A social scientist disguised as a businessman, C. Brandon Bennett leverages his research background and MBA to create people solutions to organizational needs. Currently, he leads the HR function as the VP of Global People Operations at Mohawk Group, an AI developer and e-commerce tech company located in New York City. Prior to Mohawk, Brandon gained OD expertise and HR Generalist experience at Nature’s Bounty as he transformed the North American supply chain into a High Performing Organization. Additionally, he gained expertise in talent management while working at the Kellogg Company as a recruiter and leadership development specialist. Brandon received his MBA with an emphasis in Org Behavior and Human Resources from BYU’s Marriott School of Management.
Fascinated by the stories people and organizations tell themselves, Brandon is most engaged when helping individuals and groups do things they’ve never thought to achieve what they never thought possible. He sees the future as a cyborg, with leaders confident in leading people and technology.
Brandon learned Organizational Effectiveness by necessity to manage his family of seven. Everyone has a role and responsibilities as the family camps, hikes, and explores the country through the National Parks and Monuments.
Chuck Heaton joined Keane in June 2018 as Vice President of Human Resources. He holds a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Auburn University and has his SPHR & SHRM-SCP certification. Chuck has 30 years of human resources experience and started his career with Shaw Industries in Corporate Recruiting. In his 23 year experience in the Oil & Gas industry, he has held a variety of regional & global leadership positions with companies such as Pennzoil, Intertek, Dresser, GE Oil & Gas and FMC Technologies. Chuck was most recently the Vice President of Human Resources & Communication-North America for TechnipFMC.
Chuck has a passion for HR and extensive experience in the fields of employee engagement, talent pipeline, organizational design and development, labor relations and integrations.
Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team that drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that address business needs. He partners with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices guided by the league’s strategic direction.
Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson was Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, including Chief Human Resources Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He resides in Freehold, N.J. with his wife Linda and their two sons, Austin and Myles.
Global Industry Analyst and Thought Leader, Founder of Bersin ™ by Deloitte
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. His education includes a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books, The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book, along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. He currently has a third book under contract with Harvard Business Publishing.
Karen is an HR professional with over 20 years of experience in employee engagement, teaming, organizational change, talent management, communication, facilitation, coaching, cultural transformation, process and organizational redesign, and learning and development. She began her career doing organization development at EY before leaving in 2012 to become the head of People at Seamless (and then GrubHub). She is currently the Chief People Officer at Pond5- the most filmmaker friendly marketplace for the licensing of content. There she leads efforts to attract, develop, engage, and retain a talented team that works every day to help filmmakers fulfill their creative vision. Karen has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in NJ with her husband and two teenage daughters.
A versatile global leader with 20+ years HR experience gained in fast paced, transformational environments, 7 of which have been with the Financial Times. A successful strategic business partner adept at developing, designing, leading and measuring people strategies to maximise commercial impact. An innovative problem solver with significant experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders and navigating successfully through complex, matrixed organisations. In addition to managing HR for the FT in the US, Kirsty also lead on global HR projects, most recently designing and implementing a new global HR structure to ensure teams are most effectively supporting the transformation which our business and industry continues to go through. Kirsty’s passion is Global HR and she is GPHR certified.
Mark is a highly experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in cultural transformation, employee engagement and executive facilitation. He spent two decades in the IT industry and was responsible for building global operational, data and business intelligence structures and processes for some of the largest companies in the world – expertise he now uses helping others with their data challenges and measuring engagement, diversity, values perception and the effects of cultural change against business performance.
He is the author of “Digitox – How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet”, the story of how his family gave up the internet for one day a week, every week for the last three years – and how research shows that doing the same can make you and your family happier, healthier, safer and smarter.
Outside his professional life, he is a co-founder of Red Trouser Day (a charity supporting bowel cancer research), and a director and co-founder of FLTR Coffee – a not for profit community coffee shop in the heart of a housing estate in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
He is also an advisory board member and conference chair for the HR Directors Business Summit, a member of the judging panel for the UK HR Distinction Awards, an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. You can find him online @cultureeffect.
Mervyn Dinnen is author of the book Exceptional Talent and an HR & talent analyst who advises recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. he is an International speaker and writer on HR and recruitment trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on recruitment and retention strategies.
Perry Timms has a mission: To design a better future of work for us all to lead more fulfilling lives.
He is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with over 25 years experience in people, technology and organisational change and transformation and in October 2017, Perry’s first book project – Transformational HR – is published by Kogan Page.
Perry is an international and TEDx Speaker and Adviser on the Future of Work and HR, and is a WorldBlu® Certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach – helping people and their companies become part of the next stage in human and organisational evolution. Perry has partners across the UK, and in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Kuwait, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Denmark to help achieve this.
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Perry advises the CIPD on HR’s use of Digital and Social Media, and was a Guide for the 2013 CIPD HR Hackathon (with Professor Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange).
Perry is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA, is an associate consultant at the Work Foundation, and is part of the adjunct faculty at Ashridge Executive Education (Hult International Business School).
You will find Perry on Twitter @PerryTimms, on YouTube, LinkedIn and you can read his Medium blog at medium.com/@PerryTimms
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