Sue’s expertise is in complex human resource initiatives, organizational transformations, crisis management, and labor. She helps companies navigate through a myriad of employee issues affecting business performance during business turnarounds and in tough business environments. Sue is a lawyer who puts her legal background and leadership skills to work on building and driving innovative solutions to complex business issues. Sue held key executive positions with retail and aviation industry leaders, including Senior Vice President, People and Labor, Wal-Mart Stores, US, and Senior Vice President, Human Resources, American Airlines. These positions were carried out during extraordinary times in American business:
The American Airlines post 9/11 response and recovery and historic restructure of employee pay and benefits to avoid bankruptcy;
Wal-Mart Stores’ unprecedented expansion of human resources capacity in the aftermath of the largest class action gender discrimination suit in history and the corresponding build out of field human resources capability and business partnership.
Sue faced the enormous challenges of these two world industry leaders straight on. Recognized as an energetic, creative, and positive business leader, she is particularly accomplished in organizational transformations, labor relations, Human Resources integration into the business team, and creating step change in levels of employee engagement.
Wal-mart, Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas Senior Vice President, People and Labor Relations Wal-Mart Stores, US.
Sue was responsible for all Human Resources functions; Sue supported the largest of Wal-Mart, Inc’s business units, Wal-Mart US Stores Operations, providing HR support to1.2 million employees at 3,769 Wal-Mart Supercenters, Discount Stores and Neighborhood Markets throughout the US.
As a corporate officer, integrated business strategy and new Human Resources capability to drive new levels of company performance, talent management and employee engagement.
Transformed Wal-Mart Stores Human Resources to an organization of highly capable HR professionals, resulting in a 10-fold increase in HR talent and an unprecedented level of professional HR services for 1.2 million employees.
Transformed Wal-Mart Stores’ traditional learning and development function to a progressive, innovative learning organization capable of delivering integrated talent management, succession planning, performance management and competency based development tools to meet Wal-Mart Stores’ strategic growth needs.
Achieved a step change in Wal-Mart Stores’ employee engagement scores (19 % increase) through strategically targeted store interventions focused on leadership behaviors, communications, and associate segmentation.
To address significant talent gaps, instituted aggressive, non-traditional talent initiatives, including hiring, on boarding, and retail training 100 military hires in 4 months, and launching accelerated development programs for high potential externals, internal cross functional talent, and store operations talent to condense the advancement timeline for key store operations roles.
Created a breakthrough compensation, rewards, and leadership development model that incents the best talent to seek the most challenging store assignments and rewards all store manager talent for increasing their leadership effectiveness.
Piloted an outsourced hiring solution for Wal-Mart Stores which increased quality of hires by 21%, employee retention by 15%, and enabled a 10% reduction in store management headcount.
American Airlines, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Sue was a corporate officer, responsible for all Human Resources functions supporting American Airlines worldwide.
American Airline’s Human Resources supported 82,000 active employees and an inactive retiree population of 58,000 employees.
Transformed American Airline’s Human Resources organization from a traditional delivery model to a shared services structure with call centers, centers of excellence, strategic business partners and employee self-service, creating a 20% reduction in HR headcount while increasing speed and accuracy of employee support.
In the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, led American Airline’s HR organization in devising a broad range of survivor support, employee assistance, and voluntary exit programs, resulting in a positive public response and an economically sound reduction in employees needed to save the airline.
Managed the largest concessionary bargaining process in American Airline’s history resulting in pay and benefit savings of $1.8 billion and avoidance of bankruptcy.
Through initiating company-wide diversity and cultural awareness education, aggressive application of a zero- tolerance policy, and establishing a Board Diversity Committee, fewer workplace intolerance incidents and improved relationships with key internal and external stakeholders were realized.
Introduced collaborative, interest-based approaches to grievance resolution and collective bargaining with American Airline’s flight attendant union, resulting in an unprecedented resolution of more than 100 outstanding grievances and a collective bargaining agreement reached in less than 5 months without public controversy.