Grant Thornton LLP has named Brenda Wagner its new chief people and culture officer (CPCO). Wagner joins the advisory, tax and audit firm, effective Monday.
“At Grant Thornton, our people-first culture is integral to our unique ‘Status Go’ brand,” said Mike McGuire, Grant Thornton’s chief executive officer. “Brenda’s passion for driving high performance, coupled with her enthusiasm about our culture, makes her an ideal addition to our team. And her commitment to challenging convention and thinking in new ways is perfect for Grant Thornton.”
As the firm’s CPCO, Wagner will report to McGuire and be responsible for all aspects of Grant Thornton’s People & Culture organization. This includes talent recruiting and retention strategy, capacity and resource management, people operations and analytics, learning and organizational effectiveness, people experience, and people and culture transformation efforts.
“Grant Thornton has an outstanding reputation – with a focus on culture and innovation,” said Wagner. “I look forward to joining its work to help clients transform and think in new ways.”
Wagner joins Grant Thornton after nearly four and a half years at IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS), where she led compensation and benefits, global talent, and global talent acquisition. In her most recent role there, she served as the human resources senior vice president of R&D Solutions, IQVIA’s largest business unit. Prior to IQVIA, Wagner had a 20-year tenure at IBM, where she held strategic roles across various business units and centers of excellence, culminating in her appointment as human resources vice president for Global Technology Services North America in 2010.
Wagner is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human resources management. She is a member of the Triangle Chief Human Resources Association.