Margaretta Noonan

Margaretta Noonan is the founder of noonanHR, LLC and has had management experience with Fortune 500 companies in all global functions of human resources in the retail and professional services industries. She has a proven track record of being able to identify issues in complex organizations and implement effective solutions.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ms. Noonan was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Hudson Global, Inc, a worldwide recruitment, staffing, and human resources consulting company. Her responsibilities included the strategic direction of the Human Resources and Legal teams around the world as well as the firm’s business process improvement initiatives. She was the primary management liaison to the Compensation, Human Resources and Nominating & Governance Committees of the Board of Directors. Before joining Hudson, Ms. Noonan was the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Monster Worldwide, Inc., the parent company of Prior to that she was the Vice President, Human Resources for Kohl’s Corporation and for Lord & Taylor.

During her corporate career, Ms. Noonan participated in the management of a high growth organization (Kohl’s), an acquirer of more than 100 other firms (Monster), a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Best Products), a company closure (Carter Hawley Hale), and a successful public-company spin off (Hudson).  Ms. Noonan began her work in human resources during college, taking her career from Receptionist to Executive Vice President.  Her career in the retail sector included senior HR positions with Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Best Products, Kohl’s and Lord  & Taylor.   She worked in all areas of human resources: benefits, compensation, employee relations, recruiting/staffing and learning & development.

Ms. Noonan has had formal media training and her television appearances include CNNfn, Extra!, the Oxygen network and interviews with print media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Working Woman Magazine. She has given speeches at the Leadership Summit of the Legal Marketing Association, the International Quality & Productivity Center, the Columbia University Graduate School “Women in Business Conference”, and the Global Summit of Women, among others.

Her professional and civic affiliations include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Consulting Group/boardnet USA (Chair of the Governance Committee), the Global Summit of Women (member of the International Planning Committee) and Enterprising Women Magazine (advisory board)

Ms. Noonan is a summa cum laude graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.  Living in Westerly, Rhode Island, Ms. Noonan is married to Dr. John F. Noonan, President Emeritus of Bloomfield College with whom she practices the art of work/life balance.