Diana Pacheco of Goddard Enterprises wins “HR Leader of the Year North America 2020”

GDS Group, the global events, research and technology services company, has today announced the winners of its annual NA HR Leader of the Year awards.

Diana Pacheco HR Leader of the Year North America 2020 - GDS Leadership Awards

  • HR Leader of the Year is awarded in recognition of business transformation efforts during the pandemic which have helped companies to provide greater staff support.
  • HR Leader of the Year Awards took place during virtual ceremony at the Human Resources Insight Summit, hosted by GDS
  • Silver was awarded to Girish Ganesan, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, TD Bank Group whilst the Bronze award was received by Bobbi Landreth, HR Managing Director for FedEx Services, Tushar Trivedi, CHRO at BP and John Ferguson, Talent Planning Lead for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

GDS Group, the global events, research and technology services company, has today announced the winners of its annual HR Leader of the Year awards. Diana Pacheco, Chief People Officer for Goddard Enterprises was awarded Gold Winner. The HR Leader of the Year Awards were hosted during a live virtual ceremony at the North American HR Insight Summit 2020.

Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) is a publicly traded Barbadian company, with a varied business portfolio encompassing interests in the Caribbean, North and Latin America. Companies owned and operated by Goddard Enterprises Limited include catering, manufacturing, automotive, building supplies and services, finance, and import distribution.

Currently, Diana is helping to define, align and execute the new HR strategy for the Group, which includes Employee Journey, Executive recruiting and compensation, Organizational Design, Change management, Inclusion and Diversity initiatives and Cultural transformation, through HR Agile initiatives among others.

In awarding Diana, the judges commented, “wow, what a year Diana’s had so far, she’s gone above and beyond for her people, especially in this extremely difficult situation. She’s managed to transform her organization whilst walking side-by-side with her people. Exceptional leadership within a business that has been impacted most severely by the pandemic, a most impressive transformation, fuelled by people-led leadership.”

On winning the award Diana said, “It’s been a really tough year but I’m very proud on behalf of my company, we have done a lot and we are taking care of our people and we are still profitable so I’m going to share this with my team”.

In addition to the Gold “HR Leader of the Year” award, two further awards were announced. The Silver Award was given to Girish Ganesan, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, TD Bank Group, whilst the Bronze Award saw three winners with  Bobbi Landreth, HR Managing Director for FedEx Services, Tushar Trivedi, CHRO at BP and John Ferguson, Talent Planning Lead for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

About the Leadership Excellence Awards

The Leadership Excellence Awards recognize excellence in senior leadership within large enterprises, whether that be through innovation, inspiring colleagues, making excellent decisions, bravery, or achieving outstanding business growth.

About the HR Insight Summit

A three-day virtual event for HR Leaders which took place 9-11th November 2020. Through a series of multi-dimensional keynotes, live Q&As and interactive sessions, the HR Insight Summit provided a platform for Human Resources leaders to tackle pressing industry challenges & opportunities with likeminded experts.

About GDS Group

GDS Group is a global events, research and technology services company dedicated to helping clients meet the challenges posed by a fast-moving, disruptive business environment. Our B2B summits and events bring purchaser and provider communities together to find solutions to real-world business challenges. To learn more about the events we produce and the challenges we help overcome, check out our website here.


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