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Editor’s Note: Lead On

By Debbie Bolla

At HRO Today Global, we understand that the role of Chief Human Resources Officer has drastically changed over the years. Once an overseer of administrative tasks and duties, today’s CHROs are responsible for those things—and so much more. In fact, recent research from ServiceNow finds that 65 per cent of CHROs say it’s their responsibility to drive corporate performance and 75 per cent of CHROs believe that their role has become more strategic in the past three years. And we have been acknowledging this transformation by recognising the strategic work of HR leaders through our annual CHRO of the Year Awards.

On our cover is a 2017 HRO Today Leader of Distinction award winner, Antonio Climent. The vice president of HR for EMEAA joined Laureate International Universities, a network of private higher education institutions, because he loved the mission of improving the lives of people through education. Climent was recognised for his efforts in transforming a multi-country decentralised model to a global company with a single culture.

“To unify the organisation, we created our culture which we call ‘Here for Good,’ as we believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change,” he explains.

As an education provider to more than 1 million students, Climent also says the culture of Laureate is driven by purpose: “We believe in the power of education to transform lives and remain committed to making a positive, enduring impact in the communities we serve.” Learn more in Higher Learning: Lessons in Leadership.

And this year’s group of CHRO of the Year Award finalists is no stranger to cultural transformation. You can also add strategic workforce planning, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion to their lists of game-changing initiatives. Get inspired by their efforts in Taking the Lead.

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