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Published on October 05, 2021

Cone Health Names Chief People & Culture Officer

Michelle Adamolekun is focused on HR but has broad interests.


Michelle Adamolekun is Cone Health’s Chief People & Culture Officer. Adamolekun will lead a team of human resources professionals in increasing employee recruitment and retention, furthering Cone Health’s reputation as a great place to work and developing its leaders.  

Health care faces unprecedented challenges with staffing shortages, stress and burnout created by the ongoing pandemic. “Michelle understands health care and our culture,” says Cone Health CEO Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “Cone Health has a reputation of being a great place to work and a great place for those with a passion to deliver the best care anywhere. Michele will build and enhance that, for us.”

Adamolekun comes to Cone Health from Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she was chief human resources officer since 2019. Previously she was an HR officer with Ascension Health – the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. She is a board-certified coach and holds the Lean Green Belt designation in health care.

“I have the fortunate privilege of continuing to enhance our culture, which I believe is our competitive advantage,” says Adamolekun. “It is a culture with a highly valued and empowered workforce, one that is able to respond to market challenges and provide exceptional care for our patients, each other and our community.”

Adamolekun is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.

She earned her Master of Science in human resources Management from Texas State University. Adamolekun is a previous team captain of the University of Texas Track & Field Team.

Adamolekun is the founder and president of Jamaica Reggae Girlz Foundation. The non-profit group connects and creates opportunities for the Jamaica Diaspora around the world.