FORA.tv Speaker - Gwen McDonald

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Biography

Gwen McDonald is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at NetApp, a Fortune 500 company and a leader in delivering storage and data management solutions.

Ms. McDonald is responsible for leading a global human resources organization that partners with the company’s business leaders to drive initiatives around worldwide workforce planning, talent management, total rewards, and training and organizational development. Gwen also is a key steward of NetApp's unique cultural values and principles, which are competitive business advantages and have enabled the company to consistently rankas a Great Place to Work around the world by the Great Place to Work Institute.

Gwen has extensive experience in Human Resources. Prior to joining NetApp, she worked at 3Com Corporation for 14 years, serving in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, Vice President of Worldwide Product and Supply Operations, and Director of Human Resources for the Business Connectivity Company. Gwen also was the Human Resources manager for LSI Logic's Santa Clara manufacturing operations and served at Fairchild Semiconductor for 12 years in various Human Resources positions, including as the Senior Human Resources manager for the Linear Products division.

Gwen is on the board of California Strategic Human Resource Partnership (CSHRP), a partnership between Senior Human Resources Executives of leading California Companies. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). The Executive Leadership Council is the nation’s premier leadership organization comprised of the most senior African American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies.

Gwen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources and organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco.

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