Dean Carter

VP of Human Resources & Shared Services, Patagonia

Dean Carter joined Patagonia’s leadership team as Vice President for Human Resources and Shared Services. In this role, Dean Carter provides strategic leadership and direction of Patagonia’s global human resources, finance and legal teams. He is charged with developing initiatives to support Patagonia’s nearly 2,000 employees worldwide in carrying out our mission.

Carter brings a wealth of global human resources and business leadership to Patagonia. In his most recent role as Chief Human Resources Officer with Sears Holdings, Inc., Carter has supported more than 220,000 employees in the United States and Asia and partnered directly with more than 30 Business Unit Presidents. He also was chairman of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Foundation.

Dean previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Fossil, Inc., for nine years where he was the top HR officer supporting over 8,000 employees across 23 countries during a period of significant international expansion.

Carter has a BS in speech/organizational communication from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Workforce Science Fellow of Northwest University School of Law in Chicago. In 2013 Carter was awarded the Top 10 Breakaway HR Leaders by the Global HR Summit.

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