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Endeavor has hired Kerry D. Chandler as chief human resources officer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She replaces Carole Katz, who, after 18 years at the company, will take an advisory role.
“As Endeavor continues evolving and expanding, the human resources function and its role in maintaining an environment where our employees have the support and resources to really thrive and seize opportunities become more important than ever,” CEO Ari Emanuel said Monday in a statement. “Kerry brings incredible experience across all of the key drivers in creating, and sustaining, this type of environment on a global scale.”
Chandler comes from Under Armour, where she had been chief HR officer since 2015. She began her career in HR at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, then worked at Exxon, Motorola and IBM. The sports fan joined ESPN in 2000 as senior vp HR, then worked in various capacities at Disney, including a leadership role at Hong Kong Disneyland. She returned to sports in 2007, moving to the NBA and eventually becoming executive vp there, then took a senior HR executive job at Christie’s International before going to Under Armour.
“Endeavor has undergone an amazing transformation over the last several years, establishing a significant presence across all facets of media,” Chandler said in a statement. “It’s an exciting time to become part of this company’s journey and have an opportunity to support such a passionate and driven team.”
The San Diego native graduated from Lincoln University, then earned master’s degrees in human resources and management from Washington University and McGill University, respectively. She also earned a certificate in the International Masters in Practicing Management Program from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Chandler is a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute and the Executive Leadership Council and serves on the espnW Advisory Panel, the College Football Hall of Fame and the New York Urban League board. Previously, she served on the boards of the University of Exeter’s Center for Leadership Studies, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, Her Justice (an organization for domestic violence survivors) and the senior human resources forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Chandler also has made the lists of SportsBusiness Journal‘s “Game Changers” among women in sports, Black Enterprise‘s Most Powerful Women in Business and BizWomen’s 100 Business Women to Watch.
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