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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has today announced the sad news that Jackie Orme, the institute’s former CEO, died yesterday evening, Thursday 19th July, after a brave struggle against pancreatic cancer. Her family were at her bedside. She was 46.Jackie served as chief executive of the CIPD from April 2008, until she was so sadly and suddenly diagnosed in the summer of 2011. Previously, she had worked in HR for 17 years, initially in the steel industry, before joining Walkers Snack Foods, part of Pepsico. From there she rose to become Chief People Officer for Pepsico in the UK and Ireland, a role she held for seven years before joining the CIPD.
Gill Rider, president of the institute, said: "We are devastated by Jackie’s death and we have all lost an inspirational leader who was so ambitious for our HR profession. She managed to connect in a deeply personal way with so many of us – we have lost a good friend. On behalf of the CIPD, and the very many people who were touched by her throughout the HR profession and beyond, we send our deepest sympathy to her husband David and her two young daughters. We can all remember her achievements with great pride and be grateful for what she accomplished through her time as CEO and the tremendous legacy she left on which we can build."
"Jackie was extraordinarily influential in the profession," said Peter Cheese, who recently succeeded her as CIPD chief executive, "not only for her vision and passion, but also because of deep values and humanity. Her colleagues are deeply saddened to lose such a leader and friend. We all are the better for having known her and had her as a leader of the profession, and I am determined to build on her legacy and vision for the future."
“Jackie was an extraordinary person and someone of great integrity, personal values, and passion for the CIPD and for the profession of HR,” said Dean Royles, Chair of CIPD. “She was a very effective and successful leader for the CIPD, beginning her tenure as CEO in difficult times at the beginning of the recession, but leading it forwards and growing in to new areas, making a wider and profound impact on so many people. We will all miss her greatly.”
An appreciation of Jackie Orme will appear on this website on Monday.
So sad to hear this news I had no idea she was so poorly. I have heard her speak at CIPD event in Manchester she was a credit to the profession and truly inspirational. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband the family at this difficult time.
we very sorry and our prayers goes to her family
My thoughts are for her dear family she leaves behind. At least she is out of her pain. RIP.
We are all deeply saddened by this news. We knew Jackie very well and we were always impressed by her passion and commitment to the profession. Moreover she was a good friend who we will miss a lot but shall always remember the great legacy that she left for us to build on. Our condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues.
Sad news! Your legacy lives on! RIP
So very to hear this news.
Extremely sad news.<br/><br/>My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues.
I pray that her soul rests in peace and that her family finds comfort in their memories of her.
Very sad news and a loss to the profession
Have your say...<br/>Jackie was not only extraordinarily influential person in the HR profession, but was also a very special person to me and many people who connected with her great vision, passion and great values for HR profession and the CIPD. She will always be remembered for her good works as a passionate, effective and successful leader, globally. Although, she is physically no longer with us, her spirit remains alive as long as the HR profession and community lives. What counts and most importantly is how well we lived and the important things we have done to touch and change lives and our community in positive ways and not how long we had lived. The new CIPD Chief Executive and the future leaders should commit to building on her tremendous legacy as a good way to celebrate her life. My deep and profound sympathy goes to her family. She was a great woman and we are proud of her
Have your say...condolences to Jackie's family and former colleagues. Sad news.
I would like to add my deepest sympathy to Jackie`s family and many friends at the time of hearing this sad news and hope they can take great pleasure from their fond memories of her personally and the great work she did at the CIPD.<br/><br/>She will be sadly missed, even by those like myself who did not have the pleasure of knowing her more personally, but had the great pleasure of being assosciated with her professionally.
Such sad news :(
One amazing lady. You will be missed xxx
Have your say...so sad a truly inspirational leader my sympathies go to her family
So sad to read this news, Jackie has made such a mark on Human Resources. We was a really inspiring lady. Jenny (HR Manager - MOL Europe)
Such sad, sad news. Jackie was an inspiring leader and her vision for the CIPD was radical and motivating. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very sad time.
What sad news, I send my condolences to her family and the CIPD Team for whom she worked so closely with.
A very sad day - she made a real difference to CIPD and the positioning of HR in the business so that I feel I am a business person who happens to know a bit about HR rather than only having HR in my toolkit. My thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues - Julie
RIP Jackie, your legacy lives on in each of us.