HRPS Names Board Chair, New Members

By SHRM Online staff Jan 26, 2016

Richard M. Vosburgh, Ph.D., president of RMV Solutions, has been elected chair of the HR People + Strategy (HRPS) board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

HRPS is the executive network for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The HRPS board is responsible for governance and strategic direction and establishes policies and activities consistent with HRPS’s vision, mission and strategy.

Vosburgh is a longtime volunteer with HRPS. He is retired from KEMET Electronics Corp., where he was senior vice president of HR and chief HR officer. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of HR for Mirage Resorts and spent six years with Compaq and with Hewlett-Packard, most recently as vice president of HR, Asia Pacific.

His background also includes serving as vice president of HR for a division of Campbell Soup, as chief HR officer at Vlasic Foods International, as head of HR at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and at Mervyn’s department stores, and in leadership roles at Volkswagen and PepsiCo.

He is the author of Career Development for Engineers and Scientists (John Wiley & Sons, 1987) and co-edited Point Counterpoint: New Perspectives on People and Strategy (SHRM, 2012). Vosburgh has served on the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard Federal and on the advisory board for the University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations. He is a member of the SHRM Certification Commission and has a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of South Florida.

In addition, three new members have been elected to the board:

  • Allan H. Church, Ph.D., vice president, global talent assessment and development, PepsiCo. His background includes serving as vice president of organization development for PepsiCo’s Global Groups, vice president of global talent development, and vice president of organization and management development.He is an executive committee member of the Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management and the author of numerous books, book chapters and scholarly articles. He has a doctorate in organizational psychology from Columbia University.
  • Edward McKissic, vice president, human resources, global corporate human resources, Wal-Mart. Before joining Wal-Mart in 2012, McKissic was senior human resources leader at Toyota, and he worked at General Motors, Electrolux and Hewlett-Packard. He received his bachelor’s degree in human resource management from The University of Spring Arbor in Spring Arbor, Mich.
  • Eric Severson, member, the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The retail veteran most recently was co-CHRO and senior vice president at Gap. Severson is a director on the board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest nonsectarian nonprofit. In 2014, he was appointed to a two-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Severson has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in English from Arizona State University.

They join the following HRPS board members:

  • Vice Chair—Simon King, head of talent and organizational effectiveness, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  • Treasurer—Cathy Malear, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, UniGroup.
  • Secretary—Kim McEachron, chief people officer, Genomic Health Inc.
  • Ex-Officio—Edie Goldberg, founder, E.L. Goldberg & Associates.
  • Jeri Darling, president, Darling Global LLC.
  • Marianne Gattinella, vice president, human resources, McGraw-Hill Cos.
  • Carolyn Gould, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Mirco Gros, director, global talent management, Equinix.
  • Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, president and CEO, SHRM.
  • Sophia Kristjansson, founder and CEO, Lexicon Leadership.
  • Laura Mably, vice president, human resources NA, AstraZeneca.
  • Karl-Heinz Oehler, managing director, Denison Consulting.
  • Tracy Tyler, founder and managing partner, Strategies for Success International.

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