Human Resource Officers

HR Leadership Through – and Beyond – the COVID-19 Crisis

A Conversation with Gilead, Google, Neiman Marcus, & Coinbase



CHROs are at the forefront of organizational responses to the COVID-19 crisis, playing essential roles in protecting their workforces, securing the continuity of their enterprises, and defining a path to the “next normal.”

During this video forum, Russell Reynolds CEO Clarke Murphy facilitated a discussion with leading CHROs on the tactics that they are deploying to manage through the current crisis – and, as critically, to prepare for a post-COVID future.

Panelists included:

  • Eileen Naughton, Vice President, People Operations at Google
  • Eric Severson, EVP & Chief People Officer at Neiman Marcus Group
  • Jyoti Mehra, EVP & Head of HR at Gilead Sciences
  • L.J. Brock, Chief People Officer at Coinbase

Topics included:

  • Current State Challenges and Lessons Learned Thus Far: What are the central challenges confronting HR leaders today, and what are the most critical lessons that we’ve learned?
  • Managing Reentry: Beyond logistical considerations, how are companies navigating the psychological and emotional dynamics of a return to offices and worksites?
  • Resetting the World of Work: Where will we see profound and permanent changes to how work gets done, how our cultures evolve, and the nature of the employer-employee relationship?
  • Reprioritizing Talent Investments: Which talent investments are HR leaders prioritizing and deprioritizing? What are they radically changing?
  • Reassessing Leaders: What has the crisis taught us about our leaders? What implications does that hold for leadership development and succession planning?
  • Reevaluating the Role of HR: What has the crisis revealed about our teams? How do we expect our roles to change?
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