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Tuesday, March 20 2012, 10:00am - 11:00am

Impact of Vendor Mergers on your HR system – A Panel Discussion

Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Over the past few months there have been many mergers and acquisitions of vendors in the HR systems space, most recently the acquisition of SuccessFactors by SAP and Taleo by Oracle. These recent changes have resulted in an abundance of comments on various social network sites. Some of the many questions being asked include: How can I plan for a change such as this? What will be the advantage to clients due to this merger? I am in the evaluation stage, should I start from the beginning again?

This webinar is a panel discussion by a practitioner, consultant, and vendor to provide different perspectives on the items which should be considered when your vendor announces a major change to its ownership. The discussion will enlighten you and help you better understand options if/when your vendor is purchased by another.


Freddye Silverman

Vice President, Eastern Region

Jeitosa Group

Freddye Silverman has been an independent consultant for multiple years and has been in the HRIS field since 1986. Formerly Vice President of HR Technology Solutions at Cendant Corporation, she was responsible for technology strategic planning and oversight of global HR systems and the U.S. payroll system, serving 90,000 employees of multiple businesses in more than 50 countries.

Ms. Silverman has been actively involved in the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) since 1986, serving as Midatlantic chapter president for three years and as an Association board member for six years. She was President of the International Association in 1997. She has been an adjunct professor in HRMS for Johns Hopkins University, an instructor in HRMS for the AMA, has presented frequently both in the U.S. and abroad and has published many journal articles.

Ms. Silverman has a B.A. in Spanish from Adelphi University, a Masters degree in Education from Towson University and taught Spanish at the secondary and university level for ten years before making a career change into I.T. and then specializing in HRIS.

Patrick Crane

Director of HR Shared Services

VWR International

Patrick is responsible for supporting VWR’s 7,500 employees in 29 countries through planning, developing and implementing both global and domestic HR technology solutions. He is also responsible for Payroll and Recruitment functions for North America.

His 20 year career was spent equally divided between project management consulting engagements and direct employment, including extensive, multi-year positions in purely HR functional and IT management roles. His core competency and passion lie in establishing strategic direction for enterprise-wide global HR solutions, as well as their implementations and optimizations. He has worked at various companies including IBM, The Hunter Group, ADP’s Enterprise Solutions Group, Cap Gemini, and Genesis Healthcare.

Patrick received his MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Connecticut and BA in Social Psychology from the University of Rochester. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).



Larry Dunivan

Senior Vice President, Products and Technology


Larry applies his deep industry knowledge and expertise to help Ceridian deliver next-generation solutions for the human capital industry. He oversees Ceridian's current suite of human capital solutions and services and partners with leaders across the organization to drive the strategy and execution of preparing and transitioning Ceridian's customers to its next-generation SaaS platform.

Prior to Ceridian, Mr. Dunivan was most recently the SVP of HCM Products at Lawson (an Infor affiliate) and had responsibility for product management and product development for HCM solutions globally. He was previously a Director of the IT Program Management office at Best Buy Stores and held a variety of positions with Lawson and Cyborg Systems (now Accero).  He is a 25 year veteran of the HR Technology industry and is an active blogger (perceptivehrtech.com).

Mr. Dunivan has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University (J.L. Kellogg School of Management).



John A. Hinojos


IHRIM, Southern California


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