World’s top CHRO is Apple’s first CPO


Recently named top CHRO in the world for 2022, Carol Surface is reportedly taking on the role of Apple’s first chief people officer.

Media reports over the past week note that the multinational technology company is moving human resources into its own standalone portfolio, rather than the previous set-up where it fell under the head of retail.

According to Bloomberg, the change was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook in an internal communication.

Carol “brings an incredible depth of experience, which will be invaluable in supporting our teams around the world and building on everything that makes Apple so special,” the company said in a separate statement.

Prior to joining Apple, Carol held the role of Medtronic executive vice president and CHRO.

Carol took the top CHRO in the world title in 2022, by global executive search and leadership advisory firm N2 Growth, differentiating herself from 40 HR leaders across the world. Selection criteria for the title include the CHRO’s impact and performance on their organisation and industry, the talent they’ve helped attract and retain, and the culture they’ve helped shape.

At the time of securing the title, Carol said, “I’m honoured to be included among this esteemed group of forward-thinking CHROs who are shaping careers, culture, and talent at some of the world’s most innovative, people-driven companies.”

She added, “This recognition would not be possible without the extraordinary team of HR professionals I have the privilege of working with at Medtronic. Each day, they deliver world-class services and show up with a commitment to making a difference for our employees, which in turn helps us advance our mission to more patients globally.”

Carol joined Medtronic, which has over 100,000 employees, in 2013. She was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) in 2020.

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