Title: Senior Advisor, ghSMART

Michael Peel is a senior advisor for ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm, where he brings a broad perspective gained from working as a chief human resources officer (CHRO) of iconic and award-winning organizations in the higher education and corporate sectors.  
 
Peel joined ghSMART in 2018 after retiring from Yale University, where he served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, one of eight university officers, for nearly nine years. Peel is recognized for having achieved the longest period of labor peace in the turbulent union relations history of the university and for transforming Yale’s leadership development and succession planning processes.
 
Prior to joining Yale, Peel was the CHRO of General Mills for almost 17 years, during which the company was recognized with more than 200 workplace honors, including Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “10 Most Admired Companies in the World for Developing Leaders.” He also held various senior human resources roles at PepsiCo, including serving as CHRO for two of company's largest and most successful operating divisions—Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group and PepsiCo International Foods.  
 
In addition to serving on DeVry University’s Board of Trustees, Peel serves on the boards of the Sleep Number Corporation (SNBR) and Pier 1 Imports (PIR). He previously held board positions with the Human Resources Policy Association, the National Academy of Human Resources, Walker Art Center, and the Leadership in Education (LEAD) organization.
 
Peel earned a bachelor of science in business administration from James Madison University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In 2003, Peel was honored as a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the profession’s highest honor.
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