HR Administration

People Moves: October 2016

By Rick Bell

Oct. 1, 2016

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″] Donatella Verrico

Law firm Lowenstein Sandler named Donatella Verrico as chief human resources officer. She has been with the firm for 15 years and most recently served as director of HR. Using her aptitude for connecting individual, team and business needs and building upon the firm’s commitment to diversity, she works on many fronts throughout the organization to ensure that individuals and affinity groups, like the Women’s Initiative and LGBTQ Alliance, continue to thrive. Verrico began with Lowenstein working with the former chair of their Employment Law Practice Group, where she gained valuable insights into policy and procedure. After a short stint establishing the HR function at a local New Jersey firm, she returned to the firm’s HR department, amassing extensive experience in all aspects of HR including employee relations, benefits, recruitment, training and development, compliance, and retention. Verrico received her bachelor’s from Montclair State University, magna cum laude, and is a certified SPHR and SHRM-SCP professional.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”23493″ img_size=”302×202″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center [vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”22758″ img_size=”302×202″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″] Suzie Elliott

Farmers Insurance named Suzie Elliott its new head of human resources. Elliott also becomes part of the group’s senior leadership team and will report to Deborah Aldredge, chief administrative officer for Farmers Group Inc.

Before her new post, Elliott served as the human resources business partner for the head of claims at Farmers, leading a team of HR professionals and successfully delivering on a number of business strategies, including behavior focused performance management. Using her experience as the first group head of inclusion and diversity for Zurich Insurance, she has been key in building Inclusion@Farmers, which has focused on developing an enterprisewide Inclusion Council at Farmers and growing the number of employee resource groups within the organization. Originally from Australia, she moved to the United States in 2013 after living in Switzerland for four years. [vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″] Samantha Fink

Universal Music Group named Samantha Fink, as senior vice president of human resources. Fink will oversee business partnering and employee relations, working directly with the company’s label leadership and operating units around the world. She will be based at UMG’s Santa Monica, California, headquarters and report to Gautam Srivastava, executive vice president of HR. Fink brings more than two decades of leadership experience overseeing global HR in North America, Europe and Asia at companies including Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Prada USA Corp. and James Perse Enterprises Inc. Most recently, Fink was a member of Spencer Stuart’s consumer and HR practices. Fink started her career in marketing at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté and Clarins Paris, before transitioning to an HR role at Louis Vuitton. Fink holds a doctorate in organizational anthropology from the New Sorbonne University in Paris and a master’s in cultural anthropology and comparative linguistics from the University of Rouen in France. She earned a master’s in social work administration and policy from the University of Michigan and a master’s in French literature and cultural studies from Middlebury College. Fink holds a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from UCLA.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”22759″ img_size=”302×202″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center [vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column] To be considered for People Moves, email a brief announcement and a high-resolution color photo to Include People Moves in the subject line. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

Rick Bell is Workforce’s editorial director. For comments or questions email


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