Toni Handler

Chief People Officer, dentsu Americas 

Antoinette (Toni) Handler is the Chief People Officer at dentsu Americas and is a proven and passionate people leader with an exceptional track record in leading talent, culture development strategies, and diversity and inclusion. 

Prior to joining dentsu, she was the Global Head of Human Resources (HR) for Amazon’s AWS Global Services organization. In this role, Toni partnered with the AWS Professional Services and Managed Cloud Services to support senior leadership teams to develop a strategic talent and workforce management agenda. She led the organization by building capability through talent development and driving cultural transformation.  

Toni has held various senior leadership positions in human resources, including corporate vice president of HR for Avanade, where she led organizational development, compensation, benefits, and talent management globally, for the company's 35,000 associates. Before that, Toni worked at MetLife for seven years where she held senior human resources positions and was responsible for leading HR for Global Employee Benefits, Investments and Strategy. In addition to overseeing these areas for MetLife (including MetLife’s brand and marketing efforts), Toni also held the position of Chief Talent Officer and Chief Learning Officer for MetLife from 2008-2011 where she created and led a comprehensive talent management and organization effectiveness strategy that aligned directly with MetLife’s business goals. 

Prior to that, Toni spent nine years at Merrill Lynch including leading Merrill Lynch’s Talent Management and Executive Development team for Global Wealth Management. 

Toni received an M.A. degree from the State University of New York in business and policy studies and a B.S. degree from New York University in management and industrial relations. She lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Toni Handler, Chief People Officer, dentsu Americas