Ms. Rukes joined Rialto in 2013 as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Rukes is Rialto’s Chief Human Resources Officer and leads our human capital strategies to attract, reward, engage and develop top industry talent that delivers on our strategic, financial and operating objectives. Ms. Rukes is an international Human Resources executive with a 20-year record of success in both publicly traded and private equity corporations, including Fortune 50, in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She was most recently Chief Human Resources Officer of LNR Property Corporation.
Prior to joining LNR, Ms. Rukes served as Managing Partner of R&R Property Investments, a real estate investment firm. She began her Human Resources career at Verizon Communications, and later joined PepsiCo, where she served as VP HR for Frito Lay’s operations in Spain and as VP HR for Pepsi Cola’s South America & Caribbean market unit. Throughout her career, Ms. Rukes has consulted to a variety of publicly traded, privately held and non-profit organizations in a broad range of HR specialties.
Ms. Rukes holds an MBA and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida, and a BS in Psychology from Florida State University with related coursework at Cornell University. She is SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) certified, and is a graduate of the National Academy of Human Resources’ Chief Human Resources Officer Academy.