(April 5, 2021) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Melissa A. Cee as its first Chief Talent Officer, based in the firm’s New York office. Cee joins Littler from TIAA, a leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, where she held the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for several business units over the past decade.
“Melissa’s impressive experience managing people initiatives in large organizations positions her well to provide talent leadership that aligns with our strategic plan and growth strategies,” said Erin Webber, Littler’s Managing Director and President. “Her track record of successfully designing, implementing and leading initiatives that support organizational change and business growth will be a significant asset as we continue to focus on strengthening our talented team and providing our attorneys and staff with additional resources to develop their careers.”
In her new role, Cee will further evolve Littler’s human capital management functions amid the continued expansion of the firm’s global footprint, including strategic recruiting, talent development, compensation, employee benefits and mobility across the firm. She will also focus on guiding Littler’s efforts to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.
“We wanted a strategic thinker who can link the infrastructure we’ve created to innovative talent profile strategies and contribute to Littler’s continued growth. Melissa’s analytical approach and ability to create solutions to complex problems make her an ideal choice for this role,” said Robert Domingues, Littler’s Chief Operating Officer.
In her most recent role at TIAA, Cee led the HR function for the company’s financial solutions business with a workforce of approximately 7,000 employees. Prior to that, she served in similar roles spearheading HR strategy and implementation for TIAA’s Retail Financial Services and Asset Management businesses. Prior to joining TIAA, she was the Head of Human Resources and Administration for Cain Brothers LLC, an investment banking and capital advisory firm.
“Littler has impressively expanded its global platform in recent years through a focus on cultivating the personal and professional goals of its team members; a strong commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity; and developing cutting-edge client service and staffing models,” Cee said. “I’m excited to join such a forward-thinking and innovative firm and to help guide Littler’s HR and talent management in the next stage of its growth.”
Cee’s appointment comes on the heels of Littler naming shareholder Paul Bateman as Chief Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Officer in January and Webber beginning as Managing Director and President that same month.
With more than 1,600 labor and employment attorneys in offices around the world, Littler provides workplace solutions that are local, everywhere. Our diverse global team and proprietary technology foster a culture that celebrates original thinking, delivering groundbreaking innovation that prepares employers for what’s happening today, and what’s likely to happen tomorrow.