Chief People Officer
Catalina Murillo is the Chief People Officer for Intelligent Waves. In her role, she is responsible for defining and leading the company’s human resources strategy. Catalina is a culture-first and mission-oriented HR leader with a passion for people, learning, diversity, continuous improvement, and building organizational cultures where colleagues feel free to bring their authentic selves to work and thrive.
Catalina brings two decades of experience in HR Executive leadership roles, designing, leading, and executing the delivery of scalable workforce solutions in alignment with strategic business goals across geographically dispersed organizations. Catalina has worked in organizations across retail, health/human services, public health, non-profit, and hyper-growth IT/professional services. Throughout her career, she has endeavored to ensure that people feel seen, heard, and understood by leaders through clear communication of a value-based mission and the creation of a sense of community of belonging and appreciation for all.
As a mission-oriented leader, Catalina enjoys working for organizations that seek to advance the support of the clients and populations they serve and the communities in which we work and live. She also enjoys working for mission-driven organizations that recognize that people and culture alone can determine how high an organization will rise or what depth it will fall. The determining factor lies in being intentional about hiring, developing, and retaining emotionally intelligent leaders to create an organization that fosters a positive, supportive, and respectful work experience every day.
Catalina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication and her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University before going on to get an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business. Catalina later earned her Ph.D./DEL in Executive Leadership from The University of Charleston School of Business. She has also been certified by Cornell University through their Modern CHRO & Strategies for Success Program and recently completed Preparing to be a Corporate Director from Harvard Business School.