Jennifer Buchholz is a global senior human resources executive with board-level experience in Fortune 100, mid-cap and small, both private and public companies, in a full range of industries. It’s been said that “Jennifer uniquely can wear two hats. . . counsel to the CEO on how to build the organization, while independently working to build organization excellence.”
She quickly identifies key issues and proactively provides thoughtful solutions to senior leadership which utilize a situationally appropriate combination of data, analytics, and an innate understanding of human dynamics. Jennifer is known as a change agent who continually improves to reach excellence. Her organizations describe her as a trusted, authentic, leader who builds smart, strategic HR teams and strategies which align with company goals.
Jennifer began her business career with Lehman Brothers in a variety of global compensation roles. She was recruited to GE and held roles such as black belt (process Improvement), integration manager in Tokyo, Japan, director of human resources in Mexico, director GE Women’s Network and ultimately director of human resources of global sales & marketing.
Buchholz was named global senior vice president and chief human resource officer at $4 billion revenues CB Richard Ellis, with 24,000 employees, in 56 countries. She was the architect of their organizational plan to support the CEO’s initiative to become the world’s largest real estate company.
She diversified her credentials to include private equity and smaller-cap companies, with the top human resource role and acting COO at private equity backed Hudson Clean Energy. She further enhanced her experience as the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at Webster Bank, with $22 billion in assets and 3,000 employees and as the chief human resources officer at HealthPlanOne, also a private equity backed company. Presently, Jennifer heads a Darien, CT based strategic human resource consultancy focused on assisting private equity companies to align human resources strategy to exit strategy.
Jennifer earned her MBA from Pace University in New York, after completing her B.A .in economics from The University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the founder of CBIG (Conscious Business Impact Group), an organization dedicated to promoting business leaders impact through leading edge business principles. Buchholz is also active in The Executive Forum, a board member of the Darien/Norwalk YWCA and former Board member of The Stamford Center for The Arts, the Greenwich YWCA, The World Affairs Forum, and The Women’s Mentoring Network.
She has been honored twice with GE’s Pinnacle Award and also given recognition by Congressman Shays for her contributions in developing programs for the aid of disadvantaged women.
Jennifer resides in Darien, CT with her son, and enjoys travel, learning and watching her son play sports!