Sherry Read has over 25 years of industrial experience in finding solutions to leadership and business issues using skills in human resources, compensation, statistics, and process improvement. Since 2000 when she relocated in Singapore, she has focused on the human capital challenges of managing and growing businesses in Asia Pacific. With a move to Shanghai in 2005, Sherry founded Read Solutions Group - an Executive Coaching and Strategic Human Resources company. Based now in Wilmington, Delaware, she is recognized for her insights into how to influence and lead in global and virtual environments and for the development of leadership competencies in high change environments. In support of her own continued professional development and that of the coaching profession, she delivers training in the Certified Professional Coach Program of the International Coach Academy. She also speaks to professional groups, leads workshops and writes about organizational, leadership and coaching topics.
She started her career as a statistical consultant in a forest products research facility. After obtaining her masters in statistics, she joined Hewlett Packard with a focus on using total quality control and statistical tools to improve quality of the manufacturing, specification setting and forecasting. With Hercules Incorporated, Sherry directed the Total Quality Management efforts and planning for quality improvement for a division focused on packaging materials. She transitioned into compensation through a project on gender pay equality, and rapidly rose to the role of Global Director of Compensation for the specialty chemical company. With her business focus and problem-solving skills, she took on the challenge of global HR director for a division as it doubled in size through merger. The growth and excitement of Asia beckoned and she relocated to Singapore with regional HR responsibility over 14 countries. Examples of work that she directed in the region includes post-merger benefits harmonization in Indonesia and Korea, a divisional divestiture involving employment transfers throughout all countries, developing compensation structures for JVs and wholly-owned enterprises in China, and coaching senior-level regional and expatriate staff. Sherry lived in Singapore for 2½ years and Shanghai for 3 years.
Building on her varied work experience, educational background and global experiences, Sherry works alone and in partnership with other organizations to support the development of leaders at all levels. Her coaching engagements span leadership levels from manager, director, to senior leaders, and across industries, including chemicals, insurance, durable manufacturing and non-profits. Her straightforward, direct, yet supportive style supports individuals in taking big steps forward from where they are today, and turning mindset and behavioral changes into concrete business results.
Sherry has a BS in Statistics and Biometry from Cornell University, a MS in Statistics from Colorado State University, and a MBA from San Jose State University. She attended the Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan. She is active in Wilmington Women in Business and Forum for Executive Women, and stays current with global human resources trends through her membership in the Society for Human Resources. Sherry is a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Academy and a member of the International Coach Federation. She is certified to administer the Voices® 360° leadership competency assessment, the MRG Leadership Effectiveness Analysis®, and the Conflict Dynamics Profile®.