The Critical Relationship Between the CEO & HR
All over the world, CEOs are meeting with their most trusted leaders to develop strategies that will help them to successfully emerge from the Covid pandemic. A strong relationship between HR and the CEO is an invaluable asset for this to happen, for any company. Together, they can develop strategies and initiatives that best serve the employees and the business.
- Establish understanding of perspectives of the CEO and of HR
- Collaborate to build a fair and inclusive workplace
- Discuss ways to address priorities and demonstrate value
- Increase awareness of recruiting and retaining top talent
CEO at Central Arkansas Water
Tad Bohannon was unanimously appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Central Arkansas Water (CAW) by the Board of Commissioners on January 21, 2016. He is tasked with leading the largest public drinking water system in the State of Arkansas, which has an operating and capital improvement budget of nearly $56,000,000, and which serves over 475,000 consumers in 18 cities and communities. With close to two decades of experience with water and wastewater utilities, Tad is responsible for the overall administration and operation of CAW’s assets.
As Chief Executive Officer, Tad will complete the consolidation of Maumelle Water System into CAW, preserve CAW’s outstanding water quality, maintain the affordability of CAW’s water, improve customer service, and continue an ambitious multi-year program to improve aging infrastructure that was initiated by his predecessor. Tad will also work tirelessly to strengthen existing relationships and build strong relationships with local, state, and national constituents and advocates to maintain CAW’s water quality and value for the next generation of Central Arkansas residents, increase sustainability initiatives, and ensure CAW remains a state and national leader in financial reporting, transparency, watershed management, and other key utility operations.
Prior to joining CAW, Tad represented numerous water and wastewater utilities throughout Arkansas. He is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and has served as an adjunct professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law, teaching both Local Government and Real Estate Transactions. Tad has degrees from Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Washington University and Oxford University. Tad is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He maintains Arkansas Class IV water treatment and distribution licenses. In addition, Tad is licensed to practice law in the States of Arkansas and Texas and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and local federal courts. Tad lives in Little Rock with his wife, Gayle, and son, Spencer. The entire family are active members of St. James United Methodist Church.
Human Resources Director at Central Arkansas Water
Tatiana Herrington, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, is head of Central Arkansas Water’s Human Resources Department, ensuring a high-performing, innovative, values-driven, informed, and passionate workforce of more than 330 employees.
Prior to joining CAW in 2020, Tatiana served as the Human Resources leader for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and Garver. Tatiana holds a Master (2006) and Bachelor (2003) of Business Administration from Henderson State University.
Over her 16-year career, Tatiana has spoken to numerous industry-specific and human resource groups about HR best practices and hot topics such as recruiting and retention, award-winning wellness program implementation, benefit design and employee engagement through culture. She is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIV and has served on several industry-specific and community-based boards and committees.