Since its inception, the HR Executive of the Year award has been presented to 24 recipients, while 79 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 2012 competition included Dennis Donovan, vice chairman of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Co. 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®.