Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Paula Larson To Top HR Role

Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Paula Larson to the position of evp/chief human resources officer, effective December 16. She succeeds James Sweet, who is retiring.

According to the company, Larson has built her career leading change as both a human resources business partner and strategic consultant. Most recently, she was chief human resources officer for The Western Union Company. Prior to that, she was chief human resources officer at Invensys plc, a London-based global technology group.

“The development of our people is at the foundation of our Growth Game Plan— and throughout her career, Paula has helped companies navigate change and empower employees to achieve sustainable growth,” said Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO.

“As we deploy our new operating model and build key capabilities to speed, Paula has the perfect combination of strategic and executional HR leadership to strengthen our talent base and support our global growth ambition,” Polk added.

Larson said: “Newell Rubbermaid is a company with strong brands, and I am excited to be joining at this key moment when the transition to a new operating model is allowing employees to work in a more empowering environment to enhance company value. My two key goals are to help ensure we delight shareholders and create an ‘I want to work here’ culture for Newell’s diverse workforce.”