Guest Lecturers

Jack Pettit | Talent Development & Workforce Management

Jack PettitJack Pettit is currently a senior Human Resources executive at Purdue Pharma L.P. He received a B.S. in Economics from Rutgers University. Jack serves as a business partner with the Sales and Marketing functions on all Human Resource-related topics.

He began his Human Resources career working in the financial services industry on Wall Street. His multi-industry experience has enabled him to develop and recommend solutions to his line clients that produce results and positively impact the business. Jack has held several positions of increasing responsibility in the transportation business, as well as the life sciences industry. His experience in Human Resources includes concentrations in compensation, talent acquisition, employee relations, and organization design.

Jack serves as a co-chair of the Human Capital Council of the Fairfield County Business Council. He currently resides in Fairfield, CT. He can be reached at

Purdue Pharma L.P. is a mid-sized, privately held pharmaceutical company located in Stamford, CT.

Douglas “Max” Reid | Human Resource Management Strategy

‌Max Reid has served as the Sr. Human Resource Officer for Xerox, Colgate Palmolive and PanAmSat, now part of Intelsat.  He has also worked with the Ford Motor Company in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Nortel Networks in Toronto, Canada and Executive Networks, headquartered in San Francisco, CA.  At Xerox, Mr. Reid was a member of the Board of Directors for Fuji Xerox in Tokyo, Japan and Xerox Canada in Toronto, Canada.  He also served as Chairperson of the Human Resource Committee for the YMCA of Greater New York.  Born in Canada, Mr. Reid graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Business Administration, and Cornell University with a Masters Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Mike DeSantis | Union and Labor Relations

‌Mike DeSantis has worked for GE for more than 29 years, joining the company in 1984 .  He has worked in roles with increasing responsibility in Human Resources and Union Relations on a domestic and global basis. Mr. DeSantis was appointed to his current role as Manager of Global Union Relations for GE Corporate in 2008. In this role, he is responsible for working with labor unions that represent GE employees in the U.S. and around the world.  Mr. DeSantis has extensive experience in contract negotiations and has been a member of GE’s National Bargaining team in 1991, 2000, 2007 and was the company’s chief spokesperson during the 2011 negotiations.