Hays has appointed Deborah Dorman as Chief People Officer, to lead the Group’s People & Culture department and join its Executive Leadership Team. Deborah will lead the development of Hays’ strategic people agenda, driving forward key areas such as culture, diversity and inclusion, talent management, compensation and benefits, and succession planning. The company says her new role is integral to the development and execution of Hays’ business strategy, encompassing all HR related topics and high-priority projects.

Over the course of her career, Deborah has been instrumental in leading large-scale, people-centred transformation, from cultural change to organisational effectiveness, and leading-edge diversity, equity, and inclusion. She joins Hays from Sainsbury’s where she served as the Director of Group HR, leading significant innovation across all aspects of strategic HR. Earlier in her career, Deborah led client services in marketing communications consultancies, before successfully transitioning into HR leadership roles.

As Chief People Officer at Hays, Deborah will provide leadership on people issues, implement workforce strategies to achieve business objectives, and advance its people function to accelerate business performance.

“Our people are at the very heart of our business and a high-performing workforce and culture is central to our success,” Dirk Hahn, Hays CEO, says. “Deborah’s proven leadership skills, vision, and passion for people will help Hays to navigate a fast-moving and rapidly changing business environment. This is a very exciting appointment that will ensure we continue to build diverse high-performing teams, while fostering an inclusive and empowered organisational culture.”

Deborah Dorman, adds: “I am really excited to be joining the team at Hays at this important moment in Hays’ journey. As a people business, Hays’ culture is fundamental to the company’s success. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to the role and making a significant contribution to the success of the company and its people.”

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