Human resource leadership promotions and appointments.
By: | November 7, 2018 • 6 min read
Topics: HR Leadership
Businessman climbing the corporate ladder of success

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.


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.