Gentherm, a global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, has announced that Barbara Runyon will join the company as senior vice president and chief human resources officer on Aug. 13.
In this position, Runyon will oversee company initiatives including organizational performance and culture, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and management, and learning and development, as well as the overall employee experience. She will report to Phil Eyler, president and CEO of Gentherm.
“I am delighted to welcome Barb to our executive management team. She is a transformational leader and brings a wealth of experience across all facets of human resources. Her extensive experience includes managing a global workforce, change management, process improvement and driving operational effectiveness,” said Eyler. “Barb is a great addition to the world-class team we are building at Gentherm. This is a very exciting time in the company’s journey and she will be a great strategic partner to ensure we have the best talent, engaged employees and a high-performance work culture.”
Runyon joins Gentherm from La-Z-Boy Inc., where she served as vice president and chief human resources officer from 2015 through 2018. In that role she was responsible for leading the overall human resources strategy for 9,000 global employees, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and management, employee engagement, employee relations and safety. Prior to that, she held roles of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group where she served as vice president of human resources for PepsiCo’s Midwest Region. She also served as the senior director of talent acquisition in Pepsi’s New York Headquarters, as well as in a variety of field human resources business partner roles. Before joining PepsiCo, she held various human resources management roles for Prestolite Wire Corp.
Runyon holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University in organizational development and a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources from Michigan State University.