Rachael Peterson

Rachael serves as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer for Watco Companies, LLC. 

As CPO, she continues to champion the Watco culture by leading various programs and functions that support Team Member engagement, development, safe-performance, health and wellness and communications.

Rachael joined the Watco Team in 2006 and has held several roles on the People Services Team, most recently serving as senior vice president of people services. She was instrumental in the implementation of Watco University, which focuses on the development of Team Members both professionally and personally. She has also headed multiple initiatives that have led to significant improvements in Team Member retention.

Prior to joining Watco, Rachael worked in healthcare recruiting at St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and at JB Hunt Transport in Lowell, Arkansas, as a Manager of Professional and Organizational Development.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.