HR People + Strategy Elects Board Chair and 3 HR Thought Leaders to 2016 Board of Directors

Richard Vosburgh chosen board chair

Jan 20, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Richard M. Vosburgh, Ph.D., president of RMV Solutions LLC, was elected chair of the HR People + Strategy (HRPS) Board of Directors for 2016. His term as chair began Jan. 1.

In addition, three new members have been elected to the board for 2016.

Elected to four-year terms that began Jan. 1 were:

  • Allan H. Church, Ph.D., vice president, global talent assessment and development, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Edward McKissic, vice president, human resources, global corporate human resources, Wal-Mart.
  • Eric Severson, member, the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

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


Richard M. Vosburgh, Ph.D., a longtime volunteer with HRPS, is president of RMV Solutions LLC, which provides consulting services on organizational effectiveness. In 2014, he formed Alliance partnerships with Checkster, Viridis Learning and TalentKeepers. Vosburgh retired from KEMET Electronics Corp., where he was senior vice president of HR and chief HR officer. Previously, he was senior vice president of HR for Mirage Resorts. He spent six years with Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, most recently as vice president of HR, Asia Pacific. Earlier, he was vice president of HR for a division of Campbell Soup Co. and chief HR officer at Vlasic Foods International. He was head of HR at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Mervyn’s department stores and held leadership roles at Volkswagen in Germany and at PepsiCo. He is the author of Career Development for Engineers and Scientists and co-edited Point Counterpoint: New Perspectives on People and Strategy. Vosburgh has served on the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard’s Federal LLC 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. He holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of South Florida.

Allan H. Church, Ph.D., is vice president, global talent assessment and development, at PepsiCo Inc. Prior to this role, he served 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. Church joined PepsiCo in December 2000. Previously, he spent nine years as an organizational development consultant, working for W. Warner Burke Associates. He also spent several years at IBM. He has served as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s publications officer and spent 11 years on the organization’s executive board. Currently, he is an executive committee member of the Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management. An active writer, he has authored several books, over 30 book chapters, and over 150 practitioner and scholarly articles. He is on the editorial board of a number of professional journals. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Columbia Business School and Columbia’s Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

Edward McKissic is vice president, human resources, global corporate human resources at Wal-Mart. A leader with more than 25 years of experience in business and HR, he is an accomplished HR strategist with experience leading multibillion-dollar HR functions within global, Fortune 100 enterprises. Throughout his career, McKissic has had a history of delivering substantial cost savings through innovative program design, operational change and process improvement efforts. His specialties include strategic management, talent management and leadership development; change and risk management; performance management; training and education programs; talent acquisition; innovative compensation strategies; and process automation and intellectual capital. Before joining Wal-Mart in 2012, McKissic was senior human resources leader at Toyota. He also has worked at General Motors, Electrolux and Hewlett-Packard. He received his Bachelor of Arts in human resources management from The University of Spring Arbor in Spring Arbor, Mich.

Eric Severson is a 25-year retail veteran known for building leading-edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. Most recently, he was co-CHRO and senior vice president at Gap Inc. His innovations over 15 years at Gap Inc. include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity and the largest implementation of a Results Only Work Environment in the world. Severson is a director on the board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest nonsectarian nonprofit. In his 12 years at Felton, he has helped lead a robust people strategy that includes an annual CEO evaluation process, leadership competencies, a talent review and succession planning process, and management training. In 2008, he won the Gap Inc. Founder’s Award for his work with Felton’s breakthrough early psychosis prevention and recovery program. In 2014, he was appointed to a two-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Severson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in English from Arizona State University.

Also serving on the 2016 HR People + Strategy Board of Directors are:

  • Simon King, head of talent and organizational effectiveness, Bristol-Myers Squibb, vice chair;
  • Cathy Malear, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, UniGroup, treasurer;
  • Kim McEachron, chief people officer, Genomic Health, Inc., secretary;
  • Edie Goldberg, founder, E.L. Goldberg & Associates, who serves in an ex-officio role;
  • Jeri Darling, president, Darling Global LLC;
  • Marianne Gattinella, vice president, human resources, McGraw-Hill Cos.;
  • Carolyn Gould, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC;
  • Mirco Gros, director, global talent management, Equinix;
  • Henry (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; and
  • Tracy Tyler, founder and managing partner, Strategies for Success International.

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