2018-Friday, November 2 – “Managing Senior Leadership Transitions”

Triangle CHRO Association

Friday, November 2, 2018 from
7:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) – Cary, NC

Navigating Senior Leadership Transitions

Every company must evolve in order to stay relevant, innovative, and competitive. This includes turning over senior leaders…sometimes planned, other times unplanned. Regardless, HR leaders are at the center of these changes and must be equipped to manage the associated disruption. Activities include:

– Planning for transitions

– Off-boarding existing leaders

– Determining the “perfect candidate” profile

– Recruiting, hiring, onboarding new leaders

– Crafting appropriate/attractive compensation packages

– Managing communications to internal and external stakeholders

…and more.

We have three extremely experienced HR executives who will lead this discussion. And they can effectively do so because they’ve managed various senior executive transitions, including the CEO position, which is usually quite different from any other executive search.

About Our Speakers

Fara Palumbo, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina 

Fara Palumbo

Fara is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.8 million members. Her responsibility is to ensure that the company’s more than 4,900 employees are equipped to support and achieve strategic and business goals.

Fara has led the transformation of the company’s talent strategy, delivering a compelling and credible employment value proposition and leading cultural change. She is the primary driver behind the company’s major life/work initiatives, including the design, development and implementation of a backup childcare center – the first backup center in North Carolina. During her tenure, BCBSNC has earned numerous recognitions as an employer of choice in North Carolina, including the Working Mother Top 100, AARP Best Employers, American Heart Association Fit Friendly and the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Previously, Fara worked at Citibank in New York in a variety of Human Resources leadership positions in both the retail and investment banks, rising to the position of vice president of HR for the Global Securities Division.

Fara was the first executive sponsor for the BCBSNC Women’s Employee Network, one of 10 employee networks serving its workforce. She is an active supporter and board member for the Susan G. Komen Triangle to the Coast Affiliate, which invests in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. She is also a board member of the Triangle Chief HR Officer Association, an organization created to support senior HR leaders in their pursuit of organizational excellence.

She obtained her MS in organizational management from Pfeiffer University and a BA in psychology from Fordham University.

Bill Donovan, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, M*Modal  

Bill DonovanBill has served as M*Modal’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources since joining the company in October, 2011, and also leads the company’s corporate communications activities and legal departments. Bill’s standards are high, mirroring the standards of M*Modal and the healthcare industry.

Bill knows that to attract the best and the brightest minds, M*Modal has to be the best and the brightest in all facets of its offerings – to employees and clients alike. Bill continuously advocates for M*Modal’s ten thousand employees on three continents for competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a flexible work environment.

Bill earned his credentials in several diverse roles. He was the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald Charities in RTP. Previously, in his 24+ years at Nortel Networks, Bill held a number of senior executive roles, including leading the global human resources organization and driving improvements in business transformation, staffing, and talent development across the company’s global workforce.

Bill earned a BA in business administration from East Carolina University, and MBA from Campbell University.

Tom Mathews, President and Principal, TMathewsHR LLC

Tom MathewsTom started his consulting business in 2018. He is recognized for building and evolving award-winning HR strategies at Fortune 500 companies, private equity-funded organizations, and start-ups that align with rapid growth and global business expansion. Tom was most recently the SVP, HR & CHRO at Cree, Inc., where he worked to help take Cree and their HR function through its latest phase of growth. Joining Cree in February 2015, Tom helped Cree rebuild its lighting business and ultimately assisted in hiring Cree’s current CEO.

Prior to Cree, Tom was head of HR for Asset International, a private equity-owned business in New York City, where he helped the executive team acquire 3 companies, and he also worked with the executive team to sell the business to Genstar Capital.

In 2002, Tom joined Time Warner Cable as EVP, HR. He spent 11 years building a world-class HR organization, serving as a strategic partner at the executive level, to evaluate the human resource implications of all major business decisions affecting 50,000+ employees, and identified HR programs, services and initiatives that aligned with business growth needs.

From 1999 to 2001, Tom was Vice President of International Human Resources at AOL where he was responsible for developing and implementing AOL’s human resource strategy for its international workforce. Tom spent the earlier part of his career in HR at companies that included Shearson Lehman Brothers (an American Express Company), International Data Group, and Pillsbury.

Tom has a M.S. in Organization Development from Queens University in Charlotte, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Economics & Psychology from Trinity College. Tom is active in a variety of professional associations and nonprofit organizations and is an executive committee member of the SHRM Foundation, and an advisory board member of UNC-Charlotte’s Belk School of Business.


Triangle CHRO Association Board of Directors:

David Campbell, Allscripts

Florina Gordon, Liquidia Technologies

Lisa May, RTI International

Fara Palumbo, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina

Christiaan Heijmen, Director, Triangle CHRO Association

Donna Rhode, Director, Triangle CHRO Association

Ron Tomaszewski, Butterball

Lisa van Capelle, Syneos Health

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