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Laszlo Bock

Founder and Chairman of Humu

Laszlo is the Founder and Chairman of Humu, an HR technology company that supports transformation, manager performance, and behavioral change. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Gretel.ai, a synthetic data company that is the leader in generative AI and “provable privacy.” He is an active investor in, and advisor to, both start-ups and venture capital firms, as well a past coach to dozens of Fortune 500 CEOs, CIOs and CHROs.

From 2006 through 2016, Laszlo was the Senior Vice President of People Operations (CHRO) at Google/Alphabet, and a member of the company’s Executive Management Group, growing the company from 6,000 to 72,000 employees. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, including being named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States seven times. Laszlo co-invented the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management. He also led the development of what is now the Google Jobs API and search product, the only technology developed outside the Google engineering function to be integrated into core Google Search. In 2010 he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” and in 2015 the “HR Professional of the Decade.” 

Prior to Google, Laszlo was an HR executive at GE Capital and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Prior to earning his MBA, he held a variety of roles, including having worked as a professional actor. He (briefly) was ranked #1 in the world in the video game Assassin’s Creed.

He has previously served on the Board of Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) and as a Trustee of Pomona College. His New York Times bestselling book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 25 languages, garnered numerous “book of the year” honors, and sold over 500,000 copies. Laszlo has donated 100% of the proceeds to charities focusing on supporting immigrants, education, and veterans.

Laszlo earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College, graduating in three years, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Laszlo is a refugee, emigrating from communist Romania in the 1970s.

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