The HRO Association (HROA) has named Ernest “Ernie” M. Lareau chairman of its board of trustees. He joins Jeffrey Bizzack, CEO of Accenture BPO Services, who will continue serving as vice chair, and Mary Sue Rogers, head of IBM HR Business Process Services, who will serve as secretary/treasurer. Together with chairwoman emeritus Sharon Taylor, they will form the HROA’s executive committee.
Lareau is director, HR shared services for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, the global science company headquartered in Wilmington, DE. He played a leadership role in helping DuPont select Convergys as its HRO provider in their $1.1 billion contract, the largest ever at the time. In his current position, Lareau oversees the commercial aspects of the Convergys relationship and is accountable for transforming DuPont HR into a world-class organization.
“As an early adopter of HRO, Ernie knows first-hand how it positively transforms an organization. This experience has given him significant insights and credibility and, as such, he’s a well-respected industry visionary. We’re looking forward to his contributions as the HROA’s third chairman. We will certainly benefit from his counsel,” said Richard Crespin, global executive director of the HROA.
In his 34 years with DuPont, Lareau has held positions of increasing responsibility within manufacturing, technology, sales, marketing, strategic planning and general management. His career emphasis has consistently been on transformational opportunities in which he can utilize his broad-based managerial experience in the areas of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, negotiations and implementation to create new, high-growth business opportunities for DuPont. A Georgia Tech graduate, Lareau holds a degree in mechanical engineering.
With this announcement, Glenn Davidson of EquaTerra will be stepping down as chair emeritus. Davidson will retain a seat on the board as co-chair of HROA’s public sector special interest group.
“On behalf of the HROA, we’d like to thank Glenn for all his years of service and multiple continuing contributions to the board and to the association. He has been instrumental in supporting the growth and success of the HROA,” Crespin added.