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Irene S. Helsinger


Irene S. Helsinger is a Partner with Newport Board Group, where she provides advisory services to companies with growth, human capital strategy or management challenges. Formerly, she was executive VP and COO of the Texas Heart Institute and senior VP/CHRO of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System.

Prior to joining Newport, Irene served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Texas Heart Institute, SVP and Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. She also served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Partnership LLC.

During her HR career, Irene led successful initiatives to be recognized as an Employer of Choice, including selection as one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” three times, and one of the Houston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work in Houston” for six consecutive years.

She has been honored as the recipient of the Distinguished HR Professional in Houston as well as being selected as a Woman on the Move in 2009 and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston in 2012.