Emerson names next chief people officer

Emerson chief people officerGlobal technology, software and engineering firm Emerson has appointed Nick Piazza as its next chief people officer, succeeding Elizabeth Adefioye who has left to pursue other opportunities.

In this role, Piazza will lead the firm’s human resources function, employee experience, talent management, total rewards, and diversity, equity and inclusion, as it continues to drive cultural transformation to become a destination workplace for technology and industrial automation.

As senior vice president and chief people officer, Piazza will be a member of Emerson’s office of the chief executive, which helps develop and guide its global business strategies.

During his 19-year career with Emerson, Piazza has served in eight roles and lived on three continents. In August 2021, he was promoted to vice president of global talent and oversaw enterprise-wide talent management activities, and was given additional responsibility to lead HR operations in October 2022.

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Piazza also served as a project leader within the firm’s global HR transformation, which focused on process and technology optimisation, organisation redesign and improving HR service delivery. As part of the HR leadership team, Piazza helped refocus the enterprise talent management process, implement its first employee value proposition and improve the effectiveness of talent acquisition.

Lal Karsanbhai, president and chief executive officer of Emerson, said: “The success of our value creation strategy has come through a relentless focus on culture, portfolio and execution, and Nick has been instrumental in helping develop and drive our culture change initiatives. Our entire management team is committed to continuing this culture transformation. Nick’s deep knowledge of the Emerson organisation and global experience as a team leader will be tremendous assets to help us sustain and build on this exceptional momentum.”