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New Human Resources Executive Joins Trail Blazers

05/31/13
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    PORTLAND, Ore. (May 31, 2013) – Sarah Petrone is joining the Portland Trail Blazers as its new Vice President of Human Resources. Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan made the hiring announcement today, with Ms. Petrone joining the organization effective June 10.

    A Portland native, Petrone was most recently Head of Human Resources, People and Culture for the North America Region of Denmark-based Vestas Wind Technology (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen: VWS). While at Vestas, Petrone was based in its Portland offices and responsible for all Human Resources operations for its North American Sales, Service, Technology, and Manufacturing divisions.

    “Sarah brings a wealth of experience, particularly in the areas of leadership and staff development,” said McGowan. “The hiring of Sarah concludes our search to find a solid executive to lead our Human Resources function. We look forward to her contributions to our Trail Blazers organization.”

    Prior to joining Vestas in 2009, Petrone was an HR Consultant at Genentech, Inc. in Hillsboro during its ramp-up phase in Oregon. Her experience also includes five years as Manager of Human Resources, Training and Development for A-dec, Inc., in Newberg; and six years overseeing a range of regional employee relations and training assignments for Hollywood Entertainment, Inc., in Wilsonville.

    Petrone holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marylhurst University, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. Other accreditations include certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) as administered nationally by the HR Certification Institute. Petrone also served as a board member of the Portland Community College Foundation for six years promoting education and access to the Portland community.

    Married to Donald Rose, a Portland Public Schools teacher, Petrone is the mother of two children.

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