Human Resource Executive, the leading HR business magazine, named Mark James, senior vice president of human resources, procurement and communications at Honeywell, its 2013 HR Executive of the Year. In the course of leading human resources for the past five years at Honeywell, James has scored many major wins, including spearheading an impressive global HR reorganization effort.
Through the company's organizational efficiency (OEF) initiative, which closely aligns HR and finance, James coordinated more than 200 actions to cut costs. OEF was designed to improve transparency into the total cost of labor. James is also responsible for efforts to reorganize procurement, strengthen Honeywell's talent-management processes with increased emphasis on its processes that differentiate and reward top performers, and institute the “One Country” model, which organizes all HR generalists within country boundaries to provide HR support across the company's four strategic business groups.
In an article appearing on Human Resource Executive Online, Honeywell's chairman and CEO Dave Cote points out that James has turned HR into an integral part of the company's management structure, specifically citing James' ability to use metrics to do more with less.