Timothy M. Crow, The Home Depot’s retired executive vice president, Human Resources, has joined Williamson’s board of trustees announced William J. Bonenberger 7W9, board chairman.
Bonenberger said, “We were introduced to Tim because he serves on the board of a publicly traded company called Milacron, where Tom Goeke 8W0, who is also a Williamson board member, is the CEO. Tim brings with him a wealth of business knowledge, leadership, and experience working at the highest levels in some of the most innovative and customer-centered companies in corporate America. But even more than that, he brings enthusiasm and first-hand knowledge from his 15 years at Home Depot of the shortage in skilled labor we have in the trades across our country and the strain that the lack of a trained workforce puts on our ability to grow our economy. I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to have Tim join our board!”
President Michael J. Rounds said, “We are very excited to add Tim Crow to our board of trustees. Tim really fell in love with the mission here at Williamson the first time he set foot on campus and has been an advocate for us ever since. In addition to his passion for our mission, he has vast experience in human resource management gained through a long career in that field, including at the national level of The Home Depot and other major retailers. We are so fortunate that he is willing to share this knowledge and expertise with us to help us further strengthen Williamson. He is a wonderful addition to our board and I look forward to working closely with him for years to come!”
Tim Crow said, “The trades are the engine that drives our economy. Housing, manufacturing, services, and infrastructure all require a vibrant pool of skilled labor to survive, flourish and grow. It’s no secret that Williamson produces the best-in-class talent pool of trades professionals in the market. Joining the board is an honor and a privilege. I’ve enjoyed every moment that I have spent with Williamson students and faculty. I look forward to helping to promote the talents and support the dreams of this great organization.”
As The Home Depot’s chief human resources officer, Crow oversaw all aspects of human resource management for more than 425,000 associates and 2,200 retail stores across the United States.
Today, The Home Depot is recognized as one of the best places to work in the retail industry and Crow had much involvement in making this true. During his tenure, the company dramatically increased its profit sharing program for frontline hourly and non-management associates; reinstated its equity awards program for salaried leaders, the only such program in retail; focused on hiring the best, improving leadership effectiveness and creating an associate-centered environment; and increased employee engagement in the business.
Before joining The Home Depot in 2002, he held several senior leadership roles at Kmart, where he was responsible for all store, distribution center, and corporate human resources support, and Sears, where he worked over 20 years in key roles in the controller, risk management, finance, and accounting policy areas. When he left Sears, he was vice president of HR for the 55,000-employee automotive group.
He is currently on the board of directors of Milacron Holdings, serving on its Leadership Development and Compensation Committees, is on the board of directors of Softgiving, an Atlanta, GA, based financial technology startup, and chairs the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Georgia.
Earlier, he was a director for the HR Policy Association and was a founding member of the board of governors for the American Health Policy Institute.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at California State University at Northridge.
He and his wife Diane live in Marietta, GA, and have three grown children in the Atlanta area.