TOP CHRO LIST – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth is pleased to congratulate those individuals recognized on the 2023 Top CHRO List

N2Growth proudly presents the luminaries of the HR world in our 2023 LEADERS40 Top CHRO List. These trailblazers have excelled in their roles and redefined the boundaries of human resource management.

The past couple of years have been a testament to the resilience and adaptability inherent in top HR leaders. As we navigate the aftermath of a global pandemic, these leaders are gearing up to face 2024 with renewed vigor and innovative strategies.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by N2Growth for the 2023 LEADERS40 Award. Leading The Coca-Cola Company’s people and culture strategy at such a pivotal time in our company’s history is truly a privilege. I’m so proud of our global people community and system partners for their passion and commitment to advancing our culture, retaining, and recruiting world class talent, and helping to create inclusive and collaborative environments where our people thrive.”

Lisa Chang | Global Chief People Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

The role of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) has never been more agile and dynamic. From grappling with economic uncertainties and political shifts to harnessing the power of AI, CHROs are constantly recalibrating their strategies. They’re not just reacting to change – they’re anticipating it. They’ve witnessed societal shifts, addressed biases, and embraced the AI-driven future, all within a short span.

Today’s CHROs are the architects of organizational culture. They navigate the complexities of a digital age where employees have a louder voice than ever before. These HR visionaries anticipate challenges and craft proactive solutions. Their leadership not only addresses immediate concerns, but also charts a visionary path for the future.

As we step into 2024, CHROs will confront both familiar and novel challenges brought on by AI, augmented realities, and a fluid global scenario. At the core, their mission remains unchanged: to serve and uplift people. The 2023 Top CHRO List spotlights those exceptional individuals whose innovation, agility, and commitment set them apart as the torchbearers for the future of work.

The annual 2023 Top CHRO Award is a list curated by a panel of N2Growth team members and other outside advisory members to ensure rigor in our selection process.

In the years since our inaugural list, we’ve continued to expand and refine the list by looking for CHROs capable of innovating and outperforming their peers, regardless of the current market dynamics in play. These Human Resource leaders represent the top 40 human resources leaders shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative, people-driven companies.

“To create change ahead of the speed of the market, the talent agenda must meet the aspiration of the business agenda. And today’s CHROs sit at the heart of this – combining the power of data, technology, and AI while creating the conditions of care, kindness, and connection for their people. This drives results for the business, exceptional experiences for their people and impact in their communities. To be recognized alongside fellow CHROs who do this is an incredible honor– one that I share with my HR team, who innovate for our business and people every day.” 

Ellyn Shook | Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture

How do we discern the exceptional CHROs from the rest? What makes one worthy of the 2023 Top List? Here’s a glimpse into our selection methodology:

  • Inclusivity at the Forefront: DE&I and ESG aren’t just checkboxes. We’ve delved deep into the many roles CHROs play in fostering inclusivity, especially concerning leaders with disabilities.
  • Organizational Growth: Their impact on the growth trajectory of their organizations.
  • Industry Footprint: Their influence within their industries and the broader communities.
  • People-Centric: A genuine concern for their teams’ well-being, transparency, and accountability.
  • Talent Magnet: Their prowess in attracting and retaining top talent.
  • Culture Architects: Their significant influence in molding organizational culture.
  • Progressive Initiatives: Their innovative workforce development plans and programs.
  • Compensation Strategy: Their creative and effective compensation structures.
  • Employee Satisfaction: Evidence of positive workforce dynamics and engagement.
  • Branding: A strong, well-defined employer brand.
  • Operational Excellence: HR’s seamless integration into all facets of the business, enhancing customer and client satisfaction.
  • Leadership Development: Their adeptness in nurturing leaders, using data-driven strategies to engage high-potential talent innovatively.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it underscores the pivotal role CHROs play in a business’s success. To earn a spot on the 2023 Top CHRO List, terms like leadership, culture, and DE&I aren’t mere jargon. They encapsulate a CHRO’s essence, beliefs, and daily endeavors. This new generation of CHROs has transitioned from HR to potential successors for CEO roles.

Christy Pambianchi Quote Top CHRO's List 2023“In the end, running HR is an optimization challenge. Companies need and want great employees. And people need and want to work to survive and thrive. I have dedicated my career to optimizing the balance of companies’ human capital needs and employees’ professional and personal goals. This is the incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world that we have as HR professionals.” – Christy Pambianchi | EVP & Chief People Officer, Intel



*note that industry rankings are independent of the overall rank on the list.


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1Lisa Chang Top CHRO List 2023Lisa ChangGlobal Chief People OfficerThe Coca-Cola CompanyConsumer / Retail
Lisa Chang Top CHRO List 2023

Lisa Chang

Global Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 6 MonthsIndustry Ranking: #1 of 5Overall Ranking: #1 of 40

HQ Location: Atlanta, GA

Lisa Chang is the Global Chief People Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, overseeing the company’s talent and people strategies, culture, and DE&I efforts. In her role, she is responsible for leading the company’s global people strategy, aligned with the company’s purpose of refreshing the world and making a difference. Chang and her team are focused on creating an environment where employees can thrive and equip the organization to win.

Before joining Coca-Cola, Chang served as senior vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer for AMB Group, LLC in Atlanta, a privately held sports and entertainment conglomerate. Chang has held HR roles at various companies, including Equifax, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and The Weather Channel Companies. Chang serves on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She also serves as a Board member for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Directors for Frontier Communications.

2Lynne Oldham Chief People Officer ZoomLynne OldhamChief People OfficerStashTechnology
Lynne Oldham Chief People Officer Zoom

Lynne Oldham

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 7 Months,
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #2 of 40

HQ Location: New York, NY


Lynne Oldham is Chief People Officer of Stash, a pioneering investing app with a transformative vision – to turn money into a source of hope and opportunity. In addition to driving human resources strategies at the company, Lynne has been lending her expertise to Stash’s new B2B endeavors because she believes wholeheartedly in helping her fellow Chief People Officers deliver financial wellness to their employees. 

Lynne is a thought leader and an inspirational and successful talent developer who is passionate about instilling leadership that improves organizational culture, company bench strength, business operations, change management, employee engagement, internal communication, recruitment and retention, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In the past year, Lynne played a critical role in the selection of several C-suite executives including Stash’s first non-founder CEO, transforming the leadership team and the entire organizational structure as Stash advances into its next phase of growth.

The breadth of Lynne’s industry experience makes her somewhat of a unicorn – she has worked across tech, marketing, publishing, consumer, banking, and energy at well-known brands such as Zoom, Castrol, Simon & Schuster, Driscoll’s, BNP Paribas, and SunTrust (now Truist).  Lynne is also a board member and chair of the Compensation Committee for Gympass, an employee wellness brand.

3Carol SurfaceCarol SurfaceChief People OfficerAppleTechnology
Carol Surface

Carol Surface

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #3 of 40

HQ Location: Cupertino, CA

Carol Surface is Apple’s Chief People Officer, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. As the People team leader, Carol supports the connection, development, and care of Apple’s employees worldwide. Her team oversees functions including talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity.

Carol joined Apple in 2023 from Medtronic, where she spent nearly 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Before this, she served as Best Buy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Carol also held a series of international human resources leadership roles at PepsiCo based in New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

4Beth WhitedBeth WhitedPresident, Chief Human Resources OfficerUnion PacificTransportation / Logistics
Beth Whited

Beth Whited

President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #4 of 40

HQ Location: Omaha, NE

Beth Whited is a railroad industry leader and the first female president in the history of Union Pacific. Her experience includes leadership roles in disciplines that touch nearly every part of operating the world’s largest freight rail network.

Over the past 35 years, Whited has led multiple functions across Union Pacific, spanning Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Sustainability, Finance, Investor Relations and Workforce Resources. As Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Strategy, she helped develop and implement Union Pacific’s strategic vision as it strives to become the nation’s No. 1 supply chain logistics provider while guiding its efforts to reach net zero by 2050.

Whited’s team led historic labor negotiations, securing unprecedented quality of life and paid sick leave agreements for Union Pacific’s craft professionals. As part of her Marketing and Sales leadership positions, she led the department for two years and the chemical business for four years. She served as president of the subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.

Whited’s industry-leading efforts have been recognized through many awards, including the 2021 Railway Woman of the Year by the League of Railway Women and Progressive Railroading and Constellation Research’s ESG50 List, reflecting her commitment to sustainability. Additionally, Union Pacific was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, underscoring its environmental and sustainability efforts. Engaged in both business and community activities, Whited is a member of the Board of Directors of RPM International Inc., serving on the Compensation Committee. She’s a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, the Omaha Symphony Board, and the Aksarben Foundation Board of Governors. She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific’s Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop (L.E.A.D.)women’s initiative.

5Ellyn ShookEllyn ShookChief Leadership & Human Resources OfficerAccenture Professional Services
Ellyn Shook

Ellyn Shook

Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 9 Years, 6 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #5 of 40

HQ Location: Dublin, Ireland

Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, responsible for helping the 730,000+ people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s ability to live its purpose: to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity. A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Ellyn is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for their equality efforts. As an author on the topics of future of work, inclusion and diversity and responsible leadership, Ellyn frequently advises Accenture’s clients on these topics and on leading large-scale transformational change based on the talent and culture transformation she’s led at Accenture. Ellyn is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community Foundation Board and serves on the board of directors of BRP Group, Paradigm for Parity and the HR Policy Association. She also serves as the program chair of the Peer Roundtable of CHROs, is vice chair for the Center on Executive Compensation and is active in both the NY Jobs CEO Council and HR50. Ellyn was named HR Executive of the Year by Human Resource Executive in 2020 and inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.

6Tim HuvalTim HuvalChief Administrative Officer & CHROHumana Healthcare / Life Sciences
Tim Huval

Tim Huval

Chief Administrative Officer & CHRO

Role Tenure: 10 Years, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #6 of 40

HQ Location: Louisville, KY

Tim Huval is Humana’s Chief Administrative Officer, and his leadership responsibilities have wide-ranging areas of oversight, including all aspects of Human Resources, Corporate Marketing, Workplace Solutions, Inclusion and Diversity, and Safety and Security. Tim is a member of the Management Team, which sets the firm’s strategic direction and reports to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Broussard.

Before joining Humana, Tim spent 10 years at Bank of America in multiple senior‐level roles, including Human Resources executive and Chief Information Officer for Global Wealth & Investment Management, as well as Human Resources executive for both Global Treasury Services and Technology & Global Operations. Additionally, he led several large operations organizations, including Global Card Services, where he was responsible for all card operations and customer service, serving more than 40 million customers. Tim also held numerous leadership roles in operations and Human Resources at Gateway Inc.

While at Bank of America, Tim was chair of the Consumer Banking, Business Banking, and Enterprise Client Coverage Diversity & Inclusion Business Council, responsible for promoting an inclusive work environment. He also served as the executive sponsor of the Military Support & Assistance Group, which supports efforts to attract, integrate, retain, and develop military veterans.

Previously, Tim served on the board of directors of Seacoast Banking Corporation and has also contributed to various non-profit boards, including Family and Children’s Place in Louisville, Delaware United Way, Delaware Children’s Museum, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Technology Council, Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development, Utah Information Technology Association, and Youth Homes, Charlotte, N.C.

7Stacy GreenStacy GreenEVP & Chief People OfficerSony PicturesMedia / Entertainment
Stacy Green

Stacy Green

EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 2 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #7 of 40

HQ Location: Culver City, CA

Stacy is a visionary corporate executive with a successful track record of driving strategic transformations, while cultivating inclusive cultures that highly value and engage talent, stimulate creativity and accelerate business performance.

With over 25 years of experience guiding companies through disruption, she has played key people leadership roles across business strategy, M&A, diversity & inclusion, employee communications, organizational design, leadership development, talent acquisition and compensation & benefits, as well as tax, legal and operations. After many years as corporate tax counsel she transitioned into HR leadership in a consumer products company, before going on to lead HR in all aspects of media, including movie and television studios, broadcast and cable television networks and digital platforms. In the last three years, Stacy was recognized as a 2021, 2022 and 2023 “Top 40 CHRO’s” by N2Growth and a “Top CHRO” in 2022 and 2023 by peopleHum.

Stacy is currently EVP &Chief People Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where as a key member of the executive leadership team she leads global human resources for over 10,000 corporate employees and over 50 productions per year. She also oversees Administrative Services for Sony Pictures’ iconic Culver City studio lot, including studio tours, retail, food services, fitness facilities, media services and mail support. Prior to this role, she held HR leadership roles at A+E Networks, Group Nine Media and NBCUniversal. She began her HR career at Revlon, transitioning from Senior Tax Counsel to HR leadership during her 10-year tenure.

Stacy has a deep passion for diversity & inclusion, including her Executive Sponsorship of “Sony Pictures Action”, a multi-pronged social justice and racial equity initiative founded in 2020 as part of Sony’s $100M Social Justice Fund. She is also currently a Partner Sponsor of Lime Connect and a Board Advisor for Creative Spirit, two organizations dedicated to developing career opportunities for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Personally, she volunteers as a Women in Entertainment Mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was honored with the 2021 Sherry Lansing Award for her lifelong professional and personal commitment to growing the next generation of leaders through mentorship.

While at A+E Networks, Stacy was recognized with the 2016 Walter Kaitz Diversity Champion Award, an award given to organizations in media that act as catalysts for diversity. She also served on the Advisory Board for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’ (NAMIC), was a founding member of the Veteran’s Advisory Committee for the National Cable Televisions Association (NCTA) and was active in Women in Cable Television (WICT) and the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (now C2HR). During this time, she also served on the Executive Leadership Council of PENCIL a non-profit focused on creating impactful relationships between corporations and public schools.

Stacy holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University; a law degree cum laude from the University of Miami; and a B.S with honors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

8Christy PambianchiChristy PambianchiEVP & Chief People OfficerIntelTechnology
Christy Pambianchi

Christy Pambianchi

EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #8 of 40

HQ Location: Santa Clara, CA

Christy Pambianchi is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Intel Corporation. As CPO, she drives Intel’s people strategy and fosters a vibrant culture of bold innovation, flawless execution, and continuous development and learning.

Pambianchi previously served as Verizon’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. While there, she reimagined Verizon’s HR mission and practices, delivering an enterprise strategic transformation workforce plan to stay at the forefront of digital transformation. In addition, she ran Verizon’s internal COVID-19 response. In April 2020, Pambianchi joined as founding CHRO with cross-industry HR leaders from Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group, and ProCore to launch the People+Work Connect platform, creating the first business-to-business platform for HR leaders to work together to accelerate talent movement and reduce negative impacts on mass unemployment.

Before Verizon, Pambianchi was most recently an Executive Vice President of People & Digital at Corning Inc., forming a dual role leading human resources and information technology to create a digital transformation roadmap. Pambianchi served in other senior leadership roles at Corning, including as CHRO for 12 years. Before joining Corning, Pambianchi spent 10 years at PepsiCo Inc., starting in labor and employee relations field roles in multiple regions before moving into corporate organization capability and providing HR support for a companywide IT transformation.

Pambianchi serves on the boards of the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the HR Policy Association, the Health Transformation Alliance, and the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina, Darla School of Management. She also serves as a board member of the Lumina Foundation, an organization committed to increasing the percentage of citizens in the U.S. with post-secondary education and credentials. Pambianchi has also participated in the FIRST robotics program, serving five years as head coach at the high school level for FTC Team 5484 and as a tournament director. She was installed as a fellow at the National Academy of Human Resources in 2017.

9KatarinaBergKatarina BergChief Human Resources OfficerSpotifyMedia / Entertainment

Katarina Berg

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 10 Years
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #9 of 40

HQ Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Katarina Berg is the CHRO of Spotify, leading HR and Workplace Services globally for the company. She’s been with Spotify since 2013, leading the talent transformation during the business transition from start-up to a mature international company.

Before Spotify, Katarina held high-profile HR roles in various multinational companies, such as Preem, Swedbank, Kanal 5 (SBS Broadcasting) and 3 (Hi3G Access). Her team develops strategies that help employees (known as ‘bandmates’) unlock their potential, have fun, and thrive in a diverse, nimble, and ever-changing organization. In addition, Ms. Berg serves as a member of the board of directors of Personio, Spring Media and HR the Real Deal.

10Lucien AlziariLucien AlziariEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerPrudentialBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Lucien Alziari

Lucien Alziari

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 6 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #10 of 40

HQ Location: Newark, NJ

Lucien is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc., a Fortune 50 financial services company located in Newark, New Jersey. A U.K. citizen, Lucien has over 30 years of experience in major international companies. From 2012 to the beginning of 2017, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global shipping and energy conglomerate located in Copenhagen, Denmark, with operations in over 130 countries and around 90,000 employees worldwide.

From 2004 to 2012, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer and head of corporate responsibility for Avon Products Inc., based in New York. Before this, he held increasingly responsible roles with Mars Confectionery in the U.K. and PepsiCo Inc. in New York, Vienna, and Dubai. From 2016 to 2021, Lucien was a non-executive director of C&J Clark International, a U.K.-based global footwear company with around $2 billion in revenues. He is also a fellow and director of the National Academy of Human Resources and a founding member of HR50. He recently concluded a three-year term as chair of the board of advisors of the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina.

11Trisha ConleyTrisha ConleyEVP, People & CultureLyondellBasellIndustrial
Trisha Conley

Trisha Conley

EVP, People & Culture

Role Tenure: 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #11 of 40

HQ Location: Houston, TX

Trisha Conley is the Executive Vice President of People and Culture for LyondellBasell. In this role, Conley is responsible for the company’s vision and culture to enhance the employee experience, talent management, employee relations, reward and compensation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before joining LyondellBasell, Conley served as the Senior Vice President of People Development for Renewable Energy Group until Chevron acquired it in 2022. Conley has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas and renewable products sectors, leading human resources, talent management, global integration, and organizational development. Before that, she held various human resources roles at British Petroleum.

12Donna MorrisDonna MorrisEVP & Chief People OfficerWalmartConsumer / Retail
Donna Morris

Donna Morris

EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 7 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #12 of 40

HQ Location: Bentonville, AR

Donna Morris is Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer for Walmart Inc. Donna, a member of the executive committee, is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers.

Donna has over 20 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing and managing teams that operate in an agile way, and helping to build a high-performance culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Donna joined Walmart from Adobe, where she served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President of employee experience.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Donna joined Adobe in 2002 and most recently led all aspects of the company’s human resources, real estate, and security operations. She led several workplace-friendly initiatives at Adobe, including expanding its family leave policy and simplifying standard HR processes. She also serves on the board of directors of Marvell Technology.

13Matthew BreitfelderMatthew BreitfelderHead of Human Capital & PartnerApollo Global ManagementBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Matthew Breitfelder

Matthew Breitfelder

Head of Human Capital & Partner

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 4 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #13 of 40

HQ Location: New York City, NY

Matthew Breitfelder is the Head of Human Capital and Partner at Apollo and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is responsible for aligning all human capital initiatives and functions with the firm’s strategic objectives. Mr. Breitfelder leads talent management, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, performance management, learning, compensation and benefits, and recruiting. Before joining Apollo, he was Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer at BlackRock and a member of the Operating Committee. Previously, Mr. Breitfelder held talent and strategy roles at Mastercard, PwC, and the Corporate Executive Board. He began his career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, focusing on international trade and economic policy. Mr. Breitfelder serves on the boards of the Lumina Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society program.

14Rhonda MorrisRhonda MorrisVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerChevronIndustrial
Rhonda Morris

Rhonda Morris

VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 7 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #1 of 5
Overall Ranking: #14 of 40

HQ Location: San Ramon, CA

Rhonda J. Morris is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Chevron Corporation. She has held the role since 2016 and is responsible for shaping and driving Chevron’s people and culture strategy, including leadership succession, learning and talent, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning, and total rewards. She also serves on the company’s Executive Committee.

Morris held several roles of increasing responsibility in human resources, global marketing, and international products. In 2021, Morris was inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest honor granted in the HR profession.

Morris serves on the boards of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), designed to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates, and the board of Opportunity@Work, a non-profit organization designed to rewire the labor market so that everyone Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) can work, learn, and earn to their full potential. Morris is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the HR Policy Association Board of Directors, the Bishop O’Dowd High School Board of Regents, and the BetterUp Advisory Growth Council, a group of leading business, academic, and HR experts shaping the future of work.

15Holly MayHolly MayEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerWalgreens Boots AllianceConsumer / Retail
Holly May

Holly May

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 11 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #15 of 40

HQ Location: Deerfield, IL

Holly May is EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. She is responsible for developing innovative global HR programs, policies, and practices supporting WBA’s business goals and initiatives and ensuring fair and equitable treatment for all team members. She also leads Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for WBA and serves on the board of VillageMD, in which WBA is a majority investor.

Most recently, May served as Global Chief Human Resources Officer for Abercrombie & Fitch Co., managing all aspects of HR and ESG efforts across the company. She previously worked for Starbucks as Senior Vice President of Global Total Rewards and Service Delivery, responsible for consulting with the company’s board of directors and executive leadership team on the strategic direction of Starbucks’ global compensation and benefits portfolio. Before her time at Starbucks, May served in human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at ING, Voya Financial, and Visa Inc. as an HR business partner and leading Rewards, DE&I, and HR strategy.

16Ola SnowOla SnowChief Human Resources OfficerCardinal HealthHealthcare / Life Sciences
Ola Snow

Ola Snow

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 11 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #16 of 40

HQ Location: Dublin, OH

Ola Snow is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Cardinal Health, overseeing the company’s Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Community Relations, Communications, Environmental Health and Safety, Security, Real Estate, and Facilities organizations.

Prior to her current role, Snow was the Chief Diversity Officer at Cardinal Health and led Talent Management, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Corporate HR Business Partners. Her team defined needs within the business and implemented solutions to drive results, talent strategy, and culture for employees across the globe.

Previously, she served as the senior vice president of Human Resources for the Medical Segment at Cardinal Health and, during her tenure at the company, has led more than 25 merger and acquisition opportunities within the HR function. Before joining Cardinal Health in 2001, Snow served as regional director at TeleSpectrum Worldwide Inc., where she led the HR function for the East region.

Snow has a passion for DE&I and acts as the co-executive sponsor for the company’s DE&I Council and an advisor for the company’s Black and African American Racial Equity Cabinet, two internal groups charged with challenging the status quo and ultimately helping to advance DE&I within the organization. She also serves as a board member of the Cardinal Health Foundation. Snow’s passion for DE&I and her strong leadership skills have been recognized by several organizations, including Top 50 HR, Columbus Business First, and the National Diversity Council.

In the community, Snow is actively engaged in numerous boards, commissions, and councils, including Flying Horse Farms, the Columbus Women’s Commission, The Ohio State University’s Fisher Leadership Initiative Corporate Advisory Council, Baxter Credit Union, and a member of the Leadership Development Committee in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Circle, chaired the 2022 Columbus Go Red campaign, and sits on the Go Red for Women National Council.

17Alexandra BrandãoAlexandra BrandãoHead of Human ResourcesSantander GroupBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Alexandra Brandão

Alexandra Brandão

Head of Human Resources

Role Tenure: 3 Years
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #17 of 40

HQ Location: Madrid, Spain

Alexandra Brandão is currently the Global Head of Human Resources at Santander. As Global Head of HR, she fosters an inclusive work environment through a culture of collaboration and agility that brings together our diverse, motivated, skilled, and digitally capable workforce to innovate for our customers and enhance the employee experience. In this fast-changing world, she truly believes that companies will thrive if they can unlock the full potential of their workforce’s talent. Santander is committed to doing that simply, personally, and fairly. Passionate about people and business, she has always sought to hold management and human resources roles in an international setting. She started her career in Investment Banking, Capital Markets, and Retail and Corporate banking. Her personal development has also taken in talent management and helping people be at their best. She was in charge of Global Knowledge and Development at Santander and led Santander Corporate University. She was also head of HR at Santander Portugal.

18Susan WinchesterSusan WinchesterSVP, Chief Human Resources OfficerApplied MaterialsTechnology
Susan Winchester

Susan Winchester

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 4 Years, 11 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #18 of 40

HQ Location: Santa Clara, CA

Susan Winchester leads Human Resources for Applied Materials and its more than 20,000 global employees. She has more than 30 years of experience in HR, providing executive leadership for the function, most recently at Rockwell Automation and Kellogg Company. Her innovative mindset and commitment to excellence define her leadership style.

Susan continually looks to meet today’s global business challenges with creative HR strategies that engage people, enable exceptional performance, and support a dynamic, inclusive corporate culture. Her passion for creating value for organizations is evident, whether she strategizes future workforce imperatives or clarifies talent assessment and development models that will enable all individuals to contribute their best work.

While at Rockwell for 11 years, Susan set global strategies designed to strengthen leadership, build organizational capacity, and power the company’s business priorities. This work was consistently recognized by external organizations and significantly contributed to Rockwell Automation being recognized with the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2017 for the company’s innovative approach to building a culture of inclusion and being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for nine years. Under her HR leadership, Rockwell’s inclusive practices earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Equality and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
Susan is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources — the highest professional honor for individuals in HR.

Contributing her expertise to developing future talent, Susan is a Leadership Advisory Board member for the Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan, serving as the Vice Chair in the College of Engineering, and is a member of the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Advisory Council for the College of Engineering.

19Robin LeopoldRobin LeopoldEVP & Head of Human ResourcesJP MorganBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Robin Leopold

Robin Leopold

EVP & Head of Human Resources

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 8 MonthsIndustry Ranking: #4 of 5Overall Ranking: #19 of 40

HQ Location: New York, NY

Robin Leopold is an Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources for JPMorgan Chase and a member of the company’s Operating Committee. Before assuming this role in 2018, Robin held a number of leadership positions in Human Resources, including Human Resources Executive for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank, Human Resources Executive supporting the Corporate functions, and she also led Chase’s Home Lending Human Resources team during a significant business transformation.

Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Robin spent over 20 years at Citi and its predecessor companies, starting at Shearson Lehman Hutton. Over the years, Robin has worked in various disciplines, including recruitment, compensation, employee relations, and generalist functions supporting multiple lines of businesses. For over a decade, she was the Head of Human Resources for the wealth management businesses, which included Smith Barney, the Private Bank, and Investment Research. After selling Smith Barney, Robin spent her last year at Citi leading the Human Resources team supporting Citi Holdings, Citi’s divesting businesses.

20Kristi Cappelletti-MatthewsKristi Cappelletti-MatthewsChief Human Resources OfficerVSP VisionBanking/ Insurance/ Finance
Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 15 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #20 of 40

HQ Location: Rancho Cordova, CA

VSP Vision

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews serves as VSP Vision’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She is responsible for developing and executing the corporate human resource strategy, supporting the organization’s overall business plan and strategic direction. She oversees compensation, benefits, organizational effectiveness and employee communications, HRIS, talent acquisition, and all human resources operations, which includes the HR service center, payroll, wellness, analytics, metrics, special projects, and ongoing company-wide leadership efforts. She has more than three decades of human resources experience and worked across industries-from healthcare to high tech-with specialized expertise in domestic, sales, executive, and international compensation programs. At VSP, she put that expertise to work by partnering with the VSP Vision Board of Directors Compensation Committee as a Staff Liaison, supporting executive and CEO compensation recommendations, CEO performance evaluations, succession planning, and corporate incentive programs. She is a certified personal trainer and believes that health and wellness are critical in supporting a thriving workforce and living a high-quality life.

21Nabeel A. Al-JamaNabeel A. Al-JamaEVP, Human Resources & Corporate ServicesSaudi AramcoIndustrial
Nabeel A. Al-Jama

Nabeel A. Al-Jama

EVP, Human Resources & Corporate Services

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 2 MonthsIndustry Ranking: #5 of 5Overall Ranking: #21 of 40

HQ Location: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Nabeel A. Al-Jama’ is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Services at Saudi Aramco. Prior to his appointment, Al-Jama served as acting service line head for Operations & Business Services. His experience as a member of executive management has been extensive and varied.

Before assuming his role as a service line head, Al-Jama’ was vice president for Corporate Affairs, a role he assumed in June 2018; served as vice president for Human Resources from November 2017; and led the Office of the Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources since June 2016. Al-Jama’ was appointed Vice President for Pipelines, Distribution & Terminals in May 2015; was named executive director for Industrial Services in January 2012; and served as Executive Director of Community Services from 2009 to 2012, having become general manager of Training & Career Development in 2006.

He started his career with Aramco in 1980 in the Home Ownership Division, after which he joined the company’s College Degree Program and earned a B.S. degree in 1985 and later an M.S. degree in 1998 — both in Community & Regional Planning from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. Al-Jama’ returned to the Home Ownership Division after his undergraduate education, serving in various administrative roles before becoming supervisor of the Home Ownership Unit in 1992.

In February 1998, Al-Jama’ became director of Aramco-Built Government Schools before taking on the role of administrator, Home Ownership & Community Development, in September 1998. In February 2002, he became manager of Central Community Services. During this period in his career, he completed several assignments within the Employee Relations and Training & Community Services organizations, as well as roles as acting general manager of Medical Operations, acting Personnel director, and acting executive director of Community, Buildings & Office Services — functions which all lie within the responsibility of the new HR&CS service line he now heads.

In addition, Al-Jama’ currently chairs the Board of the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company (JHAH) and is a member of several other Boards. He has completed numerous executive leadership programs, including Leadership at the Peak, Strategic Negotiations, and the University Executive Program.

22Frank LopezFrank LopezEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerRyder System Inc.Transportation / Logistics
Frank Lopez

Frank Lopez

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 7 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #22 of 40

HQ Location: Miami, FL

Frank Lopez is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Ryder System, Inc., a leading commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this position, he is responsible for leading Ryder’s Human Resources function, which includes talent management, recruiting, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, HR operations, and labor relations. Mr. Lopez is a member of Ryder’s Executive Leadership Team.

Most recently, Mr. Lopez was Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources Operations, responsible for leading Ryder’s global field of Human Resources for the company’s three divisions. He was also responsible for labor relations and HR operations in this role.

Mr. Lopez joined Ryder in 2002 as Senior Legal Counsel handling labor & employment law. Since then, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including Assistant General Counsel, Group Director of HR and Labor Relations, and Vice President of HR.

Before joining Ryder, he spent four years as an attorney with the national law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Mr. Lopez has a strong record of building high-performing teams and partnering with business leaders to develop talent strategies that drive business success in rapidly changing environments.

23Aimee HoytAimee HoytChief People OfficerIlluminaHealthcare / Life Sciences
Aimee Hoyt

Aimee Hoyt

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #23 of 40

HQ Location: San Diego, CA

Aimee Hoyt is the Chief People Officer at Illumina, where she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s HR strategies. Hoyt has a successful track record for leading workforce transformation, driving business growth, and creating high-impact teams. Previously, she has held senior positions at some of the world’s best-known technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Sun Microsystems. Most recently, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Rackspace, a leading managed cloud computing company in San Antonio, Texas. She led the HR team and was responsible for helping build, align, and develop high-performing global teams. During her tenure, Rackspace was recognized as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 30 Best Places in Tech, and Great Places to Work for Millennials.

24Jeffrey StoicheffJeffrey StoicheffSVP, Human ResourcesPenske LogisticsTransportation / Logistics
Jeffrey Stoicheff

Jeffrey Stoicheff

SVP, Human Resources

Role Tenure: 16 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #24 of 40

HQ Location: Reading, PA


Jeff Stoicheff serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, where he is responsible for human resources strategy and related activities for Penske Logistics. Stoicheff has more than 30 years of human resources experience.

As a graduate of St. Louis University, he joined Penske in 1994 as a logistics HR representative. In 1996, he was promoted to Human Resources Manager, and just two years later, he was named Vice President of Human Resources at Penske Logistics. He has also served on Penske Logistics’ senior leadership team since 1999 and has been a champion of leadership development, talent recruitment, and diversity.

25Russ HageyRuss HageySenior Partner & Worldwide Chief Talent OfficerBainProfessional Services
Russ Hagey

Russ Hagey

Senior Partner & Worldwide Chief Talent Officer

Role Tenure: 16 Years, 9 MonthsIndustry Ranking: #3 of 5Overall Ranking: #25 of 40

HQ Location: Boston, MA

Bain & Company

Russ Hagey is a Partner, Director, and the Worldwide Chief Talent Officer of Bain & Company. He is based in Bain’s Los Angeles office. Russ is a leader in the firm’s Healthcare and Consumer Products practices.

He advises clients in the medical devices and healthcare services sectors, as well as high technology, wholesale trade and distribution, consumer products, and retail. He holds deep expertise in corporate strategies, growth initiatives, new product development, acquisitions, sales force, and distribution issues. His work has spanned large corporate entities in addition to venture and private equity-backed ownership stakes.

As Worldwide Chief Talent Officer, Russ oversees the firm’s recruiting, professional development, training, and human resources functions for Bain’s global staff. Russ has led non-profit efforts for Bain’s Los Angeles office, where he served as the office’s managing partner for more than 10 years. He serves as Chair for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and sits on the boards of directors for LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after-school program, and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

26Sergio EzamaSergio EzamaChief Human Resources OfficerNetflixMedia / Entertainment
Sergio Ezama

Sergio Ezama

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 2 Years, 1 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #26 of 40

HQ Location: Los Gatos, CA

Sergio Ezama was named Netflix Chief Talent Officer in 2021. He was previously PepsiCo’s Global Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for global functions and groups. In this role, he led the company’s efforts across all talent-related areas in more than 200 countries.

Sergio joined PepsiCo in 2001, serving in various talent leadership roles at PepsiCo headquarters in the U.S. and across Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Sergio holds a BS in Law and a master’s in Juridical Practice and Human Resources Management from the University of Deusto. He also holds a master’s in Health and Safety Management from Instituto Europeo de Salud y Bienestar Social. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

27Khadija Ben HammadaKhadija Ben HammadaChief People OfficerMerckHealthcare / Life Sciences
Khadija Ben Hammada

Khadija Ben Hammada

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #27 of 40

HQ Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Khadija Ben Hammada is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Merck. Ms. Hammada is responsible for the company’s human resources strategy and operations, including talent management, recruitment, leadership development, compensation, benefits, and market HR support. Khadija Ben Hammada joined Merck in 2010 in Molsheim, France. Her subsequent career at Merck has encompassed various roles in Europe, APAC, and the USA, supporting all sectors and various functions within HR and beyond. In addition to supporting major integrations, she has worked on key business and country transformations as well as core HR initiatives. Since May 2022, she has led Innovation HR Talent Development and Recruiting for the firm.

28Daniel BrennanDaniel BrennanSVP People & SustainabilityBombardierTransportation / Logistics
Daniel Brennan

Daniel Brennan

SVP People & Sustainability

Role Tenure: 6 Years, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #28 of 40

HQ Location: Québec, Canada

Dan Brennan joined Bombardier in February 2017 and is the Senior Vice President of People and Sustainability. In this role, he leads Bombardier’s global HR function. His responsibilities include building and executing world-class strategies for talent development, employee engagement, and labor relations in support of the Company’s turnaround plan.

Mr. Brennan brings more than three decades of experience to Bombardier, including extensive experience in North America, Europe, and Asia. Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Brennan served as Group Human Resource and Talent Development Director at CRH plc, a leading global building materials group headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with over 89,000 employees in 31 countries. In this position, Mr. Brennan had executive responsibility for the group’s human resource function and execution of CRH’s global Talent Management strategy.

Previously, Mr. Brennan held a number of senior Human Resource leadership roles with leading international companies, including ISS World Services, Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and Xerox Corporation. In these positions, Mr. Brennan played a key role in the execution of restructuring programs to drive improved business performance and executing employee engagement and talent development initiatives to support business growth.

29Lisa EsparzaLisa EsparzaChief Human Resources OfficerAutonationConsumer / Retail
Lisa Esparza

Lisa Esparza

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 1 Years, 1 Month
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #29 of 40

HQ Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lisa Esparza has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for AutoNation since September 2022. Ms. Esparza is an accomplished global human resources executive with expertise in business partnerships, talent management, organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, integration, and HR transformation. Most recently, as Chief Human Resources Officer of Essilor North America, Ms. Esparza led all activities for human resources, diversity & inclusion, as well as facilities, and environmental,
health & safety.

Prior to that, Ms. Esparza was Chief Human Resources Officer at Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. an oil & gas company with refinery operations, logistics, and retail convenience stores. She was responsible for driving critical HR processes throughout the organization and leveraging HR to accomplish key business objectives, integrate new acquisitions, and implement cultural and organizational change. In addition, Ms. Esparza has held HR leadership roles at Celanese, Flowserve, Ingersoll-Rand and Eaton with global responsibilities.

30William StrahanBill StrahanEVP, Human ResourcesComcastMedia / Entertainment
Rich Jacquet

Bill Strahan

EVP, Human Resources

Role Tenure: 17 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #30 of 40

HQ Location: Philadelphia, PA

Bill Strahan leads the Human Resources function for Comcast Cable. He has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources, including talent, compensation, benefits, learning, employee, and labor relations.

Bill has been involved in Human Resources work for over 35 years. He began his career with over a decade at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank. The second decade of Bill’s work included practicing law in Washington, D.C., in Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings. Bill was also a consultant and manager at Mercer HR Consulting for nine years.

31Anne LebelAnne LebelGroup Chief Human Resources OfficerCapgeminiProfessional Services
Anne Lebel

Anne Lebel

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #31 of 40

HQ Location: Paris, France

Anne Lebel has been Group CHRO of Capgemini since July 2020. Before joining the Capgemini team, Anne was Chief Human Resources and Corporate Culture Officer for Natixis and a member of the Senior Management Committee.

She started her career in 1987 at Bossard Consultants as an organization and change management consultant. In 1997, Anne joined Schering Plough France as Human Resources and Training Manager for France before moving to head up HR Organization and Development in Europe.

In 2004, Anne joined Serono France as Head of Human Resources. Anne moved to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in 2008, where she was appointed Head of Human Resources for France, Italy, and Spain, and later for Europe and Asia, before becoming Global Head of Human Resources in 2012. Anne joined Natixis in 2016 as a member of the Senior Management Committee and Chief Human Resources Officer. In 2019, she also assumed responsibility for the corporate culture of Natixis. Anne is also the Lead Independent Director of Nexans’ Board of Directors.

32Dantaya WilliamsDantaya WilliamsEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerRaytheon TechnologiesIndustrial
Dantaya Williams

Dantaya Williams

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Yeras, 4 Months
Industry Ranking: #4 of 5
Overall Ranking: #32 of 40

Location: Arlington, VA

Dantaya Williams is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Raytheon Technologies. She is responsible for the company’s Global Human Resources function, which is focused on the people strategy – including, talent development, DE&I, employee and labor relations, total rewards, and employee experience.

Williams, who joined United Technologies Corporation prior to the company’s 2020 merger with Raytheon Company, has 25 years of human resources and leadership experience. She established United Technologies’ Talent, Inclusion, and Engagement organization and worked in numerous positions across the former United Technologies Carrier division, focusing on labor relations.

Business Insider named Williams one of the top 33 most innovative HR executives, and she received the 2019 Maria Miller Stewart – One Woman Makes a Difference Award from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund for her commitment to community service. She is also a member of the advisory board for Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

33Sven OddensSven OddensEVP & Group Human Resources Director Just Eat TakeawayConsumer / Retail
Sven Oddens

Sven Oddens

EVP & Group Human Resources Director

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 1 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #33 of 40

HQ Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sven Oddens is Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources Director at Just Eat Sven oversees and manages all HR functions, belonging and diversity, and the company’s global impact on behalf of more than 15,000 JET-ers. It is essential to him to work for a company that places its people and employees at the center of everything that the company does. His primary focus is on assisting in developing a culture in which the team’s mission is to LEAD, DELIVER, and CARE for its customers. He firmly believes that people are at their most productive when they can fully express who they are. He has previously served as Global Director of Human Resources.

34Deeanne KingDeeanne KingEVP & Chief People OfficerT-MobileTechnology
Deeanne King

Deeanne King

EVP & Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 6 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #34 of 40

HQ Location: Bellevue, WA

Deeanne King is Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer at T-Mobile. As the top people person, she recruits the best and the brightest talent, while making sure employees flourish in T-Mobile’s famous Un-carrier culture. She guides the entire employee experience, including onboarding, training and leadership development, as well as the daily “surprise and delights” that make T-Mobile a great place to work. She also oversees the Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Services team, ensuring close coordination with the Human Resources function.

Deeanne brings over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles across multiple functions from her time at Sprint. Most recently, she served as Sprint’s chief human resources officer, where she was a strong advocate for employee learning and development and was credited for transforming the company culture into a vibrant place to work.

Before her human resources role, Deeanne was the senior vice president of omnichannel operations and customer experience. Her other leadership positions at Sprint included training, talent development, employee relationship management, call center operations, and staff operations in the CEO office. Deeanne is a board member of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and was named in the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2021 class of Women Who Mean Business.

35Darrell FordDarrell FordEVP, CHRO and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion OfficerUPSTransportation / Logistics
Darrell Ford

Darrell Ford

EVP, CHRO, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Role Tenure: 3 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #35 of 40

HQ Location: Atlanta, GA

Darrell Ford serves as Executive Vice President (EVP), Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) for UPS. Prior to joining UPS, Darrell was the CHRO at DuPont. In addition to leading DuPont’s H.R. functions and activities, Darrell was integral in helping shape the company’s culture, with a focus on talent to increase customer and shareholder value. He achieved similar results in previous roles with Xerox, Advanced Micro Devices, Shell and Honeywell in his 30-year career.

Darrell has numerous board roles, including independent director for Illinois Tool Works, advisor for the HR Policy Association and member of the Executive Advisory Board at SemperVirens Venture Capital. He is a long-time partner and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Elected to the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and recognized by several professional organizations and magazines as one of the Most Influential Executives globally, Darrell earned his bachelor’s, MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Rutgers University.

36Trent Henry Trent HenryGlobal Vice Chair, TalentErnst & YoungProfessional Services
Trent Henry

Trent Henry

Global Vice Chair, Talent

Role Tenure: 5 Years, 3 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #36 of 40

HQ Location: London, United Kingdom

EY logo

As EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, Trent focuses on the convergence of talent and market agendas for both the 260,000 EY people and clients worldwide. This includes advising on and responding to changes and opportunities in the evolution of the global workforce.

Trent is CPA-qualified and was recently EY Canada Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has also served as the Canada Regional Managing Partner. Before that, he spent two years as Managing Partner of EY Canada Canadian Tax Services. During this time, he joined the Canadian Executive Committee. In 2004, Trent became leader of EY Canada International Tax Services and was a member of the Canadian Tax Desk in New York from 1999 until 2001. Additionally, he was a Canadian Council of CEOs member from 2010-2018.

37Anne ErniAnne ErniChief People OfficerAudibleMedia / Entertainment
Anne Erni

Anne Erni

Chief People Officer

Role Tenure: 7 Years, 8 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #37 of 40

HQ Location: Newark, NJ


Anne Erni joined Audible as Chief People Officer in 2016, where she oversees the people operations for the company. Before joining Audible, she served as Head of Human Resources at Bloomberg L.P. Anne spent six years at Bloomberg, during which the global workforce doubled, and where her passion for nurturing talent led to the creation of Bloomberg’s Global Leadership Forum. Before Bloomberg, Anne was Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Lehman Brothers, focusing on recruiting and retaining women and under-represented groups. Anne also spent fifteen years with P&L responsibility in fixed income and equity sales at Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust.

38Payal Sahni BecherPayal Sahni BecherChief People Experience Officer & EVPPfizerHealthcare / Life Sciences
Payal Sahni Becher

Payal Sahni Becher

Chief People Experience Officer & EVP

Role Tenure: 1 Year, 9 Months
Industry Ranking: #5 of 5
Overall Ranking: #38 of 40

HQ Location: New York, NY

Payal Sahni is the Chief People Experience Officer and Executive Vice President responsible for Pfizer’s global talent strategy, diversity and inclusion, total rewards and colleague experience.

In her prior role, Payal was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group, leading the HR strategy for seven business units and the Corporate Affairs, Legal, Compliance, and Chief Business Office functions.

Payal joined Pfizer Human Resources in 1997. Since then, she has held a number of Regional and Global HR Business Partner roles supporting the business worldwide and has led the Talent Organization for Pfizer Global Supply. In addition, Payal has spearheaded numerous transformations as Pfizer evolved its business structure and has been instrumental in managing HR strategy for several mergers and acquisitions.

39Nicky DingemansNicky DingemansChief Human Resources OfficerOliver WymanProfessional Services
Nicky Dingemans

Nicky Dingemans

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 11 Years, 5 Months
Industry Ranking: #2 of 5
Overall Ranking: #39 of 40

HQ Location: New York, NY

Oliver Wyman

Nicky Dingemans assumed the role of Chief Human Capital Officer of Oliver Wyman Group in 2012. Nicky is responsible for all aspects of human capital management, including talent acquisition, management, and executive development, employee relations, compensation plan, employee benefits, diversity and inclusion, employee mobility, organization planning and effectiveness, staffing, legal and regulatory compliance, and the effectiveness of the company’s succession planning. She is a member of Oliver Wyman Group’s Management Committee and the Oliver Wyman Executive Committee. She also sits on the Marsh & McLennan Companies Global HR Executive Team.

Before joining Oliver Wyman Group, Nicky was the Global Chief People Officer at Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm with over 3,500 employees. From 1987 to 2007, she was with Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Co.), where she held numerous roles in consulting (primarily to the healthcare sector) and human resources, including Global Human Capital Director for the Global Commercial/Global Integrated Business.

40Cheryl JohnsonCheryl JohnsonChief Human Resources OfficerCaterpillar Industrial
Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer

Role Tenure: 6 Years, 5 Months
Industry Ranking: #3 of 5
Overall Ranking: #40 of 40

HQ Location: Irving,TX

Cheryl H. Johnson serves as Chief Human Resources Officer of Caterpillar Inc. She has responsibility for all aspects of human capital, including talent acquisition and management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, total rewards, HR operations, employee and labor relations, and corporate environmental health and safety. She joined Caterpillar in 2017 and has worked to transform the function to align more closely with the company’s business strategy, shift the center of focus to talent development, and cultivate a spirit of continuous improvement. Before joining Caterpillar, Johnson had a successful 20-year career with Textron, ultimately serving as a member of its executive leadership team. Johnson was responsible for leading Textron’s worldwide human resources function and corporate communications, corporate real estate, community affairs, and the company’s aviation department. Johnson’s early career encompassed multi-functional experience in human resources, marketing and sales, and finance disciplines within several industries and diverse business models, including public education, technology, and aerospace/defense. Today, Johnson is a board member of the HR Policy Association and the Caterpillar Foundation.

Sara WechterHead of Human ResourcesCitiNew York City, NY
Shannon HobbsChief People OfficerGiecoChevy Chase, MD
Jacqueline Williams-RollChief Human Resources OfficerGeneral MillsGolden Valley, MN
Kelly Mahon TullierVice Chair, Chief People and Affairs OfficerVisaFoster City, CA
Sheri BronsteinChief Human Resources OfficerBank of AmericaCharlotte, NC
Arnnon GeshuriChief People OfficerTeladoc Health Purchase, New York
Laura KohlerChief Sustainability & DEI OfficerKohlerKohler, WI
Denis MineretGlobal Head of Human Resources, Consumer HealthcareSanofiParis, France
Katie BurkeChief People OfficerHubSpotCambridge, MA
Anne PearceCHRO & Global VP HRShellLondon, United Kingdom
Nickle LaMoreauxSVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerIBMArmonk, NY
Jean Claude Le GrandChief Human Relations OfficerL'OrealClichy, France
Kristina JohnsonChief Human Resources OfficerAmplitude IncSan Francisco, CA
Jacqueline M. WelchEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerThe New York TImes New York City, NY
Heather AceChief Human Resources OfficerQualcommSan Diego, CA
Jacqui CanneyChief Human Resources OfficerService NowSanta Clara, CA
Ashley GoldsmithChief People OfficerWorkdayPleasanton, CA
Sabine KohleisenMember of the Board of Management; HR & Director of Labor RelationsMercedes-Benz GroupStuttgart, Germany
Xavier ChéreauChief Human Resources & Transformation OfficerStellantisHoofddorp, The Netherlands
2022 RankNameTitleCompany
1Carol SurfaceCarol SurfaceEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerMedtronic
2Beth-WhitedBeth WhitedEVP Sustainability & Strategy & CHROUnion Pacific
3Lisa ChangLisa ChangGlobal Chief People OfficerThe Coca-Cola Company
4Stacy GreenStacy GreenEVP & Chief People OfficerSony Pictures Entertainment
5Lynne Oldham Chief People Officer ZoomLynne OldhamChief People OfficerStash
6Mona MaloneMona MaloneCHRO & Head of People and CultureBMO Financial Group
7Debra ThompsonDebra ThompsonChief People OfficerChegg
8Frank LopezFrank LopezEVP & Chief Human Resources OfficerRyder System Inc.
9Katarina BergKatarina BergChief Human Resources OfficerSpotify
10Jeff StoicheffJeffrey StoicheffSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesPenske Logistics
11Alexandra BrandãoAlexandra BrandãoHead of Human ResourcesSantander Group
12Donna MorrisDonna MorrisExecutive Vice President, Chief People OfficerWalmart
13Susan WinchesterSusan WinchesterSenior Vice President, Chief Human Resources OfficerApplied Materials
14Tim HuvalTim HuvalChief Administrative Officer & CHROHumana
15Laurie HavanecLaurie HavanecChief People OfficerCVS Health
16Sven OddensSven OddensEVP & Group Human Resources DirectorJustEat Takeaway
17Russ HageyRuss HageyPartner & Worldwide Chief Talent OfficerBain
18Lynanne KunkelLynanne KunkelChief Human Resources OfficerVail Resorts
19Kristi-Cappelletti-MatthewsKristi Cappelletti-MatthewsChief Human Resources OfficerVSP Vision
20Gloria ChenGloria ChenChief People Officer & EVP, Employee ExperienceAdobe
21Aimee HoytAimee HoytChief People OfficerIllumina
22Lothar HaringsLothar HaringsChief Human Resources OfficerKuehne+Nagel
23Sergio EzamaSergio EzamaChief Human Resources OfficerNetflix
24Matt Breitfelder Apollo Global ManagementMatthew BreitfelderGlobal Head of Human Capital & PartnerApollo Global Management
25Teuila HansonTeuila HansonSVP & Chief People OfficerLinkedin
26Ellyn-ShookEllyn ShookChief Leadership & Human Resources OfficerAccenture
27Kamy ScarlettKamy ScarlettChief Human Resources OfficerBest Buy
28Nicky DingemansNicky DingemansChief Human Resources OfficerOliver Wyman
29Chris WintonChris WintonCorporate Vice President, HRFedex
30Rich JacquetRich JacquetChief People OfficerCoursera
31Anna FraserAnna FraserChief People OfficerSonos
32Anne LebelAnne LebelGroup CHROCapgemini
33Paige RossPaige RossGlobal Head of Human ResourcesBlackstone
34Christy PambianchiChristy PambianchiChief Human Resources OfficerIntel
35Tracey FranklinTracey FranklinChief Human Resources OfficerModerna
36Lorna HagenLorna HagenChief People OfficerGuild Education
37Manuel Cuevas-TrisanManuel Cuevas-TrisanVP Human ResourcesHarvard University
38Trent HenryTrent Henry Global Vice Chair - TalentErnst & Young
39Paul RichardsonPaul RichardsonChief Human Resources OfficerWalt Disney
40Pravin PrakashPravin PrakashChief People OfficerByju's

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