New York, N.Y. -- Interpublic has selected Timothy A. Sompolski, 52, as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Sompolski will join Interpublic effective immediately, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer David Bell.
Sompolski has a long varied career in the human resources field, most recently with Altria Group, Inc., where he was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration and held that title for six years until January 2003 when he left the company. He started with the Kraft Foods Division in 1984 as Manager of Compensation and International Benefits and subsequently served in a variety of compensation and benefits roles, culminating in his role as Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, a position he held until 1996. He was the Director of Compensation for McGraw Edison Company and began his career as an Assistant Personnel Manager with Quasar Electronics Company, a subsidiary of Matsushita Electronics.
"Our people - the way in which we recruit, retain and reward them - are our future,” says Bell. “That's why from the start, talent has been one of the five strategic priorities we identified as a key driver of our turnaround.”
Throughout his career, Sompolski has designed compensation programs for companies to reward individuals for driving improved financial performance and for actions that helped the company achieve its broader strategic objectives. He has directed global talent management systems to maximize development opportunities for employees and has led employee and company diversity initiatives to focus on best practices for the advancement of women and minorities, both within the organization as well as with suppliers.
“As part of this ongoing effort, Interpublic has pledged to become the most talent-friendly and talent-committed employer in our industry,” says Bell. “Tim Sompolski will take us to a higher level in our ability to achieve that goal. Tim's exceptional expertise in management development, diversity programs, compensation, and benefits will be invaluable to us as we move forward."