HR association elects first woman head

HR association elects first woman head

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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THE Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ), for the first in its almost 40-year history, has appointed a woman as president of the association.

Lois Walters, principal director for HR policy and information at the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, was announced as the new president by outgoing president, Karl Williams, on the final day of the association's 39th annual HR & Leadership conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel, recently.

Williams, in making the announcement, said HRMAJ is keen on succession planning and has shattered the glass ceiling with this appointment.

“The succession process is a very important part of leadership as well as planning for the future and the continuity of your organisation, and as HR professionals it is certainly a core part of what we do,” Williams said.

Williams had served as HRMAJ president from 2002.

Walters, who is a veteran in the HR profession for 24 years, in accepting her appointment as president, recited the national pledge and gave her full commitment to furthering the growth and development of the HR profession, while advancing the HR agenda through the mandate of HRMAJ. This mandate, she said, is to“remain relevant and engage our membership as we operate a vibrant and proactive organisation that not only drives policy development, but also provides value-added services to our members, partners, associates and wider community, which leads to greater organisational growth and the development of human capital”.

An active member the board of HRMAJ for more than six years, Walters served as vice-president with direct responsibility for membership.

“I am extremely proud to be a part of HRMAJ, having served the association for many, many years, in numerous capacities…it has truly been a remarkable journey and a great privilege to serve. This marks one of the highlights of my 24-year HR professional journey, as I take the lead as president of HRMAJ,” Walters said.

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