Duncan Brown is to leave his post as assistant director general at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to become director in the HR practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Brown, who specialises in benefits, high performance working, human rights, pay, senior executives and strategic management, will leave for his new role at the end of March.
Brown said: "I’ve enjoyed my time at the CIPD, but had always planned to return to the commercial world. After five years here, now is the right time for me to make that move. The CIPD has firmly established itself as a thought leader in people management and development, and has made great strides in converting thinking into practice for the benefit of he profession. I wish my colleagues and my successor all the best in continuing this work. For my part, the opportunity at PwC is an exciting one which I am looking forward to taking up."
At the CIPD, Brown has done a lot of work to build an awareness of the importance of HR to business, the public sector and policy makers. Before working for the CIPD, he started as a personnel officer with Vauxhall, completed an MBA at the London Business School and then specialised in pay and reward at Towers Perrin.
Geoff Armstrong, CIPD director general, said: "In his five years at the CIPD, Duncan Brown has made a major contribution to our research, our knowledge sharing and our strategic positioning. The CIPD and the profession as a whole have benefited from Duncan’s time here. We wish him well in his new role at PwC."