Executive Vice President, Human Resources
As Executive Vice President for Human Resources, Pamela O'Connor leads Human Resources strategy and best practices for Catholic Relief Services, focusing on supporting a diverse, high performance culture that emphasizes excellence in the acquisition and ongoing development of its workforce.
In this role, Ms. O'Connor is responsible for overseeing the coordination and implementation of services, policies and programs through the Human Resources staff. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, and she plays a role in defining and leading the rapidly changing Talent Marketplace; aligning resources to meet the needs and solutions of a diverse multi-cultural environment both in the United States and overseas.
Before coming to CRS, Ms. O'Connor was the Chief Administrative Officer for Search for Common Ground, an international NGO in 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. In that position, she was the leader for Human Resources, Information Technology and Operations divisions including safety and security.
Ms. O'Connor also spent 30 years in private industry as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Charlotte Russe and Senior Vice President at The Wet Seal Inc., Headquarters located in Southern California. In those positions, Ms. O'Connor was responsible for cultural change management covering more than 12,000 employees. She was the Ethics Officer, served on the SOX planning committee and the compensation committee for the Board of Directors.
Ms. O'Connor has also served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Caremark Therapeutic Services Division, Baxter Healthcare Prescription Services Division, and Watson Pharmaceutical's manufacturing U.S. facilities.
Ms. O'Connor was born in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a degree in Business Administration. Ms. O'Connor is a Board Certified Coach specializing in individual career development.
She has one married daughter who lives in Atlanta.