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.
VP & CHRO The Pennsylvania State University
Susan Basso is VP and CHRO at The Pennsylvania State University. Basso, who has been with Penn State since 2010, reports directly to the SVP for finance and business/treasurer and is a member of the president’s council. Basso is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic operations of HR at one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive universities.
In her role, Basso provides strategic leadership and direction in the planning, integration and implementation of HR for all faculty and staff at Penn State. Specific responsibilities include recruitment and compensation; benefits administration; employee and labor relations; professional and leadership development; performance management; occupational medicine; management consulting; and HRIS management.
Prior to joining Penn State, Basso served for five years as the AVP of HR at Seton Hall University. She also worked in the Pennsylvania State System at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania for nearly 18 years.
Basso has held leadership roles in a number of volunteer organizations. She has authored several articles and has spoken at a number of regional and national conferences on HR transformation and particularly, the role of technology.
Basso has a bachelor’s in psychology from Ursinus College and a master’s in HR administration from the University of Scranton.
VP, Human Resources Keystone Foods LLC
Bryan Bonuomo is VP of human resources at Keystone Foods LLC. Bonuomo has 20 years of experience working as a human resources professional.
Prior to Keystone, Bonuomo was director of human resources and energy automation solutions at Eaton Cooper Power Systems. He was a human resources lead and leadership team member for an international entrepreneurial technology services provider, providing safe, secure and sustainable solutions to the electrical utility industry around the world.
Bonuomo also worked at Cargill, where he was a change management lead, providing change management, education and communications guidance to client businesses in the food ingredients and systems platform; and deploying structured programs aimed at improving and sustaining overall business profitability. While at Cargill, he was also responsible for the dressings, sauces and oils business unit.
Bonuomo served as VP of human resources for Volvo IT, leading all human resources activities in the employee IT services organization across multiple sites. While with Volvo, he spent several years holding a variety of human resources positions. Before his time at Volvo, Bonuomo also worked in human resources capacities at Jockey International and Adam’s Mark Hotels and Resorts.
Bonuomo earned a B.A. in biology from Lafayette College and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Chief People Officer BDP International, Inc.
Martin Evans is chief people officer at BDP International Inc. He is responsible for global human resources strategy and operations, including compensation and benefits, succession, talent management, leadership development, organizational development, diversity, HRIS and engagement. Prior to moving to BDP International, Evans served as VP of human resources at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he was responsible for global HR support to all C-suite staff functions.
Prior to this role, he started up and led the K-C International business as VP of HR, encompassing Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. During his tenure, K-C International won numerous Great Places to Work awards throughout the world. Evans began his career in K-C in Latin America. He has also held leadership roles in HR for Ernst & Young’s Latin American division and in operations at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
He serves on the Special Olympics Texas President’s Advisory Council and as a co-chair for the HR Leadership Summit. A lifelong learner, Evans received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Tulane University and recently completed his executive MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
VP, Human Resources EnerSys Inc.
Sid Forrest is VP of human resources at EnerSys Inc. In 2004, EnerSys became publicly traded on the NYSE and since 2002 has grown from $300M to around $2.5B both organically and through over 28 acquisitions throughout the world.
With approximately 9,900 employees in 36 different countries, Forrest has expansive global HR experience, particularly in the field of M&A, and has traveled extensively across Asia, EMEA and the Americas to support and direct his global team with particular focus on corporate governance, aligning performance and compensation strategies, succession planning and integrating the many new businesses into one global organization. Forrest has nearly 25 years of experience in HR, and has worked for GEC, Siebe and Invensys while he was based in Europe, before moving to the U.S. in 2002, when his company was acquired, to head up the global HR team for EnerSys.
Forrest has a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in applied physics from Reading University and postgraduate certificates in education from Oxford University and in HR from Cranfield University. In 2013, he was awarded the HR Leadership Award for global HR excellence.
SVP, Human Resources, Communications and Site Services Arkema Inc.
Chris Giangrasso is currently SVP of human resources, communications and site services at Arkema Inc., a diversified chemical manufacturing company headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with more than 30 sites throughout the Americas and revenues in excess of $3B.
Giangrasso has worked in the field of human resources for more than 25 years in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional services. He joined Arkema in 2005 after serving in HR VP roles at Campbell Soup Company, ARAMARK Corporation and Airgas, Inc. Earlier in his career, Giangrasso worked in organization development roles at Borg-Warner Corporation and Siemens.
Giangrasso has taught part-time at higher education institutions since 1991 and is currently an adjunct professor and advisory board member for Villanova University's Master's in Human Resources program. Giangrasso received his B.S. in psychology from St. Joseph's University and earned his master's degree in the field of industrial psychology from Temple University.
Author & Thought Leader Harvard Business Publishing
Francesca Gino is author of “Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan” and professor of business administration in the negotiation, organizations and markets unit at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on judgment and decision-making, social influence, ethics and creativity. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals in both psychology and management and has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today and The Wall Street Journal. Her studies have also been featured on NPR, CNN and CBS Radio.
Gino has earned research awards from the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Management, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management organizational behavior division. Gino has taught at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Gino holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Trento.
Former VP, Human Resources Gardner Denver, Inc.
Susan Gunn has been the VP of human resources for Gardner Denver Inc. since January 2012. Gunn has global responsibility for human resources strategy and execution across Gardner Denver’s diverse manufacturing businesses. Prior to joining Gardner Denver, Gunn held the top HR posts at Hay Group, a private, global management consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, and at Willis Group Holdings, a global insurance broker headquartered in both New York and London. Other senior HR appointments include roles at Revlon and Vivendi Universal (The Seagram Company).
Gunn is also a member of the board of directors of Leadership Philadelphia, a nonprofit institution supporting philanthropic leadership activities in the Philadelphia area. She was also recently named one of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Most Powerful & Influential Women.
Gunn holds a B.A. in economics and a graduate certificate in human resources with honors from McGill University.
Author & Thought Leader
Howard Guttman is the author of "Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance" and "When Goliaths Clash: Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization." His third book, "Coach Yourself to Win: 7 Steps to Breakthrough Performance on the Job and in Your Life," was named to the Washington Post's list of Top 5 Business Books. Guttman has been named to the list of Excellence 100 Top Thought Leaders by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Guttman’s articles and quotes have been published in TIME magazine, Investors Business Daily, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and U.S.A. Today magazine. He is also a frequent contributor to professional journals such as People & Strategy, Human Resource Executive, Chief Learning Officer, Leader to Leader, MWorld, Pharmaceutical Executive, and PharmaVOICE.
Guttman has been an adjunct professor of organization behavior and management consulting at the Graduate School of Management of Rutgers University and of behavioral consulting at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Graduate School of Psychology. He holds a master’s from Case Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Sciences.
VP, HCM Transformation Oracle
Lesley Hoare is a senior human resources executive with extensive talent management and development expertise. She is a successful change leader with global experience in both the design and implementation of complex talent programs and initiatives.
Formerly the vice president of talent management and diversity and inclusion with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, she led the development of Kimberly-Clark’s global people processes in the areas of talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, leadership and succession, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to Kimberly-Clark, she spent 17 years with Hewlett Packard in a variety of leadership roles in customer education, consulting, leadership development, executive development and talent management.
Hoare holds an education certificate from Durham University and MSC in training from Leicester University in the UK.
Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR
VP, Customer Research SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Dr. Steven Hunt is VP of customer research at SuccessFactors, where he guides development and implementation of technology-enabled solutions to maximize workforce engagement and productivity. Hunt has more than 20 years of experience designing systems for a variety of human resources applications including performance management, staffing, employee development, culture change, workforce transformation and succession planning.
A recognized expert on strategic human resources, Hunt has played a pivotal role in the implementation of systems that have improved productivity and engagement of millions of employees working for hundreds of companies ranging from small startup organizations to the largest employers in the world.
An active author and presenter, Hunt has written two widely respected books on HR process design and implementation, “Commonsense Talent Management: Using Strategic Human Resources to Increase Company Performance” and “Hiring Success: The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection.”
SVP, Human Resources Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.
Ken Hurley is the SVP of human resources for Penske Truck Leasing and manages the company's relationship with its associates. His global responsibilities include compensation, benefits administration, labor and associate relations, human resource information systems, training, leadership, organizational development, regulatory compliance, staffing and recruiting.
Hurley began his career with Penske in 2004 as vice president of labor relations. Prior to joining Penske, he practiced law as a management-side labor and employment attorney. He also worked for Kindred Healthcare, a nationwide healthcare provider with more than 50,000 employees, as corporate director of labor and employee relations.
Hurley is a graduate of St. Louis University, holding a B.S. in political science, and also of Washington University School of Law, where he obtained his J.D.
Connie Johnson, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer & Provost Colorado Technical University
Dr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University's (CTU) chief academic officer and provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic and student affairs, including faculty, curriculum, student advising, registrar’s office, prior learning assessment and learning center.
Johnson has served in higher education for 20 years, with extensive experience in teaching and administration. Johnson’s experience includes working in leadership roles at American InterContinental University (AIU) since 2002, including academic operations, student affairs and online learning. Prior to AIU, Johnson worked for a number of proprietary colleges serving in faculty and program chair roles and was instrumental in the advancement of online course delivery. Additionally, Johnson has extensive experience in regional accreditation, curriculum implementation and faculty training and development. She is a trained peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, is participating in the ACE Chief Academic Officer program and is a member of the CTU Board of Trustees.
Johnson holds an Ed.D. in education and organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA in management from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. with honors in criminal justice from Florida State University.
SVP & CHRO, US Americas Siemens Corporation
Mike Panigel is the CHRO and SVP of human resources responsible for the strategic direction, design and governance of human resources policies and practices for Siemens U.S. and the Americas. Panigel also serves on the corporate human resources leadership board responsible for setting global HR strategy and policy.
Currently, Panigel is co-leading a work stream on workforce development for the White House initiative on advanced manufacturing partnerships. This is a collaborative effort comprised of representatives from six private sector companies, five universities, two community colleges and one union. Specifically, the work stream will take a holistic approach to build scalable and sustainable solutions to address the talent pipeline challenge beginning with childhood education and ending with long-term employment models.
Previously, Panigel served as VP of human resources of Siemens Healthcare. Prior to his assignment with Siemens Healthcare, Panigel served as VP of global compensation and benefits at Siemens AG in Munich. Before this role, Panigel led the human resources function in a number of different regions, including South Africa and 14 other neighboring countries earlier in his career.
Panigel is a board member of the Siemens Foundation and Siemens Caring Hands Foundation.
VP, Human Resources Carpenter Technology Corporation
John L. Rice is VP of human resources of Carpenter Technology Corporation, a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of cast, wrought and powder metal stainless steels and specialty alloys. Rice’s primary role is to execute business strategy, increase employee commitment and shape company culture to improve its capacity for change. He is responsible for providing executive leadership in critical areas such as organizational development, compensation, benefits, staffing, and labor relations, as well as other supporting human resources functions.
Before joining Carpenter, Rice spent nine years at Tyco International, where he most recently served as VP of employee engagement practices, developing global strategies to enhance employee at the $18B conglomerate. During his tenure at Tyco, Rice also served as VP of human resources in several company divisions.
Before Tyco, Rice held a number of human resources positions at Honeywell (and the former AlliedSignal), Mobil Oil Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland and Conoco, Inc. His past positions include both specialty and generalist roles throughout the United States and internal consulting roles to affiliate companies in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in political science, Rice holds a master’s degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.