Laura Waitz

United States of America

Former Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Human Resources, Blackstone

Laura Waitz has more than three decades of human capital management experience. She is currently an independent Global Human Capital Management Executive. Prior to this, she spent nine years as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Human Resources for Blackstone, the world’s largest independent alternative asset manager. She held responsibility for all aspects of the firm’s human capital strategy, including recruiting, performance assessment, talent development, succession planning, employee relations, mobility, reward and retention. Laura’s career is centered on human capital effectiveness in the financial services sector. Before joining Blackstone, she held leadership roles at Citi Alternative Investments as Managing Director & Global Head of Compensation.

Prior to that Laura worked for Deutsche Bank, where she served as Head of Compensation for the Americas Region, as well as Global Compensation Manager for Private Equity and the Investment Bank. She has also held HR roles at Societe Generale and Paribas. Laura holds a BS in Special Education from Penn State University, and serves as an Advisory Board member of Summus Global.