Valerie Grubb is the principal of Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within major corporations. She now works on a consulting basis in operations management, specializing in back-office functions such as HR, purchasing, facilities/real estate, security, travel, and other logistics and ops-based areas. Valerie is particularly adept at managing major corporate initiatives in high-growth, complex work environments, and also supports talent and leadership development for several major corporations and nonprofits.
In her training capacity, Valerie focuses on the world of executive leadership and management, and has a special expertise in transposing company vision into strategic training initiatives that resonate with both senior management and employees. She has taught senior leaders and high-potential employees throughout the USA, Asia, Europe, South America, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). She has experience working in a variety of industries, including entertainment, media, spirits and beverage, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, nonprofit, and others.
Prior to founding Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., Valerie served as the vice president of strategic operations and initiatives at NBC Universal, where she oversaw business development opportunities including the purchase of the Weather Channel and sale of several NBCU assets. She also spearheaded quality initiatives in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Valerie played a seminal role in the 1999 formation of Oxygen Media, where she served as vice president of operations and led the HR, risk management, training, facilities, security, travel, and real estate operations for all Oxygen offices in the United States. She led the transition efforts for the operations departments following the sale of Oxygen to NBCU in November 2007.
Before joining Oxygen, Valerie was the vice president of operations for Barry Diller during the inception of InterActiveCorp (IAC), where she contributed significantly to IAC’s aggressive acquisitions strategy and managed the integration of newly acquired companies under the IAC corporate umbrella. She began her career as an engineer with Allison Engine Company, a division of General Motors that was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1995. During her eleven years with Rolls-Royce, she earned increasingly senior assignments, culminating in her appointment as director of public affairs.
Since 2005, Valerie has been a featured speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. She has also been a keynote presenter for several major corporations throughout the USA. She is the 2014 Advisory Chair for NY Women in Cable Television (WICT) and has served as a Prime Access Mentor to young professionals in the cable industry for several years.
Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. In partnership with IU, she is also a board member of the business school at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.