Mr. Powell leads MISO’s organizational matters related to MISO’s workforce practices, including recruiting, retention, succession planning, diversity, management, employee development, employee training, compensation strategies, culture management and organizational structure.
Employee development remains a key priority for MISO. Under Powell’s leadership, the company has strengthened its employee and managerial development programs and encouraged a “grow-from-within” strategy.
Powell is a veteran human resources executive with proven leadership in all aspects of organizational management, including employee development, organizational effectiveness, employee policies, and compensation and benefits. His expertise in strategic talent management and best-in-class people practices for strategic growth and development are pivotal to supporting the nature of MISO’s specialized and increasingly complex business.
Powell joined MISO from the Sun-Times Media Group in Chicago, where he served as vice president of Human Resources. He also has served in human resources leadership roles for Sears Roebuck & Co. and Helene Curtis (Unilever).
Powell graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.