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Kerry D. Chandler

Kerry D. Chandler
Posted By: Ryan Rogers on May 03, 2011

Kerry D. Chandler, a San Diego, CA native, is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at the National Basketball Association responsible for leading the league’s global human resources strategy, including recruiting, employee relations, compensation, human resources information systems (HRIS), learning and development, and the organization’s human resources generalist function.

Previously, Chandler was Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company where Chandler was responsible for developing overall strategy and direction for the company’s corporate responsibility efforts; identifying, developing, and implementing all aspects of Disney’s overall global corporate responsibility; and ensuring that the company’s core principles in that area were integrated into the daily operating practices of all Disney businesses. In addition, she spearheaded all of Disney’s philanthropic and charitable-giving efforts and environmental policies, and expanded the Company’s social responsibility best practices.

Chandler was also Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Hong Kong Disneyland, where she was responsible for the overall human resources strategy, and overseeing all human resources services, compensation and benefits, human resources systems, staffing, and learning and development.

For five years, Chandler was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for ESPN, Inc.



During her tenure, she was instrumental in implementing and enhancing major human resources initiatives for the company’s global workforce.

Chandler also served as Director, Human Resources Strategy at IBM Global Services; held a variety of human resources executive positions at Motorola, Inc; served as a human resources analyst for Exxon Chemical Company; and was an employee-relations and college-relations representative for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Chandler was on the boards of the University of Exeter Center for Leadership Studies in the United Kingdom, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, InMotion, the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association, the Human Resources Policy Institute, the Senior Human Resources Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the Asia Pacific Human Resources Council of The Conference Board. In 2005, Chandler was named one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal magazine.

Chandler graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She later earned her master’s degree in human resources management from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a master’s degree in management from McGill University in Montreal. Chandler was also a participant in the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) Program, where she earned a certificate from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Chandler currently resides in Manhattan
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