The McGraw-Hill Companies Appoints John Berisford as Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Dec 03, 2010, 09:00 ET from The McGraw-Hill Companies

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) today announced the appointment of John Berisford to executive vice president, Human Resources, effective January 3, 2011. Mr. Berisford will be responsible for leading critical initiatives to continually engage and develop employees and ensure The McGraw-Hill Companies has the talent to succeed in the knowledge economy.  

He succeeds David Murphy who is retiring after eight exemplary years with the Corporation. Mr. Murphy will support a smooth leadership transition by remaining with the Corporation and acting as HR Advisor until the end of February.

"John is a dynamic, global leader who brings to the Corporation extensive experience leading all aspects of human resources," said Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies. "We're pleased to add John's considerable talents to our senior management team, where he will continue building a workforce committed to innovation, growth and most importantly, our customers. I also want to thank David for his leadership and true professionalism which have served us so well over the past eight years.  I wish him well in his deserved retirement."

Mr. Berisford has 22 years of experience at PepsiCo, most recently serving as senior vice president, Human Resources for Pepsi Beverages Company. Previously, he held senior Human Resources positions with Pepsi Bottling Group.

Mr. Berisford holds a bachelor's degree in political science from West Liberty College in West Virginia and a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from West Virginia University.

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Release issued: December 3, 2010

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