Astro Pak has long been known for its “people-first” corporate culture and on September 14th, it announced the appointment of Jennifer Kaushek as its first VP of People & Culture. Reporting directly to Astro Pak President Ken Carroll, Mrs. Kaushek has been given the mandate to build upon and expand the company’s commitment to putting the growth of its employees first.
Mrs. Kaushek joins the company after serving as a key member of the leadership team at Irvine-based Stretto where she was responsible for the oversight of all HR and administrative services. She helped manage the company’s rapid growth from 100 employees to 360 within that period. Prior to that role, she spent 20 years at Hyundai Motor America. In her career at Hyundai, she served in nearly every level of HR, including senior management. Her experience included employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and talent development and management.
Mrs. Kaushek notes that her experience at two such dissimilar business climates have given her a unique ability to serve the needs of the company’s employees. Astro Pak’s culture empowers employees to remain with the company for decades even as the company continues to experience extensive and ongoing growth. She points out, “Not only do I know what career development and longevity mean, but I also know where the potential challenges are when a company continues to expand.”
“I was drawn to Astro Pak by its people-first culture as part of its overall company values,” Mrs. Kaushek continues, “the leadership team made it clear that they really value their people and there are already great processes and people in place. I look forward to collaborating and engaging with our employees, teams and departments across our organization to support Astro Pak’s continued growth and our programs to recruit, retain and nurture our talent.”