Mike Costello '97The Museum of Nature & Science has named HR veteran Mike Costello to serve in the newly formed position of vice president of human resources. Costello, who reports to Museum CEO Nicole G. Small, assumed his duties on October 25, 2011.

“Mike Costello is a terrific addition to our team, and his expertise will be especially important as we move closer to opening the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science,” said Small. “Mike brings a wealth of talent to our growing organization, and his proven abilities – in everything from organizational development to performance management and employee engagement – will help
us advance toward our goal of becoming one of America’s premier museums.”

Most recently, Costello served as vice president of organization development for Dallas-based Sammons Corporation, the service subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises Incorporated, a diversified holding company with almost $40 billion dollars in assets. As vice president of organization development, the top HR position at the holding company, his responsibilities included leadership and employee development, performance management, talent acquisition and management, employee engagement, executive compensation, corporate communications and retirement benefits.

Prior to Sammons, Costello was the vice president of people for American Eagle Airlines, the regional subsidiary of AMR Corporation. During his tenure, Costello was responsible for leading the Eagle People Department through some of the most difficult times in airline history following the 9/11 tragedy. Before advancing to the top HR role at Eagle, Costello was responsible for running the largest operational division at Eagle, the DFW region which had more than 3,300 employees in seven states and 33 cities. He also served as chief spokesperson and vice president of labor relations for Eagle from 1995 until 2000. During that time, he and his team achieved a historic 16-year labor agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association.

Costello has an MBA from the University of Dallas and a bachelor of science in aviation management from Southern Illinois University. He lives in Colleyville with his wife and enjoys triathlons and competitive road and mountain biking in his spare time.