SOURCE: HR-XML Consortium, Inc.

March 16, 2006 15:12 ET

Top Technical and Business Talent Distinguishes Incoming HR-XML Consortium Board of Directors

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- The HR-XML Consortium, the global, non-profit organization dedicated to human resources (HR) data exchange standards, recently completed its seventh annual board of directors elections.

Newly elected to the board were: Romuald Restout, Humanuo and Paul Storfer, Human Capital Science. Re-elected to the board were: Joanne Fritz, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. and Lon Pilot, Lon Pilot Consulting. Continuing in their two-year terms are: Gail Bubsey, Kelly Services, Inc.; Timothy Farlow, Authoria, Inc.; Tim Hilgenberg, Hewitt Associates; Jim Grundner, First Citizens Bancshares; and Bill Kerr, Oracle Corporation.

"The 2006 board is an impressive assembly of technical and business talents," commented Chuck Allen, executive director of the HR-XML Consortium. "They will serve the Consortium well during a year marking dramatic acceleration of HR-XML adoption and increasing interest in HR-XML worldwide."

Biographies for the 2006 HR-XML Board of Directors are provided below.

Gail Bubsey, eCommerce Systems Consultant, Kelly Services, Inc.

Gail has participated actively in the Consortium since 2000 and has held a Board seat since 2003.

She is the current workgroup leader for Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES), a series of transactions specifically aimed at temporary staffing vendors and customers. She has been a presenter of the concepts of HR-XML and of SIDES both to the Consortium and to outside groups such as the American Staffing Association.

Gail has seven years of staffing experience with Kelly Services. She has been in the position of analyzing and recommending solutions for eCommerce within Kelly since 1999. Previously, she spent 10 years supporting and designing data networking solutions with a division of British Telecom. Gail holds a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Timothy Farlow, Director of Technology, Authoria, Inc.

Tim Farlow joined Authoria in 1997 where he has filled multiple product management and development roles. Authoria's strategic human capital management (HCM) solutions help employers support enterprise-wide pay-for-performance initiatives and reach their high-level business objectives. Authoria combines compensation and performance management with just-in-time knowledge and coaching for employees and managers, driving shareholder value at over 200 leading organizations. Authoria is based in Waltham, MA.

Farlow is a co-author of several of the Consortium's Cross-Process Objects standards. He has led the CPO Work Group for three years. He has contributed to standards development at the ITU and the ECTF. He has 20 years of enterprise software development experience at both product and consulting organizations and is the author of multiple software patents. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University and has taught software and digital electronics courses.

He regularly speaks at HR industry trade shows and user groups.

Joanne Fritz, HRMS Design Consultant, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Joanne has held a Board seat since 2005 and has actively participated in the HR-XML Consortium since 2002, bringing HR subject matter expertise and a solid understanding of HR business processes to the standards development work of the Metrics, Benefits Enrollment, and Indicative Data workgroups.

For the last five years, she has been an HRMS Design Consultant with the Employer Services business unit of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading full-service provider of a comprehensive range of HR, payroll, and benefit administration solutions that help companies worldwide to staff, manage, pay, and retain their employees.

Joanne's pre-ADP experience includes management and individual contributor roles in human resources and business systems analysis in diversified industries with Fortune 500 companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Montclair State University. She is also a member of the Employers Association of NJ, the Society of Human Resource Management, and WorldatWork.

Jim Grundner, VP of Internet and Branch Banking Systems, First Citizens Bancshares

Jim Grundner joined First Citizens in the summer of 2003 as the VP of Internet and Branch Banking Systems, including involvement in the evolution of First Citizens Bancshares HR systems strategy. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of HR-XML for the past two years and has been active as the "Voice of the Customer" and a proponent of developing relationships between HR-XML and end-solutions "Purchasers." Prior to joining First Citizens, Mr. Grundner served for four years as CTO and Sr. Vice President of Product Management at Peopleclick, where he was an early proponent of incorporating XML into Peopleclick products. Prior to Peopleclick, he had significant experience managing large technology organizations, which included leadership roles during the past 15 years at EDS and IBM. At IBM, Jim managed the development of the IntelliStation, the high-end NT Workstation Platform and created a product line that grew from zero to $500 million worth of revenue in just two years. At EDS, he led a multibillion-dollar project with a 1,200 person Client/Server development team, which created the world's largest corporate network of integrated computer platforms for General Motors, with more than 170,000 client seats.

Grundner received his BS from Oakland University and conducted his graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

Tim Hilgenberg, Chief Technology Strategist, Hewitt Associates

Tim is a thought leader and system architect at Hewitt, a leading HR outsourcing firm. He is responsible for the R&D of new technologies, identifying how these technologies can be applied within the line of business applications to meet business objectives.

Tim has been frequently interviewed by computer periodicals on subjects related to object-oriented and new emerging technologies. Most recently, he has been quoted in eWeek, and InfoWorld on Web Services. He has also been featured in several IBM case studies related to Hewitt's use of Java and the J2EE platform.

In addition to deep technical skill, he brings cross-domain HR knowledge and a firm understanding of business processes.

Bill Kerr, Oracle

Bill Kerr, a principal software engineer at Oracle, brings with him 18 years of software industry experience. Since 1998, he has evangelized XML technology within HRD at Oracle HRMS Development (HRD). Oracle Corporation is a leading supplier of software for information management, and the world's second largest independent software company.

At Oracle, Mr. Kerr also co-chairs a group that brings new technology to the attention of senior management within HRD and is providing the direction for the web services strategy that will be adopted within the group. Additionally, he has represented Oracle and HRD within a number of government initiatives that involve XML. Some of those initiatives include the U.K. GovTalk Payroll Steering Committee (payroll year-end and other statutory filings); the U.S. Government's STAWRS COTS SPEF (Simplified Tax and Wage Reporting System -- Commercial Off The Shelf Single Point Electronic Filing); and the TIGERS group (Tax Information Group for EC Requirements Standardization).

Mr. Kerr is active in a number of different work groups within the Consortium and is a firm believer in the goals and aspirations of the Consortium.

Lon Pilot, Founder and Principal Consultant, Lon Pilot Consulting

Lon Pilot is the founder of, and principal consultant for, Lon Pilot Consulting, LLC. Lon's primary focus is helping clients understand how best to use the standards of the HR-XML Consortium within their enterprise. Lon has been involved in designing and implementing XML integrations using the HR-XML standards, as well as designing extensions to those standards. Lon Pilot Consulting, LLC also offers custom HR software design and development services.

Prior to founding his consulting practice, Lon was a systems consultant in the eHR practice of Watson Wyatt Worldwide specializing in the design and implementation of Internet and Intranet-based human resources systems. Lon has been a proponent of the use of XML within the HR realm for the past seven years, and was involved in the design of Watson Wyatt Worldwide's first XML-based HR interface.

Lon graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science degree in computer science in May 1996. He worked for Watson Wyatt Worldwide from 1996 until 2003. Before joining Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Lon worked for the College of Education at the University of Delaware in a technical support role and as an hardware and software developer for Kernel Productions, a Macintosh gaming hardware and software development company.

Romuald Restout, Principal, Technology Practice, Humanuo

Romuald Restout has a record of success as a consultant, product manager, and architect during a 15-year career in the information technology industry (more than eight years in Human Resource technology).

Romuald currently serves as Principal for the Technology Practice at Humanuo, an HR technology consulting and development firm in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for overseeing the definition and the development of a new suite of products, and advising HR software vendor companies in developing their own products.

Prior to joining Humanuo, Mr. Restout worked at Taleo, the leading provider of on-demand talent management solutions in Quebec City, Canada. From Taleo's inception in 1999, Mr. Restout was an integral part in the development, architecture, analysis, and methodology of Taleo's industry leading staffing management solutions. At Taleo, Mr. Restout worked closely with customers to help shape and define the functional specifications and solution architecture of the Taleo solutions.

Mr. Restout holds a EuroMaster Degree from France Telecom, where he studied software engineering, design and administration of networks.

Mr. Restout is deeply involved with the HR-XML consortium. He is currently the leader of both the Assessment and the Recruiting workgroups. He is also actively involved in the Competencies, the Web Services Interoperability and the Technical Steering Committee workgroups.

Paul Storfer, Founder and Managing Partner, Human Capital Science

Paul is a seasoned business executive with a rare combination of operational, technology, and human resources expertise. His industry vision helped InScope Corporation develop its ground-breaking technology combining software and competencies to enable the tracking of people performance against business results in real time. Paul also helped lead early development efforts for the service now known as Prodigy®.

Prior to Human Capital Science, Paul founded HR Technologies (which became InScope Corporation), and served as a Principal at The Dartmouth Group, where he gained first-hand experience in executive search and HR consulting. Mr. Storfer has also served as President and CEO of American Videotext Services, Inc. and Compare! Services, Inc.

Mr. Storfer chairs HR-XML's Competencies workgroup and is a frequent speaker on competency-based performance and related topics. He also has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the American Management Association's Management Course for Presidents.

Mr. Storfer received his A.B. with distinction from Dartmouth College.

About HR-XML

HR-XML ( is an independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to enabling e-commerce and inter-company exchange of human resources data worldwide. Membership within the HR-XML Consortium is open to HR professionals, vendors, consultants, and other users or providers of HR systems and services. HR-XML is represented by its membership in 22 countries, and in Europe through its affiliate organization, HR-XML Consortium Europe (, and in Japan by HR-XML Consortium Japan ( For information on becoming an HR-XML member, please visit:

Contact Information

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    Chuck Allen
    HR-XML Consortium, Inc.
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