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Alumni Fellows

The Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The program is sponsored by the Dean's Council, the Office of the President and the K-State Alumni Association.

2015 Alumni Fellow

Linda Simon, Ph.D.



Linda Simon is senior vice president of human resources for DIRECTV, where she is responsible for driving a company-wide approach to talent management, including staffing, leadership and organizational development to ensure that DIRECTV’s more than 16,000 employees in the U.S. and nearly 11,000 employees in Latin America are well-positioned to deliver the best video experience to customers.

Before joining DIRECTV in 2010, Simon worked for Marriott International, where she served in roles including senior vice president, talent strategy and development; chief human resources officer for Marriott Vacation Club International; and regional vice president, human resources for Marriott North America’s eastern region. In these roles, Simon’s responsibilities included all leadership development programs and processes, the company’s performance management process, and oversight of engagement, workforce analytics and selection assessment tools. 

Prior to joining Marriott International, Simon was director, then vice president, of organization and leadership effectiveness at America Online, Inc. from 2000 to 2003. Simon also has worked in human resources leadership positions at Dade Behring and Pizza Hut.

Simon earned a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from K-State in 1994. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her daughter, Hope.