Rachel O’Connor leads WATSON’s Human Capital Oversight practice, which focuses on the board’s oversight responsibilities with respect to people-related issues that are essential to effective organizational performance. When boards seek advice on executive leadership, performance, or people risk, culture, structure or strategy, Rachel provides trusted advice.
Prior to joining WATSON, Rachel worked for 10 years as a Senior Client Partner and team and business group leader at Hay Group and Korn Ferry. At Hay Group and Korn Ferry she advised a wide range of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to private and family businesses, Crown Corporations, First Nations and others. Rachel enjoys partnering closely with clients to be part of their success – it’s about building trust, adding value and delivering impact.
Rachel’s clients appreciate her ability to drive results while building strong relationships. She is both a big-picture thinker and a detailed analyst and implementer. She supports boards on a broad range of human capital oversight issues including human capital strategy, CEO evaluation and succession, talent management and succession, and organizational culture and design.
Her own experience as a leader adds to her impact. She brings experience as a P&L leader in both established and growing organizations, and experience as an operations, technology and HR leader.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).
Rachel has served on boards, advisory boards and special committees for many organizations including the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, the United Nations Women’s Development Fund (UNIFEM) the Vancouver Aquarium and two universities.
She is a member of the CPHR Award of Excellence Committee, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Women’s Executive Network. She has served on the faculty of The Directors College, which credentials corporate directors.