As senior vice president of human resources, Eileen Nelson leads Cupertino Electric’s HR organization and is responsible for driving professional development initiatives that support the company’s global growth and talent acquisition strategies.
With an impressive, 30-year track-record in HR working for leading high-tech companies, Eileen joined Cupertino Electric in 2012 to help maintain the company’s great culture and position the company for the next phase of growth. Serving on Cupertino Electric’s executive team for the last two years, Eileen has deftly navigated the challenges associated with expanding an established business in a traditional industry. In addition to implementing targeted training for managers, identifying technology to improve processes, and staffing her team with professionals plucked from some of the most respected tech companies in the world, Eileen has raised the bar on performance expectations and feedback at Cupertino Electric to help drive profit. By heightening expectations and challenging employees with best practice programs and direct feedback, Eileen has allowed the company to recognize strong players and attract the highest quality of recruits at all levels.
Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, Eileen was the senior vice president of human resources at Openwave and has led the HR organizations of many of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies, including eBay and 3Com. During her tenure at 3Com, she was instrumental in multiple acquisitions including US Robotics, and the spinoff of Palm to become an independent public company. At eBay, she and her team supported the rapid growth of the international and domestic businesses while ensuring consistent operating principles and culture throughout the global organization. Her ability to motivate and lead a team of people to meet stringent business goals has fueled her success with senior executives and individual contributors alike.
Eileen attended City University of New York’s Queens College, has completed the Advanced Program in Organization Development and Human Resources at Columbia University and serves on the board of CSHRP. She has previously served on the HR Executive Forums Advisory Board and on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the eBay Foundation, Ballet San Jose, Thrive Foundation, TheatreWorks and Junior Achievement Northern California.