Nominee: Diane Shields
Title: Vice President, Human Resources (Americas)
Company: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC; Knorr-Bremse Group
PRADCO is honored to introduce Diane Shields, Vice President of Human Resources at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria, Ohio. Employing nearly 2,800 individuals across North America, Bendix is a pioneer and a leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety, energy management, and braking system technologies. PRADCO (as well as Bendix) nominated Diane for the HR Executive of the Year Award; one of the Archer Awards presented to distinguished human resources professionals in Northeast Ohio. The HR Executive of the Year Award recognizes exemplary professionals whose practices and contributions have improved or advanced the greater field of Human Resources.
With a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resources Administration and Organizational Development from the University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Diane Shields has been employed in human resources for 25 years and with Bendix for the past 15 years.
As a Bendix executive, Diane has experienced a continuously changing company landscape yet has maintained her focus on achieving a dynamic employee atmosphere by seamlessly incorporating people and processes. Serving as a highly effective employee advocate, she has developed and deployed a Management Resource Review (MRR) for organizational structure/organizational development, ensuring the critical inclusion and connectivity of people, strategy, process and structure into a total strategic approach. This effort is materialized in a strong multi-faceted approach that incorporates employee development, succession planning and organizational planning. She has strategically positioned HR within the organization by aligning her team with business functions as the company has evolved from a centralized function-based strategy to a matrix organization. And, with the team’s recent expansion to represent both the workforce in North and South America, Diane is currently working to further assimilate the Americas’ HR functions to deliver a highly effective regional HR service model.
Beyond insisting on best practices within the daily operations of the Human Resources department, Diane has spearheaded numerous initiatives to make Bendix an employer of choice for new talent. Under Diane’s direction, Bendix became a sponsor of the Lorain County Corporate Games. She also promotes the Bendix brand within numerous universities and spear-headed an Engineering Development program that invites top talent from universities to work in co-op positions.
A proponent for supporting the communities in which Bendix does business, Diane is the champion for a committee responsible for civic engagement that engages individuals in outreach projects sponsored by the organization. In addition to her local efforts, Diane works closely with Bendix’s parent company (Knorr-Bremse Group) to integrate their initiatives regarding social responsibility on a global level. These efforts have included work with organizations such as the Madasa Charity Foundation focused on fundraising for the rehabilitation of schools in Mexico.
Diane’s commitment to best practices and community involvement has undoubtedly contributed to her continuing success in human resources. PRADCO is proud to partner with Diane and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and we are pleased to recognize her as exemplary human resources professional!