Top 40 HR Power Players 2009: send us your nominations

Personnel Today is beginning its annual hunt for HR’s top 40 Power Players.

Now in its ninth year, the Personnel Today Power Players list aims to recognise HR’s most influential; the people who have played a part in bringing people issues to the top of the business agenda and been a shining light for the HR profession.

Last year, David Fairhurst, McDonald’s HR chief scooped the crown for the second year running. But who will top the list in 2009?

This year, we are again focusing exclusively on practitioners – rather than policymakers or opinion formers – who demonstrate strong business acumen and are strong advocates for the HR profession, both internally and externally. Last year’s top 10 were all leading HR practitioners in their own right but also media-savvy figureheads for the sectors they work in.

Nick Holley, executive director of the HR Centre of Excellence at Henley Business School, said a Power Player was someone who can make the link between HR and the bottom line.

“Power Players are defined by the difference they have made not to HR itself but to the business either in a specific company or more widely. They don’t worry about their position at the table, they get on and make a real difference,” he said.

Take a look at who made the 2008 Top 40 HR Power Players list.

We want your nominations; e-mail us the name, organisation and justification as to why they should make our list. E-mail: [email protected]

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