ADP’s Rodriguez stepping down as CEO; Black to succeed him

ADP will have a new CEO for 2023, it announced Wednesday, with Maria Black taking over for Carlos Rodriguez — who will become executive chairman as of Jan. 1.

Black, ADP’s current president, will add the CEO role to her duties and become a director on the Roseland-based human capital management company’s board.

Maria Black.

Rodriguez has been CEO, as well as a director, since November 2011. He is a widely recognized leader and a regular member of ROI-NJ’s ROI Influencers lists. During his time as CEO, he has led ADP through what it called an extraordinary period of growth and significant shifts in the world of work. The company has grown from its payroll-processing roots to a total human resources business.

“Being CEO of ADP for these past 11 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Rodriguez said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of everything ADP has achieved to date, but I am most incredibly proud of our associates, who have always shown an unwavering commitment to our clients while navigating a highly dynamic world of work amid changing business and operating environments.

“I am delighted that Maria will be the next CEO of ADP. She has learned our business truly from the ground up, which gives her a powerful perspective and understanding of ADP’s products, innovation strategy and growth opportunities. I am confident that Maria will continue to lead ADP successfully into the future.”

Black has been president of the company since January, overseeing sales, marketing and all business operations. Prior to her current role, she had been president, worldwide sales and marketing, since February 2020. She has been with the company since 1996, holding a variety of other leadership positions.

“I am grateful for the confidence of the board, and I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead ADP as it continues to deliver insightful technology and solutions that meet the changing needs of our clients, as well as sustainable profitable growth and consistent value creation for our shareholders,” Black said in a statement. “I am committed to fostering meaningful collaboration and empowering the great talent of our 60,000 associates, whose relentless focus on the success of our clients has reshaped HCM time and again by rethinking a better, more personalized world at work.”

In one other executive transition, after Rodriguez becomes executive chairman, the company’s current chair, John P. Jones, will become its lead independent director.

“Maria’s appointment to CEO demonstrates ADP’s commitment to leadership development and the company’s strong succession planning process,” Jones said. “Maria has been at ADP for over two decades, is a proven leader and has held various executive leadership roles at the company. The board is thrilled and confident she will continue to build on ADP’s strong foundation and success going forward.”