kgaydonKaren Gaydon joined Synaptics in November 2012 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources.  Karen is responsible for the design and implementation of HR strategies and processes that drive the Synaptics business objectives and the company’s unique culture. She also oversees charitable activities and healthy workplace initiatives.

Prior to joining Synaptics, Karen held multiple senior HR leadership positions at Hewlett Packard where she was most recently a member of the Executive Human Resources Council, reporting to the Human Resources Executive Vice President.  Her background includes vice president roles in several business units across the U.S. and Europe.

Karen has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale global change and growth, delivering mergers and acquisitions and building a world class human resources team.

Karen was born in England and she earned a HNC in Business Administration from the University of the South West, England with a concentration in Human Resources.  She also has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco along with several professional Human Resources certifications.

She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two teenage sons.