Congratulations to our Gatti Leadership Excellence Award Winners!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Posted by: Pam McKenna
Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF) and Gatti & Associates are pleased to announce the recipient of the new annual Bob Gatti HR Leadership Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding HR Leaders in New England, showcases exemplary HR work and profiles individuals who are role models for all HR practitioners. This year’s recipient is Russ Campanello, EVP of Human Resources and Corporate Communications at iRobot. Jill Larsen, SVP of HR & Talent at Cisco Systems, and Cynthia Ring, CHRO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, received Awards of Distinction for their accomplishments in the HR profession.
With a strong foundation as an HR practitioner in leading Boston-area companies such as Bank of Boston, Digital Equipment Corporation, Motorola and others, the late Bob Gatti saw an unmet need to find and develop HR talent. He founded Gatti & Associates, now the largest HR-only executive search firm in the US, 35 years ago to fill critical talent gaps. Bob was a founding member of HRLF, the founder of the Senior Human Resource Network (SHRN) and a founding member of the New England HR Association (NEHRA). Throughout his career, he successfully helped elevate HR and its importance to organizations, and this award embodies his legacy to the profession.
As the leading community for connection and learning for senior level HR leaders in New England, Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF) was pleased to partner with Gatti & Associates on this award. According to HRLF’s President Stephanie Franklin, “We saw the unmet need to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in HR. Through our nomination process, we were impressed by the quality of individuals represented who are doing outstanding work in our profession. ”
This year’s recipient, Russ Campanello, has served as iRobot’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications since February 2014 and has been with the organization since 2010. Russ has been at the helm of the HR function for the last seven years at iRobot. After earning his B.S. in Administration from the University of Massachusetts, he began his career at United Engineers, Inc. as an Account Executive/Recruiter. He joined Wang Laboratories in 1981 and progressed to Sr. Human Resources Manager. In 1987, Russ joined Lotus Development Corporation where he managed tremendous growth during his nine years with the company. Lotus was acquired in 1995 by IBM and Russ stayed through an integration period, leaving in 1996 as Vice President of Human Resources. In addition to his experience in the technology industry, Russ also worked as the SVP of HR at Genzyme Corporation, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies with more than 9,500 employees globally. Prior to joining iRobot, Russ led the Human Resources functions at NerveWire, (a management consulting and systems integration firm), at Keane Inc., and Phase Forward (acquired by Oracle). To iRobot, Russ brought a breadth of multi-industry experiences in diverse environments. He has the reputation of being a “world-class” human resources executive and has managed change in high growth environments, in mergers and acquisitions, and in cash strained companies. The richness of his professional background and personal values are a perfect match for iRobot. He is an inspiration to many iRoboteers and exemplifies each criterion of this nomination.
“Bob Gatti was a giant in the New England HR community who championed the strategic impact human resources can have on driving organizational success and transformation,” said Russ Campanello, EVP of HR for iRobot. “I am humbled to be nominated by my peers and recognized for this prestigious award, as an HR leader who shares Bob’s vision for HR and strives to help companies grow through building extraordinary cultures that attract talented workforces.”