Senior Partner - Talent to Value Academy
Bill Allen, Senior Partner at CEO.works, served in CHRO roles at listed companies for nearly 20 years and spent more than a third of his career outside the U.S. This experience has made him a sought-after executive advisor to private equity investment firms, including Sun Capital Partners, ICV Partners, and The Everstone Group.
A Sought-After Executive Advisor.
Bill knows what it takes to deliver outstanding business results in a variety of challenging environments. He grew up in PepsiCo’s HR “academy”, excelling in eight roles in his 12-year tenure at the American multinational. As leader of the HR function at A.P. Møller-Mærsk, a diversified $60B Danish conglomerate with 110,000 employees in 120 countries, Bill architected and implemented an operating system anchored in leadership, talent, and performance that fueled the enterprise’s cultural and business transformation. At Macy’s Inc., he introduced an omnichannel-centric approach to talent, drove a massive value-enabling restructuring of the HR function, and was deeply involved in a notable CEO succession. And at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Bill was a key driver behind the capability buildout that enabled the company’s dramatic growth between 1997 and 2003.
Mr. Allen currently works with C-suite leaders and private equity partners to help them design and execute clear, impactful,
and straightforward talent strategies that drive transformation and deliver value. Several investment firms, including Sun Capital Partners, ICV Partners, Strategic Value Partners, Everstone Capital, and Baring Private Equity Asia, benefit from his strategic advice.
Bill sits on the boards of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), private equity-owned Horizon Air Freight, and AI-powered recruitment startups GoGig and Fountain. Previously, he was a board member at Svitzer Marine and board chair for the American Chamber of Commerce (Denmark) and the Consortium for Global Talent. He has also actively participated in public policy development by serving on the boards of the American Health Policy Institute, Health Transformation Alliance, and HR Policy Association.
An honored Fellow of the NAHR, Bill has taught in numerous settings, including the business schools at Harvard, Wharton, and Copenhagen.