Elisa Bannon-Jones is a Chief People Officer at rue21, a national apparel retailer with over 600 retail locations and 7000 employees. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources, leading global talent and employment strategies, implementing recruitment and retention practices, and influencing corporate culture. She holds prestigious credentials such as Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), Certified Executive Coach (CEC), and DDI Certified Facilitator.
As a passionate and strategic leader, Elisa is responsible for the entire employee experience, from recruitment to onboarding, retention, performance management, professional development, and career acceleration. She leads a team of professionals who manage benefits and compensation, talent, HR systems and operations, HR reporting and analytics, and internal communications. She is also a well-known industry expert who has spoken at national events and serves on the advisory boards of Capella University School of Business & Technology and HRO Today North America. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the 2020 CHRO of the Year by HRO Today and the 2023 HR Team of the Year. She is committed to building next-generation women leaders, fostering diversity and inclusion, and aligning talent with organizational vision and strategy. She is an awardee and member of the Exceptional Women’s Alliance.
Rue21 is an American specialty retailer of women’s & men’s casual apparel and accessories with more than 10,000 employees, headquartered in the Pittsburgh suburb of Warrendale, Pennsylvania.