byrne·dean announces departure of CEO Victoria Lewis and arrival of COO Anna Arbuthnot

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October 3, 2023

byrne·dean, a trusted workplace behaviour and culture specialist, today announced the forthcoming departure of Victoria Lewis, its CEO, after an impactful 7 year tenure; Victoria joined the employed team in 2009, having already spent some years as an associate.

Victoria has played a pivotal role in the company's recent growth and has led byrne·dean through remarkable times. Under her guidance, the organisation has transformed workplace cultures worldwide, empowering individuals and organisations to foster kinder, fairer, and more productive work environments.

The Board has appointed Co-Founder Matt Dean as interim Chief Exec and started the search for a permanent replacement. Many of Victoria’s key responsibilities have passed to Anna Arbuthnot, who joined us at the end of the summer in a new Chief Operating Officer role. Anna brings over 16 years’ experience in the world of workplace dynamics to the role, and will lead on the daily operations of the business and execution of its business strategy, including overseeing the continued digitisation of byrne·dean’s Training offering and the growth of its Resolution and Strategy businesses.

Victoria Lewis expressed her gratitude for the opportunities she has had at byrne·dean, stating, "I am enormously proud of what we’ve achieved at byrne·dean, the team we have built, and the incredible impact we have made on workplace cultures around the globe. I have been privileged to lead a team of exceptional people, and I know that it is this team which will now take byrne·dean forward to even further success. For me, it is time to take some time out and then to move on to new opportunities."

On behalf of the Board, Matt Dean expressed deep gratitude for Victoria's stewardship during his personal health challenges and the company's transformative phases. He said, We are very grateful to Victoria for her stewardship of byrne·dean over the last 7 years. She has taken us through some really challenging times (not least the pandemic), been at the centre of developing meaningful partnerships, and leaves us with a great future as a genuine thought leader. Victoria has enormous talent, and we wish her every success in her future career, whatever that may be."

As byrne·dean embarks on this new chapter, the organisation remains passionate about helping create workplaces that foster kindness, fairness, and realise the potential of all their people.