many common traits: in particular, a passion for the people side of business, and a belief that strategic HR management can have an impact on an organization’s bottom line.