By Debbie Bolla
At HRO Today Global, we understand that the role of Chief HumanÂ Resources Officer has drastically changed over the years. Once an overseerÂ of administrative tasks and duties, todayâs CHROs are responsible for thoseÂ thingsâand so much more. In fact, recent research from ServiceNow findsÂ that 65 per cent of CHROs say itâs their responsibility to drive corporateÂ performance and 75 per cent of CHROs believe that their role has becomeÂ more strategic in the past three years. And we have been acknowledgingÂ this transformation by recognising the strategic work of HR leadersÂ through our annual CHRO of the Year Awards.
On our cover is a 2017 HRO Today Leader of Distinction award winner,Â Antonio Climent. The vice president of HR for EMEAA joined LaureateÂ International Universities, a network of private higher educationÂ institutions, because he loved the mission of improving the lives of peopleÂ through education. Climent was recognised for his efforts in transformingÂ a multi-country decentralised model to a global company with a singleÂ culture.
âTo unify the organisation, we created our culture which we call âHere forÂ Good,â as we believe society is best served when our students, faculty, andÂ our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to createÂ positive and lasting change,â he explains.
As an education provider to more than 1 million students, Climent also saysÂ the culture of Laureate is driven by purpose: âWe believe in the power ofÂ education to transform lives and remain committed to making a positive,Â enduring impact in the communities we serve.â Learn more in HigherÂ Learning: Lessons in Leadership.
And this yearâs group of CHRO of the Year Award finalists is no strangerÂ to cultural transformation. You can also add strategic workforce planning,Â employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion to their lists of game-changingÂ initiatives. Get inspired by their efforts in Taking the Lead.