HR Policy Association Names Johnna G. Torsone Chair of the Health Care Policy Committee

Pitney Bowes Executive to Lead Top HR Executives in Addressing Health Care Reform

Washington, DC—This week, HR Policy Association Chairman J. Randall MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at IBM Corporation, announced that Johnna G. Torsone, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes Inc., will chair HR Policy Association’s Health Care Policy Committee.

The Health Care Policy Committee is a key committee of the HR Policy Association, which represents the senior human resource vice-presidents of more than 250 of the largest employers doing business in the United States and globally. In her new capacity, Torsone is responsible for leading the public policy agenda of the Association to address the problems that plague our nation’s health care system. For the last two years, HR Policy Association has been working on a comprehensive reform position and has formed this 40-member committee of top HR executives from member companies to help guide the Association’s work on this important subject.

In announcing Torsone’s leadership of the Committee, MacDonald said, “We look forward to the energy, passion, and leadership that Johnna will bring.”

Torsone brings a wealth of experience to this new role. Under her direction, Pitney Bowes has established a reputation as a leader in the health care arena, committing to advancing health care reform and offering innovative health care benefits. Torsone joined Pitney Bowes in 1990 and, in 1993, she assumed the role of Chief Human Resources Officer with overall responsibility for executive development and succession planning, executive compensation, benefits planning and administration, diversity, employee relations and employment law. The role has continually evolved into a senior human resources strategy role and operates as part of the senior management leadership team. 

Before joining Pitney Bowes, Torsone was a partner with a New York law firm, where she practiced employment and labor law for 14 years and prior to that she clerked for the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York. She graduated from both Vassar College and Albany Law School with honors, finishing in the top five percent of her class at Albany and serving as Managing Director of the Law Review in her last year.

HR Policy Association is a public policy advocacy organization representing the senior human resource executives of 250 leading employers doing business in the United States and globally. Collectively, its members employ over 12 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce or some 19 million Americans. Due to extreme concern over skyrocketing health care costs in the United States and deficiencies in efficiency and quality, the Association has been working through its public policy agenda and market reform initiatives to address the problems that plague our nation’s health care system.

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