Nancy Chisholm is a senior global business leader with over 20 years of experience as an executive with Fortune 500 companies. Her broad leadership background includes General Management, as well as senior functional and operational leadership roles both domestically and internationally. Her unique mix of capabilities having run large P&Ls, Human Resources and Operational organizations has allowed her to achieve a successful track record driving profitable growth while leading teams and executives through complex talent and business transformations. A skilled communicator with global industry experience in retail, electronic security services and products, and industrial services, she is a learning agile executive who can accelerate change and apply disciplined approaches to dramatically improve business results, customer experience, and employee engagement. Nancy has led multi-sector businesses through market and technology changes, regularly presenting to the Board of Directors as part of enterprise business reviews and annual strategy process. She has successfully executed strategic M&A transactions strengthening both market and talent positions for the organization.
Most recently, Nancy served as Interim President for her alma mater, Western Colorado University. Prior to this she spent 20 years with Tyco International (acquired by Johnson Controls Inc, NYSE: JCI), most recently as President of Tyco Retail Solutions based in Zurich, Switzerland. She led this $1B global business unit focused on technologies that serve the retail sector in over 70 countries with over 50% of sales outside the U.S. Nancy had P&L responsibility for the full business enterprise including sales, marketing, product development/management, manufacturing, and operations support globally across North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and LATAM. She profitably executed a complex multi-stage strategy that stabilized the core product offering while transforming the business model and solution portfolio from traditional hardware to information enabled solutions. This digital transformation allowed for accelerated organic and inorganic growth with the successful execution of over $250M in acquisition transactions to complement internal capabilities. She led change management across the organization which upgraded operational and functional leadership, building a diverse and high-performance team.
Prior to this Nancy served as Vice President, Human Resources for Tyco’s $9B ADT Security Solutions global business unit. She executed several enterprise-wide initiatives focused on cultural transformation and change management to drive best practices in employee engagement, talent management, and succession planning, and an aligned executive compensation strategy. She further led the organizational design for a broad and complex global reorganization which increased profitability and improved market competitiveness. Previously Nancy was Vice President & General Manager of ADT’s Western Region in North America with full P&L responsibility for $1.5B in revenue spanning 20 states. Her earlier career roles were operationally intensive and included leading ADT’s North America customer call center operations during a period of significant technology change, consolidation, and rapid acquisition integration.
Nancy was a founding member of Tyco’s Women’s Growth Network, helping to build an inclusive environment to support the attraction, development, and retention of women as a competitive advantage. She served two terms on the Board of Trustees for Western Colorado University. She is currently Chair of their Elevate Western Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising campaign which is well on its way to its $80 million goal. In 2022 she was appointed by Governor Polis to serve on the Board of History Colorado.
Nancy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Colorado University and completed Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management’s Executive Leadership Program.