McDonald's SA chief people officer Brigitte Da Gama nominated for CHRO Awards

Brigitte is the only nominee to have also been nominated for the last year's inaugural CHRO Awards.

McDonald’s South Africa chief people officer Brigitte Da Gama has been nominated for the CHRO Awards, which will be held on 26 November 2020 at Inanda Club in Johannesburg. This is the second nomination for Brigitte, who was nominated for the inaugural CHRO Awards that took place last year.  

Coming from a strong family lineage of educators, Brigitte has an intrinsic desire to help people better themselves. She lives by the mantra that her role is more than a job because, for her, it’s a calling that allows her to fulfil her purpose every day.

“My family history has had a significant influence in imprinting the ardent love for seeing people learn and grow to become the most developed versions of themselves,” she explains.   

Ever the optimist, Bridgette’s passion for people development remains unwavering even amid the country’s challenges when it comes to skills shortage in several sectors of the economy and believes that capable HR leaders can be the catalyst to improving the country’s position. 

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Brigitte is a seasoned human capital professional with a wealth of experience, spanning different industries from banking and IT to asset management and tertiary education. In her current role, she is responsible for payroll, benefits and compensation. In 2018, she won the McDonald’s award for the best Culture Transformation in the Middle East and Africa; and in 2019, she won the award for best Employee Value Proposition in McDonald’s Middle East and Africa.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town, an Honours Degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. Her professional development includes courses in the United States, INSEAD Business School in France and Harvard Executive Education. 

With over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries, McDonald’s is one of the world’s leading global foodservice retailers.  More than 80 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent business owners, employing 1.9 million people worldwide.