Kathy Oswald is a results-oriented, highly accomplished executive and independent board member with strong strategic and business planning, merger and acquisition, change management, succession planning, executive compensation, and corporate governance experience. Her career spans a variety of industries, including manufacturing, global automotive, healthcare, information technology staffing and services, and organizational consulting; and she has worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Kathy is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Physician Leadership Excellence, a joint venture between H2O Energy and LPA Systems to respond to a growing need for healthcare organizations to be able to identify physicians who can be moved successfully into leadership positions; and to facilitate the development of physicians currently holding leadership positions.
Kathy began her career as a secretary at the Chrysler Corporation in 1972. During her 28 years with Chrysler, she grew to become Chrysler’s top female executive before retiring in 2000. At the time of her retirement, Kathy was Daimler Chrysler’s Chief Administrative Officer responsible for Human Resources, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Public Relations, and Communications.
Following her career at Chrysler, Kathy joined a global talent management firm as President of Great Lakes Region. While there, she was responsible for all operations of their offices in the Great Lakes region. Her key roles included leading their Organizational Consulting, Key Executive, and Business Development activities, as well as growing their customer base. During her tenure, she led them to year-after-year records for growth and profit.
Kathy joined Henry Ford Health System as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this position, she was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for 30,000 employees and over 1,200 employed physicians, including succession planning, leadership and physician development, performance management, talent selection, credentialing, employee/physician engagement; compensation, pensions, benefits, health engagement, employee safety, diversity, security, and employee relations.