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2013 Game Changer: Katie McGrath

Senior vice president and director of HR, Fahlgren Mortine, Columbus, Ohio

August 11, 2013
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Katie McGrath may work at a small firm, but she’s accomplished big things there.

McGrath is the senior vice president and director of human resources at Fahlgren Mortine, a marketing and communications company with 166 employees. Since she arrived in 2008, McGrath, 37, has put in place a number of programs and processes typically associated with sophisticated large corporations. Among these is the public relations agency’s first formal professional development program, Fahlgren Mortine University.

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She also helped design and execute highly valued perks: a paid time off week between Christmas and New Year’s, a larger 401(k) match and a profit-sharing bonus pool. McGrath also established a peer-to-peer recognition program and spearheaded a philanthropy effort in which the company has taken on signature causes including a food drive.

McGrath was named a 2012 Columbus CEO HR Excellence Executive of the Year finalist, a big accolades for a small firm and its dynamic head of HR.

Ed Frauenheim is associate editorial director of Human Capital Media, the parent organization of Workforce. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Frauenheim on Twitter at @edfrauenheim.

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