Rodney Austin BS

Director – Human Capital

Rod is an accomplished Human Resources executive, management coach, author, and public speaker. Rod is a versatile businessperson who has successfully led HR, manufacturing, and sales organizations to achieve objectives through team building and engagement. He is a strong and reliable internal strategic partner with a passion to ensure the growth of both the organization and individuals to deliver value and ROI through the design and execution of leading-edge HR business solutions and strategies. He has a talent for launching employee programs that increase employe engagement, team performance and organization capability that lead to competitive advantage. Rod is passionate about helping others succeed and creating a compelling employee life cycle experience. He has championed engaging and diverse work environments, open communications, succession planning, leadership and high-potential development, change management, team building, and labor relations. Rod is a regular speaker to MBA classes on the imperative of company culture and he recently authored “Thoughtful Diversity: Embracing Differences for Organizational Success” as his unique contribution to the fields of leadership and DEIB. Rod’s broad HR expertise was gained at Fortune 500 companies PPG Industries, Commercial Metals Company and United States Steel as well as French international electrical parts distribution leader Rexel Inc.

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