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Melanie Hughes is a transformation executive who has been in C-suite roles for the last 20 years. Hughes has experience in operational and human capital roles across several different sectors including Technology, Financial Services, Media and Retail. She is also a global citizen, having lived in 6 countries with experience in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America.

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Executive Coaching

Board Meeting Preparation

Organizational Transformation

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Human Capital

M&A Integration

Cultural Realignment

Team Building & Strategy



Most recently Hughes has been CHRO for Moody’s Corporation overseeing the Human Capital function and driving culture & organizational realignment to support a change in strategy for the firm. Under her leadership Moody's was recognized as one of the "Most Loved Companies" by Newsweek. She also oversaw a successful CEO transition.  At Gilt Groupe Hughes joined the firm during its infancy and supported its growth to a $1 billion valuation, responsible for operations including, sales operations, offshoring, creative/studios, real estate, facilities and building the executive team. When at Tribune she was responsible for Human Capital, driving culture change as the company emerged from bankruptcy, restructuring the company through a spinoff of the publishing business, doubling the size of the broadcast business through acquisition and building the digital arm of the media organization. Hughes joined DoubleClick at the height of the dot-com boom, building the talent infrastructure, managing through the restructuring in response to the technology crash and changing the culture to facilitate the success and regrowth of the of the company, resulting in the initial sale to Hellman & Friedman and eventually Google.

Over the last 20 years, Hughes has managed the Governance & HR committees of the board, setting the agenda through times of change. She is seasoned in presenting to the board on a range of issues and has been a trusted advisor to the Committee chairs. She has had board experience on the Moody’s Foundation board, and is currently on the advisory board of SecurityScorecard. She actively coaches CEOs and CHROs on a range of strategic and Human Capital issues. She has also had not-for-profit experience in Nicaragua, where she has set up educational and dental programs for the community, where she has a residence.

Hughes holds an BSc. (Hons.) degree in Psychology from Brunel, London and an MBA from INSEAD in France. She currently splits her time between Connecticut and Florida and spends her free time sailing, which is a passion.

20 years in the C-Suite and Board Experience

Engaged in 30+ divestitures & acquisitions/integrations

Supported successful CEO transition at Moody's Corp

Managed operations of Gilt Group to create a $1B valuation

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