Hain Celestial Group appoints Amber Jefferson as new chief people officer

Hain Celestial Group Appoints Amber Jefferson as New Chief People Officer

The Hain Celestial Group, a Hoboken-based global health and wellness company, announced Wednesday that it named Amber Jefferson as its new chief people officer. In this role, Jefferson will oversee the company’s global human resources function and provide leadership for the culture and talent strategy to enable the “Hain Reimagined” transformation rolled out earlier this year.

Jefferson, who will join the company Jan. 1, 2024, is a seasoned executive who brings strategic and operational human resources expertise to Hain, having spent more than 20 years in the consumer goods, retail, foodservice and travel industries. Jefferson will report to Wendy Davidson, CEO, and will serve on the executive leadership team.

“Amber has a strong reputation leading multinational organizations through transformation while driving a performance-based culture,” Davidson said. “She will be instrumental in designing our people strategy and building a strong pipeline of talent that will unlock our potential to drive long-term growth as a global enterprise.”

Jefferson most recently served as chief human resources officer for Farmer Brothers Coffee. Prior to that role, she spent nine years at Kellogg Co. in various business unit human resources leadership roles, most recently serving as head of HR for the company’s North America sales and digital commerce business. Earlier in her career, Jefferson held HR leadership roles with increasing importance at Sabre Corp., a global travel software developer, and Brinker International, a leading global casual dining restaurant company.

“I’m thrilled to join Hain at such an exciting time in its 30-year history,” Jefferson said. “I look forward to working closely with Wendy and the global leadership team to drive deeper employee engagement and elevate Hain’s reputation as a purpose-led organization that lives its values.”

Jefferson holds an MBA and Master of Science from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. She resides in Chicago and will connect into the company’s global headquarters in Hoboken as part of Hain Celestials Hub & Spoke agile working model.