Kate Hyatt

EVP & Chief People Officer, Healthgrades
Kate Hyatt
Kate Hyatt is a Human Capital Executive with extensive global experience including EMEA and APAC regions. Kate speaks French and Italian. She is an expert in leading business transformations through the use of innovative people strategies.

In her role as Chief People Officer at Healthgrades, Kate has transformed the human resources function into a strategic business asset. The Healthgrades award-winning Human Resources function includes talent acquisition, talent management/succession, employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance management, diversity & inclusion, facilities management, and leadership development. Kate’s team has implemented AI and machine learning processes to enable improved efficiency and effectiveness. Under Kate’s leadership, the company’s wellness approach and program has been reimagined using challenges, incentives and gamification achieving a 300% improvement in participation.

Kate is a sought-after conference speaker and has delivered multiple programs on employee engagement, culture, change management, effective compensation/benefit plans and collaborative work spaces. Privately-held companies, vendor partners and membership associations recognize Kate as a thought leader and have recruited her to serve on various advisory boards.

While at Staples, Kate lived in Amsterdam where she oversaw change management and divisional restructuring for the European business unit resulting in doubling of top-line revenue and reducing G & A by 40%. In her current role as Chief People Officer at Healthgrades, Kate has led strategic resource allocation projects identifying over $30M in cost savings to allow reinvestment in key growth initiatives including website product development and rebuilding the CRM platform. She was also instrumental in an extensive reorganization of the company including the replacement of three C-level executives and two CEO transitions.

Kate has been highly successful in her M & A work. In 2009, she led the HR integration of Corporate Express into Staples achieving $700M in synergies over 18 months. In 2015, while at ProBuild, Kate oversaw the company’s post-acquisition integration after being acquired by a public company (Builders First Source) attaining the synergy target of $25M. In 2019, Kate directed HR and facilities integration after the acquisition of Influence Health, achieving complete integration within 60 days.

Kate has a strong record of aligning compensation and benefits to achieve business results. At Healthgrades, she overhauled the health insurance plan offerings and the wellness program resulting in 15% reduction in annual spend. Kate has extensive experience working with Compensation Committees to develop long-term and short-term incentive plans to ensure goal alignment and executive retention.

Succession Planning is another area of expertise for Kate. She created and launched programs for Staples, ProBuild and Healthgrades. In all cases she built new approaches which guaranteed 100% of executive level roles having ready-now candidates for succession. On a related note, Kate has built and implemented Board succession plans.

In addition to having worked in technology for many years, Kate has gained expertise in cyber security and HITRUST certification through her membership on the Healthgrades Executive Information and Security Compliance Council. Kate is well-versed in incorporating social media and ESG factors into corporate strategy. This work along with Kate’s experience overseeing both internal and external communications position her as a functional expert and an top-notch business executive.