Head of Human Resources
SVB Financial Group
Chris Edmonds-Waters is head of human resources and a member of SVB Financial Group's executive management team. Edmonds-Waters is responsible for leading the human resources and multi-sourcing teams, developing programs to support SVB Financial Group's ability to effectively provide diversified financial services on a global scale.
Edmonds-Waters joined SVB Financial Group in 2003 as the director of organization effectiveness. In that role, he led a group of human resources business partners, learning and development professionals and HR operations team members to ensure that SVB's people strategies aligned with company priorities. More specifically, Edmonds-Waters improved the firm's ability to recruit and retain top talent, and fostered improved coaching, management and compensation practices to fine-tune employee performance at all levels. Edmonds-Waters has also worked extensively with executive management to distill and imbue SVB's leadership practices into practical and relevant strategies that help run the firm today. In addition, Edmonds-Waters helped oversee expansion of staff into the Asia, Israel and UK markets, implementing the firm’s first global mobility program to help ensure the success of SVB in those markets. Additionally, Edmonds-Waters is overseeing the second generation of multi-sourcing efforts in India and elsewhere.
Prior to joining SVB, Edmonds-Waters held numerous senior human resources positions at Charles Schwab & Co. During his Schwab tenure, Edmonds-Waters specialized in translating Schwab's vision and values into a set of effective leadership and management tactics and practices. He also positioned Schwab for a variety of organization transitions by helping leadership and employees at all levels acclimate and succeed while working through change. He began his career with Macy's California where he graduated from their management training program, spending time in buying and store-line merchandising, as well as in various HR roles.
Edmonds-Waters has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco.