Nancy Reardon Named Fellow of National Academy of HR

By Steve Bates Nov 15, 2011
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Nancy A. Reardon, senior vice president and chief human resources and communications officer for Campbell Soup Co., is a new Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR).

Reardon, who is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), was joined by new Fellows Lucien Alziari of Avon Products and Joseph B. Ruocco of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at an induction ceremony in New York in November 2011. Also at that ceremony, longtime IBM Corp. HR executive J. Randall MacDonald was named an NAHR Distinguished Fellow, only the 13th person to have been granted that honor.

SHRM was a sponsor for the event.

Reardon told SHRM Online that she was honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the Academy. “This is a very esteemed group,” she said. “I am delighted to be recognized in this manner.”

Reardon, who joined Campbell in 2004, is responsible for overseeing the global human resources and communications functions for Campbell and its 19,000 employees. She reports to President and CEO Denise Morrison and is a member of the Corporate Leadership Team. She has held top-level HR positions at Comcast Cable Communications and other organizations, and she is active in professional and nonprofit organizations.

Reardon said she has been particularly proud of her efforts in “shifting our culture” at New Jersey-based Campbell. “We have been very focused on eliciting the best contributions from our employees and on creating an environment in which the employees really enjoy being here.” Employee contributions have helped attract talented applicants to the organization, she noted.

Reardon said one of the top challenges that she faces—and that many of her peers face—lies in “seeking to become a more global organization.” How much of a “footprint,” and where to tread, are among key decisions.

In addition, she said, it is important to “create a climate for innovation with our products and the way that we interact with our customers.”

The National Academy of Human Resources, founded in 1992, is an organization where individuals of distinction in human resources are recognized for exceptional professional achievement. In addition, the Academy occasionally recognizes human resource-related groups as “Honored Institutions/Organizations.” The NAHR furthers the HR profession through the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) Academy and other philanthropic and educational activities.

In a statement, Mirian Graddick-Weir, chair of the NAHR and an HR executive with Merck & Co., Inc., said that “by election to the Academy, the members of the 2011 Class of Fellows have been acknowledged by their peers as reaching the very highest level of achievement in the human resources profession.”

Also in November 2011, the NAHR announced the winners of the inaugural Ram Charan HR Essay Contest. First prize was won by Peter Norlander of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Additional winners, all SHRM members, were Melanie Lowenberg, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Diya Kapur, ILR School, Cornell University; and Cassandra Sparks, University of Phoenix. The topic for the 2011 competition was HR contributions to global business competitiveness. Prizes ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

The NAHR Foundation and the Fellows of the NAHR announced a tenth Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) Academy, an invitation-only program to be held June 13-14, 2012.

Steve Bates is manager of online editorial content for SHRM. He can be reached at steve.bates@shrm.org.

Related Articles:

Three SHRM Members Honored by National Academy, News About SHRM; November 2010

Two SHRM Members Named NAHR Fellows, News About SHRM; December 2009

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