KERRY D. CHANDLER
Executive Vice President,
Kerry D. Chandler, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at the National Basketball Association, is responsible for leading the league’s global human resources strategy, including recruiting, employee relations, compensation, human resources information systems (HRIS), learning and development, and the organization’s human resources generalist function.
Prior to joining the NBA in 2007, Chandler was Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Chandler was responsible for developing overall strategy and direction for the company’s corporate responsibility efforts; identifying, developing, and implementing all aspects of Disney’s overall global corporate responsibility; and ensuring that the company’s core principles in that area were integrated into the daily operating practices of all Disney businesses. In addition, she spearheaded all of Disney’s philanthropic and charitable-giving efforts and environmental policies, and expanded the Company’s social responsibility best practices.
Prior to assuming this role, Chandler was Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Hong Kong Disneyland, where she was responsible for the overall human resources strategy, and overseeing all human resources services, compensation and benefits, human resources systems, staffing, and learning and development.
Before her assignment in Hong Kong in 2006, Chandler served five years as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for ESPN, Inc. During her tenure, she was instrumental in implementing and enhancing major human resources initiatives for the company’s global workforce.
Chandler also served as Director, Human Resources Strategy at IBM Global Services; held a variety of human resources executive positions at Motorola, Inc; served as a human resources analyst for Exxon Chemical Company; and was an employee-relations and college-relations representative for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
Chandler is currently a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute and the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the espnW Advisory Board as well as the board of the New York Urban League. She has previously served on the boards of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, InMotion, the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association, the Senior Human Resources Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the University of Exeter Center for Leadership Studies in the United Kingdom, and the Asia Pacific Human Resources Council of The Conference Board. In 2005, Chandler was named one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal magazine, and in 2012 was named a “Game Changer” among women in sports by the SportsBusiness Journal.
Chandler graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She later earned her master’s degree in human resources management from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a master’s degree in management from McGill University in Montreal. Chandler was also a participant in the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) Program, where she earned a certificate from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
A San Diego native, Chandler currently resides in Manhattan.