MILWAUKEE, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is proud to announce that Mara Swan, ManpowerGroup Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, has been named HR Executive of the Year for 2012 by Human Resource Executive ® magazine. The HR Executive of the Year accolade is presented to only one individual annually, recognizing human resources leaders who have made outstanding contributions to their organization and the HR profession as a whole, as well as exemplifying the increasingly strategic role of human resources in the contemporary world of business.
During her seven years at ManpowerGroup, Swan has made unique and lasting contributions to the HR industry through her contemporary approach and ability to make connections between the company's strategy, its talent and the necessary behaviors to drive results. Swan leads the $22 billion company's global human resources, talent and development strategy, as well as driving strategic execution and building the company's culture. She also has ultimate responsibility for the company's global risk, marketing, communications, thought leadership, innovation and corporate social responsibility functions across 80 countries and territories, including ManpowerGroup's full-time, contract and contingent workforces — 3.5 million people in 2011.
"Mara's style, ability and approach can be categorized by three meaningful words — contemporary, connections and coach — and are what make her uniquely qualified to lead the role she serves at ManpowerGroup and a leader in her own field. Mara's unique purview and core expertise has elevated the human resources function and its importance within the company as the catalyst for accelerating the execution of ManpowerGroup's business strategy," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "She is a natural-born coach who has the uncanny ability to make connections in order to quickly translate strategy into behaviors, mindsets and actions. On behalf of the ManpowerGroup family, I would like to congratulate Mara on this deserving honor."Swan's visionary anticipation of the role HR functions of the future will play within organizations includes a profession which incorporates opposing skill sets; strategic yet tactical, conceptual yet action-oriented, the ability to anticipate and react, and always pushing the limits of what's next. Evidenced in her influence of ManpowerGroup's thought leadership and innovation strategy, Swan brings the right balance of an outside-in approach, as she intimately relates to the HR needs of clients, candidates and governments, while pushing the boundaries of creating people-driven workforce solutions that improve work models, people practices and organizational performance to the next frontier.