Sr. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Since joining Schwan’s Home Delivery in 2011, Gayle oversees the development and execution of the company’s People strategy, focusing on creating an inclusive environment and engaging programs that drive the passion of employees and supports the company’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Culture long-term goals. This work includes talent strategy, compensation and rewards programs, and related efforts to recruit, retain, and support employees to have successful and meaningful careers with the company.
With more than 30 years of experience in human resources, strategy development, and corporate finance, Gayle previously served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Best Buy, building on her near decade-long career with the company as a member of the corporate finance team. She has also served at some of the nation’s leading food brands, including Diageo, Pillsbury, and General Mills, where she led research and development as well as served on the corporate finance, human resources, and operations teams.
Gayle earned both her MBA in finance as well as her bachelor’s degree in marketing, computer science, and math from the University of St. Thomas. In 2018, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Gayle as one of the Top Women in Business. For more than eight years, Gayle has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, serving as their Chair for the Board of Directors. She was also the founder of Women of Influence, a group dedicated to supporting women and girls in the Twin Cities. Her favorite Schwan’s Home Delivery menu item is the Signature USDA Choice Beef Filet Mignon Steaks.