Senior Director, Human Resources Orchard Brands
Maria Anderson is senior director of human resources for Orchard Brands. In this role, she is responsible for enterprise-wide delivery of human resources including benefits and compensation, talent management, communications, and five brand HR organizations. She joined Orchard Brands as manager of compensation and benefits and was promoted to director of human resources in 2011. She has been in her current role since 2013.
She is an innovative human resources leader with extensive experience in human resources management, benefits, compensation, employee relations, recruitment, policy development and implementation. An action-oriented individual, she possesses the ability to empower, motivate and guide others to reach their goals.
Before joining Orchard Brands, she was senior director of human resources for Health Dialog for 11 years. Her responsibilities included human resources, benefits and compensation, talent management, communications, learning and development, and seven field HR locations.
She currently holds the SPHR designation.
Chief Business Innovation Officer Appirio
As chief business innovation officer, Jason Averbook leads Appirio’s human capital management business. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industry, he works closely with customers to creatively drive business outcomes.
Averbook was formerly the CEO and co-founder Knowledge Infusion, which was acquired by Appirio in 2012. While at Knowledge Infusion, he was responsible for the vision and strategy that propelled the company to be the recognized leader in HR consulting. Prior to Knowledge Infusion, he held senior management positions at PeopleSoft and Ceridian, where he built strong relationships with customers and strove to provide unrivaled service to HR organizations around the world.
Averbook is deeply involved in the global HR community and speaks frequently at industry conferences, including HR Technology, IHRIM and major enterprise software vendor conferences. He also frequently contributes to publications that include Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Talent Management Magazine, HR Executive and Workforce Management. A native of Minnesota, he holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Vice President, HCM Transformation Practice Oracle
Mike Bollinger has more than 25 years of business, HCM and technology experience. His work at Oracle includes developing the HCM value consulting content, value-analysis tools and management of a national value consulting practice. He also worked at SAP for seven years in their HCM center of excellence. Bollinger is formally trained and certified in a number of disciplines including human capital strategy, strategic workforce planning, value engineering and business process transformation.
Prior to joining SAP in 2001, he served in several corporate roles including CIO, staff development manager, HCM/payroll project manager and MIS director working in the education, services and distribution industries. His areas of expertise include HCM strategy, analytics, talent development and education, shared services, HRMS/payroll, finance, procurement, planning, and budgeting.
Bollinger is active in local hometown service as a school board commissioner and city administrative review board member.
VP, Human Resources & Organizational Development Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Jane Borkowski is the VP of human resources and organization development for Ocean Spray Cranberries. In this role, she is accountable for the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs encompassing all aspects of human resources management, including performance management, benefits and compensation, employee training, organization development, employee relations, talent recruitment and management, diversity, EEO compliance, and employee assistance.
Borkowski joined Ocean Spray in 2003 and has held human resources positions with increasing responsibility until her promotion in 2012. She has partnered with senior leaders to identify and resolve human resources needs, focusing on organizational design and development to improve the effectiveness and drive business results. Borkowski has been instrumental in helping her line manager partners make significant organizational changes, developing the core competency model, and contributing to talent management and executive development processes.
Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Borkowski was the human resources manager and director of training for Casual Male Retail Group Inc. There, she fostered collaborative working relationships with various business units to determine appropriate training and organizational development interventions that aligned with the business strategy.
Borkowski is a graduate of Bryant College, where she majored in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
Michael Bungay Stanier
Author & Thought Leader "Do More Great Work"
Michael Bungay Stanier is an author, thought leader and the senior partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less good work and more great work.
Stanier has written a number of books, the best known of which is “Do More Great Work;” created a series of short internet videos, such as “The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun,” that have been seen by millions; and designed a wide range of training programs that are being used around the world.
On the way to founding Box of Crayons 10 years ago, Stanier lived in Australia, England, the U.S. and Canada. As an innovation expert he helped invent new products and services, and as a change management professional, he supported companies as they evolved.
He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar.
Customer Insights and Alignment Specialist SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Dr. Gabby Burlacu brings years of academic and practical experience to the customer insights and alignment team, where she conducts research across the SuccessFactors customer base to understand, measure and enhance the value customers get from SuccessFactors solutions. Burlacu graduated from the industrial/organizational psychology program at Portland State University. Her academic research has been focused primarily on understanding and adapting human resource management practices in light of the changing age landscape of work. She has applied this knowledge to her understanding of SuccessFactors customers’ strategic business needs. Burlacu’s work has informed the development of a number of customer-facing offerings, including the talent process maturity review, which allows organizations to take a close look at their talent management practices and identify priority areas for strategic improvement. Burlacu works with organizations of all sizes in all industries, helping them to achieve maximum value from their HR practices and their investment in SuccessFactors technology.
Author & Thought Leader “Simplicity” & “The Courage Within Us”
Bill Jensen is an internationally acclaimed thought leader who is known for extremely useful content and his passion for making it easier for everyone to work smarter, not harder. His first book, “Simplicity,” was the No. 5 leadership/management book on Amazon in 2000. His most recent books, “Disrupt! Think Epic, Be Epic” and “The Courage Within Us,” reveal the secrets of success through big, bold ideas and by unleashing your own greatness.
Jensen holds degrees in communication design and organizational development.
Health and Welfare Practice Leader Fidelity Investments
Robert Kennedy is the health and welfare practice leader for Fidelity Benefits Consulting. Kennedy joined Fidelity in 2013 and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the health practice. He also is responsible for leading client relationships focused on health and welfare consulting services. He works with organizations on the strategic design of their health and welfare programs.
Kennedy has experience working with organizations on a wide range of business issues, including program assessment and benchmarking; plan design and pricing; vendor selection and negotiation; employee engagement and productivity; and retiree healthcare design and implementation. Kennedy has nearly 25 years of experience in the employee benefits field.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Kennedy spent 19 years at Aon Hewitt, where he held a variety of leadership positions. Most recently, he was the practice leader for the New England health and benefits practice for Aon Hewitt. Kennedy received his B.A. in applied mathematics from Brown University.
Pierre La Perriere
SVP, Human Resources Gilbane Building Company
As Gilbane’s corporate director of human resources, Pierre La Perriere is responsible for leading all human resources functions, including succession planning and leadership development, beneﬁts, salary administration, performance management, employee engagement and recruitment. Since joining the company in 2003, La Perriere has helped Gilbane increase employee engagement, develop a deeper pipeline of talent and streamline human resource systems and processes. During his tenure, Gilbane has been recognized as one of Fortune 100 Best Places to Work list.
Prior, La Perriere worked at Toray Plastics Inc. for 11 years, where he served as director of human resources, responsible for directing Toray’s employee relations, recruiting, training and compensation and beneﬁt activities. Previously, La Perriere was the corporate compensation and beneﬁts manager at New England Business Service Inc.
La Perriere holds a master’s in business management from Bryant University and a bachelor’s in political science from Southeastern Massachusetts University. He is an active member of CPEG and served as the group’s board chair in 2010. La Perriere is currently a board member for Fellowship Health Resources, served as a board member for the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher
Education, and is a member of the Leadership Rhode Island Sigma Class of 1999.
VP, Human Resources Iberdrola USA, Inc.
Sheri Lamoureux is VP of human resources at Iberdrola USA Networks. Lamoureux leads the team that provides human resources, environmental, health and safety services to Iberdrola USA’s three operating companies, Central Maine Power, NYSEG and RG&E.
Before joining the Iberdrola USA management team, Lamoureux spent 17 years at NYSEG and Energy East. Lamoureux joined NYSEG’s human resources department in 1994, where she progressed through various management roles, including overseeing workforce diversity, EEO and affirmative action. In 2003, Lamoureux became director of human resources for Energy East, where she developed and implemented the employee transition program and chaired the human resources merger integration team. Most recently, Lamoureux served as executive director of human resources services at Iberdrola USA, where she was responsible for managing human resources to achieve business priorities and ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Lamoureux started her professional career as an employee relations specialist with Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
Lamoureux earned an MBA from University of Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. She is an advisor to EEI’s HR executive committee, Governing Body member for the Boston HR Leadership Summit, on the board of directors for Broome Workforce Development, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
SVP, Global Human Resources Staples, Inc.
Regis Mulot is SVP of human resources, responsible for Staples’ global HR strategies and programs that advance the company’s commitment to be the world’s best office products company and supporting its 83,000 associates located in 25 countries.
Before being named SVP of HR, Mulot served as the VP of HR for Staples International, where he built an integrated HR team in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Prior to joining Staples, Mulot served as VP of HR, community and corporate citizenship for Levi Strauss, supporting employees in 24 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Earlier in his career, Mulot held senior HR leadership roles at Broadnet, GTECH and Chronopost.
Mulot is also a Simmons School of Management Board Advisor and Next Step Board Member. He earned his B.A. in public law at Paris II-Assas University and his master’s degree in public administration at Paris IX-Dauphine and Paris XI-Sceaux Universities.
VP, Human Resources The Talbots, Inc.
Kyle Polischuk oversees all aspects of human resources for Talbots' 9,000 associates, including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, associate relations, learning and development, and corporate communications and community relations. Polischuk joined Talbots in 2008 as senior director of HR and was promoted to VP in 2011.
Polischuk has extensive experience in HR management within the retail environment, as well as a proven track record helping teams operate through organizational and cultural change. Prior to joining Talbots, she served as managing director of human resources at Orchard Brands and previously served as director of human resources and training for their Appleseed’s division. Polischuk started her HR career at Electric Insurance Company, a subsidiary of General Electric Co.
Doug Ring is responsible for leading research and development at Peoplefluent. This includes identifying and executing on strategic partnerships and acquisitions, as well as reviewing strategic technologies and product planning. Through his broad exposure within the software industry and key relationships with industry influences, Ring brings extensive technology acumen and strategic vision to the company’s innovation agenda.
Most recently, Ring was a principal at Bedford Funding, providing technical and product guidance on Bedford’s technology investments. He was previously chief technology officer of Geac, where he was responsible for all aspects of the software creation process including strategy, innovation, engineering and deployment. He was also actively involved in the communication of technology strategy to the press, industry analysts, senior management, partners and customers.
Adding to his domain expertise in the HCM marketplace, Ring spent a number of years in human resources consulting at a number of leading companies including Holiday Inn Worldwide, the Los Angeles Times and Mattel Toys. Educated in Canada, Ring has a diploma in civil resources engineering from Seneca College in Toronto and in information technology from Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Director, Talent Acquisition Staples, Inc.
Erica Rockenback is director of talent acquisition, responsible for Staples’ talent acquisition in North America. Her team drives the strategies and programs that position Staples as a premier employer. Her team is responsible for hiring approximately 8,000 associates per year.
Prior to joining Staples, Rockenback served as director of global talent acquisition for 3M, where she was responsible for all hiring strategies and execution globally. Earlier in her career, Rockenback served many roles, including talent acquisition leader, mergers and acquisitions integration manager, human resources generalist, outside sales and executive search. She worked for United Health Group and technology consulting firms.
Rockenback earned her B.A. in biology from Macalester College.
VP, Global Human Resources iBasis, Inc.
Tamah Rosker develops and implements human resource policies and programs for iBasis, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal KPN and a leader in international voice, mobile data and prepaid services. In her role as VP of global HR, Rosker emphasizes strong employee communications and creative approaches to human resource development. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with high technology companies to develop human resource programs and address employment law issues. Prior to iBasis, Rosker served as VP of human resources for the speech and language technology company Dragon Systems, Inc. and for Kendall Square Research, Inc. As a practicing labor and employment attorney for several years, she authored employment law articles and is a member of several professional organizations. Rosker holds a B.S. from Tufts University (magna cum laude) and a law degree from Boston College Law School where she wrote for the Uniform Commercial Code Journal.
Director, Business Strategies Iberdrola USA, Inc.
Tom Ryan is the director of business strategies at IberdrolaUSA. He has held this position for four years since his previous company, Energy East Management Company was acquired by Iberdrola USA. Ryan has more than 35 years of utility industry experience involving strategic planning, corporate development, materials management, and transmission engineering. He received his B.S. and MBA from Binghamton University.
Manager of HR Planning Iberdrola USA, Inc.
Chad Scoma is the manager of HR planning at Iberdrola USA. Scoma joined Iberdrola USA in 2005, and has been in his current role for more than four years.
In his role, Scoma oversees the overall development of the company’s 10-year workforce plan, which is the first effort of its kind. He also measures the effectiveness of the HR strategy by analyzing employee data, monitors annual HR projects against project milestones, and ensures HR strategic initiatives are completed.
Prior to Iberdrola USA, Scoma worked as the benefits/EEO manager for nine years at the Stantec Consulting group in Rochester. In this position, he was responsible for the total rewards program as well as affirmative action plan development and implementation.
Scoma earned an MBA from St. John Fisher College in Rochester and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. He is very active in the Rochester community, including participating in strategic planning efforts at St. John Nuemann School’s Council and as a board member and coach for Penfield Little League.
David J. Weaving
EVP & Chief Administrative Officer Realogy Holdings
David J. Weaving serves as Realogy’s EVP and chief administrative officer. Weaving has overall responsibility for human resources, information technology, procurement and preferred alliances, corporate real estate and facilities.
Weaving previously served as SVP and CFO of Cendant’s real estate services division (now Realogy) from 2001 until June 2006, overseeing all financial aspects of the division, including the real estate franchise group, NRT, Cartus, TRG, and Cendant Mortgage (now PHH Corporation). Weaving led the acquisition team and subsequent integration of NRT and TRG into the division in 2002. From May 2001 through September 2001, Weaving served as VP and divisional controller for Cendant’s real estate services division. Weaving joined Cendant in 1999 as a VP of finance. From 1995—1999, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at Cambrex Corporation, a diversified chemical manufacturer. From 1988—1995, Weaving worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand LLP.
Weaving received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary, and he is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.