Tamla Oates-Forney

by Edward Cates
Tamla Oates-Forney
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
Waste Management

Tamla Oates-Forney is the Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer for Waste Management, the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.

As Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Oates-Forney has primary responsibility for human resources including HR operations, leadership development, succession planning, employee relations, labor relations, HR information systems, compensation, benefits, learning and development, and talent acquisition. She is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team.

Prior to Waste Management, Oates-Forney served in numerous positions throughout her 20-year career at General Electric including the Senior Executive and Human Resources Director for GE Africa, Chief Diversity Officer for GE Appliances & Lighting, and most recently, Vice President of Human Resources for GE Energy Connections.

A notable philanthropist, Oates-Forney is also the founder of a non-profit organization committed to supporting underserved women and girls of color.

Oates-Forney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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