Developing & Mentoring Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs
Advisor and Reference
Daniel J. Phelan Biography
Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics) and is Chairman of the Management Development and Compensation Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of INDIVIOR PLC and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Health Care Advisory Board of Computer Sciences Corporation and the Advisory Board of RiseSmart, which offers next-generation outplacement solutions leveraging cloud-based technology. He is an Executive Director of Executive Networks and co-chairs its Human Resources Roundtable whose members include over 65 chief human resources officers.
Dan retired from GlaxoSmithKline in December 2012 after 31 years. He was Senior Advisor to the CEO from 2011-2012. From 2008-2010 he was Chief of Staff with global responsibility for Corporate Strategy and Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Real Estate and Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Security and Aviation. He was Senior Vice-President, Human Resources from 1994-2008, a member of the Corporate Executive Team from 1994 – 2010, and has been an advisor to three chief executives.
He joined the company as Manager of Labor Relations in 1981 and in 1986 was named Vice-President, Employee Relations. In 1988, he became Vice President, Personnel for the U.S. Pharmaceutical Division. He later became Senior-Vice President, Operations and Administration for the global Research & Development organization.
Dan is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ. He served as an officer on active duty and the reserves in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1971-1977. He received a Master’s degree in higher education administration from the Ohio State University and was a director in the Office of Student Services at Ohio State for three years. He attended Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where he earned his law degree in 1980. He was an associate in the labor department of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel in Philadelphia prior to joining SmithKline Corporation. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Dan was named to the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University in 2013, and has been a member of the Board of Overseers since 2009. He is a member of the Boards of WHYY, Greater Philadelphia’s leading public media provider and The Fairmount Park Conservancy, which oversees the park system for the city of Philadelphia. He was co-chair of the Corporate Executive Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 2011-2012. He has also been a lecturer on comparative corporate governance at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Executive Master’s Program. He was the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
Dan has published in the areas of CEO succession and onboarding and public sector collective bargaining. His most recent publications are “Picking the Right Insider for CEO Succession” in the January 2009 Harvard Business Review and “Vision and Substance: The CHRO’s Role in Successful CEO Onboarding” in HR Directions 2015.
Dan was a mentor to both Suie & Weaver for many years