2022 Nominees

HR executives who have shown exemplary skills, vision and results can be nominated for the CHRO Awards. Nominations are submitted by the panel of judges, business leaders, colleagues, HR teams and partners. A shortlist is prepared by the experts of CHRO South Africa under the supervision of the panel of judges.

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Antoinette Roberts
Group HR Executive, Blue Label Telecoms
Bongani Phakathi
Executive Human Resources and Public Affairs, Assore
Desereé Van De Berg
Executive Head: Human Capital, Risk Benefit Securities
Dineo Sekwele
Group Human Resources Executive, Transaction Capital Risk Services
Enid Lizamore
Group Executive Head of HR, Santam.
Fifi Sali
HR Executive, Vumatel
John Skelton
Chief People Officer, The Capital Hotel Group
Khanya Magudulela
HR Director, Hyundai Automotive South Africa
Kim McCallum
Chief Capability Officer, Vantage Data
Lee-Ann Samuel
HR  Director, Implats
Marlize Kriel
Chief People Officer - Africa, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Inc.
Michele Seroke
Chief People Officer, Motus
Mpho Mazibuko
Head of HR, Media Mark
Nina Sternberg
Chief HR & Service Officer, Home of Living Brands
Njabulo Mashigo
Executive Director: HR, Vodacom SA
Phil Tshikotshi
VP: HR, Startek
Portia Thokoane
Group CHRO, Dark Fibre Africa
Pumeza Bam
Group HR Director, Liberty
Renske Coetzee
Group HR Manager, Redefine
Riani Meyer
Verna Robson
HR Director, Sun International
Vinolia Singh
Chief People Officer, Adcorp

Categories CHRO Awards

CHRO of the Year
The CHRO of the Year has shown leadership and outstanding performance over a number of years. He or she is very involved with the strategy of the company and is a true business partner. The CHRO of the Year has been the driving force behind growth and profitability and sets the benchmark for excellence in the HR profession. The CHRO of the Year is leading by example and has outperformed all others based on skills, attitude and results.

Young CHRO of the Year
The winner of the Young CHRO of the Year Award has shown remarkable professional development and has demonstrated great value for the organisation. Aged up to and including 40, this CHRO has moved up through the ranks and made an impact across all aspects of HR and the business. The Young CHRO of the Year is leading by example and has outperformed all others based on skills, attitude and results.

Strategy & Leadership Award
The winner of the Strategy & Leadership Award has dealt with serious and intense changes in the business environment. The award winner has shown that their timely and agile engagement helped the business successfully adapt to the new demands and challenges. The CHRO who wins this award has shown great leadership and has equipped people to thrive and contribute to the strategy of the organisation. The CHRO has contributed with valuable insights, analyses, the (re)allocation of assets and the alignment of the HR function with the strategy.

Transformation & Empowerment Award
The winner of this award has shown remarkable achievements to create jobs and build the economy while boosting the performance of the company. The CHRO has been a true champion of compliance and is a promoter of transformation as a strategic imperative. The company has made serious efforts to promote diversity inside the organisation and through the enterprise supplier development efforts, brought a greater level of economic participation to its stakeholders. He or she made B-BBEE good practice a standing agenda item for board and management meetings and can point to tangible change and success in this regard.

​HR & Technology Award
The winner of this award has played a crucial role in crafting and executing a successful business-aligned IT strategy.. Based on a clear vision and plan, this CHRO has strongly supported the implementation of systems with a proven impact on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation. The winner is a steward for technology driven change, used data and analytics in an innovative way to the benefit of the organisation and its employees.

Learning & Development Award
The winner of this award has been the driving force behind the upskilling and development of people at all levels in the organisation. The CHRO who wins this award has been very successful in aligning the learning and development policies and practice with the strategic goals of the organisation and can cite examples of innovative and successful way the workforce is improving. This CHRO has also played a pivotal role in the continued learning of executives and leaders.

Talent Management Award
Innovative and successful recruitment and exceptional, results-driven talent management. Those are the requirements to win this award. The winner has demonstrated his or her capabilities to build a high performing organisation that is both efficient and customer-focussed. Based on a clear vision, this CHRO has invested in people’s careers for the benefit to the entire organisation and the bottom line.

Employee Value Proposition Award
The winner of this award has been responsible for shaping the organisation’s culture for the benefit of its employees and - ultimately - for the benefit of the bottom line. Through smart rewards, recognition and benefits, the CHRO is responsible for an employee value proposition that makes the organisation stand apart from others. The winner of this award also oversees health and wellness initiatives that are of a world-class standard.

2021 Nominees

Akhona Qengqe
Chief People Officer, YUM - KFC Africa
Anne Grunow
CHRO, Fedgroup
Beverley Bennett
Executive: HR, Curro
Candice Watson
Group Human Capital Executive, AECI
Celiwe Ross
Human Capital Director, Old Mutual
Dean Naidoo
Chief People Officer, Zutari
Dieter Veldsman
Thought Leader, The Academy to Innovate HR
Donald Khumalo
HR Director, JSE
Eswhin Booysen
CHRO, In2Food
Hope Lukoto
Chief of HR, BCX
Jasmin Pillay
Director: HR Consulting - Middle East & Africa, Microsoft SA
Jeanett Modise
Group Human Resources Director, Sanlam
Julia Modise
Chief People Officer, Bridgestone
Kim Usher
Group HR Director, Illovo Sugar
Lebitso Mokgatle
HR Director, ENSAfrica
Lebo Lekgetho
HR Executive, Reutech Solutions
Neridha Moodley
Leader: People and Culture, SNG Grant Thornton
Ruth Wotela
People Wellness Executive, Silverbridge
Taryn Swemmer
Chief Of Staff, Decision Inc

2020 Nominees

Angie Ontong
Director: Human Resource Development, The DTI
Brigitte da Gama
Executive Director: Human Capital, McDonald's
Elanie Kruger
Chief People Officer, Tsebo Solutions
Heidi Kornmuller
Head of Talent Management, Coronation.
Kyle Chetty
Executive: Human Resources, Autoboys
Lee-Ann Samuel
Group Executive: People, Implats.
Lesley-Anne Gatter
Head of People, Investec
Linda Roos
Head of Human Resources, OOBA
Michele Seroke
Chief People Officer, Motus Corporation.
Nathan Motjuwadi
Executive: Human Resources & CSI, Capitec Bank
Ndivhu Nepfumbada
HR Director Africa, Transunion
Paul Vermaak
HR Director Africa, Smiths Manufacturing
Penny Hlubi
Head of HR, Robert Bosch
Phillip Tshikotshi
Associate Vice President & Head HR, Startek
Phindokuhle Mohlala
Group Executive HR, PPC
S’ne Magagula
Chief HR Officer, Tiger Brands
Sharmila Govind
Head of HR for Market Area Africa, BASF
Thuli Tabudi
Group HR Executive, SPAR
Tswelo Kodisang
Chief People Officer, Discovery
Vanisha Balgobind
Executive Head: Human Resources, Exxaro Resources

2019 Nominees

Abey Kgotle
Executive Director Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz SA
Bertina Engelbrecht
Human Resources Director Clicks Group
Brigitte da Gama
Chief People Officer, McDonald's South Africa
Cebile Xulu
HR Director: South & Central East Africa Mondelēz International
Dolores Mashishi
Group Executive : Human Capital Altron
Greg van Wyk
Chief HR Officer Mediclinic Southern Africa
Matimba Mbungela
Chief Human Resources Officer, Vodacom
Mechell Chetty
HR Vice President Unilever Africa
Michaela Voller
HR Executive: Middle East & Africa, Dimension Data
Njabulo Mashigo
Director:Human Resources Director (Spanbreaker/Talent Management lead): Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe Heineken
Nonhlanhla Mhlungu
VP Human Resources Swissport SA
Paul Norman
Sharon Taylor
Head of Human Capital Standard Bank Group
Shelagh Goodwin
General Manager: Human Resources, Media24
Suren Naidoo
Chief People Officer OUTsurance
Tantaswa Fubu
Group Executive: Human Capital Barloworld
Trishana Maharaj
HR and Health & Safety Director Africa G4S
Verna Robson
HR Director Sun International
Vicky Tlhabanelo
Executive: HR Royal Bafokeng Platinum