Piscataway-based water and housing products company LIXIL promoted Beth Benevenia to chief people officer for the Americas.
Benevenia will join the global human resources team and will be tasked with continuing to shape the company culture by building upon its core values, and working closely with LIXIL Americas’ executive team. In her new role, she will look to reinforce LIXIL’s commitment to enhancing the health and well-being for all people by making better homes a reality for everyone everywhere.
“The terminology chief people officer is kind of the next phase to look at human resources,” Benevenia told NJBIZ. “For the longest time, it has been about resources. Now we have stopped to say people are at the heart of this function and we need to humanize what we do and how we do it. … We know employees choose us and stay with us. Therefore we have an obligation to them. We are essentially taking a step back and saying there are core HR things that we will always have to do. But we are moving onto making sure our entire organization is more people-focused.”
She said her priorities center on the career journey to make sure the cycle of their employment is fulfilling.
“How do we harness individual strengths? How do we match people to jobs?” she said. “[We are focused] on a completely different way of viewing what we have. Turning our people managers into coaches and advisors so that the people who work for them get a sense of connection and empowerment. The intention has always been they are part of what an organization does and what human resources does but it has been behind the scenes.”
She is also focused on diversity and inclusion. “How does that translate into the kind of culture where everyone feels included?” she said.
The company says she will report to Steven Delarge, chief executive officer and president in the Americas, and LIXIL Group Corp. Chief People Officer Jin Montesano.
“Beth has been a tremendous leader throughout her tenure at LIXIL and I am looking forward to working more closely with her to continue to build and enhance our culture,” Delarge said in a statement.
Benevenia brings 18 years of experience as a strategic partner and advisor, including three years at LIXIL Americas, where she has integrated transparency and consistency across human resources throughout the company.
She previously held human resource leadership positions at Hackensack Meridian Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and the Eaton Corp. Benevenia holds a master’s of human resource management degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s of science in finance from St. John’s University.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on Feb. 27 to include a quote from LIXIL Chief People Officer Beth Benevenia.
This article was updated at 9:08 a.m. on March 4 to correct a quote from Benevenia.