Human resources leaders selected from the North Bay's 10 largest employers from each county and the region's staffing companies. Professionals listed alphabetically.
Autodesk, 111 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael 94903, autodesk.com, 415-507-5000
Jan Becker is the senior vice president of human resources for Autodesk, which is the fourth-largest employer in Marin County with 928 full-time employees. In her current role, Ms. Becker is responsible for worldwide human resources, corporate real estate facilities and community relations at the software development company. Previously she was the senior director of human resources for the company’s design solutions division and manager of the “HR Future” team. She joined Autodesk in 1992. She’s held management positions with Sun Microsystems, Activision, Digital Equipment Corp. and Hewlett-Packard. She holds a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University.
Robert Half International, 100 B St., Santa Rosa 95401, rhi.com, 707-578-3355
Sharon Black is the district president for Robert Half International and oversees operations throughout Northern California and Hawaii for the worldwide staffing and consulting firm, which has more than 400 locations. In 2009, the company, which has three North Bay branches, reported revenues of $3 billion. Ms. Black joined Robert Half International in 1994 and has more than 25 years of experience in the staffing industry. Ms. Black, who lives in San Mateo, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Business in 2009.
Nelson Family of Companies, PO Box 1546, Sonoma 95476, nelsonhr.com, 707-935-6113
Catherine Candland just recently took over the helm as chief executive officer at Nelson Family of Companies, which is the North Bay’s largest staffing and HR firm with about 30 locations throughout the Bay Area and seven in the North Bay.
She succeeds founder Gary Nelson, who had been the CEO for 40 years. Previously, she was the CEO of Advantage Human Resourcing Inc., which she founded in 1985 in Connecticut and grew to a $230 million global human capital organization during her 24 years with the company. With Advantage, Ms. Candland developed the company’s differentiated services offerings, including recruitment process outsourcing, contingent work force management and business process outsourcing, direct hire searches and project recruitment. She has served on the New York Federal Reserve Board of Small Businesses as well as the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology.
Kaiser Permanente, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, kp.org, 707-571-4000
99 Montecillo Rd., San Rafael 94903, 415-444-2000
Rudy Collins oversees human resources operations for both Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Santa Rosa as well as Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center, which comprises a total of approximately 3,730 full-time employees – 2,400 in Santa Rosa and 1,330 in San Rafael. The San Rafael and Santa Rosa campuses are the largest private employers in each county, and Mr. Collins directly runs a staff of 22 people.
His primary duties for Kaiser include overseeing areas of employee and labor relations, recruitment, HR compliance, learning and development as well as leadership development. He also serves as a consultant to leadership on all HR issues and is responsible for ensuring effective delivery of all HR services and taking action in promoting an effective partnership between labor and management.