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2019 Strategic HR Forum

October 27 - 29, 2019 Boston, MA

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Brigette Mcinnis-Day
Chief HR Strategy & Digital Transformation Executive
SAP SuccessFactors

Brigette McInnis-Day is the Chief HR Strategy & Digital Transformation Executive for SAP SuccessFactors. She spearheads an exciting new alignment in SuccessFactors' global Center of Expertise, HR Value, Solution and Technology Advisors. Brigette is also the Executive Head of SAP's Digital HR Experience team, a global program that positions SAP as the leader in Digital HR through world-class customer-centered events, promoting forward thinking HR Strategy, and creating compelling regional programs & demand management that focuses on sales conversion.


Michael Arena, PhD
Chief Talent Officer 
General Motors

Michael Arena is the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. He is responsible for enterprise talent management, talent & organizational analytics, leadership development and global learning. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline. Arena also launched GM2020, which is a grass roots initiative designed to enable employees to connect and create across the organization and was highlighted in Fast Company in 2016. In addition to his current responsibilities at GM, Arena also teaches in Penn's MS in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a dThinking coach within Stanford's dSchool.  


Dean Carter
Vice President of Human Resources & Shared Services

Mr. Dean E. Carter has been Vice President of Human Resources & Shared Services at Patagonia, Inc. since May 2015. Mr. Carter provides strategic leadership and direction of Patagonia’s global human resources, finance and legal teams and is charged with developing initiatives to support Patagonia’s nearly 2,000 employees worldwide in carrying out its mission. He served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Talent & Human Capital Services at Sears Holdings Corporation and has supported more than 220,000 employees in the United States and Asia and partnered directly with more than 30 Business Unit President. He was the Chairman of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Foundation. In 2013, he was awarded the Top 10 Breakaway HR Leaders by the Global HR Summit.



Matthew Burns
Head of HR

Matt's nearly 20-year corporate journey has taken him around the world, supporting organizations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

He's presently the Head of HR for a global retailer and leads a team that was recently recognized for the: 'Most Innovative Use of HR Technology' in Canada.

In less than 12 months, the HR team at JYSK sourced, acquired, implemented and integrated five disparate technologies, creating their own a custom HR enterprise solution. Their digital transformation automated existing administrative tasks, transitioned the HR department to near-paperless daily operations, and enhanced the department's service to the business.

Get ready for a high-energy discussion that will leave you with simple, actionable tactics.

You can find Matt sounding off on all things on tech innovation, future of work and HR on LinkedIn or Twitter 

Kristen Roby Dimlow
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Total Rewards and HR Business Insights

Kristen is the Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Total Rewards and HR Business Insights at Microsoft, which includes broad-based global compensation, executive compensation, US benefits, international benefits strategy and philosophy, global mobility and relocation, performance management, stock design and administration, M&A and HR Business Insights. Kristen is a 19-year Microsoft veteran who spent the first half of her Microsoft career in corporate finance controller positions at Microsoft including Office, Windows, Server and Xbox. She moved to HR in 2002 leading University Recruiting and transitioned to Engineering Line leader roles in Windows, Platforms and Services Division, Online Services and Devices. 


Sandra Leung
EVP & General Counsel
Bristol-Myers Squibb 

Sandy Leung is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She leads the worldwide Law Department and is responsible for a wide range of legal areas including intellectual property, commercial and regulatory law, litigation, corporate governance and securities and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures. She also has responsibility for Environment, Health & Safety, Corporate Security and Corporate Philanthropy.

Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department. She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999. In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel. In February 2007, she was named General Counsel.  


Simon King
Global Head of Talent and Workforce Innovation
Bristol-Myers Squibb 

Simon King is a senior HR executive with more than 25 years of experience in the Bio-pharmaceutical industry. King graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a bachelor's in Genetics, and started his career in Research and Development at AstraZeneca. He quickly developed a passion for developing people and organizations and made the transition from R&D to Human Resources. He worked at AstraZeneca, holding increasingly senior positions culminating in being the Head of HR for Research and Development. In April 2013, he moved to Bristol-Myers where he is now the Global Head of Talent and Workforce Innovation, leading an integrated talent function supporting 24,000 BMS employees globally. He has worked globally throughout his career and led progressive people strategies to enable organizations to thrive and transform.


Elaine Mason
VP, People Planning, Design and Analytics
Cisco Systems

 As the Vice President of People Planning, Design and Analytics, Elaine Mason leads a transformation function at Cisco that works with senior executives on executive talent and performance management, workforce analytics and planning, organization effectiveness and design thinking. Since joining Cisco in 2016, Elaine has lead two transformation initiatives – one focused on building management capabilities focused on people planning and a second focused on reinventing the company's talent strategy. Prior to joining Cisco, Elaine was the Vice President of Organization Effectiveness and Workforce Planning at American Express (2012-2016) and Vice President of Planning and Education at Viacom/MTV Networks (2002-2007). Outside of her business experience, Elaine serves on the board of Imperative (a B-Corporation focused on enabling purpose driven work). 


Christopher Kujawa
Vice President, Human Capital Capabilities
American Express

Christopher Kujawa is a Senior HR Executive with 20+ years’ experience helping companies maximize the potential of their people to drive business results.  Christopher currently serves as Vice President of Human Capital Capabilities at American Express based in New York responsible for Human Capital Insights, Organization Effectiveness and HR Mergers & Acquisitions.  In this global role, Christopher brings 3 Centers of Excellence together leveraging data insights, business acumen, consulting skills, and deep SME knowledge to impact change.  


Deborah Torosian
Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness
American Express

Deborah Torosian is a Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness at American Express in New York.  In this global position, she and her team partner closely with senior business and HR leaders across the company on organizational design and development, organizational agility and change leadership.  In addition, she has led multiple organizational design and change management initiatives to enable the company’s transformation.

Sumeet Salwan
(former) Global Head of Human Resources
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Corporate Functions

Sumeet Salwan is the former Global Head of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Company and Corporate Functions. In his role, Sumeet had global accountability for leading HR for an integrated $25 billion business and also partners with the Enterprise Corporate functions. Sumeet joined Johnson & Johnson in 2015 as the Global Head of HR for the $14 billion Johnson & Johnson Consumer business. Sumeet started his career with Unilever. With more than 25 years of experience that spans the globe, he has lived and worked in India, Netherlands, UK, Singapore and the US.


Sandy Ogg

Sandy Ogg is the Founder of From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Ogg was Operating Partner in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone, serving their nearly 100 portfolio companies. For eight years prior to that, he was Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever based in London, where he spearheaded the change in the organization’s operating framework and leadership system that was at the heart of the business transformation. Prior to joining Unilever, he served as Senior Vice President, Leadership, Learning and Performance at Motorola.