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Kathy Cullen-Cote wins the 2018 HRLF Bob Gatti HR Leadership Excellence Award

Tuesday, December 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
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BOSTON (December 18, 2018) – Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF) and GattiHR announce Kathy Cullen-Cote, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, PTC, as the recipient of the 2nd annual HRLF Bob Gatti HR Leadership Excellence Award. This award showcases the inspirational and exemplary work of HR leaders.


The awards gala was held in Cambridge and attended by close to 300 senior level HR executives and Business Leaders. Kathy was selected from a group of 15 nominees who each exemplify the criteria that define Bob Gatti’s very own values and legacy:

·        Bold and courageous leaders that make a difference

·        Honest, fair, transparent with a high level of integrity

·        Innovators of impactful change

·        Results-driven

·        Always there for others


Kathy Cullen-Cote embodies those characteristics, and during her acceptance she shared a touching message about how Bob Gatti played an instrumental role in her decision to work at PTC.  In 2002, facing a career crossroad, the single mother of three was referred to Bob Gatti for advice. Kathy had never met Gatti, but, as was his legacy, Bob seemingly created time to listen, lift, and guide this young professional. He advised her to make her decision based on the company for which she wanted to work.  He assured her that “hard work would lead to recognition and reward once there.” How serendipitous that 16 years later, one such reward, in this case the Bob Gatti HR leadership award, would bring these two paths together again.


Following Bob Gatti’s guidance, Cullen joined PTC, intent on making a difference and she quickly ascended the HR ranks, becoming a VP in 2009 and then promoted into her current role as the Global Corporate leader of HR in 2012.


“Kathy’s a bold, reliable initiator who’s changed the organizational culture at PTC, laying a foundation for change management and collaboration that’s led to a global transformation. She instills trust and faith in people through transparency and authenticity. She does not shy away from open and authoritative conversations,” said Russ Campanello, winner of the inaugural Bob Gatti HR Leadership Award in 2017. Describing the importance of this award, Campanello shared, “To advance, the HR industry requires the ability of our peers to innovate and recognize when success and inspiration happen. Because of Bob, we all stand a little taller today.”


As an HR leader in Boston-area companies like Bank of Boston, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Motorola, Bob Gatti successfully helped elevate the Human Resources industry. He was a founding member of HRLF and the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), and he created the Senior Human Resource Network (SHRN). Bob founded Gatti & Associates as an HR-specific executive search firm and today, GattiHR, has grown to become an internationally respected HR services firm offering Retained Executive Search, Workforce Analytics and Technology Services. 

A leading community for senior HR leaders in New England, Human Resource Leadership Form (HRLF) provides an opportunity for HR leaders to connect and learn from each other, preparing HR leaders to fully anticipate and address the business and organizational challenges of today and in the future.   A natural partnership developed between HRLF and GattiHR to co-present this prestigious award.  This year’s nominees include:

Lisa Abbott
Chief Human Resources Officer
Colleen Fuller
Head of Talent and Experience
Ron Arigo *
Chief Human Resources Officer
Commonwealth of MA
Beth Grous
Chief People Officer

Amanda Arriva
Global Vice President, Human Resources
Schneider Electric


Steve Kane
Senior Vice President, Human Resources Americas
Smith & Nephew


Caren Block
Vice President, People and Culture
Casma Therapeutics


Renee Pecor
Vice President, Human Resources
The Gordian Group


Kelley Boucher
Head of Human Resources


Elicia Pegues Spearman
Vice President, Human Resources


Laurie Connors
Vice President, Human Resources
Lahey Health


Juli Rochon *
Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development
Nuance Communications


Kathy Cullen-Cote **
Corporate Vice President, Human Resources

Tracie Sponenberg
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
The Granite Group


Regina DeTore Paglia *
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Paratek Pharmaceuticals


* Finalist, recipient of 2018 Award of Distinction

** 2018 HRLF Bob Gatti HR Leadership Award recipient

“Bob’s legacy and the values upon which he created this firm remain an important cornerstone for our entire team. It’s important that we take time to listen, have the courage to innovate and the opportunity to take risks. Together with our HR colleagues, we advance the field, while always remembering that humans are the most important aspect of Human Resources,” offered Tom Connolly, CEO of GattiHR.

“We saw the need to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in HR. Through our nomination process, we were impressed by the quality of individuals represented who are doing outstanding work in our profession” said, Stephanie Franklin, President of HRLF.


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