Mr. Englizian is a compensation advisor, business consultant, global HR executive and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience in solving complex business problems for premier companies in the retail, technology and hospitality industries. He has deep knowledge of how an organization employs, retains, and motivates people, a strong business perspective and acumen, and expertise in strategic planning, executive compensation, global business growth, leadership development, health and wellness and employee engagement. He also has first-hand experience with internal and external Boards.
Mr. Englizian joined Walgreen Co. in 2011, and most recently was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the US division of the global enterprise Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to the CHRO appointment, he was Group Vice President of Total Rewards and Business Solutions. In these roles, he was responsible for management’s relationship with the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. He oversaw annual employment expenditures in excess of $12Bn, the HR division with 1,500 employees and annual budget of $60M, direct responsibility as Lead Trustee for the Profit-Sharing Plan($8B in assets), and P&L for the Walgreens Employee Benefit Fund ($22M in assets). Mr. Englizian’s external market perspective enhanced his ability to re-purpose and modernize the Company’s pay and benefit practices, and create a business-centric HR organization aligned with the Company’s business structure. He was also the London-based HR lead facilitating due diligence for the merger with Alliance Boots. Upon his appointment as CHRO in 2014, Mr. Englizian served as a member on the Executive Operating Committee, reported to the CEO, and worked with him to build a new business leadership team and headquarters functional re-alignment.
Before joining Walgreen Co., Mr. Englizian was Global Leader for Total Rewards with Amazon.com, where he was directly responsible for total rewards strategy, policy and programs worldwide during an unprecedented period of explosive growth from 2004– 2011. Prior to his tenure at Amazon, Mr. Englizian was Director of Global Compensation at Microsoft Corporation (2000 – 2004), where he managed executive, domestic and international compensation. He also held senior business and HR roles with Tektronix, Inc. (1997 – 2000) and Red Lion/Doubletree Hotels (1988 – 1997).
Having served leading companies in highly responsible executive roles, Mr. Englizian now aspires to engage with the business community as an outside Director for a privately or publicly held company. By leveraging various professional opportunities throughout his career with fifteen years of direct management and internal Board of Directors experience at Microsoft, Amazon, and Walgreen Co. , his leadership portfolio has been enhanced by serving on the Boards of three non-profit organizations in Seattle (United Way of King County, Childcare Resources and the Seattle Repertory Theatre). Since 2004, Mr. Englizian has been an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Laird Norton Company (LNC), a family-owned business in Seattle, Washington, a seventh-generation portfolio company with interests in building products, real estate, wealth management and consumer products and services. He has also served as a retained consultant on executive compensation matters for two other family-owned companies, Harbor Properties of Seattle, Washington (the Stimson Bullitt family) and the Dacor Corporation of Los Angeles, California (the Joseph family).
Mr. Englizian is past Board Chair for WorldatWork, the premier professional association of compensation and benefits practitioners, and is both a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Conference Board Council on Executive Compensation.
Mr. Englizian earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College and has studied in the HR Executive program at Cornell University. He has been a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California Marshall School, Cornell University Graduate School and the National Foreign Trade Council. He is a reviewer for the Harvard Business School Press and various other professional publications.