Shireen Maharaj has been nominated for the 2022 CHRO Awards

Pernod Ricard’s human resources director: sub-Saharan Africa has been nominated for her role in HR.

Shireen Maharaj, human resources director: sub-Saharan Africa at Pernod Ricard has been nominated for this year’s CHRO Awards. Shireen is responsible for all strategic, functional and operational human resources requirements within sub-Saharan Africa.

Shireen studied psychology and criminology and intended working with juvenile delinquents as a clinical psychologist. While doing voluntary work in the field, however, she realised that the reality was very different from the theory, and found herself qualified in a field in which she no longer wanted to work. Instead, she became a flight attendant at SA Express when the airline was still a start-up.

Through her involvement in the operations part of the business, she was exposed to South Africa’s labour legislation and labour dynamics in the aviation industry, which set her on the HR path.

She has previously worked at Johnson and Johnson, Janssen, and Courts MegaStore, with her roles ranging from providing generalist support to business partners at a strategic and operational level. She has also devised strategies, policies and processes for core HR activities, and managed and developed a team of HR professionals to offer superior HR business partnering.

Shireen holds a BA Honours degree in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a BA Honours degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Johannesburg. 

The annual CHRO Awards recognise CHROs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions and award them for outstanding performance and leadership. Top CHROs, VIPs and business partners will attend the event to enjoy networking, entertainment and a scrumptious dinner.