Charlie Tharp

Charlie Tharp

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Charlie Tharp is Senior Advisor, Research and Practice of the Center On
Executive Compensation. In that role, Tharp is responsible for setting overall
policy positions and research initiatives undertaken by the Center and
representing the Center in public forums. He is also Professor of the Practice
in the Management and Organizations Department, Boston University
Questrom School of Business. Tharp has over 25 years of corporate
experience, including key human resource positions with General Electric,
PepsiCo, Pillsbury, CIGNA, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he served as
Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Tharp also served as the interim
Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Saks, Incorporated. Earlier
in his career he served as an executive compensation consultant for the
global consulting firm of Towers Perrin. Tharp holds a Ph.D. in Labor and
Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, an LLM in Human Rights
and Social Justice from the University of Connecticut School of Law, a J.D.
from the Quinnipiac School of Law, a Masters in Economics from Wayne State
University and a BA from Hope College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a
Baker Scholar. In 1998 Tharp was elected a Fellow of the National Academy
of Human Resources and in 2010 was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the
Academy, the highest honor in the HR profession. He previously served as
President of the Academy.

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