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Dr. Marcia J. Avedon

Marcia Avedon is an executive and board director whose career has spanned industrial, health care, consumer products and professional services. She has expertise in executive compensation, succession planning, corporate communications and global talent management. Throughout her 25+ year career she has worked on numerous mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs.  She is highly experienced in managing large scale change initiatives.

Marcia has been the SVP, Human Resources and Communications for Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified industrial with over $14B in revenue, since February 2007.   Her responsibilities include global company-wide public affairs, government relations, community relations/philanthropy, internal and external communications, brand management, and human resources. She serves as an officer of the company, reporting to the Chairman and CEO, and is the senior leader supporting the compensation committee of the Board of Directors and participates in the governance and nominating committee. 

Marcia currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership and is the Vice Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.  She previously served on the Board of Directors for Lincoln National Corporation including the Compensation and Nominating Committees.  Marcia is highly active in the community, non-profit and professional arenas.  She is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Carolinas and is Chair of the Compensation Committee.  She is also on the Advisory Boards for the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Belk School of Business (Vice Chair) and Cornell University, Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Executive Compensation of the HR Policy Association.  Previously, she was a Board Member, Board President, and Compensation Committee Chair for the Jersey Battered Women’s Service.  

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Marcia was the Chief HR Officer at Merck & Co. and held HR and Communications leadership positions at Honeywell and Anheuser-Busch. She began her career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant.

Marcia holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University and a B.A. from University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She has received numerous awards and recognition and most recently was recognized as one of the “Top 100 candidates to Serve on Board Compensation Committees” by Agenda Journal and awarded the “Women Worth Watching” award by Diversity Journal.  She has been a frequent visiting professor and speaker at universities and professional meetings.


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