Harley-Davidson VP of HR leaving for BorgWarner

Tonit Calaway has been with company since 1998

Harley-Davidson headquarters
Harley-Davidson Inc.'s headquarters in Milwaukee.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. vice president of human resources Tonit Calaway will be leaving the company Friday for a position at Michigan-based BorgWarner, Inc.,  the company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Calaway will start as BorgWarner’s vice president and chief human resources officer on Aug. 1. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., according to a BorgWarner announcement.

Harley announced Tchernavia Rocker would be promoted from general manager of human resources at Harley-Davidson Motor Company to replace Calaway as vice president. Rocker has worked for Harley since 2000. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1996.

Tonit Calaway
Tonit Calaway

Calaway joined Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson in 1998 as an attorney. She initially served as associate general counsel for motor company operations before being promoted to chief compliance counsel and assistant secretary. Calaway was promoted to vice president of human resources in 2010.

She had a base salary in 2015 of $440,833 and total compensation of $1.7 million. As vice president of human resources, Calaway was responsible for overseeing approximately 200 human resource employees worldwide and guiding leadership development, compensation, labor relations and diversity efforts throughout the company.

Harley had approximately 5,700 employees in its motorcycle segment at the end of 2015 and another 600 in financial services.

Calaway also served as president of the Harley-Davidson Foundation and is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

Joanne Bischmann, Harley’s vice president of communications, will replace Calaway as the foundation’s president. Bischmann has been with the company since 1990 and was appointed to her current position in 2010.

Calaway worked at Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. and Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. before joining Harley-Davidson. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1992.

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