Magazine article Workforce Management

5 QUESTIONS for Cathryn Gabor

Magazine article Workforce Management

5 QUESTIONS for Cathryn Gabor

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AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co.

Cathryn Gabor, a 20-year human resources veteran, has worked at W.L. Gore & Associates and Capital One, both on Fortune's list of the best companies to work for. In September, she joined AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. as senior vice president of talent management and human resources. Gabor spoke to Workforce Management staff writer Jessica Marquez about how she plans to help the company, which has 6,500 employees, reach its goal of doubling revenue and tripling profit by 2012.

Workforce Management: Your job entails employee relations, a new element to the position. Why did AXA make that part of your role?

Cathryn Gabor: Often companies don't consider employee relations to be part of talent management. We, like many organizations, have employment attorneys who handle the claims. But I am looking at how can I systematically (consider) all of the employee complaints and address a few key drivers around engagement, innovation and leadership. If we can address these imperatives, we won't have as many complaints.

WM: How are you going to help AXA reach its growth targets?

Gabor: We want to be the most sought-out company to build a career. That's not something that really sticks right now. To do this, I'm looking for the crème de la crème and tapping passive talent. These are not the people posting their résumés on They may not have thought about leaving their companies. They may not even be in the insurance business. …

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