Frans Hijkoop has joined New
York-based MetLife Inc. as senior vice
president and chief human resource
officer. He reports to President and Chief
Executive Officer Steven A. Kandarian
and is a member of the company’s
Before joining the company, Hijkoop
was chief personnel officer and senior
vice president of human resources for
PepsiCo Inc.’s Americas food division.
Prior to this role, he held the same roles
for PepsiCo.’s more than 100 international
markets outside North America. He has
also served in executive-level HR roles for
Lloyds of London, Unilever and Mobil Oil.
Hijkoop earned his master’s degree in
English from Utrecht University.
Northrop Grumman Corp., of
Falls Church, Va., has named Denise
and chief human
She reports to Wes
Bush, the company’s
executive officer and
president, and serves
on the company’s
Corporate Policy Council.
She joins the company from CSC,
where she was vice president and chief
human resource officer. Prior to joining
CSC, she was senior vice president,
human resources at Wyeth. Peppard
has also served as vice president
for management and organization
development at Liberty Financial
Cos. Inc. and vice president of HR at
Peppard earned both a master’s
degree in business administration with
concentrations in finance and organization
behavior, and a bachelor’s degree in
business administration in accounting,
from the University of Michigan.
Edelman, a New York-based public
relations firm, named Claudia Patton its
chief talent officer. She reports to Richard
Edelman, the company’s president
and CEO, and sits on the 14-member
Prior to this appointment, she served
the company’s executive vice president/
Patton first joined Edelman in 2002
when Edelman acquired The Headline
Group, which Patton founded in 1982 and
turned into the Southeast’s top-ranking
independent PR firm.
Patton earned a bachelor’s degree in
English from Ohio University.
Jen Warne is the new senior vice
president and head of talent at Radnor,
Pa.-based Lincoln Financial Group. In
her new role, she reports directly to Lisa
Buckingham, the company’s chief human
Warne most recently served as head
of staffing for Lincoln and, prior to joining
Lincoln, she spent 15 years with Towers
Watson, progressing through various HR-
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leadership positions with continuously
expanded scope, including both global
recruiting and HR business-partner
leadership roles and serving on its global-HR-leadership team.
Warne received her bachelor’s degree
from Temple University.
Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. of
Appleton, Wis., announced it has
promoted Margaret Soda to managing
director of human resources, reporting
directly to Vice President of Human
Resources and Labor Relations Joel
After joining Air Wisconsin in 2007
as employee relations manager, she was
promoted to director of human resources
She holds an MBA from the
University of Phoenix, with a
concentration in human resource
management, and a bachelor’s degree
in business administration from the
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Harrah’s New Orleans has named
Jil Jordan Greene its vice president
of human resources and community
relations of its Caesar’s Entertainment
Greene has held senior leadership
positions prior to her arrival at Harrah’s,
most recently serving as director of
human resources and training and
development at Aramark Corp. She
also was staffing leader, interim project
manager, human resource coordinator
and human resource manager at Yum!
Greene holds a master’s degree in
human resource management from Troy
University and a bachelor’s degree from
Ball State University.
Equity One Inc., a North Miami
Beach, Fla.-based owner, developer and
operator of shopping centers, has hired
Tanya Saffadi as its vice president of
human resources. She reports directly to
Chief Executive Officer Jeff Olson.
Saffadi joins Equity One from Martha
Stewart Living, where she was senior
vice president of human resources.
She has previously held senior human
resource positions at Pfizer, Cisco, Bank
of America and Morgan Stanley. Saffadi
will be based out of Equity One’s New
Saffadi received a master’s degree
from Columbia University and a
bachelor’s degree from William Paterson
ChemImage Corp., a Pittsburgh-based provider of hyperspectral imaging
technology, has named Jessica Beckett-Mc Walter as its general counsel and vice
president of human resources.
Prior to joining the company, Beckett-
Mc Walter was an associate in the law firm
Pepper Hamilton’s commercial litigation
practice group, representing clients in
matters relating to the misappropriation
of trade secrets, breach of multimillion-
dollar contracts, and constitutional civil
rights issues, among
others. In addition,
she currently serves
as a board member
of the Women’s Law
Project and an adjunct
faculty member at
the University of
Pittsburgh School of
Joe Gage was named vice president
of human resources at Cincinnati-based
Catholic Health Partners.
Gage served as vice
president of human
operations for Tenet
Prior to that position,
he managed HR
and/or labor activities
at Levi Strauss &
Co., Delta Air Lines and the Burlington
Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
He received a law degree from
Baylor University School of Law and
a bachelor’s degree in business from
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of
Extreme Networks Inc., a Santa Clara,
Calif.-based networks provider, appointed
industry veteran Mimi Gigoux as senior
vice president of human resources.
Prior to Extreme Networks, Gigoux
served as chief human resource officer
and senior vice president of Aviat
Networks. Prior to that, she served at
leading networking companies, including
as vice president of HR at Redback
Networks. Earlier in her career, she
held key HR leadership roles at Cisco
Systems, leading HR programs for
several Cisco business units, including
facilities, finance, legal, global alliances
and business development, and also
serving as an internal consultant for
organizational change management.
Social-media games developer Kabam,
headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.,
hired Derek Sidebottom as its chief
was most recently
vice president of
at Electronic Arts
Inc. Previously, he
was director of HR
for Corel Corp.
and, prior to that, he was a senior
compensation and benefits adviser
at Alcatel/Lucent. After starting his
research associate at The Conference
He earned a graduate degree in
human resources from Humber College
before receiving an executive M.B.A.
at Athabasca University. He holds an
undergraduate degree in psychology
from the University of Ottawa.
Landor Associates, a San Francisco-based brand-consulting and design
firm, hired Mark Levy as its chief talent
Levy began his
career in HR with
The Hotel Group of
America, The Good
Guys and Best Buy.
He also led the brand
HR teams at Levi
Strauss & Co. At
Gap Inc., he led the
company’s outlet HR team, followed by
the global recruiting and staffing teams.
His most recent position was as global
vice president of HR for Technicolor
(previously Thomson) in Paris.
Levy received a law degree and
M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at
Boulder, and attended Colorado College.
Vitacost.com Inc., an online retailer
of health and wellness products based
in Boca Raton, Fla., appointed Ellen
Finnerty as vice
president of human
Prior to joining the
was senior vice
president of human
resources for First
Capital. She also has
served as vice president of HR for Fidelity
Information Services and was senior vice
president of HR for Palm Beach National
Bank & Trust.
Finnerty holds a bachelor’s degree in
sociology from the University of Florida
and is certified as a senior professional in
human resources from the Society For
Human Resource Management. She is
past president of the Human Resources
Association of Palm Beach County
and was awarded the 2010 Woman
Extraordinaire by South Florida Business
Akoo, a Chicago-based out-of-home television network, named
Kevin Crow vice president of human
Prior to joining the company, Crow
was an independent consultant working
with a variety of clients within the
marketing and advertising industry.
He has also held senior-level HR roles
for leading marketing communications
and advertising agencies during his
career, including The Marketing Store,
Upshot and Saatchi & Saatchi X.
Crow holds a bachelor’s degree in
HR and business management from
Northern Illinois University, and he
holds a senior professional in human
resources certification from SHRM.