People: New CHRO at Merck; Moves at beqom, Paycom, SilkRoad and Grant Thornton

HCM Technology People Moves

New hires, promotions and other people moves throughout the HCM technology community of customers, vendors and analysts.

Steven C. Mizell will join pharmaceutical giant Merck on October 1 as CHRO. He’ll replace Mirian M. Graddick-Weir, who is retiring. Mizell will join Merck from Monsanto, where he was executive vice president and CHRO since 2004.  

HCM Technology People Movesbeqom, a cloud-based total compensation solution provider, appointed Mike DeLeonardis as president for North America. He will oversee the company’s North American field organization. DeLeonardis has previously held positions at Xactly Corporation, smartShift Technologies, Inforte and Arcadia Solutions. 

Marsh & McLennan’s Mercer created two roles as part of its global growth strategy. Martine Ferland, currently the company’s president of Europe & Pacific and co-president of its health practice, was appointed group president, reporting to Mercer CEO Julio Portalatin. Meanwhile, David Anderson, currently president of growth markets, will take on the new role of president, International. 

In Oklahoma City, Paycom named Kathy Oden-Hall to the company’s executive officer team and gave her the new title of EVP and chief marketing officer. Oden-Hall has been Paycom’s CMO since 2012. Before that, she owned and operated her own public relations firm. 

Landit, a New York company whose technology platform is designed to increase the success of women and diverse groups in the workplace, hired Kelly Russell as chief client experience officer. Most recently, she was vice president of client relations for Bright Horizons.  

Chicago-based SilkRoad hired of Robert Dvorak as CEO and president. Former CEO John Shackleton is transitioning to a new role as executive chairman of the board through the end of 2018.  

Alex Bennett has joined executive search firm ZRG Partners as chief growth officer. Based in London, he will work to expand the firm’s presence in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. Previously, he was CEO of RSA Group, a life-science search boutique. 

Volt Information Sciences hired Lori Schultz as chief operating officer of Volt Workforce Solutions. She had been senior vice president of global program management at Pontoon. Meanwhile, Lauren Griffin joined Volt from Adecco to become SVP of the Workforce Solutions’ Specialty Solutions Group. 

Ravi Bansal joined Grant Thornton’s Enterprise Technology Strategy and Innovation advisory group as a principal and national leader for the enterprise technology strategy and advanced technology solutions and analytics practices. Previously, Bansal wasled digital strategies and solutions as a partner at IBM. 

Suzanne Rudnitzki has been named the first chief people officer of digital archiving solutions provider Smarsh in San Jose, Calif. CEO Brian Kramer said creating the position was intended to drive the company’s forward-thinking HR priorities, of which culture is high on the list. 

Proofpoint Chairman and CEO Gary Steele, joined Upwork’s board of directors. 

Wholesale marketplace Hubba named Desh Singh to the newly created role of chief technology officer.  

Alfresco Software said Heather Guntrum has joined the company as customer success officer, which means she’ll own the post-sale experience for all customers. Based in San Mateo, Calif., Alfresco develops process automation, content management, and information governance software for enterprises. 

Janine Allo has become the first chief people and culture of ezCater, a Boston-based online marketplace for business catering.She was previously was previously VP of global talent at Flex International, with 200,000 employees. 

Jody Stolt is director of PayChex’s learning & development center… Espie Santiago is director of employer relationships at video recruitment network Standout… Andrea Grande is business development director of StatusToday… ustine Turner is associate vice president of sales at Leoforce’s Arya… Suzanne Hawes is CHRO at Paya.com… Jennifer Stites is CHRO at Conair Corporation. 

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