Frederickson Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for Proofpoint

March 15, 2024 – Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners has recruited Kim Sullivan as chief people officer for Proofpoint, a cybersecurity and compliance solutions provider. In her role, Ms. Sullivan will lead the global human resources organization in driving business growth through strategic HR programs. She will report to the CEO, Sumit Dhawan.

Ms. Sullivan brings more than 25 years of experience and expertise in people, culture, and transformation. She has a proven track record of leading and driving strategies that directly improve and impact business outcomes and will play a crucial role in shaping and leading Proofpoint’s people initiatives. Ms. Sullivan joins Proofpoint from Sitecore, where she served as the chief human resources officer. In this role, she led the global HR function and quickly built trust with the senior leadership team to enable Sitecore’s immediate and long-term growth.

Prior to this, Ms. Sullivan worked at Cocentrix as the global chief people officer. She also brings impressive HR leadership experience from Kaiser Permanente, The University of Texas System and Walgreens. Ms. Sullivan has experience with collaborating to solve big systems problems (turnaround, hyper-growth, IPO, financial exit, M&A, Go-To-Market optimization), encompassing people, processes, and technology.

Proofpoint is a cybersecurity and compliance company that protects organizations’ assets. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber-attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 100, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance.

Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, according to the firm, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting, and thought leadership.

Rooted in the Technology Sector

Based in Menlo Park, CA, the search firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, E-commerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors, and telecommunications.

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Clients include San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, South Florida, Nashville and Toronto, serving many global tech hubs. Clients include Alphabet, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Fitbit, Gartner, Genentech, General Electric, Gilead, Intel, Intuit, Lyft, Neiman Marcus, Nubank, Pinterest, Qualtrics, Roche, SoFi, The Nature Conservancy, Uber, and Workday.

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Valerie Frederickson, the search firm’s founder and CEO, has helped hundreds of companies during the past 20-plus years build and improve their human resources organizations. HR executives and C-level executives often seek her guidance and counsel when reorganizing their HR functions. Ms. Frederickson has conducted confidential, replacement, and upgrade searches of HR executives, and placed heads of HR at companies such as C3 IoT, GE, Genentech, Mozilla, Qualtrics, and hundreds more.

Past Work

Frederickson Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Portia Serame as vice president of human resources at Kyverna Therapeutics, a clinical-stage cell therapy company with the mission of engineering a new class of therapies for autoimmune diseases. Ms. Serame joined Kyverna Therapeutics from ReCor Medical, where she served as senior director of HR. In this position, she provided leadership and expertise for the full scope of HR functions. Previously, Ms. Serame was a senior director of HR at FUJIFILM Wako Diagnostics USA. Portia also brings HR leadership experience from GE Healthcare, Affymetrix, and Microchip Biotechnologies Inc.

In her role as VP of HR, Ms. Serame will help Kyverna scale the organization, building and developing a high-performance culture to attract and retain remarkable talent, and create programs to nurture employees and empower them to excel. She reports to Kyverna’s CEO, Peter Maag.

Related: Frederickson Partners Recruits VP of People for Sirona Medical

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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