Kimberly S. Besse
President and Chief People Officer
Kim Besse serves as President and Chief People Officer for Children’s Health. Her areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, benefits, compensation, learning and development and employee relations.
Since joining Children’s Health in 2010, Kim has skillfully led the organization through the challenges of a rapidly changing workforce as Children’s Health has transitioned from an organization whose primary business focus was its two hospitals to a diverse health care system that includes hospitals, specialty care centers, primary care clinics, health insurance programs, technology-based solutions for health care and a population health division that serves as an incubator for innovative approaches to solving the health needs of the community.
Kim is driving cultural transformation at Children’s Health through fast-track leadership and mentoring programs, innovative approaches to attracting and developing the best talent, and a refreshed compensation and benefits portfolio. She is elevating the work experience and building a culture of engagement by expanding opportunities for continuous listening and introducing programs to enable employees to have input into issues that affect their work. She has also introduced workforce analytics that enable a more predictive and strategic approach to managing the organization’s talent needs.
In 2014, Kim led the effort to refresh the organization’s Values. She has driven strategic alignment around those new Values, gained executive support and embedded the Values in human resource practices, including hiring, on-boarding, recognition and performance management.
Prior to joining Children’s Health, Kim served as Vice President, Human Resources for Belo Corp, one of the largest publicly traded broadcast companies. She also served as Vice President, Human Resources for Perot Systems Corporation, a global provider of technology-based business solutions and Executive Vice President, People Strategy for ClubCorp, a leading owner-operator of private clubs and resorts.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), a World at Work Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Instructor of the Covey Leadership Program “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Additionally, she holds a Diploma in Personnel Management from Damelin Management School in Johannesburg, South Africa.