Steve Duea

Steve Duea


I am an HR Professional that epitomizes passion, excellence, and leadership in every aspect of my professional life. As the Senior HR Leader for a $1B successful, dynamic, and global business, I love the challenge and opportunity that comes with Winning Right in a competitive landscape. I'm also a great teammate who values teamwork and a collaborative work envioronment built on Values and Trust. Ultimately, I put my faith in people and talent to grow a business and service customers. My goal is to continue to grow as a person and a professional. More importantly, I want to work with a passionate team committed to a vision of excellence.

Work History

Work History

Vice President Human Resources


Pentair, Inc.(08/05 – Present)

Pentair is a diversified operating company with 2008 revenues of $3.4B and 15,000 employees worldwide.  Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. 

Vice President, Human Resources – Flow Technologies Global Business Unit (08/05 – Present)

Top Human Resources Leader for a growing and dynamic $1.2B Global Business Unit (GBU) of Pentair, reporting to the global president. Lead team of 25 HR professionals, responsible for building global organizational capability through delivery of world class talent acquisition, development and retention strategies.The GBU is comprised of 2,500 employees globally in 15 unionized and non-unionized locations.

·Built global talent model that grew APAC/EMEA sales by 50% in commercial markets while expanding market position in key domestic residential markets by over 10%

·Flowed talent to top business opportunities resulting in a 10% reduction of overall headcount(HC), but includes an increase in growth related HC and a 20% reduction in G&A

·Retained over 97% of targeted key employee population through execution of proactive talent management and succession strategies

·Continue as identified Hi-Pot executive and potential successor to SVP of HR

May 1988 - Dec 2006

Army Officer

US Army

United States Army(05/88 – 12/96)

Battalion Personnel and Administration Officer – 2 separate stints (Total 3 years, 1992 – 1996)

Army equivalent of a Human Resources Manager; led all personnel activities for a 410 person rapid deployment battalion to include talent acquisition, performance evaluation, soldier relations, and personnel administration

·In eight years service as Army Officer, received a “Top Rating” on every evaluation; Army utilizes a forced distribution on all ratings, reserving top ratings for upper 25% of all officers; identified on multiple reviews as the number one junior officer in battalion (out of 20-25 total)

·Identified by Commanding Officer as “The Best Personnel Officer” that he has ever seen

·During Advanced Artillery schooling, received award as the Top Gunnery Student and graduated 7th out of 118 students

·Successfully deployed throughout world to include Germany, Italy, Cuba and Hawaii

Jan 1997 - Aug 2005

HR Leadership

Harley Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company(01/97 - 08/05)

Sr Manager, Human Resources – Corporate Headquarters (02/04 – 08/05)

Leader for all Human Resources activities for 6 divisions housed within the Corporate Headquarters, generating over 1.5 billion dollars in revenues in 2004.Required to maximize the impact of human capital to meet organizational objectives and assure that HR products and services support the overall business goals within each division; led a staff of 9 direct reports.

·Effective 01/05, selected to lead the centralized staffing function for the entire company; opportunity provided based on demonstrated history of strong performance and given in addition to regular responsibilities; strategic emphasis on talent acquisition plans that support corporate level business objectives

·Identified as a “Key Employee” through the company level succession planning processes; based on high potential and performance (designees comprised only 10% of salaried organization)

·Rating at time of departure of “Exceptional”; this is the highest rating possible and held by 2.9% of the salaried workforce

·HR functional leader with expertise in human capitol measurements and analytics; led the development and analysis of all HR capability measurements and scorecards for the organization

·Leader for the development and execution of the Corporate Employee Satisfaction Survey and resultant organizational level action planning process

·Leader of innovative Quality Planning Process for the HR Function.Developed and executed plan with specific emphasis on process improvement and strategy development

Manager, Human Resources – Powertrain Manufacturing Facility (01/01 – 02/04)

Leader for all Human Resources activities at the Powertrain Manufacturing Facility (730 employees) to include Staffing, Labor Relations, Safety, Health, AAP/EEOC Planning, Reporting and Compliance.Led staff ranging from 6 to 14 professional employees.

·Received 2 significant promotions (January, 2001 and January, 2003) based on excellent performance

·Selected to lead the Organizational Development and Training function within the plant in addition to the HR Leadership duties; only Company HR Leader chosen for this additional responsibility

·Member of the Labor Contract Negotiation Team; successfully delivered a seven year agreement

·Key leader of the plant leadership group; led development of the Capitol Drive Operating System; pilot and forerunner to the Harley-Davidson Operating System, based on fundamentals of Toyota Production System

·Developed integral knowledge of “lean thinking” principles and tools; applied to organizational strategies on human capital management and employee performance

HumanResources Generalist Senior – Powertrain Manufacturing Facility (05/99 – 12/00)

Lead Generalist for the Capitol Drive Manufacturing Facility primarily responsible for plant labor relations, salaried staffing, employee relations.Led staff of three employees.

·Hand picked to fill position based on exceptional performance as Work Group Advisor

·In April, 2000, selected from a pool of 12 HR Generalists to fill an open HR Manager role upon promotion of incumbent HR Manager; required to demonstrate proficiency prior to receiving formal promotion

·Developed and led Technical Excellence Program; ultimately developed into a “best-in-class” rotational program for new technical talent within the Company

Work Group Advisor – Powertrain Manufacturing Facility (01/97 – 05/99)

Manufacturing Supervisor of over 70 union employees across three shifts; supervised all aspects of manufacturing to include steel and aluminum machining, tool and die trades, and maintenance; capital assets of areas in excess of 100 million dollars

·Rated as “Exceptional” on all reviews

·Given largest scope of supervisory responsibility; expanded scope given based on high capacity of work and highest measured level of performance

·Led all areas of successful ISO 9000 certification in 1998

·Increased capacity and production rate by over 40% during two years in role; led organization in area performance and downtime reduction



Marquette University
Sep 1997 - Dec 2000

Masters Business Administration

Marquette University
1985 - 1988

BS Mechanical Engineering

United States Military Academy at West Point