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Agency Iris has named Harriet Shurville as Chief People Officer for its 450-strong London HQ, in a newly created role for the agency. Harriet will sit on the London Board.

Joining from McCann Worldgroup, where she held the position of People Director, Harriet’s new role will focus on creating a progressive and forward-thinking people strategy, through Iris’ ‘For the forward’ proposition, to ensure best in class talent attraction and retention. 

Chris Marlow, Managing Director, Iris, commented: “Harriet was the standout candidate for the role. Her enthusiasm and expertise is going to be pivotal as we look to unlock the full potential of our people and ensure Iris becomes the destination for the best talent in the industry”.

Harriet, added: 

My ambition is to match the forward-thinking approach that we apply to our clients, to our people, throughout their whole career with us. Making us famous not only for our work but for our people

Harriet currently sits on the advisory board for Exceptional Individuals, who provide recruitment and employment support for neuro-divergent individuals, as well as the IPA’s Creative Pioneers board. Prior to her role at McCann, Harriet worked in People functions for Selfridges, The FA and figleaves.com.

Harriet is known for vocalising her thoughts within the industry, she will be taking to the stage at HR Grapevine Live in March, focusing on empowering workplaces through employee experience.

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