Johanna Torsone '75 was recently named in a list of the top 15 most influential Women HR Leaders in the country by Human Resource Executive.
Torsone is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes Inc., where she has served since 1993. When she started in 1990, she was the director of employee relations and labor relations counsel for the company of 16,000 employees.
"I am particularly proud that the function I lead has evolved to become an integral enabler to our business strategy," states Torsone in the Human Resource Executive article. "I want to make a positive impact in what I do for the benefit of those I serve, which means continuing to enable Pitney Bowes to achieve its goals in a way that is consistent with the values of our culture as well as my own."
She currently serves as the secretary on the Board of Trustees for Albany Law School and has led the National Alumni Association. She was the Albany Law Review's managing editor in 1975.
Torsone provides strategic and operational guidance around HR business strategies, strategic talent management and succession planning, diversity, total rewards and analytics, employee relations and shared professional and transactional services.
The company has been recognized for its work around employee relations including Black Enterprise Magazine calling it one of the best companies for diversity. The company's products help customers in areas of consumer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global commerce.
Torsone also serves as chair of the Pitney Bowes Foundation, and is a member of the National Academy of Human Resources. She serves or has served on the boards of the HR Policy Association, the American Health Policy Institute and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.
Before working at Pitney Bowes Inc., she was a partner with a New York City law firm: Parker, Chapin, Flattau & Klimpl, practicing employment and labor law for over 14 years. She completed her undergraduate at Vassar College.
The magazine editors relied on "HR thought leaders" for identifying the top HR leaders, and noted that "Almost 50 percent of the top 100 HR departments are being led by females."
By Elyse Oosterman