Laressa Thavarin


Job Title: Director of people, rewards, transformation and communication

Company: Air Liquide S.A


Air Liquide’s director of people, rewards, transformation and communication Laressa Thavarin boasts more than 21 years of experience in establishing and driving strategies to improve business efficiencies with a focus on human talent.

Laressa, who has held her current position since February 2020, is responsible for the complete HR operations of nine legal entities in Southern Africa and Africa cluster, with a large team of over 1,200 employees throughout Africa.

She has held a number of positions at various companies including British Petroleum (BP), Vodacom, Standard Bank of South Africa and Edcon.

Laressa holds a BSc in industrial psychology and business science from the University Of KwaZulu-Natal, a diploma in HR management and training from Varsity College, Woman in Leadership certification from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a change management in HR (CMHR) certification from the HRD Institute.


2020 - Present  Director – People, Rewards, Transformation and Communication, Air Liquide (Pty)
                             Southern Africa and Africa Cluster
2014 - 2020       HR Director - SECA, BIC South East and Central RF.
2012 - 2014        HR Country Lead – South, East and West Africa, Alcatel-Lucent SA
2010 - 2014        HR Manager – South, East and West Africa, British Petroleum (BP)
2007 - 2010        Senior HR Business Partner, Vodacom (Pty) Ltd.
2005 - 2007        HR Business Partner, Standard Bank of South Africa
2002 - 2004        HR Consultant, Edcon Group


2022 Change Management in HR (CMHR), HRD Institute

2020 Women In Leadership, University of Stellenbosch

2003 Diploma Human Resources Management And Training, Varsity College

2001 Bachelor Of Science Degree, University Of KwaZulu Natal

About Air Liquide S.A: Air Liquide S.A. is a French multinational company which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries including medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers.


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