As senior vice president of human resources at The Home Depot, Arlette Guthrie is a champion of the company’s unique culture that puts people – associates, customers and communities – before anything else. She and her team work to cultivate an effective, engaging and inclusive work environment where associates are empowered and confident in career growth and advancement.
In her current role, Arlette is responsible for leading human resource support for U.S. stores and international operations, merchandising, online, global supply chain, outside sales and service and corporate services. Most recently, she held the position of vice president of human resources with responsibility for merchandising, marketing and online, technology, finance, human resources, legal, outside sales and service and corporate communications and external affairs.
Arlette began her career at The Home Depot in 1999 as a human resources analyst. As a testament to the company’s investment in professional development and her learning agility, Arlette quickly moved into leadership roles as manager of research and diagnostics, director of organizational effectiveness and senior director of organizational effectiveness, talent acquisition, and talent management, vice president of talent management/acquisition and chief diversity officer, and vice president human resources for corporate functions and supply chain.
Prior to joining The Home Depot, Arlette served as the research leader for an international workplace research consortium and as an assessment center consultant through the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University.
Arlette gives back to the community by serving on the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation Board of Directors. As the philanthropic arm of the NRF, this organization advocates for the value of retail jobs at all levels. Arlette also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, an organization that explores critical global issues and works to support Metro Atlanta’s transformation into an international economic hub. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dillard University and also holds Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in industrial-organizational psychology from Texas A&M University.