Gavin Pommernelle


With 20 years of global leadership and human resource experience across multiple industries, Gavin Pommernelle brings a unique, culturally-informed perspective to businesses. He is adept at helping leaders realize the inherent value of highly motivated talent, having coached leaders and developed talent solutions in over 60 markets.

Notable accomplishments include: Facilitated the building of a leadership team that increased business value by 70% in 2 years through coaching, strategic focus, personal performance and team dynamics; led a cultural re-alignment needed to achieve business results by establishing an organization-wide performance-based culture; increased employee engagement scores by more than 15 index points in two organizations through leadership coaching and talent strategies; reduced employee churn by 30% within a 12-month period; and improved satisfaction scores for in-house HR partnership and services by 80%. Gavin is the lead partner in PI Executive for our Leadership Development and Human Resource consulting practice areas.

Previous roles include: Executive Vice President / Chief Human Resources Officer of Harte Hanks Inc., one of the world’s leading, insight-driven multi-channel marketing organizations; Global HR Director at Synovate, a top global market research firm; Head of Group Human Resources, HR Director, and Group Compensation & Benefits Manager for Pentland Brands plc, a global management company for some of the world’s best clothing brands; and Human Resources & Quality Assurance Manager – South Africa for Clariant, one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies.

In addition he has had to deliver in other business areas including sales management for the retail industry, local country unit leadership and P&L management. Gavin is certified by the International Coach Federation and accredited in psychometrics by the British Psychological Society. These combined with an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and participation in development programs at Ashridge University (Leading Strategy & Change) and at Cranfield University (Project Management) enable Gavin to have an effective and lasting impact on teams and organizations.

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