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Posted June 11 , 2013


Carleton University Appoints New AVP of Human Resources

Ottawa - Carleton University is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert E. Thomas to the position of Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources.

Thomas joins Carleton University from Cisco Systems Canada where he has served as human resources manager for the firm’s Canadian operations. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of human resource management with a personal leadership focus based on collaboration, communications and client-focused partnerships to achieve overall organizational goals.

In his current role, Rob, developed a strategic human resource operations architecture for Cisco which is a key driver for the firm’s human resource activities in Canada. As a member of the Cisco Canada R&D Operating Committee, he led the strategy which resulted in the successful recruitment of over 150 new engineers hired by Cisco since 2012. He played a lead role in the development of Cisco’s global engineering Talent Review and Development process and has completed numerous resource allocation and alignment activities. Thomas established the Ottawa Leadership Council, within Cisco Canada, to review and develop talent, drive organizational change, rewards and the recognition of employees. In 2013, Cisco Systems Canada was named the #1 employer in Canada in the AON Hewitt annual survey of Canada’s Best Employers.

Rob is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and holds an MBA degree from the University of Ottawa. He begins his duties on August 6, 2013 and will report directly to Duncan Watt, Vice President (Finance and Administration).

The University extends its gratitude to Dan Corbett for his service as interim human resources head. Dan will work with Rob to ensure a seamless transition in the department.

The Assistant Vice-President Human Resources position plays a lead role in envisioning a human resources “people first” service delivery model that enables and fosters the attraction, retention and development of an engaged, healthy and effective workforce in support of the strategic direction of the university.

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