Human resource leadership promotions and appointments.
By: | June 18, 2018 • 3 min read
Topics: HR Leadership
Businessman climbing the corporate ladder of success

True Talent Advisory recently hired John Foster as its chief people officer. In this role, Foster will be tasked with developing talent strategies to drive professional growth for employees.

He joins True Talent Advisory from Gamut Labs, an HR consultancy that he founded. Prior to starting Gamut Labs, Foster served as CHRO for Hulu. Other past roles include chief learning officer at Mercury Interactive, head of worldwide organization development at Levi Strauss and vice president of learning and development at both Fidelity Investments and Citibank.

Foster earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications from Miami University and has a master’s degree in experimental learning from Colorado State University.

Ken DiPietro has accepted the role of chief talent officer and senior advisor at private-equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. In this newly created role, DiPietro will work to develop professional talent among Oak Hill’s employees.


He brings more than 35 years of experience, including in HR leadership positions at Biogen Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., Microsoft Corp. and Dell.

DiPietro earned a bachelor’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University.

Astellas, a pharmaceutical company, recently promoted Roderick Christmon to executive director of medical and development, where he will lead the HR team for the global function. He most recently was the company’s senior director of HR and diversity and inclusion officer.

Before coming to Astellas, Christmon served as Kraft Foods’ HR business partner and equal-employment-opportunity officer and also held several HR roles at utility company ComEd.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida A&M University.


David Brunick has accepted the role of CHRO at WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone. He has more than 30 years of experience in both HR leadership and cable and telecommunications. Before joining WOW!, he served as senior vice president and CHRO at Adelphia Communications. He has also held senior HR roles at AT&T Broadband and MediaOne, a domestic broadband company.

Brunick has a master’s degree in management and organization and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. He also holds a doctorate degree in behavioral health and a second master’s degree in marriage, family and child therapy.

Grey Global Group, part of the global communications agency WPP, announced Dana Fahey Valdes as its executive director of creative talent. In this role, Valdes will oversee recruitment, talent management and culture initiatives.

Valdes has more than 15 years of experience in recruiting, having worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Saatchi & Saatchi before co-founding her own staffing agency. She has also worked as a consultant, specializing in recruiting efforts for creative agencies.

Valdes earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Vermont.

Danielle Westermann King is a former staff writer for HRE.

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