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 M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Vice President, Learning and Performance ADP
Carrie Beckstrom is vice president of learning and performance for the global and national account businesses of Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP). She has worked in the field of learning and development for more than 25 years in a variety of industries, including business outsourcing, healthcare, technology and financial services, and has consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve measurable results. She has proven skills in the area of building initiatives and departments from scratch, in addition to leading large-scale transitions of existing departments and the accompanying process and people change-management efforts. Her focus on revenue and metrics results in a clear view of the added value of her initiatives, and she facilitates the communication of that value to others.
Beckstrom holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and currently serves on the center for talent reporting board.
VP, Human Resources Oracle
During her tenure at Oracle, Anje Dodson has helped transform the Talent and Organizational effectiveness function to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global workforce of 120,000 employees in almost 70 countries. Leveraging a deep knowledge of the business, a strong talent vision and Oracle's technology assets, she has created programs and measurements that produce industry leading results in productivity, capability and organizational effectiveness. Her team's mission includes providing more meaningful intelligence to help the business make better workforce decisions and accelerate execution on its strategy. Dodson oversees initiatives that drive targeted learning solutions for Oracle employees and leaders, including the Oracle Women’s Leadership Initiative which aims at creating opportunities that support, educate and empower Oracle’s current and future generations of women leaders.
SVP, Global Total Rewards & Corporate Sustainability Flextronics International Ltd.
Thomas Ezrin is senior vice president of global HR operations for Flextronics International, Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day human resources management of Flextronics’ 200,000 employees covering more than 30 countries. This includes regional HR operations (EMEA, Americas and Asia), HR analytics, global labor relations, HR compliance, HRIS, M&A HR integration, HR shared services and corporate social and environmental responsibility. He has been at Flextronics for more than six years and previously was Flextronics’ SVP of global total rewards, which includes compensation and benefits. During his tenure in global total rewards, he and his team developed Flextronics’ global ‘pay for performance’ rewards model.
Ezrin, a CPA with a public accounting background, has extensive experience in both international tax and human resources. Before Flextronics, he worked at Arthur Andersen, Ernst and Young, Vodafone-AirTouch, Visa International and KLA-Tencor in a combination of finance and HR-oriented roles. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley with degrees in history and economics. He is currently on the advisory committee for Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on improving the quality of science and math curricula in under-resourced public high school environments.
EVP, Human Resources Polycom, Inc.
Ashley Goldsmith joined Polycom in 2010 as senior vice president of human resources and was promoted to executive vice president in 2011. She leads Polycom's global human resources team delivering innovative, best-in-class programs that are helping to make Polycom one of the best places to work.
Goldsmith brings more than 16 years in human resources leadership experience to her role. She joined Polycom from F. Hoffmann-La Roche, where she was senior vice president of human resources, corporate communications and environmental health and safety for Roche's Tissue Diagnostics Division. Previous roles include chief human resources officer at Ventana Medical Systems and consecutive positions of escalating prominence at Home Depot.
Goldsmith holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master’s degree in human resource development from Georgia State University and a degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Director, Human Resources Netflix, Inc.
Barbie Graver began her career in 1996 with a successful Bay Area start-up, building the HR function as the company grew from 20 to more than 500 employees. Following that adventure, she was exposed to more traditional HR while working for IBM and Cisco, both here in the U.S. and based in Europe. While working at Cisco and living in Germany, she managed employee relations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through her career, Graver has worked in or managed most HR functions including recruitment, legal, employee relations and business partnership. More recently, she served as the head of HR for Sportvision and Tiburon before joining Netflix in 2011. Her passion for work comes from the ability to team with leadership to drive the company’s success forward.
Graver holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a master’s in human resources management.
Chief Strategy Officer The Intelligence Group
Jamie Gutfreund serves as senior director for business development and strategy for The Intelligence Group, a division of Creative Artists Agency. As a member of the IG Management Committee, her role entails leading the company’s initiatives in client services, marketing and sales, technology innovation and product development. She has been a frequent presenter and advisor to leading companies such as Microsoft, Visa, Victoria’s Secret and Red Bull.
An early pioneer in digital entertainment, Gutfreund worked for Microsoft, Expedia and Prodigy developing original content and business strategies for clients, brands and entertainment partners. She has also served as a business development executive focused on international marketing campaigns for Saatchi & Saatchi in London.
CHRO Flextronics International Ltd.
Denise Haylor is chief human resources officer at Flextronics, a $25B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing services and end-to-end supply chain solutions provider with more than 200,000 employees and operations in more than 30 countries. In this role, Haylor leads the company’s global human resources and corporate social and environmental responsibility teams.
She joined Flextronics in 2011 as senior vice president, HR business partners and talent management. In early 2012, she took on the leadership of HR operations in addition to her existing duties. In that role, she lead a global team of HR professionals charged with the discovery, design and delivery of innovative HR solutions to support Flextronics’ dynamic end-to-end supply chain services business. In her talent management function, she led a small team to define the company’s talent management strategy and deliver a number of programs including the Flextronics executive development program. She also refined the talent review process and created a framework for workforce planning.
Prior to joining Flextronics, Haylor served as corporate vice president of human resources at Motorola Inc., where she played an active leadership role in the separation of Motorola, the formation of Motorola Mobility and a significant business divestiture. At Motorola, she led a global team of HR professionals that was responsible for strategic human resources. Her responsibilities encompassed all HR competencies including organization design and effectiveness, change management and the successful due diligence and integration of multiple mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining Motorola,Haylor served as an HR leader for Siemens. She holds a master of arts degree in managing human resources from Kingston Business School in London.
SVP, Global Human Resources & Learning McAfee, Inc.
J.C. Herrera oversees all aspects of global human resources, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, learning and development, change management, employee relations, community development, and mergers and acquisitions integration activities. Prior to leading the HR team, he was head of HR operations, which included the North America HR organization as well as global compensation, including executive compensation, benefits, HR systems and services.
Prior to joining McAfee in 2007, Herrera started his career at Electronic Arts, then held leadership positions at companies including Documentum/EMC and Dreyer’s/Nestle.
Herrera holds a BS in business administration from San Francisco State University.
Human Resources Director, Pacific Group URS Corporation
Julie Hines is human resources director for the Pacific group for URS Corporation. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience including management and generalist functions. She has applied human resources knowledge to various industries including engineering consulting, manufacturing and retail. At URS she leads the HR function of the infrastructure and environment division's west coast domestic group. The group includes approximately 3000 staff members, 20 offices and 10 human resources professionals. She also plays a role in the development of the strategic HR initiatives and projects across the entire division. She has a keen interest in talent acquisition, development and retention.
SVP, Global Human Resources Applied Materials, Inc.
Mary Humiston has global responsibility for Applied Materials, Inc.’s strategic HR practices, policies and operations. A member of Applied Materials’ senior leadership team, Humiston plays a critical role in an organizational transformation that requires the company to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. To this end, Humiston is building a world class HR organization to deliver innovative, best-in-class solutions for talent and leadership development, global staffing and rewards and HR operations across the company’s four business segments that span 92 locations in 23 countries.
Humiston started her career with Applied Materials as Corporate Vice President of HR for the company’s energy and environmental solutions group and the Display SunFab Solar group from 2008 - 2009. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Humiston was a vice president of HR at Honeywell International with responsibility for various corporate and international organizations and held executive positions with PeoplePC (now Earthlink) and Gap, Inc. She began her career at the General Electric Company in the HR leadership program and spent three years in finance on the company’s corporate audit staff.
Humiston earned a B.S. in Psychology at Siena College and an M.B.A. and M.S. in Industrial Psychology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John Izzo, Ph.D.
Author of "Awakening Corporate Soul" & "Stepping Up" John Izzo
John Izzo, Ph.D., is a best-selling author and one of North America’s most influential change agents and inspiring thinkers. He has shared his expertise and wisdom on life transition and leadership renewal with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and with national and international associations globally.
One of the first men to combine spiritual principles with organizational development and leadership in the mid-1980s, Izzo embraces his mission to inspire people to make the positive changes necessary to be vital, conscious and intentional beings and to have the courage to live their values as trustworthy, responsible leaders. Izzo shares his insights with more than 100 audiences annually, including IBM, McDonalds and the Department of National Defense.
His books include “Awakening Corporate Soul,” “Values Shift,” and his latest, “Stepping Up.” He holds dual masters’ degrees in theology and psychology and a doctorate in organizational communication and behavior from the University of Chicago.
Mike D. Kail
VP of IT Operations Netflix, Inc.
Mike Kail is the VP of IT operations at Netflix, leading a team of 90 employees in his organization. He is an experienced professional with more than 20 years of IT-operations executive leadership experience, focusing on highly-scalable architecture. Before Netflix, he was the VP of IT operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for various big data components as well as the integration of Americas and the EMEA IT teams. He specializes in Unix system/network architecture, SaaS/cloud deployments, Hadoop/HBase clusters, monitoring/alerting, SQL/NoSQL, virtualization, & performance tuning/scalability. Kail has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University.
Chief Workforce & Technology Officer Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Gary King was appointed chief workforce and technology officer in 2012. Reporting to the general manager and CEO, King served as director of workforce management since 2008, responsible for human resources, health and safety, organization and workforce development, and general services. His role expanded in 2012 to include information technology and information security.
Before his 2008 appointment, King served as SMUD’s manager of human resources. He joined SMUD in 1998 as a supervisor in compensation and selection, coming from a position as manager of employment for the California city of Palo Alto. He served many years in senior human resource management positions for the city and county of San Francisco, as well.
King received his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Pacific Union College.
VP, Human Resources Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Michelle Kwait serves as vice president of human resources for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for creating a modern and strategic HR function for Ghirardelli, ensuring talent management programs exist in support of Ghirardelli’s strategic goals and growth plans. She began her career with Ghirardelli in 2011 with a focus on building global talent management programs for both Ghirardelli and its parent company, Lindt, to ensure the right people are in the right roles across the globe. Prior to joining Ghirardelli, Kwait worked for Williams-Sonoma, holding roles as the director of learning and development and director of human resources for the Pottery Barn brand retail organization. She also worked in higher education as SVP of human resources for Heald College and director of human resources for Stanford University. She began her HR career with Marriott International.
Sr. Director, Human Resources Raley's Family of Fine Stores
Jerry Landers joined Raley’s as a district human resources manager for Raley’s in 1997. He became director of human resources in 2005, directing the HR function for all California and Nevada stores. In his current role as senior director of human resources, he directs the function for the company’s 12,500 employees, including field HR, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training and development, diversity, corporate recruiting, and organizational effectiveness.
Prior to joining Raley’s, Landers worked in human resources for Mervyn’s and Weinstock’s department stores. He attended Solano Community College and Brigham Young University. In 2003, he received his certification as a senior professional in human resources. He is also a graduate of the Leading Edge Academy, an internal executive development series offered through California State University, Sacramento.
Landers is a member of the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is currently on the board of directors for the Greater Sacramento Urban League and treasurer for the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation.
Vice President, Global Talent Assessment and Analytics Korn/Ferry International
Dana Landis, Ph.D., is the vice president of global talent assessment and analytics for Korn/Ferry International. She oversees all research and analytics for Korn/Ferry, evaluating executive and assessment data to understand predictors of job fit and performance across all industries, regions, and companies. As a clinical psychologist, Landis brings her own unique and valuable insight to the discipline of assessing candidates. Additionally, she identifies macro-trends in the talent space and drives the creation of cutting-edge assessment tools.
Prior to her current position, Landis was the vice president of global search assessment. Building a global search assessment practice, she was responsible for assisting both clients and search consultants in identifying optimal candidates for unique and challenging leadership positions. She also led a global team of search assessment managers.
Previously, Landis worked for the University of California Los Angeles, where she forged relationships with corporations, governmental agencies and non-profits, assisting them in identifying and placing doctoral candidates post graduation. She co-founded and chaired the UC Consortium on Graduate Career Preparation and Services, which worked to improve professional development training for Ph.D. students entering the workforce and resulted in higher placement rates throughout the UC system.
Landis has coordinated research projects and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of academic institutions, including the University of Southern California, the University of California Irvine and The University of Illinois. She earned her doctor of philosophy and master’s degrees in clinical psychology.
VP, WW Human Resources Atmel Corporation
Jing Liao was appointed vice president of worldwide human resources at Atmel in 2009. Prior to this position, she led the global total rewards function, and prior to joining Atmel, Liao served as vice president of global human resources for Avanex Corporation. There she was responsible for architecting and establishing an HR department tasked to support the restructuring and growth plan of the company. She has also held HR leadership positions at Hyperion, JDS Uniphase and Adaptec.
Liao received a bachelor of arts degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Peking University in China.
SVP, Human Resources Fujitsu America
Andy Montrose is senior vice president in charge of human resources for Fujitsu America Inc. In this position, he is responsible for organization development and implementation of strategic people management offerings.
Montrose joined Fujitsu in 1985 and has undertaken a number of senior human resources positions throughout the public and private industry sectors, specializing in managing large and complex change management programs. He has an impressive record of achievement based on building strong partnerships with board directors and implementing leading edge human resources tools and practices which enabled organizations to achieve their strategic and business objectives. During his time with Fujitsu he has gained considerable depth of experience by working throughout Europe and the United States.
Montrose holds a master of science degree in artificial intelligence from Kingston University and a business studies degree from Huddersfield University. He pursued post-graduate studies with the Institute of Personnel and Development, where he has attained fellow status.
SVP, People Resources Adobe Systems Incorporated
As SVP of HR, Donna Morris leads Adobe's global HR organization with responsibility for recruitment, growth and development, and total reward programs for more than 8,000 employees worldwide. Her priorities include, continuing to build upon the culture and values which have contributed to Adobe being recognized as one of the best places to work by Fortune magazine and other publications around the world.
During her career, Morris has led both generalist and specialist human resources functions in the high technology, communications and government fields. Prior to becoming SVP in 2007, Morris held several other management positions within Adobe Human Resources, providing leadership to the company's global human resources activities. Before joining Adobe, Morris was VP of Human Resources and learning at Accelio Corporation, a Canadian software company acquired by Adobe in 2002.
Morris has earned several industry honors, including "Human Resources Professional of the Year" in Ottawa, Canada and the Silicon Valley YWCA's "Tribute to Women (TWIN) Award". She is currently on the board of directors for the Adobe Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California. Morris has a Bachelor's degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and holds the Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
VP, Leadership & Talent Matters Juniper Networks, Inc.
Greg Pryor serves as the Vice President of Leadership and Talent Matters for Juniper Networks, one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance networking systems and innovation. At Juniper, Pryor and his team have responsibility for leadership and manager effectiveness, executive recruiting, talent management, global talent acquisition, HR systems and support, and Juniper’s annual people review.
Pryor and his team also steward Juniper’s corporate culture known as the “Juniper Way”, through the creation of an aligned brand system that connects the business strategy to each person’s individual aspirations, interest and abilities. Juniper’s culture journey is featured as an organization best practice in Ann Rhoades’ book “Built on Values”.
Before joining Juniper, Pryor served as the head of talent management for Merrill Lynch’s global technology and operations function. Before Merrill Lynch, he was a partner in Accenture’s human performance practice. He has served as a catalyst for business change through presentations featured at events sponsored by Financial Executives Institute, Canadian Human Resource Planners Society and the Positive Employee Practices Institute. Since 1998, he has provided active leadership for the oldest leadership development institute in North America — the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay.
General Manager, Peoplefluent Digital Collaboration Peoplefluent
Marc Ramos is general manager of Peoplefluent’s digital collaboration business unit. This business unit combines the strong product lines in place within the company’s learning portfolio, its award-winning social platform and its breakthrough on-demand video technology to deliver a unified offering and vision for meaningful collaboration and employee engagement in today’s enterprise environments. Prior to his current role, Ramos was vice president of sales and CMO of Socialtext, the social side of Peoplefluent. In his 12 years with the business, he led the global marketing efforts of the workforce planning and analytics business and was a senior sales executive in the same division before moving to head Socialtext. Prior to his role at Peoplefluent, he held various sales and general manager positions within IT and wireless communications. For the past seven years, he served as vendor relations chair on the Oracle HCM Users Group Board.
Ramos holds a bachelor of arts degree from Texas A&M University and earned his MBA at the University of North Texas.
Jeannine Raymond, Ph.D.
AVC, Human Resources University of California, Berkeley
Jeannine Raymond has been the assistant vice chancellor for human resources at UC Berkeley since 2006. Her portfolio includes HR policy and strategic planning, benefits administration, talent acquisition, compensation and classification, staff EEO, labor relations, employee relations, HR information systems support, and individual and organizational development. In addition, the newly-formed campus shared services center HR function reports to her. She is currently leading a complete reframing of HR on the Berkeley campus. At the University of California systemwide level, she is part of the management work group overseeing the design and implementation of a common payroll and HR information system and a common HR shared services center.
She has worked in higher education for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including as professor emerita and chair of health science, director of institutional research and planning, and interim business officer of a division I athletic corporation.
SVP, Human Resources & Leadership Development URS Corporation
Darryl Robinson joined URS Corporation in 2006 as SVP of human resources and leadership development for their global infrastructure engineering division. Robinson leads HR for a 21,000-person organization that operates in more than 40 countries. He manages a global staff of more than 150 professionals with an annual budget of approximately $18M and works in close partnership with 15 direct reports who lead the full range of HR activities.
Throughout his nearly 30-year career, he has held progressively-responsible positions in six major industry groups, including financial services, IT, healthcare, manufacturing, banking and remittance processing, and engineering services. Prior to joining URS, Robinson was recruited to join Charles Schwab, Inc. in San Francisco as SVP of human resources for their Schwab Technology organization. There, he led the HR function for a 4,200 person organization and gained his first exposure to working with software technology.
Robinson began his HR career after completing his Master’s in HR and labor relations from Michigan State University.
SVP, Global Human Resources Yahoo! Inc.
Kristen Robinson leads the global HR centers of excellence, regional shared services and international HR to deliver strategic services and programs to employees managers and executives. In her current role, she is fixated on the employee experience and increasing engagement through the deployment of great programs, technology and superior customer service.
Robinson is a proven HR executive with broad global and multi-functional management experience in high technology. Building on a robust business perspective, she is passionate about leadership and building organizational capability. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she served as the chief human resources officer for Verigy and played a key leadership role in the architecture of its HR function and the creation of the new company as a spin-off of Agilent Technologies. She also served as vice president of global compensation and benefits at Agilent and held numerous positions in marketing, new venture management, finance and HR across a variety of businesses in Hewlett-Packard and Agilent.
Prior to her career in high-technology, Robinson was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College.
Senior Partner Korn/Ferry International
Jeff Rosenthal is a senior partner in Korn Ferry leadership and talent consulting, based in the firm’s San Francisco office. He leads the global technology sector.
Rosenthal brings a powerful combination of more than 20 years of experience in leadership consulting and in executive search, particularly in the technology and consumer products sectors. Prior to his current position, he served as executive director for another leading executive search firm, leading the human resources recruiting practice for the Western United States. Previously, Rosenthal served in high-level roles at several global leadership development and management consulting companies, including senior vice president, western U.S. and Asia Pacific, BlessingWhite; director of account management at Watson Wyatt; and senior account executive at Forum Corporation.
A widely respected thought leader in human capital consulting, he has published and presented extensively on leadership effectiveness and talent management. He was a visiting lecturer for a number of years at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught the Leading Out Loud leadership communications course.
Rosenthal is active in community affairs and serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations: Summer Search, which develops leadership in high-potential, low-income high school youth, and the Lafayette Community Foundation, which facilitates community improvement projects.
Rosenthal earned a master’s of business administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Whitman College.
Board Member & Compensation Committee Chair Atmel Corporation
Jack Saltich has served as a director at Atmel since 2007 and has been the chairman and interim chief executive officer at Vitex Systems, Inc., a private technology company, since 2006. He also served as the president, chief executive officer and a director at Three-Five Systems, Inc.; vice president at Advanced Micro Devices; executive vice president at Applied Micro Circuits Company; and vice president at VLSI Technology. He is currently on the board of directors for Vitex Systems and is on the manufacturing advisory board for Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. His extensive service on the compensation committees of boards of directors for several public companies provides him with the strong background in executive compensation necessary to serve as chairman of Atmel’s compensation committee.
Saltich received both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. In 2002, he received a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois.
AVP, Global Client Success Cornerstone OnDemand
Chris Stewart is AVP, global client success at Cornerstone OnDemand. He oversees a global team of senior HR & OD business partners who ensure the success of Cornerstone’s clients by helping them develop and improve their talent management capabilities as well as align their human capital strategies to bottom-line business objectives.
Stewart joined Cornerstone from Ticketmaster, where he was senior director of human resources development and training, responsible for their overall talent management strategy including strategic planning, program design and implementation. Prior to this role he was Ticketmaster’s director of learning services where he led the deployment of learning and development solutions for employees and clients in North America.
He holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business from Northern Arizona University.
Executive Consultant PDI Ninth House, A Korn/Ferry Company
Diana Sullivan is a global leadership specialist working with organizations, senior executives and teams to align performance and improve business outcomes. She brings more than 20 years of general management and leadership development experience. She has extensive global assessment and coaching experience from C-Suite to high potential leaders. Her ability to translate business objectives and outcomes into organizational, team and leadership behaviors allows her to speak the “language of business” with her clients.
Prior to PDI Ninth House, Sullivan oversaw her own consulting and coaching practice and was the co-founder and leader of Lee Hecht Harrison's global Leadership Consulting business. In these roles she has led strategy, solution, and product development, service delivery, and has been hands on with global expansion. Earlier in her career, she led national sales and technical distribution channels for AT&T. She has successfully created unique alliances with organizations such as The Wharton School to increase thought leadership and global presence for many of her clients.
Sullivan has an MA in counseling psychology with a concentration in executive coaching from the University of San Francisco. She has a BA in business administration from the University of Oregon.
SVP, Chief HR Officer Providence Health & Services
Cindra Syverson is the senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services. With $10B in net revenue, Providence employs more than 64,000 employees and operates hospitals, physician clinics, homecare and health plan operations in California, Oregon, Alaska, Montana and Washington. Syverson was appointed to her current role in 2009. She joined Providence Health and Services as chief human resources officer for California in 2007.
Syverson has more than 25 years of human resource leadership experience in high change, multi-state, multi-billion dollar for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her background includes experience in all disciplines of human resources as well as mergers, acquisitions, values integration, alignment of practices to local business units and service turnarounds.
Prior to joining Providence, she spent eight years with St. Joseph Health System as the corporate senior vice president of human resources, a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system operating hospitals and physician practices in California and Texas. Prior to that, she spent seven years with FHP Healthcare, a managed care corporation, where she held various corporate and regional human resources executive positions. Her most notable position was vice president of human resources for FHP, California.
Syverson has a Bachelors degree from California State University, Long Beach with graduate work at Stanford University. She also received her certification in employee relations law from the Institute of Applied Management and Law.
Director, Human Resources University of California, San Francisco
Mike Tyburski has been human resources director at UCSF for nearly 12 years with responsibility for benefits, compensation, labor and employee relations, disability management, employee assistance, staffing, development and training, and senior leadership compensation. He has 34 years of human resources experience including 22 in the private sector at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In addition to certification as a senior professional in human resources, Tyburski has an MBA and bachelor of science with a focus on human resources management.
VP, Human Resources Core-Mark International, Inc.
Joe Wegener joined Core-Mark International, Inc. in 2008 as the vice president of human resources. Core-Mark International, Inc. is one of the largest broad-line, full-service distributors of packaged consumer products to the convenience retail industry in North America. Core-Mark operates 29 distribution centers in the US and Canada with about 5,300 employees and is headquartered in South San Francisco.
Wegener previously held management and executive positions with McKesson, Budget Rent a Car and ADT. He graduated from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Canada with a BA in history.
President Board of Advisors, RiseSmart Inc. & President EXec EXcel Group LLC
Ian Ziskin is the president of EXec EXcel Group LLC and has served as chief human resources officer and other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 corporations — Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications and TRW. He also serves as special advisor to World 50, Inc., consulting for its HR50 and Next HR50 programs.
Ziskin holds valuable leadership experience that stems from his CHRO tenures, during which he had a track record of designing and implementing innovative business and human-capital solutions for complex businesses with combined revenues of $68 billion and 300,000 employees in more than 25 countries. He is also the author of WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe's are Luckier than WannaBe's, a leadership guidebook published in 2011.
Ziskin is a current and past member of multiple boards and executive committees, including chairman, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board; vice chairman, HR Policy Association; USC Center for Effective Organizations; Cornell University Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies; Personnel Round Table; and Human Resource People and Strategy.