Who is SA's best HR executive? Nominations open for CHRO Awards


During the first annual CHRO Awards on 27 November 2019, the HR community celebrates excellence in human resources.

Nominations have opened (click here to nominate now) for the first ever CHRO Awards. During an exquisite gala dinner on 27 November 2019 at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, the CHRO of the Year will be announced, along with seven other winners of prestigious awards. HR executives who have shown exemplary skills, vision and results can be nominated. Once they accept the nomination, a thorough interview will take place with the panel of judges, comprising of extremely seasoned business and HR leaders and specialists.

The judges for the 2019 CHRO Awards are:

  1. Clive Smith, CEO Tsebo Group
  2. Jane Waters, COO Allen & Overy
  3. Mel Brooks, Regional President G4S Africa
  4. Moula Mokhobo-Amegashie, Managing Partner Drayton Glendower & Mokhobo
  5. Prof. Nicola Kleyn, Dean GIBS
  6. Pam Maharaj, Human Capital Director Deloitte
  7. Raisibe Morathi, Group CFO Nedbank
  8. Richard Sutton, Global Stress Resilience Expert
  9. Prof. Shirley Zinn, Non-executive director
  10. Sipho Maseko, CEO Telkom
  11. Vukani Mngxati, CEO Accenture Africa

“The launch of the CHRO Awards is extremely exciting,” says Joël Roerig, MD of CHRO South Africa, the organisation that puts the event together.

“The black-tie dinner on 27 November will be an unforgettable night of glitz, glamour, fantastic food and essential networking. At the same time, the eight awards will go a long way to shine a light on the world-class excellence that has come to typify South Africa’s best human resources leaders.”

A special CHRO Awards website has been launched and sponsors like cloud software giant Workday and leadership advisory firm Drayton, Glendower & Mokhobo have already committed their support, with many other corporates and organisations lining up to partner with the event, signaling the importance of HR leadership. “There is absolutely no doubt that the role of HR leaders has become more challenging, strategic and important in the last few years,” says Joël.

“Whether they are called CHROs, Chief People Officers or Human Resources Directors, the best HR leaders are no longer just custodians of admin and governance processes. They are business partners to CEOs and boards, who are playing a pivotal role in strategy, transformation, continuous education, culture, branding and the implementation of smart, paradigm-shifting technology.” 

The comprehensive and rigorous awards process is inspired by the success of the CFO Awards, which have grown into the Oscars of Finance since its launch in 2014. Judges base their scores on a research dossier and a two-hour interview in which each nominee has a chance to highlight successes in the various aspects of HR. 

The awards being handed out at the inaugural CHRO Awards are:

  • Employee Value Proposition Award
  • Talent Management Award
  • HR & Technology Award
  • Transformation & Empowerment Award
  • Strategy & Leadership Award
  • Learning & Development Award
  • Young CHRO of the Year
  • CHRO of the Year

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