Deborah Baker, group director for people, Sky
As group director for people at Sky Deborah Baker oversees more than 31,000 employees across Europe
Since joining Sky in 2007 Deborah Baker has been instrumental in transforming the company's approach to leadership, working closely with chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Working with experts in their field, new internal senior leadership programmes have been designed and run that help define management training across the group. The team have worked hard to embed a culture of individual responsibility for development throughout the company, while simultaneously creating a wealth of employee resources housed online and making use of new digital resources.
Recent focus has been on creating more opportunities for women to move into senior management roles, which has been very effective and has gained external recognition for its success. Work continues on the broader agenda of inclusion.
Following the recent integration of the three Sky's across Europe, Baker and her team have introduced new mechanisms to reward and recognise employees' success and to measure employee engagement across the group with a new mobile-friendly survey.
Baker joined Sky from Burberry where she was senior vice-president, human resources worldwide. Previously she has held HR director positions at Booker, The Signet Group and Grand Metropolitan. She spent the early part of her career at Ford and Schlumberger.