HRMI 2021: Stuart Branch, Weetabix, Chief People and Digital Officer

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Branch has over 10 years’ executive level experience in business. In his current role, he is responsible for the organisation and effectiveness of people, systems, technology, culture, and performance of The Weetabix Food Company.

His work particularly focuses on organisation design, talent and capability, employee engagement, business systems and processes, data, and insight, as well as leadership development, performance, and reward. He describes his role as continuing to make Weetabix a great and effective place to work.

 His career has spanned a diverse range of sectors – from hospitality and retail, financial services, and manufacturing – where he has driven business change at an extensive scale. His customer-centric, commercially focused approach is perfectly suited to the fast-paced world of FMCG.

Branch believes that both HR and IT add value through serving customers and business partnering to build individual and organisational capability and is passionate about the fact ‘the manager makes the difference’.

Branch joined Weetabix in the autumn of 2012, leaving Masco Corporation after four years serving as both the European HR and Customer Services Director.

Branch lives in Silverstone, Northamptonshire with his wife, Christine, and twin daughters Megan & Sarah. He is a keen fundraiser and enjoys triathlon, swimming, and the challenges of endurance sport.

 

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Stuart Branch was ranked fifth on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.