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Jackie Orme, former CIPD chief executive, passes away


Jackie Orme, former chief executive of the CIPD, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Orme, who passed away on Thursday 19 July, aged 46, served as chief executive of the CIPD from April 2008, until diagnosed with the illness in late 2011.

Previously, she was chief people officer for Pepsico in the UK and Ireland, a role she held for seven years before joining the CIPD.

Gill Rider, CIPD president, said: "We are devastated by Jackie's death and we have all lost an inspirational leader who was so ambitious for our HR profession. She managed to connect in a deeply personal way with so many of us - we have lost a good friend.

"On behalf of the CIPD, and the very many people who were touched by her throughout the HR profession and beyond, we send our deepest sympathy to her husband David and her two young daughters. We can all remember her achievements with great pride and be grateful for what she accomplished through her time as CEO and the tremendous legacy she left on which we can build."

Peter Cheese, CEO said: "Jackie was extraordinarily influential in the profession not only for her vision and passion, but also because of deep values and humanity. Her colleagues are deeply saddened to lose such a leader and friend. We all are the better for having known her and had her as a leader of the profession, and I am determined to build on her legacy and vision for the future."

Dean Royles, chair of CIPD and director of NHS Employers, added: "Jackie was an extraordinary person and someone of great integrity, personal values, and passion for the CIPD and for the profession of HR. She was a very effective and successful leader for the CIPD, beginning her tenure as CEO in difficult times at the beginning of the recession, but leading it forwards and growing in to new areas, making a wider and profound impact on so many people. We will all miss her greatly."