Biographies of 2007 Winners

This biographical data was provided by the winners of the 2007 HR Executive of the Year and 2007 HR Honor Roll.

Bonnie Hathcock

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Bonnie Hathcock joined Humana in 1999. Working to instill a culture of engagement throughout the company, she has been instrumental in creating a powerful integrated people system that stands as a competitive advantage and distinguishes Humana from its competition.

Hathcock is responsible for Humana's human resources practices, recruitment and retention, organization development, professional development, and associate information services.

As the leader of Humana's learning laboratory for MOCHA (More Options and Choices for Humana Associates), Humana's internal benefits brand, Hathcock is uniquely positioned to face the challenges posed to companies striving to contain associates' healthcare costs in the face of double-digit increases. Armed with an innovative way of looking at health benefits and a communication plan to empower associates, Hathcock and Humana have stormed the marketplace with real solutions direct from the MOCHA lab.

Before joining Humana, Hathcock served as vice president of human resources at US Airways Inc., vice president of human resources at Siemens-Rolm, and in sales and marketing roles at Xerox Corp. Hathcock holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor's in Business Education degree from Shippensburg University, and is a recent graduate of the Executive Human Resources program of Stanford University's School of Business.

Sharon C. Taylor

Senior Vice President

Corporate Human Resources


Sharon C. Taylor is senior vice president, Corporate Human Resources, chair of The Prudential Foundation and a member of Prudential's Senior Management Committee. Taylor is the top human resources officer reporting to the chairman and is accountable for HR policies, strategies, programs and infrastructure that support Prudential's domestic and international businesses. 

She chairs several key committees, such as the Human Resources Policy Committee and the Investment Oversight Committee. She is also accountable for Community Resources, which includes oversight of The Prudential Foundation, and the company's social investments, local initiative and business diversity programs.

Prior to Taylor's current appointment, she served as corporate vice president, Human Resources accountable for leading Human Resources 13 centers of excellence. Taylor's tenure in this role was marked by improved operating efficiency, customer services and significantly reduced expenses. She has also served as corporate vice president, Human Resources and ethics officer for Prudential's domestic insurance group and vice president, Human Resources for Prudential Financial's Operations and Systems group.

Taylor has held leadership roles in Prudential Financial's Minority Interchange and is a founding member of the company's Black Leadership Forum. She serves as Chair of the Human Resources Outsourcing Association and the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and also sits on the boards of the American Repertory Ballet, the Human Resources Policy Association and the Advisory Board of the National Council of LaRaza. Taylor has received numerous awards for her high level of both business success and community service.

Taylor is a magna cum laude graduate from Temple University, where she earned a B.A. degree in foreign languages.

Jill B. Smart

Chief Human Resources Officer


Jill Smart is Accenture's chief human resources officer with overall responsibility for the personnel management and capability development of the more than 133,000 Accenture people globally. She is also a member of Accenture's Executive Leadership Team.

Before being appointed to her current position in September 2004, Smart was managing partner of HR delivery, which entailed overall responsibility for human resources operations and people development. From 2000 until 2003, she was head of the company's People Enablement business practice, which included training and knowledge management.

Prior to assuming HR management roles, Smart spent most of her career at Accenture, leading business integration consulting work for clients in the financial services, government, transportation and health services industries. Her client experience focused primarily on integrating strategy, technology business processes, functional applications and human performance components to lead clients through major change initiatives.

Smart is a trustee on the board of the Accenture Foundation, a public charity that supports educational activities and disaster relief efforts. In June 2004, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business. She also is a director of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, is a trustee at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, serves on the Civic Committee of the Chicago Commercial Club and sits on the President's Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.

Smart joined Accenture in 1981 and became a partner in 1993. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Matthew W. Schuyler

Chief Human Resource Officer

Capital One Financial Corp.

Matt Schuyler joined Capital One in April 2002 as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in December 2003. Schuyler has experience in all facets of HR management including organizational design, recruitment, development, retention and outplacement strategies.

Under his direction, Capital One's Human Resources organization provides talent, integration and infrastructure to Capital One on a worldwide basis. Human Resources works to align the company's organizational structure with Capital One's business priorities. It also works to effectively allocate talent throughout the company, and it employs pay and benefit programs that reward associates for performance and value creation.


Prior to joining Capital One, Schuyler was a Vice President of Human Resources with Cisco Systems, Inc. Prior to Cisco he was a partner in the Global Human Resources group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Penn State University.

Currently the Chairman for the Board of Directors of Greater DC Cares -- a non-profit organization that helps connect community assets -- skills, time and goods -- with community needs in ways that improve lives and strengthen the region. He is currently a member of the PSU Board of Visitors and MBA Thought Group.

Valerie A. Murzl

Vice President of Human Resources

Station Casinos, Inc.

Valerie Murzl is the Vice President of Human Resources and Training for Station Casinos Inc., one of the Country's largest public gaming locals companies with more than 14,000 employees. A New York native, Valerie has been in Human Resources in the Hospitality industry for more than 25 years. She brings spirit, energy and passion to the culture of Station Casinos in Human Resources and Training. Over the course of the past nine years, Valerie has enthusiastically and strategically moved Human Resources and Training from a traditional role to a progressive, dynamic level.

As a result of Murzl's leadership, she strategically designed an HR/Training function that led to Station Casinos winning a place on the prestigious Fortune "100 Best Companies To Work For" list in 2005 (Ranked 54th), 2006 (Ranked 55th) and 2007 (Ranked 18th).

Through her leadership, in 2006 the company competed in a national competition and received the second place "HR Service Excellence" Award. Also in 2006, Station Casinos received second place for "Best Place To Work" and first Place for "Best Gaming Company Committed to Diversity" from the Southern Nevada HR Association. Due to the many programs Murzl has helped coordinate to assist working mothers, Station was also named 2006 "Nevada Company of the Year" by the Moms in Business Network.

Her accomplishments have been recognized by the numerous awards she has received on behalf of Station Casinos. These accomplishments include "Woman of the Year" (NEWH), "Community Achievement Award" from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and "Senatorial Recognition" from John Ensign "For making a real difference in the minds and lives of the young children of Nevada." Valerie was also named "Unsung Hero" and received the "Humanitarian of the Year" award from Goodwill for her efforts in building a strong partnership between Station and Goodwill. In July, 2006, she was recognized by The Asian American Group as one of the first recipients of the Community Excellence Award.

Murzl currently serves on the Executive Board of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics, the Board of the Urban League and has most recently been appointed to serve on the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board. She has served on the American Gaming Association's Diversity Committee for 3 years. In May 2006, she successfully graduated from the FBI Citizens' Academy Program.

Along with being a Corporate Executive, Murzl is the mother of three girls. Prior to moving to Las Vegas and joining Station Casinos in 1997, she worked for MOA Hospitality, as the Vice President of Human Resources of a Chicago-based franchisee, who owned and operated 135 motels/hotels in 36 states. She also worked with the Marriott Corp. for 10 years in Hawaii and California.

Oct 16, 2007
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