Name: Charles J. Alaimo

Major at Baruch College: BBA, Human Resources Management / MSILR
Graduation Years: BBA – 1989/ MSILR - 2005
School within Baruch College: Zicklin School of Business
Company and Title:  Aceto Corporation - Senior Vice President, Human Resources


1. Tell us about Aceto Corporation and your role there.

Currently as Senior Vice President, Human Resources with Aceto Corporation I lead the global HR function and initiatives across seven countries. We have grown through acquisitions over the course of the past four years. My main objective when hired by the Chairman of the Board and CEO, was to lead and transform the global organization. I am very proud that during my time here I have developed key processes to align with the new business model in the areas of performance management, talent acquisition, compensation, and learning and development. I have done so while fostering an environment of transparency, collaboration, and open communication all with a ‘high touch’ focus to my internal customers from our most senior C-suite leadership to our front-line staff. 

2. What made you interested in Human Resources and what drives you in your current profession?

Interestingly, I studied Aviation Management before transferring to Baruch in 1986 and started taking some HR courses at Baruch. HR was a fairly new program then and I liked the courses and professors. I saw at the time how HR touches every part of the organization. In my role, I am involved in every facet of the organization, not only in the traditional human resources activities such as recruiting and learning and development, but also with strategy, M&A, and interaction with our Board of Directors. After 28 years in the profession, I am continuing to learn new things and address new challenges which keeps me engaged. 

3. What were some unique challenges you faced as a SVP of Human Resources? 

My background in change management served me well in this role. Prior to joining Aceto, I worked at companies which were going through change and I found myself in many of these instances being the stable force both with our senior leadership as well as our employees. When I arrived at Aceto, my CEO at the time was embarking on many change initiatives and I think I was hired because none of it scared me. My first year was tough as we introduced a lot of initiatives with respect to compensation and performance management, and some employees didn’t like this and chose to self-select out of the organization. Looking back seven years later, we’re a really different company from when I joined but we haven’t lost our family spirit and fun. I like to think I was a big part of that. 

4. How was your experience at Baruch like? How do you feel it benefited you and your career?

Baruch exemplifies the diversity that is NYC and is indeed what my role is about. I am working across borders and with different cultures and norms. Being in a diverse setting like Baruch enabled me to bring that respect to the workplace. The professors were working professionals in the subjects they taught and that had a big impact. They brought their experiences in real-time to the classroom and that was invaluable. This was particularly true in the MSILR program where each of us were working in different settings and we each brought a unique workplace perspective to the cohort.

5. What is one of your favorite memories you have from your time at Baruch?

I had so many both in undergraduate as well with my MSILR cohort. I still to this day remember Professor Allen Kraut’s inbox exercise during my MSILR program. We had a series of emails in our inbox and we had to make a call whether we respond, just file as an FYI, etc. This was extremely interesting and one thing that has helped me out to this day. It has enabled me to focus on responding to the pertinent tasks that require my immediate attention. In retrospect the team projects and presentations was always rewarding-having the opportunity to discuss, debate, and research. I miss that!

6. If you could change one thing during your time at Baruch, what would it be?

I was working full-time while attending both undergraduate and graduate studies. In a way that took away from getting more involved on campus. If I could change one thing it would have been to find the time to get more involved in events and campus initiatives. I am trying to do that now as an Alumni.

7. Do you have any advice for present and future alumni?

The two most important pieces of advice is 1) Be Flexible! The business environment is constantly evolving and so should you. When I interview, I look for that quality in candidates, someone that will be able to roll with changes and directional shifts that occur in the normal course of business and indeed, life. 2) Take every experience, good or bad, as a learning experience. I am who I am today more because of the challenging experiences in my career. I have learned from each one and it made me resilient, tenacious, and persevere. Now nothing really rattles me and I think that is why I have become the trusted advisor and counselor to so many within the organizations I have worked with.

8. How can people contact you?

    

Email: [email protected]