Denise has twenty-five years HR leadership, management and organizational development experience in five technology and biotechnology firms. She has demonstrated expertise in creating HR strategies to support innovation and creativity in pre-IPO and global Fortune 500 companies, in helping companies scale for rapid growth and in post merger integration. Specific abilities include: design and development of cultures,
Denise has twenty-five years HR leadership, management and organizational development experience in five technology and biotechnology firms. She has demonstrated expertise in creating HR strategies to support innovation and creativity in pre-IPO and global Fortune 500 companies, in helping companies scale for rapid growth and in post merger integration. Specific abilities include: design and development of cultures, programs, processes and systems that foster behaviors required for business success and promote personal development and employee engagement; leadership and management of HR groups ranging in size from 2-200; and HR fundamentals--workforce planning, recruitment and new employee orientation, design and development of total rewards, learning and development strategies and programs, merger/acquisition change management and executive coaching.
In her last role, Denise was senior vice president, Human Resources, Genentech (2003-2013). Denise is now focused on partnering with organizations that have HR strategy-related projects. Current clients include Calico Labs. Denise is also a certified mediator and mediates in Richmond Small Claims Court with the Congress of Neutrals as well as with the San Francisco Community Board.
SVP, Human Resources @ In this role, Denise was a member of the Genentech Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the Genentech Foundation, the Genentech Women's Professional Advisory Board and the North American HR Governance Committee. As a member of the Genentech EC, she participated in the annual planning and day-to day management of a $14B business. She presented culture and key employee engagement metrics and later, integration strategies and updates to the Genentech BOD on a quarterly basis. She led the HR function for 10 years through several distinct phases of the company's evolution: 2002-2003 when GNE was a $2.5B business with ~5,000 employees and minimal infrastructure; 2004-2008, through a rapid growth phase, when the company launched four new products, increased its annual revenue to $10B; 2009-2013, through four years of post merger integration with Roche, a $50B global pharmaceutical company with 80,000 employees in over 100 countries.
During this timeframe, Genentech was included on both the Fortune, Great Place to Work and Working Mother's annual lists of best employers. HR contributed to Genentech's success by attracting world class talent through innovative sourcing and staffing strategies; supporting the development of employees and leaders through a variety of development programs and approaches, including the company's unique CareerLab; designing and delivering competitive compensation and benefits programs, expanding services for busy employees including new childcare and fitness centers, concierge service, centralized Employee Resource Center and Employee Relations group; and championing key company initiatives including Genentech's Work and Career Flexibility, Gender Diversity Strategy and Employee Resource or Affiliate groups. From 2002 to 2013 (11 years) VP, Human Resources @ 1996-2000
Worked with the CEO and Executive Team to transform a 100 year-old global agricultural and chemical company into a life science company. Led and participated in a variety of design teams focused on recreating the organizational structure, skills, behaviors, work environment and processes required to enable the company transformation.
Responsible for establishing and leading the HR function for a $500M global business acquired by Monsanto. As a member of the Executive Team, developed the organization's vision, purpose and values. Designed and implemented the core people programs--staffing, rewards, development and internal communications. Collaborated with CEO on recruitment of the Board of Directors and the planning and implementation of quarterly BOD meetings. From 1994 to 2000 (6 years) Director, Human Resources @ Established the HR function in this pre-public educational software company. A member of the Executive Committee during its IPO and subsequent phase as a public company prior to acquisition by SoftKey. From 1991 to 1994 (3 years) San Francisco Bay AreaDirector, Human Resources @ Third HR professional recruited into a $65M, 250 person "start up" that grew to a $500M, 1800 person company in four years. Head of Staffing and HR Business Partner for global and domestic Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Managed an HR business partner staff of 20. From 1986 to 1991 (5 years) San Francisco Bay AreaManager, Strategy Development, Corporate Staffing Group @ One of two architects responsible for designing a flexible staffing strategy to enable HP to balance employment commitments to its domestic manufacturing work force while transitioning to global manufacturing. Collaborated with finance on the design and implementation of a work force planning model/tool, subsequently incorporated into the annual budgeting and strategic business planning process. From 1982 to 1986 (4 years) San Francisco Bay Area
B.A. Sociology, Honors @ University of California, BerkeleyM.A., Education, Honors @ Mills College Denise Smith-Hams is skilled in: Employee Relations, Talent Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Mediation, Personnel Management, Strategy, Organizational Development, Program Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Biotechnology, Management, Business Development, Succession Planning, Workforce Planning
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