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By Nikki Cabus

UKG names Rachel Barger as new President, GTM

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UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, workforce management, and culture solutions for all people, announced that Rachel Barger joined UKG as President, GTM on May 13, 2024.

UKG is on a mission to inspire every organization to become a great place to work through HCM technology built for all. More than 80,000 organizations across all sizes, industries, and geographies trust UKG HR, payroll, workforce management, and culture cloud solutions to drive great workplace experiences and make better, more confident people and business decisions. With the world’s largest collection of people data, work data, and culture data combined with rich experience using artificial intelligence in the service of people,UKG connects culture insights with business outcomes to show what’s possible when organizations invest in their people.

Rachel Barber, former Senior Vice President of the Americas at Cisco Systems, will now report to UKG’s CEO and will lead all go-to-market aspects of UKG, overseeing sales, marketing, and customer relationship management.

“Rachel is known for her exceptional ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with customers, partners, and the people she leads. Her exceptional track record speaks volumes about her ability to navigate complex challenges while fostering an environment of inclusivity and innovation,” said Chris Todd, CEO of UKG.

“Rachel’s dedication to change management, value realization, and driving tangible business outcomes will be a tremendous asset for UKG as we continue to grow and scale our business.”

Rachel Barger joins UKG at a time of exciting growth, as the company now has more than 80,000 organizations worldwide and has been named to the Fast Company Brands That Matter list. Additionally, the company’s commitment to its Partner for Life promise has resulted in several awards and accolades for its differentiated customer experience (CX) model, which is designed to instill customer confidence, accelerate value, and build great workplaces through technology built for all. 

“I’ve always been passionate about helping organizations succeed through technology transformation, and that’s something UKG does extremely well,” said Rachel Barger.

“What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to help create a great place to work for tens of thousands of organizations around the world. Improving the employee experience by delivering innovation and driving inclusion at that scale is thrilling, and absolutely what made me so excited to come to UKG.”

Barger has deep go-to-market expertise with more than 20 years focused on driving profitable growth and leading high-performing, highly engaged teams across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific regions. As SVP of the Americas at Cisco — which recently ranked No. 2 overall on the 2024 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list by Great Place To Work® — she is responsible for overseeing approximately $37 billion in annual sales while leading a richly diverse and dynamic team of 6,500 employees across 35 countries. Barger is also the Global co-Executive Sponsor of Women of Cisco and Americas Executive Sponsor of Cisco Pride employee resource groups.

“UKG’s mission to inspire organizations to be a great place to work through inclusive technology isn’t just a slogan, it’s at the heart of its own culture,” said Barger. “It’s critically important to me personally to work for a company that practices what it preaches for its employees and its customers every single day.” 

Prior to joining Cisco, Barger held pivotal leadership roles in various sectors of the technology industry, including several executive sales positions for SAP. Barger, who will be based at the UKG headquarters office in Weston, Fla., holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

“Rachel embodies a growth mindset — something that is core to our culture at UKG — and she consistently motivates and inspires those around her,” continued Todd. “Rachel will bring together our sales, marketing, and customer relationship management teams to build a greater level of collaboration and optimization as we double down on our focus on our customers.”

To learn more about UKG, visit www.ukg.com.

By Nikki Cabus

UKG Ranks #3 Best Place to Work in IT by Computerworld

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UKG is ranked #3 in the world among large companies on the Foundry’s Computerworld 2024 Best Places to Work in IT list.

In addition to the overall #3 global ranking for companies with 5,000 or more employees, UKG also ranked #3 for Diversity, #7 for both Benefits and IT Growth, and #8 for Career Development on associated Computerworld lists.

This marks the third consecutive year that UKG has climbed the Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT list, advancing two spots from #5 on the 2023 list and ranking #6 in 2022 on the U.S.-only list, prior to the award going global. The annual recognition honors top organizations that challenge their IT staff with purposeful and meaningful careers while providing great benefits and compensation. Rankings are based on a comprehensive questionnaire about company offerings in categories such as career development; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B); the future of work; training; and retention.

UKG cares for its more than 15,000 employees — known as U Krewers — worldwide through a range of comprehensive benefits, employee resource groups (ERGs), and opportunities for career development and pursuing passion projects through its quarterly “Spark[Tank]” and “48 Hours” global innovation and programming events.

Standout Benefits

The company’s standout benefits program is highlighted by:

  • Fully paid healthcare premiums for medical, dental, and vision — including for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents — for the majority of employees, with coverage for infertility treatments, gender affirmation surgery, and surrogacy reimbursement, where allowed.
  • A 45% dollar-for-dollar company match on employee retirement-fund contributions in the U.S. and Canada, up to federal limits, as well as retirement-matching programs worldwide.
  • A global equitable benefits program called U Choose, launched in January 2023, which provides annual funds that U Krewers can use for over 150 different life expenses, from childcare and kids’ extracurriculars to pet care and personal wellness or lifestyle activities.
  • At least two paid days off for volunteering annually, through the company’s Global Volunteer Time-Off Policy. Together, this represents more than 245,000 hours of global impact each year.

Inclusive ERGs

UKG offers nine diverse, inclusive ERGs for community members and their allies to help build a culture of trust, equity, and belonging for all U Krewers. This includes groups such as BUILD (Black U Krewers in Leadership and Development); FIRE Up (Female Inclusion, Resilience, and Excellence) for women at all levels of the organization; NEST, which nurtures, empowers, and supports parents and caregivers through community, resources, support, and advocacy; and VETS for military veterans, their families, and their friends, along with UKG colleagues and supporters of veterans.

Spark[Tank], 48 Hours Programming Events

Recognizing that great ideas and innovation can come from anyone in the organization, UKG hosts two structured innovation programs open to all U Krewers worldwide: Spark[Tank] and the corresponding 48 Hours event. Spark[Tank] is a hybrid event that connects people across the company to foster innovation at UKG, and 48 Hours is a two-day, marathon coding event during which UKG engineers help bring the Spark[Tank] ideas to life. Participants present working concepts to a panel of UKG leaders, and the winning projects are often added to the UKG product roadmap. Over the years, concepts from 48 Hours have become award-winning UKG solutions, such as UKG Pro Giving, which allows companies to easily create and match charitable giving campaigns directly through employee payroll deductions.

“UKG strives to help every organization become a great place to work, and that mission shows up in the ways we value, respect, and care for our U Krewers every day,” said Scott Howitt, chief digital officer at UKG. “Just as we’re committed to providing our 80,000 customers across industries with innovative HCM solutions that help create top workplaces for their employees, we’re equally focused on making UKG the best place to work for our more than 15,000 U Krewers across the globe — including the hundreds who work in enterprise-technology roles.”

At UKG, our purpose is people. We are on a mission to inspire every organization to become a great place to work through HCM technology built for all. More than 80,000 customers across all sizes, industries, and geographies trust UKG HR, payroll, and workforce management cloud solutions to drive great workplace experiences and make better, more confident people and business decisions. With the world’s largest collection of people data, work data, and culture data combined with rich experience using artificial intelligence in the service of people, we connect culture insights with business outcomes to show what’s possible when organizations invest in their people. To learn more, visit ukg.com.

UKG names Rachel Barger as new President, GTM
UKG Ranks #3 Best Place to Work in IT by Computerworld