Kathleen McDaniel named Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Kathleen (Kate) McDaniel will become Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer institute effective February 3, 2020. She is a proven leader with a demonstrated track record of long-term strategic workforce development and a strong commitment to people development, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement.

McDaniel brings more than 25 years of global human resource leadership experience to this role having held positions at well-known, complex and highly respected global organizations, including most recently at Harvard Medical School, where she has served as Chief Human Resources Officer. Her experience also includes senior positions at Fidelity Investments, where she served as SVP, Human Resources for the Personal Investing Group and Johnson & Johnson, where she was Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources for DePuy Synthes, J&J’s $10 billion medical device company. She’s also led the Human Resources function at Haemonetics Corporation, and managed Human Resources for 12 years at subsidiaries of FleetBoston Financial.

“I am honored to join the Dana-Farber leadership team to help advance what is already regarded as a world-class workforce dedicated to supporting an inspiring, lifesaving mission. I look forward to our shared work to recruit, engage, develop, and retain a best-in-class team of faculty and staff who are skilled, diverse, and nimble in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. On a personal note, I have experienced firsthand the compassion, commitment, and energy of the people at Dana-Farber when my husband was confronted with and survived a devastating cancer diagnosis. This experience confirmed for me that, above all, it is the inspiring culture and people who make Dana-Farber so extraordinary,” said McDaniel.

“I am delighted that Kate is joining Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission and that she will continue building the supportive environment for our faculty and staff to do their best work. She is an incredibly talented and experienced professional, who shares our commitment to Dana-Farber’s mission, and our vision for the future of the organization,” said James Terwilliger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

McDaniel has a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Relations, from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY).

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