Brainlabs hires Omnicom’s human resources leader as chief people officer


Brainlabs has recruited Jenny Healy, human resources leader of Omnicom Media Group, as its chief people officer.

Healy has worked in senior talent development roles in the industry for over 20 years, primarily at Mindshare and Omnicom Media Group, where he served as chief people officer.

The appointment is Brainlabs’ second senior intake in a week after former Mediacom boss Stephen Allan has joined as executive chairman to lead his global expansion plans.

Healy joins the Brainlabs executive team after a period of rapid growth at the digital marketing firm, which has grown from 150 to 650 in just under two years.

His role will be to develop the culture of Brainlabs and guide all aspects of employee proposition and operations with people. This includes recruiting, employee engagement, operations with people, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, internal career growth, and a culture of learning. Its mandate also includes promoting diversity and inclusion.

Brainlabs has three offices in the UK: in London, Manchester and Farnham, Surrey, following the recent acquisition of e-commerce specialist Molzi.

Talent recruiting and retention has become a hot topic in an industry that is grappling with record levels of dropout following multiple Covid-19 lockdowns. Keeping staff satisfied and Brainlabs an attractive employer will be an important part of Healy’s role.

She said: “[Brainlabs] understands that people are at the heart of their business and our job is to enable them to thrive and enjoy themselves while creating amazing work for our clients. I look forward to helping them on their journey and creating the best place to build and develop a career in digital marketing. “

Brainlabs’ global chief executive Daniel Gilbert described Healy as “the most prestigious person possible”, while UK chief executive Jo Lyall said the company was “delighted that someone of Jenny’s caliber is boarded “.

Lyall added, “The challenge of exploring new ways of working and building and nurturing corporate culture, all while the number of staff is growing exponentially, requires an expert hand and we definitely have it at Jenny.”

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