Staffing Management

People moves: January 2020

By Rick Bell

Jan. 28, 2020

Stephanie Biernbaum

International real estate firm Hines named Stephanie Biernbaum as chief people officer. She will oversee more than 60 professionals and all HR activities and responsibilities worldwide, allowing the firm to further embrace evolving trends in career development, diversity and inclusion, analytics and other areas changing the traditional landscape of HR.

David Binkley

Vantage Leadership Consulting named David Binkley as senior adviser in strategic talent management. The position was created for Binkley, who is the former chief human resources officer for Whirlpool Corp. Binkley has more than 30 years’ experience within Fortune 150 companies, and will launch Vantage’s HR strategy and advisory services in 2020.

Mary Edmunds

International real estate firm Hines named Mary Edmunds as the new head of human resources for Europe. Edmunds will report to Stephanie Biernbaum, as well as Europe CEO Lars Huber, and will partner closely with Hines leaders across Europe to support the people-related aspects of their business strategies. With 25 years of professional experience, Edmunds joins Hines from global investor and Hines partner the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Elisa Gilmartin

Cloud communications provider Fuze named Elisa Gilmartin as chief people officer. Gilmartin is responsible for enhancing a culture of innovation and designing strategies the hire and retain top talent. Gilmartin brings more than 20 years of experience. She most recently was CHRO at robotics technology company Symbotic.

Nichelle Grant

Siemens USA named Nichelle Grant as head of diversity and inclusion. Grant will help Siemens USA pursue a more holistic approach to how Siemens builds a workforce mirroring the diversity of society, drive an inclusive work environment to maximize business success, use data and analytics to address customer diversity requirements, and work with stakeholders to advance D&I across U.S. industry.

Lisa Jacoba

Colorado-based Global Medical Response named Lisa Jacoba as CHRO. Jacoba joins GMR from CPI Card Group in Littleton, Colorado, where she was the chief human resources officer. Prior to that, she led human resources at Western Union’s B2B division and was senior vice president of HR for First Data’s Global Operations division. A seasoned HR leader, Jacoba earned a bachelor’s degree in HR from Bellevue University.

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Rick Bell is Workforce’s editorial director. For comments or questions email

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