Dr. Anna Tavis is currently Global Head of Talent Management at Brown Brothers Harriman. She is Editor of the Perspectives Column for People and Strategy Journal and is a Board member of the Human Resource Planning Society. She has served in global executive roles at Fortune 100 firms focusing on Talent Management, Organization Development and Learning. Her role involves a broad range of organization development strategies and implementations across financial services that includes the office of the CFO, investments, real estate and consumer finance among others.
Dr. Tavis has pursued a global, multi-faceted career in the sectors of business, academia, and consulting. Prior to her current role, Dr. Tavis led learning and development at United Technologies Corporation where she was responsible for enterprise-wide global learning and development servicing over 215,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Dr. Tavis also led the organizational development function in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions for Motorola, and later transitioned to be the Head of Talent Management for Nokia. She has worked extensively in Europe, India, Eurasia and the Middle East. She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU teaching graduate courses, and has served on the faculty at Williams College, Fairfield University, and Columbia University. In addition, she consulted on talent management, organizational development and globalization with GE, Novartis, and the Seagram companies.
Dr. Tavis graduated from Herzen Pedagogical University with a degree in linguistics and education. She completed her undergraduate education at Bradford University, UK and Dartmouth College, USA. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University and later received an advanced certificate in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.