Nikki Humphrey has been appointed Virgin Group’s Chief People Officer. Humphrey starts the newly created role in July, reporting directly to Josh Bayliss, Virgin’s Group CEO.
Commenting on this strategic appointment, Bayliss said: “It’s the right time for us, post-pandemic, to strengthen our people team in this way – by recruiting a people director – as it will put even more emphasis on this aspect of Virgin’s purpose.”
Humphrey begins this new chapter in her career after serving as Executive Director of People at John Lewis Partnership (JLP), a position she has held since 2020. Before joining JLP, Humphrey was the Chief People Officer at Virgin Atlantic.
Build a unique culture
Even though she already knew Virgin Group, the move was not easy! “The decision to leave John Lewis Partnership was a difficult one, but the opportunity to join the Virgin family was too good to pass up,” said Humphrey.
Over the past year, Virgin has launched a new strategy of purpose and vision with its employees at its heart, and Humphrey is extremely excited and wants to be a part of it. “I can’t wait to get on board and bring to life the culture of this unique company, built over 50 years.”
Bayliss is also excited about her appointment and, highlighting Humphrey’s strengths, said: “Her knowledge of the Virgin brand, values and culture will be invaluable in driving a first-class, Virgin-specific employee experience”.
Challenging words by Virgin’s Founder, Bayliss adds: “Richard Branson always said that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of your business. So I’m delighted to welcome Nikki back to the Virgin family.”