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HR Background/Philosophy

My career as an HR executive is aptly described as atypical.  Working my way up from the manufacturing floor, while simultaneously earning my BBA, provided me the opportunity to evaluate organizational requirements and performance management from multiple perspectives.  It established the foundation for the strategic business partner and HR leader I am today: progressive and "hands-on" with an affinity for change management via continuous improvement.  Whether developing or implementing a new HR program as a result of an acquisition or reorganizing an underperforming division resulting in a business turnaround, I consistently deliver creative, sensible solutions to complex challenges.

As the economy rebounds, now more than ever, employers need an accomplished and successful human resource/labor relations executive to move them forward and beyond.

Expertise in Generalist HR Competencies

Strategic planning,corporate policy development, labor relations, organizational development, succession planning, talent acquisition and retention, managerial development and assessment, acquisitions, expatriate program, benefit and compensation design, budgets, safety/security, corporate ethics, and cultural diversity. Expert in oral and PowerPoint presentations to customers, employees, corporate executives, and boards.

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THOMAS WONUS

"Dave Pietruszynski performed as a key team player and a consistent contributor to the business. He took on a number of critical issues, which helped turn around the Wheel's division: organizational restructuring, staff development, recruitment and retention, and worker's compensation cost reduction.  He succeeded in achieving all objectives. Dave is highly experienced in all areas of human resources and possesses superior business acumen.

"During Dave's tenure, he developed a strong HR team.  As a result, our business is in a much improved condition from an HR point of view.

"Dave's experience, professionalism, and flexibility make him a desirable senior staff member in a wide variety of roles and industries."

MICHAEL BISHOP

“Dave Pietruszynski and I worked together at GKN Aerospace for five years.I was Dave’s direct report for four of those years before he promoted me to Manager.

"His management style was unlike any I had ever experienced.It was excellent to say the least. I learned a lot from Dave’s leadership style, and I use this knowledge in my current position every day. Dave treated everyone with respect and dignity and, in return, gained everyone’s respect.He worked very well with all levels of management and union employees.His reputation for being consistent and fair with all employees was well known and well regarded.

Dave’s HR generalist knowledge was always rock solid backed up with facts and data. To sum it up, I would work with or for Dave anytime, anyplace.” 

JAMES JOHNSTON

"I have known David Pietruszynski for 15 years and recommend him as an accomplished HR Generalist with a particular strength in Labor Relations.  His honesty, strong work ethic, and ability to communicate with all employees have contributed to David's reputation as being a credible, approachable HR leader.

"With the potential of the Free Choice Act becoming law, David's labor experience would be invaluable to both a company wishing to avoid unionization, or to a company with a recognized union, managing their Labor Relations and contract negotiations.

"It is with the utmost confidence that I recommend David to any future potential employer."

Executive Profile

Strategic Human Resource - Labor Relations Executive

REPORTING TO CEO  

Proactive business partner of the senior management team. Transformational leader proficient in discerning the “big picture” and incorporating HR systems and structures, into the strategic business plan, resulting in increased organizational and operational effectiveness.  HR generalist with a distinguished record in labor relations: union contract negotiations, labor law, union avoidance, and regulatory compliance. Certified internal consultant with 20+ years of progressive HR experience and responsibilities.  Expertise in leadership skills to drive business excellence over diverse manufacturing disciplines: air climate/movement; agriculture, construction, mining; aerospace; electronics; and automotive.

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Work experience

Jan 2011Mar 2012

Corporate Human Resource Director - U.S.

FlaktWoods Group

SEMCO, LLC: Columbia, MO; American Fan: Fairfield, OH; Fan Group, Inc.: Niles, MI

Responsibilities:Autonomous Corporate Director for three business groups totaling $120 million in sales—manufacturing energy recovery systems, duct, and acoustical products; custom-engineered heavy duty and light industrial fans for commercial and institutional markets. Direct HR business for eight, multi-site locations employing 500 people, including seven direct reports.

Chief Accomplishments:

Directed and managed all Human Resource functions for U.S. operations.

Renegotiated health care plans and provider contracts saving $108,000 annually.

Established Succession Plan utilizing T.A.S.K.S. metrics in identifying high potential candidates.

Jan 2010Dec 2010

Consultant

Human Resource
Aug 2007Apr 2009

Acting VP - Corporate Human Resources North America

GKN PLC - Offhighway

Responsibilities:Corporate Vice President for a $600 million multi-national company manufacturing agricultural, construction, and mining equipment for major OEMs.Direct HR business for seven, multi-site plants employing 1,175 people, including eight manager reports.

Chief Accomplishments:

    Reorganized underperforming U.S. senior management resulting in business

    turnaround achieving record profits and advancing division as top performer in portfolio.

    Executed successful due diligence resulting in $200 million manufacturing acquisition.

May 2006Apr 2009

Director - Human Resources North America

GKN PLC - Armstrong Wheels, Inc. (Div. of Offhighway)

Responsibilities:Autonomous Director responsible for strategic leadership and management of Human Resources for all North American Wheels’ facilities including four, multi-site plants employing 500 people and four direct reports.

Chief Accomplishments: 

    Reduced employee turnover rate by 31% through an enhanced retention program. 

    Maintained union-free status by implementing union avoidance strategies.

May 2003Apr 2006

Manager - Human Resources & Labor Relations

GKN PLC - Aerospace

Responsibilities: Directed and led Human Resources and Labor Relations activities for three business units – Metals, Fabrication, and Composites structures for a global, $430 million aerospace company acquired in 2001.The overall site population of 1,500 employees specialized in manufacturing various components for military and commercial aircraft.The Human Resources and Labor Relations staffs included a team of five generalists and specialists.

Chief Accomplishments:

    Successfully negotiated two labor contracts serving as first chair in 2005.

    Developed strategic site plan for Human Resources.

Feb 2001Apr 2003

Manager - Labor Relations

GKN PLC - Aerospace

Responsibilities: Designed and implemented a comprehensive, strategic Labor Relations plan for the newly acquired St. Louis operation.Established a collaborative business culture with two separate bargaining units resulting in a solid foundation for positive relationships.Hired and supervised Labor Relations staff of three specialists servicing 1,500 employees.

Chief Accomplishments:

    Created management-union partnership resulting in the introduction of lean 

    manufacturing.

    Managed union grievances to less than ten per year.

Jun 1996Dec 2000

HR Supervisor - Continuous Improvement Programs

Delphi Automotive Systems

Chief Accomplishments:

    Managed Continuous Improvement programs and staff of nine specialists.

    Managed productive working relationships with UAW, IAM, and IBEW unions.

May 1990May 1996

HR Coordinator - Joint Activities

Delphi Automotive Systems

Chief Accomplishments:

    Co-developed leadership teams resulting in increased productivity, decreased labor

    costs, and designation of the plant as a “stay operational” facility.

    Represented company in public relations on NASCAR race circuit.

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Master of Arts

 Human Resource Management

 Human Resource Development

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Green Belt in Lean Technology

Delphi Automotive Systems

Internal Consultant

Delphi Automotive Systems

Certified Personal Profile Analysis (DISC)

Thomas International

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