Tom Connolly

Managing Director

Tom Connolly is Managing Director at Armstrong Franklin and is also President & CEO of GattiHR, the parent company of Gatti & Associates and Armstrong Franklin.

Prior to joining GattiHR, Tom spent more than 25 years working with companies undergoing major transformation.   At Vertex Pharmaceuticals he served as Senior Vice President & CHRO.   He oversaw all aspects of Vertex’s global HR activities during a period of phenomenal growth and a radical rotation of the Company’s therapeutic focus.  He served as the CHRO for UBS, working on more than a dozen transactions, including the acquisition of Paine Webber and Enron Energy Services.  During his time there, the investment banking division grew from #16 to #3 in the world.  He was also the CHRO at MF Global during that company’s turnaround effort, and has held HR leadership roles at major corporations including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Aetna, and Lehman Brothers.  Tom has managed HR operations in more than 40 countries, and has completed expatriate assignments in London, Zurich, and Tokyo.

In addition, Tom built two successful business-to-consumer companies from scratch and subsequently sold.

Tom holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an MA in Health Care Administration. He also holds an MBA from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors at Patheer, an HR software company.  He has served as an advisor to Save the Children on HR and other organizational matters, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation & Change Leadership at Suffolk University and on the Biotech Advisory Board at Bunker Hill Community College.