Clarissa Peterson

Senior Advisor

Clarissa Peterson, President and CEO of Ohana HR, LLC, serves as an Advisor to Dinte Global Executive Search on various executive leadership searches across the defense, technology, professional services, and industrial sectors both globally and domestically.

Clarissa has over 25 years of leadership experience in human resources, with business expertise spanning strategic planning, ethics and compliance, and mergers and acquisition integration in global and domestic companies. She has experience in all areas of HR, with special interests in team development, executive coaching, board development, data analytics, cultural transformation, and mindfulness.

Prior to her current role Clarissa was Senior Vice President & Chief HR Officer of Sophos, a global cybersecurity company. She spent five years before that as the Chief Human Resources & Ethics Officer of Abt Associates, a professional services firm that applies systems analysis and social science techniques to social and economic problems. Clarissa also served as Chief People Officer for DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms. Additionally, she is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She co-authored the books Maximizing Your HR Efforts and The Rise of HR: The Wisdom of 72 Thought Leaders.

Clarissa received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, University College and holds numerous certifications in global HR, ethics and compliance, and across various leadership assessment and training models.