June 18, 2021 – Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners recently placed Lise Edwards as senior director of equity, inclusion and diversity at data-centric solutions company Western Digital. “We’re very excited to have Lise join Western Digital in this important role,” said Lori Sundberg, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Western Digital. “She brings years of experience in guiding EI&D strategic initiatives and programs, along with the proven expertise to help realize our ongoing goals for building diversity and belonging on a global level.”
“We are very pleased to partner with Western Digital in placing Lise as senior director of EI&D,” said Valerie Frederickson, founder and CEO of Frederickson Partners. “The company already has a strong understanding of how EI&D helps make teams more creative, productive and profitable. Lise has the deep expertise to help Western Digital continue delivering on this vision.” In her new role, Ms. Edwards will join Western Digital as a key member of the global HR team, and lead initiatives to promote and engrain best-practice equity, inclusion and diversity (EI&D) across all functions and locations in the company.
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Ms. Edwards joins the company from Robert Half International, where she served as director of inclusion and diversity for two years, driving diversity as a global strategic initiative. Previously she was at Salesforce as director of D&I and compliance, and as managing program director for Women in Leadership (WIL) for Americas, APAC and EMEA. Ms. Edwards was a co-founder of GenderAllies and an advisor at Women’s Startup Lab. She held earlier roles as director of D&I at Oracle, senior principal of D&I at Genentech and director of diversity at EMC. Ms. Edwards earned a health, physical education and recreation degree at St. Mary’s College of California.
As a leader in data infrastructure, Western Digital is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access, analyze and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital, G-Technology, SanDisk and WD brands.
Veteran HR Consultants
Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, 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.
Based in Menlo Park, CA, the 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.
Frederickson Partners recently recruited Pam Holmberg as head of people for ThoughtSpot, a leader in search and AI-driven analytics. “Throughout the course of the pandemic, our customers have relied on us more than ever to help them embrace the disruption and change transforming every industry,” said Sudheesh Nair, CEO of ThoughtSpot. “Our people are absolutely essential to making that possible. As we continue to navigate this new, asynchronous working environment, I’m thrilled to have a leader like Pam joining to support our employees as they do the most exciting work of their careers,” he said. “Maintaining ThoughtSpot’s culture of selfless excellence is a top priority as we scale, and Pam is the right leader to foster innovation, diversity and well-being in our team around the world.”
Frederickson Partners recently formed an expanded diversity and inclusion (D&I) recruiting practice. The service is led by chief of staff Ben Taylor, a five-year veteran of the firm, and Ms. Frederickson. The firm reports that in June it saw a threefold increase in companies requesting D&I searches. Fueled by Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., many businesses are committing to creating a more equitable and diverse workplace and now plan to hire their first D&I leader, the firm said.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement, CEOs and boards now aim to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to make right long-standing disparities in opportunity,” said Ms. Frederickson. “The movement has highlighted the critical importance of equal pay and promotion irrespective of race, gender and age. Experienced leaders who can fill a chief diversity office position are a small, highly sought-after pool of executives who have proven they can drive change within an organization and deliver results. We help leading employers find those in-demand leaders.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media