Vonage recruits chief people officer

Global cloud communications business Vonage has appointed Tracey Leahy (pictured) as chief people officer, effective from last week.

Leahy reports to Vonage’s chief executive officer Rory Read, and was also appointed as a member of the executive leadership team. Based in the UK, she has been given responsibility for leading all aspects of human resources, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, learning and development, HR operations, and organisational development and effectiveness.

With more than 25 years of experience, Leahy joined from Bain Capital portfolio business Rocket Software, where she was chief people officer and focused on developing and executing a people strategy centred around employee experience, talent and leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and merger and acquisition integration and harmonisation of teams.

Prior to this, she was the global senior director of human resources at Parexel International, associate director of HR and organisational development for the UK’s National Health Service, and has also held HR leadership positions across a variety of industries. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Leahy said: “I am thrilled to be joining Vonage at such an exciting time. Vonage is already delivering cloud communications solutions that help customers to achieve their business objectives by changing the way they work, connect and engage.

“Now, as part of Ericsson, Vonage will be able to accelerate the execution of its strategy. I look forward to partnering with Vonage’s talented leadership team as we work together to attract, inspire, engage and develop talent as the business continues to realise its vision of accelerating the world’s ability to connect.”

Read added: “I am excited to welcome Tracey, who brings deep expertise in human resources and organisational development to Vonage. This, combined with her passion for creating a culture of high performing teams through strategies and programmes that create an environment of empowerment and innovation, will be an asset to Vonage as we continue to execute on our strategy of powering our customers’ communications, conversations and engagements.”