Ron Garrow serves as executive vice president and chief human resource officer for PPD. In this role, he provides leadership for the company’s global human resources function, with a focus on talent management and development, cultural transformation, and employee engagement and retention.
Garrow joined PPD in 2018 from Belk, a $3.7 billion retail organization, where most recently he served as chief human resource officer, supporting 22,000 employees. Prior to joining Belk in 2016, he spent six years with Mastercard and served as its chief human resource officer starting in 2013, leading 350 HR professionals serving Mastercard’s associates in 68 offices and 210 countries.
Before joining Mastercard, Garrow served as the chief learning officer for Bank of America, leading a team of 1,100 professionals across the globe responsible for training 280,000 employees. He earned the bank’s first recognition by Training magazine on its annual Top 125 list of companies excelling in employee training and development, a recognition that PPD also has received the past seven years.
Prior to that, Garrow served as the HR executive for Bank of America’s chief financial officer group, where he was responsible for all HR activities for more than 5,200 professionals. Garrow joined Bank of America after 19 years at Wachovia, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility, his last role being chief learning officer, responsible for leadership and executive development, training and diversity.
Garrow graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in business administration. He earned an MBA from Pfeiffer University and completed a certificate in organizational development from UNC Charlotte.