First Sentier Investors hires chief people officer

Specialist investment capabilities provider First Sentier Investors has recruited Melanie Halsey as its new chief people and culture officer.

Halsey, who will be based in London, will report to chief executive officer Mark Steinberg and is expected to join on 6 September 2021.

According to First Sentier, she will be primarily responsible in her role for partnering with the business to design and implement strategies that will attract, engage, and develop employees. She will also help the company to build a “high-performance” culture based on its values, which will reflect the evolving global changes in workplace culture.

Halsey will bring more than 20 years of experience in senior HR roles, as most recently she was executive vice president of HR at Colt Technology Services, where she led a global team of 150 HR professionals across 15 countries.

Prior to that, she was the global head of HR for venture capital firm Eight Roads. Halsey joined there after working for Eight Roads’ major shareholder Fidelity, where she was the head of HR for UK Financial Services.

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Steinberg explained that the First Sentier Investors team sees an opportunity to further align its people programs with its vision, purpose and growth ambitions, and that Halsey’s appointment will strengthen the leadership team, and pave the way for progressive approaches to employee engagement and organisation design.

“Halsey has extensive experience in the operational areas of HR, and has led broad strategic cultural transformation programmes in the areas of diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and employee engagement, which we know will play a pivotal role in our ongoing success. Her strong financial services experience, coupled with her commercial experience at Eight Roads and Colt, means Halsey is well placed to contribute to our growth strategy,” he said.