October 3, 2011 – Bersin & Associates, a research and consulting firm focused on enterprise learning and talent management, has strengthened its analyst team with two prominent experts focused on HR learning and talent management topics. Dr. Katherine Jones, a veteran in enterprise workforce and talent management applications, joins the firm as principal analyst and director of human capital management. Dr. Jones is based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, where Bersin & Associates global customers include Bechtel and Cisco. Dr. Brenda Kowske, an authority on conducting HR research and an expert in human resource management and talent management, joins as senior analyst leading the firm’s HR practice. Dr. Kowske is based in Minneapolis. Bersin & Associates’ members in that metropolitan area include General Mills, Thomson Reuters Corp. and UnitedHealth Group. “These top-notch analysts bring strategic HR and talent management research expertise and advisory skills to our members,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president. “As strategic HR and technologies continue to evolve rapidly, these experts provide the know-how to help our members in HR, talent and learning advance their strategies, processes and teams for optimal impact.” Before joining Bersin & Associates, Dr. Jones led Independent Consulting Services, providing marketing and research services to high technology companies. She was formerly research director at Aberdeen Group for eight years, focusing on research and consulting services in HR, talent acquisition, workforce management, ERP and mid-market companies. Dr. Kowske joins Bersin & Associates from Kenexa High Performance Institute, where she served as a research manager and as a consultant to both internal and external audiences on a wide variety of topics, including employee and survey research administration, performance management, and competency modeling.