2024 Woman of Influence: Nicki Brazeau

Nicki Brazeau

As Executive Vice President of People & Culture at Opteon, Nicki Brazeau employs a comprehensive approach to organizational development, carefully analyzing all aspects of the company while fostering effective engagement with team members. With over a decade of experience in human resources and a notable 15-year tenure in the appraisal industry, Brazeau embodies distinction in every aspect of her work.

By utilizing her experience and combining her advanced degrees in business administration and operations management, she has gained a skill set that allows for a deeper understanding of how People & Culture functions intersect with broader business goals. Brazeau has made a considerable impact on Opteon’s P&C landscape, evident in the 8% increase in employee engagement over the past six months. By overseeing every facet of the employee journey, and with a proven track record in management, recruitment, compensation and training, she is dedicated to fostering inclusion and equity initiatives within the business. This reflects her commitment to excellence and ongoing development in the field.

Brazeau has progressed the people and culture team from a generalist-oriented, activity-driven team to a results-focused team of high-performing professionals who have greatly contributed to Opteon’s success and employee growth over the last year. Under her leadership, Brazeau’s team has lowered the voluntary attrition rate by 5% and executed aggressive recruitment campaigns resulting in a nearly 10% growth in company headcount.

Brazeau’s dedication to nurturing employee growth and development is evident through the promotion of Opteon’s internal learning and development program, Opteon Academy, which averages a 95% completion rate — exceeding the set goal of 85%. Her commitment to strengthening the skills and knowledge of her colleagues has not only benefited the overall organization but has also paved the way for alternative paths of growth and development within the business.


Nicki Brazeau


Executive Vice President of People & Culture

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