Maria Coccaro
Chief Human Resources Officer
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Chief Human Resources Officer with A&M in New York
11+ years with A&M advising on benefits and compensation, employee relations and coaching, organizational design, talent acquisition, performance management, and learning and development
Expertise in human resources, financial services, executive search and mobile technology
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To be a strategic leader, I believe that one must understand the level of operational expertise required to successfully deliver on a strategic plan. The talent of a company's resources is inextricably tied to the overall company performance, so hiring, developing and retaining top talent is critical.
Maria Coccaro is Chief Human Resources Officer with Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) based in New York.

Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to A&M when conventional approaches are not enough to activate change and achieve results. With over 44 offices in 18 countries on four continents, A&M is an independent professional services firm that provides leadership, problem solving and value-creation to both under-performing and robust companies across the industry spectrum.

The firm’s seasoned experts pride themselves on building a culture of independent thinkers and doers who partner with clients to find the right answers and deliver solutions.

Since 2004, under Ms. Coccaro’s leadership, the A&M HR team has been growing and developing in alignment with the exponential growth of the firm, from a company of 250 employees to over 2,500 worldwide. She and her global team provide advisory and operational expertise on benefits and compensation, employee relations and coaching, organizational design, talent acquisition, performance management and learning and development. 

She began her career in HR in the non-profit field at the Society of Automotive Engineers, which publishes standards for the automotive and aerospace industries. Eight years later, Ms. Coccaro joined Salomon Brothers, focusing on compensation before taking a few years off to devote her full time to raising a family. She later returned to the industry with a new focus on executive recruitment, until joining a technology start-up during the dot-com era, serving as the Director of Benefits, before ultimately leading the team as the Director of HR.

Ms. Coccaro earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Federation of European Employers (FedEE).