2020 Chief Officer Award Winner: Public Company Chief HR Officer Tammy Heller, Perspecta

Tammy Heller portrait

Tammy Heller, Perspecta

Tammy Heller, chief human resources officer at Perspecta, has won WashingtonExec’s 2020 Chief Officer Award for Public Company Chief Human Resources Officer.

In its inaugural year, the Chief Officer Awards luncheon was held June 17 as a virtual live-streamed program to accommodate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations about in-person events. Over 500 people watched as C-suite executives in both industry and government were recognized for their innovation, expertise, impact and thought leadership.  

At Perspecta, Heller works on cross-divisional initiatives, controls and business processes, board of directors governance and reporting and regulatory affairs. Among her recent achievements, she helped build a new HR department following the 2018 merger that allowed the company to go public.

Heller believes passion has played a big role in her success.

“My passion is my biggest differentiator. That passion stems from a significant personal connection to this company, our people and our mission,” she previously told WashingtonExec.

Heller has extensive experience in publicly traded companies and leadership positions. She has served as vice president of global HR at CGI, developing strategies and solutions covering talent acquisition, talent management, compensation, benefits, wellness diversity, merger and acquisition, HR activities and global mobility.

Prior to this role, Heller led HR at CGI’s U.S. branch. Under her leadership, CGI received several employer recognitions, including The Washington Post’s 2017 Top Workplaces list and Glassdoor.com’s “Ten Cool Companies Hiring Now” list.

Before CGI, Heller served as HR leader at Capital One’s card operations organization. She has also held leadership roles at Freddie Mac and Bearing Point.

See the full list of Chief Officer Awards winners here.

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