Denise Rugel
Savoy Associates

Denise Rugel, Chief Strategy Officer

Denise Rugel

Chief Strategy Officer
Savoy Associates

Denise leads the development, communication and execution of business unit and corporate function strategies to achieve Savoy’s mission and vision, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

With over fifteen years’ experience as a human resources professional and certified corporate coach, Denise brings a unique approach and blend of disciplines in organizational development, change management, and executive and team performance coaching, across various industries.

Following her passion of developing high-performing teams and leading strategic growth initiatives, Denise joined Savoy in 2018 as Director of Human Resources, leading the successful transformation of Savoy’s Human Resources department. Denise also served as Vice President of Human Resources until being promoted to Chief Strategy Officer in 2020.

Denise’s prior experience includes consulting and coaching for a New York-based Human Resources consulting firm whose clients included Google, MIT, NYU and Kellogg, among others. She has worked closely with presidents, C-suite executives and their management teams to design and implement large scale strategic change and leadership development initiatives, and has been instrumental in the reorganization, mergers and acquisitions of three equity-backed companies.

Additionally, Denise’s credentials include an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from William Paterson University, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) through Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Denise is also bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English.

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