Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Paula S. Larson Chief Human Resources Officer

Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Paula S. Larson Chief Human Resources Officer. (Photo Business Wire)

Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Paula S. Larson Chief Human Resources Officer. (Photo Business Wire)

Larson, age 50, has built her career leading change as both an HR
business partner and strategic consultant. Her emphasis on cultural and
geographic diversity comes from having worked extensively across 80
countries, including living in Asia, Europe and North America. Most
recently, she was Chief Human Resources Officer for The Western Union
Company, where she revamped the company’s approach to people development
and drove a performance-based culture to help accelerate growth.
Previously, as Chief Human Resources Officer at Invensys plc, the
London-based global technology group, she helped engineer the transition
from a holding company into an integrated operating company, which
helped drive Invensys to a top-5 performance among the London FTSE100
during the difficult recession year of 2009.

“The development of our people is at the foundation of our Growth Game
Plan – and throughout her career, Paula has helped companies navigate
change and empower employees to achieve sustainable growth,” said
Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“As we deploy our new operating model and build key capabilities to
speed, Paula has the perfect combination of strategic and executional HR
leadership to strengthen our talent base and support our global growth

“Newell Rubbermaid is a company with strong brands, and I am excited to
be joining at this key moment when the transition to a new operating
model is allowing employees to work in a more empowering environment to
enhance company value,” said Larson. “My two key goals are to help
ensure we delight shareholders and create an ‘I want to work here’
culture for Newell’s diverse workforce.”

Before Invensys, Larson was VP of Human Resources for the Hydraulics
division of Eaton Corp., where she helped support the globalization of
this complex business unit. She also spent over a decade at GE, where
she won several coveted Executive Awards for HR leadership and was one
of the company’s first Six Sigma black belts in human resources. Before
that, Larson spent nearly five years at a global HR consultancy, Dugan
Unlimited, where she lived and worked extensively overseas during
assignments for global clients. She has a B.A. in Psychology from
Michigan State, an MBA with international business concentration from
the University of New Haven and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational
Psychology from New York University.

Sweet, age 61, announced his intention to retire after nearly ten years
of HR partnership with three Newell Rubbermaid chief executives.

“Jim has helped shape Newell Rubbermaid into the company we are today,
helping bring together the siloed structures of the old global business
unit model into the new operating model we launched earlier this year,”
said CEO Polk. “Jim’s commitment to every day great execution has been a
model for our organization and is beginning to pay off in our results as
we drive the Growth Game Plan into Action. I have been very pleased to
have had the opportunity to work with Jim and wish him only the best in
his retirement.”

About Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of
consumer and commercial products with 2012 sales of approximately $5.6
billion and a strong portfolio of leading brands, including Sharpie®,
Paper Mate®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Parker®,
Waterman®, Rubbermaid®, Levolor®, Calphalon®, Goody®, Graco®, Aprica®
and Dymo®. As part of the company’s Growth Game Plan, Newell Rubbermaid
is making sharper portfolio choices and investing in new marketing and
innovation to accelerate performance.

This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid
are available on the company’s Web site,


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