Robert Hicks

CPO, Atheneum


I have worked in and advised on Human Resources globally for over 25 years, for companies ranging from tech startups to SMEs, fast-growth PE-owned mid-market businesses, FTSE250 and complex matrix global organisations with over 200,000 staff.

As of 2023, I am CPO at Atheneum, a leading provider of B2B technology-enabled qualitative and quantitative research, with a diverse client portfolio, including strategy consulting firms, investment houses, and global corporations. The business received a $150 million investment led by Guidepost Growth Equity in 2021. 

Before joining Atheneum, I served as the Group HR Director at Reward Gateway for seven years and helped steer the business through a successful exit from Abry Partners to Castik Capital in 2021. Reward Gateway is a global SaaS employee engagement platform and was sold to trade buyer Edenred for £1.15 billion in May 2023.

I look forward to supporting PepTalks members with:

  • Designing an effective HR strategy that helps scale rapidly growing PE-backed businesses
  • Cultivating positive workplace culture and creating environments where successful global teams can thrive

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