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NAHR Welcomes New Fellows

The National Academy of Human Resources inducted its 2017 class of Fellows at its annual dinner and installation ceremony Thursday night in New York.

NAHR Class of 2017 Fellows (from left to right) Donna Morris, Peter Fasolo, Christine Pambianchi and Tim Bartl.

One association executive and three senior HR leaders were welcomed into the academy by their peers in recognition of their level of achievement, including Timothy Bartl, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of the HR Policy Association and CEO of the Center on Executive Compensation; Peter M. Fasolo, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Johnson & Johnson; Donna Morris, executive vice president for customer and employee experience  at Adobe Systems Inc.;  and Christine Pambianchi, senior vice president of human resources for Corning Inc.

The NAHR’s first class of Fellows was inducted 25 years earlier. To acknowledge the milestone, six members of the founding committee who were present at the induction ceremony were asked to stand and be recognized.

To date, with the addition of its 2017 class, 172 individuals have been named Fellows of the NAHR.

Tim Bartl joined the HR Policy Association as its assistant general counsel and vice president of corporate affairs in 1997, when it was known as the Labor Policy Association. He’s been instrumental in expanding the association beyond employment policy into areas such as healthcare and executive comp. At the Center on Executive Compensation, he oversees operations, policy and federal advocacy activities and has played a key role in growing its “subscribers” over the past 10 years from 26 to 134.

Peter Fasolo joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004, after 13 years in management at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Under his leadership, J&J has transformed its approach to HR strategy and service delivery by establishing a global network of shared services. He also has played a key role in leveraging analytics capabilities to better align J&J’s talent and innovation strategies. During his tenure, the company has been able to place internal successors in 80 percent of all senior-management positions.

Donna Morris joined Adobe 15 years ago. She has played a key role in reshaping virtually every aspect of Adobe’s employee experience over that period and, in 2015, her responsibilities were expanded to include the customer experience. Morris is a champion of diversity, and is responsible for  developing cutting-edge benefits aimed at attracting and retaining talent. She’s a member of the board of directors at the Society for Human Resource Management.

Christine Pambianchi joined Corning in 2000 as a division HR manager and has led the company’s global HR function since 2008. Among her achievements are creating a Talent Management Center of Excellence, expanding Corning’s MBA recruiting process at core schools and enhancing the company’s leadership-development curriculum. Her efforts in the area of diversity has led to increases in the number of women, African-Americans and other minorities in leadership roles—39 percent, 17 percent and 83 percent respectively.

Next year’s annual dinner and installation ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Six HR Leaders Inducted into NAHR

From left: Alexander J. Ogg Jr., Laszlo Bock, Tracy Keogh, Mary George Opperman, Mark Bieger and Joseph A. Bosch.
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.

A Most Notable 2014 Class of NAHR Fellows

The National Academy of Human Resources ushered in yet another impressive class of Fellows at its annual dinner and induction ceremony Thursday night in New York.

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From left, James Schultz, chair of the SHRM Foundation; David Rodriguez of Marriott International; Daniel Yager of the HR Policy Institute; and William Allen of Macy’s Inc. (Photo by Robert Knowles)

Added to the elite group of current and former senior HR practitioners and thought leaders were William S. Allen, chief human resources officer at Macy’s Inc. and one of HRE‘s 2011 HR Honor Roll recipients; David A. Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott International; and Daniel V. Yager, president and general counsel of the HR Policy Association.

Introducing the three, NAHR Chair Kathleen S. Barclay, senior vice president of human resources for The Kroger Co., reminded everyone gathered in the Yale Club dinner hall just how significant the academy’s honor is. “Becoming a Fellow,” she said, “is the highest recognition possible in the HR profession.”

Prior to joining Macy’s in January 2013, Allen was group senior vice president for corporate human resources at A.P. Moller-Maersk in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also held HR posts with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, PepsiCo and RCA Corp. As his NAHR write-up reads: “A common thread through Bill’s career is an unwavering commitment to a high level of organizational performance that helps companies win in their marketplaces. Elements of that philosophy include enhancing talent management and development, refreshing corporate cultures through clear and compelling leadership, and aligning compensation with performance. Bill is passionate about business processes that are simple, clear and aligned.”

Since joining Marriott in 1998 from Citicorp (now Citigroup), Rodriguez, a board member of the HR Policy Association, has provided leadership in the global growth of the company and the successful transition to the first chief executive officer outside the Marriott family. He has also, as his write-up reads, “built the strongest HR team in the industry and has led one of the most comprehensive and successful ongoing HR business-process-outsourcing programs, [in addition to leading] the company’s efforts to nurture and globalize its culture of innovation.”

Yager has been with the HR Policy Association for more than 26 years after working for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was the principal Republican staff person on labor issues. He served as minority counsel to the House Education and Labor Committee and played a key role in drafting the WARN and Family and Medical Leave Acts. He was instrumental in helping to reinvent the HRPA, which is now an influential voice in public policy for HR at the highest levels of large companies. In addition, he is a leading expert on labor and employment, whose television appearances include The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour and The Today Show.

The three were welcomed into the NAHR fold with a standing ovation.

Also honored was the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, which has been the philanthropic affiliate of SHRM since 1966, helping to shape the future of HR and working to be a catalyst for thought leadership, global HR information and human capital knowledge.

NAHR President Richard L. Antoine, former global HR officer for Procter & Gamble Co. — who will be turning over the presidency in February 2015 to Jill Smart, former chief human resource officer for Accenture Inc. — took a moment to bid the group adieu after his six years of leadership.

After starting in the supply chain at Procter & Gamble, he told the group, it wasn’t until later, when he moved into HR, that he realized how powerful and impactful the profession was — capable of influencing “success in people and their careers.”

“Our job is to hire, develop and retain great people,” said Antoine, “and that is a great thing.

“We’ve had those bad days — those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days — but we’ve had many, many more days [to realize] our calling, [which is] to enhance the lives of people,” he said, “and I was glad to be a part of it all.”

A Grand, Record-Breaking Induction of NAHR Fellows

The crème de la crème of human resources gathered in force last night to honor and welcome an impressive group of new Fellows into the highest order of HR: the National Academy of Human Resources.

NAHR logoThwarted last year by Hurricane Sandy, which paralyzed all possible routes to their annual meeting place at the Yale Club in New York, attendees and inductees came in record numbers — 248 total — to this year’s gala dinner honoring newcomers for both 2012 and 2013 to the group’s elite ranks.

In terms of accomplishments and contributions to the field of HR, the list speaks for itself.

Inducted into the NAHR Class of 2012:

— Michael L. Davis, executive vice president of global human resources for General Mills Inc. In addition to many years with General Mills, where he not only leads HR but has senior-management oversight for the company’s corporate aviation and global health-services group, Davis is a frequent speaker and author on executive and director compensation and benefits issues. He’s also on numerous boards, including WorldatWork Board and the HR Policy Association’s, with special interests and expertise in compensation and benefits, and executive compensation.

— Daniel Marsili, senior vice president of global human resources for Colgate-Palmolive Co. As a member of Colgate’s collaborative senior-leadership team, Marsili plays an integral part in Colgate’s overall success as a premier global employer and admired public company. Since 2005, he and his global team have focused on improving the HR function through technology and elevated leadership dialogue — and, during this period, sales, profits and earnings per share have all increased.

— Larry E. Steward, vice president of human resources for DTE Energy Co., Michigan’s largest utility company with more than $8 billion in annual revenues. Steward oversees HR for 10,000 utility and non-utility employees, is a member of the executive committee, and is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of a multitude of HR functions. Since joining the company in 2001, he and his team have implemented a best-practice talent-planning process and improved the corporate safety record from fourth to top-quartile performance among peer utilities.

— Mara Swan, executive vice president of global strategy and talent for ManpowerGroup, and Human Resource Executive® ‘s HR Executive of the Year for 2012. In her eighth year leading Manpower’s global HR organization, Swan has elevated the function and its importance in the company as the catalyst for accelerating the execution of business strategy. She has also been an instrumental player in Manpower’s recognition globally as Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired and the only company in its industry to be named World’s Most Ethical by Ethisphere.

Inducted into the NAHR Class of 2013:

— Marcia J. Avedon, senior vice president of human resources and communications for Ingersoll Rand plc., a $14 billion diversified industrial company operating in more than 50 countries. Avedon has global responsibility for all human resources, government affairs, communications, philanthropy and brand management. She has been instrumental as a member of the company’s executive leadership team in the successful transformation of the company’s portfolio, corporate culture and reputation.

— Kevin F. Hallock, Joseph R. Rich 1980 professor at Cornell University and founding director of the Institute for Compensation Studies in the university’s ILR School. A research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, board member of the Society of Certified Professionals at WorldatWork and a distinguished principal research fellow at The Conference Board, he frequently advises firms with respect to pay.

— Daisy Ng, chief human resources officer for Darden Restaurants. A member of the company’s executive team, Ng was also the first person to graduate from Cornell’s Top Seat program, administered in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies and NAHR. Under Ng’s leadership, Darden is the first full-service restaurant company to be recognized as one of Fortune‘s 100 Best Companies to Work For, an accomplishment that has occurred for three years in a row.

— Marc C. Reed, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Verizon Communications, a Dow 30 company generating nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenue with more than 185,000 employees worldwide. Honors based on Reed’s work in recruiting, training and leadership development include Business Week/Bloomberg‘s Best Places to Launch a Career, Diversity Inc. Magazine‘s Top 50 Companies for Diversity and the Military Times EGDE‘s Best for Vets.

— Susan M. Suver, senior vice president of human resources and administration for the United States Steel Corp. As a member of the executive-leadership team, Suver plays an influential role in building and championing the business, leadership and cultural transformation at one of the nation’s most enduring companies. She is an experienced change-management professional and an award-winning business communicator, having spent more than 17 years in corporate communications in the manufacturing, mining, electronics and hospitality industries.

— Carole Watkins, chief human resources officer for Cardinal Health. A member of the HR Policy Association, she also serves as current co-chair of the CHRO Board Academy and is a member of the HR50, Personnel Roundtable and Healthcare Business Women’s Association. Under her leadership, Cardinal Health has been recognized by Working Mother‘s 100 Best Companies, CEO Magazine‘s Top Company for Leaders, National Business Group on Health’s Platinum Award for Healthy Life Styles Programs and National Association for Female Executives’ Top Companies for Executive Women.

Going by their brief descriptions alone, it appears the stewardship of the HR profession — as a key player in achieving business strategy and steering business success — is in very good hands going forward.