Stephanie Playford

Senior Manager/People, Culture & Organization Advisory

About Stephanie Playford

Stephanie is a Senior Manager and Co-Lead of the People, Culture & Organization Advisory at the Vienna office of Ward Howell International.

Alongside her global knowledge of the workings of international organizations, she brings a wealth of experience in helping clients to develop a sustainable and inclusive leadership based on her tailored cultural and structural strategies. During her time at a London-based international leadership consultancy, she advised global clients in the automotive, industrial manufacturing, product, development, and financial services sectors. Her strong international background is based on having spent over a decade across a global organization within the United Nations (U.N.), also working with inter-governmental and non- governmental partners across the world.

She has over 10 years experience and extensive knowledge of organizational, strategy and cultural transformation and contributes these strengths to Ward Howell's People, Culture & Organization Advisory .

Stephanie studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with a specialization in Economic & Business Law, and is also a certified leadership facilitator.

Stephanie is a native German speaker and is fluent in English


  • Consumer & Retail
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Energy
  • Public Sector & Education


  • Board Advisory
  • Business Development
  • Change Management
  • Coaching
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Coaching
  • Management Consulting
  • Org. Development
  • Strategy Development
  • Talent Management