David A. Thaeler
This article accompanies Crisis as Catalyst.
Category: Organizations with fewer than 7,500 employees
Title: Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Company: Haskell, Jacksonville, Fla.
Key HR Challenges: Growing the business shortly after joining the company at the beginning of the Great Recession. Overseeing the acquisition of five companies that doubled the company's headcount.
Key HR Accomplishments: Completing the acquisition of a 450-employee construction company more than a full year ahead of schedule. Creating an intensive four-year program in which technical employees learn managerial skills.