Lissa Freed

Global Head of Human Resources Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

Lissa Freed is Global Head of Human Resources for the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group with HR oversight for all global film operations including the film studio, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development and DreamWorks Animation. In this role, she provides strategic direction for attracting, retaining and developing a competitive global workforce by cultivating a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. 

Freed spent five years with Sony Pictures Entertainment as Senior Vice President of People and Organization prior to joining Universal in 2015. At Sony, she was responsible for the talent agenda and organizational development of the motion picture group including theatrical and home entertainment global operations. 

Her extensive experience in human resources management also includes two years with Activision Blizzard beginning in 2008 as Vice President of Human Resources, where she led a human resources team spanning 23 locations across North America, Europe and Asia for the company’s largest operating group, Activision Publishing. Prior to Activision Blizzard, she held a variety of human resources roles at Mattel for seven years and was a dedicated business partner to the company’s division leaders. At Mattel, Freed led the talent acquisition team and oversaw the business’ global transformation. Before Mattel, she co-owned and operated a contingent staffing firm serving more than 50 companies. 

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California Coast University and a certificate in Human Capital and Effective Organizations from the USC Marshall School of Business. She lives in the South Bay with her husband and three children. 

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Lissa Freed

Global Head of Human Resources Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
   

Lissa Freed is Global Head of Human Resources for the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group with HR oversight for all global film operations including the film studio, Fandango, Universal Pictures International, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development and DreamWorks Animation. In this role, she provides strategic direction for attracting, retaining and developing a competitive global workforce by cultivating a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. 

Freed spent five years with Sony Pictures Entertainment as Senior Vice President of People and Organization prior to joining Universal in 2015. At Sony, she was responsible for the talent agenda and organizational development of the motion picture group including theatrical and home entertainment global operations. 

Her extensive experience in human resources management also includes two years with Activision Blizzard beginning in 2008 as Vice President of Human Resources, where she led a human resources team spanning 23 locations across North America, Europe and Asia for the company’s largest operating group, Activision Publishing. Prior to Activision Blizzard, she held a variety of human resources roles at Mattel for seven years and was a dedicated business partner to the company’s division leaders. At Mattel, Freed led the talent acquisition team and oversaw the business’ global transformation. Before Mattel, she co-owned and operated a contingent staffing firm serving more than 50 companies. 

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California Coast University and a certificate in Human Capital and Effective Organizations from the USC Marshall School of Business. She lives in the South Bay with her husband and three children.