Past HRD of the Year Awards

The 2021 awards will be announced at the HRO Today Forum EMEA on November 1, 2021.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 HRD of the Year Awards!

If people are a company’s greatest asset, then HR Directors (HRDs) and Chief HR Officers (CHROs) have a lot riding on their shoulders.  We at HRO Today EMEA magazine recognize the strategic business value that HRDs and CHROs bring to their organizations.  They are both stewards and strategists, responsible for a company’s talent and performance blueprint, driving both business and the bottom line forward.  Our HRD of the Year Award recognizes HR leaders that help drive workforce initiatives through innovation with measurable excellence in employee engagement and retention to prove it.  These HRDs are responsible for providing leadership to ensure talent acquisition and retention, business growth, and a culture that can lead in a global workforce.

The HRO Today awards gala is the industry’s best-known and most prestigious event that brings together inspirational innovators and thought leaders.

The 2019 HRD of the Year EMEA Awards Gala and Dinner took place at the Marker Hotel Dublin on 4 November, part of the HRO Today Forum EMEA.

Congratulations to the 2019 HRD of the Year Award EMEA Leaders of Distinction & Winners:

Monica Arora
Head of Human Resources PHASTAR
Joe Cronin
Megan Giannini

WINNER: HRD of the Year, For Profit, Large Enterprise

SVP and Chief HR Officer Lumileds
Dawn Moore

WINNER: HRD of the Year, Sustainable Workforce

Director of Human Resources Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
Marie Sandler

WINNER: HRD of the Year, For Profit, Small Enterprise

Director of Human Resources DCC OS
Indi Seehra

WINNER: HRD of the Year, Not For Profit

Director of Human Resources London School of Economics and Political Science
Praveen Singh
Global Head – HR Xduce
Mark Stewart

WINNER: HRD of the Year, Lifetime Achievement

HR Director and General Manager Airbus

Congratulations to the 2018 HRD of the Year Award EMEA Leaders of Distinction Winners & Finalists:

Pradeep Bhaskaran

WINNER: HRD of the Year, For Profit

HR Head, Global Growth Markets Cognizant
Natasha Dillon

WINNER: HRD of the Year, Innovation

Chief People Officer Inmarsat
Hein Knaapen

WINNER: CHRO of the Year, Sustainable Workforce

Joris Monard
HR Manager Netherlands Siemens
Brighton Mwiinga
Former Head of Human Resources & Administration Prudential Life Zambia
Leena Nair
CHRO Unilever
Enrico A. Palumbo
HR Director SAP (Switzerland) AG
Melvin Rogers
Director of HR Sytner Group
Saurabh Upadhyay
VP, HR AMEA Bacardi Limited

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