Moore School’s Center for Executive Succession welcomes new executive director

Marcia Avedon

Marcia Avedon

(Columbia, S.C.) — The Moore School’s Center for Executive Succession has hired retired Trane Technologies executive vice president and chief human resources, marketing and communications officer Marcia Avedon as its new executive director beginning June 1.

Avedon brings more than 35 years of global experience leading Fortune 500 companies’ human resources practices in diverse sectors that include industrial, health care and consumer products.

“Marcia is a perfect match for what CES needs in an executive director. She brings both breadth and depth of knowledge in all aspects of CES’s mission,” said Patrick Wright, CES faculty director. “She has been part of a number of CEO and C-suite successions, both as a chief human resources officer and as a board member, so she understands the dynamics of the process from multiple vantage points. Her Ph.D. gives her both an appreciation for and understanding of how research can help organizations make better decisions. Her distinguished career and current role as a board member at Generac adds significant credibility to CES.”

She served as the executive vice president and chief human resources, communications and corporate affairs officer at Ingersoll Rand, which separated from Trane in 2020, for more than 13 years. She was the chief human resources officer at Merck science and technology company prior to that. She also serves as an independent board director at Generac Power Systems and previously was a corporate director on the boards of Lincoln Financial and GCP Applied Technologies.

Avedon has long been connected to the Moore School. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Executive Succession, which was founded in 2013. She has served on the center’s Board of Advisors since its inception and was the first chair of that board. She previously served on the Moore School’s Riegel & Emory Human Resources Research Center Advisory Board from 1998-2002; she has also participated in many guest lectures, hired interns and graduates of the Master of Human Resources program and mentored students.

Avedon has a long list of accomplishments, including impacting a host of large global companies’ human resources practices, which has enhanced the work lives of tens of thousands of their employees. Learn more about Avedon’s accomplishments.

Avedon earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She completed a master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from George Washington University.

Avedon has also served as an active board member for a wide variety of national professional, civic, cultural and philanthropic organizations.


The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is among the highest-ranked business schools in the world for international business education and research. Founded in 1919, the school has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects, study abroad programs and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Moore School offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as distinctive executive education programs. In 1998, the school was named for South Carolina native and New York financier Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school after a woman. Learn more at

The Center for Executive Succession serves as an independent, objective source of knowledge regarding C-suite succession practices. The center provides a forum for corporate leaders to shape the future direction of succession practices, which are increasingly one of the board’s top governance priorities. Center partners contribute to cutting edge research that challenges the status quo and is empirically driven to further success in C-suite succession planning. For more information or to inquire about potential membership, visit or email

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