This yearâs CHRO of the Year Award finalists are leading the chargeÂ in total HR transformation.
By Marta Chmielowicz
What makes a great CHRO? Well, that depends on who is asked:
Jim Hazboun, SVP and CHRO, Hyundai Capital:Â âGreat CHROs bring leadership together toÂ design, develop, and transform culture soÂ that it aligns with business strategy and drives results. TheyÂ serve as strategists, evangelists, Sherpas, and coaches to theÂ leadership and the organization.â
Christine Esckilsen, Managing Director and CHRO,Â Piper Jaffray: Great CHROs require âthe ability toÂ influence and inspire others to contribute, perform,Â develop, take accountability, and succeed.â
Chad Holman, VP and CHRO, Varex Imaging Corporation: âForÂ a CHRO to be successful they need to be flexible, agile, and aÂ risk taker. What Iâve learned over the years in this profession isÂ that one philosophy does not fit allâevery organization needsÂ a tailored touch.â
Nikki T. Harland, SVP of HR, ParadiesÂ LagardÃ¨re: âOne of the most importantÂ keys to success for CHROs is a balance of pure businessÂ understanding and strategy. A superior understandingÂ and contribution to the entire business or industry isÂ really what sets the best apart.â
Lorraine Booth, SVP and CHRO, MemorialCareÂ Health System: The best CHROs âlead withÂ courage. They donât let fear paralyze them orÂ keep them from doing the difficult work. They measure risk,Â but do the right thing for the right reason.â
Rudy Campoya, CHRO, Socorro Independent School District:Â ââ¦Being able to align and adapt to change and understandingÂ the workforce across generations [is essential for a greatÂ CHRO]. We are a multi-generational workforce and things thatÂ work for some, donât work for all, so in orderÂ to be successful, we have to be adaptable.â
Karen Crone, CHRO, Paycor: âCHROs must have a high barÂ and nose for talent. The HR leader has his or her hands inÂ significant leadership hires which influence the trajectory ofÂ the business and ultimately its culture. Developing a top-flight,Â high-performing leadership team in partnershipÂ with the CEO is a visible contribution.â
Karen Anderson, SVP and CHRO, AlnylamÂ Pharmaceuticals: âCHROs need to have theÂ courage to be a âtruth tellerâ; to be able toÂ address behaviors in the moment for a leader or a team, to beÂ able to reflect back to a team their potential blind spots, andÂ to be the catalyst for change.â
While each of these responses highlights a key capability of a CHRO, they all have a commonÂ thread: the ability to innovate and inspire meaningful change. And this skill is mission-critical,Â for according to research by Randstad Sourceright, 84 percent of HR leaders say that the workÂ they do prepares their organization for the future.
HRO Todayâs 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards honor the top HR leaders that are innovating forÂ the future. Here are this yearâs finalists; award winners will be announced at the HRO TodayÂ Forum on April 30 at MGM National Harbor, Md.