Steven Rice

Chief Human Resources Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Steven Rice is chief human resources officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the global HR function in creating a climate where employees thrive professionally and personally in support of the foundation's mission. Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the foundation envisions a world where every person has the opportunity of living a healthy, productive life. Steven is responsible for an integrated portfolio focused on culture, talent & leadership, and organizational alignment that enables employees to deliver on the bold aspirations of the world's largest philanthropy. Prior to joining the foundation, Steven was the executive vice president of human resources at Juniper Networks, one of the world's leading providers of network hardware and software. He also chaired the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, which invests in STEM education, scholarships for emerging engineering leaders, technology in rural communities and anti-human trafficking issues. Steven was nominated in 2013 for the Business Leader's Award to Fight Human Trafficking, a joint effort of End Human Trafficking Now and the United Nations. Prior to Juniper Networks, Steven was vice president of global HR operations at Hewlett-Packard. Steven is a speaker and contributing writer, who most recently published an article in the July-August 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review titled "Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR", co-authored with John Boudreau.


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