Jacqui Canney, executive vice president and chief people officer at Walmart, will leave the retail giant in June to join multinational advertising and public relations company WPP. In her new role as global chief people officer, Canney will lead all aspects of people strategy, rewards, talent management, recruiting, and leadership development and learning.

Canney joined Walmart in 2015 and helped shape the company’s people strategy, focusing on changing how employees work in today’s technology-driven environment. Before Walmart, she worked at Accenture for 25 years.

Canney earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College.

Robyn Smith has been promoted to executive vice president of HR at Jackson Healthcare, a family of highly specialized healthcare-focused staffing, search and technology companies, where she has worked since 2011. She was instrumental in modernizing the organization’s HR processes and championed the creation of an on-site child-care and development center, set to open in the fall of 2019.

In her new role, Smith will oversee HR operations, talent acquisition, training and development, benefits, HCM, and employment policies and procedures.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management, with a concentration in HR, from Kennesaw State University.

Northeast Ohio Medical University has appointed Andre Burton as vice president for human resources and diversity, a role he held in an interim position since October. In that role, he led the university’s institutional review of HR processes and implemented its voluntary-separation program. He previously served as the university’s executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Northeast Ohio Medical University, Burton was the district director of diversity and inclusion at Cuyahoga Community College. He holds a law degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Jason Whetstone has joined Clinical Innovations, a medical-device company focused on labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care, as vice president of HR.

Whetsone has more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he served as senior director of human resources for Polaris Industries’ engineering and lean organizations. Before that, he held numerous HR-leadership roles at General Mills.

Whetstone earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s of business administration in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University.

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