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Topco names 2 executives

Anjani Bhargava

Topco Associates on Wednesday announced the appointment of two officers. Anjani Bhargava has joined the company as SVP and chief human resources officer, and Danell O’Neill has been promoted to VP, corporate communications.

Bhargava will have overall responsibility for the company’s human resources function, which includes developing and implementing Topco’s human capital strategy through comprehensive initiatives and programs. Bhargava will report directly to president and CEO Randy Skoda.

Bhargava comes to Topco with extensive experience working with senior executives on leadership effectiveness, talent management, organization design and building strategic human resources functions at companies such as Best Buy, Biogen, Con Agra, CDW, McDonalds and Xerox. Prior to her consulting work, Bhargava held a key leadership position at Lenovo where she led the global organization development, talent management, culture and human resources M&A functions. She also held senior roles at Pepsi and Motorola.

Danell O'Neill

In the newly created role of VP, corporate communications, O’Neill will continue to manage messaging that promotes and enhances Topco’s brand reputation for all stakeholders across all channels. A key pillar of this role will include the development and implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan that is aligned to the organization’s strategic planning process. This plan will advance the company’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences.


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“Under Danell’s leadership, the role of communications within Topco has become an invaluable asset that has helped to advance our position with relevant constituents, driving broader awareness, understanding and support for the organization. The need for strong communications remains critical as Topco continues to evolve its work with the membership,” said Skoda.

O’Neil joined Topco in 2013. She previously was a managing partner of a consulting company. She also held communications roles at Honeywell, Accenture and The Nielsen Co.

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