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Karen Niovitch Davis

Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer

Prosek Partners

New York, NY, USA

Karen Niovitch Davis

Biography

Karen Niovitch Davis is Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at leading communications firm, Prosek Partners. In this capacity, Karen is responsible for recruitment, employee relations, and compensations. She also oversees training and development, as well as performance and talent management.

Before her role at Prosek, Karen worked as Director of Human Resources at Third Avenue Management, where she was influential in setting-up, developing, and running the Human Resources department. As Senior Human Resources Relationship Manager at Moore Capital Management, Karen oversaw recruitment, program development, performance management, as well as compensation. Additionally, she facilitated training and development for the trading teams and investment professionals at the firm.

During her tenure at Morgan Stanley, Karen worked as Vice President of Human Resources, where she had a range of functions on a global scale. Karen ran Human Resources for the company‘s Equity Research Division internationally and also led Campus Recruitment for the firm’s Sales, Trading and Research Divisions. In addition, Karen supported Morgan Stanley’s Hong Kong office in implementing the Campus Recruitment program in China.

Karen is the author of the important article titled "Why You Should Write Down Your Company’s Unwritten Rules", published in the Harvard Business Review. In it, she underlines the importance of organizations being aware of the unwritten practices that are ingrained in their company culture. Even in company cultures that are built upon solid, accepted norms, she says, it is a good practice for leaders to assess the unstated rules, behaviors, and expectations from time to time.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University.

Karen Niovitch Davis’ Newsfeed

An Interview with Karen Davis of Prosek Partners

Almost seven years later, Prosek has increased its revenue from $10 million to more than $45 million and has 175 employees in the U.S. and abroad. Part of the reason for the firm’s growth and success, says Davis, is the CEO’s commitment to HR.

Karen Niovitch Davis’ Background

Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer
May 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Prosek Partners is a leading global marketing and communications firm based in the United States. The organization is specialized in the financial and B2B industries and distinguishes themselves for their deep understating of their client’s business.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Apr 2012 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Prosek Partners is a leading global marketing and communications firm based in the United States. The organization is specialized in the financial and B2B industries and distinguishes themselves for their deep understating of their client’s business.
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Media

Interview
Mar 2020
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA
In this interview, Karen Niovitch Davis discusses the many ways to harness the people power of the financial-services sector, the challenges facing HR, and how COVID-19 has impacted the world of HR.
Interview
Sep 2019
New York, NY, USA
In this interview with HROI for the GetFive Blog, Karen Niovitch Davis, Partner at Prosek Partners, outlines the many ways that PR is changing, including its role in talent evaluation, and the ways that HR is increasingly becoming an important strategic partner in business.

Publications

Author
Oct 2019
New York, NY, USA
In ‘Why You Should Write Down Your Company’s Unwritten Rules’ Karen Davis explains why companies should be more aware of the unwritten rules ingrained in their culture. She expands on how standards should regularly be reviewed in order to ensure that employee behavior aligns with the corporation’s vision. Karen deliberates on how disregarding this could become detrimental to the organization.

Karen Niovitch Davis’ Education

Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Philosophy & Law