Newsroom February 15, 2018

Cook Group furthers commitment to employee development, names Nicky James global vice president of Human Resources and Talent Development

Nicky James, vice president, Human Resources and Talent Development, Cook Group

Bloomington, Ind. – Today, Cook Group announced Nicky James as vice president of Human Resources and Talent Development. With this announcement, Cook Group continues to invest in employees. James will focus her efforts on developing a robust people pipeline that supports the company’s long-term vision and goals.

During her tenure at Cook, James has successfully held many leadership positions within the company that have prepared her for this new role in human resources.

“Nicky’s experience across different parts of the Cook organization provides a unique perspective of the needs of our business and how we need to develop employees to meet those needs,” said Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group and Cook Medical. “She understands our company, where we are going, and how to create a modern workplace that supports all Cook employees.”

In her new position, James will further develop Cook’s workforce, engagement, and change management strategies to attract and retain employees who fit the company’s unique culture.

“I believe that our employees are our biggest asset,” said James. “It truly excites me that I get to help support our people as they grow and the company grows. From manufacturing to sales representatives, resort staff, and clinicians in our health clinic, we want to empower all employees to reach their personal and professional goals.”

In 1998, James began her career with Cook Medical on the sales team for Urology in Midlands and North Western United Kingdom. While in Europe, she held positions including sales representative and regional manager of Urology for Northern Europe. In 2006, James moved to the U.S. to serve as a global product manager, followed next by a position as National Sales Manager for North America. James led two of Cook Medical’s business units and served on the executive leadership of a third business unit. The 20-year veteran of Cook Medical will now oversee all human resources functions for both Cook Medical and its parent company, Cook Group.

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