Dermot J. O'Brien
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dermot J. O'Brien serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and is a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Dermot joined ADP in 2012 and leads the company's global Human Capital Management (HCM) strategy, with a particular focus on nurturing a high performance and engagement culture.
Since joining ADP, Dermot has been driving the alignment of the company’s people strategy to its business strategy, including reorganizing the business structure and leadership; creating a consistent global center-led service delivery structure within a matrix framework; redefined ADP’s total compensation philosophy and framework to support a strong performance and reward culture while engaging the entire global associate base; experimenting with innovative approaches to leadership assessment, development and impact; working with ADP's Innovation Lab to develop market-viable enabling technology; and annually increasing the diversity of the organization and leadership.
Prior to this, Dermot served as Executive Vice President and CHRO of Human Resources at TIAA, a Fortune 100 Company, where he served for nine years. During his time at TIAA he was instrumental in leading significant positive shifts in business performance and employee engagement through the design and effective deployment of talent, leadership, reward and inclusion strategies. He also played an important client relationship role. Earlier in his career, Dermot held several senior HR positions at Merrill Lynch & Co & Morgan Stanley, based in North America, Hong Kong and Japan.
Dermot is a founding member of the Human Resource-50 Group, an invitation-only, thought-leadership and knowledge-sharing group consisting of chief human resource officers from the world's most respected companies; the PRT (Peer Round Table), an organization of senior Fortune 500 HR executives; Center for Executive Succession Advisory Board member, which focuses on the effectiveness of executive succession practices in firms; and the Hackett Group Advisory Council, where members share advice on Hackett’s research and product offerings.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, he holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer.