As the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer at Racepoint Global, Karen provides the leadership and management necessary to ensure the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization. She executes short-term and long-term plans and directives by implementing judgement, vision, management, and leadership. She has direct responsibility for managing and providing strategic leadership and oversight to assigned departments (Agency Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, New Business Development, Operations, Integrated Production and Technology Services). As a member of the Executive Management Team Karen works closely with the Chairman, President and CFO to develop and execute key strategies supporting Racepoint’s business plans.
Karen joined Racepoint fourteen years ago heading up the human resources and finance teams. She joined the company from Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she played an integral role in managing benefits and human resources for the medical and health care establishment. During her time there, Karen worked closely with the leadership, finance, corporate and local human resources teams on strategy and implementation, as the organization experienced growth and integration. Prior to Caritas St. Elizabeth’s, Karen was Director of Human Resources for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, one of the largest global public relations agencies. Over her five plus years with Weber Shandwick, Karen managed all aspects of human resource management as well as a pivotal role in M&A due diligence activity. Karen joined Weber from Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire, where she was Project Manager and Compensation Specialist for one of the world’s most recognized health care benefits organizations. Earlier in her career, Karen filled key operational and human resources roles for WZEA Radio of Hampton, NH and WRCA Radio of Greater Boston.
Karen is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has a broad range of HR related professional affiliations, including Society of Human Resources Management and North East Human Resources Association. She is on the Board of Directors of Comfort Zone Camp and Co-president of the Doherty Middle School Parent Advisory Council.
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