This article accompanies Building a New Breed, a profile of the 2010 HR Executive of the Year -- Google's Laszlo Bock.
Since its inception, the HR Executive of the Year award has been presented to 22 recipients, while 71 individuals have now been named to the HR Honor Roll.
A panel of five judges reviewed this year's submissions and based their selections on the following criteria: the candidate's ability to handle significant problems in the human resource field, the candidate's role and/or success in establishing the HR function as an integral part of his or her organization, the candidate's management skills as demonstrated within the HR function and the candidate's contributions to the HR profession.
The HR Honor Roll competition was divided into two categories this year: Organizations with fewer than 7,500 employees and organizations with 7,500 or more employees. This year, two HR executives are being recognized in the under 7,500 employees category and one HR executive is being recognized in the 7,500 employees or more category.
Judges for the 2010 competition included Dennis Donovan, senior adviser for Cerberus Capital Management and the 2003 HR Executive of the Year winner; Fred Foulkes, director of the Human Resource Policy Institute and professor of management policy at the Boston University School of Management; Dr. Jac Fitz-enz, president of the Human Capital Source; Mirian Graddick-Weir, executive vice president of human resources for Merck & Co. and winner of the 2001 HR Executive of the Year award; and David Shadovitz, editor-in-chief of Human Resource Executive®.