Natalie Bickford

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Appointed: 2020 
Nationality: British

Natalie Bickford is determined to build a workplace where people can bring their best selves to work. She aims to reinvent the employee experience through flexible working and establish a culture that thrives on a diverse workforce and that values everyone, regardless of age, religion, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Natalie has a solid track record of transforming organizations and was awarded “HR Diversity Champion of the Year” at the European Diversity Awards in November 2019. 

She has worked in HR for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of experience in consumer-facing industries to Sanofi. Natalie previously worked as Group HR Director at Merlin Entertainments, the world’s second largest location-based entertainment business, where she was responsible for 30,000 employees across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. She also held senior HR positions at Sodexo, AstraZeneca and Kingfisher Plc.

Natalie graduated from the University of Warwick in French and international politics. She is also a board member of the Kronos Workforce Institute.

Natalie lives with her husband and two children in the English countryside and commutes weekly to Paris.

 I am very much focused on the front-end of the business. From an HR perspective, you need to stand in the shoes of your customers, your people.

Natalie Bickford

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