People

Human resource leadership promotions and appointments.
By: | November 7, 2018 • 6 min read
Topics: HR Leadership

Steven C. Mizell has joined Merck as its CHRO, succeeding Mirian M. Graddick-Weir, who will retire at the end of November. Mizell joined Merck from Monsanto, where he was executive vice president and CHRO since 2004. In his role at Merck, he will lead the company’s global HR function and serve as a member of the executive committee.

Mizell earned a bachelor’s of science in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management and public-policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University.

Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. has hired Monica S. Digilio as executive vice president and CHRO. She previously held the same titles at Montage Hotels. She has more than 20 years of experience as an HR leader, working in different leadership capacities at Kerzner International and ITT Sheraton Corp.

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Digilio earned a bachelor’s degree in communications/corporate communications and a master’s degree in organizational development from Ithaca College.

Smarsh, a digital-archiving-solution company, recently hired Suzanne Rudnitzki for its newly created role of chief people officer. Rudnitzki will oversee HR, as well as the diversity and inclusion and facilities teams.

Before joining Smarsh, she served as CHRO and senior vice president of HR at Telecare Corp. She has also worked as a consultant or senior HR leader at Xerox Corp., Procter & Gamble Co., Nissan, General Motors, Herman Miller and Magna Corp.

Rudnitzki received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and an MBA in marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She also authored the book Not So Basic New Hire Orientation.

Varidesk recently hired Megan Masoner Detz as its chief people officer. She will be tasked with leading HR operations and developing people strategies. Masoner Detz joins Varidesk from NTT Data Inc., where she served as senior vice president of human capital.

Masoner Detz also previously worked at HP and served on the SAP SuccessFactors executive advisory board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics from Texas Christian University and an MBA in strategy and entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

Anja Hamilton has joined communications-technology company Plantronics as its executive vice president and CHRO. She most recently served as chief people officer at Integrated Device Technology, Inc. Previous roles include HR leadership at Electronic Arts, Ebay and Atmel.

In her role at Plantronics, Hamilton will lead all HR and people-management functions and will be a part of the executive team to help drive business strategy.
Facilities-management company Vixxo has hired René Bonin as its senior vice president and CHRO. In this role, Bonin will manage leadership development and performance management to enhance the employee experience. Most recently, Bonin worked at Iron Mountain in various HR-leadership roles.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Boston University.

Business-analytics company Visier has promoted Paul Adam Rubenstein to chief people officer. Most recently, Rubenstein served as the company’s vice president of advisory services. In this newly created role, he will be tasked with developing innovative HR practices to help business leaders maximize how they use people data.

Rubenstein has more than 25 years of experience consulting and working in HR. Before joining Visier, he was a partner at Aon Hewitt and general manager of its leadership and assessment businesses. He was also a global consultant at Mercer and held various HR-leadership positions at Home Box Office, Scholastic and Hyatt Hotels.

Rubenstein earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Wealth-management, trust and private banking-services firm Boston Private has hired Joy McCune as its CHRO. In this role, McCune will advise and coach executives, design compensation and benefits, build human-capital plans and advise on change-management initiatives across the company.

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Most recently, McCune worked as CHRO at Boston Financial Data Services and previously was senior vice president of human resources at State Street Corp. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Erik Lewis has joined Lithia Motors as senior vice president and CHRO. Most recently, Lewis served as CHRO for Apple Leisure Group. Other roles include senior director of human resources for Walmart International, senior director of organizational development at Sysco, and manager of people and change at PwC.

Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Energy concern The Williams Cos. has appointed Debbie Cowan as senior vice president and chief HR officer. She will lead all aspects of HR. Before joining Williams, Cowan held a senior HR leadership position at Koch Chemical Technology Group.

Cowan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in HRM from the University of Oklahoma.

Software company Pegasystems has appointed Adriana Bokel Herde as chief people officer and senior vice president. Before joining Pegasystems, she was chief people officer and chief evangelist officer at PeopleDoc. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR leadership.

Bokel Herde earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also has a master’s in adult educational psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Business.

Chris Brown has joined web-chat provider ProfessionalChats as director of human resources. He has more than 20 years of experience in HR in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as vice president of human resources at West Corp., an enterprise-technology company.

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and a certificate in strategic leadership for state executives from Duke University.

Ann Addison was recently named corporate vice president and chief HR officer at Northrop Grumman Corp., a global aerospace and defense company. She joined Northrop from Leidos, a defense, aviation, IT and biomedical-research company where she was chief HR officer.

Previously, Addison was vice president of corporate human resources at Lockheed Martin. She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

Snowflake Computing has hired Kathy O’Driscoll as vice president of people. In this role, she will manage the company’s global people and operations strategy.

O’Driscoll has more than 20 years of experience in HR leadership, most recently as vice president and chief HR officer at PATH, a nonprofit organization that’s focused on global-health innovation. Before joining PATH, she worked in various HR-leadership roles at Microsoft.

O’Driscoll received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications from Pacific University.

Consulting company Psychological Associates promoted Christel Barbee to director of HR. In her new role, Barbee will focus on onboarding and training, talent management and internal project management. She has more than 10 years of operations, organizational-development and managerial experience.

Barbee earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University and a master’s degree in psychology/leadership development and coaching from Walden University.

Meili Chen was recently hired as vice president of HR at Versum Materials Inc., a materials supplier to the semiconductor industry. Chen will be responsible for Versum’s global human resources function and broadening the company’s global talent-development and performance-management systems.

Chen most recently served as the global head of HR at FMC Agricultural Solutions. She has held numerous HR-leadership positions domestically and in Asia at companies including GE, Cigna, Dow and Valspar.

Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Tamkang University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in organizational and intercultural communication from the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Danielle Westermann King, staff writer for HRE, received her bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University. She has written and edited articles for various print and online healthcare publications and is now setting her sights on human resources. She can be reached at [email protected]

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