BU’s Human Resources Policy Institute Presents W.E. Burdick Award for HR Excellence to IBM’s Randy MacDonald

in News, Press Release
October 30th, 2012

October 19, 2012 – The Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University School of Management awarded the inaugural W.E. Burdick Award to J. Randall MacDonald, IBM’s senior vice president of Human Resources.

Named after Walton E. Burdick, a long-time HR leader at IBM, now retired, the W.E. Burdick Award is given to an HR professional who consistently excels in his or her career and demonstrates integrity and commitment to advancing the human resources management profession not only in their company, but also in professional HR organizations.

Award recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Overall leadership and measurable impact for innovative and lasting contributions at work and in the human resources field.
  • Service to the HR community and participation in human resource-related groups/associations, social service, educational or civic organizations, and influence on the development of public policy.
  • Strong character and integrity.

Randy MacDonald joined IBM in 2000 as senior vice president of Human Resources and is responsible for IBM’s global human resources practices, policies, and operations. Prior to joining IBM, MacDonald served as the executive vice president of Human Resources and Administration for GTE (now Verizon Communications) for 17 years. Before joining GTE, he held human resources positions at Ingersoll-Rand Company and Sterling Drug, Inc.

MacDonald is the recipient of the Distinguished Human Resources Executive Award from the Academy of Management for his significant contributions to the science and practice of human resources, including HR-related research and education. He is the first executive to receive this award twice, in 2004 and 2009. MacDonald was named Human Resource Executive Magazine’s “HR Executive of the Year” in 2008, and in 2011 was named one of only 13 Distinguished Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources, the human resource profession’s highest honor for outstanding achievement.

In photo, from left to right: Professor Fred K. Foulkes, Director, Human Resources Policy Institute; J. Randall MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, IBM; and Kenneth W. Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Management.

About the Human Resources Policy Institute (HRPI)
Lead by Professor Fred K. Foulkes, the Human Resources Policy Institute (HRPI) was founded in 1981 as a partnership between Boston University School of Management faculty and top-level human resources executives from over 50 global companies. HRPI integrates multiple disciplines around human resource policy and develops links between the business community and the School of Management with respect to the management of human resources.

HRPI holds semi-annual meetings during which members participate in sessions on leading-edge human resources topics as well as member roundtable discussions.  The Institute also sponsors faculty and doctoral level research, develops case studies, conducts executive development programs, and acts as an information resource for members through surveys and our newsletter.

Visit the Human Resources Policy Institute website to learn more.

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