CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, announced that Kimberly Kilkenney has joined the firm as principal and chief people officer. In this role, Kilkenney will collaborate with firm leadership to execute the strategy of providing a best-in-class people experience across a global footprint.
Based in Denver, Kilkenney is a solution-oriented, client-focused, and collaborative global people leader with more than 20 years of experiencing leading transformations and driving human capital strategies aligned to key business objectives. Her extensive people and leadership experience includes overseeing global talent acquisition; mobility; HR technology; data management, reporting, and analytics; workforce strategy and planning; and contingent labor and vendor management. She has successfully managed the alignment of the full life cycle of workforce strategy, solutions, plans, and operations supporting multiple business units and geographies for a large global professional services organization.
Kilkenney has also designed, deployed, and led comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion programs spanning from recruitment to retention. These include recruiter training, intern programs, return to work initiatives, veteran hiring strategies, and accelerated leadership programs. She has also served on several DEI committees to champion inclusivity in the workplace.
“The foundation of our firm’s continuing growth and success has always been the talent and character of our people,” said David Kessler, CEO of CohnReznick. “Retaining and recruiting the best in our industry has never been more important as our clients increasingly rely on us to keep them at the forefront of their industries and as CohnReznick continues to expand domestically and overseas. Kim is an exceptional leader with a proven ability to integrate business and people strategies across complex, multi-functional organizations and teams. We are delighted to welcome her to CohnReznick as our chief people officer and look forward to the many ways she will elevate our people experience within the firm, with our clients, and with the broader communities we reach.”
Kilkenney joins an outstanding people and culture leadership team leading the critical functions of total rewards, talent acquisition, resource management, and learning and development. Their collective efforts to drive an extraordinary people experience were at the forefront of the firm being names as one of Newsweek’s 100 Most Loved Workplaces in America for the third year in a row and being certified by Great Place to Work for the second consecutive year.
Before joining CohnReznick, Kilkenney was managing director of people workforce solutions, systems, and futures for a major firm. In this role, she was responsible for leading initiatives related to transformations, future of work, location strategies, and workforce strategy. She earned a BA in psychology/pre-med, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.Ed. in higher education administration and counselor education, summa cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University.