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Kerry Chandler, the Chief Human Resources Officer, Stepping Down (EXCLUSIVE) Endeavor Chief executive, Human Resource Officer Kerry Arizona Steps Down

Kerry Chandler, the Chief Human Resources Officer, Stepping Down (EXCLUSIVE) Endeavor Chief executive, Human Resource Officer Kerry Arizona Steps Down

The independent executive director of Endeavor, Kerry Chandler, quit her post, Variety has exclusively learned.

The executive joined Ari Emanuels shop in 2018, ahead of a watershed moment for the business that has since gone public and continues to acquire portfolio properties outside its core talent representation and events verticals. She is said to be pursuing other opportunities.

The role that Kerry played for our business is not surprising. Which makes it difficult to let you know that he decided to leave the company.

Emanuel credited Chandler with helping Endeavor survive the coronavirus pandemic and accelerating diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Chandler joined Endeavor from Under Armour, where she was chief HR officer. She also held positions at Exxon, Motorola, IBM and Disney, including a top role at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Read the full Emanuel memo:

Having been with Kerry Chandler for three years and becoming our Chief Human Resources Officer, we lacked a global, professionalized HR organization. We were unable to be able to rely on the speed of our company's progress and change, so it is difficult to tell you that Kerry has decided to leave the company at the end of the month to pursue new opportunities.

Kerry has been a huge asset, not just to me and our global leadership team, but to our entire organization, navigating some of the hardest times that we have ever seen with compassion, humanity and courage of our convictions.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to decimate our company in March of 2020, she worked tirelessly to ensure that we could make the changes necessary to support our business while helping us all cope with the impact in the best possible manner possible.

Just a few months later, she helped us through the nationwide reckoning with systemic racism and accelerated her plans for establishing 'a diversity, equity and inclusion program'.

She and her team have created an HR org structure that will help our various businesses; launched holistic programs focused on learning and development and sustainable recruitment; integrated 10 new companies into the Endeavor fold; and built a foundation that continues to serve our company well into future.

Kerry will be missed. Please join me in wishing her all the best in her next chapter.

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