Unilever executive appointed associate VP for human resources

by Dennis K. Brown

Robert McQuade, vice president of human resources shared services at Unilever, has been appointed associate vice president for human resources at the University of Notre Dame. He will begin his duties May 16.

A 1976 graduate of Notre Dame, McQuade returns to his alma mater after more than 25 years of management experience in the human resources field.

Bob has wide ranging experience in all facets of human resources, as well as a deep understanding of and allegiance to Notre Dame,said John Affleck-Graves, the Universitys executive vice president.We are delighted that he is bringing his knowledge, creativity and vision to the many human resources initiatives on campus.

McQuade has served in executive positions in human resources for the past 13 years at Unilever, the second largest consumer products company in the world with annual sales of $50 billion. Since 2003, he has directed the shared services component of Unilever human resources functions for North America, including compensation, benefits, human resources systems support, university relations, international assignees, and human resources business partnering.

From 1997 to 2003, McQuade served for four years as vice president for compensation, benefits and administration for Unilevers North American operations and for the next two years as vice president of human resources for Unilever United States. From 1992 to 1997 he was, first, corporate director of compensation and benefits and then vice president of human resources for Helene Curtis, a worldwide subsidiary of Unilever and a leading producer of personal care products.

McQuade served from 1984 to 1992 in increasing positions of responsibility in thehuman resources division of GATX Corp., a Chicago-based Fortune 300 service company engagedin chemical and petroleum transportation and storage, capital goods, and leasing and financial services. He worked from 1978 to 1984 in several business operations positions for GATX Terminals Corp., a subsidiary of GATX Corp.

After graduating from Notre Dame with a bachelors degree in finance, McQuade began his career with Kraft, Inc. in Chicago. He earned a masters of business administration degree in 1984 from Loyola University in Chicago.

McQuade is active in several professional organizations and has volunteered his services as a consultant to the compensation and benefits committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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