The 2006 Panel of Judges for HR Executive of the Year were Joan M. Crockett, Dennis M. Donovan, Dr. Jac Fitz-enz, Dr. Fred Foulkes and David Shadovitz. Read more about their backgrounds below:
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Allstate Insurance Co.
Joan M. Crockett is senior vice president of human resources for Allstate Insurance Company. She serves as a member of the Allstate senior management team.
Crockett is responsible for developing the full range of policies and programs designed to attract, retain, and reward Allstate employees and agents. Her specific responsibilities include recruiting/selection, job and organizational design, compensation and benefits, leadership development, education and development, performance management, employee relations, and workforce diversity.
Crockett was named Human Resource Executive of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine in 1997 and in 2005 was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Human Resources Leadership by the same publication. In 1999, Linkage, Inc. recognized Allstate as the Most Innovative HR Department.
Under Crockett's leadership, organizations and magazines such as DiversityInc, Working Mother magazine, Hispanic magazine, the U.S. Department of Labor's Exemplary Voluntary Effort Award and Catalyst have recognized Allstate's creative and effective Human Resource practices.
Crockett is actively involved in a number of civic and professional organizations. She is currently a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, on the National Board for Jobs for America's Graduates and a partner of the Center for Human Resource Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the past Chair of the Governing Council of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL.
Crockett received her Bachelor's degree from John Carroll University.
The Home Depot
Dennis Donovan joined The Home Depot in April 2001 as executive vice president, Human Resources. His responsibilities cover all aspects of human resources management for the company's more than 345,000 associates.
Previously, Dennis served as senior vice president, Human Resources at Raytheon Company. He joined Raytheon in 1998 in this key leadership position. Dennis was responsible for worldwide human resources management for the company's diversified businesses engaged in engineering and construction; commercial and special mission aircraft; and, commercial, government and defense electronics.
Dennis also served as vice president, Human Resources for the Power Systems business at General Electric Company. He joined GE in 1972 in the Corporate Human Resources Leadership Program. During his tenure, he worked with a number of GE's business units, including Plastics, Defense Systems and Transformer. He was assigned to the Corporate Human Resources staff in 1982 as a consultant for the consumer products sector, which included GE housewares, major appliance, lighting and consumer electronics.
In 1986, Dennis became manager, Human Resources for the Turbine Business Group. He was subsequently promoted to lead Human Resources for GE Power Generation and was later appointed manager, Human Resources for GE Industrial and Power Systems. In 1991, he became an officer of GE.
Dennis has served on the Industrial Relations Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business, the board of advisors for the Employment Policy Foundation and the Human Resource Institute, the board of directors for Jobs for America's Graduates, Inc. (JAG), and the board of advisors of the Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies, where he chaired the International Committee.
He is a member of the board of advisors for the HR Policy Association. Dennis also holds membership in the Cowdrick Group, Human Resource 50, the Human Resources Roundtable Group, the Human Resources Policy Institute and the Personnel Roundtable. In addition, he is a member of the Human Resources Executive Council of the National Retail Federation and a member of the People Leaders Council of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
In recognition of his achievements and contributions to the profession, Dennis was elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, an honor considered the most prestigious in the field of human resources. He currently serves on the Academy's board of directors. Dennis was also named HR Executive of the Year by the Human Resource Executive Magazine.
Dennis holds a bachelor's degree in industrial relations and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He also earned a juris doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law. Dennis is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, corporations, government and professional associations.
Founder and CEO
Human Capital Source
Acknowledged worldwide as the leader in human capital measurement, Dr. Jac Fitz-enz pioneered the field of human capital benchmarking and performance measurement in the 1970s. He founded Saratoga Institute in 1977 to conduct research and publish annual international benchmark data on human capital productivity and effective practices. Ninety percent of the Fortune 100 have applied his benchmarking system. Dr. Fitz-enz has trained more than 80,000 managers in 40 countries.
Dr. Fitz-enz is the author of eight books translated into as many languages and is the only two-time recipient of the SHRM Book of the Year Award for Human Value Management and The ROI of Human Capital.
Dr. Fitz-enz has 45 years of business experience and has held human resources vice presidential positions at Wells Fargo Bank, Imperial Bank, and Motorola Computer Systems. Among his many honors are being designated as a "legend" by ASTD, elected a Fellow of the National Academy for Human Resources and receiving the Chairman's Award from IHRIM.
After retiring as Chairman of Saratoga Institute, in January 2003 Dr. Fitz-enz launched his personal advisory service on human capital investment strategy, and workforce planning and analysis.
Director, Human Resources Policy Institute
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Boston University School of Management
Professor Foulkes received the A.B. degree from Princeton University, and the M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard Business School. He was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty before joining the faculty of Boston University. He teaches courses in human resources management and organization behavior. Prior to entering teaching, he was employed by Chrysler Corporation, the New York Telephone Company and Chemical Bank.
His principal publications include: Creating More Meaningful Work (The American Management Association); Casebook on Church and Society (with Keith Bridston, Ann D. Meyers and Louis Weeks, Abington Press); Personnel Policies in Large Nonunion Companies (Prentice-Hall); Human Resources Management: Cases and Text (with E.R. Livernash, Prentice-Hall); Employee Benefits Handbook (editor and contributing author Warren, Gorham & Lamont); Strategic Human Resources Management: A Guide for Effective Practice (Prentice-Hall), Human Resources Management: Readings (Prentice-Hall) and Executive Compensation: A Strategic Guide for the 1990s (Harvard Business School Press). Professor Foulkes has also written numerous articles, including five published in the Harvard Business Review, and has developed over 160 case studies.
Professor Foulkes is the founder and director of the Human Resources Policy Institute. The Institute is a 25 year-old partnership between Boston University's School of Management faculty and senior human resources executives. Its members include the heads of human resources for over 55 large, global companies.
Recipient of the Employment Management Association Award (1978) and the Five Star Achievement Award from the Northeast Human Resources Association (1992), Professor Foulkes was named in 1992 a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the human resources profession's highest honor for outstanding achievement.
Professor Foulkes is a member of the boards of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Deploy Solutions, Panera Bread, and the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation. He is a senior advisor to the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), an SHRM chapter, leader of its Senior HR Forum, and chair of the Boston Personnel Dinner Group. He is also a Research Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Washington, D.C.
Editor and Publisher
Human Resource Executive® magazine
David Shadovitz, editor and publisher of Human Resource Executive, a leading magazine for executives in the human resource profession, has more than 25 years of experience in publishing. He also serves as vice president of editorial for the LRP Magazine Group, publishers of Human Resource Executive and Risk & Insurance magazines.
David joined the LRP Magazine Group in 1987 and worked on the start-up of both publications. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Gordon Publication's Computer Dealer magazine. In addition, he has held senior editorial positions for several industrial magazines.
He is a recipient of a number of editorial awards, including three Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards.
In 1996 David was inducted into the National Academy of Human Resources, one of the HR profession's most prestigious awards.
David received his B.A. in English from Trenton State College in New Jersey (now the College of New Jersey) and his M.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacagdoches, Texas.