Tamla Oates-Forney

by Justin Cates
Tamla Oates-Forney
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
Waste Management
Serves on Board of Directors for: Summit Materials, Inc.

Tamla Oates-Forney is Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer at Waste Management, a Fortune 250 environmental services company of approximately 50,000 employees.

In this role, Oates-Forney has primary responsibility for the human resources strategy, including HR operations, employee relations, labor relations, HR information systems, compensation, benefits, culture & engagement, learning, leadership development and total talent management.

Previously, Oates-Forney held positions of increasing responsibility during her 20-year career at General Electric. Most notably, she was Chief Diversity Officer for GE Appliances and Lighting, Human Resources Leader for GE Africa and Vice President of Human Resources for GE Energy Connections. She was named a GE Company Officer in 2016, making her the highest ranking African American female executive at the time of her departure.

Oates-Forney holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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