Human Resources Executive Announces Executive of the Year and Honor Roll

Human Resource Executive (HRE) which as you all surely know is the most popular, and arguably the best publication regarding HR, named 2012’s winner for Executive of the Year and listed their Honor Roll recipients. Mara Swan, VP of Global Strategy and Talent at Manpower Group, took home the 2012 HR Executive of the Year award. Michelle Kerby, chief HR officer and senior VP at Texas Health Resources, Janice K. Bultema senior VP of HR at U of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Steven Ginsburgh, senior VP of HR and workforce development for Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., and Russ Jackson senior VP of HR for Safeway, all made the honor roll.

A black-tie awards dinner will be held tonight, to honor the recipients. The event is sponsored by Monster,  and being  held at the University Club of Chicago. Should be a fun and special evening for everyone involved!

“The HR Executive of the Year award recognizes human resource leaders who have made outstanding contributions to their organizations and who exemplify the increasingly strategic role of HR in business today,” says editor for HRE, David Shadovitz.

Mara Swan has had a number of accomplishments with ManpowerGroup including:  ManpowerGroup’s Collaborative Organizational Model, which encourages collaboration through training an more open communication, “Unleashing Potential” a leadership and coaching program, and, “The Candidate Experience” program, which helps show potential employees and clients alike, the value of ManpowerGroup. It seems as though Swan is a worthy winner of this prestigious award.

Another recipient I will mention, specifically because of his West Coast vicinity, is Russ Jackson.  Safeway EVP Larree Renda, had this to say about Jackson:

“Russ is a transformational architect within Safeway,” she said. “With his vision, insight and drive for results, he has built a human resources organization that is a powerful accelerator of change.”

Aside from his West coast status, Russ strike a chord with the work he’s done to help hire veterans and help workers get fit. HRE states that Russ has,

“implemented a series of new programs aimed at recruiting ex-military personnel for key roles; reshaped the organization’s competency model; and enhanced the organization’s already highly regarded health initiatives.”

It’s always exciting when fellow HR pros are up for awards. In an industry that isn’t always celebrated, we deserve a night! For those of you that plan on being there, or are up for an award, have fun and congratulations. For everyone else, we’ll just have to wait to read the next edition of HRE…




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