Science Applications International Corp. announced its board of directors has appointed Michelle A. O’Hara as the company’s chief human resources officer effective October 1, 2019. O’Hara brings more than 20 years of HR leadership experience, and succeeds Karen Wheeler, who is retiring from SAIC. As a member of SAIC’s executive leadership team, O’Hara will report directly to CEO Nazzic Keene.
O’Hara, currently the human resources senior vice president, is a HR leader with a proven track record of developing strong teams and delivering business results. In her ten years at SAIC, she has successfully led major functions within the HR organization, including talent strategy, recruiting, benefits, learning and development, inclusion and diversity, payroll, and executive compensation.
“Michelle is an impressive strategic leader for the HR team that is critical in our ability to recruit, retain and develop the best talent in our industry,” said SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene. “I want to personally thank Karen for her leadership during the past two years of significant change for the company. Her work with the HR team was pivotal to ensuring the team is well positioned for the future.”
Wheeler, a 24-year veteran of SAIC and the company’s CHRO since 2017, has announced her retirement from the company. She will remain with SAIC until December 1 to ensure a smooth transition as the company completes the integration of Engility and continues to strengthen its position as the employer of choice in a very competitive job market.
“We are excited to have Michelle in this key leadership role for the company,” said Donna Morea, SAIC’s chairperson of the board. “She has the complete confidence of the SAIC Board, Nazzic and the leadership team. We look forward to working with her to ensure SAIC’s continued growth and market leadership, fueled by top talent.”
O’Hara received her Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William and Mary, and completed the Executive Education – Leadership program from Yale School of Management. She also holds a Strategic HR Business Partner Certification from the Human Capital Institute.
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