EVP and Chief Human Capital Officer
Amtrak, USA

Barry Melnkovic joined Amtrak as chief human capital officer, Labor Relations and Diversity in August 2011. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Melnkovic is accountable for developing and executing Amtrak’s human capital, diversity and labor relations strategies. He is also responsible for establishing enterprise wide lean/six sigma strategies and a culture of continuous improvement. These strategies are aligned with Amtrak’s national mission and achievement of the company’s transformational strategic plan based on safety, customer focus and financial excellence to enhance enterprise value. As an officer and member of Amtrak’s executive team, Mr. Melnkovic helps create and execute company-wide strategies policies, processes and practices. Under his leadership, Mr. Melnkovic has built a business savvy Human Capital organization that has created competitive advantage for Amtrak. Competitive advantage has been derived by delivering the rewards, organizational structure, a strategy aligned workforce, lean processes, best fit talent and a culture of accountability to execute Amtrak’s business strategy. All support record customer satisfaction, ridership and revenue growth. His prior experience includes leadership roles in Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 and Private Equity organizations. Prior to joining Amtrak, Mr. Melnkovic held the top human resource role at Lilly Industries, Motor Coach Industries and Holland America Line. Earlier corporate and Officer roles included vice president, Human Resources at Owens Corning including vice president, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness and at Cummins Engine Company, the roles of director, Corporate Labor and Employee Relations and director, Corporate Compensation and Benefits. Additionally he has been vice president Talent Management and Business Development in a search and consulting practice. Mr. Melnkovic has been a controller and interim COO in two Fortune 500 organizations. A native of Windber, Pa., as the youngest of three children, he is the son of a steelworker and homemaker, born and raised in a home near the railroad tracks. Mr. Melnkovic graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in human resources from Rutgers.

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