Cheese, who is currently chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management, will take up the new position on Monday, 2 July. He is taking over from Sue Upton, who was appointed interim chief executive after Jackie Orme stepped down due to health reasons. Gill Rider, the CIPD’s president, welcomed Cheese saying that his “high level, global experience of business and his track record in HR thought leadership” meant that he was “ideally placed to lead the next phase of the CIPD’s ambitious plans”. “Peter is committed to extending both the value the CIPD gives to our members, and supporting the growth of the HR profession to deliver ever greater value to global workforces and businesses,” she added. Cheese worked for management consultancy, Accenture, for 30 years from 1979 (when it was Arthur Andersen) until 2009, when he was a global managing partner at its talent and organisation performance consulting practice. He subsequently left to undertake a range of global consulting and non-executive roles. Cheese said: “Now more than ever, we need an HR profession that can help people and organisations to be the best that they can be, that can deliver both commercial and social value, and that is leading thinking in how work and the workforce is changing.” The CIPD was already the largest HR professional body in Europe and its “increasingly global footprint” meant that it was “well-placed to provide leadership, insight and influence, and to help develop HR capabilities, careers and opportunities for its current and future members”, he added. ***In news elsewhere, Unilever has appointed Tim Munden, a company veteran of 18 years, to become vice president of HR for its UK and Ireland business, which is a board-level position. Munden joined the fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer as a member of its Future Leaders Programme after having retired from the Armed Forces for medical reasons. He has since headed up HR functions for various departments and divisions at the company such as UK supply chain, home and personal care Europe and global business support and IT.