With more than three decades of experience in human resources (HR) planning and integration, Steven Darien serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of The Cabot Advisory Group LLC, which is based in New Jersey. The firm, comprised of seasoned HR executives, assists corporations and individuals in reaching their full potential. Possessing expertise in strategic planning, organization development, HR technology, and board relationships, Steven Darien works with companies to increase the effectiveness of employees, thereby accelerating growth and profitability. A graduate of Rutgers College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics, Steven Darien completed a Master of Business Administration at Columbia University. Prior to joining Cabot, he held senior-level positions at Merck & Co., Inc., most recently as Director of Human Resources. In 1984, he led an executive team on President Reagan’s private-sector task force, the Grace Commission, working with senior United States Army officials at the Pentagon. During Mr. Darien’s tenure at the company, Fortune magazine named Merck America’s Most Admired Company seven years running. Merck also earned a number of other honors during Mr. Darien’s tenure, including acknowledgement as one of the 10 best companies in the United States in HR information systems and employee benefits. A guest lecturer at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools and the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, Steven Darien has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career. Dun’s Review featured him in a cover story on management troubleshooters, and Harvard Business School profiled him in a three-part case study. Steven Darien served on the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission and the Executive Committee of the Labor Policy Association. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and chaired the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy at George Mason University and the WNET New Jersey Advisory Board. A Rutgers University Trustee, Steven Darien sits on the institution’s Board of Overseers and on the Human Resources Board of Somerset Medical Center. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of George Street Playhouse.
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