Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies Instructor Mike Davis has made a lasting impact on the field of human resources. Through his leadership in the HR community, his diligent promotion of research, and his teaching at the University of Minnesota, Davis has earned the 2013 Distinguished HR Executive Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management. The honor is awarded to executives who have distinguished themselves in the field of human resources management throughout their careers.
"Mike is a tremendous asset to the HR professional and educational communities, and it's hard for us to imagine an individual who is more deserving of the Distinguished HR Executive Award," says Professor John Budd.
Recipients of the distinguished award demonstrate a substantial contributions to HR practices, research, and education.
Davis is the senior vice president of global human resources for General Mills, and is responsible for all human resources functions across the company. He has served as vice president of compensation and benefits at General Mills, led HR within General Mills' U.S. businesses, and has served as the worldwide practice leader for executive compensation at Towers Perrin.
Throughout his career, Davis contributed to the environment that made General Mills an internationally recognized "Great Place to Work." He has also led innovative HR initiatives like General Mills' total rewards programs, and created a distinctive HR brand for the company.
Davis was awarded this honor not only for his work at General Mills, but also for his leadership positions in multiple HR professional associations, including the Employee Benefits Research Institute, the HR Policy Association, and WorldatWork. He is also a mentor to many HR professionals at General Mills and beyond.
"It's clear that Mike has a passion for education and human resources partnerships, and he is extremely well respected in our human resources executive community," says alumna Laura Gillund, '95 MA-IR.
Additionally, Davis was recognized for his support of HR research; he has had direct involvement with authoring materials such as "The Chief HR Officer: Defining the new Role of Human Resource Leader." In addition, Davis continues to support HR research at the University of Minnesota's Human Resources Research Institute by ensuring General Mills' financial support while also contributing to student research projects.
Davis' involvement with the University of Minnesota Human Resources and Industrial Relations program has been extensive: he serves as a liaison between General Mills and the University by presenting at the annual HR Tomorrow Conference and participating in the CHRLS Advisory Council. He has also taught courses as an adjunct instructor in the HRIR program since 2006, earning the highest teaching evaluation scores in the program.
"When it comes to HR education, Mike's support has been unmatched," says Professor Theresa Glomb. "His ability to combine rigorous frameworks with real-world cases and pressures is perfect for HR education."