Barnsley-born Helen Russell is currently the Global Head of HR at the Kantar Group, one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy businesses.
It has 30,000 employees across 100 countries, covering the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines. The group’s services are employed by over 50% of the top Fortune 500 companies.
Helen, who attended Wombwell High School, has responsibility for Kantar’s HR globally, which across the group’s 13 businesses comprises of 450 HR professionals.
Helen previously worked as VP Human Resources at Yahoo, and was based in Geneva, Switzerland, and before that was Director of HR EMEA at Siebel Systems, which is now part of Oracle.
Helen said: “I was responsible for HR for Europe and South Africa and supported the phenomenal growth of the business during my five years there.
“During my final year I had the opportunity to move to Headquarters in San Mateo CA to assume the role of Global Head of HR covering the maternity leave of the then Global Head.”