Roy Cohen, Talent Strategist
Roy is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years of corporate experience creating and leading human resources with well-known brands. His expertise includes identifying and developing company cultures, enterprise-wide interventions and change leadership, building employee engagement, executive coaching, training, compliance, benefits, compensation, talent acquisition, retention strategies, mergers, and acquisitions, restructuring, organizational development and performance management.
Most recently, Roy was a senior vice president with Enlow & Associates, a retained executive search firm headquartered in California.
Roy served as the chief human resources officer for more than 14,000 employees at TruGreen, the largest residential and commercial lawn care company in the United States and Canada. Roy led the human resources function during the company’s divestiture from ServiceMaster and its merger with the number one competitor, Scotts Lawn Service. During this time Roy helped identify and communicate the company’s culture, which boosted employee engagement from 45% to 68%, increased revenues to exceed $1.4B and led to the Corporate Memphis office’s recognition as “Best Places to Work” for four consecutive years. Roy’s team was responsible for all talent acquisition efforts, training, and leadership development programs, compliance, compensation, benefits, and human resources systems including the conversion to Workday.
In addition, Roy built the first human resources team at Bath & Body Works retail stores, a $1.8B division of Limited Brands. During his tenure, the company grew to more than 1,700 stores and 32,000 employees in nine years within the US and UK. Roy was instrumental in creating and introducing a unique brand culture which positively affected employee engagement and retention, supporting the rapid growth of the company. This success led to additional responsibilities including human resource oversight of Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Stores (450 stores) and the creation of the White Barn Candle Company (300+ stores).
He has also held human resources leadership roles at Spiegel Brands, Inc., Tween Brands, Inc. (Limited Too and Justice Store for Girls), Target, Wal-Mart and United Technologies.
Roy earned his business management degree from Purdue University and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).