Southfield, Mich., -- R. L. Polk & Co. has appointed Deborah Young as Vice President of Human Resources for Polk North America. In this role, Young will oversee the design and implementation of company strategies in the areas of benefits and compensation administration, employee relations, government compliance, organizational development, performance management and recruitment/staffing.
"Deborah brings extraordinary experience to this position," said Joe Walker, president, Polk Global Automotive. "Her expertise and strong track record of implementing best practices among organizations will be tremendous assets to the company."
Prior to joining Polk, Young served as director of Organizational Development and Diversity and director of Human Resources for Spartan Stores, Inc. In these roles, she was responsible for developing Spartan's first-ever Diversity Council and a strategic diversity plan. Young has also held human resources leadership positions with The Thomson Corporation, Kraft FoodService/Philip Morris and USG Corporation, where she designed and implemented innovative employee involvement programs.
Young holds a bachelor's degree in management and human resources from DePaul University and is a member of several professional organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit.