Celebrating 10 Powerful HR Leaders

Never have HR leaders had to handle so much change so rapidly. The modern economy demands transforming companies endlessly, necessitating profound changes in the workforce and talent strategy. These forces are reshaping the role of HR and putting pressure on the HR Executive to become much more than a game changer and the leader who enables business strategy. It’s no coincidence that CEOs know they depend on their company’s human resources to achieve success.

In challenging times, vision and resilience can be significant virtues. These qualities are evident in the 10 men and women who’ve achieved a spot in The HR Digest’s 2019 list of the 10 Powerful HR Leaders. Their success is the result of an unwavering leadership acumen in the face of a hyper-competitive market. Nevertheless, their companies have shown remarkable success as they consistently deliver results. We say this with confidence, based on our interviews with HR Executives from companies such as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Southwest Airlines, SAP, and Tesla, all of which act on their commitment to developing the people side of their businesses.

Most Powerful HR Leaders In The World

Diane Gherson IBM Headshot
Diane Gherson, CHRO, IBM
Felicia Mayo Tesla VP HR
Felicia Mayo, VP, HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Tesla
Helena Gottschling RBC Headshot
Helena Gottschling, CHRO, RBC
Julie Weber Southwest Airlines Headshot
Julie Weber, Vice President and Chief People Officer, Southwest Airlines
Karen Keegans Rockwell Automation Headshot
Karen Keegans, SVP & CHRO, Rockwell Automation
Melissa Howell Kellogg Company
Melissa Howell, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Kellogg Company
Michael Fraccaro Mastercard Headshot
Michael Fraccaro, CHRO, Mastercard
Patricia Lewis Lockheed Martin Headshot
Patricia L. Lewis, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Lockheed Martin
Peter Fasolo Johnson & Johnson Photo
Peter Fasolo, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Johnson & Johnson
Stefan Ries
Stefan Ries, Member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Chief Human Resources Officer

This article was published in the April 2019 issue of The HR Digest magazine.

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