Gherson served as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) for seven years, retiring in December 2020. At IBM, she was responsible for the people and culture of the company’s 350,000+ global workforce. During her tenure as CHRO, Ms. Gherson redesigned all aspects of IBM’s people agenda and management systems to support a massive shift in the business portfolio, shaping a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. She championed IBM’s global adoption of design thinking and agile methods at scale, driving a company-wide, co-created overhaul of performance management.
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“She has the unique ability to balance agility with leadership, and her background will help ensure Ping stays ahead of the curve when honoring the spectrum of unique experiences that affect our employees. We are thrilled to have her on the team.”
Gherson holds a U.S. patent in the field of predictive analytics and has been widely recognized as a high-impact, technology savvy chief human resource officer who has redefined the human resources profession. Ms. Gherson was named HR Executive of the Year by HR Executive in 2018, and elected Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), the highest honor granted in the human resources profession.
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“Diane has defined the cutting edge in human resources with her ability to drive positive business change through culture and design thinking,” said Andre Durand, CEO and founder of Ping Identity. “She has the unique ability to balance agility with leadership, and her background will help ensure Ping stays ahead of the curve when honoring the spectrum of unique experiences that affect our employees. We are thrilled to have her on the team.”
In addition to her board position with Ping Identity, Ms. Gherson also serves on the Boards of iCIMS, the National Academy of Human Resources and is an executive advisory board member at Semper Virens Venture Capital. Prior to joining IBM in 2002, Gherson led the global compensation and performance practice at consulting firm Willis Towers Watson. Gherson holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
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