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Advisory Board

The Human Resources IQ advisory board consists of key thinkers and thought leaders in the Pharma space. These seasoned industry experts guide the topics on the Human Resources IQ site in addition to frequently contributing content and media. These industry leaders were selected due to the caliber of their work within their respective areas of expertise.

Becky Ploeger
Becky Ploeger
Goki Muthusamy
Goki Muthusamy
Marc S Miller
Marc S. Miller
David Halleck
David Halleck
Mark Englizian
Mark Englizian
Kym Burke
Kym Burke
Judy Whitcomb, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Judy Whitcomb, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
William Cohen, Ph.D.
William Cohen, Ph.D.

About our Advisors

Becky Ploeger
Becky Ploeger
Goki Muthusamy
Goki Muthusamy

Goki Muthusamy is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Visa Inc. In this role, she is responsible for managing the diversity and inclusion strategy and action plans for key business groups at Visa Inc. Her focus also includes establishing D&I dashboards, improving the representation of women and diverse talent in the company. Goki joined Visa in May 2015 and has over 10 years of experience in managing and implementing diversity & inclusion projects in Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US.
Prior to joining Visa, Goki worked at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch for 8 years and was head of Diversity & Inclusion for Asia Pacific Region.  Prior to joining financial services, Goki worked in a non-profit organization focusing on youth and development where she successfully completed projects in Botswana and Indonesia. Goki has also been involved in several civil society forums across Asia and Europe advocating the importance of cultural diversity and pluralism. Goki was trained in CCIVS, an organization established by and based in UNESCO, Paris. Goki is a member of Asia Society and was selected as a fellow of Asia 21 in 2012.
Goki has a B.A. in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. In 2014, she has a completed a Management Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Goki is currently based in San Francisco.

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Marc S. Miller
Marc S Miller

A nationally respected authority on Human Resource Technology, New
Yorker Marc S. Miller has over 40 years experience with all aspects of technology
solutions for the function of Human Resources including Strategy and Business
Case development for executive leadership, cost justification,
needs analysis, Request For Proposal (RFP) development and Vendor Evaluation
methodologies.
Marc uses his significant industry experience and contacts to provide
commentary and insight into the important trends surrounding HR Technology and the overall HRIS/Payroll software marketplace.
A sought after speaker, Mr. Miller has addressed thousands of HR Technology
professionals in his participation with such organizations as the Global Oracle
Human Capital Management Conference (OHUG) and a variety of HR Technology provider’s User Conferences, along with high visibility at most IHRIM national conferences.
He is a founding member of the NYC IHRIM Association chapter. In 1995,
he received IHRIMS’ highest National award, its “Summit Award” for overall industry
contributions.
He is an Adjunct Professor for HR and HR Technology in the Masters Degree programs at New York University (NYU) and Long Island University  (LIU).
His nationwide consulting firm, (now in its 30th year!!)  and his industry visibility and New Yorker attitude, has made Marc Miller one of the HR Technology industry’s most recognized (and invigorating) thought leaders and speakers.
His book “HeroicHR” is now available through his website and IHRIMPublications.com.
He is reachable at: Marc@ MarcSMillerAssociates.com, 914-993-9697
Marc’s consultancy’s website is: www. MarcSMillerAssociates.com

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David Halleck
David Halleck

Dynamic Human Resources executive credited with building "best in class" global human resources and reward programs and organisational effectiveness practices that have been consistently successful in driving aggressive revenue and profit objectives.


Thought leader and counselor with demonstrated ability in engaging and influencing Board of Directors and C-level executives regarding necessary innovative human resources changes.

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Mark Englizian
Mark Englizian

Mr. Englizian is a compensation advisor, business consultant, global HR executive and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience in solving complex business problems for premier companies in the retail, technology and hospitality industries. He has deep knowledge of how an organization employs, retains, and motivates people, a strong business perspective and acumen, and expertise in strategic planning, executive compensation, global business growth, leadership development, health and wellness and employee engagement.  He also has first-hand experience with internal and external Boards.
Mr. Englizian joined Walgreen Co. in 2011, and most recently was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the US division of the global enterprise Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to the CHRO appointment, he was Group Vice President of Total Rewards and Business Solutions. In these roles, he was responsible for management’s relationship with the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. He oversaw annual employment expenditures in excess of $12Bn, the HR division  with 1,500 employees and annual budget of $60M, direct responsibility as Lead Trustee for the Profit-Sharing Plan($8B in assets), and P&L for the Walgreens Employee Benefit Fund ($22M in assets).  Mr. Englizian’s external market perspective enhanced his ability to re-purpose and modernize the Company’s pay and benefit practices, and create a business-centric HR organization aligned with the Company’s business structure. He was also the London-based HR lead facilitating due diligence for the merger with Alliance Boots. Upon his appointment as CHRO in 2014, Mr. Englizian served as a member on the Executive Operating Committee, reported to the CEO, and worked with him to build a new business leadership team and headquarters functional re-alignment.
Before joining Walgreen Co., Mr. Englizian was Global Leader for Total Rewards with Amazon.com, where he was directly responsible for total rewards strategy, policy and programs worldwide during an unprecedented period of explosive growth from 2004– 2011. Prior to his tenure at Amazon, Mr. Englizian was Director of Global Compensation at Microsoft Corporation (2000 – 2004), where he managed executive, domestic and international compensation.  He also held senior business and HR roles with Tektronix, Inc. (1997 – 2000) and Red Lion/Doubletree Hotels (1988 – 1997).
Having served leading companies in highly responsible executive roles, Mr. Englizian now aspires to engage with the business community as an outside Director for a privately or publicly held company.  By leveraging various professional opportunities throughout his career with fifteen years of direct management  and  internal Board of Directors experience at Microsoft, Amazon, and Walgreen Co. , his leadership portfolio has been enhanced by serving on the Boards of three non-profit organizations in Seattle (United Way of King County, Childcare Resources and the Seattle Repertory Theatre).  Since 2004, Mr. Englizian has been an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Laird Norton Company (LNC), a family-owned business in Seattle, Washington, a seventh-generation portfolio company with interests in building products, real estate, wealth management and consumer products and services. He has also served as a retained consultant on executive compensation matters for two other family-owned companies, Harbor Properties of Seattle, Washington (the Stimson Bullitt family) and the Dacor Corporation of Los Angeles, California (the Joseph family).
Mr. Englizian is past Board Chair for WorldatWork, the premier professional association of compensation and benefits practitioners, and is both a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP).  He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Conference Board Council on Executive Compensation.
Mr. Englizian earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College and has studied in the HR Executive program at Cornell University. He has been a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California Marshall School, Cornell University Graduate School and the National Foreign Trade Council. He is a reviewer for the Harvard Business School Press and various other professional publications.

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Kym Burke
Kym Burke

Kym aligns people strategy to enterprise priorities to maximize value for the company and workforce. Kym directs organizational change and restructuring (including M&A), HR’s portfolio and playbook programs, workforce insights, and functional collaboration. Kym led the HR North American service delivery transformation, from a paper-based, decentralized model to a cloud-based, integrated model with full manager and employee access in 13 months. Kym joined Iron Mountain as an operations project manager.Kym was Global Project Management Leader and HR Communication consultant for more than 15 years. She created and embedded a firm-wide project management methodology for more than 16,000 employees globally and worked with organizations across the private, not-for-profit and government sectors to design and deliver large-scale, high-complexity solutions. Kym is a certified Project Management Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt and Facilitator with degrees from Penn State and University of Maryland; she is an IABC, NY Film Festival and Washington Area Music Association award winner and published author.

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Judy Whitcomb, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Judy Whitcomb, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Judy oversees Vi's human resources functions, including employee relations, compensation and benefits, learning and organizational development, recruitment, and payroll. She came to Vi with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of HR leadership roles, including a 19 year career at United Airlines. She has previously held leadership roles in sales, marketing, finance and operations in the financial services and employee benefit services industries. Judy is SPHR and SPHR-SCP certified and earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and MBA from Roosevelt University.
She is a frequent guest speaker at professional conferences as well as the author of a number of articles on employee development, organizational effectiveness and employee engagement. She also serves on the Service Board for Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Since starting at Vi, the Company has been recognized with Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s LearningElite designation and the Editor’s Choice” award, Training Magazine’s Top 125 award and Elearning! Magazine’s Top 100 designation for the last five years. In 2015, CLO Magazine recognized Vi for its’ commitment to learning with the Editor’s Choice Award for Leadership Commitment.  Vi has also been recognized by numerous best places awards in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and South Carolina.
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William Cohen, Ph.D.
William Cohen, Ph.D.

Bill Cohen was one of Peter Drucker’s first PhD students at what is now The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and the first graduate of Drucker’s Executive PhD Program in 1979. In 2009 he was named a Distinguished Alumni of Claremont Graduate University. He received his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his MBA at the University of Chicago and is the author of more than 50 books on management published in 23 languages. About him Peter Drucker wrote: “. . . Bill Cohen is a true inspiration for all of us in Academe—and, above all, for students who need a true role model, a true exemplar of the very best they could and should aspire to.” Cohen is now President of the non-profit California Institute of Advanced Management which offers the MBA in the classroom and online based on Drucker’s concepts.

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