CHRO, Kimberly-Clark — Lizanne (Liz) Gottung is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Ms. Gottung is responsible for all enterprise human resource strategies. She has transformed human resources into a strategic business function. To achieve this, she led the development of a five-year People Strategy with initiatives, processes and systems designed to further strengthen the company’s performance-driven culture and unleash the power of its people. She continues to identify ways to attract, develop, engage and retain the best people to drive innovation and growth on a global basis at Kimberly-Clark.
In 2012, Ms. Gottung was named one of the 2012 Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award by Evanta HR for excellence and innovation in human resource management.
Ms. Gottung began her career with Kimberly-Clark in 1981 in a labor relations role at a manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tennessee. After various roles of increasing size and scope within the Human Resources function, she moved into line operations management, taking on increasingly larger roles over the next 10 years as plant manager for several consumer products and nonwovens manufacturing facilities. In 2001, Ms. Gottung was named vice president of Human Resources and became senior vice president in 2002, reporting to the chief executive officer. She reports to Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Falk and is a member of Kimberly-Clark’s executive team.
Ms. Gottung received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. Since 2007, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Pacific Corporation. She also serves as a board member for the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the American Heart Association, and the University of Georgia Terry College Dean’s Advisory Council. Ms. Gottung resides near Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.