Tamar Elkeles

Atlantic Bridge Ventures

The Chief Talent Officer: Evolution of the CLOs Role


Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D.
Chief Talent Officer
Atlantic Bridge Ventures

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Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D. is an experienced Chief Learning Officer & Human Resources Executive. She is a thought leader in the Talent, Learning and Organization Development and Human Resources field. Throughout her career Tamar has had unique experiences with entrepreneurs and executives in both start-ups as well as large enterprises. She has expertise managing global growth and leading international teams, as well as an extensive background implementing best in class people practices in technology companies.

Tamar is currently the Chief Talent Executive for Atlantic Bridge, a global venture capital fund focused on technology investments. Prior to this role, she was the Chief People Officer for a Silicon Valley tech start-up and before that was the Chief Learning Officer at Qualcomm.

In her role as Chief People Officer she led all Human Resources globally, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, HR systems, and worldwide HR operations. In her long tenure as Chief Learning Officer she created a world class learning organization and grew the company from 700 employees to over 31,000. Her scope of leadership included global learning, executive/leadership development, technical development, employee communications, organization development, talent management, learning technology and mobile learning for Qualcomm’s global workforce.

She has been featured in several publications including CLO Magazine, Training Magazine and T&D Magazine and HR Executive Magazine for her leadership and contributions to the profession. In 2007 she co-authored the first book on the CLO’s role: “The Chief Learning Officer, Driving Value within a Changing Organization Through Learning and Development” and in 2010 she was named “CLO of the Year” by CLO Magazine. In 2014 she co-authored the book “Measuring the Success of Learning Through Technology” and under her leadership Qualcomm was named “2015 Learning & Development Organization of the Year”.

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