Colt bolsters ‘Challenger Culture’ with key appointment of Mary Alexander as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Human Resources

London, 23 November 2017 – Colt Technology Services today announced the appointment of Mary Alexander as the Executive Vice President (EVP) – Human Resources. Mary forms part of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), reporting directly to Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mary will focus on augmenting the company’s customer oriented approach, with the transformation of Colt’s people agenda to hire and develop the best diverse talent. Driving a competitive edge via its ‘Challenger Culture’ is a core priority for Colt’s leadership, and Mary will focus on leveraging performance management, raising managerial effectiveness and building optimal organisational agility and long-term workforce planning. Central to Mary’s efforts will be a revamped talent programme and employee engagement endeavours across Colt globally.

Carl Grivner, CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Mary to the team. Her proven experience in establishing a culture of change in large global organisations comes at a perfect time for Colt. Encouraging a ‘Challenger Culture’ cultivated by empowering every one of our employees is a unique feature of our organisation and key to serving our customers better.”

Mary Alexander, EVP – Human Resources, commented: “Colt is an excellent business with strong assets and an international footprint where diversity and multi-culturalism thrives. I am passionate about how we can unlock the full potential of our people and bring in fresh skills and perspectives. Creating a disrupter culture is immensely satisfying, and I am delighted to be working alongside a great leadership team to accomplish this.”

Mary has over 25 years’ expertise in HR strategy, talent management and extensive experience in building strong hiring and employer branding capabilitiesShe has held senior HR positions in numerous leading organisations internationally, including a seven-year stint at PayPal as Vice President HR for the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and over a decade at British American Tobacco.

About Colt 

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