Randy MacDonald joined IBM in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this position he is responsible for the global human resources practices, policies and operations of the organization, and reports to Virginia M. Rometty, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining IBM, Mr. MacDonald was the executive vice president of Human Resources and Administration for GTE (now Verizon Communications). Mr. MacDonald was with GTE for 17 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Before joining GTE, he held human resources positions at Ingersoll-Rand Company and Sterling Drug, Inc.
In August 2009, Mr. MacDonald received the Distinguished Human Resources Executive Award from the Academy of Management for his significant contributions to the science and practice of human resources, including HR-related research and education. He is the first executive to receive this award twice; he was also recognized with this honor in 2004. Among many other awards, Mr. MacDonald was named Human Resource Executive Magazine's “HR Executive of the Year” in 2008.
He is a member and past chair of Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resources Study and a past chair of the Personnel Roundtable. He also is a member of the HR Policy Association, which he served as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
In 2011, Mr. MacDonald was named one of only 13 Distinguished Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources, the human resource profession's highest honor for outstanding achievement. In 1998, he was named a Fellow of the Academy, was elected to the Academy's Board of Directors in 2000, and serves as its Vice Chair.
Mr. MacDonald has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in industrial relations from St. Francis University; he received the St. Francis University Distinguished Alumni in Business Award, and was a Trustee of the institution. Mr. MacDonald also serves as a Trustee of Bucknell University, and as vice chairman of the board. He is a member of the Board of Managers of Delphi Corporation and a former member of the Board of Directors of Covance.