Since its inception, the HR Executive of the Year award has been presented to 23 recipients, while 75 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 each category.
Judges for the 2011 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; Susan Meisinger, author, speaker and consultant on human resources and former president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management; and David Shadovitz, editor-in-chief of Human Resource Executive®.