Improbable is pleased to welcome Natalia Strauch to our executive leadership team as Chief People Officer. Working closely with our Chief Executive Officer, Herman Narula, Natalia will be responsible for defining Improbable’s human resources policies, contributing to business strategy, and developing plans and programs for the development of Improbable’s more than 800 team members across three continents.
Improbable’s goal for People and Talent is to attract strategic leaders to its executive team that can help us align every part of the business with our unique culture and our strategic objectives in games, defence and national security and other applications where Improbable aims to build a new generation of virtual worlds.
Natalia brings more than twenty years of experience in the field of human resources to Improbable. Natalia spent 9.5 years of her career at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind blockbusters including "Frozen," "Big Hero 6," and "Zootopia”, which combine creativity with innovative technology. During her time at Disney, Natalia was the Director of Human Resources at Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products where she supported incredible brands such as Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, as well as the team of Imagineers who created the groundbreaking, immersive theme park attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Natalia also helped manage the high-profile acquisition and integration of 21st Century Fox which brought intellectual property including National Geographic, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Avatar and Deadpool.
Prior to working at Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, Natalia was the Head of Studio for what was at the time the largest child-focused MMO game, Club Penguin.
She has a Master’s degree in Business Psychology from the University of Westminster and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Cape Town. As a certified Co-Active Training coach, Natalia is an accomplished executive coach, mentor and leader of talented people. Natalia grew up in South Africa and has lived and worked in both Europe and North America.
Welcome to the Improbable team, Natalia!