Helen Russell

Chief People Officer (CPO), Atlassian

As CPO, Helen has global responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development, and experience of Atlassian's most important asset – its people.

Helen has more than 20 years of people leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies and scale of businesses. Prior to joining Atlassian, she served as CHRO of Sonos Inc., a leader in the home sound system space and CHRO of Kantar, one of the world's largest research, data and insight consultancies. From 2005 to 2010, Helen served as VP HR EMEA for Yahoo Inc. and from 2000 to 2005 as VP HR EMEA for Siebel Systems, an enterprise software company, acquired by Oracle in 2005.

As an HR executive, Helen's passion is around culture. She has had the opportunity to work alongside Professor Charles O'Reilly and Dr. Peter Finkelstein, both of Stanford Graduate School of Business and leading experts in the leadership and culture space. She is an advisor to a number of smaller businesses, as well as a mentor to a number of emerging HR professionals and executives across the globe. Helen holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Liverpool, England.

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Helen Russell


Be the Change You Seek

From Atlassian’s founding 16 years ago, its executives and employees have lived by values that include encouraging everyone to “be the change they seek.”  Beyond simply identifying problems for someone else to solve or pointing out areas ripe for innovation, Atlassians themselves are expected to devise innovative ways to make their jobs, projects, team, even company-- better.  Managers continually look for ways to tap team members’ potential, to help them stretch and flourish.

You will learn:

The business impact when employees connect so overtly to a company’s mission
Three key relationship-oriented attributes and three key task oriented attributes that drive teams (and individuals) to perform at their best
Tools and practices that HR can adopt to support a research project
How collaboration with employees beyond the walls of the HR function contributes to delivering a far better product

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