Randy MacDonald joined IBM in 2000 as senior vice president, human resources. In this position he is responsible for the global human resources practices and policies of the organization and reports to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano.
Prior to joining IBM, MacDonald was the executive vice president of human resources and administration for GTE (now Verizon Communications).
MacDonald was with GTE for 17 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Before joining GTE, he held human resources positions at Ingersoll-Rand Company and Sterling Drug Inc.
He serves on the board of directors of Covance. He is a member of Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resources Study and a past chair of its Personnel Roundtable; the HR Policy Association, which he serves as chairman of its board of directors.
In 1998, MacDonald was named a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the human resources profession's highest honor for outstanding achievement. He was elected to the Academy's board of directors in 2000 and serves as its vice chair.
For his contributions to the HR practice throughout his career, including HR-related research and education, MacDonald received the first Distinguished Human Resource Executive Award from the Academy of Management in 2004.
He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in industrial relations from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania and is a member of its board of trustees; he received the St. Francis University Distinguished Alumni in Business Award in 1999. MacDonald also serves as a trustee of Bucknell University.