Deborah Shelton, Executive Vice President, C-Suite Services
With three decades of experience as a senior corporate HR executive, community leader and entrepreneur, Deborah is a dynamic motivator who has guided diverse teams through fluctuating business cycles. A skilled communicator and trainer who excels at identifying and developing executive talent, she is an inspiring coach for candidates coping with the rigors of career change. Deborah has served in leadership roles within Fortune 100 to mid-size organizations, as well as entrepreneurial start-ups and not-for-profits and has been recognized for adding enterprise value to drive desired outcomes. Deborah is accustomed to high level executives in industries such as retail, financial and investment services, manufacturing, engineering, security, private equity, computer & technology, and travel & entertainment, among others. She is known for motivational, strategic, rigorous, and respectful coaching that leads to desired outcomes in addition to superior talent to align client needs with corporate thesis to produce optimal results.
A representative list of coaching engagements and clients include:
- CEO and CFO – International Security company • General Counsel – Numerous major companies
- CEO, President, and SVP – Private Equity portfolio companies
- President and SVP – Global Financial Services companies
- CEO and SVP – Luxury goods companies
- CEO, SVP, and VP – Travel and Leisure companies
- SVP and Legal Counsel — Global Transportation companies
- CEO, SVP and HR – Energy companies
- CEO, CFO and SVP – Global retailer
- EVP, CMO and SVP – Major Cruise Line companies
- CEO, CHRO and SVP – Healthcare companies
- SVP, Organizational Development – Major Beverage Distribution companies
Business/Organizational Leadership Experience
Prior to joining Right Management, Deborah served as an independent HR consultant for corporate clients from Seattle to Miami, providing expertise in strategic planning and goal setting, employee recruitment, training and team building. Earlier in her career, she served as Division Vice President–HR for Eddie Bauer, a division of General Mills, overseeing the design and management of HR programs for over 5,800 employees throughout North America. In that role, she spearheaded the HR | 2 strategy including change management strategy, performance review, employee training and retention. She also managed the annual executive strategic planning conference as a member of the executive committee of 12 reporting to the CEO. She began her career in the executive training program at Burdines (now Macy’s) and progressed through numerous merchandising roles; later she was selected to join HR where she led various programs including corporate training and development, college recruiting, executive recruiting and executive development. Deborah has also created and managed successful entrepreneurial businesses in the wellness and arts fields.
Education and Training
Deborah graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications. A leader in her community as well as her profession, she served as Founding President of the Kids in Distress Auxiliary–West in Broward County, creating a model for emerging charitable fundraising groups throughout South Florida.