Duane La Bom is the Director of Learning and Development at Rackspace based in San Antonio, Texas. Rackspace is a global Cloud Computing provider with annual revenues in excess of $1B and over 5000 employees globally.
An experienced leader with passion for leveraging human resources to continually improve business performance, Duane has enjoyed success at developing talent globally for emerging-high-growth as well as established fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Duane has guided employee development programs for one of the world’s premier manufacturing organization.
Early in his career, Duane successfully completed the Leadership Development Program at Willamette Industries. Soon after, he was promoted to Regional Manager of Training where he was responsible for supporting all talent development needs for a business segment with over 15K employees located in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Alabama. Based on his success he was asked to lead the North American training function.
After over seven years with Willamette Industries, Duane joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the world’s leading automotive manufacturer with revenues in excess of $230B at the time. Duane held multiple HR Leadership roles before being named Manager of Training and Development. In this role Duane played the lead role in developing the programs needed to develop the 2200 new employees hired for Toyota’s new plant in San Antonio, Texas. The training delivered to these new employees were instrumental in helping Toyota receive the JD Powers award the first year of production. This had never been done in the automotive industry.
Currently at Rackspace, Duane is responsible for all technical learning and development programs. Focus in this role includes the building of cloud computing skills for global employees and also for future employees through the delivery of technical training through the Rackspace Open Cloud Academy.
Educated at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Mr. La Bom currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Danielle and their three children.