HR’s next generation of leaders is rising to the challenge

Strong, forward-thinking leadership is emerging as a true differentiator as companies around the world strategize for how to bounce back from one of the worst global health crises in modern times. Now, more than ever, businesses need creative and compassionate minds at the helm who are willing to lead with out-of-the-box thinking and empathy–both of which are in ample supply among the next generation of leaders named to Human Resource Executive®’s 2020 HR’s Rising Stars list.

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This year’s pool of candidates contained an impressive collection of emerging HR professionals, across all industries, but we ultimately narrowed the list of talented contenders to three winners: Johan Maestri, manager of benefits at Noven Pharmaceuticals; Leslie Mikus, director of HR at MERGE; and Linh Nguyen, senior HR business partner at SEI Investments. From creating programs from the ground up to tackling long-standing business pain points, the Rising Stars all rose to the unique HR challenges impacting their companies and achieved lasting results for their employees. We commend the three winners on the many successes they’ve seen already in their careers and look forward to what they, and all of this year’s candidates, will contribute to the HR industry in the years to come.

Judges for the competition were Gregory Hessel, senior client partner with the HR practice and managing director of global client development at Korn Ferry’s Dallas offices; Ben Brooks, founder and CEO of PILOT, Inc., the winner of the 2019 HR Tech Pitchfest, and a former Rising Star; and Jen Colletta, managing editor of HRE.

Read more about each of the 2020 HR’s Rising Stars: