• June 22, 2016
HCMx Radio 34: LinkedIn’s People Strategy: How Will it Benefit Microsoft?

Guest: Kevin Delaney, Head of Learning and Product HR, LinkedIn

Host: Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group


This episode features an exclusive interview with Kevin Delaney, who is the Head of Learning and Product HR at LinkedIn. This interview took place a few days before Microsoft acquired LinkedIn. Our discussion focused on how Kevin is leading HR and learning to organize these functions efficiently to support LinkedIn’s growth, and develop its teams and individuals so that they can be adaptable, innovative and sustainable.


Recorded June 9, 2016


Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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