DAVID R. WILSON
Plymouth, MA 02360
EXECUTIVE HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL
Human Resources professional with extensive experience in a full spectrum of HR management as a generalist,
including organizational development & training, strategic/organizational planning, change management, process
implementation, performance management and employee/labor relations. My strengths include a systems
approach to management planning and organization, and a team player attitude towards achieving objectives.
Career committed with strong emphasis on accountability and professional excellence.
AMERICAN FOODS GROUPS, LLC, Green Bay, Wisconsin 2010-2012
The fifth largest beef processing company in the US, with $3.0 billion in sales and 4000 employees, producing
over 4 million pounds of ground beef annually to retail, food service and international accounts.
Vice-President of Human Resources, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Directed and counseled five (5) Vice-Presidents of Operations, and Human Resource Managers, in the
areas of employee/labor relations, recruitment and staffing, compliance, policies/procedures, wage &
salary administration, and propose corrective actions to meet the business needs of each independently
operated plant facility.
Collaborated with Corporate Legal Counsel, Executive Vice-President and President of Fresh Meats
Group on issues of employee relations, staffing, compensation, union prevention, and contract
Analyzed costs, identified causes, and proposed a strategy with action plans, targeted to reduce $4.5
million/year in employee turnover costs by 10%.
Analyzed human resources problem areas and developed strategies to address issues in employee
turnover, Affirmative Action Plans, supervisor/ management training, and employment authorization
Facilitated the development and approval process for general wage increases totaling $1.3 million, for
2,000+ hourly production employees. Repositioned company into competitive wage market.
RYERSON, INC, Chicago, Illinois 1997 - 2009
A $6.5-billion global metals distribution company, with 5800 employees. Business sold to Platinum Equity in 2007.
Director of Human Resources-Northeast Region, Pittsburgh, PA (2007-2009)
A $1.2 billion revenue region, encompassing 17 markets in nine states, and 850 employees. Start-up of
decentralized regional office.
Provided human resources direction and leadership to region staff management in key critical areas of
performance management, talent assessment and staff reductions.
Directed the Talent Pool Assessment Process for seventeen (17) metals distribution centers for
reductions-in-workforce. Reduced operating expenses by $1.7M, eliminating 37 sales and operations
Undertook risk analysis of all separations of employment to minimize risk and liability to the company.
Collaborated with outside consultant to develop a Performance Evaluation Matrix ranking sales personnel
by competencies and financial results. Identified individuals for promotion, development or replacement.
Designed, developed and implemented a regional reduced workweek schedule resulting in an annual
reduced labor cost of $700,000 in operations and administrative personnel staffing.
Director of Training and Organizational Development, Chicago, IL (2005-2007)
Managed and directed company-wide Organizational Development and Training function of a $6.5 billion
international metals services/distribution company of 5800 employees.
Managed Organizational Development (OD) Process; assess organizational development needs of the
business and functional units. Key initiatives were implemented for performance management, executive
recruiting, sales training, career development, talent assessment, and culture survey.
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Managed/implemented an Intranet Performance Management Process that provided an on-line system
for Division Vice-Presidents to complete electronic performance reviews and create a historical database
for staffing needs and succession planning.
Member of the executive management team in the recruitment and evaluation of VP, Director, and
General Manager high potential candidates for current and future key management positions.
Facilitated the development and implementation of a Ryerson Culture Survey to understand employee
commitment and perceptions about the working environment. Formed action planning teams that
generated 295-improvement action plans, resulting in 252 (86%) of the projects being completed.
Director of Compensation, Benefits, HRIS, Minneapolis, MN (2004-2005)
Integris Metals, a $2.0-billion US and Canadian metals distribution company of 2800 employees. Integris
Metals was acquired by Ryerson, Inc. in 2005.
Developed and delivered, annually, a long-term strategic plan to senior management.
Lead the Salary Administration Process, including annual salary plan, market analysis and maintenance.
Managed relationships/deliverables of outside consultants/key advisors (i.e. Hewitt Associates, Mercer).
Assisted in the Annual Benefits Renewal Process to determine cost/scope of employee health care
Director of Human Resources, Minneapolis, MN (1997-2004)
Lead and direct the HR strategic planning process in the areas of employee relations, compensation,
employment, training, benefits, diversity and compliance of Integris Metals.
Consulted with General Managers and Regional VPs, determining strategic corporate direction, and
targeting employee relation’s issues.
Introduced Employee Relations Assessment and Action Planning Process for North American and
Canada-based operations, substantially improved personnel relationships and work environment,
increasing employee satisfaction and productivity.
Introduced a Performance Management Process, linked company goals and business strategy,
implemented career development tools, and achieved 95% qualitative and quantitative success factor.
NORTHERN STAR COMPANY, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1995-1997
A $7.4 million subsidiary of $1.0-billion Michael’s Foods, Inc., a diversified food processor and distributor.
Director of Human Resources
Effectively managed the human resources function for a food processing operation for two (2) plant
locations of over 700 employees.
Identified a three (3) year $359,000 training and development plan to meet company objectives.
CONAGRA FOODS, INC. - ARMOUR SWIFT- ECKRICH, Downers Grove, IL 1986-1995
A leading food company with $12.7 billion annual sales, and 25,000 employees. Armour Swift-Eckrich, owned by
ConAgra, was a Fortune 500 food processing company generating $1.4 billion in sales revenues.
Complex Employee Relations Manager, Kansas City, KS (1992-1995)
Managed and directed the human resource function for food processing facilities totaling 500 unionized
employees, to include labor contract administration, employment, compensation, benefits, compliance.
Manager of Training & Development, Downers Grove, IL (1991-1992)
Presented Self-Directed Work Team training (8 weeks) to plant production employees, plant supervisors
and department managers to address and resolve problem areas in the plant.
Regional Employee Relations Manager, Downers Grove, IL (1989-1991)
Directed all human resource functions for 725-person National Field Sales operation (Direct Store
Delivery and Retail Sales) in 9 regions, 56 locations, totaling 725 employees, Union & non-union.
EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP, AND AWARDS
The Ohio State University - Bachelor of Business Administration
Bowling Green State University – Masters of Business Administration (20 hours Completed)
Management Recognition Award – Integris Metals, Inc.
Society of Human Resources Management – SHRM; SPHR (2016)
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