Cook Group Strengthens Commitment to Employee Development and Appoints Nicky James Global Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Development



BLOOMINGTON, Ind .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, Cook Group announced the appointment of Nicky James as Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Development. With this announcement, Cook Group continues to invest in its employees. James will focus his efforts on developing a strong pipeline of people who support the long-term vision and goals of the company.

During her tenure at Cook, James successfully held a number of leadership roles within the company that prepared her for this new role in Human Resources.

“Nicky’s experience in different parts of the Cook organization provides a unique perspective on the needs of our business and how we need to develop people to meet those needs,” said Pete Yonkman, President of Cook Group and Cook Medical. “She understands our business, where we go and how to create a modern workplace that supports all Cook employees.”

In his new role, James will further develop Cook’s workforce, engagement and change management strategies to attract and retain employees who match the unique culture of the company.

“I believe our people are our greatest asset,” said James. “I am truly passionate about being able to help support our employees as they grow and the business grows. From manufacturing to sales representatives, resort staff and clinicians at our health clinic, we want to empower all employees to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In 1998 James began his career with Cook Medical as part of the Urology sales team in the Midlands and North West UK. While in Europe, she held positions such as Sales Representative and Regional Director of Urology for Northern Europe. In 2006, James moved to the United States to take on the role of Global Product Manager, followed by a National Sales Manager position for North America. James headed two of Cook Medical’s business units and was part of the executive management of a third business unit. The 20-year Cook Medical veteran will now oversee all human resources functions for Cook Medical and its parent company, Cook Group.

About the Cook Group

Cook Group is a family business headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. Our diverse business portfolio includes companies working in life sciences, business services, resorts, property management and medical devices.

Founded in 1963, the Cook Group companies today employ more than 12,000 people worldwide. We are committed to improving lives by giving back to our communities, supporting our employees and their families, and serving our customers and their patients. Learn more at



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