Rachelle H. Thompson
Rachelle Thompson was appointed Carpenter Technology’s Chief Human Resources Officer in August 2019.
Rachelle’s primary role is to execute business strategy, increase employee commitment and shape Carpenter’s culture, with an emphasis on performance. She is responsible for providing executive leadership in critical areas such as organizational development, compensation, benefits, staffing, communications, labor relations and policy, employee engagement, and talent acquisition, as well as other supporting human resources functions. She is a member of the Executive Team that sets the strategic direction of the company.
Prior to joining Carpenter Technology, Rachelle was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP where she concentrated on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, and business counseling. She also practiced in the general and patent litigation departments of an international law firm in the District of Columbia. Before practicing law, she conducted academic and industrial research in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, phospholipid chemistry, and lithography.
Rachelle completed her JD, magna cum laude, from The University of San Diego School of Law. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and was the first African American woman in the school’s history to receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She graduated first in her class from Furman University with a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Chemistry. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, serves on the Furman University Board of Trustees, and is actively involved in several other professional and community organizations.
Rachelle and her husband, Dwight, have one son, Deuce, and one daughter, Chase.