Chief People Officer
Nicole Grogan is the chief people officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is accountable for the human resources and corporate communications organizations. Ms. Grogan joined IV in 2010 as senior vice president of human resources. With a global workforce of more than 500 people, Ms. Grogan quickly evaluated the company goals and identified the best human resources structure to support the people and the business. Her initial contributions included the implementation of 10 new short- and long-term compensation plans for fund employees, the sales team and executives designed to incentivize increased revenue and profits. She also was responsible for launching IV’s first global human resources information system. Ms. Grogan shifted the team’s emphasis from recruiting and compliance, which had supported IV’s early growth rate, to include compensation, learning and development.
In addition, Ms. Grogan has been the executive sponsor for IV’s women’s community, mentoring circles and employee-led activities such as a speaker series and a variety of interest groups geared at building community. Through her leadership, the human resources department actively participates in driving business results while engaging with employees to build a culture that is unique to IV. She has also supported a refresh of IV’s messaging and increased focus on employment brand and internal communications.
Prior to joining IV, Ms. Grogan spent nearly 10 years at Cisco Systems, most recently as head of human resources for Cisco’s global engineering organization of more than 25,000 employees. Her previous roles include leading human resources for Cisco in Europe and a variety of generalist and specialist assignments at Cisco, Honeywell, AlliedSignal and Prudential Financial.
Ms. Grogan is passionate about and committed to her local community. She serves as board president for the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound affiliate, where she is involved in raising funds for local breast cancer screening programs and research. She is also a regular volunteer in support of Rainier Scholars and Hopelink. She can often be found cheering on her kids at their baseball games, swim meets and lacrosse matches.
Ms. Grogan received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. She also attended Pepperdine University’s master’s program in organization development. Ms. Grogan was selected as a 2017 – 2018 Fellow of the International Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum.