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Karen Niovitch Davis

Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer

Prosek Partners

New York, NY, USA

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Karen Niovitch Davis’ Biography

Karen Niovitch Davis is Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at leading communications firm, Prosek Partners. 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

Thrive Global
It’s Not About the Career Setback; It’s About the Comeback

Karen Niovitch Davis, Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at Prosek Partners, shares a personal story about a career setback she faced. While a setback can be a difficult and disheartening experience, Karen shares some key ideas on how one's reaction to a setback is what matters most.

HR Executive
Work, life and why I feel balanced even during COVID

Karen Niovitch Davis,  Partner & CHRO at Prosek Partners, shares her journey toward bringing her whole self to work and outlines ways that make the transition back to the office work environment easier.

Karen Niovitch Davis’ Background

Prosek Partners
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 itself with a deep understanding of its clients' business needs.
Prosek Partners
Chief Human Resources Officer
Apr 2012 - Present
New York, NY, USA
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Karen is responsible for a wide range of HR functions, including recruitment, training and development, employee relations, performance and talent management.
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Media

Partner and Chief HR Officer Karen Niovitch Davis Talks About the Unwritten Rules in Business
Interview
Aug 2021
New York, NY, USA
Building on her piece in Harvard Business Review, Karen Niovitch Davis joins the Unwritten Rules podcast to discuss why companies should write down their unwritten rules and the impact they can have on a company’s culture, retention, and more. She also offers advice for managers and company leaders on how to navigate these rules across the organization.
Insights from a CHRO: Prosek Partners’ Karen Davis
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.
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Publications

Navigating AI’s expanding role in the world of HR
Contributor
Feb 2020
Karen offers her thoughts on AI trends that will have a significant impact on the workplace and workplace culture. She discusses Prosek Partners' Pluto, a D&I platform that uses proprietary blockchain and privacy technology to foster a safe and inclusive workplace.
Why You Should Write Down Your Company’s Unwritten Rules
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

Binghamton University
Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Philosophy & Law