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2018 CHRO OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS
FINALIST:
Karen Anderson
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Offi cer
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Karen Anderson has made it her mission to grow Alnylam Pharmaceuticals into a global organization
with an award-winning company culture. With leadership development and capacity building as
one of her key priorities, Anderson launched a multifaceted development program which addressed
the needs of a rapidly scaling organization and included hands-on workshops at the VP level, an
intensive module program for leaders, and a situational leadership curriculum for all employees. She
took these programs to the next level by incorporating global HR trends, cultural attributes, and
employee feedback. The result? These programs have fostered a culture of engagement, support,
and alignment with core company values.
FINALIST:
Lorraine Booth
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Offi cer
MemorialCare Health System
Lorraine Booth's collaborative leadership has empowered her team to transform employee
engagement, systems integration, and benefi ts design. By implementing a real-time leadership
evaluation program and utilizing performance data to lead system-wide succession planning efforts,
she was able to improve employee engagement and position MemorialCare for future success. She
also tackled the standardization of MemorialCare's disparate benefi ts plans, resulting in cost savings
of $82 million.
FINALIST:
Brian Boylan
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Offi cer
JDA Software, Inc.
Brian Boylan has been a steady presence in JDA Software's leadership team for 10 years, overseeing
the organization's growth from a $200 million company to a $1 billion company. His effort to
eliminate annual performance reviews in favor of instant feedback models coupled with skills
development plans has resulted in a more productive workforce, with engagement scores rising
from 73 percent to 80 percent globally. He also improved brand awareness by partnering with
Samaritan's Feet International, instituting a " Volunteer Day " program, and actively engaging with
the surrounding community.
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