Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Sears Holdings’ Dean Carter

  Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Sears Holdings’ Dean Carter

- Chief Human Resources Officer at the retail giant discusses where tradition
 meets the “new age,” the ideal future HR executive, and why diversity is the
                        ultimate business connection -

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- June 17, 2013

Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released its latest issue
of the Boyden Leadership Series featuring an in-depth interview with Dean
Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer of Sears Holdings Corp. (SHC).

In the interview, Mr. Carter discusses the transformation of Sears, leveraging
the clout of CHROs, the nexus of technology and human capital, how diversity
is good business, and why young managers must focus on learning instead of

“Dean provides great insight into the next steps in the evolution of the
CHRO,” said Trina Gordon, President and CEO of Boyden World Corporation. “HR
management teams will play increasingly critical roles as companies move to
maximize employee engagement in rapidly changing industry environments.”

“Dean stands out among his peers because he’s both a strategic business
partner and he has been successful instilling business- focused HR programs,”
said Catherine Gray, a Principal of Boyden Chicago. “Dean is naturally curious
and innovative and he’s passionate to make a difference in the work he does
inside an organization.”

Mr. Carter is CHRO for Sears Holdings Corp., a Fortune 100 company with more
than $35 billion in revenue and 246,000 employees. SHC includes the iconic
retail brands Sears, Kmart and Lands’ End as well as leading consumer brands
Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. Sears is the fourth largest broadline retailer
and seventh largest retailer in the U.S., and was recently recognized as the
Fastest Internet Retailer by Internet Retailer Magazine and awarded the 2012
Mobile App of the Year.

Mr. Carter joined SHC in 2010 as Vice President, Talent Management,
responsible for enterprise-wide talent management including strategies and
platforms driving succession planning, talent assessment, learning and
development, engagement and performance management. He assumed additional
responsibility leading the corporate HR business partner team supporting 26
business unit presidents, and shortly thereafter was promoted to CHRO in 2012.

Prior to SHC, Mr. Carter was CHRO for Fossil, Inc., the global leader in
accessory design, which manufactured international brands including Fossil,
Burberry, Armani, Michael Kors, DKNY, Diesel and Adidas. During his 10-year
tenure as CHRO, Fossil experienced transformation and growth. After beginning
his career with Proctor & Gamble in the Advanced Management Development
Program, he held a variety of progressive HR roles with Pier 1 Imports and
Pearle Vision.

Mr. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the
University of Texas at Austin.

The full interview with Mr. Carter as well as a sidebar interview with
Boyden’s Catherine Gray, “The Challenge in Landing a World Class CHRO,” are
available at

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Paul
Yanover, President of Fandango, Harald Norvik, a Director of ConocoPhillips
and former CEO of Statoil; Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili
Lamborghini S.p.A.; Luís Mira Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC Português; Jeffrey
Housenbold, President and CEO of Shutterfly Inc.; Jaime Rivera, CEO of Bladex;
Svein Rennemo, Chairman of Statoil; Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive VP and
Group Director of Telenor; Ümran Beba, Region President for Asia Pacific for
PepsiCo; David Gergen, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and
a former presidential advisor; Robert Reich, currently Professor of Public
Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former US Secretary
of Labor; and James E. Lillie, CEO of Jarden Corporation. All are available on
Boyden’s website.

About the Series

The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the
views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership,
management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with
heads of corporations and other key organisations across the globe to further
growth and the exchange of ideas.

About Boyden World Corporation

Boyden is a global leader in the executive search industry with more than 65
offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, Boyden specialises in high
level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across
a broad spectrum of industries. For further information, visit the firm’s
website at


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Sears Holdings Public Relations
t. +1 (847) 286-8371
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