Manuel Cuevas-Trisan

Manuel Cuevas-Trisan
Placed Leader

Manuel Cuevas-Trisan

Vice President for Human Resources
Northwestern University

January 6, 2020

Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to announce the placement of Manuel Cuevas-Trisán as Vice President for Human Resources of Northwestern University.

Cuevas-Trisán was Chief Human Resources officer and Corporate Vice President at Motorola Solutions in Chicago following roles as a lawyer specializing in employment and labor matters.

At Motorola Solutions, Cuevas-Trisán led a global team responsible for the planning, design, implementation, communication and delivery of the company’s human capital strategy and service delivery at all levels for 16,000 employees worldwide. He also oversaw labor and employment law compliance, HR policies and established a global data protection program. Major accomplishments included designing a new model to invest in high-potential talent, insourcing the talent acquisition team and employee service center to enhance support to a distributed workforce, and quadrupling Motorola Solutions’ investment in diversity programs.

Throughout his combined two decades of service at Motorola and its successor, Motorola Solutions, Cuevas-Trisán held various roles as legal counsel supporting regional and global business segments, eventually serving as lead employment and litigation counsel for the company. In 2015, he was named Chief Human Resources Officer while retaining responsibility for the employment law team. He started his career at the law firm McConnell Valdés in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cuevas-Trisán serves as a board member on the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, and he was recently named one of this year’s 50 Business Leaders of Color by Chicago United. Cuevas-Trisán also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.

Cuevas-Trisán earned his bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in executive coaching and leadership from Universitat de Barcelona’s OBS Business School.


Read the press release: Manuel Cuevas-Trisán named Northwestern University’s Vice President for Human Resources.