HR Council

For VP of Human Resources or equivalent leaders of small, emerging and large companies


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Jo Ann Bjornson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Leidos
Jo Ann Bjornson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Leidos

Jo Ann Bjornson is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Health Group of Leidos. In this capacity, she leads a team of HR professionals responsible for setting and executing on the talent strategies for a business with an annual revenue base of approximately $2 billion and 7,500 employees worldwide. The Health Group of Leidos serves customers in both federal and commercial markets in the areas of healthcare IT, electronic health records, advanced data analytics, life sciences, and clinical research. Over her 20+ year career, Jo Ann has held roles in recruiting, compensation and generalist functions and has led client groups through multiple types of business transformations such as a corporate IPO, headquarters relocation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, implementation of Workday, standing up shared services and implementing a new compensation structure.

Jo Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s in HR Management from Marymount University and an executive MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She currently holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute, a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) from the WorldatWork Society. She is a past president and board member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (NOVA SHRM) and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University where she taught Business Essentials in the HR master’s degree program.

A native of the Washington, DC area, Jo Ann loves travel, cooking, gardening, history and college basketball. She enjoys volunteering and giving to her community, particularly in support of education for under-privileged children and health-related causes.

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Kay Curling, Chief Human Resources Officer, Salient CRGT
Kay Curling, Chief Human Resources Officer, Salient CRGT

Kay Curling is responsible for defining, developing, and implementing strategic human resource initiatives aligned with Salient Federal Solution, Inc.’s (Salient) core values, mission, and vision. She leads all aspects of the company’s human resources and is responsible for formulating the company’s human resources strategy and providing leadership and direction as a partner to the CEO, CFO, COO, and senior leadership of the company.

Ms. Curling previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Serco Inc. (Serco) where she led all initiatives and programs associated with employee benefits and organizational excellence. While at Serco, she designed and implemented workforce strategies for a diverse business and employee base within a complex environment including multiple unions, Davis Bacon and Service Contract Act employees, international assignments and employees located at more than 800 sites across the U.S. Aside from overseeing the company’s $50 million employee benefits annual spend, Ms. Curling has also led organizational excellence, and cross functional teams for the Journey to Excellence initiatives. During her first year at Serco, she became the first recipient of the CEO’s Journey to Excellence Award. Additionally, under her leadership, the benefits team was awarded the North American Pulse Award for Excellence in 2010.

Learn more about Curling, and her 19 successful M&A transactions, by reading our interview onWashingtonExec.



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