As the Vice President of People Planning, Design and Analytics, Elaine Mason leads an internal consulting team that works with senior executives on organization design, change management, strategic workforce planning and design thinking. Since joining Cisco in 2016, Mason has lead two transformation initiatives – one focused on building management capabilities focused on people planning and a second focused on reinventing the company’s talent strategy.
Prior to joining Cisco, Mason was the Vice President of Organization Effectiveness and Workforce Planning at American Express. In that role, Mason collaborated with senior leaders across numerous business units as well as staff groups to assess and identify better ways the organization can work. She was one of the recipients of the 2010 American Express CLO “Rock the Boat” award, the 2012 American Express HR Pinnacle award for her problem-solving capabilities and the 2014 American Express Intellectual Curiosity award for her ability to bring that external thinking into the organization.
Before American Express, Mason worked as an organization development consultant, where she led strategic transformation, talent management and organization change engagements in the technology, financial, nonprofit and defense sectors. Before consulting, Mason spent eleven years at MTV Networks and Viacom, holding various Technology and Human Resource leadership positions. Her last role at Viacom was the Vice President of Planning and Education, where she led the organization strategic planning for MTVN, as well as employee development and change/program management for the technology group.
Outside of her business experience, Mason serves on the board of Achieve Mission –a nonprofit that provides strategic planning, talent management and technology consulting to the sector. Additionally, Mason is a board member of Imperative – a B-Corporation focused on enabling purpose driven work. Previously, Mason has served as a National Board Member for the Taproot Foundation as well as the Board of the Organization Development Network. Mason holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.