|Brunel University, BSc|
Melanie Hughes was appointed as EVP/Human Resources for Tribune Company in May, 2013. She is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s human resources functions including recruitment, compensation and benefits, organizational development and employee relations.
During a 25-year career in the retail and consumer goods industries, Hughes has worked with such iconic brands as Gilt Groupe, COACH and DoubleClick, holding a variety of high-level executive positions overseeing human resources, operations, facilities, mergers & acquisitions and change management.
Prior to joining Tribune, Hughes worked with some of the world’s most well-known brands in retail and consumer goods.
She served three-plus years as Chief Administration Officer for Gilt Groupe and was responsible for customer service, creative services, human resources, facilities, and sales operations. Under her leadership, Gilt grew from 120 employees to more than 1,000, and revenues jumped tenfold. She helped build senior teams, operational technology systems, an internal recruiting operation, and attacked cost inefficiencies across real estate, creative services, and customer service. Hughes also integrated three acquisitions into the operations and the culture.
Before her work with Gilt, Hughes was SVP/Human Resources at COACH, responsible for managing HR programs for ten thousand employees. She was instrumental to developing the talent management, systems, communication and people that were an important factor in the exceptional growth of COACH.
From 2000 to 2005, Hughes oversaw human resources for the digital advertising giant DoubleClick, where she helped to lead the reorganization of the company, created the company’s infrastructure for operations in India, introduced a compensation model aligned with shareholder interests, and conducted due-diligence and integration for no less than 12 acquisitions and four divestitures. Here efforts culminated in preparing the company for sale to Hellman & Friedman.