Kristin Hansen


NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2021 – Hearst Television has promoted Kristin Hansen from director, human resources to vice president, human resources. 

“Kristin has been an important member of our team, helping us manage employee relations, motivation and retention during a period that has placed many demands on local journalists,” said Katherine Barnett, Hearst Television senior vice president, human resources.   “The human resources challenges are only likely to grow in the future, but so are the opportunities for people in the industry to thrive, and for HR management programs to help enable them to do so.”

“Kristin has been an instrumental part of our human resources team, especially as we have managed through this last year focused on the health and welfare of our colleagues during the pandemic,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb.  “Her instinctive sensibility and employee-first focused approach make her the perfect addition to our leadership team.”

Before moving to Hearst Television in 2016 as director, human resources, Hansen was chief workforce officer for CDS Global, a Des Moines-based subsidiary of Hearst Television parent company Hearst.  At CDS, she was responsible for all human resources functions including benefits, employee relations, recruitment, global training, payroll and occupational health.   She began her career at CDS in 1995 in account management, moving up in various functions before transitioning to training and employee relations.  She was appointed workforce director in 2007 and chief workforce officer in 2010. 

Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Iowa and masters degrees in Adult Learning and Organizational Development and Business Administration from Drake University, as well as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.   She has served on the Advisory Board of Paragon IT Professionals and on the Volunteer Engagement Cabinet for the United Way of Central Iowa.

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