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Jean-Rene Zetrenne ’88


Jean-Rene – or JR – is a dynamic and innovative executive with comprehensive experience leading Talent/HR for regional and global organizations such as PepsiCo, Gillette, L’Oreal, Accenture, Ogilvy & Mather, and most recently, United Talent Agency (UTA).

As Chief People Officer at UTA, Jean-Rene’s focus is on leading global talent and human resource activities and ensuring full alignment and integration with overall business goals, domestically and internationally. While he serves as a strategic partner and trusted advisor to the executive and leadership teams, he also coaches and develops talent at all levels to help them drive results and reach their full potential within a highly creative and EQ-driven environment.

Jean-Rene formerly reported to the Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy USA, where he worked across all regional operating business units that include those focused on creative advertising, design, sponsorships and events, digital, public relations, production, and more. He’s responsible for leading talent management strategy and execution – in alignment with business strategy and goals – for 2,000 employees.

Given Ogilvy’s talent management needs across its multi-discipline offerings and non-Ogilvy branded specialist companies, JR is always partnering with leaders and employees to innovate around the critical factors impacting talent, culture, and business today. With deep experience working at leading global companies, JR understands that competitive advantage in the marketplace is very much influenced by a company’s ability to attract, develop and retain high caliber talent that is in touch with and able to successfully deliver within changing market dynamics.

Prior to his current role, JR led Ogilvy’s Talent Management function in the NY office, a role he assumed after several years as Global HR Director for Neo@Ogilvy, the agency’s digital and direct media company. At Neo, he led HR strategy across key markets including North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  Prior to joining Neo, JR held various HR generalist and consulting roles at such companies as L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Accenture, and the Gillette Company.

He has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University, and an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.  JR attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 1979-1984. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Development Committee.

Jean-Rene Zetrenne ’88

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Jean-Rene – or JR – is a dynamic and innovative executive with comprehensive experience leading Talent/HR for regional and global organizations such as PepsiCo, Gillette, L’Oreal, Accenture, Ogilvy & Mather, and most recently, United Talent Agency (UTA).

As Chief People Officer at UTA, Jean-Rene’s focus is on leading global talent and human resource activities and ensuring full alignment and integration with overall business goals, domestically and internationally. While he serves as a strategic partner and trusted advisor to the executive and leadership teams, he also coaches and develops talent at all levels to help them drive results and reach their full potential within a highly creative and EQ-driven environment.

Jean-Rene formerly reported to the Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy USA, where he worked across all regional operating business units that include those focused on creative advertising, design, sponsorships and events, digital, public relations, production, and more. He’s responsible for leading talent management strategy and execution – in alignment with business strategy and goals – for 2,000 employees.

Given Ogilvy’s talent management needs across its multi-discipline offerings and non-Ogilvy branded specialist companies, JR is always partnering with leaders and employees to innovate around the critical factors impacting talent, culture, and business today. With deep experience working at leading global companies, JR understands that competitive advantage in the marketplace is very much influenced by a company’s ability to attract, develop and retain high caliber talent that is in touch with and able to successfully deliver within changing market dynamics.

Prior to his current role, JR led Ogilvy’s Talent Management function in the NY office, a role he assumed after several years as Global HR Director for Neo@Ogilvy, the agency’s digital and direct media company. At Neo, he led HR strategy across key markets including North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  Prior to joining Neo, JR held various HR generalist and consulting roles at such companies as L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Accenture, and the Gillette Company.

He has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University, and an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.  JR attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 1979-1984. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Development Committee.