Margie Wright-McGowan

Senior Vice President Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Margie is a Senior Human Resources Executive and leader with a proven track record of delivering results in challenging assignments.  She has consistently aligned human resource strategy with business goals to achieve significant improvements in employee engagement, organizational productivity and management capability.  Margie has a broad experience in all aspects of Human Resources and progressive growth within changing organizations.  She has demonstrated the ability to lead change initiatives at the grass roots level.  Margie is a trusted partner to senior executives and their leadership teams.

Most recently, Margie is the Senior Vice President Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  In this role she has responsibility for all aspects of the HR function as well as serving as the OMWI Director (Office of Minority Women Inclusion).  She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the First Vice President, COO.  Recently she was appointed as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Resources for the Federal Reserve System. 

Prior to joining the Fed, Margie was the Vice President of Human Resources, Talent & Culture for the Vitamix Corporation located in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this role she led the Global Human Resources function for the privately held consumer products organization.  Margie began this role in February 2016 and made an immediate impact in employee engagement while developing an HR strategic plan to improve workforce productivity and effectiveness.  She oversees all aspects of the HR organization and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  She reports directly to the CEO.     

Previously, as a Divisional Human Resources Leader for Siemens Healthcare, Margie had responsibility for all core HR functions for the largest Business Unit (BU) within Siemens Healthcare, with over $3 billion in revenue and 12,000 global employees.  As the Vice President of Human Resources and a key member of the senior leadership team, she partnered with the CEO to reorganize the management team, created actionable succession plans for leaders and implemented an employee engagement strategy to significantly enhance employee satisfaction. She also developed the organizational model for the new Business Unit structure and worked in close collaboration with senior leadership across entire Diagnostics division to manage the organizational transformation.  Margie realigned the senior leadership team within 12 months through strategic talent management. She leveraged existing capabilities while bringing new talent into the organization.  Margie also led a BU wide productivity project reducing SG&A costs and plant footprints while maintaining key employee retention. 

Prior to its acquisition by Siemens, Margie built a successful career with Dade Behring, leading HR teams in support of the entire value chain as well as the corporate functions.  She was chosen to lead the Learning and Development organization in a rotation assignment where she built a new team, developed a new strategy and accomplished full year initiatives in a nine month period.  Margie rebuilt the learning brand and delivered a new management development program which was competency based.  Notably during her time at Dade Behring, she led initiatives to improve sales training effectiveness and reduce voluntary turnover by more than 8%.  She developed the first company-wide employee survey and action planning process which resulted in significant improvements in employee morale.  Margie developed a retention and engagement strategy to be implemented post the company’s pre-packed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and launched the succession planning and talent management process used for an annual executive review. 

Serving as the right hand to the SVP of HR during the due diligence and integration of Dade Behring by Siemens Healthcare, she actively supported all aspects of the selection and change management process during this time.  She was instrumental in completing all key leadership assignments within 3 months.  Margie maintained a dual role as the strategic business partner to the Executive Vice President of Global R&D/Marketing while also serving as the Head of Learning and Organizational Development for the division.   Ultimately she would go on to support the CEO of the entire Business Unit and serve as his right hand in reorganizing his team. 

Margie has been asked to speak at numerous Siemens’ Women’s conferences on the topic of leadership and acted as a steering board member for the Siemens WINS (Women’s Information Network) organization.  She is known for her ability to interact and influence change at all levels of the organization.  Margie is actively sought out to coach executives and provide career counseling and mentoring for high potential employees.  She built her career on a reputation of integrity, results orientation and collaboration. 

Margie currently resides in Lakewood, Ohio with her family and is very active in her community.  She is passionate about the betterment of her children’s school, Lakewood Catholic Academy where she is a Board Member.   She is an advocate for Autism awareness and the Metro Health Friends of Mothers and Infants.  Margie attended the strategic management program at Yale University and the Human Resources Development Program at the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ohio University.

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