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Employee Relations Executive

Los Angeles, CA
October 28, 2019

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Fernando A. Carbonell 917-***-**** 1736 Glendon Ave. #A, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Influence & Culture – Infrastructure & Development – Design & Implementation Management

A seasoned Human Resources architect with a rare ability to engineer a new vision of HR that includes and rises above the solid traditional HR foundation with an eye on creativity, culture, empowerment, diversity and strategy. Change agent and human capital strategist possessing a unique combination of creative vision, operational acuity, able to see opportunities, position organizations to capitalize on them, and translating concepts into reality. An HR leader with proven track record transforming teams and infrastructure to evolve with changing cultural and strategic dynamics while building systems, platforms, and tactics to connect and engage a global HR strategy.

Signature Strengths Include:

Culture Ambassador Executive Leadership Infrastructure Management Diversity Cross-Functional Teams Start-ups Acquisitions Employee Relations Strategy Management Leading & Managing Change Influence & Consensus Building

Highlights of Strategic Leadership & Creative Vision

Cultural Ambassador re-envisioning and realigning entire companies around cultural priorities mission and values.

Reinvigorated recruitment with a focus on the creation of pipeline for diversity hires, recognizing existing talent and succession planning.

Key member of executive team shaping established companies and startups across the U.S. in multi geographical areas.

Designer of a forward moving, uniquely flexible and open HR team with their finger on the pulse of the human capital and culture.

Expert understanding of the audience that makes up the client base and designing the HR function based on that.

Executive Career History


Executive Leadership Infrastructure Management Culture Ambassador

Senior Vice President of Human Resources June 2017 – May 2018 Santa Monica, CA

Scaled business expansion from 250 to 555 employees in one year

Lead CCR Human Resources through Culture and Capabilities while galvanizing the business to execute the vision, mission and values inclusive of the strategic vision. Partner with Senior Executive team to create, design and implement HR infrastructure.

Culture Ambassador – Executive Leadership – Transformation – Infrastructure

●Spearheaded creation of infrastructure and experiences, leveraging internal and 3rd party resources to drive Benefits, 401k, Merit and Bonus structure, Appraisal process to foster deeper people engagement across the continuum.

●Drive Human Resources, Recruitment, Payroll, HRIS/Compliance and Office Management Teams, building on empowerment and synergy.

●Strategic Business Partner defining the HR role and competencies to achieve efficiencies, sharpen focus around HR deliverables, and promote cohesive cross-functional effort to continually innovate and evolve in a constantly growing renewables start up.

Music Industry Executive SVP, VP, Sr. Director

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, a subsidiary of Vivendi

Human Resources Leadership Culture Redesign HR Reorganization 48-Person Team 1.5m Budget

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, North America March 2013 – July 2016 Santa Monica, CA

Vice President of Human Resources, East Coast Labels February 2005 – March 2013 NYC

Lead the North American HR team consisting of 48 HR professionals that make up Comp & Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Contract Administration, HRIS, Payroll, Learning and Organizational Development, HR Generalists and Employee Relations.

Employee Engagement – Marketing Strategy – Organizational Design – Change Management

●Drive HR function across the U.S., Best Practices, White glove HR for C-Suite Execs.

●Strategic business partner with all labels and Shared Service Disciplines throughout NA including but not limited to VEVO, Bravado, IGA, Island Def Jam, Verve, Decca Classics, Republic Records, Universal/Motown, Corporate Communications, Global Finance, Global Digital Initiatives, Publishing, Brand Partnerships, Facilities, Global Compliance, etc.

●Handled all employee relations in a timely and effective manner in accordance to various employment laws throughout NA.

●Executed yearly processes and programs, including Annual Bonus, COLA, Deferred Compensation Plan and Stock Options.

●Advised Senior Management of best business practices and Succession Management.

●Coordinated and facilitated programs and surveys that address the needs of the employees and the business to assist in creation of a strategic partnership.

●Cultivated and fostered business relations through direct contact within a complex business and organizational environment.

●Liaised with Finance and Compensation to fulfill Sarbanes Oxley requirements and FLSA requirements and oversaw audits for both.

●Worked directly with CFOs of all divisions to forecast business units’ need for consultants and temporary employees to reduce the associated costs by nearly $600,000.

●Created an in-house Talent Acquisition Department resulting in cost savings of $1.7 million in the first year.

●Successfully managed and oversaw the change and acquisition of a new payroll vendor resulting in an estimated cost savings of $3.8 million over the contract term.

●Recruited for high level positions within the organization.

●Change agent in facilitating newly acquired companies and startups under UMG.

●In addition to the above, facilitated and served as a change agent for C-Suite and Sr. Level Executives.

●Spearheaded multiple reorganizations throughout all businesses, including reduction in force, label and division mergers, label splits and divestments.

●Set forth and gained buy-in around implementation of new strategic vision, leading through influence to overcome resistance, cultivate champions of change, and drive growth agenda.


Design & Implementation mobility plans Succession Planning Turnover Reduction Employee Relations

Senior Director, Human Resources November 2004 – February 2005 NYC

Drive the HR process with a deep focus on employee relations, assessments, management trainings with a focus on creation on necessary policies and procedures.

Content Creation – compensation review – Management training – Integrated Marketing Campaigns

●Participated in the design and implementation process for internal mobility plans inclusive of career succession planning, turnover reduction and cross training.

●Provided direct employee relation support to all staff in a timely and effective manner and in accordance with employment law and corporate handbook.

●Addressed, reviewed and created policies and procedures for employee related issues.

●Executed assessment of corporate training needs to determine appropriate roster of programs for each division.

●Trained supervisors and manager in performance management process and delivery of assessment information to subordinates within the division.

●Assisted with the determination of the division manpower plan, recruitment budgets, and training and development budgets and plans.

●Assessed compensation for competitive posture and internal equity.

ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, a division of AOL time Warner

Human Resources Leadership Rebuild & Rebrand HR Designer Employee Work Lifestyle Strategic Business Partner

Senior Director Human Resources May 2001 – August 2004 NYC

Lead 200 employees by successfully restructuring HR and creating a dynamic HR division while merging the corporate foundation with the creative label mindset establishing an open HR platform that transitioned HR into a true strategic partner.

Employee Engagement – Turnarounds – Organizational Design – Change Management

●Lead HR function and with an eye on rebuilding and rebranding the division in a label environment.

●Provided direct employee relation support to all staff in a timely and effective manner and in accordance with employment law and corporate handbook.

●Established open line of communication within the organization and corporate headquarters.

●Worked closely with the CEO to track and report budgets on a monthly basis.

●Supported senior executives in the development and planning of the organization.

●Assisted employees by improving their work lifestyle as well as career planning.

●Worked closely with the CFO on forecasting and fiscal budgeting.

●Established solid relationships with CEO in order to develop and implement new policies and procedures as set forth by WMG Corporate while maintaining and executing current policy and procedure. Coordinated and budgeted relocation assistance program. Recruited for executive level positions.

●Spearheaded, managed and executed the merger of Elektra Entertainment Group which resulted in the closing of the company.

●Transformed HR into a true strategic business partner and championed HR vision while sustaining infrastructure.


Vice President, Human Resources, Start up, design and creation of entire HR department, decreased cost, built handbook, brokered benefits, policy, process, procedure implementation.

HOME BOX OFFICE, a division of time warner, NYC

Generalist responsible for Staffing of studio, tech and operations at HBO Studios, Managed Employee Relations, managed all aspects of downsizing/layoffs, used skillset in compensation, development, organization and career planning for 7 client groups totaling over 700 employees.


Manager/Generalist for 100+ in Television center generating 4 million in revenue. Duties included onboarding, Performance, Mediation, payroll, benefits and recruiting among other HR responsibilities.


Graduate, International fine arts college, Miami, FL


SHRM, CTHRA and NAMIC associations

Fluent in English and Spanish (oral and written)

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