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Carolyn Whiteman

Global Head of HR, QA Vision Care

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.


MHRIR, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
BS, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Career Highlights

  • In her current role, Ms. Whiteman manages a global team of HR professionals and is responsible for setting and executing HR strategy including talent management, international labor, diversity and inclusion and executive coaching.
  • Prior to Alcon, served as the Human Resources Manager for the Downstream Project and Technology business at Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Joined Shell in 2006 and served in various HR roles supporting a variety of business units including Shell Brasil Petroleo, in Rio De Janeiro.
  • Prior to Shell, spent three years at Ingersoll-Rand where she held several HR roles across their corporate office and manufacturing businesses.
  • Currently serves as a committee member and volunteer with Girls Inc. Tarrant County.