HR Administration

WorldatWork Names Scott Cawood as New President and CEO

By Mia Mancini

Apr. 10, 2017

Human resources association WorldatWork named Scott Cawood as its new president and CEO.

Scott Cawood

“I’m eager to join an organization that is so well poised to influence the daily experience of thousands of employees worldwide,” Cawood said. “It’s an exceptional honor, and I look forward to making even greater strides with the amazing team at WorldatWork.”

Cawood will succeed Anne Ruddy, who has served as WorldatWork president and CEO for 17 years. Ruddy will step down from the leadership role in June 2017. “The WorldatWork Board of Directors is looking forward to welcoming Scott to our organization,” said Lead Director Sara R. McAuley. “His combination of deep business experience, energy, knowledge of best practices in talent management, and broad-based leadership capabilities make him exceptionally qualified.”

Cawood joins Scottsdale, Arizona-based WorldatWork from his most recent position as global leader, organizational effectiveness at W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. He led the organizational efforts to achieve the enterprise strategy, including maximizing associate engagement and aligning the culture with critical business priorities.

Cawood held positions as president of Synygy, a global compensation and sales software company. Prior to this, he was chief operations and people officer. He also has held senior leadership positions at Revlon and the Great Place to Work Institute.

Cawood holds an M.S. in education and Ed.D. in organization- and work-based learning from the University of Pennsylvania. He also is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute.

Cawood will officially join the association full time May 15.

Mia Mancini is a Workforce intern. Comment below or email

Mia Mancini was an intern for Workforce.

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