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Pandora Announces Chief HR Officer Hire

MajorsJan 13, 2023

Pandora Announces Chief HR Officer Hire

Byron Clayton joins from Ikea.

Byron Clayton is Pandora’s new chief human resources officer. His predecessor, Eric Schmidt, is retiring.
New York—Pandora has announced its new chief human resources officer hire.

Byron Clayton will fill the role beginning Feb 1. 

Previously, he was deputy chief people officer at Ikea, a company that boasts more than 170,000 employees worldwide. 

Prior to that, he held various human resources positions at Nokia, Microsoft, Maersk, AstraZeneca, and Mercer.

A U.S. citizen, Clayton currently resides in Copenhagen with his wife and two sons. His career has taken him to Singapore, Thailand, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

He has a master’s degree in strategy and leadership from London Business School and a bachelor’s degree in human resources and psychology from the University of North Texas. 

Clayton will report to Pandora CEO Alexander Lacik and will have a spot on the company’s executive leadership team. 

“Byron’s impressive resume cuts across multiple industries and geographies, and he has a great understanding of how to connect HR to commercial requirements,” said Lacik.

“He has shown that he can build strong organizations in complex environments, and his most recent experience at Ikea—an affordable global retail brand that caters to a mass-market audience—carries a lot of relevance to Pandora. I look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Clayton said, “Pandora is one of the largest brands in Scandinavia, with a strong global presence and products that touch millions of consumers every day. The company has very exciting opportunities ahead, and I am thrilled to join at this time.”

He replaces Erik Schmidt, who joined Pandora in 2019 and is now retiring.

“Erik has been instrumental in shaping the Pandora organization for our growth journey, and I would like to express my sincere thanks for his contributions. After more than 30 years in business, Erik has decided to retire from corporate life, and I wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter,” said Lacik.

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