North Highland appoints Mary Slaughter and promotes Sean McKenna

01 December 2016 3 min. read
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North Highland has appointed Mary Slaughter, formerly at Deloitte, as Chief People Officer. The firm also recently promoted Principal Sean McKenna to lead for the San Francisco market.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mary Slaughter worked at Deloitte US for almost two years as a Managing Director in the firm’s Human Capital Consulting Practice. Previously, she was the Chief Talent Officer for SunTrust Bank for more than five years, responsible for defining talent strategy, among others. Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Learning Officer at Wachovia Securities and General Banking Group for three years and worked at Alcatel-Lucent for ten years, in her most recent role as Director of Global Sales Force Enablement. She started her career at AT&T where, over a 14 year period, she held a variety of Sales and Marketing Manager roles. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Austin Peay State University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Georgia State University.

US-based North Highland has appointed Slaughter as its Chief People Officer. In her new role she will be responsible for overseeing talent training and development, performance management and retention.

North Highland's CEO Dan Reardon, comments, “Mary brings a deep background in human capital and a passion for developing talent to North Highland. Her strong track record of success in balancing strategic planning with operational excellence will be an asset to our firm as we continue to invest in our people and grow our presence in the coming years.”

Slaughter says that she is “thrilled” to be joining the firm. Adding, “The firm’s vision of ‘Unleashing Potential Together’ illustrates a focus on relationships and people and I look forward to helping to achieve this vision through further developing our greatest asset – our employee-owners.”

Mary Slaughter and Sean McKenna

Prior to joining North Highland in 2011, Sean McKenna worked at Capgemini where, in his more recent role, he was an Associate Director the firm’s North America HR Lead for its Infrastructure Services. He previously worked for Gap as a Senior Manager and Business Process Design Lead for just over a year. His earlier career includes six years at Capgemini, where he rose to the rank of Manager; and five years at the Ford Motor Company, first as a Supervisor before becoming a Supply Base Manager in the firm’s Parts Supply and Logistics segment. McKenna holds a Bachelor of Science in General Management, OBHR & Spanish from Purdue University.

McKenna has worked at North Highland since 2011, and was most recently a Principal at the firm. In his new remit, McKenna takes the lead for the firm’s San Francisco market – he is responsible for further growing the firm’s presence in the Bay Area. He reports to North Highland President and West region leader, Bob Lamont.

Lamont, says that the firm is “thrilled” to have McKenna return to San Francisco as market lead. He adds, “He brings a passion for our employee-owners and our firm, along with a commitment to helping our clients solve their most pressing business challenges.”