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Karen McClendon

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Karen McClendon

Karen McClendon joined Paychex in April 2021 and serves as the company’s vice president and chief human resources officer.

McClendon delivers an exemplary employee experience as the CHRO while maintaining the company’s position as an industry leader and leading a global team of human resources professionals across more than 29 countries who drive the company’s efforts to be a great place to work through a focus on recognizing and rewarding performance, creating opportunities for employees to develop and grow, being an inclusive workplace, and supporting employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellness. Competitive compensation and benefits — attracting, recruiting, and retaining highly sought-after talent.

She is committed to championing and modeling Paychex’s company values and integrating strategies that focus on evolving human capital needs, including expanding initiatives for development, diversity, inclusion, and engagement.

Before Paychex, McClendon spent 25 years in human resources and organizational development, directing, designing, and developing critical HR functions. She recently served as vice president of human resources for Comcast Xfinity Consumer Sales, where she led national HR initiatives and liaised with stakeholders for a 15,000-person sales force. McClendon has also held senior leadership roles in organizations such as the Children’s Television Workshop, Exelon, and Aramark.

McClendon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and an MBA from Temple University. She has previously served on several boards, including the Philadelphia Achievability Board, the Career Wardrobe Board, and the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board.