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DAVID WHAN, SHRM-SCP

Coal Valley, IL 61240 920-344-6066 whandave@gmail.com

HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE / BUSINESS PARTNER, FORTUNE 100 COMPANY


CHRO | VP of Human Resources | VP, Talent Development | VP, Talent Management
Over 15 years of HR senior leadership and management experience for an industry-leading corporation.
Extensive portfolio of HR achievements includes transformational initiatives that positioned John Deere
for long-term human resources and organizational development success. MBA and MPA degrees.
OVERVIEW: Broad general management qualifications coupled with HR business-facing roles. In-depth knowledge of all HR
areas from a process and functional standpoint. Progression based on demonstrated leadership and reputation for creating a
talent pipeline of ready-now successors at key senior leadership positions, resolving excessive employee grievances, and
establishing a more collaborative culture. Champion of change and innovation, with success in automating HR processes and
revitalizing talent acquisition processes. Recognized by the CEO and senior management team as a valuable thought leader.
CORE COMPETENCIES: HR Strategic Planning & Execution; Talent & Leadership Development; Executive Coaching &
Succession Planning; Staff Coaching & Performance Feedback; Human Capital Optimization; Workforce Planning; Data-Driven
HR Analytics Organizations; Labor & Union Relations; Learning Management Strategies: HR-Business-Operations Alignment

Selected Highlights:
Established the overriding Human Resources and Human Capital Strategy in a Fortune 100 company.
Assembled and led a Human Resources Data & Analytics Team that increased HRs value to the business.
Drove an Integrated Talent Management approach that led to significant efficiency and cost improvements.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
John Deere Multiple IL, WI and IA Locations
Industry-leading manufacturer of agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery/equipment.

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL TALENT DEVELOPMENT & HR STRATEGY, Moline, IL (2012-Present)


DIRECTOR, HR STRATEGY, POLICY, GOVERNANCE & BUSINESS PARTNERS, Moline, IL (2011-2012)
DIRECTOR, HR STRATEGY, Moline, IL (2009-2011)
Held multiple HR executive leadership roles and responsibilities over the past 6+ years within a large, complex company
(55,000 employees as of 2016). Focus efforts on creating and executing human capital strategies to strengthen the HR
function for both immediate and long-term goals. Report directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer; supervise, train, and
coach team of 6 direct and 80 indirect reports. Plan and administer $13 million annual budget.
Gained progressive increase in responsibilities, with an increasing focus on big-picture planning and execution for human
capital-business objectives. Earned the trust and respect of senior officers within John Deere by providing strategic expertise
and counsel to senior executive leaders through a staff of top-performing senior HR professionals.
Global Leadership
Standardization

Developed and rolled out a Global Leadership Framework that played an instrumental part in
John Deere earning recognition in Aon Hewitts 2014 Global Top Companies for Leaders
list (published in Forbes; an annual study that recognizes best-in-class management practices
and the effects on business and financial performance):
2014s recognition marks the 3rd consecutive year that Deere has been included on the
listwith their 16th overall ranking, Deere sits at 10th among North American companies.

Human Capital &


Business Goal
Alignment

Assembled and led an HR Data & Analytics team designed to analyze any information related
to human capital and provide input to top business leaders regarding the same.
Paved the way for HR to increase its value as a strategic business partner, with the CEO of
John Deere increasing his attention towards HR as a key tool for business success.

Integrated Talent
Management
Solutions

Conceptualized and established an approach to integrated talent management that involved


the synthesis of technology and talent disciplines (previously non-existent within John
Deere).
Generated millions in cost savings by consolidating multiple components into a single
enterprise system to form an easy-to-use interface.

DAVID WHAN, SHRM-SCP, 2

920-344-6066 whandave@gmail.com

HR Strategy Design
& Execution

Served as a key driver in establishing the companys 1 st Global Human Resources Strategy
that aligned fully with the enterprise business plan.

Turnaround &
Change
Management

Changed the organizational structure and shifted the direction within HR from a daily
fighting fires model to a proactive, responsive operation. Solidified HRs role and reputation
as a strategic business partner that set the stage for future organizational success.

DIRECTOR, HR, Moline, IL (2008-2009)


MANAGER, HR, Quad City Operations, Moline, IL (2006-2008)
MANAGER, HR, Horicon Works, Horicon, WI (2002-2006)
MANAGER, HR, Harvester Works, East Moline, IL (2001-2002)
Advanced through a series of increasingly responsible HR leadership positions. As Director, optimized HR delivery for
multiple corporate functions and business areas while serving as the direct-line HR Director for the CEOs team. With Quad
City Operations, managed all HR functions and activities across 5 operating units and multiple remote sites through an HR
team of 20. With Horicon Works, led delivery for the full range of HR services within a plant of 1,500 employees and a staff of
30 HR professionals. With Harvester Works, directed HR goals for a large manufacturing plant with 1,300 unionized
employees.
Inter-Organization
Teamwork

Unified the efforts of a previously disparate, siloed group of 5 operations and numerous
remote sites, each with unique environments and needs. Created synergy and cooperation
that paved the way for future successful collaborations.

Global Human
Capital Focus

Contributed big-picture and detail-focused value to the corporate HR leadership team by


providing innovative direction on broader global human capital initiatives.

Labor Relations &


Agreements

Introduced a 6-year labor agreement to the Horicon Works facility that resulted in
multimillion-dollar cost savings over the life of the agreement and additional flexibility.

Employee Conflict
Resolution

Reduced the grievance load for the Harvester Works facility and addressed/resolved
employee issues successfully within a unionized environment.

PRIOR POSITIONS W/ JOHN DEERE AND SCOTT COUNTY:


Program Manager, Global SAP HR Introduced HR module of SAP and delivered integrated technology solution, defining
global HR processes for use at all global facilities (60,000 employees).
Manager, AG Human Resources Center Transformed the HR function for the companys largest division by creating and
implementing a shared services concept. Reduced HR professional staff by 45%.
Manager, Employee Relations, John Deere Harvester Works Optimized compensation/benefits delivery for 2,500-employee
unit and training / development delivery for the entire Harvester Works factory.
Project Manager, John Deere Information Systems Improved supplier relations by negotiating and administering software
agreements ranging from $30,000 to $5 million. Changed and improved the job analysis for the entire organization.
Personnel & Labor Relations Director (Scott County, Davenport, IA) Delivered full range of HR services for county govt. with
500 employees. Introduced interest-based bargaining for all 4 County unions, increased the Countys presence at the
State House, and played key role in delivery of services to citizens as Assistant & Acting County Administrator.

EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS


Master of Business Administration (MBA) NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Evanston, IL
Master of Public Administration (MPA) UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, KS
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Public Administration & International Management AUGUSTANA COLLEGE Rock Island, IL
Certifications / Licenses Senior Certified Professional, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Professional & Community Affiliations Member, SHRM; Volunteer: United Way; Volunteer: Youth Service Bureau; Youth
Soccer & Baseball Coach; Volunteer: Quad City Chamber of Commerce; Volunteer: Workforce Investment Board