EnerSys appoints Shannon Thomas as CHRO

Thomas will succeed Ted Fries, who recently retired after serving the company for 26 years


Shannon Thomas takes over as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) of EnerSys, succeeding Ted Fries, who recently retired after serving the company for 26 years. Thomas will be part of the executive team and will report directly to David M. Shaffer, president and CEO, EnerSys. 

Thomas brings over two decades of experience as a flexible and outcome-driven global human resources executive in rapidly evolving sectors. In her new role at EnerSys, Thomas will be accountable for managing the worldwide human resources function, including the company’s talent management and development, total rewards, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Her last stint was with Chemours, where she played a key role in several transformative programs, such as restructuring of the organisation and implementing systems that led to enhanced workforce capabilities, increased productivity, and substantial yearly cost savings.

Before joining Chemours, Thomas occupied HR leadership positions at various public and private companies such as Owens Corning, Hexion, Apex Tool Group, and the Eramet Group.

Thomas holds a master’s degree in business administration with a specialisation in human resources management from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Marietta college.

Congratulating Thomas on her new role, Schaffer welcomed her to their team. He also mentioned that  her vast experience and proven track record is going to help the company reach its future milestones. He believes that with this new appointment, the company will not only be able to attract, but also develop and retain their top talent around the world. 

 Expressing enthusiasm for her new role Thomas thanked everyone for the warm welcome and confirmed her commitment towards building a world-class talent lifecycle to support the company’s future objectives. 

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