FIU's 2017 Torch Awards Gala recognized David Van Rooy, then-Vice President of Executive Development at Walmart, Inc., with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
A 2005 Ph.D. graduate, Van Rooy also made an impact at Walmart as Senior Director of International Human Resources Strategy & Operations, a role in which he was responsible for the world’s largest performance management and employee engagement programs, covering nearly 2.2 million employees globally. Before Walmart, he worked at Marriott International, where he led global Human Resources operations and systems for several Centers of Expertise (COE) including compensation, benefits, workforce planning, performance management, associate engagement, and learning. He also held several Talent Management and Marketing roles of increasing responsibility at Burger King Corporation.
In his book, Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies To Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, David explores the concept of Career Trajectory and how you can leverage your skills and create new possibilities around you to forge a positive path and reach your highest goals. David received his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida International University. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific business articles and book chapters and given over 30 presentations at international conferences. Most of the articles are highly recognized by national and international media outlets including USA Today, CNN and HR Asia. In addition to performance management and employee engagement, he is a recognized expert in the fields of emotional intelligence as well as employee assessment and selection.