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Topco Promotes O’Neill to SVP

‘People strategist’ adds new layer of responsibility to HR, corp communications role

Danell O’Neill has been promoted to SVP of human resources and corporate communications at Topco Associates.

Over the past few years, O’Neill, 49, has driven the advancement of Topco’s people strategy and corporate communications presence within the organization and across the membership. Since assuming leadership of Topco’s HR function in January 2017, O’Neill and her team have also implemented Topco’s talent philosophy, including performance management, development and training, and fostering a culture of communication and continuous feedback.

“I am confident that under Danell’s leadership, we will continue to advance our people strategy through the work being done with our employee value proposition, as well as by building stronger communication, collaboration and alignment across the business, and with our members,” said Randy Skoda, president and CEO for the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based company, in a release.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Illinois State University, O’Neill joined Topco in 2013 as director of corporate communications. She was named VP of corporate communications in 2016, and expanded her role to VP of HR and corporate communications in 2017. Prior to joining Topco, O’Neill was a managing partner of a consulting company. Prior to that, she was VP of corporate communications for Nielsen.


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