HR Most Influential Podcast 3.5: How to work with your CEO


Kerry Smith, chief people officer for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and five-time HR Most Influential practitioner joins the podcast to explore the vital relationship between a CPO and their CEO.

No matter where you are in your career, it's important to get on with your boss.

For an HR leader, it's vital – and not just for selfish reasons.

In episode 5 of series 3, we dive into why CPOs and HRDs are uniquely positioned to support their chief executive, and how a healthy partnership between the two delivers long-term success for both parties' objectives.

To explore how these two strategic leaders can work together to transform their organisations' fortunes, Kerry Smith, chief people officer of the British Heart Foundation – and five time HR Most Influential practitioner – joined HR magazine editor Charissa King in the studio for King's first episode as host.

In the podcast, they explore: 

  • How to work with a new CEO
  • Why it pays to build a true partnership, and
  • What the ideal CEO looks like

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