From left: Alexander J. Ogg Jr., Laszlo Bock, Tracy Keogh, Mary George Opperman, Mark Bieger and Joseph A. Bosch.
The National Academy of Human Resources inducted its 2015 class of Fellows at its annual dinner and installation ceremony Thursday night in New York.
Six HR leaders were recognized by their peers in the academy for their level of achievement, including Mark Biegger, chief HR officer at Procter & Gamble Co.; Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google Inc.; Joseph A. Bosch, former executive vice president and chief HR officer at DirecTV; Tracy Keogh, chief HR officer at HP Inc.; Alexander J. Ogg Jr., operating partner at Blackstone Group; and Mary George Opperman, vice president and chief HR officer at Cornell University.
NAHR Chair Kathleen S. Barclay, who retired from her post as senior vice president of human resources for The Kroger Co. the previous week, pointed out to those attending the Yale Club dinner that the new Fellows have distinguished themselves through their extraordinary leadership.
To date, with the addition of its 2015 class, 163 individuals have been named Fellows in the academy.
Mark Biegger of Procter & Gamble has held various manufacturing, engineering, business services and human resources posts during his career, working and living in both North America and Europe. He’s managed HR in functions, business units and regions—including P&G North America. Biegger, who works closely with P&G’s board on leadership development, has implemented changes to long-standing HR practices within P&G, including a significant transformation of the organization’s performance-management system and major interventions to accelerate progress in talent development and diversity.
Under Laszlo Bock’s leadership, Google Inc. has been recognized more than 100 times in the past five years as an exceptional employer, including being named by Fortune magazine the No. 1 Best Company to Work For in the United States and in 16 other countries . Bock joined Google in 2006 from GE Capital, the financial services arm of General Electric with more than 35,000 employees, where he held various executive-leadership roles. Earlier this year, he authored a book titled Work Rules: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead. He was also named HRE’s HR Executive of the Year in 2010.
Joseph Bosch served as the executive vice president and chief HR officer at DirecTV for the last five years. In addition to global HR responsibility for DirecTV’s 33,000 employees, he was responsible for internal communication, corporate citizenship and social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion. As a corporate officer, he reported to the chairman and CEO and played a key role in the successful negotiations and ultimate sale of DirecTV to AT&T last July. Bosch, who was also named to HRE’s HR Honor Roll last month, previously served as the chief HR officer for Centex Corp. and Tenet Healthcare.
Tracy Keogh most recently served as executive vice president of HR for the Hewlett-Packard Co., where she leads HR for the company’s workforce of more than 300,000 employees across 170 countries and more than 600 real-estate locations. After Hewlett-Packard’s separation into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Nov. 1, she was named chief HR officer for HP Inc., which generates $55 billion in revenue and employs more than 50,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Under her leadership, Hewlett-Packard’s HR department redesigned all aspects of the company’s people agenda and revitalized the company’s culture. Keogh, who was also named HRE’s 2015 HR Executive of the Year last month, previously served as senior vice president of HR at Hewitt Associates.
As an operating partner, Sandy Ogg serves the nearly 100 portfolio companies across the different asset classes managed by Blackstone Group. He assists deal teams in the selection and formation of management teams and boards to deliver on investment outcomes. Ogg joined Blackstone in January 2011, after serving for eight years as the chief HR officer for Unilever, based in London. At Unilever, he spearheaded the company’s Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which has become a standard for businesses trying to “do well by doing good.” Prior to joining Unilever, Ogg served as senior vice president for leadership, learning and performance at Motorola.
Mary George Opperman heads HR at Cornell University, which has approximately 20,000 staff and faculty members. Since joining Cornell in 1996, Opperman has grown her portfolio to include oversight of the Division of Human Resources, Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Police, Emergency Management and the Center for Regional Economic Advancement. Prior to joining Cornell, she spent 13 years in the HR function at Harvard University. Under her leadership, Cornell has received numerous workplace awards. These include being named AARP’s top U.S. employer for workers 50 and older two years in a row. She was selected by the editors of HRE as one of the 15 most influential women leaders in HR.
At the dinner, winners of the 2015 NAHR Ram Charan HR Essay Contest were recognized. Taking top prize were Suetta Miller, a student in the masters of HR management program at Houston Baptist University and Brenda A. Barros-Rivera, a Ph.D. student in the HR and organizational-behavior program at Texas A&M. Their paper, titled In the Game—A Contingency Framework of Public Policy, explored HR’s role in influencing public policy.
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