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JULY 9, 2015…With his many years of experience in project management and HR consulting, Tom Waye hopes to “really help reconstitute what we’re doing and how we do it,” in his new role as human resources director for the Secretariat.

Tom Waye, HR Director

Tom Waye

He describes himself as both a process and project thinker, who wants to help challenge both himself and his staff to make sure the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is serving its clients appropriately.

“I will push my staff to be at the table adding solutions and adding value way before there is a need,” Waye said after starting his new job this week.

Waye previously worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston for 18 years, where he was director of human resources, before leaving the company in 2012 to start his own consulting firm.

At his Milton-based HR consulting firm, Waye focused on reengineering companies, project management, cost analysis and management consulting. He started his career in global lending at the Bank of Boston.

Waye said when he first joined Houghton Mifflin in the 1990s the company was experiencing growing pains.

“I walked in when they were really on the cusp of challenges because the internet was growing; there were challenges around how do you manage content in the education space; there was more competition for that space,” he said.

It was also a time to take a look at what kind of employees the publishing company was recruiting, Waye said.

“The challenge was to bring in really different employees, not just around race, but also those that brought different perspectives to build new widgets in a dynamic way,” he said.

“We are really excited about what Tom brings to EOLWD and expect that his knowledge and experience will greatly benefit all of us,” said Undersecretary Stephanie Neal-Johnson, whom Tom will report to directly.

Waye holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from the University of South Carolina. He also completed an executive management program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Waye grew up in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, and said he learned his “people-person skills” from his parents, who were both very active in their community.

He currently lives in Milton, with his two children.

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