Vanessa Thurston

Vanessa Thurston, Interim Vice President & Head of Talent Management, Samsung Electronics America, leads the HR & Talent Management organizations which are responsible for executive leadership and management development, employer brand, talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, engagement and agile organizational development for Samsung’s $30 Billion+ consumer and enterprise business.  Vanessa and her team are reinventing leadership and culture at Samsung.

Prior to joining Samsung, Vanessa was a senior director and HR business partner for Veritas Technologies’ Americas and European Sales businesses.  Prior corporate experience includes Avaya, Inc., Intel Corporation and Nokia. Vanessa’s background in human resources and leadership operations includes deep experience in strategic business partnership roles, organizational and leadership development, mergers & acquisitions, sales enablement as well as HR operations management.

Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology and a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology both from Rutgers University. Vanessa is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM) and holds several assessment and learning certifications including DiSC, Hogan and MBTI.


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