People

Human resource leadership promotions and appointments.
By: | February 9, 2018 • 5 min read
Topics: HR Leadership

Jacquelyn H. Wolf has been appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Anthem Inc.

Wolf most recently served as senior vice president and chief human resources officer at LyondellBasell. She was previously senior vice president of human resources at Celanese Corp. and executive vice president and CHRO at Comerica.

Wolf earned doctorate and master’s degrees in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University; a master’s degree in business management and administration from Baker University; and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Youngstown State University.

Esmeralda Peña has been named director of human resources at Vanir Group of Cos. Inc.

Peña, who now provides overall planning, management and direction of the organization’s HR functions, previously served as human resources director at Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc., and as regional HR manager at National Stores Inc. and Ace Cash Express.

Peña earned a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from California State University, Sacramento.

Cox Media Group has named Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Marcilliat-Falkner most recently led Cox Automotive’s client-facing HR business partners and employment-practices professionals and previously was its director of finance operations.

Marcilliat-Falkner earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

EnLink Midstream Cos. has appointed Rhonda L. Price senior vice president of human resources.

Price has more than 30 years of global and national-level HR experience, including seven years as vice president of HR at EnLink. Before joining EnLink, she served as vice president of human resources at Centex Corp.

Price earned a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Texas.

Julie Cooke has been named chief people officer at Neurocrine Biosciences Inc.

Cooke joined the organization from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, where she served as senior vice president for human resources and was a member of the executive management team. She has also served as the head of human resources at SGX Pharmaceuticals.

Cooke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colorado College.

The Mosaic Co. has named Kimberly Bors senior vice president of human resources.

Bors most recently served as chief human resources officer for Schneider Electric’s North America operations. Prior to joining Schneider, Bors held positions at Johnson Controls, IDEX Corp., Brunswick Corp., Outboard Marine, Browning-Ferris and Pennzoil.

Bors earned a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and management from the University of Houston.

Amber Kennelly has joined insurance brokerage Hub International as chief human resources officer.

Kennelly was most recently vice president of compensation and benefits for Allstate Insurance Co. Prior to that, she was vice president of human resources at Esurance, which was acquired by Allstate in 2010.

Kennelly earned a master’s in business administration from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.

Scientific Games Corp. has appointed Shawn Williams chief human resources officer.

Williams joins Scientific Games from Defi, a consulting firm he co-founded that provides business strategy, operations, marketing, investment capital and financial-management expertise for technology start-ups. He previously was chief administration officer for LeECO Holdings North America.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Nicole Holland has been appointed head of people and culture at Fingerpaint Marketing, a nationwide, full-service marketing agency. She previously was the senior director of human resources at Universal Music Group. She also has worked as human resources director at North America for Ogilvy, an advertising powerhouse based in New York.

Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Erie Insurance announced the promotion of Diane Wallace Oakley to executive vice president of human resources and strategy. Wallace Oakley has worked for Erie Insurance since 2011, serving as vice president of HR business partners.

Previously, she spent 22 years at State Farm where she worked in several roles, including human resources.

Wallace Oakley earned dual bachelor’s degrees in marketing and business from Delaware State University and holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Towson University.

Illumina, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of life-science tools and integrated systems for analysis of genetic variation and function, announced that Aimee Hoyt will be the company’s senior vice president and chief people officer.

Hoyt has worked in various senior positions at prestigious tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Sun Microsystems. Immediately before joining Illumina, she served as chief human resources officer at Rackspace, a cloud-computing company in San Antonio, Texas.

Hoyt holds a master’s degree in human resource development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Pam Russell has been promoted to director of human resources for the city of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Russell formerly served as assistant human resources director for the city of Murfreesboro. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. Russell earned her bachelor’s degree in management and human relations from Trevecca Nazerene University in Nashville, Tenn.

Governor John Carney of Delaware announced that Keith Hunt will serve as the state’s first chief diversity officer.

Hunt will manage the work of the Department of Human Resources’ Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

Most recently, Hunt served as managing director of Human Capital Solutions Inc., a human resources and organizational-development consulting agency based in Wilmington, N.C. Prior to that, he led employee relations as assistant vice president of Cigna Inc.

Steve Pemberton has been hired as chief human resources officer at Globoforce, an employee-recognition and performance-development solutions provider.

Before joining Globoforce, Pemberton was vice president of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. He also worked as chief diversity officer for Monster.com.

In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez appointed Pemberton to the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities. He also received the Horizon Award from Congress for his advocacy for disenfranchised Americans.

United’s New HR Chief

United Airlines announced the appointment of Kate Gebo as executive vice president of human resources and labor relations. Gebo has more than 20 years of airline experience, including as United’s senior vice president and chief customer officer.

“I could not be prouder or more confident in the selection of Kate for this important role,” United Airlines CEO Oscar Munez said about Gebo’s promotion. “Her track record clearly demonstrates her proven ability to build and enhance strong partnerships with our union leaders, her understanding of the importance of establishing human connections between employees and the customers they serve and an obvious talent for building and developing successful teams throughout the company. Those qualities and experiences will put her in an excellent position as she sets to work engaging our employees and putting customer service at the center of everything we do.”

Gebo has a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago.

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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