Helena Gottschling | HRM CA Hotlist 2014

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Helena GottschlingHelena Gottschling
Senior Vice-President, Leadership and Organizational Development


As senior vice-president, Leadership and Organizational Development, Gottschling is responsible for executive and high-potential talent management, including leadership development, succession planning, and organizational development. She has had to put that high-level succession planning into practice with the announcement that RBC’s long-time CEO Gord Nixon is stepping down this coming August. Nixon is the longest-tenured bank CEO in North America. RBC’s succession planning relies on identifying and developing high-potential employees early, Gottschling told HRD.

“Our talent review process is well ingrained across RBC. We place a lot of emphasis in identifying non-executive high-potential talent so that we really understand who our emerging leaders are. We understand that pipeline and where we have gaps and what we need to do to close those gaps.”

Gottschling says her time working in business functions outside HR made her a better HR leader and a better business partner.

“HR professionals really do need to deepen their understanding, their business and financial acumen, so they understand the programs we introduce, what drives employee behaviour, and that it’s relevant and aligned.”

See who else made it on our Hot List.

SVP Leadership & Org Development, Royal Bank of Canada (2008)
Years of Experience:
  • Board of Directors, The Mosaic Institute
  • Calgary Zoological Society
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Stage Company of Toronto
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the Cure
Current Town Toronto

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