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Member News: Melanie Penna and Dario Priolo

By SHRM Online staff  4/25/2012
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Melanie Penna has been promoted to senior vice president of Human Resources Service Delivery for Comcast Cable. Penna leads the HR Operations team responsible for the strategy and development of the SAP Human Capital Management system and oversees human resources for many of the company’s key business functions. She reports to William Strahan, executive vice president of Human Resources.

Penna joined Comcast in 1995 and was promoted to vice president of Human Resources in 1999. Over the years, she assumed increased responsibilities, including partnering with senior leadership to ensure that the HR function aligns with and supports company business objectives by overseeing due diligence, transition strategy, communications and the implementation of mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Comcast, Penna was responsible for employee relations issues at Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation (AHERF) and handled compensation issues at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. Before her career in HR, she was a member of the litigation team at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and a member of the labor and employment team at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen.

Penna was an inaugural recipient of the WICT--Philadelphia Liberty Award. In 2005, she received the Young Executive of Distinction Award by the Pyramid Club Young Executives Committee. She is a member of the leadership advisory boards at Springfield College and at Neumann College, where she is a guest lecturer in their adult education program. Penna received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dario Priolo has joined Richardson, a global sales training and performance improvement company, as chief strategy officer. Priolo has over 20 years of experience selling and delivering complex solutions to sophisticated clients. Over the past 11 years, he has engineered transformations of three marketing organizations in global, multichannel companies. He is an expert in all aspects of marketing strategy, sales and marketing integration, sales force talent management, and sales channel development.

Priolo will oversee strategic initiatives and will report to Richardson President and CEO David DiStefano. Priolo will work closely with clients in an executive sponsor role to help drive sales effectiveness.

"We are thrilled to have Dario join our team at this important time and in this critical position," said DiStefano. "Buyer behavior continues to significantly change, and sales organizations find themselves ill-prepared to adapt. More than ever, our clients are looking to Richardson to help them achieve business outcomes. Dario has a long track record and a unique set of skills, knowledge and experience to help us deliver valuable insights and actionable solutions through innovation in order to support our clients' achievements of their goals."

Prior to joining Richardson, Priolo was chief marketing officer of Profiles International, a global human resources technology company. He was an executive vice president at Miller Heiman and a division director at the Hay Group, a global human resources consulting firm. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in engineering from McGill University.

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