Chet Kuchinad joined Save the Children International as Chief People Officer in October 2016 reporting to CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt. He is responsible for the development and delivery of People/Organisation/Culture and Child Safeguarding strategies. He is the principal advisor to the Board Chair and the CEO on all matters relating to People & Organisation and Safeguarding.
Chet brings unique sector experience from Retail, Consumer Products, Private Equity, and International Non-Profit where he led and contributed to business growth and value creation through people. He has successfully led and implemented programs in complex geographies, business structures and environments. He has hands on strategic and operational experience not only in Europe but also in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and N/S America. He has a successful record of guiding founder leaders (Starbucks, Nike) through challenging business environments. He has provided thought leadership to Boards and guided Remuneration and Risk Committees in multi sector settings.
Chet’s Global Human Resources and Business breadth covers iconic global brands like Starbucks Coffee, Nike and McDonald’s. His leadership positions include senior business partner roles that cover complex geographies, business structures and new market development. He has a successful track record of building and sustaining business performance through employee engagement. His leadership philosophy is grounded in principles of Servant Leadership, and in the fundamental belief that exceeding employee expectations through clarity of purpose and roles is critical to business success.
Chet has a MS in Statistics from Marquette University and a B.Sc. in Statistics and Economics from the University of Bombay.