Virtual Appoints Bonnie Bystrek as Chief People Officer

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Seasoned Talent and Culture Creation Executive to Lead Virtual’s People and Culture Team

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – November 4, 2019 — Virtual, Inc., the leading provider of professional services to technology consortia and professional societies, announced the addition of Bonnie J. Bystrek as the company’s first chief people officer (CPO), reporting directly to Virtual CEO Andy Freed. Bystrek brings nearly two decades of leadership and success with various Fortune 500 companies as well as leading financial services, technology, and healthcare companies to Virtual, where she will drive the company’s ambitious culture and human capital initiatives to accelerate the company’s recent and continued expansion.

“Aligning our people strategy with our business goals is one of the top priorities at Virtual. It is the work of our talented team of professionals that enables our clients to make their mark on the world,” said Freed. “Bonnie has an exceptional record of success creating and leading the culture and personal strategy for several exceptional organizations. Her expertise and leadership will be a significant asset as Virtual continues to transform and scale our business.”

Most recently, Bystrek served as a vice president of Human Resources at Steward Health Care, where she oversaw the business and cultural transformation of a 2,300-person Boston-based hospital. Before joining Steward, she was part of the Global Exchange senior leadership Fintech team at State Street as vice president of Human Resources. Prior to State Street, Bystrek worked for the Tower Group Companies, a publicly held specialty insurance company, as vice president of Human Resources.

“It is an incredibly exciting time to join Virtual,” said Bystrek. “Our expanding footprint present seemingly endless potential as we look to deliver innovation and solutions that empower global associations, standards organizations, consortia, startup advocacy groups, and professional societies to achieve their goals and make a mark on the world. I am looking forward to transforming Virtual’s talent strategy and business to the next level of excellence.”

Bystrek holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Organizational Behavior from the University of Connecticut. She is an active member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF) program committee and has joined Northeastern University as an adjunct faculty member of their Human Resources graduate program. Bystrek is also a member of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) and Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology (WEST).  Bystrek also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).


About Virtual, Inc.

Virtual, Inc. drives success for its clients and enables them to make their mark on the world. The company delivers strategic consulting, best practices, innovation, and world-class business operations to associations, technology and standards organizations, scientific professional societies, state governments and professional licensing associations. Virtual, Inc. was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of growth companies and “The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work.” Virtual, Inc. has offices in Wakefield, Mass.; Nashville, Tenn.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Reston, Va. For more information about the services that Virtual, Inc. provides to its clients, visit

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