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Burgum names Roth North Dakota’s next chief people officer

October 4, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has named Kelsey Roth as North Dakota’s new chief people officer.

Burgum announced Thursday Roth will lead the state’s restructured division of human resources. Her appointment takes effect Oct. 30.

Roth has served as director of human resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota since January 2017. She previously worked in human resources management for Amazon.com for more than a decade.

In a statement, Roth says she looks forward to “partnering with leaders and team members to ensure that state government is a great place to work.”

She becomes the second person to serve as North Dakota’s CPO. She succeeds Cheri Schoenfish, who is stepping down from the role.

The chief people officer works with cabinet officials and state agencies on employee development and initiatives.

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