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Innovative HRO Leaders Get Nod at Annual Awards Gala

The industry’s marquis event moves to a new home, but the threshold for recognition remains high in a year of economic uncertainty.

by HROT Staff
Innovation again takes center stage this year at the HROA Awards Gala during New York HR Week, with the annual event in a new home in the Big Apple on May 5. Historically held at the site of HRO World New York at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, this year’s awards will be hosted at the famous Russian Tea Room from 6 to 10 p.m.

With a theme of “Be Innovative” for the awards, the HROA Gala will focus on the best and brightest in the outsourcing industry, focusing on successful relationships, exemplary buyer and provider companies, and thought leaders helping to reshape HRO practices. This year’s theme is aimed honoring individuals and organizations that have exhibited a commitment to innovation within the HRO industry. All nominations are required to exhibit how the awards nominees have exhibited innovative characteristics and practices within the awards year.

According to Richard Crespin, president of SharedXpertise, the managers of the HROA, the awards are especially meaningful to recipients this year because they will be voted by peers. Furthermore, some of the most active participants in the HRO industry have been nominated in key categories including Person of the Year, Thought Leader of the Year, Customer Relationship of the Year, and others. He said the industry is anticipated to turn out in full force to celebrate these contributors’ work that has benefitted everyone in outsourcing business.

“The HROA Awards Gala is one of the key unifying events of the year for the industry, and we anticipate another strong turnout for the fifth annual event. You can be sure that all who are nominated, regardless of whether they are category winners, have made an important impact on the industry,” he added. “Some of the most important leaders in our sector will be in attendance to help honor their peers. This will truly be a celebration of the innovators of HRO.”

The winners were to be decided by balloting open to all HROA members. There are 11 categories in all. More information about attending the gala can be found at

2009 HROA Awards Categories

Person of the Year

Jeanne Fedoryk, Johnson & Johnson
Michael Beygelman, Adecco RPO Group

Thought Leader of the Year

Kim Davis, Adecco RPO Group
Regina Lee, ADP
Gary Hill, IBM
Eric Delafortrie, NorthgateArinso
Debbie Card, TPI

Technology Relationship of the Year
SAP and NorthgateArinso
Plante & Moran and Silkroad Technology

Customer Relationship of the Year, Large Market
CVS/Caremark and IBM
GE Money and Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG)
Prudential and Hewitt
Sodexo and ADP
Textron and Convergys

Customer Relationship of the Year, Middle Market

Scripps and ADP
Veyance Technologies, Inc. and Ceridian
Wellpoint and The RightThing

Buyer Executive of the Year, Large Market
Lynne McNutt, 3M
Anthony (Tony) Mazzeo, Bristol Myers Squibb
Maria Sharpe, PepsiCo

Buyer Executive of the Year, Middle Market
Melody Jones, Corporate Executive Board
Lisa Knutson, E.W. Scripps

Provider Executive of the Year
Jim Konieczny, Hewitt Associates
Mary Sue Rogers, IBM
Jamie Minier, The RightThing

Payroll Relationship of the Year

Analog Devices, Inc. and ADP
Carestream Health and Ceridian

Benefits Relationship of the Year

3M and Hewitt
Northrup Grumman and Hewitt
Target and Hewitt
University of Pennsylvania and ADP

Learning Relationship of the Year
DTE Energy and Raytheon Professional Services
Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (eTEDA) and IBM


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