Just a long home run ball away from the famous Fenway Park, the HR community gathered to honor its heaviest hitters in the august Trustee Ballroom at Boston University Thursday evening. (The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the fall meeting of the Human Resources Policy Institute.)
Mark James, senior vice president of human resources, procurement and communication for Honeywell, was honored as HRE’s 2013 HR Executive of the Year, while the 2013 HR Honor Roll included Paul McKinnon, head of human resources, Citigroup Inc.; Scott Peterson, executive vice president and chief human resource officer, The Schwan Food Co.; Mary Stoik Dymond, senior vice president of human resources, Graebel Cos.; and James W. Hodge, vice president of human resources, Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare.
James was introduced by Honeywell CEO and Chairman David M. Cote.
“The HR leader can’t just be strategic,” Cote said. “They also need to ensure that the machinery works every day. And no HR executive I have ever seen does both as well as Mark.”
Cote also praised James’ leadership role in Honeywell’s “big strategic HR” changes, including the development of a “real, one-country model that is not just a disconnected layer on top of what the business already has.”
“You are the best HR executive I have worked with in my entire life,” Cote said.
In accepting the award, James praised the efforts of his team members and the role they’ve played in executing Honeywell’s HR strategy.
James also credited Cote with setting an extraordinary example. “I’ve never known someone,” he said, “who has so much business acumen; who can pick the right strategy, and motivate people around that strategy; who understands how the machinery works and makes sure I understand how the machinery work.
“That makes it easy.”
Judges for this year’s contest included Dennis Donovan, vice chairman of Cerberus Operations & Advisory Co., and HRE‘s 2003 HR Executive of the Year; Fred Foulkes, director of the Human Resources Policy Institute and professor of management policy at the Boston University School of Management; Jac Fitz-enz, president of the Human Capital Source; Susan Meisinger, author, speaker and consultant on human resources and former president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management; and HRE Editor David Shadovitz.