Ivy D. Council

Ivy D. Council

Ivy D. Council

Ms. Council has served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer for Citi Trends Inc. since March 2012 and as their Senior Vice President of Human Resources since January 2007.  In 2006, Ms. Council served as Vice President of Human Resources for Baja Fresh Restaurants, a division of Wendy’s, Inc.  From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Council served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Pasta Pomodoro Restaurants also a division of Wendy’s Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Council served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Ross Stores.  Ms. Council has served in a director capacity for the Pasta Pomodoro Restaurants (former affiliate of Wendy’s Inc.) and as a director for Brightside Academy – Child Care and Early Education (LLR Partners Private Equity).

Ms. Council has managed the design and implementation of programs in Customer Service and Career Development Planning.  She has created and executed staffing policies, employment law and regulatory agencies compliance programs, defeated union organizing attempts, resolved and settled wage and hour class action law suits, and assisted organizations in optimizing earnings per share by designing skills development programs to support the achievement of critical business measures.

From a Learning and Organization Development standpoint, Ivy has conducted extensive job competency assessments, developed job competency models, and created competency-based training programs.  She has facilitated Senior Executive Coaching and Mentoring at both the individual and group levels and created programs for the specific team development concerns of senior management.  She has also designed and implemented performance appraisal systems; critical business indicators tracking systems to measure job performance improvements, and installed succession planning program databases.