Getty Images appoints Leander LeSure as Chief Human Resources Officer

September 30, 2016 • Company News

As Getty Images continues growth, the company is strengthening its culture and reinforcing its people-centric approach with the appointment of a new CHRO

London, 30 September, 2016Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, today announces the appointment of Leander LeSure as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). In his new role, Leander will further develop Getty Images’ innovative culture and values, ensuring that the company has a world-class human resources strategy to support the business through an exciting period of growth and evolution.


With over 20 years of experience, Leander is an expert in his field. He comes to Getty Images from Western Union, where in his most recent role as Global Head of Human Resources, he implemented a robust talent management strategy, employee engagement programmes and an innovative HR operating model across the company.


Currently based in London, but relocating to New York and reporting to Getty Images’ CEO Dawn Airey, Leander will sit on the company’s executive team, serving as a strategic partner to the CEO, as well as leading all aspects of HR to support the company’s growth and success.


Dawn Airey, CEO of Getty Images, said: “Leander is an accomplished leader with deep experience in transformation, leadership and accountability in global companies. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a razor-sharp understanding of the importance of aligning human resources with a company’s strategic vision. Leander will be a business partner for Getty Images’ most important asset – its staff. I am delighted Leander is joining Getty Images as our Chief Human Resources Officer and look forward to his contributions to this next phase of the success story that is Getty Images.”


Leander LeSure, Chief Human Resources Officer, said: “Getty Images is known globally for the incredible imagery it creates and distributes – which is a clear testament to a talented, strong and driven team behind it. My personal approach is one that ensures people are at the very heart of business strategy and I am immensely excited to join the team. Getty Images is going through an exciting time of evolution and growth and I look forward to being part of this journey.”


This hire follows a series of recent new appointments to Getty Images’ Executive Committee as the company drives forward its strategy for growth. In 2016 alone, Getty Images announced a new Innovation Group spearheaded by Steve Heck, Chief Innovation Officer; appointed Jon Miller and Nate Gandert to the roles of Chief Information and Technology officers respectively; and created a further two executive positions, announcing Andrew Hamilton as the SVP of Data & Insights, with Steve Grimes announced as the company’s new Managing Editor & SVP of Consumer Media, joining Getty Images in September. In addition, last month Getty Images also appointed Lia Buffa de Feo to the new role of Vice President and General Manager, for the company’s print business.


Prior to his time at Western Union, Leander served as Global Head of Human Resources at American Express, where he served for 10 years, as well as held senior positions at Marsh Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Early on in his career, he served in the US Navy.


Leander joins Getty Images on 12 December, based in New York.






Notes to Editors:


About Leander LeSure

Leander LeSure serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Getty Images, overseeing all aspects of the company’s diverse global workforce.


Based in New York and sitting on the Executive Committee, Leander reports to Chief Executive Officer Dawn Airey, serving as a strategic partner. He is responsible for translating business plans into an HR strategy that runs parallel to the vision and fast growing pace of Getty Images.


As CHRO, Leander is responsible for corporate culture and values, ensuring that the company has a world-class human resources strategy to support the company’s growth and success. His responsibilities also include directing and leading people-centric global initiatives and programs that align with the company’s objectives, including staffing, employee and leadership development, employee relations, compensation and benefits.


Prior to Getty Images, Leander held the role of Global Head of Human Resources for Western Union, where he implemented a robust talent management strategy, employee engagement programs and an innovative HR operating model across the company. Previously, Leander served as the Global Head of Human Resources at American Express – a tenure that spanned 10 years – as well as held senior positions at Marsh Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Earlier in his career, Leander served in the US Navy.


Leander holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management and originally hails from Indiana.


About Dawn Airey

Dawn Airey is the Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company – a position she has held since October, 2015.


As Chief Executive Officer, Airey is responsible for running Getty Images’ global operations, driving the company forward in its next phase of growth, innovation and industry leadership.

A veteran of the media industry, Airey has worked in television for 30 years, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters. Prior to joining Getty Images, Airey was Senior Vice President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Operation of Yahoo! Inc. During her two-year tenure at Yahoo!, Airey led the company’s operations in the region.


Prior to joining Yahoo!, Airey held leadership positions at many major UK media companies, including President of a unit of RTL Group, Channel 5’s parent company, and Chairwoman and Chief Executive of Channel 5, where she oversaw all operations. She also worked as Managing Director of Global Content at ITV and served as Managing Director, Channels and Services, at BSkyB, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster.


About Getty Images: Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with over 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites and The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.


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