Human resource leadership promotions and appointments.
By: | July 27, 2018 • 3 min read
Topics: HR Leadership
Businessman climbing the corporate ladder of success

Colleen McCreary recently joined Credit Karma as its first-ever chief people officer. In this role, McCreary will focus on recruitment, talent management and sustaining a culture that celebrates professional growth.

McCreary holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations from Boston University and a master’s degree in higher and adult education from Columbia University.

Sony Music Entertainment has hired Dasha Smith Dwin to serve as executive vice president and global chief human resources officer. In this role, Dwin will lead global talent acquisition, talent management and organizational development.

Before joining Sony, Dwin served as CHRO and managing director of global alternative-asset management firm GCM Grosvenor.


Dwin earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Chipotle recently announced Marissa Andrada as its chief human resources officer. Before joining Chipotle, Andrada served as senior vice president of HR and CHRO at Kate Spade & Co., where she developed and implemented plans to recruit top-tier executive and design talent.

Andrada also held senior-level HR positions at Starbucks, GameStop, Red Bull North America Inc., Universal Studios and Pepsico/Pizza Hut. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Myron S. McCoo has accepted a position as vice president for HR and chief diversity officer at the College of St. Scholastica. He was previously assistant vice president of HR and corporate diversity officer at the University of Cincinnati Health, where he oversaw HR operations at the company’s three inpatient hospitals and all ambulatory sites. He also served as an HR executive for Yale New Haven Health System.

McCoo has a law degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas.


Media-delivery company Valassis promoted Cindy Walker to senior vice president of HR. In her previous role as vice president of HR, Walker focused on increasing employee development and engagement and will now introduce a leadership-mentoring program and implement a core-competency-based performance-management model.

Walker has more than 15 years of experience in HR leadership, having worked at automotive-dealer network The Suburban Collection, Comcast Corp. and Ford Motor Co.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from Oakland University and master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Wayne State University.

BMW Manufacturing Co. has announced Christine Petrasch as its vice president of human resources. Petrasch joined BMW in 2000 as the head of human resources management for the BMW Group, Munich and Plant Regensburg. In 2011, she moved to China to work as head of HR strategy for BMW Brilliance. She returned to Munich as the head of personnel management in late 2012 and most recently was head of HR services for the BMW Group.

Petrasch holds a master’s degree in computer science and started her career as an IT consultant for business solutions, working with the BMW Group.

Donald J. Schneider joined global consulting firm AlixPartners as its chief people officer. In this newly created role, he will lead the firm’s global people functions, including recruitment, compensation, and talent management and development.

Before starting at AlixPartners, Schneider was the group HR director at Old Mutual plc in London. He has a master’s degree from the University of Warwick, a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a certificate in corporate governance from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).

Danielle Westermann King is a former staff writer for HRE.

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