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Coats appoints Monica McKee, new chief HR officer

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the American textile crafts market, has appointed Monica McKee as Chief HR Officer. McKee will report to Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive. She will also become a member of the Group Executive Team. She will be responsible for delivering the global HR strategy in support of Coats’ journey from the Industrial age to the Digital age. This covers performance management, progression planning, reward and talent acquisition. It includes implementing programmes that help retain and develop talent and deploy it more strategically, as well as developing and enhancing leadership capabilities.

McKee will be integral to Coats’ ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ initiative as well as for identifying and implementing the most effective digital solutions and tools to support the HR function at Coats in the future. Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive, Coats, said: “Monica is an experienced HR professional with an excellent reputation for coaching and developing others. She has diverse industry expertise with a proven track record in delivering both operating excellence and business transformation at global companies so is well equipped to take the lead on the next phase of our people strategy. She will also bring valuable additional insight to our Group Executive Team.”

McKee joins from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), a global biopharmaceutical company, where she was Head of Human Resources, Corporate Functions, based in New Jersey, US. She was accountable for driving business performance through selective, strategic and focused execution of the People Strategy. She succeeds Andy Speak who left in August 2017 to take up the role of Group Human Resources Director at DS Smith, a FTSE 250 packaging company.