Tara Deakin

Tara Deakin

Tara joined TD Bank Group in January 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer. As the lead for TD's enterprise talent and organization development strategy, Tara's mandate is to grow the power of TD's 85,000 employees and attract new colleagues to ensure the bank's future growth and ongoing delivery of legendary customer experiences. Talent acquisition, talent management, organizational development, learning and development, as well as diversity and inclusion are the core components of Tara's portfolio. Tara is a member of the Human Resources Operating Committee.

In addition to her Bank responsibilities, Tara serves as the Chair for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). ATD is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Prior to joining TD, Tara served as the Managing Director/Chief Learning Officer for the North American Consumer Bank at Citi Group. In this role, she was accountable for employee onboarding and development. In addition to her North American responsibilities, Tara had global accountability for enterprise systems training and knowledge management. In this capacity, she and her team supported the strategic focus of the organization by translating business goals into actionable performance initiatives to ensure the readiness of 120,000+ customer facing employees.

Tara has more than 16 years of progressive positions in the field of organizational development and learning. Prior to joining Citi, she was the Chief Learning and Enablement Officer at Rogers Communications where she held a number of increasingly senior roles driving the organizations learning and organizational effectiveness capability.

Tara holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed post graduate work at Central Michigan University in adult education and organizational development. In 2009, Tara was awarded a Leadership Fellowship from the International Women's Forum which included advanced studies at INSEAD and Harvard.