About Adriana Bokel Herde

Adriana is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 20 years of global success spanning human resources with a focus on pharmaceuticals, biotech, and technology, and digitization companies. Leveraging her extensive experience in digital HR transformation through technology, she is a valuable asset for diverse companies seeking or encountering rapid growth, international market penetration and expansion, and people development and management programs and systems. Her broad areas of expertise include combination of business and business strategy, talent recruitment and development, change management, leadership development, operations, innovation and employee experience.

Throughout her executive career, Adriana has held leadership positions at healthcare companies including MediGene, PAREXEL and Biogen. She is currently the Chief Evangelist Officer and Chief People Officer at PeopleDoc, Inc., HR technology company. She has been responsible for helping clients operationalize their HR transformation vision and drive change through technology to increase efficiency and improve user experience. Previously she has managed Global HR Shared Services Organizations, Global Mobility Programs and Operations, Talent Acquisition and People Development Programs, HR Technology, HR Vendor Management, and Non-Employee Programs at Biogen. Additionally, Adriana has served as the lead HR Business Partner to the Corporate Functions organizations when she led a large HR team as well as served as the main point of contact for the Chief Finance Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Information Officer. She led key company change initiatives. At PAREXEL, among others, she build a centralized European recruitment team and worked with the business and development team on M&A deals.

Adriana holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Adult Educational Psychology & Educational Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, in addition to a Clinical Psychology dual-degree from UCLA and Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to her executive career, she is a member of MIT Women Alumni Leadership team and participated in the Biogen Women Leadership Program and the Women Innovation Network.

Why Candidate Experience is More Than Process Maps

Have you ever participated in a new process design session and left the meeting with the sensation of “mission completed,” only to be surprised several months (if not years) later that the process, which was so nicely designed with a bunch of smart people in a room, doesn’t really reflect the experience the user actually has?

Why I Changed the Name of the HR function at PeopleDoc

One can say that I am truly passionate about what HR stands for and how valuable strategic HR is for business success. I have been very lucky in my career to have had amazing HR mentors who fully embedded this concept and showed me how HR can and should be bold and push business leaders to focus on the people they are leading.