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Parsons Names Dana Turturro as SVP of Talent Acquisition to Develop Strategic Transformation; Debra Fiori Quoted

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Parsons Corporation has appointed Dana Turturro as the company’s senior vice president of talent acquisition to develop the company’s strategic transformation, Parsons announced on Thursday.

“Dana’s understanding of recruiting, coupled with her strategic mindset and metrics-based approach to talent management and acquisition will help propel Parsons into the next phase of our transformation,” said Debra Fiori, chief people officer for Parsons.

Turturro joins Parsons after 20 years leading talent acquisition and professional services efforts across industries, including for several federal defense companies. Prior to joining Parsons, she served at Peraton where she was responsible for all net headcount growth drivers including hiring, retaining and redeploying talent.

As vice president of talent at Peraton, she led global transformation initiatives and talent acquisition strategies. She discussed the changing job and talent market on a panel in Dec. 2019.

On the panel, Turturro discussed the job market, changing employee desires and a pending surge of retirements, and how these factors in the market have to force employers to reconsider how they capture, train and keep qualified workers. “Recruiting, in a lot of ways, has gone full-circle,” said Dana Turturro.

She noted that the job pendulum now is swinging back from impersonal mass recruiting to experiences with a personal touch. She compared the trend of receiving a handwritten letter via traditional mail instead of the usual deluge of emails. Job flexibility and telework options are also factors in applicants’ decisions, she said.

She noted that businesses and other organizations must keep the workers they have via training and promotions. “We need to use data to educate our managers that career progression is good for the health of the company,” Turturro said. “When we lose someone to an external competitor, it doesn’t [help] anybody.”

Prior to Peraton, Turturro held additional talent acquisition and mobility roles with CACI International and CSRA. In the roles, she has proven herself to be adept at building strong teams and processes focused on creating value for employees, shareholders and clients.

She has been instrumental in developing and streamlining the HR functions for global operations.

In addition, Turturro has adopted best in class recruiting and retention strategies and implemented metrics, SLAs and dashboards focused on improving talent acquisition, engagement, development and retention.

Throughout her career, Turturro has streamlined employee mobility functions to encourage employee retention and alignment to career pathing, workforce management and learning and development programs.

Turturro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from Randolph-Macon College, a Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from The College of William & Mary and Master of Arts degree in executive coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

“Her leadership and knowledge of growth markets, especially in cyber and space, have already made her an asset to our team,” concluded Fiori.

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