Meet Katie Jones, New Director of Human Resources

Katie O. Jones, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has joined Schnabel Engineering as director of human resources. Based at corporate headquarters in Glen Allen, Virginia, she is tasked with driving human capital strategy and processes and advancing the core services of the HR function which she will lead; and serving as Schnabel’s talent brand and culture ambassador.

As a principal and senior vice president reporting to CEO Walt Rabe, Katie is a key member of the corporate leadership team responsible for all aspects of HR including strategic planning and business partnership, organizational design and effectiveness, talent and leadership development, improvement of systems and processes, team and individual development, succession planning, compensation and rewards, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations and engagement.

Prior to joining Schnabel, Katie had a lengthy career with SunTrust Bank and served as senior vice president, with responsibility for the HR business partner function providing strategic human capital consulting to business leaders, and was a member of the corporate human resources executive leadership team. She founded POET Consulting, LLC as principal and owner, providing strategic business and human capital consulting services. Her 30 years of industry experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, where she has supported the integration of teams and talent, and led complex organizational transformations focused on growth, divestiture, and efficiency strategies.

Katie is certified is a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a member of SHRM and its Richmond chapter, and most recently served on the advisory board of the Riegel & Emory MHR Program of the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

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