Heather Whitaker

Heather Whitaker


People profiles

Heather Whitaker

Professional Background

  • Senior HR professional who has worked for a series of large blue chip and organizations with cutting-edge HR practices
  • Led or involved in M&A of all sizes
  • Specialises in assignments requiring change and engagement
  • 20 years of international experience including leading European, global and UK projects and HR departments
  • Highly commercial and business aligned
  • Sector experience includes pharmaceuticals, engineering, life sciences, technology, agriculture
  • Associate of Global PMI partners

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • HR strategy and strategic planning
  • HR due diligence and audit
  • Talent identification and management
  • Organisation transformation including organization design, restructuring, and transitions
  • Change management
  • Senior leadership selection
  • Experienced in working with unions and Works Councils

Project Highlights

M&A and Headcount reduction related engagements on which Heather has worked include:

  • Amersham Biosciences – 13% worldwide reduction
  • Electrolux – European HR reduction as a move to a new HR model
  • GE – breakout group HR lead
  • Pfizer – integration and site relocation
  • Haemonetics – three separate acquisitions, subsequent integrations plus restructuring
  • Daiichi Sankyo Development – restructuring and integration
  • GSK – transformation programme with restructuring, de-layering, competency design, selection, culture change programme, process changes