Honor Roll Bios

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Thursday, October 16, 2008
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Bridget Atkinson

Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development

GTSI Corp.

As vice president of human resources and organizational development, Bridget Atkinson is responsible for human capital strategic planning and management, talent acquisition, executive compensation, professional development and all other human relations matters. She leads and mentors an award-winning team of 17 who oversee more than 700 employees.


Atkinson brings more than two decades of experience in the field of human resources to her position at GTSI. She has spent 10 years in leadership positions in GTSI's human resources department, with the last eight as its vice president.

Before GTSI, Atkinson worked in the IT, telecommunications and recruitment arenas serving in a variety of human resources positions. She spent six years at Hughes Network Systems in positions of ascending responsibility culminating in human resources manager where she managed the daily operations of the HR Department as well as serving on the HR Advisory Committee.


Atkinson is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Professionals, the Employment Management Association and the Washington Technical Personnel Forum. She is a member of the American Management Association, Society of Women Engineers, and Women in Information Technology. Additionally, Atkinson is actively involved in several charitable and outreach organizations including the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Equal Footing Program.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and is certified in behavioral interviewing techniques. She has completed executive leadership programs at Harvard University (2008), Duke University (2004), and Dartmouth College (2003). She also completed a Harvard University capital leadership program in 2007 and continues to update her skills in relevant fields including employment law, recruitment and retention techniques, and human resources policies and procedures.

Atkinson has won several awards: two Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington -- June 2007 and 2008 -- for leadership for creating and implementing ideas, methodologies and approaches to improve organizational performance; and a 2007 Workplace HR and Safety award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the human resources field.

She has also written two articles: Updating Your Company's HR Strategy: Aligning HR Strategy with Business Results, 2008, Aspatore Books and Workplace Conflict Resolution: Tips to Effectively Manage Work Place Conflict, 2007, Aspatore Books.


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Barbara J. Baker

Executive Vice President of Cultural Enhancement

Umpqua Bank

Barbara J. Baker is the executive vice president of cultural enhancement for Umpqua Holdings Corp. and Umpqua Bank -- positions she has held since September 2002. As such, she oversees all culture, training and human resource functions.

Prior to joining Umpqua, Baker served as Oregon site executive for IBM's server division (formerly Sequent Computer Systems Inc.), where she managed all human resource services and programs as well as corporate communications and community relations. She also served as vice president of human resources for the Northwest region of First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo), where she managed a five-state employee relations team serving more than 8,000 employees.

Barbara's leadership has extended Umpqua's powerful culture in a rapidly growing environment (during Barbara's five years with the bank, Umpqua has grown from 350 to 1,800 associates). Barbara and her team of 23 have infused Umpqua's culture into each associate, enabling Umpqua's culture to be consistent and self-propelling. This thriving culture has lead to regional and national recognition for Umpqua as a best place to work.

Umpqua Bank was listed as one of the Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work for" in 2007 and 2008.

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Rich Floersch

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

McDonald's Corp.

Rich Floersch, McDonald's executive vice president and chief human resources officer, is responsible for overseeing McDonald's human resources function for its 480,000 company employees in 118 countries. As a member of the senior management team, he is responsible for the company's talent management, leadership development, rewards, labor relations and employment branding programs.

Floersch joined McDonald's from Kraft Foods International in 2003, where he had served as senior vice president of human resources since 1998. In this role, Floersch was responsible for all HR aspects of this Fortune 100 organization, which employs 50,000 personnel in 66 countries.

Prior to this post, he was vice president of corporate compensation at Philip Morris. Before the Philip Morris assignment, Floersch was based in the Chicago area, working for Kraft Foods North America as vice president of compensation.

Floersch is a member of the board of directors for the HR Policy Association, a public policy advocacy organization representing the chief human resource officers from more than 260 leading employers across the United States.

Floersch earned his bachelor of science degree and master in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Bruce Pfau 

Vice Chair of Human Resources 


As vice chair and chief human resources office for KPMG, Pfau is responsible for all human resources activities with a major focus on retention, recruitment and workplace initiatives, as well as overseeing KPMG's goal to be an employer and partnership of choice. He also is a member of the firm's management committee.

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Previously, Pfau was national practice director for organization effectiveness at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, where he advised the executive teams of global corporations and directed the firm's groundbreaking Human Capital Index research.


He also previously was managing director with the Hay Group, where he led the team that conducted Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies Survey. He also served as vice president of human resources effectiveness for The Dun & Bradstreet Corp., helping to manage that company's 1996 strategic restructuring.

He is a recognized thought leader in the areas of employee engagement, corporate culture change and organization metrics. He has authored numerous books and papers on aligning human resources to financial performance, including Employee Commitment and the Bottom Line, and co-authored The Human Capital Edge: 21 People Management Practices Your Company Must Implement (or Avoid) to Maximize Shareholder Value. He was profiled as one of America's 50 top executive coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching.


Pfau earned a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in Boston and received his Ph.D. in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.

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Eva Sage-Gavin

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications

The Gap Inc.

Eva Sage-Gavin is executive vice president, human resources, communications and corporate social responsibility, of Gap Inc. In her role as chief people officer, she sets the strategy for the company's communications and human resources operations worldwide, including staffing, diversity, rewards, recognition, employee benefits, learning and development, strategic change, social responsibility and internal and external communications.

Sage-Gavin joined Gap Inc. in March 2003. Previously, she worked at Sun Microsystems, where she was senior vice president of human resources, and at Disney Consumer Products, a division of The Walt Disney Co., where she also was senior vice president, human resources. In addition, she has served in various senior human resources leadership positions for The PepsiCo Corp., including its Taco Bell division, and for Xerox Corp.

A supporter of several educational and nonprofit organizations, Sage-Gavin is active in her community and serves on a number of industry group boards. In 2002, the Santa Clara YWCA gave her a Talented Women in Industry award. Sage-Gavin serves on the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Advisory Board and was recently named chair of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies Advisory Board. She also works with the President's Council of Cornell Women, Alumnae Relations Committee.  

Additionally, Sage-Gavin serves on the advisory board of the University of Southern California's Center for Effective Organizations and is a member of the Human Resource Policy Association Board of Directors.

Sage-Gavin holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

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