By Katheryn Sillo
Cecile Perich, Senior Vice President, Human Relations at McCormick & Co.; Sharon Taylor, SVP, Human Resources at Prudential Financial; Ernest Jenkins, Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Richard Randazzo, Chief Human Resources Officer at AARP; and Suzanne Dowd Zeller, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company were among the 100 Chief Human Resources Officers and senior HR executives gathered in Washington on March 26th at Argyle Executive Forum’s Human Capital Leadership Forum (Washington).
Argyle Executive Forum polled the room of top HR executives on: “Which initiative is your HR team’s top priority for 2013?” Throughout the day, the audience texted, tweeted and e-mailed their responses. 36 percent of the audience, the largest percentage of the group, voted “business alignment”. Technology, engagement and culture initiatives each received 18 percent of the votes; while 10 percent polled that recruitment and retention was their HR team’s top priority for 2013.
Business success relies on the bridging between the HR function and a corporation’s ultimate goals. With the combination of financial pressures, customer demands, and the ongoing war for talent, the need of HR as a strategic partner has become even more urgent than ever. As HR leaders continue to remove barriers and promote better performance, business alignment remains top of mind for the CHRO.
Of the audience polled, 20 percent of the executives represented organizations with $10 billion or more in annual revenue, while 16 percent represented organizations generating $5-10 billion, 25 percent from $1-5 billion, 11 percent from $500 million – $1 billion, and 28 percent from $100-500 million.
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