PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 20 – Twelve Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) were honored on May 4th at the HRO Today Awards Gala at The Westin Hotel in Philadelphia. For the past several years, the HRO Today Awards Gala has been the highlight of the year and an aspiration for those in the HR industry both regionally and globally.

HRO Today Magazine recognizes the strategic business value that CHROs bring to their organizations. They are both stewards and strategists, responsible for a company’s talent and performance blueprint, driving both business and the bottom line forward.

The CHRO of the Year awards recognize the CHROs who help drive workforce initiatives through innovation with measurable excellence in employee engagement and retention to prove it. These CHROs are responsible for providing leadership to ensure talent acquisition, retention, business growth, and a culture that can lead in a global workforce. Finalists included top talent from multiple industries including hospitality, manufacturing, and IT.

“This was one of the most talented and inspiring group of finalists we’ve had the honor to review” said Elliot Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise Media, publishers of HRO Today Magazine. “Our selection process was narrowed down from about 60 submissions and all finalists are true leaders in human resources, having made significant strides to improve the employee engagement within their respective organizations.”

The 2015 CHRO of the Year Award winners are:
Non-Profit: Candace Osunsade, VP of HR, National Aquarium
For-Profit: Kawel LauBach, CHRO, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Sustainable Workforce: Jenn Mann, VP of HR, SAS Institute
Lifetime Achievement: Johnna G. Torsone, Executive VP & CHRO, Pitney Bowes

Congratulations to all 2015 CHRO Award winners and finalists. For more information on the HRO Today Forum, please visit, or for information on the broader HRO Today platform, please visit

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