About the PrincipalArlene H. Meritz is the Principal of the organization and a highly qualified Human Capital leader with expertise in organization consulting, human resources, business services, consumer product goods marketing and psychology. Arlene is known for her ability to facilitate strategic and cultural change to drive sustained business growth and build high performance, innovative cultures. She has a collaborative leadership style with highly effective management development skills.
Before establishing her own consultancy, Arlene led Centers of Expertise at Cadbury Schweppes focused on global change management, talent management and organization effectiveness. Arlene's first role at Cadbury was on the commercial side of the business working across a variety of beverages and food brands including P&L responsibility, promotion, advertising, pricing and packaging. Arlene started her career as a psychologist and clinical director of behavioral change programs for at-risk adolescents and their families.
The combination of broad cross-functional business experience, global leadership roles in organizational change and experience as a psychologist are key differentiators and enables Arlene to provide unique insight and thought leadership, resulting in effective strategic and tactical planning and execution. Her experience providing coaching to executives and senior managers facilitates cross-functional business alignment, implementation of global people practices and development of talented leaders.
Arlene's education includes an MBA in Marketing from New York University, an MA in Psychology from The New School and a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University.
“The Meritz Group played a critical role in our recent companywide restructure. Arlene partnered effectively with the Head of HR as well as my entire leadership team. She brought some valuable external perspective, which we needed for our first ever major restructuring. She was able to guide us very well at the strategic level, but also jumped into the detailed organization design and selection process. We needed a “hands on” consultant who was ready to do whatever was needed to make our program a success. We got that with Arlene.”