Ms. Rukes joined Rialto in 2013 to lead our human capital strategies in attracting, rewarding, engaging and developing top industry talent that delivers our strategic, financial and operating objectives. Ms. Rukes is an international Human Resources executive with a 20-year record of success in private equity firms and publicly traded corporations, including Fortune 50, in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an Advisory Board Member to the Center for Human Resources Management at Florida State University’s College of Business.
Prior to joining Rialto, Ms. Rukes was Chief Human Resources Officer of LNR Property Corporation. Prior to LNR, she was Managing Partner of R&R Property Investments. 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 also a graduate of the National Academy of Human Resources’ Chief HR Officer Academy. Ms. Rukes is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and holds both the Senior and Global Professional certifications with the Human Resources Certification Institute.